ON THE HEELS OF WINNING TODAY'S TMWC - something that should never happen and probably won't ever happen again but which happened mainly because my young friends couldn't get their young acts together and ride a proper pace line and thereby reel in The Old Diesel and his cohort/co-winner the nice and gracious Chris Hill - I have spent the evening scouring the interwebs for foolproof video instruction... because kids don't read... so that you really, really, really understand how a pace line works.
Why would I do this?
Pure selfishness... if you ever get in a pace line/breakaway with me I want it to work thereby averting the words I heard last week when one of my young friends was struggling to keep the pace line together.
---> What is a young friend? It's true, everybody I ride with is younger than me in age, but Young friend = new to riding bikes fast <---
This first video has it all. But, it's short. If you watch it 5 or 6 times and take notes you'll have a really excellent understanding of what's at stake.
This video is terrible... but worth watching and asking yourself why is a guy standing behind a bike in a bike shop, kitted up? Things that make me go hmmmm
This video stalled out with the text "Do Not Accelerate" on the screen... I hope it does for you too because this is the #1 offender of all youngsters.
This is from A1 coaching, so I thought it would be awesome. It is real life gnarly... crazy weather, no bike lane, downunder... questionable sound quality and really short, but it's nice to see how smooth they rotate.
This video is the most thorough and also from GCN. Proving two things: their videos are superb and this is a skill that we all need to master.
PS Only I can screw up my ride.
Is your FUNKR team ready?
I HEAR THIS A LOT: MAN, I FORGOT HOW HARD THIS RIDE IS... and it's always followed by How do you do it?
We've been doing TMWC for 15 years now. Over that time, my overall time commitment to cycling has ebbed and flowed. Family had a lot to do with how much riding I wanted to do. But, for the most part, Tuesday morning has been my sacred Todd time.
This is my weekly check in with the gang - and I really love my riding pals. We have a lot fun killing each other. Plus, it's kept my diet somewhat honest or really sharp depending on goals and time.
So how we do it?
We do it.
We show up.
We do the work.
We have fun while were at it.
I'VE GOT TO GET THIS OFF MY CHEST, BECAUSE 90% OF BIKE RIDERS ARE PLATEAUED OUT: they simply haven't grasped what constitutes base miles. While I hate to give away my hard earned secrets, I know for a fact that 90% of the 90% won't apply this no matter how simple I 'xplain it.
Most of us start here - short and low... easy efforts, and it's lots of fun... as it should be.
We progress to here - fat middle... we realize if we ride a little more and a little faster it's even more fun... plus we can keep up and even be faster than our friends.
The problem is we get all geeked up and go here. This is just human nature, being greedy... just because a little more riding and a little more effort made you faster, it does not mean more of each and none of what go you here is better. In fact, it's worse, a lot worse.
Because you wind up here - broken pieces... and outta the sport, fat and on the couch again.
What you want to do is this... spend the vast majority of your time at conversational speed, cruising with your friends, feeling the pain of a hard day spin right out of your legs.
You'll add some tempo without trying... and I heartily recommend you do all you can to avoid tempo. You're going to get it anyway, and it's not very useful.
See what this gives you?... a great big giant base of easy, pleasant miles. You're rested, so that when it's to time get after it you can really get after it in ways you never thought possible.
I know what your thinking... trust me, you're going to screw it up anyway and ride too much tempo and too much intensity. I'm trying to keep it as simple as possible for you... so you can get a lot faster and KOM everything in site... I believe in you, do you?
That's what base miles are,
the foundation for greatness.
No base, no greatness
Corollary: You can apply this to anything: work - clean up lot more, get organized then execute on the good stuff; dating - romance a lot more, open doors, bring flowers, just talk into each others eyes, then the special times are truly special.
WHEN TOM CHIRPED MY NEW, FANCY OAKLEYS LOOK FAST, I could only blurt back… I don’t know if they are, but I hope they intimidate you into riding slow.
Typical ride banter.
Guys propping each other up, just before delivering a wicked attack.
Here’s what little I know about glasses:
Make sure they fit your head. They don’t get caught up in your helmet’s padding and let buckets of sweat stream down your lens. This usually happens if the glasses are too big for your head.
The right frames will fit nicely into your helmet when you don’t want to wear them. This is better than fumbling with them in your pockets because it’s faster and will keep the lens cleaner and dryer.
Get the right lens tint for the riding you’re doing. The new “polaroid” technologies are amazing for dawn and dusk light. Oakley has lens for specific terrain, road vs mtb. A clear lens is great for night in the dark – which I’ll be doing a lot more of this time of year.
I like a tall enough lens to keep the wind out when I’m bombing a hill at high speed.
Brands? Well, I like Oakley because of the quality and because their roots are OC all the way. There are lots of options to consider.
Whatever you choose, be sure they make you look fast… sometimes looking good is all you’ve got.
IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE, THAT’S WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A GREAT AMBASSADOR. At PEDALindustries and DHDwear, our best ambassadors showed us love first. We reciprocated. They loved us more. We loved them more… love, love, love.
What a lovely cycle!
What kind of love? Social media posts. Group emails. Ride introductions -> referrals.
What kind of reciprocation? Special access, secret pricing, free products -> more to love.
May the loyalty and love ever deepen.
Keep It Super Simple
You’re not alone. This is a difficult topic to broach, especially with you spouse or partner. Here is my proven formula for getting the proper bike:
- Find a used bike that you can easily afford to throw the money away on.
- Ride it and see if actually like riding regularly.
- If you do, go see a bike fitter I recommend so your next purchase is the right size.
- Now you know you like the cycling lifestyle and you know what size bike to get, what you need to know now is how much is this going to cost?
Whether you buy a beater or a quality bike, it’s going to cost you about $3/day.
If you buy a bike from Walmart for $500, it’s going to last you about 6 months. 180 days X $3 = $500.
Right now, you can get an amazing bicycle that will last you 3 years for about $3000. 1095 days X3 = $3285.
“I don’t ride every day”… well guess what Bucky, seeing that bike there costing you $3/day is gonna get you riding a lot more than you otherwise would.
“$3285 is soooooo much money!” Compared to what? First, there’s no fee every time you want to go ride the bike like there is in golf, or skiing. Second, you spend more than that at Starbucks every day.
Look, justifying the expense is stupid. You’re gonna lose on this… even though it’s less than a Starbucks a day.
You gotta flip it.
Let me tell you how you’re going to save:
- You’ll never need a shrink
- You’ll be in excellent health
- You’ll be in a significantly better mood
- … and so on
But the best part is, you’ll have no money or time or energy left over for a mistress.
PS… give me a call and I’ll tell you where to go and who to talk to.