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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.

Yvette Parker

100 Comments

  1. Which of these have you made? Which do your friends keep making? Let us know in the comments below 👇

  2. The idea that you can just ‘ride a bit slower’ when bonking is incorrect. When truly in the midst of a severe bonk, you literally can not ride any slower without falling over.

  3. The worst cycling mistakes I have made was clicking on this shit video

  4. Dangers of the fork mount roof rack: I once left my front wheel leaning on a tree in my driveway. But I had my shoes.

  5. this video made my morning not even day 🙂 , I relate soo much to this lol , I ride fixie

  6. I once got dressed up in all my cycling gear then got distracted and forgot to go on a ride. By the time I realised, it was too late.

  7. I love how at 6:49 whilst talking about pointing out objects in the road no one pointed out the pedestrian walking on the road ??

  8. I’ve been riding long enough to have committed all of those, except dry chain and rude group behaviour.

  9. I used to always wear normal clothes while riding like jeans and a t-shirt, and my pants got caught in my chainring tearing holes in the bottom. Now I almost always wear snug sweatpants or if I do wear chinos or jeans I'll roll up the right side to avoid that.

  10. I will for now on only use olive oil. I knew those snobs at the bike shops were full of it with their $9 eye dropper sized bottles of chain lube! Costo extra virgin olive oil FTW!

  11. Riding without cycling shoes is difficult at best when you've mated tiny Shimano PD-M8000 pedals with your 12.5 EE (US) feet. My pedals on my gravel bike are roughly the size of my big toe and are downright PAINFUL to ride without some seriously sturdy soles.

  12. I have done all of them at one point or another. I started riding and racing in Colorado as a teenager during the early 80’s well before cell phones were common. I can remember getting a puncture more than once while out for a ride after school and having to take a long walk home because I was out in the middle of nowhere and couldn’t call for a ride home. The interesting thing about me getting flats without a tube or patch kit on a ride was, my dad, and more than once, would decide to drive home from work a different way just for a change of scenery. It was uncanny how frequently he would find me walking my bicycle next to the road with a flat tire and would give me a ride home. I was always in a different place when he would find me and it wasn’t like that happened very often.

  13. Also a great lube it you are willing to sacrifice some of it is some chapstick

  14. Friggin ice cream as chain lube? How about Elmers glue or maple syrup…….geesh

  15. I punctured during some public fun ride. Luckily they had duct tape , I'd just used up my last spare and didn't have time to get another. That's the only one apparently. Haven't gone far enough to bonk the wall. I always lube the chain before a long ride , so even if it's making some noise it's on one of my rides to school, less than 5km.
    I've somehow never hit my leg on the chain before, maybe it's just my weird body proportions, my legs are longer than they should be so I don't touch my chain.
    And I ride flat pedals. Like I can ride with slippers on my mtb or even barefoot on my road bike.

  16. Hank.. what da ya mean…. "when I normally bonk"? How often do you bonk? 0:58

  17. Snort rocket? Should have let one fly when at the front of the pack. Leading for 12km and no one wants to take over when I pull to the side the whole line sits on my tail, had cross over to ride against the traffic to lose the tail to clear the nose. Then return from the back of the pack to bring up the pace again, to hear comments about bonking. Maybe you guys should include “remember to take your turn pushing the wind at the head of the pack.“

  18. I once forgot to bring my helmet to a three day cycling vacation, I felt like an idiot riding without one.
    Bringing your gravel bike to an agreed upon road bike tour, it's kind of disrespectful and very odd. The dude who did that owns two road bikes.

  19. I recently forgot I was riding a fixie bike and stopped peddling. Noses aren't meant to come into contact with tarmac at 20mph.

  20. at 2:09 did he say "or call an unsympathetic loved one .." !!! did i hear correctly?!! It is impossible to be unsympathetic and loved one at the same time. Because we usually love people who are sympathetic to us .

  21. I'm fairly new to regular cycling, currently going through a bunch of these videos and learning, but perhaps even more importantly, laughing a lot! Thanks!

  22. Forgot my helmut once…fortunately there was a vendor there selling bike helmuts…

  23. I once forgot that I wasn’t worth a crap as a cyclist. (Still having fun though)

  24. Made a left and in about 50 feet made a quick right, the problem was the blacktop changed texture, I lost the front end slammed down so fast didn’t unclip and my hands still on the bars!
    Was not fun, matter of fact it kept me off the bike for years 😢. I was scraped from ankle bone up my leg, wrist to elbow up to my shoulder and banged my eyebrow. I was a mess.
    I’ll never be as fast as I was but I am getting on the bike again after 30 years.

  25. Two more classics: underdressing in the winter and forgetting your front wheel when you drive to a ride start

  26. Four basic cycling mistakes I see all the time

    Riding in too high a gear
    Saddle too low
    Helmet on back of head
    Chain crossed, in top gear and in granny gear

  27. I once put my front wheel up against the back of my car while I was getting the bike into the backseat. After that I went on a 1:30 hour drive without realizing I had forgotten my wheel at my house. Never have I felt more stupid.

  28. New one for me the other day, too short valve length on a spare inner tube after switching to deeper section wheels! To be fair I hadn't punctured in over a year and 10k km, thanks to the training tyres, and thankfully I did have a patch kit 😌

  29. Forgetting about the bike atop the roof rack while driving into the garage, painful is so many ways.

  30. yeah when I hear a squeaky chain in the group ride it's my sign to either go far behind or take off

  31. He is overdressing while I don’t have enough cycling gears to overdress like him…

  32. My glasses are SUPER important, otherwise everything is just a big fuzzy mess of moving blobs.

  33. I've never made any mistakes cycling, I've made some well planned "training exercises" that resemble mistakes but they are totally not.

  34. OK I've made plenty of dumb decisions but I'll remember going home from work and deciding it would be a good idea to go the country route. Only problem was it was late at night and -4c, It was a bit slippery but nothing too bad, came down a hill got most of the way down with not too many problems. Then at the bottom the entire road was sheet ice. It was at this point I should have tactically un-clipped and slowly taken it on foot. I didn't. Back wheel starts to slide, correct that, I've got this, blink of an eye I go down like a sack of spuds, lost grip on the front. Bruised my hip and damaaged my derailleur. The worst part was having to call someone up and tell them what a plonker I had been and getting picked up at 11 at night. I'm sure I would have carried on as well had I not damaged my bike.

  35. "dreaded chain ring tattoo"? I prefer to think of those as chain lipstick from a great morning out with my love.

  36. Tissues? Thats what shorts,socks and jerseys are for. Yeah dont blow your nose on other riders -a punch in the face when you stop will drive that home. Hint to drive the pack crazy wear cleats on the heels of your shoes, at a intense time drag your heel on the pavement makes a lovely metal grinding on pavement sound. Sprint away! I'm old school.

  37. I've been watching a C race starting line and all the riders were clipped in with their left foot, right on the ground, one guy on the end fell on his left and the whole line went down.

  38. Biggest mistake I made was eating potato chips while going downhill on a gravel road. That raccoon never had a chance.

  39. Gel pack onto the chain? I can only imagine this will compound your issue before you get back home. Suck it up buttercup and listen to a squeaky chain for X amount of miles. Your mates griping at you and the constant reminder will teach you a lesson. Clean it and lube it before you leave the house. LoL @Global Cycling Network have you tested the Gel theory? We need a video! LOL

  40. Was that a real snot rocket in slow motion at the end? Ack!

    I scraped a pedal on the ground while cornering when I was first getting into the sport. I hadn’t yet learned that it’s a recipe for disaster to have your inside pedal in the down position…

    The pavement offered a free lesson that day🤣

  41. Forget to charge GPS, lights (or groupset), fill the bottle, put air on tires. taking my vest, take phone & money…the list goes on

  42. Biggest mistake in cycling: GCN accepting to be sponsored by Pinarello, the maker of the ugliest bikes in history and in the whole universe.

  43. i ride my regular street bike to work & i really enjoy these vids.. keep it up!!

  44. Put shoes on feet when leaving the house. Only thing worse than riding bare foot is when u forget your bike

  45. Took a double puncture on my first ride of my new bike the other day, had one spare tube…

  46. I accidentally grabbed the front wheel for my wife’s mountain bike instead of my own. Completely incompatible. It was a sad drive home from the trail.

  47. when either out with friends or racing against enemies, the best place to put snot rockets is in one's own lap. Drop your chin and fire away. Alternately, work your way to the back of the group and then do it there. You're going to wash your kit anyway- what does it matter? Do anything else and you're an asshole.

  48. NOTHING WORSE THAN NOT
    HAVING YOUR LUBE HANDY AS YOU
    GO FOR AN EARLY MORNING RIDE UP
    THE CRACK OF DAWN,AND REALISING YOU
    EVEN FORGOT A CLEAN RUBBER FOR THE
    BACK PUNCHER, " OH WELL I'LL ASK THE LADS
    TO " RALEIGH " ROUND AND ASK IF I CAN BORROW DICKS
    " CHOPPER " …IT'S NOT EASY DOING THE CRACK OF DAWN…
    MIND YOU SHE AINT HALF GOOD WITH PUMP " AM PUMPING
    AM PUMPING " . ( I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE I WANT TO RIDE MY BIKE)
    🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳🚳

  49. A CYCLIST CHAIN SNAPPED, SO
    HE STUCK HIS THUMB OUT ON
    THE HOPE OF A LIFT, AN HOUR
    PASSED BY , AND THEN A RED LAMBORGHINI
    PULLED UP ' THE DRIVER SAYS, THE BIKE WON'T
    FIT IN THE CAR ,BUT YOU CAN TIE TO THE BACK
    BUMPER, AND ILL DRIVE SLOWLY IF I GO TO FAST
    JUST RING YOUR BELL ,THE JOURNEY WAS GOING
    FINE FOR THE FIRST FEW MILES UNTILL THEY STOPPED
    AT THE LIGHTS A YELLOW PORCH 911SPORTS PULLS
    BESIDES THEM..VROOOOOMM..THE LAMBORGHINI WASN'T
    TAKEING SHIT ..SOON AS IT HIT GREEN THEY BOTH RACED
    DOWN THE DUEL CARRIAGEWAY….NENOR NENOR NENORE
    THE COP WAS ON HIS RADIO TO HQ…" YEH RODGER GOT
    A LAMBO AND PORCH RACING BOTH DOING 125MPH,
    BUT WHAT'S AMAZING " THERE'S A GUY ON A BICYCLE JUST
    BEHIND THEM FLICKING HIS BELL TO GET PASSED…🤨🤨🤨🤨

  50. I love GNC. There is nothing better than hearing cyclists describe the idiosyncrasies of our beloved sport.

    I have experienced each of these “whatnots”. Especially the chain tattoo. I love my Roubaix like a child but I do not keep my chain looking brand new. Since a sign of a novice is chain tattoos I scrub it off immediately upon detection.

  51. Biggest mistake I've made is wasting my time watching this. Surprised they haven't covered forgetting you used to get on fine before all this crap in the relentless search for new content.

  52. Overdress > Underdress. At least you can open your "vents", Many times I almost freeze because of lack of clothing.

  53. How about forgetting to take your bike off the roof rack before entering your garage! Been there, done that! I once had a mate who was so happy after winning a race only to wreck his bike when he entered his garage! Ouch

  54. My worst mistake was to forget my cycling shoes. It would have taken almost a day to get them, and I had 20 min to spare. Solution was to ride in my training sneekers and buy new cycling shoes in the evening. The new ones have much more comfort. So all in all it were a bit painfull for the wallet, but my body thanked me 🖒

    My most common mishake is the chainring tatoo 😅

  55. I’ve heard annoyance with people staying lead for too long and getting inconsistent with speed but refusing to drop back.

  56. On hot days and long rides I can forget the correct way back an have to go a lot further than I inteded to go8-

  57. Forgot my jersey for a chilly spring sportive in Dartmoor. Shivering on the start line in a base layer and gilet, gels and food stuffed down my shorts.

  58. Did a gran fondo a few days ago and Cyclists ahead of me had some Snot Rockets which came my way, kind of Rude and obnoxious

  59. Drove for 2 hours in a mate's car with both bikes securely locked on his roof rack, got to the destination and nipped into the loo and came out to him looking distraught.

    "I've forgotten the key for the roof rack"

    "Hahahaha, good one mate, let's get them off and get going"

    "No, seriously"

    "Fuuuuuuuuucckkk, you absolutely fanny"

  60. With overdressing, I wear massive coats and jumpers and ride a bmx up steep hills 😂 theres no sweat

  61. Biggest mistake? Caring about someone with the chainring tattoo. It has happened to all of us. Let's quick gatekeeping this wonderful sport!

  62. Talking about chainring tatoos…I've had my 3x top ring tear my skin and dig in the muscle while pedaling hardly…left a permanent one XD

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