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    Longest Ride Continuously Clipped-in?

    OK, it's silly season and this is just for fun, so don't yell at me!

    I'm wondering what the longest distance is that you've ridden without unclipping?

    Let me qualify this - I'm talking about maintaining continuous forward momentum. No stopping for a pee, a drink, or a road sign! I think you'd need to be clipped-in otherwise you probably wouldn't remember coming to a rest and putting your foot down.

    Here's what's behind it - I'm in my first riding season and a couple weeks ago bought my first MTB shoes and pedals. I haven't used them much and the times I have used them they've been a bit of a pain.

    So yesterday I set off for a nice long ride. After quite a few miles of riding around the roads here in Door County WI, and crossing both of our main highways, I realized that I hadn't yet un-clipped. It then became an adventure, to see how far I could ride without ever once stopping or taking my foot from the pedal

    hey, it's the winter - it makes me do crazy things. Check back in February and I'll probably be hopping down the highway on one leg whilst holding a string of balloons.

    Anyway, after some careful routing to avoid certain junctions which I knew might be problematic, I made it back to my own home without having once stopped. Total mileage - 56.85 MMR

    My legs were sore but I think I might have gone farther. It was getting late in the day and I had other things to do. I may try and do a Century before the snow starts falling.

    Anyway, I wondered if anyone might have done something similar and kept a record of it. If not, get out there and try it on your next ride! It's actually quite fun and requires a bit of extra thought. Only once in the ride did I have to take a right turn to avoid stopping at a junction that I wanted to pass through.

    There's a write-up on my blog here, but warning - it's not for those of a sensitive disposition (language)

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    I haven't the faintest idea. I've ridden 100k between stopping points (ie, get-off-the-bike-and-do-something points), but have no idea if I put a foot down for a stop sign, wardrobe adjustment or other need in there. I think I may have ridden a 100k without such a stop, just no way to confirm.
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    +1 I've ridden long stretches 50-100 miles) without stopping for any kind of break, but who can remember if I had to stop at an intersection, or some other momentary cause and put a foot down.

    Probably the only ones that would have any assurance of a long ride without unclipping are racers riding road races. Probably the longest would be those who rode the Milan-San Remo classic riding the entire 180 miles without unclipping.
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    Trackstanding means I don't put a foot down at most stop signs and many traffic lights. I know I've done 100 mile races without stopping but can't be sure about anything longer. The 12hr and 24hr time trials I've done were unsupported, so I had to pick up bidons in the middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    I haven't the faintest idea. I've ridden 100k between stopping points (ie, get-off-the-bike-and-do-something points), but have no idea if I put a foot down for a stop sign, wardrobe adjustment or other need in there. I think I may have ridden a 100k without such a stop, just no way to confirm.
    +1

    Although mine might be in the vicinity of 75 km ... that was approx. a common distance between controls on the Manitoba Randonnees, and I don't remember a whole lot of stopping between controls. But it is entirely possible there may have been an intersection with a stop sign or something in there.

    Where I live now, it would be difficult to go a really long distance without encountering an intersection or something. Plus the way the temperature fluctuates at the moment, wardrobe choices and adjustments might be a challenge.

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    I rode 70'ish miles last Sunday and was clipped in all the way. Not that unusual in my case (at least the no unclipping part) as I pick a path out of town that pretty much avoids that.

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    probably 125 miles. Been a while though. Used to do that sort of ride on a whim. I was faster then. Racers have a real aversion to stopping, it's just not done. I have done some 100+ mile races, which obviously didn't involve stopping

    I am not sure why I would even care about unclipping. That's almost a question for foo. It's very likely that I didn't unclip on most of the above rides. A lot of my long rides were in areas so remote that there would be no reason to fully stop for an intersection, but maybe my foot got a little numb and I unclipped to shake it out a little
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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
    .... I was faster then. ....
    Weren't we all?
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    Once I cover the 20km to get in and out of the city my century rides will let me ride 140 km without stopping... and at times I can make it out of the city without having to put a foot down.

    Riding a fg in the city I have spent hours without putting a foot down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
    Weren't we all?
    the difference is ridiculous. Need to work on my speed

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    I was just reading about a cross-country tandem record attempt from way back, and the guy there said they rode 150 miles across Illinois without putting a foot down.

    Now, to my way of thinking, when you don't stop riding to pee, you're taking cycling way too seriously. That said, if it's hot, I have to stop and take on water, and if it's cold, I'm not going more than 100k or so without a pee break, so that's sort of the limits.
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    I lost a cleat bolt so couldn't unclip. Did a little over 200km. I did stop a few times but didn't get off the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    I was just reading about a cross-country tandem record attempt from way back, and the guy there said they rode 150 miles across Illinois without putting a foot down.
    Who is Lon Haldeman?
    I'll take Illinoisan ultra distance cyclists fir $200 Alex.
    The answer is, this Villa Park resident routinely racked up 20,000 miles a year while also keeping up a weight lifting regiment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    I was just reading about a cross-country tandem record attempt from way back, and the guy there said they rode 150 miles across Illinois without putting a foot down.
    Thanks for this info ^

    I had a feeling there would be some slightly greater significance to this, like a Guinness World record or something along those lines.

    I think it caught my imagination whilst I was riding mainly because I'm new to wearing cleats. So I'm still at the stage where I haven't mastered getting in to the pedal. So I was more conscious of not having unclipped for that reason.

    Beyond that it became an interesting little exercise in forward planning and concentration. I also mastered the art of peeling tangerines and bananas with my teeth

    It's sometimes fun to have some ulterior reason behind taking a longer solo ride. This provided me with a little light entertainment if nothing more
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    Haven't thought about it too much, but just 2 weekends ago I rode 58 miles with my wife without stopping and never put my foot down. A very hilly 58 too. This is about as far as I can go without having to stop for water. The only reason we could do this ride without stopping for more water was because it was a cool fall day

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    I made it about 60 miles once on a century ride. Got in with a group of about 6 bikes including a tandem and drafted each other the whole way. It was addicting and really fast so no one wanted to drop. I finally had to pee though and stopped, but managed to catch back up later with the group near the end. No idea if anyone else ever stopped after I left them. I'd love to do it again, but never seem to find a group so well matched for a pace.

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    Looked through my rides in GC. Looks like I did ~36 miles without stopping or unclipping at least twice, both times in the same place: Benton, CA to Bishop, CA (a stretch of highway in one of the more remote corners of California, traversed by two different double century routes.) When I'm back home on my training rides, I'm lucky to do 5 miles without unclipping. Maybe I'm just too bad at trackstanding.

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    it was 254 miles for me without stopping at the 2012 calvins challenge 12 hour bicycle race.
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    I know I've done 100 miles without peeing and there are plenty of roads around here that allow you to go 100 miles without unclipping, but I'm not sure if I've done both in the same ride. I had a recent 100-miler with 4 minutes of stopped time. That's as close as I can get without searching past October.
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