11 things we've learnt this week

Fascinating facts and figures from the past seven days on road.cc

1. Impressive Strava times could lead to a WorldTour contract. Allegedly.
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2. It’s possible to cycle with a fridge on your back. Well, one bloke has done it.
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3. A lot of road.cc readers can turn their hand to haiku!
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4. The record time for riding the length of the British coastline is set over a distance of 4,802 miles and stands at 22 days. Guy Martin is currently attempting to beat it.
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5. You can get a nano chain lube that is produced using a laser.
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Pinarello Dogma F8 - down tube.jpg6. LVMH, the company recently linked with a bid for Rapha, has a majority stake in Italian bike brand Pinarello. 
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7. Two Strava segments in London’s Richmond Park are the most popular in the UK, each with nearly a million attempts in the past year. 
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8. Very little efficiency is lost when cross-chaining, according to SRAM, and it can be outweighed by the efficiency gained because of the larger bend radii of the chain when you use the large chainring and the largest sprocket.
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9. “Functional dehydration” can lead to quicker climbing… but don’t go trying it.
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Arofly - 3.jpg10. You can get a power meter with a diameter of 2cm that attaches to an inner tube valve – although we can’t tell you how accurate it is.
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11. Britain’s most northerly velodrome is Caird Park in Dundee
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Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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