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MikeR 07-05-05 11:14 AM

I cycled10,000 miles!
 
I reached a new milestone this holiday weekend. My "first real bike" hit the 10,000 mile mark in my log. (not really the odometer because I have gone through a couple computers). I never thought I would ride a bicycle for over 10,000 miles! Next time someone asks 'How far have you ridden?' I know what I'm goína say.

I was sure to tell my wife about it because when I bought that "expensive" bike a few years ago I told her that I was wiling to pay "all that money" so that I had a bike that would hold up for life.

bobn 07-05-05 11:31 AM

Whew!!

That's a lot of miles-Give us a breakdown such as:

How many years did it take? How many miles you ride a week? Do you live where you can ride all the time?How many sets of tires and bike repairs were made? Did you wear out the pedals or the saddle?ETC AND ETC Let us hear it------ (Read it)

Very interesting and quite an accomplishment!

Regards-Bob

timmhaan 07-05-05 11:41 AM

yeah, i'm with bob - we need details. :)

cuda2k 07-05-05 11:51 AM

Ditto on the details! Ditto on the details! *end chant*

10k miles is a far far away milestone for me, I just rolled over 100 on the new mtb. Road bike is still in non-road worthy condition till midweek.

Totoro 07-05-05 11:53 AM

Congratulations :beer:

MikeR 07-05-05 12:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bobn
Whew!!

That's a lot of miles-Give us a breakdown such as:

How many years did it take? How many miles you ride a week? Do you live where you can ride all the time?How many sets of tires and bike repairs were made? Did you wear out the pedals or the saddle?ETC AND ETC Let us hear it------ (Read it)

Very interesting and quite an accomplishment!

Regards-Bob

WOW! thanks. I've heard of cyclists doing 5,000 miles in one year so I never expected this kind of response. Well . . . let me see. . . I'll go over my logs and get back to you with the details.

madman91 07-05-05 12:25 PM

um....400 miles and kicking?!?! :D

KingTermite 07-05-05 01:09 PM

That's amazing......I'm still a newbie at this....I'm about to tip 500 miles on the next ride. :)

MikeR 07-05-05 01:10 PM

OK here are the asked for details:

Iím 55 and Iíve been riding about 5 years Ė just pleasure riding in the beautiful Pa countryside. I just started commuting recently this year. I have averaged about 2,500 a year Ė for a total of 10,000 on my Bianchi SanRemo and some more on my Diamondback beater (mostly in the winter).

When I started I was 70 lbs heaver and 60 blood pressure points higher. Most of that improvement was the first year.

Iíve had only one serious crash, but I was not hurt Ė it cost me on shifter and some bar tape.

I went through a few sets of tires and countless tubes before I switched to Armidellos. Since then Iíve had zero flats in 2 years (5,000 miles).

Iím on my third rear wheel rim (my weight had something to do with that and our rough country roads did too.) My LBS now builds my wheels.

This is what is still original: the frame (of course), the paint job (lots of scratches), front wheel, rear axel, cranks, Bottom Bracket, 43 and 52 teeth chainrings, breaks, seat post, handlebar and front fork.

I never counted the chains, spokes, bar tape, cables, break pads or tubes but I went through many. There were other things I went through but did not wear out, like various computers and lubes that I tried.

Iíve worn out 2 rear cogs, a front granny gear, one shifter (the other broke in my accident), a set of Frog pedals, a pair of shoes, 3 sets of cleats, a saddle, a helmet, 2 helmet mirrors, and my wifeís patience.

bobn 07-05-05 02:06 PM

Absolutely fantastic!

geeklpc1985 07-05-05 02:29 PM

WOW, thats great, I just hit 6000 miles on my Marin, It's been about 1 year having the bike and being car-free.

Great Job, keep up the biking!

GEEK

KevinF 07-05-05 04:36 PM

Good job on reaching 10,000 miles on the bike. I remember being pretty ecstatic when I realized I had racked up that distance. It's an accomplishment to remain that devoted for several years.

We expect to hear from you sometime in 2009 when you get to 20,000. ;)

samp02 07-05-05 04:52 PM

The best part of all of this is your health. Fantastic. Great news. Keep it going. :)

dobber 07-05-05 06:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeR
OK here are the asked for details:

Iím 55 and Iíve been riding about 5 years Ė just pleasure riding in the beautiful Pa countryside. I just started commuting recently this year. I have averaged about 2,500 a year Ė for a total of 10,000 on my Bianchi SanRemo and some more on my Diamondback beater (mostly in the winter).

Congrats on the achievements all around.

skydive69 07-05-05 07:49 PM

One of the guys I ride with just hit 375,000 miles! Everytime I think I am doing serious miles, I run into him. :eek:

Cyclaholic 07-06-05 02:01 AM

Well done MikeR.... Congratulations. :beer:

MikeR 07-06-05 05:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by geeklpc1985
WOW, thats great, I just hit 6000 miles on my Marin, It's been about 1 year having the bike and being car-free.

Great Job, keep up the biking!

GEEK

You'll have me beat by next year!

MikeR 07-06-05 06:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by skydive69
One of the guys I ride with just hit 375,000 miles! Everytime I think I am doing serious miles, I run into him. :eek:

I've read of a guy who works in a bike shop and has ridden every day for over ten years - never missed a day in 3,650 days!

MikeR 07-06-05 06:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bobn
Absolutely fantastic!

I really appreciate all the pats on the back from everyone here. I knew you people would understand my pride. You tell non cyclists about your milestones and they look at you like you're nuts. The numbers impress them but still, they just don't get it.

speedhub 07-06-05 06:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeR
You tell non cyclists about your milestones and they look at you like you're nuts. The numbers impress them but still, they just don't get it.

Some times ago, when I had stored my old touringbike (and now mainly commute bike) in the lab, a collegue noticed the figure '49.XXX' for 'total kms' on the computer.
"Is that TRUE ?!?" he asked.
"No! It's not true, .." I said.
And while a grin began to start in his face I added
".. the computer is newer than the bike - which has about twice that distance" ;)
And he ( :eek: ) was even more astonished when he heard, that this isn't my only bike.

KingTermite 07-06-05 08:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KingTermite
That's amazing......I'm still a newbie at this....I'm about to tip 500 miles on the next ride. :)

Ok....next ride is over.....sitting on about 505 now. :)

MikeR 07-07-05 07:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KingTermite
Ok....next ride is over.....sitting on about 505 now. :)

Hey, if you enjoy the activity, it doesn't take long to rack up the miles.

I'd like to estimate the number of pedal revolutions but due to changing cadences and coasting it would just be a W.A.G.


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