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I'm pretty fit.I ride my...
Anonymous 03/25/14(Tue)19:43 UTC+1 No.641573 Report

I'm pretty fit.
I ride my bike and climb stairs 25 hours a week for work, delivering mail.
I own an '80's steel road bike with 2x7 gears in good condition.
Never done a longer tour before.

Would it be realistic to ride 150 miles in a day over a low mountain range with a 1300 ft climb at the beginning, on good roads and bike paths?

Also, general long distance touring advice thread.
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Anonymous 03/25/14(Tue)19:54 UTC+1 No.641581 Report

>>641573

150 miles in a single day is a bit much. It is doable though, sure. Why all in one day? Would you be continuing on after that or turning around and heading back? Expect to average about 10 miles an hour with a touring load, so riding for 15 hours to do it.

I've found the maximum I'm capable of climbing in a day is around 2,000m or 6,200ft but then I ride for only 6-8 hours, not 15.

General comment- What's up with all these touring threads lately? It's as if people think this board is for transportation topics or something. We need more racer fag threads about leg shaving and energy gel packs please.
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Anonymous 03/25/14(Tue)20:05 UTC+1 No.641588 Report

>>641581
>Why all in one day?
It's a bet with a friend. He tried the same before and only failed when his chain broke 15 miles from the finish line.

>Would you be continuing on after that or turning around and heading back?
I'd spend a few days at his place, then ride a train back.

>Expect to average about 10 miles an hour with a touring load, so riding for 15 hours to do it.
I plan to bring basic tools, 2-3l of water (plenty of places to refill on the way), some lunch, a toothbrush and a change of clothes. Was hoping to average 13mph and get it done in 12h. I usually manage to keep up with traffic in 20mph zones around town, but that's short distances, many traffic light stops not taken into account and no hills.

>What's up with all these touring threads lately?
Spring is coming.
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Anonymous 03/25/14(Tue)20:21 UTC+1 No.641597 Report

>>641588

Just make sure you eat frequently so that you don't bonk late in the day and you should be fine. Lots of people ride that kind of distance in a single day and since you're only doing it one day and then recovering you should be totally fine.

My longest ride was 135 miles and I did that 2 days in a row. It was a charity ride so the more you rode the more money you raised. Organized water and food stops made it easy, but I could definitely do it on my own with a bit more planning. All this talk about food brings up another point. Make sure to account for food, water, and pit stops. You'll probably spend another 2-3 hours off the bike over the course of the ride.
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Anonymous 03/25/14(Tue)20:25 UTC+1 No.641600 Report

Shouldn't be very hard. This isn't touring though, it's just long distance riding, similar to randonneuring.

I've ridden 135 miles (with at least 6000ft elevation) in 10-11 hours on my steel bike with about the same load as you will be carrying. It won't be easy, but if that's all the climbing there is, it shouldn't be very hard.

Fitness probably won't be the issue. Your worst enemy will be your bike fit, so I hope you've at least ridden on that bike for 4-5 hours at a time, otherwise you might be in for some nasty surprises.
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Anonymous 03/25/14(Tue)20:29 UTC+1 No.641604 Report

>>641600
I guess it was over 9000 feet of climbing
http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1770953

Anyway, you can do it as long as your bike is comfortable.
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Anonymous 03/25/14(Tue)20:42 UTC+1 No.641613 Report

>>641600
>similar to randonneuring
What a coincidence, since I built my road bike into a randonneur.

>I hope you've at least ridden on that bike for 4-5 hours at a time
Every day.
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Anonymous 03/25/14(Tue)22:02 UTC+1 No.641656 Report

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