I love it when the person you’re riding with sticks you with their #earworm as some kind of way to share the suffering. I’ve done it to people myself.
Never trust a sentence that begins: “Man, you know what song I”ve got stuck in my head?”
It’s fine when it’s a good song, but they never are. They’re usually dumb shit you wouldn’t wish on anyone’s ears.
UNIVERSAL TRUTH OF CYCLING #20: SONG STUCK IN YOUR HEAD.
Music has been called the speech of angels.
Then there are the times when a song like “Ain’t Nothing Gonna Break My Stride” gets inexplicably stuck on repeat in our skulls over the course of a 3+ hour ride.
Then, music is the flatulence of Satan.
Wow, go Horsefly!
UNIVERSAL TRUTH OF CYCLING #19: IT TAKES 9MPH TO OUT-RUN A MUSCA DOMESTICA.
We at 18milesperhour have an intuition about the correlation between speed and experiences - hence the name. Our intuition about 18mph, being a comfortable speed for riding and experiencing life and landscapes seems to resonate with riders, and appears to be backed up by science.
So here’s another.
It takes 9 mph to out run a fly. Any less, and the pesky like creatures appear to slipstream, hover, land and generally do all that fussing and buzzing that flies do. They apparently see us, in all our sweaty glory, as large, two-wheeled, moving piles of dog waste.
If you pause at the top of climb to admire the view, there they are. Stop to change a flat, and there’s a hat load of them. It’s as if you’re loitering in a fly hatchery. But the moment you set off again, gain a bit of momentum, and hit the magic 9 mph, that’s it, they’re blown away, unable to keep up with your blistering turn of speed. Try it some time.
So we did a bit of scientific research, and yes it appears that the average speed of a common fly is just shy of 5mph. So a top-flight, lycra-clad fly - pardon the image - may peak out at 7.5 mph.
Just for the record, the drawing above shows the average speeds for some more of our flying friends. Oh, and you read that right at the bottom there. A Horsefly is positively supersonic - with an average speed of 90.1mph! Don’t believe us? Look it up.