I was thinking about a new video category while I went through next month’s Building Blocks → Base plan in my calendar, swapping new inspiration videos and no-vids for ones the app has delivered to me before (which, BTW, the app should do for me. It should know my history and favor new-to-me stuff that hits the same general wickets as my previously-completed stuff). I find education to be engrossing. You, SYSTM, have got me for hours and hours, all winter long. Don’t just amuse me. Make use of my time on the trainer to teach me something!
To that end, I propose a series of “How-To” and “Basic Knowledge” videos to ride along to. Topics could include:
*Care and maintenance of your trainer.
*Basic / Intermediate / Advanced bike mechanics
*Roadside Repairs 101
*How to set up a commuting / bikepacking / touring rig (what you need and how to pack it)
*Road / Gravel / Velodrome / Cyclocross / Mountain Bike / Triathlon Racing 101. What to do in your first race.
*History of the world’s biggest bike races (i.e. why should I, Joe Sixpack who just wants to get or stay in shape, care about the Giro d’Italia?)
*How to make your bike harder to steal
*All about wheels / electronic and manual shifters / chains / bicycle geometry / cycling shoes & clips / bars (i.e. would should I buy butterfly bars instead of drops, or vice versa?)
*Types of bikes. How is a randonneur different from a climbing / aero / tri / commuting / touring bike?
*History of various endurance sport companies, like Trek and Shimano, Surly and Wahoo.
*Road racing for Spectators: what am I watching? What’s the deal on the different jerseys? How do teams work? How are points allotted? Why shouldn’t I fast-forward to the last 10k?
*The physiology of cycling / running / endurance sports in general
*What is sports science? Of what disciplines is it comprised?
*Steel vs. aluminum vs. titanium vs. carbon fiber
Call it, I dunno, “University of Cycling.” Or UNIVERSTY. Regardless, this is the kind of thing I’d lap up like a puppy on a popsicle.