Cycling’s Weirdest Laws: Are You In Danger Of Breaking Them? | GCN Show Ep. 356

Cycling’s Weirdest Laws: Are You In Danger Of Breaking Them? | GCN Show Ep. 356

– From 3370 meters above sea
level at Alto de la Cuchilla in Colombia, welcome to the GCN Show. – Welcome to the GCN Show. – This week, cycling’s weirdest
laws from around the world. Are you in danger of breaking them? – We are also edging ever closer to cycling’s equivalent of
the sub two hour marathon. We have bicycle license
plates over in California, got some surfing for you,
and we look at research from Molecular Diversity
Preservation International. – Ooh, plus, Dan’s doing a
1000 kilometer bike ride. – No I’m not. (upbeat music) This week in the world of cycling, we learn that pro cyclist Thomas De Gendt is actually just like the rest of us. – I.e. a normal person, even
though he’s a top pro cyclist, he’s still not allowed in his
own house if he’s too dirty. – He’s not, in fact here
he’s getting jet washed after his ride before he
was allowed to go indoors. – We also learned this
week that the UCI rules aren’t perhaps quite as
much of a restriction on bike development as we first thought. British Cycling’s collaboration with Lotus and Hope as yielded this. – [Dan] Wow, what are we
thinking about that, then? Hot or not? – [Simon] Hot, well I mean, quite clearly it’s not hot hot, is it? – [Dan] Thanks, Si, for clearing that up. – Well, you know what I mean. I mean, it’s ugly, really ugly. It’s like a bike had a night
of passion with a Zimmmer frame but it’s still very, very
cool, and also, all because the UCI relaxed their
aspect to width ratio thing. – Well, let’s hope they don’t
relax that rule too much more than they already did.
– Yes, exactly. – Now before we get on to
some very strange cycling laws from around the world,
if you were disappointed not seeing me or Simon
on the show last week– – Yeah, all two of you. – Or perhaps wondering
where we were last week, we had to go into hiding, didn’t we? – Because it turned out we had made tens of thousands of
mountain bikers really angry. – That is bull (bleep). – I mean, all we did was suggest that modern mountain bikes are boring. – Yeah, we would like to just reiterate the end of the video where
we do say that we don’t think that modern mountian
bikes are actually boring, even though they have
changed fundamentally. We would now, though, like to
add something to that video, which is to say that a
lot of mountain bikers don’t really have a sense of humor, Dan. – These two guys don’t
know how to ride flat bars. – Or I can just beat ’em up. – No, they don’t, we’ll
continue digging on this. It turns out they take
themselves way too seriously. – Yeah, big extreme and apparently relaxed is clearly serious business. – Whereas roadies, I
mean, slightly ironically given how much we obsess about
wattages and aerodynamics, we’ve had to develop a
sense of humor, haven’t we? Because we have to wear Lycra. – True, right, let’s talk
about cycling laws, then. Now we’ve been thinking about this, following a video we’ve been researching about the legality of
cycling side by side. – [Dan] Which is legal, by the
way, in Australia and the UK. – [Simon] Yeah, and 39 US states. Now, whatever you do,
don’t mess with Hawaii, OK? – No, you are allowed to ride
side by side in Texas, Si, but with the caveat that you do have to use your common sense there. – Yeah, well I guess you should really use that whenever you ride. – Yo udo have to be careful in
Dallas, though, I found out. – Oh, what happens in Dallas? – Because in Dallas it is
illegal to take your bike into any public building, for some reason. – Really? Right, Australia, now,
a much publicized law about mandatory helmet use when cycling, but, controversial, got to say,
but we’ll leave that there. Worse for me is the fact you’ve got to have a bell on your bike. – Well, when we found that
out, it did explain why we get so many submissions
of pimp by bells over on hack forward
slash bodge of the week. In fact, we had a classic uploaded to the GCN app recently, didn’t we? Check this out. Well, it does resemble the
saddle a little bit, I guess. – Yeah, or a fish, I think. – Sticking in Australia,
actually, there’s also a law there that cyclists are not
allowed to lead an animal, which means no taking your pooch out for a gentle bike ride
stroll in the evening. – Wow, there is a law in
many countries, actually, that stipulates that you
have to have reflectors on your bike, both front and rear. Fortunately, this one doesn’t seem to be particularly well enforced, I guess ’cause there’s this tacit understanding
that traditional reflectors are just a bit rubbish, but
here in the UK there’s also a law that says you have
to have pedal reflectors when cycling at night.
– Is there? – Yeah.
– Wow, that’d pose a problem if you’re running speed
plays, wouldn’t it? – Well, or any clevers pedals, I haven’t got adapters for my looks. – Meanwhile, over in Colorado,
and in fact, in Australia, which we’ve just found out,
you have to have one hand on your handlebar, at least, at all times. Which wouldn’t pose a big problem for you or I, Si, would it? – [Simon] No. – But it’d be blooming
annoying if you were a rider capable of winning a bike race. – Yeah, that’s it. Another one that’s not going to
pose much of a problem to us, but it turns out that in Connecticut there is a cycling speed limit. Do you want to have a
guess as to what it is? – 30 miles an hour. – No, but you’re close, 65 miles an hour. – Who’s going to be breaking that? – I don’t know, that’s
quite swift if you ask me. – There’s not even many mountains around that neck of the woods, is there? – No, there are not. A law here in the UK that
bans furious cycling. So all those mountain
bikers that have been commenting on our videos better watch out. (Dan laughs) And Thailand, as well,
according to Bike Radar it’s illegal to cycle without a shirt on. – That’ll be disappointing for the locals if we ever turn up, won’t it, Si? – Yeah, but imagine Mario Cipollini wouldn’t be allowed to go there either. – No, very true indeed. Right, let’s finish with a law that was proposed over in Missouri. That proposal was that every
cyclist had to ride around with a fluorescent yellow
flag on their bike. (Simon groans) On top of a 15 foot flagpole. – Bloody hell! – Yeah, can you believe that? – No! – Thankfully, that law wasn’t passed. – No, although imagine
the tech opportunities. Imagine the aerodynamic 15 foot flagpoles. I can pretty much hear Ollie squealing with excitement as we talk. – And they may not stipulate
the size of the flag, could be a miniature thing on top of
a 15 foot pole, couldn’t it? (Simon laughs) If you were going to propose
a cycling law for the UK or anywhere in the
world, what would it be? – I would ban bad vibes
on bike paths, kay? Nothing upsets me more on
a bike path, no, seriously, then when cyclists are
aggressive towards one another. Like, I can kind of understand when you’re riding on the road you might feel a bit threatened and so
you’re particularly assertive, borderline aggressive, but on a bike path there is no room for
that kind of attitude. Leave it on the road, please. – You obviously feel
passionate about that. – I do, it really annoys me when cyclists get angry at other cyclists. – Well, I would ban– – Or, worse, with pedestrians,
that really annoys me. – Can I get mine in?
– Yeah. – All right, I would ban
boring mountain bikers. (Simon exclaims) Sorry.
– All mountain bikers, then? – Whoa. – Ooh, no, we jest, we jest.
(Dan laughs) The comments are going to go wild. – Martin, sorry, sorry. – Gravel bikes are mountain bikes. With (bleep) handlebars. – Triathletes and mountain
bikers all hate us right now. No, you know that law over in the US where if you’re driving
and there’s a red light you’re allowed to turn right
as long as there’s nothing coming from the left or in front of you? – Yes, yeah. – Well, I would do that
in the UK for cyclists, obviously turning left if it’s a red light and there’s nothing coming. – Well, why mate, why not? – Yeah, I think that’s a great idea. – I think that is a great idea. – Wasn’t mine, Stefan just thought up that behind the camera, it was a great idea. – Yeah, anyway, you all let
us know in the comment section firstly what weird cycling laws do we need to know about so we
don’t fall foul of them when we’re out traveling
around, and also, if you could create your own cycling
laws, what would they be? Make sure to stick them
in the comment section. Now, though, we’re going
to head up to London and travel back in time to Friday night, ’cause Hank was there, a
guest of Wahoo and Brewdog for the ultimate Friday night out. – He went to a brewery? – No, just a pub, mate, don’t worry. It’s all right. (laughs) Don’t think Dan knew about that. (chill music) – Thanks guys, I made it here to London where I’m attending the Wahoo Zwift tour, which is known as Crank It Up. They’ve been to six different countries, they’ve got five more to go, and I’m here at the seven dials Brewdog bar. So to be honest, Lloydy, you my friend, are missing out, right,
I’m going to get involved. You coming, you coming? So this, the atmosphere is
absolutely booming here, full of cyclists, free Brewdog beer, and there’s a Wahoo kicker up for grabs. You just have to do a hill climb, yeah. About that, I might have to do it. Shoot.
(chill music) I’m having an amazing night here, but the question I’m asking is is this the ultimate
night out for a cyclist? I’m going to go find out. Finally, I found Jason, and
luckily he’s sweatier than I am so we’re good there, how are
you finding the event, bud? – It’s great, but I still hate
hills, even if they’re fake. – And is this the ultimate
night out for a cyclist? Beer and hill climbs. – Yes. – Yeah, nothing quite like it, actually. – Free beer and cycling. – It’s all right, yeah, or lemonades here. (Hank laughs) – My job bears change from
being presented to beer holder. There you go. (chill music) Very good bottle of B. I found myself in the
middle of the mosh pit. I think it’s my turn to
have a go on the hill climb. Not sure how I’m going to get on, though. – [Announcer] Three, two,
one, let’s make some climbs! (chill music) – I’m not going to lie,
hill climbs are never easy. And with a pint under
you, they’re even harder. Right, Lloydy, you’re here next time. Whoo! What a night. I’ve only just realized I’ve been drinking alcohol free beer. But it’s been absolutely cracking
night, got hill climb in, didn’t do too well, but there’s
always next time, right? Now I’m going to hit Harry Potter land. I’m just waiting, I’m sure
they’re going to open in a minute. How much is it, mate? 40, do you reckon I
can put it on expenses? (upbeat music) – Dan just made me a cup of tea whilst James was doing
that, thank you, mate. – Well that is the sort of
generous person I am, Si. – Called bribery, as you
will find out shortly. – It is now time for your
weekly GCN inspiration, which is where you submit
your inspirational photos or videos, we’ve not had videos
for a little while, have we? In return for potentially
winning one of three prizes. – That’s right, this week, third place is a much coveted GCN keep cup. – Second place will get you a
three month free subscription to the GNC Club, and on top
of that, GCN stock E team, which you can see behind us there. – I like those, one of
my personal favorites. And then first prize, firstly,
it’s a copy of our new book, The Plant Based Cyclist,
which is very exciting. – Yeah, first place is basically
a bundle this week, innit? Because you also get a GCN logo hoodie. – Woohoo, the classic, and then also, a striped T shirt, which
I am particularly fond of. – Yeah? All of which are available at Right, let’s move on. In third place this week
and receiving the keep cup is Mike from Mohonk Preserve
and gardener over in the USA. “New bike day ride in my backyard, and yes I know the cranks aren’t level.” – [Simon] I think we can forgive him, ’cause his chainstays aren’t
level either, are they? There’s no way you’re
going to get around that. – [Dan] I’ve not seen chainstays
raised like that before. – [Simon] Well, it’s a new
allied term, now you mention it. (laughs) I think that
it’s a very nice photo. – I had a GCN tech clinic
last week. (laughs) – You’re swiftly coming over
the asymmetric chainstays. – Went down well, got a lot of likes. A load of dislikes as well.
(Simon laughs) – Anyway, I think that’s a great photo. I think there’s a lot of
autumnal slash fall colors going on at the moment
and I’m a sucker for it. I love a bit of red. – So we should probably move on to second, because that’s exactly
what we’ve got there. – That’s right, this
is from Colin Fiedler, who was out for a ride with
his wife on a local trail. Look at that! – [Dan] Do you reckon there’s been any filters put on that one? – [Simon] I don’t know, I hope not, because that is insanely amazing. – [Dan] Pops. – [Simon] It really does
pop, yeah, I just… – Yeah, let us know if
you’ve messed about with it, but regardless, it looks
great, that photo, doesn’t it? Anyway, receiving the bundle
as the winner of first prize this week is, Guenther
over in lower Austria. “Beautiful Sunday morning
ride before breakfast, lovely riding through the hills and woods of the Wienerwald.” – [Simon] Guenther, can
you let us know whether Wienerwald translates
literally as sausage world? Because, well, it sounds like it does. A wiener world? – [Dan] Well, let’s not focus
too much on where it was and just look at that photo, Si. That’s exactly one of those days where you just know that
the mist is going to lift, it’s going to be a
beautiful sunny autumn ride. – [Simon] That does
look amazing, isn’t it? And the most inspirational
thing about that, Dan, is that that wouldn’t
look vastly dissimilar in the depths of winter,
either, so that kind of makes me quite hopeful for the next few months. – [Dan] That sneaky little
stick holding the bike up? – Well, something’s got to be
keeping it upright, isn’t it? – Otherwise he did a very timed photo. – Yeah, anyway, worthy winner,
Guenther, that is fantastic. And please keep your
inspirational photos coming in. – Yeah, well, actually, a
reminder that you can now do that by submitting them on the
GCN app, which is in fact, where we got all of our
winners from this week. – That’s right, yeah, your
inspirational photo on the app kind of backfired a little bit. – [Dan] It backfired, yeah, I didn’t really think that through. – [Simon] No, I don’t think you did. – Although I wasn’t
expecting it to be promoted quite so much on the GCN show last week. – Well, for context, if you didn’t see it, Dan basically put a post
up and said he will ride a kilometer for every
like that the post gets, and your ride’s going to be
pretty long now, isn’t it? – Well, I mean, in my
head I couldn’t imagine that we would have had
more than, let’s say, 100 or a 150 app users,
but as it turns out we’ve got at least a thousand. – Yeah, so Dan’s got a
thousand and something kilometer bike ride coming right up. – No, because thankfully
I didn’t say a time span for the said kilometers, I can do it all, well, I’ll do all those in 2020. – No, no, you are not getting
out of it that easily. I propose, and I’ve
given this some thought, that this perhaps could be
your December challenge. So you have to do it during Advent, from the first of December
right through to Christmas Eve you have to cover off all
of these kilometers and– – That’s not too bad. – the clock will keep
ticking, so if you want to download the app and
start liking Dan’s post, then there’s still time to make
him ride further than that. – Oh no, I’m not keeping doing it. – Oh yes, absolutely, that’s
the rules, that’s the rules. It’s a done deal.
– No, wait. (trumpet plays) – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – Cycling Shorts now, and
we’ll start with the news that Filippo Ganna has just
smashed the individual pursuit world record, which now
stands at just four minutes and 2.486 seconds, which
is utterly bonkers, and if we need to state the obvious, that’s averaging just under
60 kilometers per hour on your own from a standing start. – Even when you go downhill at 60K that feels really, really quick. – Yeah, it does. – As you can imagine,
aerodynamicist guru Xavier Disley was keeping a very close
eye on Ganna’s performances over in Minsk, and
afterwards he came up with his traditional charts, with
document his lap by lap times. And it turns out it also
did a negative split. So basically he got faster
and faster and faster, until, I think, just the
last lap he slowed slightly. – Yeah, and he peaked at what, 62 point something kilometers per hour? – He qualified 62.7, yeah. – Yeah, now bear in mind that
the four rider team pursuit didn’t go as fast as that until, what, 20 something years ago?
– 1993. – It really does put it into perspective. – It does, yeah, we also
Xavier whether he thought that these improvements in
the individual pursuit time were solely down to improved
aerodynamics, and he actually said no, power outputs
amongst modern riders are also improving due to
modern training methods. – That is good to know, isn’t it? ‘Cause you wouldn’t want,
like, an aerodynamics arms race being the only reason for it.
– That’s true. – We did, of course, then
ask what it would take to go sub four minutes,
and apparently 20 watts, or a 5% reduction in
drag, if the conditions were the same as in Minsk at the weekend, but in more favorable conditions,
i.e. lower air density or something, it would
take just five extra watts to break four minutes, and let’s face it, you can always squeeze out
five extra watts, can’t you? Just try a little bit harder, Filippo. – It’s only two seconds,
isn’t it, Filippo? This is the mythical four minute barrier that became mythical about
two weeks ago, wasn’t it? After the sub two hour marathon. – If only we’d been making
a thing about it for years, but no, we’re just a
little bit on the party. – Does make you wonder, though,
whether this is going to be broken before the end
of this track season? – I’d think it probably
would be, don’t you? – Yeah, like I said,
it’s only two seconds. – Yeah, exactly.
– Go Filippo. (Simon laughs) Now in other news, you are now able to use your Canyon bike officially
on an indoor trainer. – [Simon] Yes, from one type
of indoor cycling to another, and this one might sound
strange, ’cause loads of us have already been using
Canyons on indoor trainers and in fact Canyon have a
pro indoor cycling team. But, as with many, many
other brands out there, the particular stresses that
indoor trainers may or may not have been placing on frames
hadn’t been fully tested, and therefore using your
bike on an indoor trainer meant that it wasn’t
fully covered by warranty. – But Canyon obviously
realized how many of us do want to use their bikes on an
indoor trainer without fear of any consequences, and so
they have increased the scope of their standard quality
testing processes. – Yeah, basically what that means is that six models have
now been cleared for use on indoor trainers with a warranty. – Sticking with indoor
riding, Zwift have said that they are going to donate
$25,000 to the charity Movember if users are able to
complete an in game mission. – That’s right, the
mission for Zwift being to get 10,000 users to
complete either riding or running 9.9 hours in game in November. So if you want to get involved in this, and any time you get
on Zwift it will count, you just got to sign up in
game and then ride away. Or run, in fact, if you really want. – It’s a shame it doesn’t coincide with my festive thousand, really, Si, isn’t it? – Well, yeah, but not enough hours, mate. Just going to be a tiny fraction of that one thousand and something kilometers. – [Dan] Yeah, probably
about a hundred kilometers. – Right, Dan, is it time for
some cycling themed science? – That depends, what’s the journal? – It is the Molecular Diversity
Preservation International. – One of my favorites, crack on! – Thank you, Dan, now this one, as ever, comes from a tweet by Cycling Science. And the journal article is about
the effects of fluid intake in a one hour cycling
time trial performance undertaken by trained endurance athletes. The conclusion, Dan, best to drink at all. – I was really surprised
about that conclusion, ’cause if you’re in a hot
time trial surely you want to drink something, but the
laboratory conditions for the nine participants
were reasonably hot at 30 degrees centigrade, and as you said, the conclusion was
basically that a preplanned hydration strategy or a
drink to thirst strategy was no better than
drinking nothing at all. – I just can’t get my head around this. You can’t go for an hour without drinking no matter what, can you? So there we go. Now, from one hour activities
to another one hour activity, and the cyclocross
season is gathering pace. For many people it’s
gathering pace because Mathieu van der Poel made his return at the Superprestige in Ruddervoorde. He didn’t make it look
quite as easy as normal. I mean, it took until mid race to dispatch all of his competitors,
but he still had enough in the tank left at the end for this. (crowd cheers) – Do you know what that’s called? – What, the jump? – Yeah.
– No, what? – Stease, style with ease. – Steasy, yes. – A mountain biker
without a sense of humor told me that yesterday.
(Simon laughs) Anyway, Jeremy caught up
with Mathieu van der Poel before he embarked on his race. – I’m here with Mathieu van der Poel. How you feeling today, man? – For now I’m feeling
quite good, so (laughs) it’s really nice weather here
today and, yeah, I’m excited. – Yeah, it’s your first
race back, obviously. You have not raced against
Eli Iserbyt or Tom Pidcock, they’ve been showing that
they’ve got great form coming up. Excited, nervous, probably both? – Yeah, not really nervous,
cycling is something I do for a long time now, so it’s a habit and yeah, I’m a little bit
curious how the guys are doing and yeah, I’m looking forward to it. – You’re ready to rip. And this course, in
particular, do you like it, is it something that favors you? – Yeah, it’s one of my favorite, especially in these conditions
and yeah, I hope I find the good pace today and
have a good technique. – By the way, if you
haven’t already heard, we now have a cycling podcast
dedicated to cyclocross, which is out at the
moment every single week. Jeremy is at the head
on this, and great stuff going on there, including
weekly contributions from three time former world
champion Erwin Vervecken. – I know, how cool is
that, Erwin Vervecken? There we go, and Eli undoubtedly will be guesting on there soon after his performance at
the weekend in the video. (upbeat music) – Eli’s definitely got a good
sense of humor, hasn’t he? – He does, yeah. – He has to have, with skills like that on a cyclocross bike, that
was so funny, that video. – What the (bleep) is that? – Right, moving on, thanks
to all of you who preordered our first ever GCN book entitled
The Plant Based Cyclist. Been quite overwhelmed
by the response actually. – [Simon] We have, yeah, been brilliant. – But it is a great book,
because mainly it features loads of pictures of me and Si eating. – Yeah, wasn’t that– – We had a great day, didn’t we? – Wasn’t that fantastic? “Here, eat this.” “Yeah, all right, brilliant.” “Here, eat that.” “Ooh, yeah, fantastic.” – I lucked out more than you, didn’t I? Because whilst you just had
a load of snacks to eat, I ended up with the post-ride
meal and the dessert. – [Simon] You did, yes. – [Dan] That video’ll be coming soon. – Yeah we got two more recipe
videos with Nigel coming soon. If you haven’t found out much about The Plant Based Cyclist
Book, then do make sure you have a look over on the GCN shop. Nigel is a bit of a legend and
he’s been working in cycling as a top nutritionist for a
long, long time, hasn’t he? He knows his onions. – Right, before we finish
Cycling Shorts, we are going to let some lucky winners
know who they are, basically. This is the continental tie giveaway. – That’s right, so we have Conrad Whiston, who has requested clincher tires. We got Willian, Willian? William Cumberlidge,
sorry, William Cumberlidge. What a surprise, I’ve messed
up two names on the bounce, and he’s requested tubeless GP 5000s. And then lastly Sven Lange, who’s also after some tubeless GP 5000s. – You got the foreign one right. – I know, weird, that, innit? – Yeah, well done to all of
you, we’ll got those prizes out to you in the post
as soon as possible. (drill whirs) Next up, hack forward
slash bodge of the week. And this segment also you can upload your hacks and bodges via the GCN app. Well, the first one actually I noticed over on Twitter, so I wrote to Mark Scott and asked him to send me
– Ooh, nice! the original photo, he
carved this pumpkin. – [Simon] Which is neither
a hack nor a bodge. It’s a pumpkin, isn’t it? With a bike on it. – [Dan] But he’s hacked
the pumpkin, hasn’t he? – [Simon] Oh, I see what you mean! – Yes, no, he has hacked
away at the pumpkin. Yeah, no, I like that. – [Dan] Impressive, isn’t it? Better than the smile and
the two eyes that I did. – I did a smile and two eyes as well, but I did make the
pumpkin seeds into teeth, which I was particularly proud of. – Well, Lorraine made the
pumpkin seeds, my wife, into a sort of spew
coming out of the mouth. (Simon laughs) – Did she? That is fantastic. Show me a picture later.
(Dan laughs) – Will do, anyway, moving on. – Yeah, moving on to this one
from Matthias from Germany. Ooh, I like this one,
mate, so this is all about that pesky off center
light, this time of year you’ve got lights on your bike. How annoying is it to have it on one side of your handlebars? Matthias has fitted this one
underneath his Garmin mount. – [Dan] To do so he’s dismantled
his girlfriend’s headlamp, which he apologizes for here. – [Simon] Oh dear, I
actually bought a GoPro mount attachment for my light
off the internet the other day and I’m very excited
to be using that soon. – Off the online shop site? – It was an online shop,
yeah, it was, yeah. – Right, moving on, we
had this sent in by Evan in Australia, recently bought a Cannondale that came with vision metric handlebars. As these are flat he was
unable to clip on his aerobars. So rather than pay a lot
of money to get some new compatible aerobars he
designed a new component which allows existing
ones to fit on his bike. – Wowee, which is a long
winded way of saying he’s 3D printed some new
mounts for his aerobars, which is quite impressive, really. – I like the way he says that,
“I’ve ridden 200 kilometers with no issues,” as though that’s
going to be the end of that. – Yes, and he’s also designed
in a mechanism of failure that would be less
catastrophic, which I think is a very good plan, Evan,
if you’ve got plastic, hack. Yes, and go careful. Right, and next up we’ve got
this one from PaulMaron77. He said, “I was out for
a spin and I saw this.” Well, what is that, Paul? – Gripping. – Well, yeah, but what is it? – [Dan] I don’t even know. – [Simon] Why were they there? – [Dan] I mean, if they
were the other way round it would be sort of aerobar
hack, wouldn’t it, at least? – [Simon] No, I don’t understand that. – Well, maybe someone can
enlighten us as to why you might want to have two of these things attached
to your handlebars. – I don’t even know they’re called. (laughter) – If you can advise us as
to what’s on the handlebars, and then what they might be used for, that would be very good, in
the comment section down below. – Right, Michael Velo saw
this on a Facebook group, don’t know if it was a hack or a bodge. It ain’t stupid if it works. Well, that’s a good use of a reflector. (Dan laughs)
I like that. – [Dan] It’s almost a
hack, actually, isn’t it? – Yeah, I think it does. I mean, the only problem is obviously your chain might come off the other side. So you kind of need some
other sort of, I mean, most sort of chain, what
are they called, catchers? Are going to go over the top, don’t they? So perhaps if you could
fashion some kind of 3D printed thing that
might bodge the hack. – Are we saying bodge
then, bodge for the last? – [Simon] Massive bodge, yeah. – Right, don’t forget you
can get involve in this through the GCN app or indeed
you can still use the upload, there’s a link to that
in the description below. (upbeat music) – It’s Caption Competition
now, that point in the show where you get your chance
to get your hands on a coveted GCN elite waterbottle, ooh! Which these are the new ones, looking kind of cool, aren’t they? – They do like nice, yeah. – They do. All you got to do is give us
a caption, a funny caption, to a photo that we’re about to give you. Firstly, though, results from last week. – Yes, last week’s photo was this one from the Sitanna
Criterion where there were a load of cyclists
dressed in judo outfits. Our winner this week is Wai Kin Lee. Caption: Preparations
for the judo d’italia. – I like that, yeah, that
put a smile on my face. – Only got 10 likes but I
thought it deserved a lot more. – Well, yeah, I mean, it’s not
like a laugh out loud thing it’s like a, “Oh, I
see what you did there, that’s quite clever, isn’t it?” – Is that why you didn’t
just laugh out loud? – Yeah, basically. (laughs) Unlike, I’ve got a good
feeling about this one. This is this week’s caption photo. Which was taken at Ruddervoorde at the weekend, I would imagine? – [Dan] That is Eli Iserbyt. – [Simon] Course it is, yeah. – We are going to start you off. How was your form? Snot bad. (Simon laughs) – No seriously, that one was
quite funny first time round, genuinely did laugh out loud. – But not second time round? (laughs) – Well, it’s hard to have a sort of natural laughter, isn’t it, but… – That was visible.
(Simon laughs) Right, let us know your best captions in the comments section down below and we’ll pick a winner
this time next week. And don’t forget, Wai, to get
in contact with your address so that we can get that to you. – That’s right. – It’s that part of the show
where you have an opportunity to win three months free
subscription to Zwift. To put yourself in for a
chance, all you need to do is ask us a training related question in the comments section down below using the hashtag #askGCNtraining. This week’s winner is Cam, who says. – What’s his surname?
(Dan laughs) – Sorry, I just realized
there’s no chance I’m going to to be able to pronounce his name right, but Cam I can get right, anyway. “How often should I attempt an FTP test? I started a six week FTP
training program on Zwift and have been logging my
results and progress so far. But I don’t really want to
go through the suffering that comes with an FTP test every week. Should I wait until the program
is done before my next test? – The short answer is, yes, absolutely. I think you definitely
wouldn’t get any benefit from doing an FTP test
each and every week. Firstly ’cause it’s pretty
demanding, secondly ’cause it won’t actually make you
that much fitter and therefore you’re using a day of
training, and thirdly, I think it’s one of those
things where you can look a little bit too closely
for a trend, can’t you? – Like weight.
– Well, exactly. If you weigh yourself
every day then you get a bit bogged down, don’t you? Whereas actually if you test
your FTP every six weeks or so or every three months or
so, then you get to see that nice trend hopefully
building over time when you’ve had time to actually
make those improvements. They take a while to come
don’t they, sometimes? – Yeah, they do, I don’t think
I’ve ever heard of anybody doing an FTP test every single week. You definitely don’t need to do that. And if you do hate them,
plenty of people do, ’cause they’re really hard, aren’t they? I think you need to only do
them every three to four months. Because there’s an old saying
in wattage forum circles. (Simon laughs) – Oh my goodness! – Training is testing
and testing is training. – And what does that mean? – Well, basically when you
do a test you are still training yourself but you
can measure your training, no, you can measure your
testing through training. (Simon laughs) Basically what it means
is that when you’re using a power meter every single day,
you can kind of see whether you’re getting fitter,
because if the training that you prescribe yourself or
that your coach prescribes you feels pretty easy and
you’re completing without too many problems, it probably
means that your FTP’s gone up and you need to adjust
it ever so slightly. Anyway, if you’d like to get
yourself in for the chance of winning three months
free subscription to Zwift, don’t forget to get
involved with a coaching or training related question
in the comments below, hashtag #AskGCNtraining. (upbeat music) – Okay, time now for
our comments of the week that you have been leaving
underneath our videos. Some brilliant ones from Ollie and Jeremy. – First off, there were
loads of really good ones underneath the show
last week but we thought we wouldn’t read any of them out. – Absolutely not, no way. – Yeah, under Ollie and
Jeremy’s cyclocross video. “Ollie runs like a drunk crab.” – [Dan] (laughs) I did laugh at that. – [Simon] That one came
from Real Cider Reviews, so he clearly would know. – Right, moving on to the
Ted King gravel tires, which is a brilliant video,
they had this comment from Linus Owens, “Hey, this
beat me at the SBT GRVL,” which is a steamboat gravel,
“by five and a half hours, I don’t really know why
anyone thinks he’s an expert.” Rather good, isn’t he, Ted
King, at gravel endurance races? – Well, you also point out,
he rode for Cervelo TestTeam. – Well then you pointed out
that he went through an entire 20 minute video without pointing
out that he used to ride for the Cervelo TestTeam.
(Simon laughs) It’s remarkable that some
people can do that, isn’t it? Meanwhile, Rodney Eason
wrote, “Perhaps a JPow and Ted versus Dan and Si adventure in the future? – Well, yeah, I don’t
know whether we’d stand a remote chance up against JPow and Ted. – It would have to be a handicapped race of some sort, wouldn’t it? – Yeah, or in the pub, perhaps. – Yeah, well, we’d stand a chance there. – Well, that’s it, I could lead you out and then you’d finish off the job. Right then, underneath the
top cycling mistakes video, which was another belter
from Chris and James, Michael Lonetto said, “Dangers
of fork mounted roof rack, I once left my front wheel leaning on a tree in my driveway.” Oh man, I bet, of course,
he did have his shoes. So there we go, at least
you could do a wheelie. – A clipped in wheelie.
– Exactly, yeah. A danger wheelie, we sometimes call them. – Right them, coming up on the channel over the next seven days,
on Wednesday we’re going to show you how to stay riding
outdoors for the entire winter. So if you hate riding indoors despite all the new technology
that keeps it entertaining, we’ve got some tips for you. On Thursday, we’re going to
give you the top 10 climbs of the professional
cycling season in 2019. And on Friday we’re going
to show you how to shoulder your bike in cyclocross, and it’s Ollie that’s going to teach you.
(Simon laughs) – Running like a drunk crab. No, Jeremy, you’ll be thankful,
at the helm on that one. Then on Saturday we
look at the weird world of British hill climb racing,
pretty cool, that one. And then on Sunday, what happens when a pro cyclist goes bike-packing? Hank got his first taste
of overnight adventure. That is well worth a watch, so do make sure you check that one out. – Also on Sunday over on GCN
Racing we have live coverage of the European Cyclocross
Championships that you can watch if you’re not in Europe,
Si, or in Australia. I know that sounds slightly
ironic, but if you are in Europe you’ll be able to catch that on Eurosport. – But that’s van der Poel
in action again, isn’t it? Presumably.
– It will be. – Ooh, good one, and then of course Monday over on the Racing Channel
we have the Racing new show, and then we’ll be back next
week with the GCN show. (upbeat music) Now we’re getting on to
the end of the GCN show, but there is still time
for Extreme Corner. And just as well, ’cause
this week it’s surfing. – Yeah, everyone’s been wondering
what the surfing thing was in the intro but now
they’re going to find out. – Here you go, so Nopinz
have made a really cool little video where their
ambassador Andrew Cotton, who’s a prolific big wave
surfer, shows how he uses cycling as rehabilitation from big
wave surfing accidents. Which is what’s coming right up. (upbeat music) But if you want some more cycling, here’s some more of Ollie falling off. (bleep) (light music) – Still find that funny. – Yeah.
– Even now. Good work, Ollie. Right, that is all for
this week’s GCN show. Don’t forget to help us with everything that we’ve asked you for in the
comments section down below. – You’ve got quite a long
list, actually, haven’t you? – Yeah, better start ticking it off. – Bike laws, shoe drying hacks. – That was probably about it, the caption competition as well. Anyway, (overlapping chatter). We’ve got two more videos
that we can recommend to you now if you haven’t
already watched them. First up, Si and Nig did their
recipe for riding snacks, which you can find just down here. And over here you can find me presenting the Racing News show. – Yeah, and don’t forget
those snacks are from The Plant Based Cyclist book. Have we talked about that already today? Probably we have, haven’t we?


100 thoughts on “Cycling’s Weirdest Laws: Are You In Danger Of Breaking Them? | GCN Show Ep. 356”

  • Excellent Work, its so cool!, See this New Album 'Monish Jasbird – Death Blow', channel link , you may like it 🙂

  • Here in Wisconsin after coming to a complete stop with a bike at a red light and after 45 seconds you can run the red light if the road is clear.

  • Wiener Wald = Viennese Forest
    And no he didn't get the foreign name right. There is a e at the end of Lange which is pronounced.
    German efficiency: If there is a letter it will be pronounced unless it is a h after a t, in that case it is just a t.

  • Dainius Klimasauskas says:

    In Lithuania cyclists must wear reflective vest all the time day and night. Police is stopping cyclist and you might get up to 50€ fine.

  • Dan got over a 1000 likes cause people want to see him kill himself. Lol. He should have seen that coming, I mean you do have almost 2 million subscribers. Please forward this to Dan. GCN is the worlds foremost cycling media venue. Can you do something in depth on what is like to ride in the middle of the peloton at 40 k an hour. It scares many of us. Speed. Crashes. Time on bike. Food zone. Corners. Road furniture. What if you get a flat in the middle. Potholes… Etc…love GCN

  • Matthew Baynham says:

    #ASKGCNTRAINING when I compare my heart rate in different weather conditions should there be a difference? Particularly comparing a ride in continuous ice cold rain for 4 hours compared a beautiful summers day ride in the sun shine?

    A little back ground: I've just had a break from cycling of about 25 years since my obsessive RTTC days, and now I'm burning off that massive belly, that was not my fault. My belly growing phase ended mid summer and now that the cold weather has started I've noticed that my heart rate can be about 20 bpm higher in cold weather for the same level of grunt, (this is comparing rides just a couple of months apart).

  • Matthew Baynham says:

    Shoe drying hack:

    1) Take out insole out of the shoe.
    2) Get old newspaper that is not glossy and very absorbent, (or kitchen roll), remove staples.
    3) Push as much of the old newspaper into the shoes, take out immediately.
    4) Repeat (3) except leave newspaper in for 30 minutes.
    5) Repeat (3) except leave newspaper in a couple of hours.

  • In Italy, if there is a cycle path you must use it. It is illegal to cycle on the road if there is a cycle path. This causes consternation to Pro who want to cycle at 50k, while dodging assorted slower cyclists on the same cycle path.

  • Hack/Bodge “what is that?” That’s 2 adjustable lockable wrenches either side of the stem presumably to stop the handlebar sliding through the stem as it must be broken. Given the amount of rust present I’d say this has been in place for a while and therefore a genuine hack that works!

  • Aussie here. The law on what is considered a warning device (bell eg) differs in what state you are in. In SA your voice is considered acceptable, and I don't think I have had a bell since I was 8. What is policed though is the dog on leash while riding, where I have witnessed someone at least get a warning for it, and I know of someone that has been fined for no hands riding getting something from their pocket, but also depends on how anal the officer is. Also they police helmet wearing, if they notice you without one, expect at least a very stern talking too, I also believe some infractions can allow them to take points from your license.

  • FFS Photo caption is Joris Nieuwenhuis not Eli Iserbert. Iserbert has dark hair; Joris Nieuwenhuis rides for Sunweb, you can clearly see the logo on his collar.

  • Turning through red lights only makes sense in places where there aren't many pedestrians. In the UK, turning through a red light is quite likely to mean cycling through a pedestrian crossing.

  • In Colorado, we have bike paths that make you cross at a stop light and the is an 8 mile per hour speed limit through the intersection. Police sit at intersections and give tickets to cyclists

  • William Kujanpaa says:

    Hey Guys, those are called vice grips that were on the handle bars. BTW remind Blake from GMBN that he rode a drop bar bike through the woods in a previous video and he loved it. It challenged him.

  • 2HandLuke BigLukeFergy says:

    In Iowa City (first stop of UCI Cyclecross) it is illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalks. Not all streets are bike safe for commuters going 8mph. (However, sidewalks are usually more dangerous.)
    We also have a 20mph speed limit on most trails, but I don't know if it's enforced.
    For reflecting pedal laws, is it acceptable to put reflective tape on your shoes?
    Also, any recommendations for reflective tape that won't destroy my cycling gear?
    I love GCN, I am new to cycling as of last year, thanks for all the entertainment and education!

  • #askgcntraining Hi I am 66 years old and have come back into cycling after a few years not riding at all . All of my riding at present is on a turbo trainer only and I am currently doing 4 sessions a week using your training videos (usually Emma's 56 min FTP, Matts 1 hour Zwift Richmond workout and two others, Simons strength or muscular endurance ones) I may even double up one day if I feel like it so approx 4 hours a week. I don't have a power meter but have done some calculations based on an elite power chart ( power = speed x resistance)which came with the trainer and bike speed and have worked out roughly that I can just about maintain 3 watts per KG or 180 watts for my 60KG frame. I have been doing this since April and whilst I got fitter quite quickly at the start I haven't improved much, if any, at all over the last few months, possibly more endurance but no noticeable gains in fitness. I had a few issues in the past regarding panic attacks/anxiety when I felt I was getting out of breath particularly uphill or against a strong wind where I couldn't control my breathing which is quite scary. I have worked hard to control this using diaphragm breathing as I know it is just in my mind but sometimes on the trainer even now, years later, I have to stop and compose myself before I carry which I think why I prefer the torque/strength sessions as I feel more in control of my breathing that lower torque high cadence. I know the best way to get fitter is short max high cadence intervals and short rests but how can I get fitter without pushing my breathing into the stratosphere and possibly panic mode. Would longer rest sections in between the intervals still produce fitness gains? Thanks

  • You immediately know the MVDP interview (21:00) took place in Belgium because you can hear the fries sizzling in the background??.

  • "How's your performance? Snots bad. " – I vote for Dan's caption. Loved it so much that snots came off from my nose. Great show again. Thanks for the entertainment! 🙂

  • Bike Law: In Idaho traffic signals are reduced for cyclists. Stop signs are treated like yield signs for cyclists. If there is no on coming traffic, you do not have to stop. Red lights are treated as stop signs. If no traffic is oncoming, cyclist can ride through red light after coming to stop.

  • State of Kansas statues of the United States of America, Chapter 8, Article 15 Section 92, part C.

    "No person shall sell a pedal for use on a bicycle, unless such pedal is equipped with a reflector of a type approved by the secretary of transportation which is visible from the front and rear of the bicycle to which it is attached during darkness from a distance of two hundred (200) feet, and no person shall sell a new bicycle, unless it is equipped with pedals meeting the requirements of this subsection."

    They'll never catch me alive!

  • I was on the street going about 10 mph on a bike trail and a really mad guy yelled at me and told me to slow down I just went faster lol

  • In the USA most states have a law that a motorist must give at least 3 feet of clearance to a cyclist. Unfortunately in my home state of New York motorists only have to give a reasonable amount of clearance. Anything similar in Europe?

  • #askGNCtraining. I’ve been inspired by Simon and Jeremy to try to qualify for the 2020 World Gran Fondo. I’m a 54 year old female and have been cycling for almost 3 years. I live in Toronto and I plan on going to Alabama in May to try to qualify. It’s indoor season now and I’m looking for a plan to improve my fitness to succeed. Your advice is always spot on! Thanks jyl

  • IF I CAN CREATE A CYCLING LAW: "If you are married or engaged, your other half is required by LAW to let you go out riding at least once on weekend and twice during the weekdays (with no time limit!) without any interruption or complaints"

  • werner automation says:

    In BC Canada you need a helmet, a bell, and lights (not just reflectors). In Toronto you need the same, but only helmet under 18. The law I would add is to enforce licenses, bike checks and training for all those food delivery cyclists and other commercial cyclists. They are becoming a genuine problem here running red lights, riding on sidewalks hitting people with their bags, no lights, no bells, illegal e-bikes, etc.

  • I live in Australia and ride no handed all the time to put a rain jacket on (in winter) and to unzip my jersey (in summer)

  • #askgcntraining. What would the best way to train for a 200mile ride. Iv just got back on the bike after a considerable break and I have 6 months before event. There is no information on a double century training plan anywhere. Please help

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