Yesterday I accomplished a long standing goal to ride over 100 miles in a single ride on my 1982 Nishiki Cresta. I rode 101.6 miles mostly on the Arizona Canal bike trail in Phoenix, Arizona. I didn't break any speed records. I averaged 14.66 mph for a total ride time of 6 hours 55 minutes, and just under 8 hours with rest stops added in.
I'd been working up to this distance the last few months and got up to 80 miles two weeks ago. My new goal is to ride 200 km (125 miles) in under 13 hours and participate in the brevet series here in Arizona.
I really like the ride quality of the Cresta. Once it gets spun up, it just seems to have its own internal inertia. That's probably because of its weight and long wheel base. And its a very smooth ride. The Phil Wood hubs and SKF bottom bracket probably help in that regard also.
Do any of you ride long distances on a C&V bike? Lets see 'em!
My 1982 Nishiki Cresta.
One of my favorite sections of the path where it crosses Northern Ave. Giant eucalyptus trees provide a nice break spot.
You can really rack up the miles on a path like this.
Out towards 99th Ave. the path goes through a beautiful stretch of natural desert
Cross-posted on C&V Forum
1982 Nishiki Cresta