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Bike Myths We Wish Would Die

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I'll go first:

1) Bike tires need to have directional treads to prevent hydroplaning.

2) When building a wheel, the greater the spoke tension, the stronger and stiffer the wheel.

3) A stiffer rim will give you a stiffer wheel.

4) Bicycle wheels need to be balanced to within precise limits, less than the weight of valves.

5) Rotational mass will slow you down much more than static mass.

6) Aluminum doesn't corrode.

7) Carbon fiber is more prone to catastrophic failure than other materials.
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15) This is your last bike, you certainly won't be buying another one.
This should probably be #1.
1) Road Bike tires need to have treads.
1a) Tread direction matters (see #1)
1b) Treads increase grip (see #1)
Myths Debunked: Tread Patterns Matter, even on the Road – Rene Herse Cycles
Ceramic bearings are worth it.

Skinny tires are better.

Red Orange bikes are faster ... oops, no, that one is true.
Fixed that for ya.
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Thanks for taking care of my "light work" velodawg.
Always glad to spread the Truth.
Any color aside from orange is the preferable color for a bicycle.
You're just being spiteful and mean!

Damn trolls.
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16) Always observe your thighs vis-à-vis your bike's top tube when riding, to make sure you are not hitting said top tube with the aforementioned thighs.
Previously I thought that #15 should have been 1st, but now I realize that this should should be The One True #1.
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Could you really not look this up yourself? Here's the formula: Vp = 10.2 sqrt(P) Vp is hydroplaning speed in mph, and P is pressure in psi. So for a bike tire at 100 psi, hydroplaning starts at 102 mph. At 49 psi, hydroplaning starts at 71.4 mph. Amazing what you can learn when you actually choose to.
And this ain't no myth.
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But then that will shorten the thread and cause less traffic on the forum. I thought there was a concern about the ghost-town-ness of this forum... 👻
But ghosts are a myth.
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