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Old 03-18-06, 10:37 AM   #1
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Just ride

How many of you guys notice that there seems to be a lot of bike tweekers on here. I am new to this and only ride 15-20 miles/day. I guess when I get into riding 100-200 miles/day I will realize I need a comfortable bike. Other than the seat and handle bars what can I do to my bike to make it more comfortable for the upcoming rides?
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I've just the thread for you:
"Just ride," and other things I am tired of hearing on the Road Cycling forum
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Everything maters as a package, but I guess the most important bits would be: bike fit; pedals; the hoods on you brake levers if you use drop style bars (converting to drops is you don't have them already); gearing for the task of touring vs your city bike uses; gloves; shoes/sandles; some kind of cycle garments like shorts with a padded saddle area; fenders if it is wet; hydration; shock absorbtion system doesn't have to be a shock, but tires and other stuff already mentioned...; quiet panier system that doesn't rattle all day; and a nice soft helmet to land on if you fall off.
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Regardless of miles you put in, I think most cyclists who are into touring are tweekers by nature. You will slowly pick up mechanical skills as problems arise and you're forced to deal with them.
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It is easy to focus on the bike and not the motor, you. When you ride more than 2 hours at a stretch, you need to maintain your energy and electrolyte balance. You have to eat and drink. But, you have to make sure that you eat things that give you energy quickly enough to be useful the rest of that day. I have tried different foods to determine those that I like to eat and that give me energy quickly. For me, it is raisins and peanuts (light to no salt). I try to eat a handful every hour and to have a meal (sandwich, usually) every two hours. Having a great bike and no energy is not real useful.

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Thanks for the thread
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How many of you guys notice that there seems to be a lot of bike tweekers on here.
Tweekers. That's a very pleasant name. When I worked with photographers I noticed that many of my clients didn't actually do anyhting except collect equipment. We called them...well never mind, perhaps they were dillettantes (someone who studies a subject, but is not really involved).
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How many of you guys notice that there seems to be a lot of bike tweekers on here. I am new to this and only ride 15-20 miles/day. I guess when I get into riding 100-200 miles/day I will realize I need a comfortable bike. Other than the seat and handle bars what can I do to my bike to make it more comfortable for the upcoming rides?

Were you planning to get into riding 100-200 miles a day? If so, take a look at my website in my signature line below ....... and especially take a look at the Links (scroll down a little bit). I've got links to a whole pile of ultra-distance events and organizations there which might interest you.
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