• Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, MI

  • Racing the Provincial's Crit 2014

  • Forest City Velodrome - London, ON

  • Larkenville Challenge, Buffalo, NY

  • Winning the Sprint at the ForestCity Velodrome

  • Track Nationals 2014: Keirin

  • Track Nationals 2014: Points Race

  • OCUP #1: Feb 2015

Cycling

Anyone that has stepped foot into a "cycling shop" for the first time knows the feeling of entering something that approaching the alter at a church. It is something to be haled and perhaps aw-inspiring, never-mind somewhat scary. When you walk by bikes costing as much as a small car, one has to wonder if you are in the right place. Heaven forbid one ever brings in a department store bike in for repair. Laughter will usually ensue.

Cyclists are, um, an elite group. We have are own subculture. Where else but a group ride would someone notice your bike is dirty and point it out. Where else would you have to compare the wheel set or the shifters of the bike as if it makes a big difference (ok, so it does - if you ride long and fast, but I am biased, er, a cyclist).

To make the point, I discovered a good analogy on a recent posting of Cyclelicious comparing the cycling subculture to a supposed vacuum cleaner subculture. It makes you think:

"He began his presentation talking about a mythical Vacuum Cleaner Culture, in which the people blog about their vacuums and obsess about the materials, design and construction of vacuum cleaners. Different vacuums are used for various vacuuming conditions. They recommend the right clothing, shoes, hats, gloves and underwear to use while vacuuming."

Reference: We are Cyclists

Methinks the above sums up the subculture quite well. In parts of Europe, a bike is a mode of transportation. In North American, it's something one does must like golf.

The article also references a good video to make the point: CLICK HERE

So, pardon me whilst I return to my Giant TCR Advanced SL1, with full 12.5lbs carbon frame, Durace 7900 group, Mavic wheels, Michelin Pro tires, PowerTap SL1, Garmin 705, etc, etc. Heaven forbid I have ride a bike without clipless pedals.

 

If you happen to be one of the "few" people that do not own a car and you ride, you are at the mercy of any offending driver's insurance benefits should you be involved in a crash with a car.

The proposed changes to auto insurance in Ontario are to give the insurance buyer more choice, but may cause issues with others that do not have such a choice. With the reduction in benefits, those without a auto insurance policy could be out of luck.

Read the info posted on the ibiketo.ca blog.

Personally, this is one of the reason I would like to see insurance companies offer cycling insurance. With cyclists rides costing as much as a small car, damaged to the bicycle never mind the rider need to be covered. This would give those without auto insurance the coverage they need.

 

On reading the latests Science of Sport blog article, I came across a link to information suggesting that cycling is six times safer than living. The original article is in Ken Kiefer's Bike Pages in the article discussing the Dangers of Cycling.

Both articles make light of some stats that were dug up:

Deaths per million hours:

Skydiving - 128.71
General Flying - 15.58
Motorcycling - 8.80
Scuba Diving - 1.98
Swimming (presumably competitive) - 1.07
Snowmobiling - 0.88
Motoring - 0.47
Water skiing - 0.28
Bicycling - 0.26
Airline Flying 0.15
Hunting 0.08

The data was compiled apparently by compiled by Failure Analysis Associates, Inc and on the surface suggests cycling is 6x safer than living based on millions of hours spent duing the activity.

While the statistic is interesting and makes for a great headline, one has to consider than a 80 year old person only lives some 700,000 hours. How many hours of that are actually spend cycling? Thus, real world application of the statistic may be limited. But, if nothing else, it can make for a good topic of conversation on the next group ride.

That said, I do not intend to make light of the fact that cycling is exercise and the risk of dying from heart disease or simular problems is lessened by cycling or any form of exercise that gets the heart rate up is greatly decreased. Myself, I lost some 70lbs by eating better and riding my bike.

Check out the links above. They make for some interesting reading.

 

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