I am confident I can do 50... I hear the last 25 of a century is all willpower.. so I am really just worried about getting thru the 50-75 part... It may seem vain, but the only reason I want to ride a century is so that I can drop that fact casually in conversations at parties and family get togethers... lol
I'm JD. I ride my bicyle everywhere and look down upon those who don't. Those who know me get that and those who don't are inconsequential.
Runnin' With The Pack
Hello Everyone...I made an introduction in the general roadie forum, but thought I'd put one here since I'm a SoCalie (IE, in particular).
I grew up in Southwestern Oregon, riding my 10-speed to school and back, about 8 miles round trip. I remember thinking how awesome I was that I was the only kid riding his bike when the other kids were driving. Now, 15ish years later, I've climbed back on a roadie, and I'm hooked. Hooked!
I did some research about 5 months ago to see what was out there, what was good, and I picked up this bike, a 54cm Specialized Allez Somethingsomething from CL for $350. It rides like a charm, and I'm already up to 45 mile long rides on the weekends on the San Bernardino part of the Santa Ana River Trail.
I live in Loma Linda (very near the University) and my usual daily/quasi-daily ride is down Barton into Redlands and back, about 14 miles round trip. I'm doing this at between 15-20mph, but I'm not sure if that's slow or fast or neither. Saturday mornings, like I mentioned, are on the SART, to the end of the pavement and back.
Here's my introductory question, I guess: The idea of riding a century fills me with glee (and honestly, not many things do, these days), but I'm not sure I'm ready for one yet - I've only been riding consistently for about 5 months, and only done 40-mile+ rides about four times, with the last two feeling really good at the end, like more miles wouldn't be a problem. The Tour de Palm Springs is coming up, which I would *love* to do, but I think I should probably only do the 55 mile route, as 100 miles is more than double my usual ride.
Oh, right...there was supposed to be a question in there... Could I be ready to ride a century a month from now? Or should I just stick with the 55 miler, since this will be my first long and first group ride?
Here's my bike; I've since raised the saddle and angled it slightly, which seems to fit better, but I won't know for sure until the rain stops.
If I am reading your post right, and you are 15 years out of high school, you might well be ready for a century in a month. I think Herbm is going to have a ride on the San Gabriel River trail on Jan. 26...it's 71 miles...come along and see how you do.
Here are a couple of articles from bicycling magazine about last-minute century training:
Welcome, Cheeken! Nice bike. The rule I went by: if you can ride 50 miles comfortably, you can ride a century. You just need to fuel more and have a true desire to do it. You'll see.
Ok, I'd better fess up. So here I am. Been on the forums since last summer or so. To be found in the San Diego area usually riding solo unless it's something organized. The pic is from the Amtrak Century. Had my Carradice because I was up in LA visiting a friend and did the ride as my way home. Maybe I'll post some more pictures when I take some, or if you beg, I got some good ones of me off the bike, or even done up for the club.
Hey there everyone. Introduced myself in the intro forum, but thought I would come by here too. So here it goes. My name is Mike and I am from Seal Beach, CA.
So after years of trying to hit the gym and ride the stationary bike and do the occasional weight lifting, only to lose interest after a few months, I decided I needed to find something that would hold my attention and be healthy. So this weekend I test drove my mother in laws Trek bike and I was hooked. Saturday went out and bought a Trek 2.3 road bike and yesterday took it out for a 25 mile ride from Seal Beach, CA to Huntington Beach and back.
I have to say I am hooked. Riding is such a rush. The speed on a road bike is incredible. At one point yesterday I was pushing 25 mph and it was great feeling the wind blowing on my face. Not to mention the scenery at the beach is beautiful. I think I may have found my new love that combines being healthy and getting in shape with something truly fun and exhilarating to do.
I just wanted to say hello and how great it is to find this very informative forum.
Thanks for the welcome Thomson. It really is a great activity. So nice to have finally found something physical that is not tedious or boring. Normally I would fight going to the gym, but with cycling, I can't wait for my next ride. I am psyched to ride tonight. Probably going to do a 10 mile ride after work from Sunset Beach to Huntington Dog Park and back along the lit path.
I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Mike. I've been on this forum for quite some time, but have always bookmarked the road cycling section. So...erm, Hi!
I ride in orange county, I live rather close to the Santa Ana trail off of Imperial. If anyone wants to go for a ride, let me know.
I'm new here. I live work and ride in L.A. I'm a member of PAA, but I don't race. I try to keep my mileage each saturday at 100+. If you like to ride, climb and suffer, then you should ride with me.
Share the Road
Welcome, Cory! You're in good company. Lots of riders here who like them 100+ rides. Look forward to meeting you.
Hi, My names Mike aka Pain Freak. I seen a few that posted a while back that I've rode with before. I'm into the longer distance rides. I'm currently doing the brevet rides. I've done the 200K last weekend and have the 300K coming up in a couple of weeks. I do a lot of double centuries but I'm no speed demon. I'm not slow either, but mostly just out to enjoy the ride. I live out in the Inland Empire in Fontucky.Here I am at RAGBRAI demo'ing a system six
aka Pain Freak
I ride,therefor I am
and you ain't.
hey everyone. great forum here. my name it's mike, and i'm 22 years old. i have a specialized rockhopper. you can find me riding around various places in riverside county and san diego county. i hope to check some places out in orange county and san bernardino county soon.
Thanks for the vote of confidence! That day will forever remain in my mind as a special day. A day of ultimate suffering. I felt like such a wuss going up Encinal. I thought I was going to cry at points. Thanks for sticking with me!
I said hi earlier (previous post), but didn't get a chance to share a pic of my new project/lifestyle plans.
I recently moved to San Clemente for the coastal atmosphere and with the intention of train commuting most of the week to Irvine (especially once we get past these few rainy months), and enjoying the 3.5 mile jaunt from the Tustin train station to the office. I've made the trip about 10 times now on a friend's bike and have learned a lot about bike commuting (through experience and BF threads. Who'd have thought turning left would be such a big deal!
Last week a co-worker gave me their spouse's old Peugeot which needs a little TLC but should be a great daily ride. Here's a pic of the bike--1986'ish Peugeot that weighs a ton. I've got plans to get it in shape to suit as a good daily-commuter and able to carry me 50 miles on a weekend run (If I get the bike bug beyond that I'll probably just buy a dedicated performance cycle). So, any suggestions are welcome! I've got a halogen on front and a little 3-LED flasher on the rear plus reflectors on the messenger bag. I'm going to start by getting a non-crotch numbing seat and find a nice rear-rack and pannier set-up so I can lose the back-pack. Not sure what to do about the wheels/tires, but the front is a little bent up so I'll see what my LBS says when I drop it off for some TLC this week. Also if anyone has any suggestions for a cheap pedal/shoe setup for semi-casual riding I'd appreciate it. I'm definitely comfortable and sensitive enough on bikes to know that I'm losing a lot on the up pull.
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I like BMX pedals on my urban commuter.
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