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Working my way back

Old 02-19-21, 08:26 PM
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Working my way back

Had a nice 60 miler today working my conditioning to the point of (hopefully) doing my first double century before summer. I had a nasty accident in late December breaking numerous ribs on my right side so getting back to this type of distance has been a challenge. A double at 60 years old will be quite a test but thatís what makes life interesting 😃
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Good looking bike Carrying lots of stuff for a 60 miler, you must have had quite a picnic en route!
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Good looking bike Carrying lots of stuff for a 60 miler, you must have had quite a picnic en route!
There was very little in the bags, I was just enjoying trying everything out.
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I did my fastest double in my early 60s, on a nice carbon bike with fast tires though.
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I did my fastest double in my early 60s, on a nice carbon bike with fast tires though.
Iíve considered doing exactly that on my Wilier Triestina but not certain how well it will work out carrying what I need with me. Iím toying with different routes that offer more resupply options.
Also curious how much that carbon frame will beat me with 200 miles of subtle bumps....... they do add up.
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Iíve considered doing exactly that on my Wilier Triestina but not certain how well it will work out carrying what I need with me. Iím toying with different routes that offer more resupply options.
Also curious how much that carbon frame will beat me with 200 miles of subtle bumps....... they do add up.
For rural routes without many services, I always use a 2-liter Camelbak, just the bare thing, no storage, plus a food bottle. I don't usually need 2 bottles with the Camelbak. That gives me a 50 mile range. I usually only stop the 3 times on a double if the stops work out like that. I use a large Ortlieb saddle bag with whatever in it.

I found my Trek to be very comfortable. Run the largest Conti 5000 that fit. When I did rando, I ran 23mm Vredesteins at 140 lbs, no problem. That's here in Washinton, though. I've ridden California rural and admit I was not impressed with the level of maintenance. Some areas were nice, others not so much.
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Originally Posted by Tomm Willians View Post
Iíve considered doing exactly that on my Wilier Triestina but not certain how well it will work out carrying what I need with me. Iím toying with different routes that offer more resupply options.
Also curious how much that carbon frame will beat me with 200 miles of subtle bumps....... they do add up.
I would use whatever bike is most comfortable and can carry what you need to bring.

Whichever bike you ride, using the widest tires that will fit the frame, fork and brake calipers will minimize the wear on your body. Wider tires at lower pressure transmit less vibration to your body than narrow ones at high pressure.
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