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Fixed Gear Century ride Calling All Wisconsin riders!(6 posts)

Fixed Gear Century ride Calling All Wisconsin riders!Trevo
Dec 4, 2003 2:45 PM
I been wanting to start riding more, way more! I want to plan a century ride this spring. I want to invite anyone from Minnesota or Wisconsin to join me and my land lord. It'll be my first century ride and I wanna share it with people. Fixed welcome, thats what I'll probably be riding.
I also need some advice on how to plan a century ride.

Thanks much
ride on!
Trevor Martin
No FIBs allowed? (nm)TFerguson
Dec 4, 2003 4:49 PM
No FIBs allowed? Whats a FIB? NMTrevo
Dec 5, 2003 2:59 PM
You must live a long way from Illinois...TFerguson
Dec 6, 2003 2:15 PM
Something like Friendly Illinois Brothers, only the first and last words aren't so nice.

TF
To get ready ...Humma Hah
Dec 4, 2003 5:17 PM
... ride some 50-milers. If you can ride 50, you can ride 100.

You need food and fluids on a century. While doing your 50's, try various foods and beverages to see what your body does well on. For me, Ensure Plus and fruit/cereal bars, and a diluted sports drink. I'd plan on consuming around 200 calories per hour ... any more than that probably turns to gas. I can't digest a big meal on a century ... I eat light and often.

That's about it. A century is just a nice, long bike ride.

I can't make any comparison of a fixed-gear century to a geared century. I've done about 9 centuries to date, most singlespeed, one fixed. I don't recall ever riding a geared bike more than about 60 miles. I'm guessing gears are probably nice to have on steep hills, and the fixed will not be the optimum choice for mountains.
To get ready ...big andy
Dec 5, 2003 10:53 AM
http://www.bikerideforthefamily.org/training/a0000038.html

the url above is a tried and true system to get up to speed. It's more about being comfortable sitting on your bike that long then anything else.