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Old 05-09-10, 10:10 PM   #1
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Things I learned today.....

1- On an empty stomach, while drinking only water, it takes me exactly 85 miles to bonk. (done purposely as an experiment)

2- The numbness I've been experiencing in my hands after approximately 40 miles is not due to some underlying medical condition, but instead due to the gloves I've been wearing. (by accident- forgot my gloves) Not a single tingle in 92 miles sans riding gloves.

3- There are people out there who when you announce "on your left" will throw their water bottle at you as you pass.

4- I like riding with a mirror. I added a Mirrycle STI mirror for my Cross Florida Ride last weekend and have become hooked. I won't ride without it.
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Old 05-09-10, 10:38 PM   #2
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Well I can't say for the others but I can say for the mirror,I love mine and would not like to ride without it.
Allthough I have the Take a Look eye glass mirror's.
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#1 is an interesting experiment -- I think I'll try that some day. I'd be really surprised if I could get half your distance before bonking hard.
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#1 is an interesting experiment -- I think I'll try that some day. I'd be really surprised if I could get half your distance before bonking hard.
I did have a double serving of chicken and pasta the night before which I'm sure helped.
Nothing other than a cup of coffee this morning before the ride though.
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I would suggest that #1 will vary depending on your nutritional intake prior to starting your ride.
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I've found that minimal glove padding is quite comfortable. I haven't found many offerings in minimally padded or unpadded gloves, though.
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Specialized BG gloves are awesome, with the right amount of padding in all the right places for me! Give some a try if you'd still like to wear gloves.
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I've found that padded gloves are not a solution for tingly or numb hands. I like some of Fox's gloves. Another thing I have found is that short fingered gloves can exacerbate numbness because my grip tends to bunch the webbing of the gloves down into the webbing of my hands. Long-fingered gloves don't present such an issue. Putting aside issues related to cold and sunburn, there is a case against wearing gloves at all.

I've also done the century without eating as an experiment. It is not something that you would do often, but it does enable you to determine just how far you can go without eating... and shows the importance of rehydration over eating. Of course, much does depend on the intensity of your ride as to how quickly you may bonk.

I can ride with or without a mirror. I am riding with one now just so I can keep track of Machka when she is riding behind me. Seeing her white headlight beam in the mirror is as reassuring to me as her seeing my red taillight up ahead.
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