Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-23-07, 01:50 PM   #1
Black Shuck
cycling n00b
Thread Starter
 
Black Shuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: West Coast of Finland
Bikes: EAI Brassknuckle fixed Sannino fixed, Thorn Club Tour, Soma Smoothie
Posts: 582
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A double metric and then some

Came home about an hour ago, after doing my toughest ride so far. At about 9 this morning I loaded up my rear panniers with water, food, some long sleeve/leg clothes, a thermarest and trangia+fuel. I had no idea if I was going to finish the ride or if I would have to call for a pickup somewhere en route, so I didn't post anything about trying since admittign failure is one of my biggest problems ;-)

Anyway, home now, the figures came out as 233.04km(144.8 miles) in 9:58:10 pedal time, a bit under 12 hours total time. I'm completely beat but very, very happy :-)

I'll upload some more photos an maybe elaborate the story a bit later if anyones interested, anyway here's what I looked like around halfway.
Black Shuck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-07, 01:59 PM   #2
KingTermite 
On my TARDIScycle!
 
KingTermite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Eastside Seattlite Termite Mound
Bikes: Trek 520, Trek Navigator 300, Peugeot Versailles PE10DE
Posts: 3,924
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Holy Crapola man!!! That's awesome. Great job.

Gonna give us a true ride report once you've had a nap?
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
- it's pretty well established that Hitler was an *******.
KingTermite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-07, 01:59 PM   #3
JumboRider
Senior Member
 
JumboRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 667
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Dang...you be da man.
JumboRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-07, 02:02 AM   #4
Black Shuck
cycling n00b
Thread Starter
 
Black Shuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: West Coast of Finland
Bikes: EAI Brassknuckle fixed Sannino fixed, Thorn Club Tour, Soma Smoothie
Posts: 582
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by KingTermite
Holy Crapola man!!! That's awesome. Great job.

Gonna give us a true ride report once you've had a nap?
O.K. :-)

So I started out early last morning, figuring it would be quiet on the roads as the day before was midsummer eve, one of those days in Finland when everyone and their mom get completely plastered and would by now have a serous hangover.

My photos came out very boring, mostly abandoned countryside roads with a bit of green on either side.

Anyway I figured most kiosks and gasstations would be closed so i brought a lot of water and food with me, 3 800ml bottles and a 3l canister in one pannier, 2 packs of instand noodles, some bread and fruit. After the first 50km I took a brek, inflated my thermarest at a roadside stop and set up the trangia and made som noodles and sat in the shade to cool off for a while, still thinking I wasn't going to make it the whole way. The cloud cover the metorological office had promised were a bit thinner than expected, the sun was out in force and the light breeze wasn't really helping.



Got back in the saddle and did another 30km and found a place that was open and served coffee. Took this to show what joe average rides in Finland.



Coffee is like magic fuel to me, reinvigorated I climbed back on the bike and set off, but stopped about 10km later when I saw a spa with a restaurant that was open and went in for lunch. Didn't even get any funny looks for wearing cycling clothes :-)

Continued on foe 17km where I saw a small sign that said swimming beach(Uimaranta, look for these if touring Finland, they usually are very nice little beaches with outhouses and all)



Sent a text message to my mom to let her know I was alright, rested for a while and had some peanuts and water. Being half way I felt I would make it, and off I went.

Stopped again about 30km later at a gas station, more coffee and a few donuts. Now I "only had 90km left and still felt quite strong. Rode back the same way I came and found this great wiew I just had to take a photo of



With only 6km left, I bonked. Just felt I had to get off the bike really quick, wich was a good think because i just about managed to lay the bike down and blacked out for a second or so, had a 10 minute sit down and felt better after a snickers bar and some water. Rode home and took the shower of the decade :-)

After a bit of stretching, a mug of coffee and a pipe(yes, I'm an occasional smoker) I went to bed and passed out.
Black Shuck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-07, 10:35 PM   #5
mirage1
Bossy Bunny
 
mirage1's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: The Valley of the Sun
Bikes: A comfy little Diamond Wildwood
Posts: 359
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Black Shuck
O.K. :-)

So I started out early last morning, figuring it would be quiet on the roads as the day before was midsummer eve, one of those days in Finland when everyone and their mom get completely plastered and would by now have a serous hangover.

My photos came out very boring, mostly abandoned countryside roads with a bit of green on either side.

Anyway I figured most kiosks and gasstations would be closed so i brought a lot of water and food with me, 3 800ml bottles and a 3l canister in one pannier, 2 packs of instand noodles, some bread and fruit. After the first 50km I took a brek, inflated my thermarest at a roadside stop and set up the trangia and made som noodles and sat in the shade to cool off for a while, still thinking I wasn't going to make it the whole way. The cloud cover the metorological office had promised were a bit thinner than expected, the sun was out in force and the light breeze wasn't really helping.



Got back in the saddle and did another 30km and found a place that was open and served coffee. Took this to show what joe average rides in Finland.



Coffee is like magic fuel to me, reinvigorated I climbed back on the bike and set off, but stopped about 10km later when I saw a spa with a restaurant that was open and went in for lunch. Didn't even get any funny looks for wearing cycling clothes :-)

Continued on foe 17km where I saw a small sign that said swimming beach(Uimaranta, look for these if touring Finland, they usually are very nice little beaches with outhouses and all)



Sent a text message to my mom to let her know I was alright, rested for a while and had some peanuts and water. Being half way I felt I would make it, and off I went.

Stopped again about 30km later at a gas station, more coffee and a few donuts. Now I "only had 90km left and still felt quite strong. Rode back the same way I came and found this great wiew I just had to take a photo of



With only 6km left, I bonked. Just felt I had to get off the bike really quick, wich was a good think because i just about managed to lay the bike down and blacked out for a second or so, had a 10 minute sit down and felt better after a snickers bar and some water. Rode home and took the shower of the decade :-)

After a bit of stretching, a mug of coffee and a pipe(yes, I'm an occasional smoker) I went to bed and passed out.
This looks and sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day! My max ride so far is about 15 miles, so I can't imagine...yet!
__________________
Margie

"Assume a virtue, if you have it not." ~ William Shakespeare

This advice is the reason I'm masquerading as an athletic person.
mirage1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-07, 06:14 AM   #6
Tom Stormcrowe
Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset.
 
Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Bikes: Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
Posts: 16,118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Black Shuck, first off....GREAT RIDE!

As to ride reports with pics.....always a given! We love bike p0rn, ride p0rn, cool scenery and everything!

So that's Finland? Wow! It looks like Michigan or Indiana (Except in Indiana, there's be corn on both sides of THAT road!)!
__________________
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
Tom Stormcrowe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-07, 06:39 AM   #7
Neil_B
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
Black Shuck, first off....GREAT RIDE!

As to ride reports with pics.....always a given! We love bike p0rn, ride p0rn, cool scenery and everything!

So that's Finland? Wow! It looks like Michigan or Indiana (Except in Indiana, there's be corn on both sides of THAT road!)!
It's a wonderful ride report, but it gives me flashbacks to Finland Road, the toughest hill on the Indian Creek ride two weeks ago.
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-07, 09:06 AM   #8
CliftonGK1
Senior Member
 
CliftonGK1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2015 Trek Domane 6.2 disc
Posts: 11,380
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
It looks like Michigan or Indiana (Except in Indiana, there's be corn on both sides of THAT road!)!
I remember riding the Hancock Horizontal Hundred (Findlay, Ohio) and the view was different every 2 years:
* 2 years of corn
* 2 years of soybeans
__________________
"I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
- Mandi M.
CliftonGK1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-07, 09:23 AM   #9
jskwarek
Fat guy on a little bike
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Plano, TX
Bikes: All City Macho Man
Posts: 80
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Good job man! Great pictures too, I've always wanted to do something really similar, just get up and go. Kinda pull a Forrest Gump and just ride for awhile. You're post sure lights that fire again.

Jason
jskwarek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-07, 09:53 AM   #10
Black Shuck
cycling n00b
Thread Starter
 
Black Shuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: West Coast of Finland
Bikes: EAI Brassknuckle fixed Sannino fixed, Thorn Club Tour, Soma Smoothie
Posts: 582
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wow, thanks for all the great response everyone!

Noticed last night that I'm 1½ kg heavier than last week...guess it's extra water or something. I figure I've burned well over 10000 kcal from cycling the last two weeks or so.
Black Shuck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-07, 12:22 PM   #11
jyossarian
SERENITY NOW!!!
 
jyossarian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: In the 212
Bikes: Haro Vector, IRO Rob Roy, Bianchi Veloce
Posts: 8,756
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ahhh...Finland...how was the summer solstice holiday there? Congrats on the double metric!
__________________
HHCMF - Take pride in your ability to amaze lesser mortals! - MikeR



We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!
jyossarian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-07, 12:24 PM   #12
Caincando1
Senior Member
 
Caincando1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Dodge Center, MN
Bikes: Trek Pilot 1.0
Posts: 820
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You're an animal, way to go!
Caincando1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-07, 09:04 PM   #13
Black Shuck
cycling n00b
Thread Starter
 
Black Shuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: West Coast of Finland
Bikes: EAI Brassknuckle fixed Sannino fixed, Thorn Club Tour, Soma Smoothie
Posts: 582
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jyossarian
Ahhh...Finland...how was the summer solstice holiday there? Congrats on the double metric!
The weather was good and I hear the parties were as rowdy as always. I cycled out to my familys summer cottage, bbq'd some veggies and stuff and had a couple of brews. Not really interested in the kind of celebrating most people get into, and figured I'd need some rest before the ride.
Black Shuck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-07, 08:45 AM   #14
InTheRain
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Puget Sound
Bikes: 2007 Rocky Mountain Sherpa 30 (bionx), 2015 Cannondale Synapse Carbon Ultegra
Posts: 1,707
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
Black Shuck... you're a clydesdale with some SISU!
InTheRain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-07, 10:18 AM   #15
Marylandnewbie
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Bikes: Fuji Supreme
Posts: 1,701
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Excellent job and a great report. So far my longest single day was 104 miles. I'm hoping to squeeze in some longer rides this summer and you've inspired me (or maybe it is just shame that I have let so many other things interrupt ride plans). It is great to do that kind of distance when you have nice scenery. Also I am amazed at the pic with all the bikes outside your first coffee stop -- you'd only see that in the States if a bike messenger business was next door!!!
Marylandnewbie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:10 AM.