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Old 11-11-11, 01:32 PM   #1
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ride time/distance?

Now that I've got a few days of riding my new Sun Tour Easy under my belt, I'm wondering how the lack of physical discomfort will affect my time in the saddle vs on a df. After about 5/6 hour on the loaded df, I'd call it a day so as to not be too exhausted by pedaling and physical stress.

For you guys into long distance riding on bents, what sorta saddle time do you usually average/day? If you switched from dfs, did you noticed a change in pedaling time and stress level riding a bent? In other words, can I expect longer distances/day on the bent vs the df? I do think I'm a tad faster on the bent, but haven't confirmed this.
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'Bents haven't allowed me increase my typical daily / weekly milage, because those things are constrained by available time between work, life, family obligations, not my level comfort/discomfort on the bike.

However...'bents have allowed me to get involved in rando and ultraraces. I could never have imagined doing a double century (or longer) on a DF (just simply wouldn't do it....), but I have done several of them now on my 'bents (w/ the longest so far being 630K) with a total lack of pain in my shoulders, neck, and butt like I used to get on the DF.

So yeah, you may find that your definition of what constitutes a 'long ride' start to change.
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On DF's I thought a 30 mile ride was long. On bents that's just a good beginning.
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OK. It's a day later. I think I've answered my own question.

After 80 miles in perfect fall weather, flats and hills the answer is: 1 mph faster, higher spin rate. As there were no comfort issues, I'll be planning on 65 mile days vs 50 on the df for loaded touring. I'm stoked!
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Me too. Did 23 miles on the Strada yesterday, the previous longest ride being 16 miles. I bet I could be ready to do a flat century in a month or two, and I'm WAY out of shape.

As for speed, well, I make no claims.
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As for speed, well, I make no claims.
Unlike some of the rest of us: I was cruising along in the upper 20's today.

Did I mention that the wind was blowing?

Did I mention that there may have been a tailwind?
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Unlike some of the rest of us: I was cruising along in the upper 20's today.
I did that once on an upright. 40 mph tailwind in Ok.
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Unlike some of the rest of us: I was cruising along in the upper 20's today.

Did I mention that the wind was blowing?

Did I mention that there may have been a tailwind?
It couldn't have been a tailwind; you were just having a great day.
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