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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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2 facets of the same myth:
Big puffy saddles are ALWAYS more comfortable


Serious road bikers wear padded shorts to make up for cushion on their saddles

Fact is, road bike saddles are supportive in all the right areas... that's why they're so personal. what fits my butt won't necessarily fit yours. A chamois supplements that, but isn't "making up for lack of padding."

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