Dylan Johnson: Offroad Endurance and Marginal Gains


Anyone who's ever spent any time watching Dylan Johnson's popular Youtube channel could be forgiven for thinking it and the Marginal Gains show were separated at birth. In this episode, we get together with this incredibly smart, incredibly fast cyclist to talk about not just his achievements in racing, but the little things he does to beat the competition. Don't miss this episode!

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  • Johan Seland

    Hey everyone, love your show! I am Johan, a cyclist from Oslo, Norway. I am an eager winter-cyclist, and over here, winter means riding in freezing temperatures on snow and ice. I am wondering what marginal gains, if any, can be had for winter riding. Assume I am riding a modern carbon gravel bike on snow-mowed fire-roads.

    1. We generally use studded tires (~40mm), which increase rolling resistance by a lot. The general tire pressure recommendations from the Silca calculator seems to be too high for studded tires to give a confident grip. Is the advice just as high as possible to get grip, or are there other considerations?

    2. Any lubricant advice for freezing temperatures? To get grip, torque might be higher than during summer gravel riding. If temperatures are around freezing the drivetrain can get very dirty, with lumps of ice forming around the derailleurs.

    3. I use fenders and drop-bar pogies. Naively i think both of these acts as fairings that provide an aero effect. Is this true, and can the effect be quantized?

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