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Old 08-25-18, 11:41 PM
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No idea.
When I was a rug rat many decades ago, my friends and I probably put in near 80 to over 100 miles a day on our Schwinn Stingrays and 70 pound balloon tired monstrosities. (We didn't know we weren't supposed to be able to ride those bikes for long distances, or to have fun doing so.)

I think my most recent longest single day distance was around 110 miles, on a single speed Miami Sun Traditional Trike, in the Miami/Homestead/Florida City area, a couple years ago.
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Old 08-26-18, 04:30 AM
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My longest rides were years ago, before injuries limited my saddle time.

In the 1970s-'80s, my longest single day ride was 150 miles. Longest two day ride was 250 miles. All SoCal and Baja, very pleasant conditions.

The past 2-3 years a 50 miler or metric century is about all I can handle before neck pain from an old injury sucks out all the fun. I did one full century last autumn, closer to 115 miles. The first 75 was good. The last leg was exhausting and the neck pain was miserable.

I'd need a different bike to handle longer rides now. My old steel road bike is comfortable only for 20-30 miles without a break. I'm considering modifying my Univega Via Carisma from flat or riser to drop bars. The frame is otherwise very comfortable, with a fork that's just flexible enough to soak up the bad roads, along with bigger tires. The flat and riser bars limit hand positions too much for rides longer than 40-50 miles.
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Old 08-26-18, 05:25 AM
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Buena Vista, Oregon

Close to my halfway point between Portland and Eugene, along the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.
Ah thanks. Both cross the Willamette and have similar signage, so that's why it looked so familiar. If I'm ever in Oregon again, I should do a "Ferry tour".
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Old 08-26-18, 06:29 AM
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New to cycling - had done 10 miles few days back on my hybrid - you guys are awesome doing 100 + miles
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Old 08-26-18, 08:28 AM
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I did a metric century 62 miles this spring. Would like to do 100, but not there yet.
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Old 08-26-18, 09:11 AM
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133 miles with ~6k climbing yesterday
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Old 08-26-18, 10:38 AM
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About 134 miles with hills on a fully-loaded touring bike.
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Old 08-26-18, 12:39 PM
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Longest ride





I put 113 miles on my GPS at the Tour De Palm Springs. On a Simgle Speed Mountain Bike. The reason it was 113 was twofold. I parked a ways away and rode to the Start line, and I got lost twice and had to retrace my route to get back on track. Still did it on 6 hrs 20 minutes. 🚲
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Old 08-26-18, 12:55 PM
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Longest ride in a day is around 150, that was about 30 years ago. No way I would do that again
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Old 08-26-18, 01:09 PM
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Super hero

25 miles. Iím a super hero.
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Old 08-26-18, 01:32 PM
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103 miles from before dawn to long after dusk.

Walked some, through a notorious mud patch, one bad climb, and especially after it got really dark on the bumpy parts of the rail trail, I figure just about 100 even in the saddle.

Oh, that was on a unicycle. I think my longest ever bike ride was under 15 miles, and 20 years ago. There was a while mid-summer when I was discouraged and doubting if I had a one-wheel century in me and was considering getting a bike to complete a round trip on the trail I'd been doing one ways and fractional returns on. In the end it was more about persistence than anything else.

If I do it again next summer, the primary goal would be to finish by sunset on a maximal-length day around the solstice (which would still be slow for a unicycle century - 12 hours is more common, and 10 not rare). Might see if I can find road shoulders I'm comfortable on as the brief section of that went a lot faster than the bulk of the rail trail with its varying pavement quality.

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Old 08-26-18, 04:01 PM
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I have done three rides over 100 miles. The first one I set out to do on a Sunday in the Spring. Only had my Roam then, and got started much later than I wanted. I finished the last 20 miles in the dark, and it was tough. Bike didn't exactly fit the best it should have, and I was hurtin' the last 10 miles or so. Finished at 104 miles.

The second one was still on the Roam, but wasn't really planned. Just got to riding on a beautiful day in the Fall, and kept on and on. The next thing I know ...101 miles had gone by.

The last one, about 6 weeks ago, was another I didn't plan. Just set out for a normal ride of 50 miles or so, and I felt good and just kept going. This time on my Roubaix, and it was much more enjoyable. I could have went longer, but the Mrs. called me home for dinner. 107 miles.

I'd like to do an organized century, but for whatever reason just haven't yet. Most of the organized rides I participate in are from 40 to 62 miles. Some days are much better than others. I have seen days where 30 or 40 was the most I had, and couldn't squeeze another mile out for nuthin. Now that I think about it... maybe that's why I haven't yet tried to ride an organized century. It very well may be one of those puny feeling days, and I wouldn't want to feel like I bombed.

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Old 08-26-18, 04:52 PM
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130 km is the furthest I've gone. After a certain point though, it doesn't seem to matter much. If you've done 80+km regularly, then doing something longer isn't that hard.
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Old 08-26-18, 05:24 PM
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singe that i know solid, 120, from orlando to the east coast of florida to the west coast of florida back to orlando,
longest trip orlando to birmingam 660 in 6 days.

single i didnt keep track of, across ireland on a borrowed mtb
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Old 08-26-18, 05:29 PM
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106 miles, on the first day of last week's Ride from Seattle to Vancouver plus party (187 miles in two days). It was a fun tour, but I don't much care for the amount of time that has to be devoted by this old man to preparing for such a long ride, so I don't know that I'll be doing such a long ride again.
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Old 08-26-18, 06:16 PM
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100 even. Was way easier than expected. Took 7 hrs. Only got into biking this year.
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Old 08-26-18, 06:54 PM
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"it's 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."

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Old 08-27-18, 03:06 AM
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141 miles.

https://www.strava.com/activities/1499642002
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Old 08-27-18, 03:09 AM
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
June of '17, 157 miles from my front door to Sea World in San Diego. Solo the whole way, and it was physically okay, but mentally... rough. I don't think I could do 200 miles solo. The mind really wanders.
that's a rough ride along the (mostly)15 fwy corridor. i hear ya...
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Old 08-27-18, 03:36 AM
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A club I used to be a member of had a Summer reliability trial from North Somerset to Lyme Regis that I rode a few times. Distance was 130 miles.
The hardest part from memory was getting up the hill out of Lyme Regis after the lunch stop.
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Old 08-27-18, 04:34 AM
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I'll put mine here since I just did it three days ago.

203.4 miles with about 6,200 feet of climbing. All solo except for 15 miles where a friend met me and pulled for a bit early in the ride. Moving time was 11:48 and total time with breaks was 13:12.

I'd wanted to do a double century since doing the Cross Florida ride in April this year. This was much harder since it was longer, hillier, and solo. I won't do this distance solo again, but I'm glad I got it out of my head.
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94 miles one day last year on a tour. With 4 panniers full of camping gear.
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Old 08-27-18, 09:41 AM
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My longest was riding sweep for the Scenic Schuylkill Century in Philadelphia almost 20 years ago. I actually rode sweep for the extended route with 1 other guy which was 110 miles. That extra 10 miles was killer and it was real dark by the time we got back.

I haven't ridden that far since and I don't think I'd volunteer to ride sweep again.

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I did 72 miles on a rail trail yesterday in training for my 102 mile ride this Saturday. If I can do 72 miles on that crushed limestone (and in heavy wind), surely I can do 102 on all pavement.
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Old 08-27-18, 10:43 AM
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I did 72 miles on a rail trail yesterday in training for my 102 mile ride this Saturday. If I can do 72 miles on that crushed limestone (and in heavy wind), surely I can do 102 on all pavement.
You've got this! The biggest challenge will be the last 30 miles and the mental game. Just stay positive & focused and you'll celebrate at the finish!

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