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Century on a Hybrid?

Old 03-03-17, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by bgraham111 View Post
realize that 100 miles is a gateway drug.
Wow, so true!

I can't see me doing a imperial Century on a given day in the future. Yet, they became a none-event by the end of last season. I start riding, if the day is good I get more miles in than a poor day.

I look forward to a few this spring as I condition for my trekking (metric mostly).

I took an Indie 4 Hybrid on tour last summer, by simply adding bolt-on accessories. The trip was scheduled to be 2,005km over 30 days. I did an actual 2450km in 18 + 1 day rest, 136km/day average (84 miles). Crazy. It was not a race, but 7,000km of prep (4 months) made riding a bike very natural.

Ride lots, makes lots a lot easier, ha-ha.
You can do-it. I'm an old man (not as old as Russell), ride and enjoy.

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Old 03-03-17, 08:46 PM
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With good glasses, a hundred miles doesn't look as far.

GO !
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Old 03-03-17, 08:54 PM
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I rode a 100 miles a few months back on my Fuji Crosstown with 32c tires. So yes, it can be done on a hybrid, and a road bike, and a MTB, and a 3 wheeler, and a tandem, and a ......
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Old 03-04-17, 05:11 AM
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I did several centuries on my old hardtail 26" MTB with slicks, it's very possible. One thing I would strongly recommend is a pair of ergonomic grips with integrated "bar end" style end grips. The ergonomic grips support your palms and the end grips allow for another hand position which can leave your hands much less painful after the ride.
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Old 03-04-17, 06:47 AM
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Yeah uh, "I just got a....." and "I am thinking about doing a century" can be a petty ambitious goal for a new rider. I don't know how fit you are, but if you were a cyclist already you wouldn't have had to ask.

I have been riding years and never been able to finish a full century, and my bike had nothing to do with it. Some of the guys in my club went out first time doing one and finished with the fast group. It has more to do with you than what we can ascertain for you.
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Old 03-04-17, 09:05 AM
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A 100 mile century is not really all that hard to do for somebody who is in a reasonably good physical condition with some saddle time...You don't need to be an elite level cyclist and you don't need superhuman endurance. One reason why many people fail to complete a century is because they start out too hard and are pushing to hard and their nutrition sucks...Put your ego aside and slow down...You need to pace yourself and make sure you are well fed and well hydrated.
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Old 03-04-17, 09:13 AM
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Yeah it is an ambitious goal for sure but I have the capabilities to train hard. I've been researching and talking to people and trying to make sure all of the basics are taken care of. And that is correct I am not a cyclist but I'm a former division one collegiate athlete so my mind thrives on challenge. I am a teacher now so I will have all summer off to really focus on training and I am not married/no children so there is a lot of freedom for me. But with that said I'll take all the advice or protential causation I can get!
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Old 03-04-17, 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by CatchMeRidin View Post
Yeah it is an ambitious goal for sure but I have the capabilities to train hard. I've been researching and talking to people and trying to make sure all of the basics are taken care of. And that is correct I am not a cyclist but I'm a former division one collegiate athlete so my mind thrives on challenge. I am a teacher now so I will have all summer off to really focus on training and I am not married/no children so there is a lot of freedom for me. But with that said I'll take all the advice or protential causation I can get!
Just wondering. Did you share all this with the shop that sold you a hybrid? I agree that there are people who do centuries on hybrids, but usually if you go to a bike shop and tell them you will be training for a century ride, they are more likely than not to point you in the direction of a road bike.
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Old 03-04-17, 12:42 PM
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Seeing as you only just got the bike, if I were you I would start off with 40 - 50 miles at the weekend and then just build up to 100, you will need to really get used to the bike if it is new before you go taking it on a long ride. I have a favourite route of about 45 - 50 miles return, and I think of this as 'the long one'.
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Old 03-04-17, 01:56 PM
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Yeah I hear you. I did not tell the bike shop that. I told them I was just looking to do some fitness which was true. But I've really enjoyed it and want to see what I can do. I did recently tell the guy who sold it to me and he said if I go on a group ride and he would give me some pointers. I rode 30 miles this morning in about 2.5 hours. A little slow, but not bad for my first time on a bike. I think I could have kept going but I didn't bring enough snacks for the ride.. Only had almonds once so def need to plan better in that area.
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Old 03-04-17, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by CatchMeRidin View Post
I rode 30 miles this morning in about 2.5 hours
now imagine staying on your bike 3 times as long. not bad. but the hardest miles are the last 10. get a computer. always helps me pace myself physically (& mentally) when I know how many miles remain until the end
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Old 03-09-17, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by CatchMeRidin View Post
Okay great! I plan to do the HOTTER'N HELL HUNDRED in Texas. I am pretty athletic and in good shape but a ROOKIE to this world. Any tips for my first century ride? Any good training plans you recommend?
All my 100 miles centuries have been done on my hybrid Giant Roam 2.
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Old 03-09-17, 09:13 PM
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I've done centuries on my classic Dutch bike, it's simply not that big a deal if your bikes gearing is suitable for the terrain, and you ride at your own pace.
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