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Longest Ride, Average Ride, Shortest You'll Go Out For

Old 01-24-20, 05:44 PM
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Old 01-24-20, 05:57 PM
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1. 100 miles
2. Probably about 40 miles on average: shorter rides on work days and in winter (~15-50 miles), longer rides on weekends and during warmer time (40-100).
3. At least ~1 hour riding or I'll not bother. This translates to 15-20 miles in distance.
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Old 01-24-20, 06:03 PM
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15 .. less than 5 mile errand runs do not get recorded.


Edit: These are for one day.

Longest multi-day ride: 4,500 miles.

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Probably 40-ish.
20-ish.
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Old 01-24-20, 06:27 PM
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1. 85 (did it two days in a row, tho) - I'll be upping that this year
2. 30-40 during the colder months, 45-55ish during summer
2. 30 (~1.5 hours) outdoors. 1 hour if it's indoors.
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1. 120 miles, but that was 30 years ago. In the past decade, somewhere in the low 80s.

2. 25 miles into the hills.

3. 15 miles, if kitting up means spandex and cleats. However, I do commute in MTB shorts, old Avocet touring shoes, gloves, helmet, t-shirt and cycling jacket as needed. The commute is only 4 miles each way, but it's nearly all uphill from the flats to the top of the Berkeley Hills (~700 ft). I sweat a lot, so I need a change of work clothes.
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Old 01-24-20, 07:33 PM
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40/22/15
I typically ride 20 miles or so 4-5 days a week for exercise, and one long(for me) ride of about 35-40 miles
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Old 01-24-20, 07:42 PM
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100 Long
25-35 Normal Ride
10+ for kitting up
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Old 01-24-20, 08:01 PM
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400.3 miles, for a 24 hour period.
12 average. Short commute.
15
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Old 01-24-20, 08:40 PM
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1. 127 miles
2. 40 miles
3. 20 miles
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Old 01-24-20, 08:56 PM
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According to Veloviewer in 2019..
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Minimum? MTB maybe 15 but that is a big depends on where. not MTB bike in the 30's. I don't really kit up, I put on clothes appropriate for the ride/weather, it's not traditional bike kit.

I know my miles per year but when looking for my average distance over time I noticed for the last three years my miles were about the same and I am gradually riding further per ride but riding less times. Avg distance was 24 in 2017 and 33.4 in 2018.

The longest I will travel by car to ride is 1x my total ride time (1/2 each way). I recently moved and the opposite of where my typical routes are so that may change but on the positive side, my routine workout route now involves no driving and I start in my driveway.

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Old 01-24-20, 09:10 PM
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25-40 average preferred ride
2 which is a lot of days getting the kids to school.
I don't really kit out for any ride, don't have a jersey big enough to fit, only wear shorts if I'm heading out for more than 2 hours. Will wear leg warmers, sweatpants or cold weather tights weather dependent. All but one of my bikes have a platform or platform/clipless pedal, only the racing bike has just clipless. So even shoes are optional.
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Old 01-24-20, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Metallifan33 View Post
The thread about taking breaks got me wondering:
  1. What's your longest ride (distance)
  2. What's your average ride (distance)
  3. What's the least mileage you'll bother getting kitted up and out for?
1. A little over 1200 km. I've done four 1200 km randonnees: Rocky Mountain 1200, Paris-Brest-Paris, Great Southern, and Last Chance.

Or if you're talking in a day, then I've done a couple 24-hour Time Trials ... 400-something km.


2. Average? I've been cycling avidly since 1990 and occasionally before that. I've ridden recreationally. I've raced. I've commuted. I've toured. And I've been involved in Audax/Randonneuring since 2001. My ride lengths have been all over the place.

My husband (Rowan) had a very serious workplace accident in March 2018 which resulted in a severe traumatic brain injury. So the rides are short these days.


3. As part of Rowan's recovery process we try to get out for rides now and then. They aren't long and perhaps the shortest ones are about 10 km.
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Old 01-24-20, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
But I'm extremely slow to warm up. It can take me up to an hour just to warm up enough for a maximum effort.
In my long, long distance days, it was usually about 75 km before I had really settled in and felt comfortable.
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Old 01-24-20, 09:28 PM
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1. 132.7 miles.

2. Not counting commutes: 25-45 miles. Depends on time of year/day (daylight) and group.

3. I'll kit up if I'm putting in 10+ miles and plan to ride hard. It's nice to be comfortable and have my crap accessible (jersey pockets).
Bike shorts - depends on time of year. Sweating in underwear is no bueno.
I'm lazy enough to ride (vs. walk) if it's more than half a mile. No kit for that, though.
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Old 01-24-20, 10:22 PM
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1. 105 miles
2. 35
3. 20
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Old 01-24-20, 10:25 PM
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1) 1009km
2) I don't think I have an average, it fluctuates wildly depending on which group ride I join, and then throw in the monthly audax and the notion of average goes out the window
3) 20km, below that I don't bother to kit up and just wear casuals
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Old 01-24-20, 11:54 PM
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Average ride...40 miles

Shortest willing........midweek local night rides 10 miles to recover and stretch the legs.

Longest 126 miles with 7,200 ft of elevation gain

Most demanding.......Breathless Agony. 114 miles with 12,000 ft of elevation gain all in the first 72 miles.




Hence, the avatar jersey, ..... and socks!



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Old 01-25-20, 01:07 AM
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250 miles
Outdoors 45 miles, indoors 15 miles
18.3 miles
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Longest Ride, Average Ride, Shortest You'll Go Out For

100 miles (at most once or twice a year)

14 miles usual commute (can be extended occasionally to 20 to 30 miles when training for a century; weekend training rides about 40 to 70 miles)

5 miles (minimal commute, part way by Commuter Rail)
Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
But I'm extremely slow to warm up. It can take me up to an hour just to warm up enough for a maximum effort. So either I'll do 30-60 minutes on the trainer before chasing a Strava PR, or ride at an easy pace for up to an hour before tackling the hard segments
Originally Posted by Metallifan33 View Post
Wow.
Speaking of warming up, FWIW I had posted to this thread:
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
"How do you warm up?"

I had previously replied last year to this thread on the Road Cycling Forum, Pre & post warm-up warmdown. I have tried to “quantify” my answer (distance and intensity):
Originally Posted by boshk View Post
How much if any do you do before and after a ride?

..A ride where you need to shower afterwards...
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
For me, that’s a ride of minimum of ten miles, and my commute is a minimum of14 miles. I only warm up, and then ride at cruising pace to the end.

When I first started a training schedule for a century, I noted at what mile I spontaneously realized I felt completely warmed up, i.e. I did not consciously look for it, and it usually occurred at about 6 miles.

My basic riding routine is:
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
...My basic training is to ride at my RPE [Relative Perceived Exertion] of 50% for six miles to warm up, then cruise at an RPE of 60%, and do intervals (on hills) at 70%:
  • [70% is described as“hard”;
  • 60% is“somewhat hard,"
  • 80% is “very hard" (lactate threshold;breakpoint between hard but steady breathing and labored with gasping).
  • 50% is "fairly light" (my usual happy-go-lucky pace without thinking about it)]
    Originally Posted by az_cyclist View Post
    I just pedal comfortably for a few miles. To meet club rides now it is fairly easy, as it is 6 or 7 miles (depending on which club) and is a 1% downhill.

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Old 01-25-20, 07:09 AM
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I rode centuries when I was young, but since returning to riding in my 50s my longest ride has been about 65 miles.

Normal rides are about 30 miles.

But I'll get out in the evenings for 8 to 10 miles at times.if time is limited.
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Old 01-25-20, 07:26 AM
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72 miles
40ish miles
23 Miles

I’m going to knock out a couple centuries this year though. So my longest ride will increase soon!
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200 miles(once a year)
45-50 miles
30 miles
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Old 01-25-20, 09:19 AM
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Longest = 30 or so
Average = 12
Least = 5

Don't have special "kit" clothing, so I don't worry about much other than keeping dry and being seen, so it's pretty easy to toss on a jacket, helmet, reflective vest and go.

Legs don't have the "oomph" they once did, due to old injuries. 30mi max is about all I can do.
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Old 01-25-20, 11:41 AM
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100 miles for the longest
35-40 miles for average
7-8 miles for min to get all dolled up, usually for a 30 minute recovery spin after a hard ride the previous day
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