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Old 12-11-05, 11:10 AM
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how many miles.

Im a young man in fairly good health. I ride my bike everywhere. How many miles do you think i could do per day maximum. I want to push my limits but i dont want to get a long way from home and not have a way to get back because im too tired.
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There are many, many variables besides miles. Is this just a one-day ride or a longer tour that you are considering? Mountain bike or road bike? With or without panniers? Pavement or dirt? Hills? Mountains? What about weather? Summer or winter? The days are far shorter in winter plus windchill can sap your strength. And the biggie - winds??? Sometimes you fight a headwind on the outbound leg expecting a tailwind on the way back and then the wind shifts.

If you haven't ridden any distances yet, I would keep it to no more than 60 miles (or 62 miles if you want to do a metric century) - 30 out and 30 back on a spring, summer, or fall day on level to rolling terrain. That way you have built in leeway for weather and other situations like flat tires. Plus you should plan at least one break each direction and a nice hour-long lunch break. Later on, you should be able to get up to 80 miles and then do a century after you have built up some experience with distance and the routes in question.
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When you ride your bicycle everywhere, how many miles do you cover? The general rule is that if you feel comfortable covering a certain distance, you can do about 1/3 more of that. So if you ride about 20 miles a day quite comfortably, you should be able to handle 27 without too much difficulty. If you currently feel comfortable with 60 miles a day, you should be able to handle 80 without too much difficulty, and so on.

Do you want to do a tour? Or are you aiming to do a century or longer ride?
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Machka's suggestions are a good place to start for a nice 'safe' ride.

When I first started out, I was able to pack in some 'safe' miles when I did a little shuttle run, like 10 miles East, then back -passing near home- and out West for 10 miles and then home. That way I was never very far from home and was able to 'safely' log in more miles without running the risk being really far from home if I got a mechanial or too tired. If I felt like I could do more miles, I could just add another full or partial trip; if I got tired, I could just turn around and go home (never too far out) or just stop at home instead of passing near it on my way back.

My personal daily mile limit really jumped after I went on a tour. It's amazing how much more free you are when you don't have to look over your shoulder and wonder if you're getting too far from home. After that, I knew how much more (at least) I could really do in a day and still be fine physically.
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The best idea is to just progress slowly. Go for a 20 mile ride, then start adding maybe 25% to that each time. I've found with a bike, even when I am extremely tired, I can make it home ok, even if it is a bit slow.
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currently the longest ive ever ridden was 34 miles in a day. But, that was last year (i was a lot less fit), it was 95 degrees out, i was verging on dehtdration (stupid mistake went further than id planned), and i had to hop on and off of sidewalks most of the time (no shoulder, 50mph traffic) The only bike i have in working condition is a non suspention mountain bike. I have a road bike but it needs lots of work.
I plan on a long (?) distance ride with no support (ie no car carrying my stuff) The ride in question is about 220 one way so id have to camp. the real question is how many days would i need to get there. Once im there i can rest for a couple of days. its on pavement btw
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220 miles*
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Originally Posted by ivegotabike
The ride in question is about 220 one way so id have to camp. the real question is how many days would i need to get there. Once im there i can rest for a couple of days. its on pavement btw
Go on a long ride every weekend. Over time you will discover what distance you are comfortable doing. Divide 220 by your comfortable distance to get the number of days it will take.
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Originally Posted by ivegotabike
currently the longest ive ever ridden was 34 miles in a day. But, that was last year (i was a lot less fit), it was 95 degrees out, i was verging on dehtdration (stupid mistake went further than id planned), and i had to hop on and off of sidewalks most of the time (no shoulder, 50mph traffic) The only bike i have in working condition is a non suspention mountain bike. I have a road bike but it needs lots of work.
I plan on a long (?) distance ride with no support (ie no car carrying my stuff) The ride in question is about 220 one way so id have to camp. the real question is how many days would i need to get there. Once im there i can rest for a couple of days. its on pavement btw

Right now, I'd say you could probably do the ride in about 6 days. But when is the ride? If the ride isn't until next summer, you can build up your mileage to the point where you could probably cover that distance quite comfortably in 3 days. With a bit more effort, you might be able to cover it in 2 days. Some of us could cover it in one day, but if you are planning to relax and enjoy the trip that might be a little bit ambitious.

There's a general guideline that says to increase your mileage by 10%. So, let's say you are curently riding 10-20 miles 4-5 days during the week, and then 30 miles on Saturday.

Week 1: 10-20 miles 4-5 days during the week, 33 miles on Saturday
Week 2: 10-20 miles 4-5 days during the week, 37 miles on Saturday
Week 3: 10-20 miles 4-5 days during the week, 41 miles on Saturday
Week 4: 12-22 miles 4-5 days during the week, 45 miles on Saturday
Week 5: 12-22 miles 4-5 days during the week, 50 miles on Saturday
Week 6: 15-25 miles 4-5 days during the week, 56 miles on Saturday

And so on up as high as you want to go. If you are struggling one Saturday, or by the end of a week, repeat that week again, or drop it back to the previous week to get some rest and become used to the distance.
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just suck it up and you'll be doing 120 miles a day fully loaded in no time. a 220 mile trip could take you just 2 days, even if you goof off for lunch and stop to take pictures.


you need to spend a lot of hours in the saddle to get there though.
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