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  • - Welcome to another Ask GCN-ything.

  • - That's right,

  • you ask us anything,

  • and we will do our best to answer it.

  • First up, Tom,

  • we got a question that's borderline awkward.

  • This is from Jeremy Emilio, who has asked

  • how to I get my sister, girlfriend into cycling.

  • Now the awkwardness is there for all to see.

  • Smale Rider points it out for us,

  • "Wait, is she both?"

  • To which Luciano Namo says,

  • "You need to figure out some things first, Jeremy.

  • Why are you dating your sister?"

  • And I don't think that's a question we can answer, Tom.

  • - It's okay, it's okay.

  • Because Jeremy did get back

  • to all of you concerned commenters,

  • and say "Nope, separate."

  • - That's a relief.

  • Alright, well, in terms of how to get your sister

  • into cycling, Tom, you've probably

  • got more experience

  • because you have a sister and I don't.

  • And yours is an exceedingly talented

  • and accomplished cyclist.

  • And she's also younger.

  • So you must have done something right.

  • - Younger and faster than me.

  • And has been for a number of years.

  • - I didn't want to point that out, but yeah.

  • - It's sort of a fact, isn't it?

  • - Yeah.

  • - How did Annie get into cycling?

  • I think Annie just got into cycling

  • because we got in cycling when we were quite young,

  • probably ten or twelve.

  • And it was just a family thing to do.

  • So if your sister is young enough

  • that you're still riding with your parents

  • or something like that,

  • just having fun on your bike is a pretty good way to start.

  • If they're a bit older

  • and you think that they just need to get into cycling,

  • I don't really know.

  • Cafe ride?

  • A cafe ride is a good way to introduce cycling to people.

  • - Yeah, I think, probably,

  • it's all about making it fun, like you said.

  • And then trying not to demoralise them,

  • don't take them up any stupid hills

  • and drop them and leave them on the side of the road.

  • Quiet roads, that's really important.

  • No one likes traffic when they're getting into cycling.

  • I don't like traffic now, actually.

  • But yeah, so there we go.

  • Hopefully those will help you out, Jeremy.

  • Alright then, next up, we've got this question.

  • Oh, I like it.

  • From Jukka Pakkanen.

  • Do you guys save your old beloved bikes?

  • What do you do with the old ones

  • when you decide to get a new one?

  • What do you do?

  • - If I own the old one, I'd probably sell it.

  • - Yes, you don't like saving stuff, do you?

  • - No, I've got one bike that I've kept.

  • I've got a couple of bikes

  • I've kept over the years

  • that I like riding now and again.

  • We're in such a fortunate position

  • with GCN,

  • with the bike partners,

  • that I haven't felt the need

  • to replace my own bike so regularly.

  • - Yeah. Well I've kept one frame

  • from my mountain bike days,

  • because the complete bike took up too much room.

  • And it's now technically out of date anyway.

  • But the frame is special.

  • And then I kept two bikes from my racing days,

  • just in case.

  • Basically, if I didn't get amazing bikes from GCN,

  • I've still got two of my own.

  • They're not beloved, as such.

  • Well, I do love them quite a lot.

  • - I wonder how Matt's getting on?

  • Because he found his 2000 Giro D'Italia bike.

  • Or, his 2000 Giro D'Italia bike was found

  • in a bike shop in Italy.

  • So he's after that.

  • That is truly a beloved bike

  • because of a lot of great memories attached.

  • - Probably not that many great memories from that race.

  • He had a pretty tough time with it.

  • - True.

  • - Yeah with the crash and the injury.

  • Alright then, next up.

  • Should I be worried about using

  • my carbon road bike on a turbo trainer?

  • Will the frame crack under a heavy load?

  • Basically, this is a common myth about carbon fibre frames.

  • That you shouldn't use them on turbo trainers.

  • The fact is, from what we can tell,

  • we've talked to manufacturers,

  • is that none of them seem

  • to say that your warranty is void

  • if you use it on a turbo trainer.

  • So that, to my mind, tells me that it's safe.

  • And then, if you try to actually look

  • for anyone who has experience of a carbon frame cracking

  • as a result of a turbo trainer,

  • you can't really find them either, can you?

  • - No, you can't.

  • I guess the concern probably comes from

  • having the bike fixed,

  • and then the sideways motion.

  • But I've never heard of it.

  • - There are many very old bikes

  • that have been on server trainer for long time,

  • and they are not showing any signs of stress.

  • Going back to myths about carbon fibre though,

  • we've got a video about that, haven't we mate?

  • - We have.

  • - It's there.

  • It's the seven things

  • you didn't know about carbon fibre.

  • A lot of misconceptions are laid to rest in that video.

  • Check it out.

  • (rock music)

  • (buzzer)

  • - The suitability of a component,

  • in general,

  • doesn't depend on the material.

  • Every part should be engineered

  • with a specific load case in mind.

  • Admittedly, there is a risk with carbon,

  • as with any frame material,

  • that you can push the limits of it

  • in order to hit a super light goal, for example.

  • But problems only arise

  • if it hasn't been engineered correctly.

  • - That is an absolute cracking video.

  • Next question comes in from Sam Running who says,

  • Does chain length affect the speed of your bike?

  • What do you reckon, Si?

  • - Well, we're talking tiny, tiny,

  • adjustments of speed aren't we.

  • Like, one or two watts really.

  • But it could,

  • if you get it vastly wrong,

  • it definitely could.

  • If it's too tight,

  • that it could potentially

  • put more resistance on the chain.

  • And then if it's too long,

  • there's more chain to increase drag.

  • We are talking tiny, tiny.

  • But basically,

  • you need to get it right for your shifting, principally.

  • And then, also, to stop your chain

  • from flapping around and being all baggy.

  • So yeah, get it right for those reasons,

  • rather than for making your bike quicker.

  • Alright, Tom. Can you answer this one?

  • When you all travel abroad to film,

  • this is from Ryan Donnelly, by the way,

  • do you bring a translator with you,

  • or do you just wing it and hope for the best?

  • What could possibly give you that impression?

  • - Well, Ryan, we don't travel with a translator,

  • we don't have an awful lot of fluency in languages

  • apart from English.

  • Some of you may debate whether

  • we're fluent in English or not.

  • We know a few key words,

  • but many of the places that we do go to shoot

  • receive a lot of English or foreign cyclists.

  • So the locals often speak English as well.

  • But, it's definitely worth learning

  • a few key words if you're travelling somewhere.

  • And I think with that,

  • we'll learn in this next video,

  • which is,

  • "Five Mistakes You Shouldn't Make

  • When You Go Cycling Abroad."

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  • - If you're heading somewhere a little bit exotic to ride,

  • a little bit off the beaten track,

  • it's definitely worth doing your research.

  • Consider the local cuisine,

  • what are the roads like,

  • is there a hospital nearby,

  • is there a bike shop close to hand?

  • - Yes. Doing this will give you peace of mind.

  • It might relieve a bit of stress as well,

  • and it could definitely get you out

  • of a difficult situation.

  • Actually, this is not a bad rule to adhere to,

  • even when you're close to home.

  • - Right then, straight into another question.

  • This one comes from Tommy L3.

  • "Hey I'm finding riding a little bit boring now,

  • how do I get back that same motivation

  • and hunger for riding

  • that I used to have when I started?

  • Tom, what do you think of that one, mate?

  • - That's a difficult one, isn't it?

  • 'Cause we don't know whether, Tommy,

  • you're getting kind of bored and demotivated

  • off the bat of riding every single day,

  • on the same roads,

  • or something like that.

  • I'd suggest,

  • if you are finding something a bit boring,

  • a bit demotivating,

  • take a break if you can.

  • If you have another means of transport to get to work

  • or something like that.

  • Take a couple of days off, freshen up,

  • and then see if you can find some different roads to ride.

  • I always found when I was a bit demotivated,

  • my favourite thing to do was

  • to throw in a gravel section

  • or an off road section

  • just to keep things fresh

  • and make things a bit different.

  • How about you?

  • - Well I find that sometimes,

  • if I don't really want to go for a ride,

  • for whatever reason,

  • if I force myself to go for a ride,

  • I tend to enjoy it when I'm out there.

  • So actually, as well as the whole,

  • listen to your body and your head,

  • and do what you want.

  • Sometimes, a little bit

  • of self-motivation

  • can actually work wonders as well.

  • But, not long term, I have one off day in 30.

  • Where I kind of think, well I don't want to go out,

  • and then I do it and have a good time.

  • That might work!

  • We also, surprise surprise,

  • have a whole video on the subject.

  • This is basically like relationship counselling.

  • Dan and I talk you through

  • how to spice up your relationship with your bike.

  • And, yes.

  • It includes dirty weekends.

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  • - Riding solo can be great.

  • But it can also get quite boring.

  • After all, you've only got

  • your own thoughts for company for hours on end.

  • So why not try riding with others?

  • Now a lot of people choose

  • to just ride with one other partner,

  • sometimes you can go out as a three,

  • that can leave somebody awkwardly left out,

  • or you can choose to go out on a big group ride.

  • It's an obvious tip, but it really