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Old 05-01-14, 07:37 PM   #1
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what's more important to you or distance?

what's more important to you speed or distance?
for me it's distance.
I like to go the distance just like Rocky I would rather have it take me all day to go a lot of miles then a lot of miles in a short amount amount of time because I like to enjoy that I go not speed by 1000 mph like some kind of crazy supernova of speed.
The distance you go is relative to the distance that you have to go before there becomes a point between the two distances were you meet a point of no return where it takes me longer to go back and just keep going to your destination. Plus to much on speed your your likely to burn out quicker.... but with just worrying about distance your you're more likely pace yourself and last longer so your energy level might actually be able to go even further in the distance that you hope to go.
I enjoy going long distance, infact there is a very long rail trail in my community that I enjoy biking that goes through goes through three towns in fact I have to do this trail quite a lot to get to my special friend's house... If you know what I mean. :-) going long distance doesn't really wear me out.. its trying for speed

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what's more important to you or distance?
for me it's distance.
I like to go the distance just like Rocky I would rather have it take me all day to go a lot of miles been goal a lot of miles in a short amount amount of time because I like to enjoy that I go not speed by 1000 mph like some kind of crazy supernova coming out of a cosmic being cycle of speed.
The distance you go is relative to the distance that you have two read turn because there becomes a point between two distances were using were you meet a point of no return where it takes me longer to go back and just keep going to your destination. Plus locus to much on speed your your likely to burn out quicker but with just worrying about distance your you're more likely pace yourself and last longer so your energy level might actually be able to go even further in the distance that you hope to go.
I enjoy going along going long distance thing fact there is a very long rail trail in my communities that I enjoy biking that goes through goes through three towns in fact I have to do this trail quite a lot to get to my special friend's house... If you know what I mean. :-) going long distance doesn't really wear me out
1) Would you mind reading your post again, and correcting it as necessary so we can understand what it is you're trying to say.

2) Are you not English speaking? Are you trying to use an online translator? That's OK, but if you're trying to use an online translator, it is not working for you.

3) What's a "long distance" to you?
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What's a "long distance" to you?

Anything more than 7 miles one way.
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All I care about is getting to go where I intend to. Usually, this is just a couple of miles. A few weeks ago it was 32 miles each way. Tonight it was just a 3-4 mile ride through the suburban hills, low traffic.
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Anything more than 7 miles one way.

Well that's certainly a start. I presume you're new to cycling.

As you get into cycling more over the summer, you should be able to build up from there. Maybe by the end of summer, your long distance might be 50 miles or more.


And BTW, you can edit your original post to make what you're trying to say clearer.
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No.. i am not new... it's just i have nowhere to go past 7 miles
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No.. i am not new... it's just i have nowhere to go past 7 miles
Go the next 7 miles. And then the 7 miles after that. And 7 more miles ... it'll be good for you.

And then you can start to talk about "long distance" and riding all day.

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I like riding distance but because of time constraints I have to press my speed a little. The faster I ride the more miles I can rack up for the time I have available.
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I also prefer longish over fast, both being individual and relative terms.
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I'm also a bit confused by your post. For me, I prefer distance over speed although if conditions are favourable, such as a very brisk tailwind, zipping along at over 30 mph for extended periods of time while riding a fully loaded touring bike is very exhilarating. I once had such conditions and rode 107 miles along highway 16 west of Prince George in British Columbia before noon while riding an old rigid framed 18 spd mt with fat tires and carrying just over 50 lbs of gear etc. Normally it would take me a very full day to go that distance.
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I would love to be fast.
So I could go farther.
But I'm not.

I'm only fast on descents...

But I love long rides.
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Right now, I can't ride fast, nor can I ride long... at least not as long as I would like.

I do however prefer to ride long distances instead of trying to ride fast.

Last week I rode 34 miles in the Tour de Scranton, and averaged between 8 and 9 miles per hour... It was a hillier ride than I have been on in quite a while, so it took a lot out of me... plus it was twice as long as any other rides I have done so far this year. The more typical ride is more like the 7 mile ride I did last night after work.

Even though I like riding longer distances, I do like occasional bursts of speed. Rolling down a hill at 30+ mph is great fun, especially after paying the "toll" by riding to the top. I also like pushing myself to increase my fitness, but I typically do so in short bursts.
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I like to ride long distances at great speeds. Long distance to me doesn't start until 40+ miles.
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I like to ride long distances at great speeds. Long distance to me doesn't start until 40+ miles.
At least.

I tend to think of long distances starting at 100 km, the metric century. But the Long Distance forum thinks of long distances starting at 100 miles.
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At least.

I tend to think of long distances starting at 100 km, the metric century. But the Long Distance forum thinks of long distances starting at 100 miles.
Well it's early in the season for me. My definition of long distance will be quite different in a few months.
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Well it's early in the season for me. My definition of long distance will be quite different in a few months.
True ... and after moving to very hilly Tasmania, all of a sudden 80 km seemed like a long distance!
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a 7 mile ride is where they put the suburban grocery big box store, on former wetlands , that I have to go to to get Food.

so I come back Hauling a fair Load. so ... getting there and back, safely ..

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Neither speed nor distance: time. If you ride enough hours and go up enough hills, speed will take care of itself. What to do: ride away from home, going up every hill you see, until you are tired. Then ride back.
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I generally don't care what my average speed ends up being..

I set a distance for the day and I do it.. A portion of all my rides are in the city so my speed will vary depending on how many times I have to stop before getting outside the city. My speed is effected by winds and how many climbs I do..

I have several different routs that I do regularly. They range from 30 miles (the shortest) to a century (the longest).. Some have minor climbing, some have a boat load of climbing..

My average speed is effected by so many different variables that I don't pay it much attention..

Plus I am old and the temps in the summer tend to get 100+..
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Neither speed nor distance: time. If you ride enough hours and go up enough hills, speed will take care of itself. What to do: ride away from home, going up every hill you see, until you are tired. Then ride back.
^this. Time is always the limiting factor. I ride according to what I feel and my goals for the particular ride, and I do it for as long as the time I have allocated. The rest are just numbers...

A utility ride to the store to buy provisions, I ride briskly to get the benefit from a shorter ride.

A long ride in the country, I challenge some of the climbier spots and cruise through the more scenic ones.

A social ride with friends, I ride at their pace and we chat...
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I took the time to look up what you are riding. It is a 37 pound, single-speed beach cruiser that sells for under $80 at WalMart if you assemble it yourself. It was designed for comfort, not speed or distance. Most people I see who ride beach cruisers ride them around the neighborhood with their kids. They are not long-distance cyclists nor are they particularly fast.

A couple of years ago I did a 50 mile BSA Cycling Merit Badge ride with a father who road a similar bike. He completed the 50 miles in less than 8 hours which is the requirement we put on the Scouts who earn the badge. It just shows you can go long distances on a bike like that. He is a pretty fit individual, still fairly young. He was tired at the end of the ride but still able to get off it and walk away. I gave him a special certificate of recognition for having ridden a one-speed cruiser all that distance. I probably haven't done 50 miles on a one-speed bike since I was 13 and that was a LONG time ago.
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I took the time to look up what you are riding. It is a 37 pound, single-speed beach cruiser that sells for under $80 at WalMart if you assemble it yourself. It was designed for comfort, not speed or distance. Most people I see who ride beach cruisers ride them around the neighborhood with their kids. They are not long-distance cyclists nor are they particularly fast.

A couple of years ago I did a 50 mile BSA Cycling Merit Badge ride with a father who road a similar bike. He completed the 50 miles in less than 8 hours which is the requirement we put on the Scouts who earn the badge. It just shows you can go long distances on a bike like that. He is a pretty fit individual, still fairly young. He was tired at the end of the ride but still able to get off it and walk away. I gave him a special certificate of recognition for having ridden a one-speed cruiser all that distance. I probably haven't done 50 miles on a one-speed bike since I was 13 and that was a LONG time ago.
In the early 70's I rode my single speed, ballon tire Schwinn with a knee action fork from Philadelphia to Atlantic City (60 mikes) on a charity ride. The only modification I had made to the 1950's era bike was a Wright W-66 saddle.

No problem on this ride as the only elevation was the Ben Franklin Bridge over the Delaware River. An easy-peasy ride since I was not in any kind of race and the bike was built for comfort not speed. Single speed cruisers are fine for such rides and distances as long as being speedy is not a concern.
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I keep track of time, and to a lesser degree "effort".
I have no idea what distance or speed I go.
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