9 Ways To Make Bike Rides More Enjoyable | GCN’s Pro Tips

9 Ways To Make Bike Rides More Enjoyable | GCN’s Pro Tips

– We all love riding our bikes, but what if you could make
your ride even more enjoyable? Well coming up, a whole
load of decent hacks to do exactly that. (biker crying) What’s up? – I’m just crying tears of joy. Such a beautiful ride. (funky dance music) – A squeaking, creaking
bike which changes gear on its own while your riding it is quite frankly, a nightmare. And the thing is, it’s often
very easily sorted by you, in your house, before
you even go out riding. Especially with our huge
archive of maintenance videos. I think of it like this,
if you think of your bike before you ride, you won’t
be thinking about your bike during your ride. (funky dance music) Isn’t it about time that you went Euro? We certainly think so. So change the units on your head unit from miles to metric,
and you’ll be immediately going further and faster in your ride. – Wow! – You won’t, really, of course. You’ll be going exactly the same speed. But it is nice to see bigger numbers, and you’ll feel way more pro. – I feel more pro already now. (funky dance music) Given that we generally start and finish our ride in the same place, finding a shortcut does
seem a bit pointless. However, if it cuts off a busy road or gets you to your
favourite road quicker, it’s got to be a good thing right? Do a bit of map researching
before you head out and see if you can find any roads or paths that offer a short cut. That might be a small
section of gravel or trail, but I might be great fun, too. – Is this is where it comes out? – Yeah, a little shortcut.
– Bloody hell. (funky dance music) – Intervals are good for you. Well, for your fitness, but let’s face it, they’re not that much fun. Riding up and down the
same climb, full throttle to the point of nearly feeling sick, why do we do it? Because it works. But, surely there must be another way. – Well there is. All you’ve got to do
is head out on a nice, hilly ride and go old school. So forget about your speed,
your power, and your heart rate, and just go on feel. Sprint randomly, go hard when you want to, go easy when you want to. And if you feel like stopping at the side of the road
to take in the view, just do that as well. – Sounds better to me. (funky dance music) – Speaking of which, do just that. Stop and take a break. If you stumble upon an incredible view, or sunset et cetera, then stop. Take it all in, soak
it up, and if you want, get your phone out and get a picture of it with your bike in front. Then send it into us at GCN, and it may even feature as one of our daily Inspirational Photos. (funky dance music) There’s nothing like a cafe stop to look forward to on a ride. – No there’s not. If I’m perfectly honest,
when I was riding full time, I needed to be serious, I rarely stopped at a cafe
when I was training very hard. However, now that I no
longer need to be so serious, it’s pretty much mandatory. – Yeah, well it breaks the ride up, and let’s face it, coffee and cake taste good.
– Yeah. Especially apple strudel. – Apple strudel, – Looking forward to this. (funky dance music) – There’s nothing quite like finishing a ride with a descent. Although that’s not going to be possible if you don’t live next to one. So instead, try to
always finish your rides with a tailwind. Look at the weather forecast
before you head out, and plan your route accordingly. (funky dance music) Sometimes it is just nice
to ride where you want and make your route up as you go along. But if you want to find new roads and not get lost, planning
a route is the way to go. There are loads of route planning tools out there on the internet, and your almost certain to be
able to find a new road that you’ve never done
before even close to home. (funky dance music) And finally, one of the best ways to make a ride even better is to do it on a shiny, new bike. The feeling of having a new bike tucked away in the garage, well it’s like having chocolate in the fridge. It’s always on your mind. You want it, that feeling of
newness, shininess, freshness. It’ll help give you the
extra motivation on the ride, and may even help you go even faster through the placebo effect. Really! I’ve got a new bike! New bike! – Oh my goodness. He’s like a kid at Christmas. Anyway, those are some of GCNs tips for how to make your
bike ride more enjoyable. But as ever, we and our viewers would love to hear yours,
which you can leave in the comment section just down below. If you haven’t subscribed, you can do so by clicking on the globe. Coming up, a couple more
videos you might well be interested in. Just down here, is how to plan a nice bicycle route, or if you don’t want to enjoy your ride, down here, are GCNs tips on how to
make every ride epic.


  1. Good luck getting British people to use km… I use them because I've lived in countries that use metric, but the UK is holding on to some imperial past, even though every kid since the 1970s has been taught metric. It's quite ridiculous. Its time for the uk to go fully metric, including road signs.

  2. Triathlon training. As a cyclist, I burned out not too long ago, and buying a new bike not only enjoy cycling once again, but try new things like a tri!

  3. Instead of getting a new bike, ride your old bike. For the last two weeks, I've been riding my old 90's Bianchi race bike. Even if I've surpassed the requested weight limit (170 pounds), it still rides like a dream. Looks pretty retro in Celeste, with a 14cm ITM Eclipse quill stem and a ITM Pro 260 Bar. It originally was fitted out with Chorus 8 speed, but it now runs with 7700 9 speed.

  4. The metric system is the tool of the Devil! My bike gets forty rods to the hogshead, and that's the way I like it!

  5. Dear guys of GCN,
    Can you please convince my wife I need a new bike to make my ride more enjoyable?
    Kind regards,
    Bruno 😀

  6. I'm just like Matt on that last one. I got a shiny "new" 2016 Cannondale Caad12 Dura Ace Disc back in January 2017 and it still puts a giant smile on my face! I love taking her out on a ride. The paint job also really helps making me go faster

  7. Where exactly are you guys riding in the Dolomites here? Sorry if it's been mentioned in a really obvious place and I've missed it!

  8. You forgot music. Nothing like some tunes to forget the lactic acid in your legs and stop you from hearing your heavy breathing

  9. Hmm Dan not mentioning he was riding for Cervélo TestTeam when he was riding full time, … That's a new one.

  10. Was worrying about my new bike purchase. Have I done the right thing? Could I have spent all that money on something else? Then I watched the end of this video! Cheers GCN 😀

  11. The logos on the wheels and tyres on Matt's bike aren't lined up properly. How could anyone "enjoy" a ride looking like that? I'm suffering just watching this. 🤢

  12. I have a rear fitted tray full of goodies on my rides. The bike is a bit heavier because of it but I don't mind for the joy of the anticipation and the consumption of it. (Replace a bit heavier with a lot heavier). Sometimes when I ride to parks and other cyclist full up looking hungry and thirsty, I always hope I inspire them with my load of goodies. Enough said.

  13. How about ditching all that useless spandex suits with no pants pockets, no secure place to put your wallet and keys etc. Ditching that geeky looking crap was the best thing I ever did in biking.

  14. I upgraded my bikes. The rear mech on my road bike went upmarket. The tt bike has upgrades like ceramics, modern gears and front brake. Changed the colour scheme and almost finished refining everything for my next big race. My bike feels like new, looks unique and will surely go faster than before. She isnt bad for 8 years old. She even changed character. Used to be hopeless in headwind and crosswind but the new deep section wheels have changed that. The riding position is a tad more aggressive despite being an ironman setup and updated the front brake from centre pull so the handlebars can go lower. Can even see the Specialized S properly for the first time ever! Forget new bikes, modernise your old one 😊

  15. #2 is mandatory, or you'll be in violation of the rules
    #9 get a bike you love, old or new
    #10 realize hacks are for sissies and train.

  16. For me, I don't like the idea of getting a new bike. I love my bike b/c its mine. I have had it for so long that I would have a hard time leaving it even for a better bike. Any ride with my bike is fun.

  17. I just got my oval chainrings, new chain and handle bar. Feeling so pumped now. I find myself doing 2.5km/h more than usual!

  18. Hi GCN, I often struggle to find motivation before a ride and then most times really glad I went. Off subject a bit here. I really appreciate the way all of the presenters are broad minded and not critical of different points of view. Not a hint of detestable bike/rider snobbery.

  19. I was all into this video but I'd never keep chocolate in the fridge, it stays in the cupboard so it's soft and my bike stays in the lounge, not in the garage, so I see it every day, which makes me want to ride it.

  20. MATT I like that Hack @4:00 BUT I can  not afford a new bike  so  Please email me for my Home address I need a new bike….  I am 2.03 meters (6ft8in) tall I need at least 63cm.. Thanks Mate…

  21. I was riding a century (I bonked at 55 miles) a few years ago, and I didn't know how to change my odometer (yet) to miles from kilometers. I hated trying to do the conversions in my head.

  22. well done guys! you get better and better at the quirky but serious bits… gets smoother with each video! Coffee and strudel for the win!

  23. when they were recommending videos they should have had matt drop back again as an example of how not to climb

  24. Apfelstrudel…..pretty good Dan, not quite up to your spot on try on "Düsseldorf" but still. Maybe learn German…

  25. Any chance of doing some tech vids of the FDJ bikes at the tour (before they've all gone home) I've caught glimpses of Pinot's rather attractive steed but more detail would be great. Any on screen time for M. Pinot would also be a bonus ;P

  26. A new bike is certainly the best. I'm on bike number four already with my wallet on a diet and the wife a little less happy due to this. Lol

  27. show de bola o programa de vocês, paisagens maravilhosas, mas haja perna pra subir essas montanhas. aqui no sul do Brasil também temos um lugar chamado cerra do rio do rastro que também é lindo mas igualmente difícil. abraços.

  28. All weather riding! When it is windy, rainy, too humid, too sunny, snowy…even the slightest changes to weather seems to send the crowds away. It is so great to have the parks and trails all to yourself, go as fast as you want without having to ring your bell or say "on your left!"

  29. my personal hack is to ride on motorways for that adrenaline rush you only get when traffic is whizzing past you at 100kmph

  30. Been riding in km for years, has the added benefit of doing maths while cycling to convert back to miles

  31. Would prefer to have a bike computer that shows distance in Km, speed in KPH, ascent in feet, and power in Newtons (same number, it's just math-ier). Anyone got one of those?

  32. I have a 10th way. (debatable – I know). I call it comfort riding. Get handle bars with a 30% sway and a 40% rise, lower your seat a little and go biking. It's not a race, you're just out on a pleasure ride.
    Where I live, unused railroad tracks have been converted to trails. Small crushed stones cover the whole thing. Very few hills if any and no potholes whatsoever. It's great.
    So to go along the new bike idea, get a gravel/adventure bike with tires in the 2-3 inches width but with a riding band in the center and start enjoying the true pleasures of biking.
    After all with no official stats to support my theory, I would bravely advance that 99% of riders pedal to/from work and/or go riding for the pleasure of it. No need for expensive specialized bikes. We are not sponsored pro riders.

  33. For me, it's not having the latest and greatest, it's the REASON why I ride. I lost my 4yo daughter in February, 2003, and since, I've done rides from local fun rides to 24hr events. I am not podium material, yet the smile at the end says it all. I have many folks that have helped me along the way, and when I request continued support, I tell them their product still works great, and should I need mechanical support, well, there is never hesitation from them.

    I am very humbled by this new normal journey I've been taking, and very appreciated by the support shown and given…..

  34. Yeah, like when you take your new bike out of the garage and it's covered in stale fat and just doesn't feel right.

  35. I find just having a clean chain is a much more affordable alternative to that 'new bike feeling'

  36. Just as Matt was comparing having a new bike to having chocolate in the fridge, I was finishing off a bowl of ice cream.

    I think I'll go polish off the rest of the tub now.

  37. Switch up your routine and go for a ride in the mountains, do a multi-day rail trail, or just explore a new direction from your home. I also enjoy a snack midway through.

  38. Did Matt finally get a custom jersey with his former national champion arm bands or did he make a really good job of the tape this time?

  39. Great tip, but I think you forgot one: ride with friends! Time and km's just fly by and you have someone to chat with during the ride and at the cafe stop.

  40. I personally like how mi to km seems like more and lb to kg seems like less…switching to the metric system now 😉

  41. Wearing a new Jersey or kit
    New bike shoes
    Listening to music while riding
    Riding with close friends
    Training for a charity ride
    Riding in a new city
    Trying to mimik pro riders riding style

  42. Wait until the weather forecast is gale force winds, plan a route to go with the wind, when done get the train home

  43. When people in Sunderland have been prosecuted for selling in imperial, do you think I am going to convert when I can legally keep in miles, to me miles is to the way to measure both distance and speed.

  44. Welp I'm a downhiller and free rider and you guy are making me want to get a road bike but being a downhiller I'm broke as fuuuuckkkkk

  45. Last week, Dan was praised for his almost perfect pronunciation of "Düsseldorf". The "Apfelstrudel" however, need still some practise… And no, Dan: I don't mean eating 🙂

  46. damn! i thought this was going to be like the how to pose with your bike hahah funny videos. more of those please!

  47. I was elated when I went out for my first ride with my Wahoo Elemnt Bolt, until I remembered I'd set it to metric units

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