We love GCN, and not just because the folks behind it are old pals. We love it because the Global Cycling Network, to give it its full title, takes road cycling seriously. And also finds the funny side. Also, it’s all free. What’s not to love?
These are our five favourite videos from GCN. They’re not in any order and we won’t pretend there’s any method in why we chose these. Let us know what your favourite videos online – on GCN or elsewhere – are in the comments or on our Facebook page.
1. Top 10 Common Cycling Mistakes
From forgetting to take food with you to putting your rain cape in the tumble drier to using the wrong gear and cadence, this video has the crucial, ‘I’ve done that!’ factor. It also comes with some amusing images of the GCN boys pretending to bonk or ride badly.
Why this one? Even we’re not that dumb!
2. Top 10 Things Not To Wear While Cycling
This video would make the list just for the ‘thumbnail’ (the image that you see before you’ve clicked on the video) alone. It also features roadies in full Lycra wearing full face helmet (“inhibits banter”); compression socks (“if you’re wearing them you probably don’t have any self-consciousness”) and finishes with Speedos (we’re not sure the “they just look wrong” line is needed here).
Why this one? GCN being funny.
3.Climb Like a Pro – Tips On Cycling Up Hills
Bit more serious this one with Daniel Lloyd offering some top tips on getting up hills on a road bike. “Don’t tense you upper body, keep the back straight, shoulders down, hands resting on the bar top.” We’re trying, Daniel, we’re trying!
Why this one? Sound advice.
4. Top 10 Cycling Insults
Matt Stephens leads us through “half-wheeler”, “sit on sprinter”, “amateur”, “poser”, “weekend warrior”, “sandbagger”, “glass clanker” and more. We’ve been called most of these at one time or another! Apart from “glass clanker” – that was a new one on us.
Why this one? More funnies.
5. How To Fit Any Difficult-To-Fit Bike Tyre
This was only published a few days ago but was the reason we wrote this piece in the first place. Because we’ve struggled all too often getting tyres off and on. To be told it’s not our (always) fault because makes and models of rims can be slightly different is nice to hear but the tips themselves, including using thinner rim tape, are spot on.
Why this one: Great tips!
Right, that’s our list. Let us know what your favourites videos online are: road, MTB, BMX, whatever!