Around the Bay in a Day - 210km on a Dahon
Don't know what possessed me but thought it would be a laugh to try this annual event in Melbourne, Australia. Made it round in 11.5 hours, 9 in the saddle. Was a bit hot reaching 33 degrees centigrade, but the winds light which I think helped.
Did the ride with my wife and about 10 000 roadies who didn't know what to make of my little espresso special.
Was hoping to see a couple more small wheelers but only saw one other folder :-( (a black birdy and not sure if it was doing the 210 or 100 km ride)
If any you are planning to do anything like this, here are a couple of long distance trip suggestion for your folder:
120 psi stelvios or equivalent
Comfy, well worn in seat
Clipless pedals (I used SPDs)
Suitable gear spacing (I ran an 11 - 28 8 speed cluster with a 52 tooth main but wished I had a tighter spaced road cluster)
And probably most importantly are those magic power bars
, had not tried them before the ride but they are amazing, definitely wouldn't have got round without them. Taste horrible but keep you energy up, just keep nibbling as you ride.
Here is a picture of the bike, its a version of the Jet Stream released for the Chinese market. Upgraded to 8 speed, sealed bearing rear hub, bigger chain ring and clipless pedals.
Nothing you can't do on a folder :-)