Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 42
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Currently living in Oakdale, CA about 20 mi. NE of Modesto in the hot central valley.
    My Bikes
    Surly LHTD with a YAK trailer. I may have to ditch the trailer and go to panniers but I'll give it a try and see what happens.
    Posts
    256
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Made My First 20 Mile Ride Today. (Updated 3/30/14)

    After a few 15 mile rides these old legs felt up to a 20 miler so I gave it a shot and it really felt good. In all honesty, my legs felt stronger after this trip than they did after my first 5 miler. I can see 25 miles coming over the horizon! YEEEEEHAAAW!

    UPDATE: TWENTY FIVE MILES TODAY!! All I can say is HO-CHEE-MAMA!, WOWYZOWY!, OMG! & GADZOOKS!! The 12.5 miles due east of Oakdale (CA) on Hiway 120 is a hill climbers dream but it just about killed this old fart! OK, that's a BIT of an exaggeration but it sure as heck did test my mettle. One really strange thing is that while I rode 12.5 miles east, when I turned around and headed home I must've taken the short rout 'cuz at my front door the odometer read only 24.88 miles! Anyway, it was a good test of my endurance and I'll probably stick with that for awhile or go back to flat land riding.
    Last edited by Louis Le Tour; 03-30-14 at 05:52 PM.

  2. #2
    Senior Member 1speeder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Oakland, CA
    My Bikes
    2005 Bianchi Freccia Celeste, 2006 Salsa Dos Niner, 2011 Niner Jet 9, 2012 Marin Team CXR 29er, 2013 Rocky Mountain 950 Element, 2013 Jamis Coda Comp, 1993 Santana Rio, 1996 Santana Sovereign
    Posts
    90
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Congratulations!


    Keep up the good work and you will be doing 60 to 100 miles in no time!

    Please keep hydrated when the temps start to rise, meaning, drink before you are thirsty and carry a lot of water.


    Take care,
    Mike

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Bowie Texas
    My Bikes
    Origin-8 Lactic Acid & Giant Escape 2
    Posts
    130
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I think getting so you can do 0-20 is harder than 20-40. Keep riding and have fun.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Currently living in Oakdale, CA about 20 mi. NE of Modesto in the hot central valley.
    My Bikes
    Surly LHTD with a YAK trailer. I may have to ditch the trailer and go to panniers but I'll give it a try and see what happens.
    Posts
    256
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by 1speeder View Post
    Keep up the good work and you will be doing 60 to 100 miles in no time!
    Please keep hydrated when the temps start to rise, meaning, drink before you are thirsty and carry a lot of water.
    Take care,
    Mike
    I'm not real hopeful that I'll ever do 100 miles at my age but 60 is certainly reasonable. OK, downhill with a tail wind maybe 100! Sage advice on the hydration. Today I took a good drink before I left and then again at the half way mark. Of course, summer is right around the corner and that's a whole new ball game.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    SW Fl.
    My Bikes
    2 Paramounts, CAAD8, Giant Propel Advanced SL3
    Posts
    1,089
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Great job! Second the hydration but don't neglect easily consumed food as your miles increase.

    BTW, before that 100 miler is your birthday age ride in miles. That is of course as long as your next birthday is not for becoming 100 years old.

  6. #6
    Senior Member JimF22003's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Northern VA
    My Bikes
    2008 Trek Madone 5.5, 2009 Cervelo R3SL tdf edition, Cervelo R5 with Di2
    Posts
    2,437
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    And so it begins...
    2009 Cervelo R3SL TdF Edition, Ultegra Di2
    2011 Cervelo R5, DA Di2

  7. #7
    Semper Fi, A way of life. qcpmsame's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Pensacola, Florida
    My Bikes
    CAAD 10 4
    Posts
    6,664
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    He's hooked, we have him in our control now, the procedure can progress and total domination, of his thoughts, is ours..............................

    Bill
    "I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me" Philippians 4:13

  8. #8
    Lover of ALL things Bike Singlespeed92's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Eastern Tennessee
    My Bikes
    1996 Specialized Hard Rock,2011 Origin 8 700CX,2013 On One Inbred,2014" Surly Troll
    Posts
    611
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Awesome job,my friend!
    Vintage mtn bike,CX'er,29"er SS,and a Do It All Surly

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    NW AR & Central LA
    Posts
    2,617
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well done. Keep pedaling.

  10. #10
    just keep riding BluesDawg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Milledgeville, Georgia
    My Bikes
    2014 Specialized Crave Pro 29, 2014 Specialized Crux EVO Carbon Disc, 2012 Black Mountain Cycles Monster Cross, 2011 Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert Compact, 2009 Salsa Casseroll, 2003 KHS Milano Tandem, 1986 Nishiki Cadence rigid MTB
    Posts
    12,732
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Remember, it never gets easier, but you get faster and go further.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

  11. #11
    Senior Member spdracr39's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Cabot, Arkansas
    My Bikes
    2012 Trek Madone 5.2, 2012 Giant Composite XTC 29er 1, 2014 Specialized Dolce Sport, (2) 2014 Trek 7.1FX, 2014 Electra Townie 7D
    Posts
    537
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    He's hooked, we have him in our control now, the procedure can progress and total domination, of his thoughts, is ours..............................

    Bill
    What are you orders sir?

  12. #12
    A might bewildered... Dudelsack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Loovul
    My Bikes
    Bacchetta Giro ATT 26; Lemond Buenos Aires
    Posts
    6,268
    Mentioned
    15 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Yep. Resistance is futile....

    When I started, I hit a barrier between 25-30 miles that seemed to take me a year or so to break through. Nowadays, that barrier is more around 50 miles, depending on which bike I'm riding.

    Anyway, enjoy the ride and don't chase numbers too much. Everyone here lies about their stats...

    The sad thing is that they don't, not the ones who use Strava at any rate.

  13. #13
    Senior Member OldsCOOL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    northern michigan
    My Bikes
    '88 Cannondale Criterium
    Posts
    4,704
    Mentioned
    12 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Great job! Soon you will look back on the 20 as a little warmup, then you will race that 20 and grin. Yeah, this is where it starts.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

    '85 Trek 460 road racer

    '89 Raleigh Technium PRE

    '79 Motobecane Super Mirage

  14. #14
    Semper Fi, A way of life. qcpmsame's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Pensacola, Florida
    My Bikes
    CAAD 10 4
    Posts
    6,664
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by spdracr39 View Post
    What are you orders sir?
    Give him our support and encouragement, the force is strong in this one.
    "I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me" Philippians 4:13

  15. #15
    Senior Member spdracr39's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Cabot, Arkansas
    My Bikes
    2012 Trek Madone 5.2, 2012 Giant Composite XTC 29er 1, 2014 Specialized Dolce Sport, (2) 2014 Trek 7.1FX, 2014 Electra Townie 7D
    Posts
    537
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TXsailor View Post
    I think getting so you can do 0-20 is harder than 20-40. Keep riding and have fun.
    I agree 100%. Once I hit that first 20 miles I felt like I could ride forever. Great Job !!!!

  16. #16
    rugged individualist wphamilton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Alpharetta, GA
    My Bikes
    Nashbar Road
    Posts
    5,916
    Mentioned
    17 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    20 is a big milestone IMO! Like Dudelsack said, don't chase the numbers too much. You're doing great, just keep on doing it.

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    S.E. Iowa
    My Bikes
    all diamond frames
    Posts
    1,164
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Excellent
    Rydadiamond

  18. #18
    Senior Member bbbean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Missouri
    My Bikes
    Giant Defy Composite 0, Cannondale SuperX, Univega Alpina Ultima
    Posts
    571
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TXsailor View Post
    I think getting so you can do 0-20 is harder than 20-40. Keep riding and have fun.
    This.

    Your mileage will grow exponentially. I predict centuries by fall.
    www.beancotton.com
    Formerly Fastest of the Slow Riders, Currently Slowest of the Fast Riders



    http://veloviewer.com/athlete/2615827/

  19. #19
    Senior Member aubiecat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Alexander City, Alabama
    Posts
    364
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Louis Le Tour View Post
    After a few 15 mile rides these old legs felt up to a 20 miler so I gave it a shot and it really felt good. In all honesty, my legs felt stronger after this trip than they did after my first 5 miler. I can see 25 miles coming over the horizon! YEEEEEHAAAW!
    Congrats on your new milestone, that's a great feeling. You have seen the white elephant now.
    It's awesome when you get done with a ride and you think "Hmmmm, I could have done 5 or 10 more miles."

  20. #20
    What??? Only 2 wheels? jimmuller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Boston-ish, MA
    My Bikes
    '73 Raleigh Carlton Gran Sport, '72 Peugeot UO-8, '82 Peugeot TH8, '87 Bianchi Brava, '76? Masi Grand Criterium, '72 Bertin C32, '87 Centurion Ironman Expert, '74 Motobecane Champion Team, and lots of uncertainty on some
    Posts
    7,089
    Mentioned
    26 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Louis Le Tour View Post
    I'm not real hopeful that I'll ever do 100 miles at my age but 60 is certainly reasonable.
    You don't say, at least not in this thread, what your age is, but don't count out doing 100. I did my first century at age 63 (IIRC). If you can ride 60 and the bike fits, you can ride 100. The hardest part is finding the time and opportunity.
    Real cyclists use toe clips.
    jimmuller

  21. #21
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    West Coast of Wisconsin
    My Bikes
    2011 Surly LHT 2005 LeMond Zurich
    Posts
    665
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    at 60, you still have a good number of years to get stronger...and smarter

  22. #22
    Let's do a Century jppe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    North Carolina
    My Bikes
    Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace
    Posts
    6,029
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Outstanding! Sounds like the Surly is just the ticket for N1. I'm predicting N1+1 < 18 months=N2.
    Ride your Ride!!

  23. #23
    Senior Member Bill Kapaun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Mid Willamette Valley, Orygun
    My Bikes
    86 RockHopper,2008 Specialized Globe. Both upgraded to 9 speeds.
    Posts
    6,924
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Good job!
    Last July 31, I broke my personal best of 50 by 20 miles.
    I started earlier in the day and backed off a bit. (about 12mph instead of 13)
    I was so much "fresher" later in the day, that I did the extra 20 and still had some left in the tank, but it was getting dark.
    If I'd known that then, I would have taken shorter breaks!
    I do a lot of short legs, stop home and have a snack and then go do some more. That way, I don't have to pack as much water and no food.

  24. #24
    Senior Member Consularrider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Arlington, VA
    My Bikes
    Giant Transend, Salsa Pistola, Raleigh M60, Raleigh Sport Touring Team USA
    Posts
    493
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well done Louis! I expect I rode my first 20 miler back in my early 30s, then a 50 miler within a year or two after that. I didn't ride my first century until I was in my mid-50s, but there was a lot of time off the bike in between those milestones.

  25. #25
    Senior Member Black wallnut's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Ellensburg,WA
    My Bikes
    Schwinn Broadway, Specialized Secteur Sport(crashed) Spec. Roubaix Sport, Spec. Crux
    Posts
    1,535
    Mentioned
    8 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Once I hit 19 miles in one ride longer distances became natural. Congrats on the milestone.


    Mark

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •