28 February 2008

The Man stayed in the saddle

Posted by todd under: Words from cycling sages .

Question: I’ve heard you don’t pedal off the saddle, that you sit down always. Is it true?
Answer: It is when I’m riding a multi-speed bike. It seems to me that standing up to pedal defeats the purpose of multi-speed gears. I don’t do it unless I run out of low gear on a climb, but this rarely happens to me. I think a lot of standing is the result of having the saddle too low, or the gear too high, or just to give the butt a break from one of those ubiquitous plastic saddles.
Sheldon Brown, in a Rivendell Reader interview, from Rivbike.com

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About the picture atop the page

Yes, that's me, Todd Van Campen. No, I'm not wearing a helmet. Yes, I usually wear one, so please don't scold! Seriously, I endorse wearing a helmet! Pinky swear! In fact, I almost ALWAYS wear one (while riding a bike anyway). (On the other hand, if YOU don't want to wear a helmet, I have no problem with it.) I don't remember what happened on this particular day. Fortunately for all of us it makes for a less-nerdly picture. My exceptionally talented professional photographer friend Charles Bertram took this photo.



Art for art’s sake

I asked my 6-year-old son, Caleb, an avid bicyclist and artist, to draw a bike for me. I think he did a great job!




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