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Old 12-14-05, 10:43 PM
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how far do you tend to go in a day?

Pretty simple question. Just looking for how far everyone tends to go on average each day of a tour?
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It's 100 miles per day on a ten days luggage ride, a quater more that that, if it's only a single day ride without luggage. These are average distances that turned out to be reachable for me during the last 15 years.
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For fully loaded touring ...

I usually aim for about 100 kms a day ... especially if the terrain is hilly/mountainous. And I can do that for 4 days, then I need a day off, then I can get back at it for another 4 days, etc.

For Randonneuring ...

I can cover 1200K in 3.5 day (90 hours) including all eating and sleeping breaks. That's fast touring!!
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Depends entirely on the terrain, wind, how much I'm carrying, and what there is to see and do during the day. My own preference is to tour in places where there is a lot to see and do along my route. I realize some cyclists like to just ride and ride all day, but that's not my style. If I'm touring in a region where the scenery is the big attraction, I'm likely to ride more. However, if I'm touring somewhere that has lots of interesting sites and attractions, I think it's a waste to just buzz through without stopping.
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I generally do between 80 and 100 kilometres per day. That gives me time to get off the bike and see the sights along the way.
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70-100 km
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75 mi. (125 km.) on pavement - 60 mi. (100 km.) on dirt. But - and it's a pretty big but - I usually get up at dawn and ride a chunk in the early hours - plus I ride in the evening - which means I get about half my riding done when most other touring cyclists are having breakfast or dinner. It's just that I like the quiet or morning and evening and the quality of the light. I just might be lowering the number this year to spend more time exploring. But, I prefer doing a little more riding on my riding days since I take two of three days off per week to hike.
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Between 70 and 100k, can do more, but don't really like it. The body gets really tired the day after a big day (more than 140k).
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55.6 miles.
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60 miles, but often range from 40-80. Depends on terrain and attractions.
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On my tour last summer, I tried to avoid riding between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. as a way to reduce sun exposure, and still managed to cover 70 to 110 km per day.

There are days when I am feeling tired or grumpy, so I stop after 20 or 30 km and take it easy. These days bring down the average, but I do not track my progress very carefully while on holiday.
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I plan on 50 km /day, because there are always extras because 1) I often get lost, 2) searching for accommodation, restaurants, etc, 3) sometimes I miscalculate, and 4) there is seldom a suitable stopover town at exactly 50 km. Although I use 50 for planning, I tend to average about 65 and occasionally do 90+. I am 60 so younger cyclists may want to use a higher number, but my point is to be conservative in your planning because you always do more, sometimes you have headwinds, and the goal is to have fun, not set records.
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Originally Posted by mr bill
Pretty simple question. Just looking for how far everyone tends to go on average each day of a tour?
I am a lazy old coot, even when I was in my 20s. I go about 50-60 miles a day. If I didn't stop to snack in every pastry shop along the way I'd do better.

The furthest I ever went in a day is 170 miles, from the Canadian Border with Montana all the way to Calgary, Alberta. I had a whipping tailwind.

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I tend to average around 100km per day through a whole trip, including days off. Something like 110km - 120km per day. But I tour on mostly rough roads in africa. If I'm eating well (not normal) I find it's possible to do up to 150km.

Biggest day ever was 184km. Longest ever was about 14 hours, during which time I cycled about 90km over a 4000m mountain on empty, just water.
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17 to 120 miles - depends on what there is to eat along the way and how may bottles of wine.
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55.6001 miles a day, I always ride more than EastbayBob
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I tend to go around 50 miles but I can push it to 80+ if I have to. I don't like it but I can. I do take only 1 rest day out of 7 (last tour we went for 9 before a rest day 'cause eastern Washington doesn't have a lot of places to hole up for a day ) unlike some of the lazier members of this forum. I'm not saying who but ... Oh! Hi, Mackha!
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Until I don't feel like riding anymore, generally somewhere between 1- 120 miles
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Originally Posted by mr bill
Pretty simple question. Just looking for how far everyone tends to go on average each day of a tour?
Given fully loaded and smooth pavement and friendly weather, then,
Maximums of along about:
Flat - 75 miles
Constant ascent of 7% or + grade - 20 miles.
I keep descents to 25 mph to avoid unexpected critters that stroll out into the roadway cause they can't hear a bike coming.
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Originally Posted by eastbaybob
55.6 miles.
Wow! You must get lucky with the stealth camping spots!
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
I tend to go around 50 miles but I can push it to 80+ if I have to. I don't like it but I can. I do take only 1 rest day out of 7 (last tour we went for 9 before a rest day 'cause eastern Washington doesn't have a lot of places to hole up for a day ) unlike some of the lazier members of this forum. I'm not saying who but ... Oh! Hi, Mackha!

HEY!! Are you calling me lazy???
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Originally Posted by Machka
HEY!! Are you calling me lazy???
Who, me? Never! I was just say "Hey!". Sorta
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For me on a long tour, 120-140km seems about right for flat terrain, and 80-90km for hills. However, you cannot pick over night stops. It's usually where it's convenient, that decides the distance I'll pedal for the day.
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For me on a long tour, 120-140km seems about right for flat terrain, and 80-90km for hills. However, you cannot pick over night stops. It's usually where it's convenient, that decides the distance I'll pedal for the day. BTW dear eastbaybob, You didn't contact me for the around Thai's border ride. It's a blessing for you. The organizer failed to raise the expected sponsorship, and started skimping . The ride itself and scenery was spectaculr though.
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