Crank length and comfort for long-distance cyclists

Why are bikes sold with crank lengths that are not appropriate for 70% of people? If you are a male whose height is not in the range of 1.77 m to 1.85 m (5’10” to 6’1″) or a female who is shorter than 1.68 m (5’6″) and want to be more comfortable on your bike and avoid over-use injuries then you should read this! Even if you are in that range then the crank length that your bike came with may not be ideal for you.

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Analyzing 100,000 km of Riding Far

I’ve been logging my cycling data for the past 7 years and have ridden over 98,500 km in that time. That is almost two and a half times around the Earth, or an average of 38.5 km (24 miles) per day. In this post, I analyze the distance I rode per year, assess the variation between different months of the year, look at my longest and most mountainous rides, and show how much of the world that I have covered by bike.

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Christmas brings humble pie and an alternative perspective of “epic” rides

While visiting my family for Christmas, I had a glimpse of how much hard work, stamina, and dedication it takes for my sister and her husband to raise their two children. They do that 52 weeks per year instead of the two weeks that it takes me to race across Europe. I decided that they warrant a lot more respect for doing that quite ordinary task than I deserve for my extraordinary cycling efforts. I know which one I would find easier!

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