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Old 06-28-11, 04:54 PM   #1
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Healthy or Harmful for really long rides

Just like some feedback
for people who do long hours and distances on a bike? So i am talking about 100km rides or more
65 miles +
200 km even in one day etc
12 hours rides etc using as examples

is it still healthy to ride that long on the body? or is there a point of it being dangerous to the person?
lets assume the cyclist doing long distances is reasonably fit
not a couch potato
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You get Stronger.


The 42 Ride NY to LA
72 miles a day average for 58 days:

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Meet Dex 61 y/o rider

2989 miles in 12 days 19 hours
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If you eat & hydrate well during the ride a 200k will do nothing but good.
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It's not bad for you in itself, but the potential for trouble increases the longer you ride.
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As long as you do it right, it's as beneficial as any other form of exercise. There is always the chance you might get an injury, but about the same as any other sport.
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100 km really isn't very long. It's sort of the gateway to long distance cycling.

Riding 100 km once a week, or even several times a week shouldn't be harmful as long as your bicycle is set up correctly (to reduce injury and increase comfort), as long as you're eating and drinking enough, and consuming enough electrolytes, and as long as you listen to your body and rest when needed (both during the ride and between rides).
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I don't see any harm in it. I do at least on 65-100 mile ride a week along with 5 other rides of 25+ miles each.

The only "harm" I experience is a sore butt because I just cannot find the right saddle.

Oh, I do have trouble sleeping after doing a long ride. I think my metabolism just gets strung up and messes me up for a night.
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Oh, I do have trouble sleeping after doing a long ride. I think my metabolism just gets strung up and messes me up for a night.
I have trouble sleeping the night before a long or longish ride ... but after I sleep like a log. And lately, I sleep like a log for several nights after.
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I wish I could ride 100km per day, it's just not practical for me. From a training perspective, it's probably not the way to go
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Hey i like the calender - I used to use one just like that before I started using Excel.

And 72 miles a day is impressive.
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Why do people post simple questions that they already know the answer to?

The time spent performing an activity has nothing to do with whether it is "healthy." Is working in an office 40 hours a week "harmful" or healthy?

In general the genetic disposition for human beings dictates that considerable activity is desirable to avoid many diseases and lengthen life span.

However, for each person, and for each situation there is a basis or "it depends" disclaimer when trying to determine the costs and benefits of a course of action.

But I don't understand these simple suppositions. If you are smart enough to type you should know these things as common sense. And if you don't - no amount of of didactic exposition will enlighten you.
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Nice calendar, didnt u find u burned out at all with a big workout plan like that?
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Nice calendar, didnt u find u burned out at all with a big workout plan like that?
No, I ride with others and have fun on each ride.
Here is pic at 2000 milies.

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way a go. That is great.

How often do u change the tires/
i see u use a touring bike
3 chain rings, that is good.

what has been ur most challenging ride to date
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Hey i like the calender - I used to use one just like that before I started using Excel.

And 72 miles a day is impressive.
From the calendar: 22 rides for 2047 miles = 93 mile average

The 72 mile came from The 42 Ride NY to LA
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way a go. That is great.

How often do u change the tires/
i see u use a touring bike
3 chain rings, that is good.

what has been ur most challenging ride to date
The bike is a Felt F-80/85 road bike. I use a topeak beam seat post rack and 700 X 28 tires.



Most challenging:

My 2nd 100 mile ride, a timed ride at The Indianapolis Speedway 500 Race Track.
Took everything I had to finish.

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Most fun:

The 42 Ride:
Got Paid to ride this one.

http://s256.photobucket.com/albums/h...view=slideshow

West Texas Big Big Bend Ride:







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Looks like a great event. I was looking at your photo bucket photos, lots of nice friends

any plans in future to do such an event again,
was this just something random organized or was it with a specific organization that does rides across the usa like that? if so i might be interested, cheers
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I got it from BF.

They flew us to NY and then home from LA
$3000 salary + $25 per diem each day.
2 support vans stayed with us each day. They supplied riding foods and drinks. 1 truck carried are stuff.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-paid-to-do-it-!
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do it again

would u do it again
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When I rode across the country, it was 3500 miles in 32 days with no rest days. 48 hours a week pedaling. My body survived just fine. The key is to get enough sleep and keep fed/hydrated. Of course it took a couple weeks for my legs to recover once I was done, but there was no harm that I could see.
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Many cycletourist ride approx. 100 km a day for several days, then take a day off, and repeat for the duration of their tours.


I prefer to cycle a bit less than that on tours so I have the time to stop and see things along the way. On my 3-month tour of Australia back in 2004, I averaged about 80 km a day, including some very long days, some shorter days, and lots of days right around the 80 km distance.


worldtraveller ... how often were you planning to ride 100 km and longer distances? You don't mention if you were planning to do them daily, or once a week, or once a month ...
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You know - I guess form medical perspective exercise or any activity probably starts going down hill after 12-16 hours.

And if you incorporate a biological perspective and give credence to the theory of circadian rhythms then you know you're starting to hurt yourself after 24 hours.

I don't know who has studied or researched this "forced activity" recently. And you have to remember - medical research is never supposed to be knowingly harmful - so again who knows.

Most of the tenets surrounding life, longevity and health are based on the premise or regular life-long activity along with routine habits and regular as well as adequate rest periods.

Go crazy for 24 hours, but get plenty of rest afterwards- just saying.........
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