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    Hello bike forums, I'm going on my first 40 mile bike ride

    Hello all, you guys are all awesome and supportive. And have inspired me to start going car-light and car-free.

    I've never done a 40 mile bike ride to the beach before, so i was just wondering what i should expect? What should i bring? Any tips and tricks? And advice in general.

    Thank you guys. you are awesome!

    -Artistic.

    EDIT: My friend just told me it's a 40 mile bike ride.
    Last edited by art1stic; 06-03-10 at 06:37 PM. Reason: typo

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    If you note the address on the left, you'll see I have very little experience with riding on beaches. I do know, however, that unless the beach sand is very well packed, you are going to need quads of steel.

    Myself, if I find out the location of a nearby beach, I'll ride to it and find a spot for an umbrella and a mojito.

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    Gerv,

    Already got a few coronas in my pack for the ride.

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    I'd bring some carbs to eat along the way as well. Is the 40 miles including the ride home? What bike are you riding?

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    Obviously, bring water to drink. Make sure you carry any weight (Such as the Corona) it a comfortable way. Having 20lbs of things randomly stuffed in a messenger bag really sucks on long rides.

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    40 miles can be hard if u are not a regular rider, u might be too tired/sore to want to ride back!

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    riding on beaches
    Gerv, post#1 was about riding 40 miles TO the beach, not riding 40 miles ON the beach.

    40 miles of riding on sand sounds like something you'd do if you wanted mountain-climbing to seem easy afterwards.
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    OP how did it go for you.
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    Hey guys,

    the ride went really swell. The first 10 miles or so i was like, okay i can do this. Eventually around halfway i felt my legs giving out on me. Luckily I brought plenty of water and some granola bars as you guys suggested. My friends were very supportive on my ride and we took a lot of breaks.

    We got to the beach - Newport Beach, Ca. And ate some burgers at this one mom and pop place. Chilled for a bit, drank the coronas i packed in my pack. And enjoyed a few little rollies of green stuff. Oh man have you guys ever rode while buzzin a little bit? It's quite enjoyable, esp with some nice tunes. Such an incredible experience.

    Here's what i'm currently riding. It isn't much, but it's a complete and i'm happy with it:
    Vilano, Freewheel. Currently riding on fixed. 16T Cog



    here's some pics i took of the bike ride there... we went really late. It was too dark to take any pictures on my phone; of the beach. Sorry guys.






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    I assume you live in OC? The terrain there is not too bad, especially if you bike alongside the river.

    Make sure for long-distance rides you use a bike with gear shifting. Fixies won't be good for steep hills.

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