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.

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