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    Suggestions for 100-150 klm day trip

    Hello everyone,

    I've managed to talk myself into going on my first day tour which will cover nearly 100 miles, and would like some suggestions on what to pack with me and any anything else. The temperature will be in the mid to high teens (Celsius) and we will be following paved roads and two ferry crossing (short distances).

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    I rode a 100 miles yesterday.

    What you bring is a personal comfort thing.

    Came up behind Roy, 77 years old.
    He was carrying a walker and an oxygen pump on his bike.









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    If you're prepared for breakdowns which you could reasonably expect and the weather conditions you can expect to encounter, you'll be fine.

    For breakdowns, tire patch supplies including a pump will be most important. I'd personally add a chain tool and a small multi-tool in case something else goes wrong, but that's more for my peace of mind than anything else.

    The weather sounds great. If the temperature could drop while you're out or if you could expect rain, take the clothing you need to stay comfortable.

    Oh, and carry water. Dehydration isn't fun.
    Life is good.

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    For a day tour, no camping, just stuff to fix a flat, basic tools, and some snacks and water. I have a small rack trunk that holds what I need for that sort of ride. It's also a resevoir for a top layer as the temp increases. Basically a one day credit card tour.

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    Not quite enough info.
    100 miles or 100 kilometers? Are you talking an overnight trip out and back?
    Are you going to end up where you started?
    Will you be stopping to eat, or carrying your food? If you don't need any overnight supplies, then water, snacks, and tools seem like a good idea. If you need overnight supplies, then a whole other set of questions need to be answered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    I rode a 100 miles yesterday.

    What you bring is a personal comfort thing.

    Came up behind Roy, 77 years old.
    He was carrying a walker and an oxygen pump on his bike.
    You write the coolest posts.

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    Rob, this is a day trip, a shy short of 100 miles (140-150 km) and even though the group will stop for snacks on the way (which can be bought since we'll be covering mostly sub-urban areas), we will probably eat at a restaurant or tavern at our destination before returning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telly View Post
    Rob, this is a day trip, a shy short of 100 miles (140-150 km) and even though the group will stop for snacks on the way (which can be bought since we'll be covering mostly sub-urban areas), we will probably eat at a restaurant or tavern at our destination before returning.
    I presume you've been doing long rides building up to this. You've likely cycled 50 miles, 60 miles, 75 miles, maybe even 80 or 85 miles in preparation for this ride.

    So ... just bring what you usually bring on those rides, plus maybe a couple extra cookies or granola bars.

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    Not really Machka, I've been commuting daily to and from work, which is a bit more than 10 miles for the past five months, and during the weekends I've been riding and clocking something close to 30-40 miles. I honestly can't say I've done anything over 50 miles, although this specific group of people take a much slower pace since the emphasis is on touring than distance/speed.

    I've started this thread because my ultimate goal is to get in shape (Clydesdale) and start touring around Greece which is a beautiful but mountainous country. That's why any hint's and tip's are greatly appreciated by all of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telly View Post
    Rob, this is a day trip, a shy short of 100 miles (140-150 km) and even though the group will stop for snacks on the way (which can be bought since we'll be covering mostly sub-urban areas), we will probably eat at a restaurant or tavern at our destination before returning.
    oooohhhh, so you're not alone. well then...

    don't take anything but the bike, and if you need something borrow it from somebody else. this includes (but is not limited to): tubes, tires, pumps, patches, cables, brake pads, batteries, food, clothing and money.

    then offer a lame excuse for not having it with you. then smile and thank them profusely for being so thoughtful and kind. act innocent yet sincere...

    they might even think you are a nice person.

    works for me (except the last part there).
    Last edited by hueyhoolihan; 03-16-12 at 03:51 AM.

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    Good answer Heuy, UNLESS that's what everyone else is thinking too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telly View Post
    Not really Machka, I've been commuting daily to and from work, which is a bit more than 10 miles for the past five months, and during the weekends I've been riding and clocking something close to 30-40 miles. I honestly can't say I've done anything over 50 miles.
    How much time do you have before this 100 mile ride? Do you have time to do some longer rides between now and then?

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    No time... will fall into the deep end of the pool and see if I float! lol good thing is that I've talked to a friend that's going to join me as well, and if we get exhausted, we'll take public transport back.

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    In addition to snacks, water, and whatever you need to fix a flat, I'd bring a map. 100 miles is pretty ambitious for not having gone half that distance. You may want to turn back early, or you may want to take things at a different pace. Lots of touring folks have pulled a 100 mile day at some point, but most seem more comfortable with a little shorter days. You'll have an advantage in that you won't be weighed down with a full touring load, so that should help. In fact, since you're not carrying the typical touring weight and are looking at distances that outstrip the average tourers average day, you may be moving into long distance/endurance-type riding. It might be worth checking in on that forum for some tips. And if you have time to get some longer, practice days in before then, do that. Not only is 100 miles far longer than you usually ride, I find riding with other people can be more challenging than riding alone because I'm trying to keep someone else's pace, so this sounds like it has potential to be rough day if you aren't able to work up to it.

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    The only thing that's keeping my interest in this ride is the ability to take public transport back after the 40th mile. If I didn't have this option, then I would have decided to opt out. Another thing is that the group is diverse (I believe that there's someone that's going to follow on a folding Brompton!) and their pace is much slower than the average long distance cyclists.

    I'm definitely not a quitter, but also smart enough to know that i shouldn't over exert myself for being a 40yo Clyde!

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    Telly, Machka's #8 post plus tire repair equipment. Manage your energy output from start to finish, to finish.

    10Wheels, Roy makes me feel bad. I haven't rode in a few days because of an upper respiratory infection.

    Brad

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    A little update...

    Didn't manage to clock in 100 miles, but I did manage to ride 60+ miles over difficult hills, narrow roads with plenty of traffic and two ferry crossings! For a first long distance tour and a Clydesdale, I believe that I didn't do too bad! I have to admit though that at one point, after 3/4 of the trip, I couldn't tackle a steep continuous hill and got off and pushed Many thanks to my childhood buddy who road beside me all the way with a Nexus 8- speed trekker!




    Me and my bike crossing from the Pireaus to the island of Salamina



    My friend and I after having ferried onto the island of Salamina, ridden from one end to the other and just having crossed another ferry to the mainland near the city of Mandra.


    Here's a shot that shows the road (bottom road, closest to the seaside) and our destination, the town of Kinetta in the far distance.


    ..same as above but this time taken from the beach at Kinetta with Athens far beyond view some 50+ km in the distance.



    Finally, after all the hills, winding narrow country roads and having crossed two ferries and an island... our destination: Kinetta

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    Congrats. 60 miles out of 100 is 60 miles more then staying home, and a respectable day's tour for many of us. For what it's worth, I have no issues with walking up a tough climb. Sometimes it's nice just to get off the bike, too. Even though there's part of my brain that tells me I should be powering up those hills as far I can go, I ignore it, and when I feel like getting off the bike, that's what I do. But, I was surprised and pleased to find that even with my extremely lazy approach to hills, I eventually found myself pedaling up hills that I had previously walking up.

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