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Old 07-05-13, 07:23 AM
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Ohio to Niagara Falls on a Hybrid?

I'm thinking about pulling off a trip with a group of others who make the trip from Ohio to Niagara Falls each year. They ride about 60 miles a day, doing three sets of 20 miles. This is a group of people with novice and experienced riders who do this for a church mission so you have all kinds of ages and skill levels. It's not a hard-core ride. This is why I am thinking about doing it. I think it would be an awesome experience. The trip takes about 8 days. We then ride back in vans with trailers carrying our gear. So, it's just one-way riding. That's about all I know to be honest. But, my questions are more about my bike.

Would I be ok with my hybrid bike?

A few things I plan to upgrade are a better saddle, thinner tires and possibly a new configuration on my handle bars/grips. Besides that I'm not sure what else I would need to worry about.
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That shouldn't be a problem at all. Just a set of pavement-friendly road tires and you should be good to go. Just make sure your bike is in top condition before setting out. I take it the van/trailer is carrying your gear also on the ride to Niagara Falls?? Meaning you will not be carrying tents, cooking gear, etc?

As for changing saddle, make sure you and your new saddle come to a mutual agreement BEFORE setting off. Same goes for the other items on your list. After you're already on tour is not the time to find out the 'fit' isn't right!

Padded cycling gloves, a couple of water bottles (or bottled water in a backpack/seatbag/rack trunkbag). Flat repair kit. $$ in case a new tire/tube is required. Windbreaker/raingear. Sunscreen.
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Go for it. You'll be on Rt. 5 almost the whole way and it's a great, easy and pretty scenic route. The wind can be a bear at times, (or your best friend depending on direction) it's usually either straight tail, or straight head. No major hills, plenty of provision spots and little traffic. Have fun.
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Originally Posted by HybridWheeler
Would I be ok with my hybrid bike?

A few things I plan to upgrade are a better saddle, thinner tires and possibly a new configuration on my handle bars/grips. Besides that I'm not sure what else I would need to worry about.
By itself a hybrid can be fine. My suggestion is to get in some training rides, perhaps one that does 2 x 20 miles (e.g. ride out 20 miles somewhere and back with break in between). That will also help you answer the other questions about saddle, tires and multiple grip positions. If you and bike are trained with a some 2x20 ride days that helps make sure the fit is ok and helps find things. I agree with Cougrrcj that you try the new changes out prior to setting off with them on tour.
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I have a whole year and of course any changes in bike gear will be tried and tested, no worries. Thank God I have common sense.

I would LOVE a road bike that is lighter and better built for longer trips but I think a few modifications to my current bike would keep the pocket book happy for a while. After a year of preparation for this trip my body, mind and bike should be able to deal with 60 miles a day...no problem.

My main concern was tires and a saddle. I still have the stock tires on my hybrid which aren't bad but the more I ride the more I feel they are just too big. I ride strictly on paved surfaces. Also, the big couch seat which comes as a stock item on my bike is way too big. That kind of seat it meant for short trips on a bike path, not for 60-mile a day adventures. So, just getting some ideas on what a good upgrade option would be for both tires and saddle, for starters.

Thanks for the comments so far!
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I did the 120 miles from Erie to Niagara Falls in one day on a Trek 7000. My butt hurt, but it wasn't bad. Stock saddle, since I couldn't find anything that didn't hurt after 20 miles or so, regardless. Prior to that I was regularly doing 60+ mile rides on it. Cycling shorts helped a lot with the chaffing.

I did put on bar ends, but I almost never used them.
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I did the entire Northern Tier (Seattle to Maine) with a guy riding a hybrid carrying all his gear. He added bar ends. Did it in sneakers. We rode across Ohio, into PA and NY and then to Niagara Falls, ONT.
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