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How far do you like to ride in a single ride?

Old 04-15-10, 10:46 AM
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How far do you like to ride in a single ride?

Imagine you have nothing to make you cut short your ride, no pressing engagement, family don't expect you back and the weather is glorious.

You get on your bike and you will ride for as long as you want to. How long would that be (either miles or hours)? You don't have to limit it to a single day. I added that for those who are rando nutcases.




For me, it needs to be 50+ miles. 10 miles of my route is boring so on an out and in that is 20 miles of uninspiring riding, so I need 50 so I get at least 30 miles of good riding.
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Old 04-15-10, 10:58 AM
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In the spring and late winter, the cool temps and being somewhat out of shape limit my rides to the sub-50 mile range. The colder it is, the shorter my rides.

By the time summer rolls around, I like to go 50-100 miles on the days that I devote to biking. 70 miles round trip can get me up into some interesting parts of the Adirondack foothills, which is where I like to ride when the temps have warmed up. For me, a century is still an event, but every few weeks I get the hankering to go for it.
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50-80 miles.

Unfortunately, I'm planning a wedding. So, I don't get many of those days right now.
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Seems like my most enjoyable rides have usually been 60-70 miles lately.
I love riding centuries too, but it's funny how that last 20-30 miles takes it out of me. Hopefully this will change as the daylight hours get longer.
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i recommend a sportive bike
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I would LOVE to ride all day long, with a good long break for lunch in the middle. Easily 100-150 miles, maybe more.

Sadly, the scenario you painted is purely hypothetical and bears no resemblance to my reality
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that 60-80 range is about right for me too. I'm just at the limit of what I can do comfortably without thinking about stopping for rest breaks.
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3-4 hours.....and the distance would vary depending on the routes that I have at my disposal.
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
i recommend a sportive bike
No thanks, I ride only real racing bicycles with the handlebars quite low in relation to the seat.

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i recommend a sportive bike
I think my '08 OCR-1 qualifies, even with the psimet wheels.
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If I really had nothing else to do I would probably just wander around all day, but 3-4 hours is a good amount of time for me that fits in well with still having plenty of day left to do other things, and can fit well within my training objectives. That works out to roughly 60-80 miles. 1-2 hours in a single ride is all I can usually manage during the week, and 3 is stretching it, but now that the days are getting longer sometimes I may do an hour in the morning and another 2 in the evening, or vice-versa.
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Around 50 miles solo is right for me. It's a distance I can go without having to eat extra food. Which is good because it saves money and half of the reason I'm on the bike is to stay thin.

Time constraints on weekdays cut that to about 20-25 miles with some intervals thrown in.
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60-80 is my sweet spot, but there are some days and some locations where i could ride until the sunsets. Depends how I feel
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60 to 70 miles is a nice trip in this area. So thats good for Saturdays and Sundays and it leaves enough time and energy to be productive for the rest of the day.
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Around 60 miles would be nice if I can find the time to do it.
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You're talking about a Perfect Day, when you can leave at 7am and not be home until 7pm?

Wow. Let me soak in that daydream a second.



ok. I'm back. If I had that time, I'd pack a bunch of powerbars, extra drink mix, and head for the hills. Make sure I cross paths with a corner store here and there for breaks, and spend the day going up and down in the Front Range....
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
i recommend a sportive bike
I happen to have a Marinoni "Sportivo" so I'm with you on that recommendation.

I am, or rather was, a "rando nutcase" so a couple of hundred miles or so was a nice day out, with training rides around 60 miles or so.

Since the catastrophe last year, I'm dreaming of maybe a 30 mile ride one of these days.
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30-50 miles
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70 miles round trip is the sweet spot for me. That's the farthest I can ride with the food + water I can carry from the start. Anything more would require me to carry a Camelbak (mehh) or stop somewhere for supplies (I hate stopping).
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I usually crap out after about 4 hours in the saddle and am useless for the rest of the day so I'd say somewhere around 2.5 - 3 hours would be ideal. Unless there's lots of stops for coffee, food and sitting in the sun. Then I could go all day.
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Originally Posted by Randochap View Post
I happen to have a Marinoni "Sportivo" so I'm with you on that recommendation.

I am, or rather was, a "rando nutcase" so a couple of hundred miles or so was a nice day out, with training rides around 60 miles or so.

Since the catastrophe last year, I'm dreaming of maybe a 30 mile ride one of these days.

good on you, rando. how is the rehabilitation coming along?
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Ahh the days of being able to do 60-70 mile rides with no rush to get back home...<<sigh>>. That range for me is perfect...
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for me, I seem to be in a pocket of 45 - 60 mile rides right now. that's about 4 hrs in the saddle. I'm trying to stretch that out a bit
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
30-50 miles

so, 5 hours then?
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Right now im comfortable, and happy, to get around 30 miles in. Then again I havent had a ride much longer than that..but for now im happy with that
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