Miles versus kilometres.
Here in the UK the common measurement for distances is miles, however many cyclists prefer to measure their rides in kilometres. If quizzed about the adoption of the metric system, a cyclist is likely to romanticise about the continental home of cycling, the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia and maybe the Vuelta, and how kms are part of the cycling language.
I understand, and if cycling on a cold wet February morning in the Surrey Hills, perhaps its just that little bit easier to fantasise about a more exotic landscape, and warmer climes, if the Garmin is clocking up the mileage in kilometres.
Let’s also admit that when talking distances, kilometres do sound more impressive than miles, however when in conversation with non-kms users, i.e. non-cyclists, it sometimes sounds a little pretentious to talk about the kilometres completed. Its better to disguise any showing-off by communicating in miles, and this is where the ‘inversion conversion’ has to be used…
If the distance cycled is not a round number it needs to be rounded up(always up, never down), it makes the maths easier.
This is how a cyclist’s conversion works…
I cycled 57.5kms today, hmm, nearly 60kms, so let’s see 10kms is 6.2miles, so that means I did 6 x 6.2miles which equals 37.2 miles, yes I cycled 40miles.
Later when talking to cycling friends the 40 miles must be translated back to kms, so where were we, 40 miles, so what’s the calculation, five miles equals eight kilometres, so five into forty goes eight, ah easy 8 x 8 = 68kms, Yes that’s it I cycled almost 70k today.