By John Marsh, Editor & Publisher
As I like to do from time to time, I’m providing a rundown of recent Question of the Week polls. I love these polls, as (to me, at least) they always provide a fascinating glimpse into how roadies experience the myriad aspects of our shared passion.
From knocking off big rides on your personal “cycling bucket list” to the percentage of readers who have broken a clavicle in a crash, there are always surprises in these little Q-and-A’s.
Cycling Bucket List Items
Let’s start with the Question from four issues ago: How Many of Your Cycling Bucket List Items Have You Checked Off?
The leading response, with more than 43% of the vote, was: I don’t really have a cycling bucket list.
Interestingly, the next-biggest vote-getter was at the other end of the spectrum. With just over 20% of the vote: How can anybody ever finish this list? It should be endless!
An equal number of you – 8% – have checked off from 3-5 or 5-10 of your bucket list items. And 5% answered: All of them! I’m looking for new ones.
Broken Collarbones While Riding
The Question posed not long after my recent crash brought another array of answers. We asked: Have You Ever Fractured Your Clavicle (Collarbone) in a Crash?
Over 850 of you weighed in. This time, I was surprised to find that so many of you have, in fact, suffered this “most common cycling injury.” More than 26% said, Yes, once. And other 6+% answered, Yes. More than once.
Thankfully, an even bigger percentage, nearly 48, replied, No, never. Here’s hoping you never join the affirmative crowd on this issue!
Longest Time Off Bike Due to a Crash
The sheer percentage of you who have broken a clavicle, among other such cycling injuries, in part accounts for the more than 53% of you who said A month or more in reply to the Question: What is the longest time you have been off the road (not including trainer) due to a crash injury?
And equal number, 9.5%, of you chose Less than month and Less than 2 weeks. Among the luckiest of you, at just under 8%, said Less than a week. And the truly blessed – just over 15% of readers – said I’ve always been able to ride.
Your Preferred Drivetrain
Finally, catching up on last week’s Question, What Drivetrain Do You Ride on Your Main Bike?
Three responsed dominated among the over 750 votes on this poll:
With just under 30%, the biggest vote-getter was 50×34, 10-speed.
The 11-speed version of this same compact combination netted over 22% of the vote. And the good old standard, 53×39, 10-speed, got nearly 11% of the vote.
We encourage you to submit you own QoW ideas using the Question of the Week Ideas link.
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