Touring - Cycling before and after our tours
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As cycletourists, we all ride during our weekend, week-long, month-long, months-long, etc. tours .... but what sort of riding do we do in between our tours?
What would a typical week, month, or year look like for you in terms of the type of cycling you do?
02-02-08, 08:18 PM
Depends on the time of year. In winter, I'm just riding for basic transportation — commuting to work, running errands, going to all those places I need to be. In the nine months that aren't winter, I'm also on day trips and evening rides to relax and unwind.
> What would a typical week, month, or year look like for you in terms of the type of cycling you do?
Every five years or so, I've taken a many months long tour. For example, 1992 across USA, 1997 across Canada, 2001 around Australia and 2007 across Russia and 2013... Just before the 2001 trip, I sold my car. On return in 2002, I decided to not get one "right away" since Spring was coming and I wanted to continue riding rather than getting back in a car... In the six years since then, I just haven't gotten around to buying a car, so...
Every year when not on major tour, I'll average two or three one-week cycling touring vacations. Between May and end of October, I'll be on a club ride most Saturdays. Between November and April, I'll do my own longer touring ride about twice a month. I'll also do my own rides about half the Sundays during the year.
I don't own a car, so normally every work day I'll cycle back and forth to work. I'll also ride my bike for groceries and other errands.
Typically this adds up to 8000-10000 miles per year on years I'm not on a long tour.
It would be easier to ask how often do I typically rent a car and drive :-)...that would be approximately one weekend every six weeks...to run errands or make visits that wouldn't be as practical on the bike.
02-02-08, 09:44 PM
I commute by bike every day. But my commute is only about 2.5 miles each way, so I try to get in training rides as much as possible. I do anywhere from 20-100 miles on an average week day ride. I try to get in at least one century every weekend. From March to whenever I can find time to get a tour in I consider myself to always be in training. In the fall a do a lot less in terms of training and recreational rides. I often just bike to the gym instead of going on a ride.
I've been building up a dynohub lighting system, a few components at a time, so that I can do more night riding. I did a solo double century last fall, and I hope to do a lot more brevet length solo rides in the spring to prepare for some ultra-long distance tour riding, and just for the sheer joy of doing it. My goal for the spring/early summer is to complete 400 miles in 30 hours.
One nice ride each week. Non-competitive, non-spandex, smell-the-flowers rider. Like to keep the bicycle clean and oiled. :)
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