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Old 11-29-13, 12:07 PM   #1
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FB Century

I was wondering this morning if there are any individuals here that have accomplished a century on their folding bike, or is it something that you fellow FB enthusiasts don't really concern yourselves with? I have never done a century on any bike, and I have always wondered what it takes and what one does during the century ride to achieve such. I know that roadies train for such a thing, but do you foldies try? So, what's your story then.

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Old 11-29-13, 02:02 PM   #2
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I've done a couple centuries on my Dahon Mu Uno: one of them was part of a tour on the C&O Canal / GAP bike path from DC to Pittsburgh, and the other was from South Bend, IN to Chicago. Both of them were quite flat, so having only one gear wasn't a problem (actually, for the tour I used a two-speed hub, but it wasn't necessary).

IMHO, the "trick" to longer rides is in building up the confidence and experience to pace yourself appropriately. I also eat a lot and keep food readily available so I don't bonk. On the folder I just go more slowly and take more breaks than I do on my full-sized bikes (at 6'2" I'm on the tall side for my Dahon, so the fit isn't particularly good).

I'd say if you can get in a few rides of 50 miles or so and feel reasonably comfortable, jumping up to a century on a day for which that's all you plan to do won't be a problem. (Charity rides with SAG stops are a great way to make a jump to a longer distance than you've done previously, as there's so much support available and you don't have to worry about route planning.)
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I have done a few centuries; on my roadbike.
Last year when I did the NYC Century; I saw
a guy on a Brompton - said he did the 100
mile route. I might do a flat century(like the
NYC one) on a folding bike. Most century rides
here have a bit of climbing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20LB8...6zPoymgKaIoDLA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RByK0...6zPoymgKaIoDLA
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Old 11-29-13, 05:08 PM   #4
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Start out with a metric century. Everything about the metric system is supposed to be superior and easier, and in this case it's quantifiable, 40%. You don't have to volunteer all the technical details when bragging about it afterwards.

I used to do real centuries, but discovered the benefits of the European variety after misguidedly setting out to do one on a kick scooter. Called it quits after 100km, and still couldn't walk right for days.

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We have had people on our bike tours on Bike Fridays ride a century a day for 30+ days going across the United States with my friends PAC Tour group tours. If you want to read what they do see www.pactour.com. Roger
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If I ran into the basement and grabbed a bike for a century, it probably would not be the Birdy because I've got a perfectly fine non-folder which is way more suited to the task.

If the 8sp Birdy was all I had, I'd not hesitate to grab it for a century, and it might rise to the top of the pack if I had to travel by air to get somewhere to do the ride.

And there's other folders and packables out there which would be well-suited to the task. Many more which could be pressed into service.

If that's your thing, go for it.
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I'm just too old to care about knocking out 100 miles intentionally on any bike, by now.

I let the younger guys do that .. [STP is twice that , 200 miles, 100 a day, I'd prefer taking about a week.]
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We have had people on our bike tours on Bike Fridays ride a century a day for 30+ days going across the United States with my friends PAC Tour group tours. If you want to read what they do see www.pactour.com. Roger
Those are interesting. If my body was able and my wallet was willing, I would love to go on one of these -- especially since I don't live too far from the areas rode. http://www.pactour.com/desertcamp.html
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I have done a few centuries; on my roadbike.
Last year when I did the NYC Century; I saw
a guy on a Brompton - said he did the 100
mile route. I might do a flat century(like the
NYC one) on a folding bike. Most century rides
here have a bit of climbing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20LB8...6zPoymgKaIoDLA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RByK0...6zPoymgKaIoDLA
I am impressed. The last time I was in NY city was back in '78. I had a great time, especially in Manhattan. Things have changed so much in all those years. Its become a bike friendly environment. I was taken back by the first video showing what looks like dedicated roadways strictly for bikes during the first minute or two into the video. Would that be through Central Park by any chance?

Thanks for showing that. It makes me want to go on another trip, especially with my Brommie.
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I'm just too old to care about knocking out 100 miles intentionally on any bike, by now.

I let the younger guys do that .. [STP is twice that , 200 miles, 100 a day, I'd prefer taking about a week.]
I'm shocked fietsbob . You're never too old if one does care to knock off 100 in a day. Ok, you've got me on this one. The only STP I know about is what we used as an oil additive, then proudly displayed big STP stickers on the rear side windows of the heaps we drove around in during our youthful and sometimes rebellious years.
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--- C&O Canal / GAP bike path from DC to Pittsburgh, and the other was from South Bend, IN to Chicago.
Those sound interesting. How far are those paths?
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Those sound interesting. How far are those paths?
I believe the entire route from DC to Pittsburgh is about 350 miles. It's an amazing trip. If interested, here's a link to a BF post I made about the trip soon afterward: Bike Forums link, and here's a link to some photos on an external photo site: SmugMug link.
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StP = Seattle To Portland .. It's a Northwest thing.

I have a 10 MPH pace, just not wanting to spend 12 hours in the saddle anymore.

33 years ago, maybe , because I had Friends to ride with, then .. now I have friends I drink with,
including the managing owner of the LBS, who gave me a job , albeit part time summer ,
younger guys get more hours ..
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I believe the entire route from DC to Pittsburgh is about 350 miles. It's an amazing trip. If interested, here's a link to a BF post I made about the trip soon afterward: Bike Forums link, and here's a link to some photos on an external photo site: SmugMug link.
damn, that looks awesome...
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I am impressed. The last time I was in NY city was back in '78. I had a great time, especially in Manhattan. Things have changed so much in all those years. Its become a bike friendly environment. I was taken back by the first video showing what looks like dedicated roadways strictly for bikes during the first minute or two into the video. Would that be through Central Park by any chance?

Thanks for showing that. It makes me want to go on another trip, especially with my Brommie.
The park in the first minute of the video is Prospect Park in Brooklyn. This was the original assignment
for the 3 lanes; 2 for cars and one lane that cyclist and peds/joggers shared. In the video you can see
the improvement that was made. One lane for peds/joggers, one for bikers and one for cars. The same
improvement was done in Central Park:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-rQN...6zPoymgKaIoDLA
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Back in 2010 I rode with a fellow in Ohio who completed a super randonneuring series on a folder. That's rides of 200k, 300k, 400k, and 600k with time limits. All but the 600 were completed without a sleep stop. I don't recall the brand, but his bike was a drop-bar road bike.

I imagine he on his folder and I on my recumbent looked quite the odd couple.
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A hundred and twenty kilometers is the farthest I've ridden on any bike, and I don't look forward to doing it again. Racing isn't my cup of tea. I prefer taking my time, stopping to talk to people, having a siesta at midday, visiting monuments and so on.
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I`ve topped 100 miles many times on a small number of bikes, but haven`t yet broken that distance on my folder- close, though. There`s a current BFnet member who posts on the Long Distance subforum and rides randonees in Japan (rider is some flavor of Brit, I believe) on a Pocket Rocket.

I`d say that anybody interrested in a century ride really ought to give it a shot. If you like it, great. If it sucks, you won`t die, and you`ll know not to do that again! I agree whole heartedly with nearly everything in Derailed`s first post. Should you decide to try it, I`d suggest riding whatever your most comfortable bike is, whether it folds or not. Take it easy, eat and drink (don`t go overboard on either one), take breaks, and enjoy the ride.
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I just did my first century (Foxy) a month ago with my Paratrooper. It wasn't bad at all. This is my only bike and I do my commute, hill training and long distance rides (50+ miles) with it. The longest non century trip that I did with the bike was from Fremont to Golden Gate Bridge (about 70 miles) via Skyline.
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Not quite forty years ago, I did TOSRV '76 on a Raleigh Twenty. Both ways. Of course I was a lot younger, more drugged, more foolish then. But it was fun. And worth the looks on the faces of everyone else participating.
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