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Doing my first major ride Saturday, any tips?

Old 05-23-12, 08:49 PM
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Doing my first major ride Saturday, any tips?

I'll be riding my recently purchased wabi lightning, fixed gear yet with a flipped hub so I can coast, still nervous about going full fixie, but I do ride with clip in shoes.

I'm doing a 140k ride around the perimeter of Toronto on a path I set up for myself and a friend, on google maps. I'm thinking I should bring some Udderly Smooth (I actually want the original product but can't remember the name anymore) as well as the following:
- water (and more water)
- fixie wrench, allen keys
- coins for air pump at a gas station (my own pump isn't compact at all)
- rain gear (although the weather is supposed to be clear all day)
- padded shorts (maybe)

and the last hitch: my stock seat that came with the bike is actually quite uncomfortable, so I am likely going to buy a brooks b17 or professional (considered the imperial but I am hesitant) but in any case I am wary of breaking in a seat on my first big ride. Perhaps, on the other hand, there's no better time

any advice?
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Bring food.

Chamois Butt'r is what you're thinking of btw.
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Doing a ride that long on a new Brooks is something I'd never want to do.

Bag Balm FTW:

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Have fun.
This, above all.
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Pace yourself, don't go being a hero and exerting a ton of energy in the first 20k.
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My advice: Have an exit strategy. 140KM/86MI fixed is major and should not be taken lightly.

You should start with maybe 50K and increase 10% every week. This will train your body and teach you what is involved.
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
Doing a ride that long on a new Brooks is something I'd never want to do.

Bag Balm FTW:


I love that stuff.
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its smart to be prepared, but carry as little as possible, if the skies are obviously going to be clear when you wake up to see it the morning of the ride, don't bring your rain gear, you'll feel every extra pound the moment you start to get tired
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I love that stuff.
Me too. Much batter than Chamois Butt'r.
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My advice: Have an exit strategy. 140KM/86MI fixed is major and should not be taken lightly.

You should start with maybe 50K and increase 10% every week. This will train your body and teach you what is involved.
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Originally Posted by smavid View Post
- coins for air pump at a gas station (my own pump isn't compact at all)

and the last hitch: my stock seat that came with the bike is actually quite uncomfortable, so I am likely going to buy a brooks b17 or professional (considered the imperial but I am hesitant) but in any case I am wary of breaking in a seat on my first big ride. Perhaps, on the other hand, there's no better time

any advice?
You really want a pump you can carry on the frame or in a pocket/bag.

I wouldn't get a new saddle before such a long ride, if it is uncomfortable you will suffer. Maybe that saddle is for you but dialing in a saddle on a ride like that won't be so fun.
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Instead of dropping $150+ or whatever it is on a new Brooks, grab a CO2 pump, a patch kit, a spare tube, padded shorts (even the cheap ones are better than nothing), and the best seat you can get on CL or at a co-op. Also, remember that it's about having fun, above all else. If you start to feel miserable, turn around. If it isn't fun, what's the point?
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Agreed on holding off on the new saddle for this long ride. New saddles and high mileage like this is like bying a new pair of shoes and walking 30 miles in them non stop the first time. I think your current saddle, though uncomfortable as it may be, would still be better than a brand new Brooks for 140k.

Follow all the above great advice and have fun!!
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For the exit strategy, you can take bikes on those GO trains or trolleys can't you?

Also, instead of bringing a lot of food and planning to just muscle through the whole thing, it is cool to plan to stop at a restaurant, eat, sit around for an hour and then keep riding.

Make sure that you plan it for the whole day and don't think, well this should take about five hours and then I'll have the rest of the day to do paint the living room. You won't want to paint the living room when you are done.

Riding in Toronto seems like it would be fun. I'd actually like to do the whole loop around lake Ontario some day, when I get a touring tandem.
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That's an ambitious ride; what's the longest ride you've done previously?

As someone else said, you may want to work up to this. 50km is doable for somebody who's ridden but hasn't ridden long distances. Nearly 3 times that is going to be very tough.
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As a second option if you've not done any long rides before, the ride out to Oakville and back is something like 80km and is pretty nice.
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You'll be fine. Worst thing that happens is that you bite-more than you can chew and you and your fred will be forced to cut your ride short. You will face shame and realization of your ineptitude to have the foresight to train yourself up to that level. Come next year however, that 140k will ride will be a warmup for you
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It's already been said but let me reiterate - you don't wanna break in a brooks on a 140 km ride especially if that kind of distance is new to you
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- Padded bib/shorts is a must + Chamoise Butt'r. On longer rides your saddle padding isn't enough (at least for me). Just remember to wear it without underwear othewise it will do more damage than good.

- Clipless setup. Pedals + clips give me sore spots after too much time on the saddle. When you use a stiff sole shoe it's like day and night. The clipless part is just because it's more efficient way of pedaling and you can see the benefit more evident on these type of rides.

- Bike fit. Probably the most important advice of all. When you ride 30 miles inside the city it seems like it's a long ride and most of the times you can't tell if your saddle is in the right angle or the seatpost is at the right height because for this scenario fit doesn't play a larger role as on 60+miles rides.

- Gloves. The more padding on the hands and butt the better.

- Cycling jersey. I used to carry a hip pouch and wear normal t-shirts on centuries, never had a problem but the jersey will breath better, the back pockets are just as good as a hip pouch and you won't have a belt at your waste for 4 hours.

- Take small rests of 10/15min every 1 1/2hr, it will re-energize you, stretch your legs, eat something...

- CO2 Cartridge. It's not the most efficient, I prefer to carry a mini pump with me but if you don't wan't to carry a pump at least carry 2 cartridges of CO2 with you for emergencies in the middle of nowhere.

- Take the essential. Carrying more then you need is a hassle, check the weather forecast when you wake up and see if you'll need the rain clothing.

- Front brake. Is not essential but it will make the ride much much more smooth. The stress of not having brakes is not worth it on rides of more than 3 hours.

- Gearing. Check the elevation of your path and choose the gearing wisely. There's nothing worse than be too much under or over geared. I find 48/17 a good compromise between speed, descent spinning and climbing hability.

- Ditch the riser/track drop. Again, for distance riding you will regret having only one position for your hands.
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the bike wont be a prob.
i did 200k on my wabi lightening (fixed)

just take breaks and dont worry if it takes you all ****ing day
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Personally, I do centuries every year but each spring I start working my way up to that kind of mileage. I would not consider doing 140km right now, because my longest ride so far this season is 35 miles. I add 10-15 miles each week til I'm up to 75% of my goal mileage.

Anyway, if you're doing the gas station air route and you have presta valves, make sure you have a schraeder->presta adapter.

Bring lots of food and eat it while you're riding. Bring lots of water and drink it while you're riding. Consider lip balm and sunscreen and a handkerchief or two.
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This is a helpful thread to read.

Drink often, eat often. Start slow and speed up after the halfway point if you feel up to it. Your butt is going to hurt.
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