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    How can you tell how many miles u go if you dont have techlogy.

    how can you tell how many miles u have riden on your ride if you don't have them bike little product things?

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    Oh boy...you mean an odometer, a cyclocomputer? How would you be able to tell without one?

    (btw "technology" doesn't mean electronics, it means knowledge. Your bike itself is a very impressive piece of human technology.)

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    use google maps or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryan123
    how can you tell how many miles u have riden on your ride if you don't have them bike little product things?
    U ride?
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    Gmaps Pedometer works great for that.
    http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/

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    Garmin Forerunner.

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    Estimate.

    I find that I go much faster and farther when I estimate than I do when I use one of those cycle computer thingies.

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    Use Google Earth and you can make a path matching the one you biked and it will measure the distance. Bring a stopwatch (or even wristwatch and just keep track of when you start) and you can get average speed.
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    You could also drive the route and use the odometer.
    That's gonna leave a mark.

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    You will need:

    1. A timing device. Watch, hourglass, etc. Don't count because you will need that for something else. If you have a tandem partner, he/she can count.

    2. A gear chart in gain ratio, preferably.

    3. A calculator or a head for numbers.

    Now start riding. Start your timing device. Count every revolution of the pedals. Multiply that by the gain ratio and you have your distance. Divide the distance by the time and you have speed. Of course, the rapidity with which you calculate your distance and speed will determine the refresh rate.

    Oh, and don't try to talk while doing this...you'll lose you place

    The nonsmart ass response is to use the mileage signs on the side of the road or the mile maker posts if your state uses them. Or guess.
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    roads i go on don't have them. cuz i go on regular roads and they don't have it even if they do theres many numbers on there due to *never mind* .......... i am gonna buy a thingy for xmas so it will help.

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    This reminds me of the Barometer Problem.

    The best question has many answers. I am reminded of the story about a student who protested when his answer was marked wrong on a physics test.

    In answer to the question, "How could you measure the height of a tall building, using a barometer?" he was expected to explain that the barometric pressures at the top and the bottom of the building are different, and by calculating, he could determine the building's height. Instead, he answered, "I would tie the barometer to a string, lower it to the ground and measure the length of the string."

    His instructor admitted that the answer was technically correct but did not demonstrate a knowledge of physics.

    The student then rattled off a whole series of answers involving physics but not one using the principle in question: He would drop the barometer and time its fall. He would make a pendulum and time its frequency at the top and the bottom of the building. He would walk down the stairs marking "barometer units" on the wall.

    When the instructor finally demanded the "simplest" answer to the question, the student replied, "I would go to the building superintendent and offer him a brand-new barometer if he will tell me the height of the building!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    You will need:

    1. A timing device. Watch, hourglass, etc. Don't count because you will need that for something else. If you have a tandem partner, he/she can count.

    2. A gear chart in gain ratio, preferably.

    3. A calculator or a head for numbers.

    Now start riding. Start your timing device. Count every revolution of the pedals. Multiply that by the gain ratio and you have your distance. Divide the distance by the time and you have speed. Of course, the rapidity with which you calculate your distance and speed will determine the refresh rate.

    Oh, and don't try to talk while doing this...you'll lose you place
    I thought of doing it that way too, but I lose count when it goes over 21.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryan123
    how can you tell how many miles u have riden on your ride if you don't have them bike little product things?
    Quote Originally Posted by bryan123
    roads i go on don't have them. cuz i go on regular roads and they don't have it even if they do theres many numbers on there due to *never mind* .......... i am gonna buy a thingy for xmas so it will help.

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    if its in a city just count the blocks, its pretty accurate

    here locally 6 blocks or 600 address numbers equals 1 mile, and ive tested this in a few places, it works, it gets a little out of whack on streets that run at odd angles but the addressing scheme definitely is pretty consistent for the most part

    not sure what the county road addressing scheme uses but I have a feeling its similar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
    I thought of doing it that way too, but I lose count when it goes over 21.
    Oh. You ride barefoot and have an extra toe? Although how do you keep place on your toes with them going up and down like that?

    Sorry. It was just such a good straight line
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    Not having the 'techlogy' says "Who cares how far?"

    Just ride untill it's time to go home, or untill you are not having fun anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WorldWind
    Just ride untill it's time to go home, or untill you are not having fun anymore.
    My problem is that I am always too far from home when I quit having fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    Oh. You ride barefoot and have an extra toe? Although how do you keep place on your toes with them going up and down like that?

    Sorry. It was just such a good straight line
    Yeah it was...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bryan123
    roads i go on don't have them. cuz i go on regular roads and they don't have it even if they do theres many numbers on there due to *never mind* .......... i am gonna buy a thingy for xmas so it will help.
    You can get a thingie at wally world for about ten buckazoids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supcom
    You can get a thingie at wally world for about ten buckazoids.
    Yes, but will the Santa at Wally World know how to set the wheel circumference on the thingie?
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    Khuon, I believe that answer is usually credited to Niels Bohr, from his university days.
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    For the determined Luddite, nothing beats looking up a (paper) roadmap after the ride.

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    paper road maps do they still make those ride till your done
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    Quote Originally Posted by bryan123
    roads i go on don't have them. cuz i go on regular roads and they don't have it even if they do theres many numbers on there due to *never mind* .......... i am gonna buy a thingy for xmas so it will help.
    Then why did you ask? :::shrug:::
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