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Brilliant mick-take by Canadian mountain bike crew

Ready to laugh at yourself this afternoon? The chaps at Canadian mountain bike site NSMB have put together this video that guides you in detail though becoming a road cyclist, or, as they put it, a ‘road biker’.

We’ve all been this newbie road cyclist, planning the next bike we’re going to get by the famous N+1 formula, then deciding we’ve got to have a winter bike so none of the shiny summer bikes we barely manage to find time to ride get dirty.

Learn to ride clipped in
Learn to ride clipped in

You’ll need to learn to fall gracefully while clipped in, and learn the difference between IPA and EPO. Not sure? Ask someone wearing a yellow Livestrong wristband, the video recommends.

Here’s the whole thing:

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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badback [302 posts] 2 years ago
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Well they've got that one nailed.  16

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Roberj4 [218 posts] 2 years ago
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Make sure every ride is on Strava  13 Hah Ha great video!

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andycoventry [110 posts] 2 years ago
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Very clever

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jova54 [653 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm in there somewhere  4
Great video

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Leodis [403 posts] 2 years ago
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BBB [409 posts] 2 years ago
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jarredscycling [456 posts] 2 years ago
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A lot like the Mtn bike one but still just as hilarious

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mikeprytherch [223 posts] 2 years ago
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Brilliant... made my day very funny

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Mombee [84 posts] 2 years ago
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Fantastic… telling the difference between IPA and EPO… revisiting all of 'The Rules'… brilliant.

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Rowerowy [4 posts] 2 years ago
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It is nice video, good points and funny. But IMHO the other video of this author was much better - How to be a mountain biker  1

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herohirst [71 posts] 2 years ago
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Brilliant. "IPA / EPO" - worth watching it all just for that bit...

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Dizzy [68 posts] 2 years ago
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That made me chuckle  41

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Dizzy [68 posts] 2 years ago
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That made me chuckle  41

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stealth [254 posts] 2 years ago
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Don't know what EPO is?...
Classic.

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nbrus [293 posts] 2 years ago
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"Own the road..."

get a car  24

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eurotrash [88 posts] 2 years ago
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"I'm gonna KOM..."

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Flying Scot [918 posts] 2 years ago
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Harsh, but fair.

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Leviathan [1986 posts] 2 years ago
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Stop being Americans and be European (or Columbian, maybe, like coffee.)

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movingtarget [144 posts] 2 years ago
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Hmm. No comment on being dumped by your other half in this one because road cyclists are so much more loveable (and hairless) than their fat tire counterparts?  3

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Al__S [1033 posts] 2 years ago
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You have to give the guy credit for being dedicated enough to shave THAT much just for a daft video!

Am I bad road cyclist? I don't like coffee at all

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turvy [15 posts] 2 years ago
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Excellent. I could even go as far as to say "Chapeau" to the film-makers!  3

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bfslxo [144 posts] 2 years ago
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Am I bad road cyclist? I don't like coffee at all - Al_S

!! Get out - leave the room, here's your coat - sell your bikes & take up darts...  4

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s_lim [177 posts] 2 years ago
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Pretty much guilty of all the above, according to the wife. Apart from the beer love, can't stand the stuff.

One thing they missed; checking weather apps continuously to verify wind speed/direction. This generally is the deal-breaker for wether to ride or not on certain days

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s_lim [177 posts] 2 years ago
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Pretty much guilty of all the above, according to the wife. Apart from the beer love, can't stand the stuff.

One thing they missed; checking weather apps continuously to verify wind speed/direction. This generally is the deal-breaker for wether to ride or not on certain days

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captain_slog [338 posts] 2 years ago
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They've scored a few bullseyes there. I have to admit I'm a total coffee snob, and by the end of last summer I was proud to notice that I'd managed to acquire some tan lines. But I've never fallen on a cat.

(Did you hear the cat? Miaow! I hope it was a highly trained stunt cat.)