At some point in our lives, we were cycling noobs and just thought all there was to riding a bike was to keep pushing the pedals. Doesn’t matter if you started cycling yesterday or decades ago, I’m sure you remember that very handy advice your riding buddy, teammate or team leader gave you.
- (one of the) best advice
Spend more on cycling shorts.
I didn’t believe this at first. I went from 1800NT full kit (shorts, jersey, arm warmers and gloves) to spending 4900NT for one pair of bib shorts. It makes a difference. Trust me.
- (one of the) worse advice
Switch to 52/36 crank set, it’ll be fun (they said)
I bought a 52/36 crank set (transitioning from the 50/34 crank set I’m used to) for my new bike and the hurt that followed was just…unimaginable. Leng Shui Keng never felt steeper. I’m not one for high cadence, but also don’t crank out too much wattage. I fit just right in between there. I eventually got used to it, but once I did…I got injured.
Now I’m not saying a heavier gear ratio is the only way to go, but…it was just not the greatest advice I was given.
What about you guys? Anything to share?