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Show up. If you simply show up on time, you beat 50% of everyone in your field.
Work hard. If you’re willing to work hard, not “the hardest of anyone who has wielded a hammer, just plain old hard, you’ll beat another 40%.
From there it’s just a fight at the top, You’ll always be needed.
Finally, remember this little nugget. Everyone who works hourly thinks management and ownership is easy and the brass is making money hand over fist on the lowly hourly guy’s back. This is because you’re ignorant.
Management is twice as tough as hourly, and ownership is another twice over that. I should know, I’ve done it all. And I stepped back a notch. On purpose.
Don’t believe me?
Strike out on your own and find out for yourself. There’s a general contractor out there willing to finance you… right up till bankruptcy. Then you’ll be on your own. Good luck, and remember how easy it was to make all that money when you’re heading into court. 90% fail. Most spectacularly.
I happened upon a Durianrider video the other day – now, nine-and-a-half times in ten I’m going to close that video down before he hits his first “carb the f*** up” but, for some reason, not this day.
In his four minute and change video he claimed that no one has ever been dropped because they were riding Sora components in lieu of Dura Ace, that Chris Froome could win the Tour de France on a Sora-equipped bike, and that if someone does get dropped riding Sora, it is due to their glycogen levels being low, or not properly carbing the f*** up, and that he could flog 99.9,% of all riders on his Sora-equipped steel LeMond… and my mind kinda shut him out after that.
I did pat myself on the back for making it to the end of the video – the guy tends to grate on me a bit. What if you’re not the great carbing the f*** up Durianrider, though?
First, I can tell you that I agree with him that Shimano Sora R3000 9sp is legit. I’ve got it on my gravel bike and it’s just as good as my 10sp 105 and close to the Ultegra line. There’s a weight penalty, but it’s not all that big a deal.
But question was, has anyone ever been dropped because they’re riding a Sora-equipped bike?
I’d argue yes, but not because Sora components are heavy or because they don’t operate excellently. In fact, for the extra Thousand Dollars for Dura Ace, my 23 pound Diverge would only drop down to 21.3 pounds, give or take. What is important is the extra two gears you gain going from 9 to 11 sp. Those two gears mean you’re jumping one or two teeth on the cassette instead of three or even four. Each tooth means about 5 rpm in cadence. Jumping five or ten rpm is reasonable. Fifteen or twenty, well now you’re likely to be in the wrong gear and struggling to spin too fast to keep up or push too hard on too heavy a gear. Pick your poison.
Take my Venge and put Sora R3000 on it, the bike is still only 17 pounds. Certainly no fatass, and definitely not enough weight to slow me down. That missing gear, though, dropping from 10 to 9sp… that would be a bit more problematic. Probably not insurmountable, but simply more work.
And therein lies the rub to Durianrider’s claims; how much more work can you handle before carbing the f*** up just won’t make up the difference?
Take my 15-3/4 pound carbon fiber everything, Ultegra equipped Venge with 38mm carbon fiber wheels, 25mm tires, and pit it against that 23 pound Sora equipped, alloy wheels, 28mm tires gravel bike and the detractors, the holes in the gearing, the extra weight, heavier wheels, and the aluminum frame become too much to overcome. No joke, the same ride on the Venge and the Diverge, you’re looking at another 50 watts to make the Diverge do the same thing as the Venge. Folks, it doesn’t matter how much “carb(ing) the f*** up” you do, you’re not making that up trying to hang with the 23-mph average gang.
I don’t know how big a percentage of riders I can whoop on my Venge, but I’ll guarantee you, it’s a much bigger chunk that I would on the Diverge.
Pass the bacon.
The Noob’s Guide to Cycling: How to Read an Article that Gives You the Five Best Road Bikes Around £500 ($630) – From an Enthusiast’s Perspective
Okay, so you’re in the market for a road bike so you enter in your £500 budget in the search engine followed by “best road bike” and you get this article…
Or you’re simply tuning in for a laugh – and you picked a good post for that.
Let’s buckle up ladies and gentlemen, this $#!+ is gonna get bumpy. WOOHOO! And I hope to God someone doesn’t do this to me. Heh.
The actual article will be in black… my added comments I’ll distinguish with red lettering. Let’s begin:
Best bikes for under £500: what to look out for
The best road bikes under £500 in order of preference
1. B’Twin Triban 520
2. Vitus Razor
3. Carrera Vanquish Disc
4. Brand-X Road Bike
5. Merlin PR7 Sora Alloy
Eben Weiss May Be Too Ignorant to Understand Why Cyclists Wear Helmets; Don’t Be Like Eben, the Cycling Helmet’s Don Quixote
I can’t take it anymore, folks… Outside Magazine published yet another article written by Eben Weiss that completely misses the point of wearing a helmet whilst road cycling… and it appears he’s missing the point on purpose. It strains credulity that one can miss said point so articulately without knowing the answers to the questions he asks in the first place – or better, without knowing he’s purposely asking the wrong questions.
The thing that pissed me off this time is that they turned off the comments.
Rather than just rant, I’m going to be a little more diplomatic than I was in the Title. Only a little.
Helmets have been mandatory in the pro peloton for well over a decade. Where’s the data that it’s helping?
See, this is one of those fun questions we all know the answer to; only an idiot or a crank would need to see data that they help. I’m thinking of that unlucky pro who ran into a viaduct, head first, and didn’t die. What was his name again? How about Phillipe Gilbert last year? Peter Sagan last year? Richie Porte in 2017 (dude, now that was a crash!)? There’s your data. My buddy, Phill… he’s not dead. My friend, McMike. He’s not dead. My friend, Matt. He’s not dead, too. Shit, I almost forgot! A helmet stopped my head hitting the ground when my wife stopped dead right in front of me a couple of years ago… I rode home (and then went out and bought a new helmet) – no ill effects other than a dented helmet.
Eben, you probably wouldn’t need a helmet, though. You come off like a knucklehead.
Next, the helmetless wonder goes on a rant about why we roadies are so adamant about our fellow cyclists wearing a helmet on the Sunday (club) ride. He then blames our insistence on “emotion”.
Eben, you nincompoop, it’s not emotion. Most of us have a friend who is not brain damaged because a helmet saved their mush. Second, we have club insurance that covers accidents and crashes… IF ALL INVOLVED ARE WEARING HELMETS.
So, big fella, if someone crashes me and I turn it in to the insurance company, I don’t want to have to fight to get paid because some numbskull didn’t want to wear their helmet – hell, stats would show it’s that bonehead who would cause the wreck to begin with… again, if stats were kept. They’re not, though, because documenting that is unnecessary. Do you document that the sun comes up every morning? Of course not. We know it’s coming up whether or not someone documents it.
Here’s my favorite, towards the end:
So what’s really happening when the group ride spurns the bareheaded rider? Is it because they think he or she is being profoundly irresponsible? Or is it because helmetlessness undermines their (somewhat delusional) image of themselves as elite athletes pushing themselves to the very limits of human endurance, just like their professional counterparts? You’d think if it was really about safety we’d also be pushing the UCI to analyze crash data and the helmet companies to make better products.
This is exactly what I was talking about, purposely asking the wrong questions… somewhat delusional image of ourselves as elite athletes? Eben, now I’m speaking directly to you, punk. It’s neither, you weenie… and you couldn’t hold my wheel unless your teeth were firmly dug into my Lycra shorts, you and your granny cruiser. We ride very close together at 30 to 50 feet per second. A lot can go wrong in that time, so having a piece of reinforced foam and plastic betwixt our skull and the ground makes sense, should something go awry. Also, the club insurance policy requires a mush protector, as I mentioned earlier.
Finally, we don’t have to push the UCI to publish crash data – only a crank or an ignoramus would need it. One would assume the UCI understands it’s a “no-brainer”. And that explains why you don’t get it.
My friends, people like Eben are the scourge of the planet. If we all just acted in the manner they deem right, all would be peaceful and happy. In this case, it’s a simple bike helmet. If we would just ride like he does, or his grandmother, then we wouldn’t need helmets.
Bicycling: Watch: Driver Tells Cyclist He Can Safely Use Phone, Then Crashes.
This one is funny!
I must add though, I don’t condone riding between traffic, in the middle of the lane, just because we can fit. Still, I had a nice laugh.
The use if the term “fake news” has been met with some consternation. I thought I would share an example from one of my favorite blogs that just might clear things up for you. In the end, it is quite simple.
Fake news isn’t so much about the news being fake, it’s about manipulating a story to promote a Democrat, liberal or progressive agenda. And yes, while we’re at it, FOX does this too, to an extent, but FOX is no match for the vast array of liberal media organs that masquerade as “fair”. They’re anything but.
I would like to thank the folks at WordPress for kicking out their new editor.
You’ve managed to produce a product that has pissed me off so much, I’m honestly thinking about hanging up my blog for good.
UPDATE: There is a link that is supposed to let you switch back to the old editor. For some, that link won’t work. If you want to continue using the old editor, next to the settings chainring in the upper right corner, you’ll see a triple dot. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom. It’ll say “use classic editor” or something like that. Click on that and it’ll switch back to the good editor.
Here are a couple of screen captures to make this easier: