cheapskate newbie interested in long distance
I tried searching this topic but little came up, so I figured I'd start a new thread. I have been a very loyal commuter for about five years (5-10 mi almost everyday), and have gone on short tours, S24O, etc. I'm now starting to get really interested in long distance, mainly because every time I have gone on a "long" ride (like, 20 miles, haha), I didn't want to stop!
I don't like to spend money if I don't have to, but I do understand that there are things to consider in a century that I wouldn't have to worry with riding around town, so I might have to invest.
So my question is-- what are the absolute necessary purchases, and in what area can I make do with what I already have?
I'm currently riding a 198? centuriuon sports dlx with fenders, rear rack, and toe clips. I may have access to another slightly sportier but also vintage road bike with fenders. Will these bikes do? Can I ride just wearing normal tights and shorts that I buy from inexpensive clothing stores? Will bananas do for food? What else should I think about?
Thanks to all in advance!