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Old 07-13-10, 11:03 PM
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Another way to ride a century

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?p=11108998

For those who wonder if every century has to be about racing........
 
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Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?p=11108998

For those who wonder if every century has to be about racing........

You confuse Bike Forums standards with Bike Forums Road Forum standards.
Indeed, your posts concerning these mythical standards only help to perpetuate the myths.
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In all the centurys that I have ridden, none have been a race. Some have been an organized ride, some have been based on the need to be at a certain place at a certain time (I was touring and needed to be back for a wedding), but none have been timed or raced. The object was to ride the distance, thats all, its more a personal challenge, a milestone barrier of your ability.
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The two days that I rode 100+ miles, and the day I rode 93 miles I spent > 10 hours in the saddle and ate food. I also didn't use clipless on those rides, however cotton is a bit much.

At some point I'll do a fast ride, but I need to get faster first.
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Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?p=11108998

For those who wonder if every century has to be about racing........
So you posted a link to a link?
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Originally Posted by cyclist2000 View Post
In all the centurys that I have ridden, none have been a race. Some have been an organized ride, some have been based on the need to be at a certain place at a certain time (I was touring and needed to be back for a wedding), but none have been timed or raced. The object was to ride the distance, thats all, its more a personal challenge, a milestone barrier of your ability.
Mee too. Your "got to get back for a wedding" experience sounds much like my motivation behind my longest day on a bike. Port Jervis, NY to New Hope, PA. I got delayed by hurricane Floyd the previous day and had to make up time to be at someone's house on a certain day. Cannot remember the exact mileage, but I know it was over 117 fully loaded. Didn't want to do it, but someone was expecting me and I didn't want to let them down, and my plan to stop sooner was derailed because my intended camping spot was closed due to flooding.

Don't think I know anyone who thinks a century has to be about racing. Even if I do, I don't care about their thoughts in that respect.
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Originally Posted by The Historian
This 60 year old's ride shouldn't be considered a century by Bike Forums standards, since he didn't race, wore cotton, didn't ride clipless, and ate and drank all the wrong things. Still, it might interest some folks here.
100+ in one ride, so of course it was a century.
Didn't race... still a century.
Wore cotton... I'm a wool man, but to each their own.
Platform pedals... I ride doubles with some guys who prefer toe-cages and straps to modern clip-ins.
Ate/drank the wrong things... Whatever gets you through the ride is the "right" food. My last 300k was fueled largely on gas station corn dogs and a Vietnamese bahn-mi veggie sandwich.
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Thanks for the link to the link. I am 56 and wanting to try my first Century on for size next October.

http://www.rtcsouthernnevada.com/vivabikevegas/

I have two mountain bikes and plan to put the commuter slicks on one and rub shoulders with the Carbon Fiber crew. I will also be dressed inappropriately, but plan on having lots of fun. The 10 hour time limit has me spooked.

The best part is that the century travels over the new bridge below Hoover Dam before the bridge is open to vehicles. Its a magnificent structure. Plus the jersey is cool. It will be my first real piece of bike clothing.
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Why are so many obsessed with the clip in's?

I almost feel like getting pair just to see how much they assist.

In my mind I'll go from a century with cages at 8:30 hours, to 8:25 hours.
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Of the many centuries I've done, nearly all were billed as "funrides"!

On a ride like Palmsprings, I like to do a good time but I'm not racing through it with a solo effort of 5:45. The guys that are racing through it in a peleton are probably at 4:45 I'm guessing.
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Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
The 10 hour time limit has me spooked..
Why? From 58 ot 90 isn't even a 2000ft climb in 32+ miles. That's an easy century. You ought to do 7 or better on an MTB with slicks. You're an MTB'er, those climbs should be a breeze for you.
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Originally Posted by timmythology View Post
Why are so many obsessed with the clip in's?

I almost feel like getting pair just to see how much they assist.

In my mind I'll go from a century with cages at 8:30 hours, to 8:25 hours.
I have clip in's because I can't find cycling shoes that I like that work with the old pedals and toe clips.
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I think they are called "clipless". Clip ins would be pedals where you clip your toe in the like old style toe clips.

Clipless pedals, you engage the cleat.

Clipless pedals are more comfortable IMO. No sliding or rotating teh ball of my foot on th pedal found with toe clips.

More efficient or faster? I dunno, they feel better so I ride better.
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Why are so many obsessed with the clip in's?
They give you a zen-like feeling of oneness with the bike.
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They give you a zen-like feeling of oneness with the bike.
that's pretty funny, I get that feeling every time I get on my bike, especially screaming down a steep windy hill.

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Why are so many obsessed with the clip in's?

I almost feel like getting pair just to see how much they assist.

In my mind I'll go from a century with cages at 8:30 hours, to 8:25 hours.
http://www.rivbike.com/article/clothing/the_shoes_ruse

The biggest myth in bicycle riding is the need for special cycling shoes....
 
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I did a century on this:



And I did it in less than 10 hours. Trust me, you can do it.
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There's a guy who has done the Hancock Hundred on a unicycle many times...under ten hours, no spandex, no clipless pedals, no gears!
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Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
http://www.rivbike.com/article/clothing/the_shoes_ruse

The biggest myth in bicycle riding is the need for special cycling shoes....
Lets not treat everything that is written on the internet as gospel. As the article says in the beginning that this is an opinion.

There are very specific reasons why cycling specific shoes are good for you when you cycle and are terrible for your feet when walking. Specificly the stiff soles distribute forces of pedaling across the entire sole and not just the ball of the foot. Spending any extended time in the saddle without the stiff sole will cause hot spots and numbness in the feet. Stiff soles suck for walking.

I know that the article said it was written for fitness, tourist, casual, recreational, non-racer types. But I fall into that catagory as a tourist, fitness, charity, fun and recreational rider. Also we were discussing riding a century in this thread.

I understand that a century can be ridden without cycling specific shoes but a century can be ridden without shoes, but would I want to do that, no. I don't think that I need to gut my way through a century with sheer will power and pain. I think it is a challenge of fitness and endurance not how much pain I can endure. I believe that using the technical advantages that are available should be used.

But the comment was on using clipless vs clipped. There are some advantages to clipless and these 1) for weight weenies the pedals and clips weigh more, 2) to get the full mechanical value from pedals and clips you need to pull the clips tight and when the clips are pulled tight there is a problem with the release (you need to reach down to loosen the strap) where using clipless, unclips with a twist of the foot.

I didn't want to get away for the original thread but I (obviously) disagree with that article in this context of this thread and the post about clip in's. I would agree with the post for short distances. I know there are plenty of people that don't use cycling specific shoes to tour on but it really is all about choices and what you are comfortable with.

There are some instances that I would never recommend being solidly connected to the pedal, my wife learned to ride at the age of 30, she rides about once every couple of years, I would never recommend clips or clipless, I can just envision her falling over at the first stop sign, walking her bike home (with cycling specific shoes on), blaming her broken arm on me. I will just save myself the aggravation and not get her clips until she asks for them.

Well flame away, but lets not deviate from the original post too much.

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Why? From 58 ot 90 isn't even a 2000ft climb in 32+ miles. That's an easy century. You ought to do 7 or better on an MTB with slicks. You're an MTB'er, those climbs should be a breeze for you.
Thanks for the encouraging words. I need to get some quality shorts, maybe bibs. I have put in a couple of 3.5 hour rides this month. Its the rear end that votes no. What do you wear for Centuries?
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Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
Thanks for the encouraging words. I need to get some quality shorts, maybe bibs. I have put in a couple of 3.5 hour rides this month. Its the rear end that votes no. What do you wear for Centuries?
I wore Pearl Izumi ultra Sensors but found that lately, the quality has gone down, way down. Last 2 pair I bought were from Love2pedal, ok, but not REAL comfy on long rides but compared to the $110 I spent on the PI, the $30 weren't a bad deal, functional, no problems, but not real good quality or super comfy. I also use a cream for lube, helps alot! Best results come from taking along a small tube of cream for touchup halfway through the century.

I think my sadddle may be the best component for a century though. With good shorts, it's real nice IMO (Terry Fly, but not for everyone like most saddles). I'm just refusing to drop 2 bills on shorts!

Funny, my wife bought some Terry shorts for women, $80 and these things are GREAT. Nice thick material, great chamois, much better quality than the mens junk I see in the shops right now (even the $200 stuff)! Makes me wish I were a girl!
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