Similar to a guy finding out, the hard way, that a moist shirt rubbing up and down on his nipples will bloody his marathon finish picture, I learned a few lessons a little too late. For example, did you know that many cyclists actually remove their sunglasses while tackling a steep ascent so that they can wipe the sweat from their eyes more easily? Sweat in the eyes, if you didn’t know, BURNS! Furthermore, the burning feeling leads to near-blindness (although temporary). Unfortunately, it wasn’t until hours AFTER my ride that I was given this nugget of golden advice.
Likewise was the bit of information about my saddle. Never in all the years that I had my other bicycles have I needed to check to see if I had a screw loose, although I’m sure many of you have suspected that this may have been the case from time to time. Quite possibly, this is because I never spent as much time on the road as I have in these past 2-3 months.