Catching Up on Recent Reader Polls
Yes, the last few Questions of the Week have ranged from environmentally conscious to whimsical to … (is “expectorational” a word?) C’mon, if we can’t have fun with an occasional QoW, then we’re all in trouble.
No matter how serious, or not so serious, I hope you enjoy seeing your fellow roadies’ responses as much as I do. So here we go:
Which would you choose, and why: cycling apparel made with sustainable, recycled or renewable materials, or with petroleum-based materials (e.g. Lycra, Spandex)?
- Leading the way, with 27% of the vote, was: I don’t factor in environmental concerns in purchases like this; I shop mostly based on quality.
- Followed up, with 25%, by: I’ve never tried apparel made from sustainable resources, so don’t know.
- In third, and the only other significant vote-getter, with 21%, was: If the same performance, and equal price, I’d choose sustainable resources.
How Long Do Your Shift and Brake Cables Typically Last?
This was a question contributed by an RBR reader who was curious to know how often others changed their cables. After posting the question, another reader commented that we should have added a mileage component to the answer choices – as one rider’s “season” may be double or triple the miles of another rider’s. He was right, of course, but I’m not certain that total mileage is the most important factor riders consider when deciding to change cables or not, so we left the question and answer choices alone. Here’s how you responded:
- One Season. 10.7%
- Two Seasons. 20.5%
- Three Seasons. 18.2%
- Four Seasons. 12.5%
- Five Seasons. 8.6%
- Even Longer. 24.6%
- Something Else. 5%
Your answers seemed to point out a very different approach to handling cables.
One group (the nearly 25% of you whose cables last longer than 5 seasons) obviously chooses to run cables until they start to show signs demonstrating that they need to be replaced.
The sweet spot for the rest of you (2 or 3 seasons – comprising nearly 40% of voters) seems to elect to change cables as part of their normal preventive maintenance and upgrading routine, on a certain schedule.
Which Foot Do You Put Down at Stops?
I always find these most basic questions about how we handle the mundane aspects of riding to be among the most interesting – in part because most of us simply do what comes natural and never give much thought to it.
Yet, others actively try to teach themselves to do things differently, and practice doing so. Such was the case with this question, as the first comments that came in questioned why there wasn’t a choice for “alternate right and left.” Who knew?
I’m a right-footer myself, and while I’m very close to fully ambidextrous, I have a helluva time clicking out with my left foot. I was forced to do so exclusively on a fast group ride once, as I had an issue with my right cleat, and I found myself struggling each time we stopped and re-started. I often ended up off the back and had to play catch-up.
Another comment was that left-foot-down riders never suffer the dreaded chain-ring tattoo. However, I have to say that I really don’t think that’s something that affects most righties, either, who are experienced roadies. Once clicking in becomes rote and driven by muscle memory, you’re very unlikely to miss so badly that you touch the chain or big ring.
The final surprise in this one was the number (fairly small but still more than a couple handful) of you – 11, to be exact, or 1.2% – who either track-stand or aren’t riding an upright and voted: Neither.
Right. 403 votes, 45.6%
Left. 440 votes, 49.8%
Both. 29 votes, 3.3%
Do You Blow Snot Rockets While Riding?
OK, this one was a bit on the gross side. But sometimes human nature is slightly untidy. Just a reminder of whence this Question came: the How To column from our last issue titled Spit (and Blow) Politely! In addition to the tips in the article, several readers added their own tips in the Comments to the article.
Your answers were interesting in that the margin of men who blow to those who don’t was about 2.5-to-1. However, an almost equal number of women blow vs. wipe (tilted slightly in favor of those who blow).
I am a blower myself, having grown up playing football (and even baseball) in cold, nasty conditions in the Midwest where it just wasn’t feasible to do anything else. Doing it on the bike (the need is compounded by the pollen-rich air we breathe in the Southeast) seems equally natural to me. I’m always diligent, though (and that was the point of the article, after all) to make sure I’m well clear of fellow riders when I let fly.
Holiday Season Premium Giveaway
As often as I can, I gladly accept quality cycling products to give away in drawings to Premium Members as a way to say a big Thank You! for being the primary financial support that keeps RBR going.
Our Holiday Season giveaway will be 2 complete sets of the See.Sense ICON Front & Rear Lights we just reviewed. (Click to read the review.) We’ll give one set each to 2 lucky Premium Members.
All Premium Memberships purchased year-to-date through December 31 are eligible to win. Join or renew your Premium Membership before December 31, 2016, for your chance to win these great lights!
Reminder: No More Facebook Commenting
Just a reminder: We’ve changed back to an open Commenting app that allows anyone to comment. No need to have a Facebook account. As I mentioned previously, it’s a change I had wanted to make for a long while but needed help on the technical side to get done.
You’ve been great about sharing your comments since we opened it up again, and I look forward to more readers commenting!