Q: I live in Saskatchewan, which is flatter than Florence Foster Jenkins. Why do I own a bicycle with twenty-one gears?

A: Efficient riding technique involves the concept of cadence. This is the ability to pedal at a steady rate regardless of terrain or wind. Uphill or down, with or against the wind; you should be able to adjust the gearing so that you are pedalling as quickly as you like without straining.

If you've ever ridden in Saskatchewan, you know that riding into the wind can sometimes be like riding up the side of a building. Gear down!

Q: What the hell is a question about bike-riding doing on a website devoted to goldsmithery?

A: I don't know. Maybe someone out there has a question.

Q: Would Germans write happier poetry if "Heart" didn't rhyme with "Pain"?

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