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Old 11-02-11, 03:12 PM   #26
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Life would be boring and dull if we did the same thing all the time and didn't push ourselves at all.
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It's a good thing my mp3 player has like 40 hours of playing battery life. Riding alone without music would probably just bore me to sleep.
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It's a good thing my mp3 player has like 40 hours of playing battery life. Riding alone without music would probably just bore me to sleep.
Depends on the conditions. Sometimes it's a great day, and I'm perfectly content riding by myself just enjoying the scenery. Sometimes I'm riding the same old route that I've been on plenty of times before, it's dreary out, I'm fighting the wind, and music (Especially Thrash Metal) helps me get through it. If you do ride with music, it's important to make sure you can still hear what is going on around you. I have a set of battery powered speakers that attaches to the strap on my backpack, and I have no problems hearing the music or the traffic around me.
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Depends on the conditions. Sometimes it's a great day, and I'm perfectly content riding by myself just enjoying the scenery. Sometimes I'm riding the same old route that I've been on plenty of times before, it's dreary out, I'm fighting the wind, and music (Especially Thrash Metal) helps me get through it. If you do ride with music, it's important to make sure you can still hear what is going on around you. I have a set of battery powered speakers that attaches to the strap on my backpack, and I have no problems hearing the music or the traffic around me.
I prefer folk metal myself, hahaha. I always make sure to have only the right earbud in, since I'm always on the right side of the road. Though I take it out if I find myself in a situation where I need to hear something on my right side.
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I always make sure to have only the right earbud in, since I'm always on the right side of the road. Though I take it out if I find myself in a situation where I need to hear something on my right side.
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It's a good thing my mp3 player has like 40 hours of playing battery life. Riding alone without music would probably just bore me to sleep.
I did a solo 600K (that's 600 km in 40 hours or less, including all breaks) in Alberta a few years ago. I figured I'd bring along some music to keep me company, and for the first 7 hours, it was great. And then all of a sudden, I didn't want it anymore and I rode the rest of the way with my own thoughts and the sounds of nature.

I find the music can be good in small doses ... but then I get bored with it.
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My rides seem to lack a considerable amount of nature. Perhaps it's just the area in which I'm riding.
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Being fairly new to biking any significant distance (Usually going no more than 5km in one sitting), I decided to start testing my limits.

Nevertheless, I set out on my quest to ride there or reach an unbearable amount of pain trying.

I slowed down considerably near the end due to pain from every angle.

Tried to bike 53.1km, only made it 39.6. Hurt a lot.
higher mileage will come in time. don't push yourself too hard too soon. getting hurt or pushing yourself till you're very sore is counter productive.
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My rides seem to lack a considerable amount of nature. Perhaps it's just the area in which I'm riding.
Ride in the country!
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Ride in the country!
I'd have to ride out to the country to ride in it, as I don't own a car. Last time I removed my front wheel to fit my bike in the trunk of a car, my disc brake seemed very reluctant to allow me to use that wheel again. Not really planning on taking that wheel off again any time soon.
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One of the main reasons we increase our cycling distance is to be able to ride new places.
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Bike fit is definitely looking like the #1 suggestion, I'll see about getting that done today.

How long do these centuries take you guys? My quarter century took me 2.5 hours, I don't know if I could handle biking 10 hours in one day.
I did my first (and so far only) century back in August. It took about 6 hours and 15 minutes actual riding time, but total time was close to 9 hours. I stopped for rest breaks (most 10 minutes or less except for my lunch break) every 10 miles (16km) for the first part of the ride, but dropped it to a little more frequent rest stops near the end of the ride.
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I wouldn't focus on time for centuries. They are usually social events for me.
Anyhow, I have had times ranging from 5:30 to 10 hrs.
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I did a solo 600K (that's 600 km in 40 hours or less, including all breaks) in Alberta a few years ago. I figured I'd bring along some music to keep me company, and for the first 7 hours, it was great. And then all of a sudden, I didn't want it anymore and I rode the rest of the way with my own thoughts and the sounds of nature.

I find the music can be good in small doses ... but then I get bored with it.
I concur. I've found that on my two centuries, I've grown annoyed of having music playing around the 5-or-6 hour mark.
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I 100% agree but there are different styles of bikers out there. I see a lot of people joy-riding on townies in to their offices and that's totally cool - just not my thing.
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Hahaha, I see. I actually intend to keep on biking through the winter (Weather permitting. Not sure how effective my brakes will be on a plane of ice.) in hopes of seeing some really solid improvement for next spring/summer. I have an issue with motivation, however. Only a couple of my friends even own a bike, let alone ride it anywhere (Due to owning a car), and the only thing that really drives me to get better at something is competition.
Seeing as how you're Ontario, I strongly suggest you read R A N T W I C K's blog. And if you live anywhere near London, Ont., you may want to see you can ride with him sometime. He's got that winter riding figured out pretty good.
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I 100% agree but there are different styles of bikers out there. I see a lot of people joy-riding on townies in to their offices and that's totally cool - just not my thing.

Not only that but even folks who like challenges ride just for the joy of it. Different rides. Different purposes.
For instance I am happy riding around at 8 mph with my kids. Not all rides need to be epic.
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I did my first (and so far only) century back in August. It took about 6 hours and 15 minutes actual riding time, but total time was close to 9 hours. I stopped for rest breaks (most 10 minutes or less except for my lunch break) every 10 miles (16km) for the first part of the ride, but dropped it to a little more frequent rest stops near the end of the ride.
Now that sounds more like something I could pull off. Resting every 10 miles. Considering I went as far as some go before their first break, but at the expense of every last bit of willpower I had, I don't think I'll be going in 4 25mi segments on my first century.

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Seeing as how you're Ontario, I strongly suggest you read R A N T W I C K's blog. And if you live anywhere near London, Ont., you may want to see you can ride with him sometime. He's got that winter riding figured out pretty good.
Aah, unfortunately London's about 220km away from my city (Newmarket). I'll check out his site though.
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