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Do you modify your bike for a Century?

Old 12-06-07, 07:06 PM
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Do you modify your bike for a Century?

I was wondering if anyone tries to modify their bike before doing centuries.

For instance, Flipping the stem, getting a softer saddle, lowering the tire pressure, etc.
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Softer saddle?

Wouldn't recommend that one.

Mind you I rode my first century on a brand-new bike, and concluded after about 80 miles that I really didn't like the saddle it came with.

Edit: I wouldn't change anything on a bike before a long ride.
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I change the gearing to match the terrain--nothing more.
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I normally run my bars pretty low, but I keep a few spacers above my stem. I'll move the stem a little higher for 150+ mile rides. It takes a minute and saves my neck.
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Originally Posted by Boudicca
Softer saddle?
Yeah, i had this crazy vision of someone with springs on their seat attached to a full carbon bike
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My crazy vision was of one of those gel seat pads.
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Softer saddle for a century??? NO!

Here are what a whole bunch of century bicycles look like: https://www.bikeforums.net/long-distance-competition-ultracycling-randonneuring-endurance-cycling/270172-your-century-bicycle-s.html - it's a thread entitled Your Century Bicycle(s) from over in the Long Distance forum.

Do I modify my bicycle for a century? Nope. Mine is "century-ready" all the time. I just throw on my handlebar bag (if it is not on already) and I'm off.
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Originally Posted by Boudicca
Softer saddle?

Edit: I wouldn't change anything on a bike before a long ride.
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I add a second bottle cage.
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I always have two bottle cages. Maybe I should add a third for a century.
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You definitely don't want a big gel saddle for a long ride like that. You need a saddle that lets you sit right on your sit bones, and you'll be great.
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For a cold weather unsupported century I might throw on my large saddlebag to hold extra lothes or something.

On my newest bike I have it set up for a fairly aggressive position. Feels good for the first 50 or so miles, but Imay flip it up for rides longer than that.
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Originally Posted by Boudicca
I always have two bottle cages. Maybe I should add a third for a century.

Nah, not necessary. When you're down to about half a bottle left, you've got an excuse to stop and get off the bicycle ... to get more liquid, to stretch, to use the toilet, etc.
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Gearing change, maybe. Oh, and make sure I've got the 2nd bottle in the cage.
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The only change I ever made was adding two extra bottle cages off the seat post for death valley century.
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maybe a cassette change but I wouldnt change anything else
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Before a century is the time NOT to change stuff.......if your training for a century you will know your bike, ride what is working....if it is not working then change it during training not on the big day
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Originally Posted by biffstephens
Before a century is the time NOT to change stuff.......if your training for a century you will know your bike, ride what is working....if it is not working then change it during training not on the big day
Many of us don't need to "train" for a century. Moreover, many of us already are quite familiar with our bikes and know how it should be set up depending on the ride.
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Originally Posted by biffstephens
Before a century is the time NOT to change stuff.......if your training for a century you will know your bike, ride what is working....if it is not working then change it during training not on the big day
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That said, I'll move the saddle bag off the commuter and onto the bike doing the century, and make sure I've got air in the tires.
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No. My roadbikes are set up for this. I'll remove some of the fluff for a race.
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I've added a seatpost twin bottle holder, but nothing other than that. Most century rides are low-key enough that I can stop and refill the bottles on the frame, though, so I hardly even do that.

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Those who race the TdF are doing more than a century with each stage - yet they don't add 'softer' seats or any other modifications that they wouldn't normally have on their rigs.

That being said (and openly stating that in no way am I even remotely comparing my abilities to any pro racer), I don't modify my bike for a century, either. I always have two bottle cages, regardless - it's all a matter of HTFU and being ready to do one both mentally and physically (*nutrition, stretching, well rested and the body already well awake, etc:.)
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I just make sure to wear the good bibs with the good chamois on century rides
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I may have to change my answer. My club just posted a New Years Day century ride on the schedule. I'm no Machka, but I thinking about it.

JAN 1 TUE 08:00 AM A/AB 100 mi. NEW YEARS DAY CENTURY...
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I was thinking about getting one of those Bento Box things to store more food and my Endurolyte pills in for easier and quick access. Other than that the bike is as usual.
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