Wednesday, August 19, 2009
If you've ever hung with cyclists, you know how true this is:
Back in the day (i.e., the seventies, when a close acquaintance of mine was a bike mechanic for racers at the Kissena velodrome,) there used to be an expression, "90 per cent legs, 10 per cent bike." This dude seems to have that backwards.
> "90 per cent legs, 10 per cent bike."
The point is that the crew that rides fixies rides them for fashion, not to ride a bike. Fixies are just about the worst possible bike for any kind of riding outside of a velodrome.
I live in Seattle, which is nothing but hills. I pity the people I see riding fixies -- they're inefficient, they put huge stress on your knees when starting and stopping, and half the fools riding them don't even have brakes on them.
And yes, I've paid well over $2000 for a carbon-fiber bike, and it's worth every penny. I'm no Lance (only one guy is), but I'm enough of a rider that it makes a difference.
That was awesome...I am a cyclist and that is easily the best you-tube vid I have seen to date.
FWIW - The leg shaving is to decrease the damage done to and healing time from "road rash" that results from the burning and ripping of hair when dragged across asphalt.