Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-28-10, 05:28 PM   #1
Senior Member
Thread Starter
retnav94's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Dothan, Alabama
Posts: 172
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Tired not so young man

Did a 25 mile ride today that I thought was going to be moderately tough but little did I know. I had not been down most of these roads, so I did not know the terrain. I just googled a route and went for it. It was much hillier then I thought it would be. Garmin says it was 25.34 miles, time was 2:18, with 1147ft elevation gain. I road my mountain bike and averaged 11mph. Did I mention 18mph headwind?

I have not been biking that long, but we did a 55 miler a couple weeks ago on a relatively flat rail trail. That was much easier. The thing that bothered me the most, however, was the traffic. All the roads except one had no bike lane and for the most part no shoulder to speak of. It was a bit unnerving at times trying to stay on the edge of the road with cars doing what they do on country roads. I am contemplating a road bike for longer distances, does one get use to the traffic? Oh and dogs!
retnav94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-10, 06:06 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Allentown, PA
Bikes: 2018 Specialized Roubaix Elite, 2009 Specialized Hard Rock 29er, 1989 Cannondale w/Campy Nuovo Record Components (mostly anway, now just on the trainer) and Easy Racer Recumbent (home made from plans)
Posts: 312
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
I've been riding for over 30 years, and you think you're tired Ba-dum-bum. Anyway, I guess you do get used to the cars. But I think it's getting worse. I have cars pass me on blind corners with near head on results with other cars. Then they decide to cut back and cut me off. Cars and trucks that pass what seems like 6 inches from my handlebars. And occassionally get yelled at just for being on a back road.

I try to stay on the shoulder as well as I can. If I'm on a blind curve, I hold out my hand to signal to not pass if I think they are going to pass and I see a car coming the other way. Some people understand and give a wave when I motion to them it's OK to pass. Others blow right by honking and yelling and almost getting in an accident. Guess that 10 seconds or so it would have taken to wait is just too much.

I guess I have gotten somewhat used to it as I still ride.

LongT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-10, 07:49 PM   #3
Senior Member
magohn's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Woodinville, WA
Posts: 1,503
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Congrats - 25 miles on "actual roads" is quite an accomplishment. I usually ride roads (though quiet ones) as I dont get the same feeling of a ride on a flat tow-path or bike-path. There's something about the rolling roads scenario

Great Job!
magohn is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:12 PM.

  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.