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Mistakes That All Cyclists Make On Bike Rides

Mistakes That All Cyclists Make On Bike Rides


– Whether you’re a newcomer or an expert, the chances are if you ride a bike, at some point you’ve made some mistakes, if not, all of them. – Yeah, so what mistakes have you made? (dramatic music) (happy electronic music) – I’m going to start with
video with an absolute favorite of mine, actually, bonking. – No, Chris, not that kind of bonking, the cycling term for
running out of energy. – Oh.
– Running out of energy so catastrophically that you’re grinding to a halt, only having enough energy to turn the petals and think, and only being able to
do one of those things. – [Chris] Yeah, that makes more sense. So, what is bonking? – Why, it’s otherwise
known as hitting the wall– – If you’re a runner. It’s simply running out of glycogen, the fast release energies that’s stored in your bloodstream and your liver. And it’s normally, the consequence of either having ridden too far or having not eaten enough. So, there are two things that you can do. You can either top up your stores, little and often, or just ride a little bit easier. – Oh, Chris, when I normally bonk, I normally take an extra spare gel or maybe some money, because to be honest, carrying the extra weight
is definitely worth it, it’ll save you foraging
around the (mumbles). Have you got a spare gel? – I’ve got no spares, but I’m happy to push you home. – Ah. (upbeat music) – Punctures. If you’re going to fast, light inner tubes and tires,
then from time to time they are inevitable. They’re frustrating, they’re annoying, and they’re downright deflating, excuse the pun, but there’s something even worse than that, getting stranded on the side of the road without a puncture packet, without a pump, and without a spare inner tube and only the tweeting
birds for comforting. Chris hasn’t got a
spare inner tube or kit, so I’m going to leave him to it. – I suppose you could be forgiven, if the last 23 years you had zero issue whatsoever, but even if you go for a short ride, we recommend taking at
least one spare tube. If it’s a long ride, maybe take two, just to be safe, and either way, you should probably carry a puncture repair patch with you because they’re a versatile item, and they pack away and they’re very, very small and light. And all of this will prevent you either having to hitchhike or call an unsympathetic loved one for a lift home. All of those things are in your ride. (upbeat music)
(high-pitched voice on phone) – Overdressing is a phrase
that will strike fear into any party-goer. – Ah, I know how you’re feeling, you know, turning up casual to a black tie dinner. – Yeah, well you won’t get to tell anyone I did that, but anyway. No, in the cycling world,
that would be more like wearing an aero skin suit to your local spin class, wouldn’t it, Ray?
– Yeah, it would. – No, that’s not what
we’re talking about at all, we’re talking about
wearing too many clothes. – Ah, we’ve all been there, haven’t we? Judging the temperature from the comfort of our sofa, putting on
that extra base layer because, to be honest,
no one wants to be cold on their bikes. – No. – And then we head out for the ride, and we’re the perfect temperature. We’re a genius, we’re absolutely perfect. Then, 20 minutes into our ride, we’re pressing on, our heart rates up, our body temperature is soaring. Sweat is dripping from our brows, and we’re trying to unzip, but uh, it’s the most uncomfortable feeling. – [Chris] Yeah. – [Ray] You’re almost
better off just feeling a little bit chilly for
those first five minutes. Pedaling a little bit harder, warming up. – Then you’re feeling just right. – I’m so hot, Chris, and not in the good kind. – (laughs) (upbeat music) – Yeah, we’ve all been there, haven’t we? Leaving the house and not 50 petal revs, we hear that sound. The squeak of a dry chain. And if you’re only like me, the last thing you want to do is turn around and go back. Or you arrive at the start line to a race, with no lube to hand. So, what should you have done? Well, you should’ve washed your bike and then lubed it straight after. But, you haven’t done that, have you? So, are there some
substitutes you could use? Well, you’re in luck. There are. Luckily, I’ve brought
some olive oil with me. This works an absolute treat to stop that awful sound. But I’ve also been told, you could use a gel that you’re not using,
or even some ice cream. Anything to lubricate the
chain, that little bit. I mean, there’s nothing worse, is there? The sapping of the power, because of your horribly,
dry, crunching chain. Ugh! (upbeat music plays) (bike chain whirring) – I suppose one advantage of having a painfully dry chain, is you’re not going to pick up one of these bad boys. The dreaded chain ring tattoo. Synonymous with newcomers to the world of cycling. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid this. One of them is, of course, is just cleaning your chain, but the other one is, always leave one foot
clipped into your bike when you’re standing next
to it, or on top of it, and putting it away like that, in kind of a tripod fashion. Often the chain ring tattoo will come from standing with your legs close together over the top of the bike like that. Once you’ve picked up the tattoo, you’re going to want to remove it as fast as possible. Now, if you remove it with your hands, chances are, you’re going
to have black fingers, and by the time you go
to scratch your nose, you have a black face, as well. We recommend getting some tissues or some wet wipes. (upbeat music playing) – This is another
nightmare for every cyclist that travels away with their bike. You arrive at your
destination, get kitted up in all your Lycra, even
sort your bike out, and you go through your bags and you can’t find your
cycling shoes anywhere. It’s the absolute worst. But, what do you do? Do you A) ride anyway? B) Sack an elf and go to the pub? Well we would advise that
you take the option A. You ride anyway. People have actually
completed cycling events wearing just trainers
and clip-less pedals. So, it can be done. I mean, you don’t even have to wear a vest or cycling shorts. All you really need is
a helmet and your bike. No matter how important you think your glasses are because, well, I think my glasses are quite important. Anyway, where are those
blooming cycling shoes? (upbeat music playing) – In my mind, one of the
worst mistakes anyone on a bike can make, is
not communicating properly on a group ride. Let me explain. Imagine you’re riding down this beautiful stretch of road, but, for whatever reason, there’s some debris in
the road or a pothole. If you don’t point it out,
the riders behind you, they have impaired vision, they can’t necessarily see it, so, they could hit it, which
could cause puncture, or even worse, they could crash – Yeah, something even
worse than that, though, Chris, is that finding a rogue snot rocket right in your face. – (cyclists) Whoa, come on! – So, if you want to clear your airways, make sure it’s clear, move out, there you go. Nice and easy. Keeps everyone happy too.
– And then– One final pointer, if
you are sat on the wheel, pay attention at all times. (upbeat music playing) – There you have it, we’ve come to the end of all the mistakes our
cyclists seem to make. – If you think we’ve missed any out, drop it down in the comments below, give us a big thumbs up or like, and for more great content, click just over there. – Aw, you keep making
those mistakes, mate. I’m perfect.

100 comments on “Mistakes That All Cyclists Make On Bike Rides

  1. Olive oil is a good start, but you’ll also need a small bottle of balsamic vinegar if you want to be well dressed for the ride.

  2. My favourite: Guy in front uses his rear brake to the max running at 40km/h out of nowhere: "I just wanted to know how much grip I got before we get to the turns later."

  3. There's nothing like coming back from a ride only to discover that you put your shorts on backwards, or that you had your briefs on underneath. Done both of those.

  4. Once on a group ride one of my friends forgot his front wheel. Bike went on the roof rack but front wheel never went in the car.

  5. I have forgotten my ride number, Helmet and Shoes. Rode with regular shoes and felt like I had pebbles in my feet at mile 40 luckly i was almost done. Went on a bike ride on the wrong day… where is everyone?

  6. Carrying an entire bottle of olive oil seems excessive. How about stopping by a local market and picking up an individual salad dressing packet. Italian dressing is basically just olive oil and vinegar that should do the trick for the short haul.

  7. My first century ever… In the dark ages before even Gatorade was widely available, rode my first century with a very experienced (but low metabolism) cycling buddy. Followed his lead – an egg and slice of toast for breakfast, a hot dog at mile 50. No on-bike food. Around mile 80, I bonked to the point of insulin shock – tunnel vision, slurred speech, weaving back and forth on the road. My buddy coaxed me up one last hill to a gas station/store. Drank 2 cokes, ate 2 chocolate bars, and literally felt the sugar flowing through my veins. Got serious about learning to fuel properly after that.

  8. Hmm, my mistake is usually underdressing and getting cold ( especially when there’s rain and i don’t have my waterproof jacket)… also not having a spare quick link … always have a quick link!

  9. you guys should do a longer vid on group etiquette. A how to for riding in packs with hand signals and fartleks and such. The group I ride with can mostly communicate without speaking at this point other than to warn about vehicle traffic.

  10. This is not something I’ve done, but one of my pet peaves on a ride is the cyclist in the group who has been riding for a number of years, and still depends on someone else to change their tube when they have a flat. I think it should be mandatory that all cyclists at least know how to do this.

  11. Bonking is definitely on the list. However glycogen is not stored in the blood stream. It's stored as you say in the liver and the muscles. Basically the stored form of glucose.

  12. I've gotten yelled at for pulling to the side to clear my nose. In that group they wanted you to blow your nose at the back of the pack.

  13. No matter how many times I clean my chain and gears, they always leave a black residue on anything they touch. Even right after I've cleaned them thoroughly for a half an hour.

  14. i don't have chain lube but i have olive oil!……because everyone has that in their pocked? That is a telltale sign of salad or bread addiction. Time to hit up your local support group.

  15. I finally realized The Universe wants me to have a chainring tattoo. So I got an actual chainring TATTOO, so I'm never without! 😀

  16. James forgets a water bottle on his bike for this video but remembers to pack his olive oil! Dont worry James, i feel you. I'd rather be dehydrated then have a squeaky chain too.

  17. If your tube punctures, find something sharp to cut it where the hole is. Tie a tight knot and fill it back up as normal. Works perfectly if you don't have a spare. You can barely feel the knot in the tube and it will get you home with no issues. The air will last long enough to even get you to work and back the next day.

  18. what about the tendency to forget your tracking devices? your wahoo or Garmin's? watches and most importantly your smart phone? I've forgotten to charge my wahoo once awhile before a ride and it could get annoying. but sometimes when you bike without your electronics it generates more happiness. cause just about maybe 10 years ago we didn't have these bike techs. or just simple ones

  19. Leaving the front through axle on the boot of the car after putting the bike in the back seat, then getting to destination 25kms away. No riding for another week after ordering new one, lesson learned put axle straight into forks before putting bike in car!!.

  20. The solution to forgetting your cycling shoes is pack a spare set of flat pedals so that you can ride in trainers if you have to rather than not ride at all

  21. The same subjects are repeating on this channel over the years. Still good to remind every riders. (The slow motion part. LOL)

  22. Riding for years with undiagnosed knee injury due to improper “Q” Factor adjustment…….just had an MRI so I am a bit bitter.

  23. When I saw the thumbnail of the leg-based chainring impression, I thought the faux pas was to get an actual chainring tattoo (of which, I have seen many). XD

  24. Forgetting bottles during a hot summer ride… then raiding the recycling bins for the cleanest looking bottles and filling them on the (fortunately available) public water spout. Definitely do not recommend that one.

  25. I was riding on Gran Canaria and planned my route along the coast and then back over the mountain. What looked like a light cloud on top turned into a heavy rain when I reach there. Worse off – after I went around a rock to go downhill, there was freezing wind. It was one of whose days when I really, really wished I could always go uphill.

  26. I personally don't mind the over dressing. It's more under dressing that scares me more. But forgetting to charge the lights and finding out later in the day when you need them, amd it's too late, is the mistake that occurs one too many times.

  27. I thought I had forgotten one of my shoes once. I tore my car apart looking for it to no avail. I only had flip flops so riding without wasn’t an option. As I packed up to leave I found it suck to the carpet of the hatchback by the Velcro. Enjoyed a nice ride!

  28. Had to scratch my eye, closed both eyes when I did it and hit a big rock blind and one handed.
    A cracked rib will teach you.

  29. Tip: When you have a friend with you. Try asking him/her to patch your punctured inner tube while you are changing tube.

  30. Underdressing is as bad as overdressing. Going out with too little on and you never get warm, you can't feel your hands and feet and you're forced to slow down to minimise wind cooling. I've had hands so cold in the past I've taken off my socks and worn them as gloves.

  31. Hold your swerve! A whole video on how to learn to ride in a straight line with a consistent cadence – a big deal for group rides. Plus, tips on how to ride in a group such as rotating methods, knowing to push your bike forward when sitting back down, where to focus your eyes when riding in a back position.

  32. I once took two inner tubes with me, got a puncture – fixed it and 100 yards later – another – then another , a taxi ride home later I discovered a shard of glass sticking through my tires. Now I take a spare bike with me

  33. Gonna say one I thought would come up is the wrong type of layers not water proof enought clothing or no overshoes. So many times I have been freezing on a ride cos I didnt bring the right kit

  34. Great video guys👌but first ten seconds of imprecations in the italian version are incomparable. Best Actor Academy Award for Marangoni😜

  35. I'm 97 kg and boink (spell) quite often compared to my 70 kg ish friends on bike rides. I do try to keep eating but definitely suffer keeping up

  36. I think you missed the biggest mistake you often hear when on a larger group ride: the immanent rattling from chains and imperfect gearshifts. Treat your bike properly and listen to what it has to say… clean and lube the chain, try to adjust that derailleur if refuses to shift or at least get it to a proper service if you can't.

    Must admit, I became guilty if this one by end of this season: had a service before summer with already some milage on and the discussion was: how long should I stay with the chain? One mechanic suggested to replace after just 2,5k, the boss said to come back at the end of summer. Well, now I'm at three times the distance and even though I tried to get the adjustment right and kept the chain pretty clean, I did two more rides when the chain already made unhealthy noises in certain gears. Well, I drew a line and brought it to service, finally… cassette's been saved.

  37. Well, that’s at least three for me… For one, bringing a spare tube is great, but when you have thru axles and you don’t actually bring an Allen key, they are not going to be much use, are they. Ask me how I know. 😉 Then lubing your chain is great. So, I washed the bike, lubed the chain with a fantastic lube… But on the day of my ride it starts pouring down and I used dry lube. Yep, that happens. Instant dry chain. 🙁 And I guess everyone has had a chainring tattoo at some point in their lives. 😉

  38. We have one friend (great guy btw) who notoriously shows up for a ride on time, but then proceeds to then put on his kit, lather up in sunscreen, unload his bike, and top off his air pressure, while the rest of us stand and wait for him.

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