Maggie Rusch

Professional Triathlete

bicycling mag's state of the bike

Bicycling Magazine just posted what might be one of my favorite infographics ever.

the pub took their recent reader survey and compiled feedback into a fantastic four-page infographic that covers everything from reasons to ride to favorite mid-ride fuel to—wait for it—whether men are more likely to shave their legs or go au natural based on the bike they ride. apparently, if i was a man, my legs likely would be silky smooth. it's in their march '12 publication but non-subscribers can also see the full infographic here.

second only to the fact that patrick dempsey is a big-time cyclist and the dubious stat that only 55% of bikers have ever failed to clip out in time, my favorite part might be the featured tips:

  • "ride like you are invisible and motorists are blind.”—lili merritt
  • "it’s always colder than it seems when you’re standing around before the ride. do yourself a favor and layer."—irvin smith
  • "upgrade your body before you start upgrading your bike."—quintin nobleza
  • "don’t forget to bring your front wheel."—jesus vega
  • "don’t be afraid to adjust or replace your seat, bar, stem, or whatever it takes to be comfortable on your bike."—michael w. schick

definitely good ones in there. currently working on #3. the other top tip i would add would be: "when you find a pair of shorts that really work: buy in bulk. " you can quote me on that when i'm famous.

finally, I leave you with this: what’s your bike-stereotype?

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