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First 50 mile cycle

Old 10-19-15, 03:59 PM
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First 50 mile cycle

I'm currently at uni and I like approximately 50 miles away. I've been wanting to try a cycle home and my next possible time to do so is Friday - I appreciate this is fast approaching but just looking for general tips!

I currently cycle 10 miles, ride horses for 3 hours, then cycle back, twice a week. I also do occasional pleasure rides over about 20 miles, and I do heavy cardio at the gym 6 days a week. I have factored in 4 stops along the way, and my total mileage will come to just over 40, so not quite the 50 miles. I have a nice little hybrid bike so no worries in the equipment itself, just wondering if this is possible! Aiming for a nice steady 25 mile, then will have energy to boot in the last 15.

I normally cycle in work gear, so apologies for a rather mundane clothing list, but I have a long sleeved base layer, gym top, jacket, hi viz, cycling leggings, trainers. Then a backpack with an emergency layer, water, energy bars and bicycle repair equipment.

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You should be fine. My only additional advice would be to check the weather and account for any additional time if there's going to be a headwind. Also, lights and blinkies if it will be getting dark. Good luck and have fun!
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Old 10-19-15, 05:05 PM
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I'm currently at uni and I like approximately 50 miles away. I've been wanting to try a cycle home and my next possible time to do so is Friday - I appreciate this is fast approaching but just looking for general tips!

I currently cycle 10 miles, ride horses for 3 hours, then cycle back, twice a week. I also do occasional pleasure rides over about 20 miles, and I do heavy cardio at the gym 6 days a week. I have factored in 4 stops along the way, and my total mileage will come to just over 40, so not quite the 50 miles. I have a nice little hybrid bike so no worries in the equipment itself, just wondering if this is possible! Aiming for a nice steady 25 mile, then will have energy to boot in the last 15.

I normally cycle in work gear, so apologies for a rather mundane clothing list, but I have a long sleeved base layer, gym top, jacket, hi viz, cycling leggings, trainers. Then a backpack with an emergency layer, water, energy bars and bicycle repair equipment.

Cheers for any help
You might be more comfortable wearing cycling shorts and with weight in a panier on a rack instead of a backpack.

Be sure to have enough water. Fit for cycling I drink 8-12oz/hour in temperate weather; with an extra 60-65 pounds of fat I needed more than double that.

Lots of people ride at least 40 miles on the weekend, and some do more six days a week.
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Old 10-21-15, 04:21 AM
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Thanks guys. There is a bit of a headwind but I'm hoping that a steady pace will let me break it easier. There are some climbs along my route in busy areas but they are towards the start. I think it will be more of a mental battle to keep going with it being such a step up for my normal route.

I appreciate those that do throw out a long ride regularly however I am not part of this group! One day perhaps. If I have the right opportunity on Friday then we shall see.

My main worries come in the first half, which I have ridden before. It is steep and busy but I am travelling early to beat this. Once I reach half way I have to either continue on or turn back, so mentally I should be focused by that point.

My other question is rest time. I have read that it should be no longer than a 10 minute rest, in which I aim to eat. I will have to stop regularly to check my direction as it is a complicated route - something I resent as I am better to thrash a ride out rather than stop.
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Someone already regularly doing the activities listed won't have any problem doing 40-50 miles on a bike I don't think.
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