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Old 12-20-06, 07:51 PM   #1
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600,000 miles and counting

http://post-gazette.com/pg/06354/747328-114.stm
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Old 12-20-06, 10:46 PM   #2
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So he's still at it. Last time I checked it looked like he was stagnating.

I wonder where all of us would be in mileage if we also started counting when we were 6 years old. And I wonder how many 6 to 15 year olds are riding nearly 4000 miles a year. I find that part of his claims to be a bit ... ummm ... incredible.

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Old 12-21-06, 01:26 AM   #3
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"When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking."
Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle, Scientific American, 1896
thanks for your signature line Machka.

I am going to get up and ride in the morning, and so will Danny Chew... because 18k per year is 50 miles per day...
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Old 12-21-06, 03:30 AM   #4
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because 18k per year is 50 miles per day...
About 5 miles from where I used to live in England was a bloke who racks up 20,000 to 30,000 miles a year on a selection of bikes or (upright) trikes. Pat Kenny doesn't have the highest total in the 300,000 Club. There are quite a few above 600,000 miles. The club doesn't allow estimations/ count unrecorded mileage.
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Old 12-21-06, 09:45 AM   #5
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I was wondering just how many people were approaching really huge numbers. I emailed Chew, that I estimated that there were probably at least 40 people in the US/Can with over 400,000 miles. He never replied.

One thing to bear in mind, there are many more "cross-over" athletes that endure significant training volumes that can't be counted by "bike miles". With all the Iron men tri-types, and the considerable usage of training devices like rollers and treadmills, road mileage no longer tells the "whole story."

Between 1983 and 1988 I logged 90,000 miles, but that stat doesn't reflect the exercise required to complete 6 marathons and a dozen other events.

While Danny Chew is well on his way to a very unique goal, and it's doubtful that any other athletes will ever approach it, one needs to remember that other athletes are logging similar training volumes through multi-exercise training/conditioning programs.
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Old 12-21-06, 11:19 AM   #6
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Danny gets props in my book for durability. And for preaching the fun and adventure to be had in riding bikes.

He's also one heck of a smart bike racer. Whether that kind of training volume is effective is debateable (personally, I think he rides that much because he likes it, plain and simple). But watching the guy race is amazing. He doesn't spend an ounce of energy unless there's some purpose behind it. Amazingly efficient and seemingly always aware of what's going on around him. I'd offer up Chew as one of the poster children for "there's a lot more to being a successful bike racer than training."
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I noticed it said he was single.
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I noticed it said he was single.
If yoiu would ever meet him, you would understand why. I think he still loves with his mother, too
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Old 12-21-06, 04:21 PM   #9
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Freddie Hoffman has him beat. Twice as many miles.
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I had the pleasure of cycling with Danny on a number of Sunday group rides shortly before his first RAAM win. Lothar Leder was also joining us at that time. Lothar won Roth that year & was the first to do an ironman in under 8hrs. Those Sunday rides were so competitive that Danny, Lothar, & I were getting droped fairly often. I did a lot of drafting off of those two.
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So he's still at it. Last time I checked it looked like he was stagnating.
- but if i could only do a half of his (or your) mileage?

- btw, you're pretty an inspiration to me... when i do a 50- or 70-miler, i look at some of the randoneuring sites, but always seem to come back to yours.

- tks and Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-21-06, 07:19 PM   #12
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There was a (about 50 years old) mentally handicapped person that was in the Parade Magazine about 8 years ago that had documented over 1 million miles! Supposely all those miles on the same bike? I might have remembered the last part wrong. But he had a slew of worn out chain rings to prove the mileage and other documentation.

I pale in comparison to either with only just over 150,000 miles on the same bike.
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There was a (about 50 years old) mentally handicapped person that was in the Parade Magazine about 8 years ago that had documented over 1 million miles!
Apparently that is Freddie Hoffman, mentioned above.http://www.volvoforlifeawards.com/cg...2004/4872.html
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Old 12-22-06, 07:33 AM   #14
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There is also Heinz Stucke.
311,000 miles at the time of the wiki writing.

Not the 600k that Mr. Chew is up to, but I give Heinz street cred for doing it all over the world.
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I think he still loves with his mother, too

I think there are laws against that sort of thing.
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And those are hilly miles. There isn't a flat mile around here anywhere.
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Apparently that is Freddie Hoffman, mentioned above.http://www.volvoforlifeawards.com/cg...2004/4872.html
Yep that's the guy.
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Old 12-25-06, 06:32 PM   #18
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And those are hilly miles. There isn't a flat mile around here anywhere.
That is exactly what I was thinking. Pittsburgh isn't exactly an easy place to do what Mr. Chew has done. Very impressive and for real. I have to question some of the others.
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I have to question some of the others.
Anybody in particular?
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Freddie Hoffman has him beat. Twice as many miles.
I read about his 1.2 million miles, that equates to doing 100 miles everyday for 33 years. Somehow, I just let other things get in the way of my bicycling; marriage, children, employment, basically life in general.
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"When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking."
Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle, Scientific American, 1896

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I did the exact oposite lol. After40 days of cold, hills and more hills and damp rain ( not all together at the same time), and a bike sliding away under heavy rain at 20mph, I found myself next morning on a bus home with my bike deserted underneath in the empty cargo section. While some days and nights and meals were monotonous, there were blissfull days that money couldn't buy.
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Old 12-25-06, 10:54 PM   #22
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I remember reading about "50,000 miles a year Freddie" many years ago in a bicycling magazine when they were profiling high mileage riders. What is really amazing is that he does this on what most cyclists would call a tank. Heavy bike, thick wheels, and decked out so it's more easily seen than a police car pulling someone over for a ticket at night.
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These guys are amazing. I will say one thing about miles though, hills count! Mr. Chew may have 1/2 the miles, but in Pittsburgh that is some tough miles. He also started the Dirty Dozen here in the burgh. I have ridden most all of them and they are not exactly hills that you would encounter many places. Here is a link. www.dannychew.com Look on the left hand side and you will see the dirty dozen. To ride 100 miles in Florida or somewhere flat is one thing, but it is quite another to ride where there are really no flat rides at all like here in the burg.

The guy is pretty amazing. Hope he can make over 1 million, but that would be very tough.

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If yoiu would ever meet him, you would understand why. I think he still loves with his mother, too
That's way too Oedipal for me.
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I dunno know here. For Freddie, at age 44 to have logged over 1 million miles I did the following calculation:

44 years x 365 days per year (ignoring leap years) = 16060 days. 1,000,000 miles / 16060 days = 62.26 miles per day every day of his life. This does not seem possible to me. Then I thought, lets say he started cycling/recording mileage at age 14. 44-14 = 30 years. 30 years is 10950 days. That's 91.32 miles per day, every day for 30 years. Living in New Jersey, and working as a church custodian and shoveling snow in the winter (from the Volvo article) this does not seem possible to me. Sorry but as a scientist I just like to understand things.
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