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Recommendation on bike for novice, training for century ride(3 posts)

Recommendation on bike for novice, training for century riderjbsf
Jul 23, 2001 11:08 AM
Lots of little goals ...Humma Hah
Jul 24, 2001 5:36 AM
Don't look all the way to the finish. Lots of little goals are the way. Each mile, each 5 miles, the top of the next hill, the next SAG stop. You can always ride another mile.

I was ill-prepared for my first century, a self-supported 130 mile ride. When I rode it, I'd never ridden more than about 35 miles in a day before. I don't recommend that little training, but it does show that you don't need to ride 300 miles a week or 70 miles a day to ride centuries. I would recommend that you get at least a few 50-milers under your belt, and a few 100-mile weeks would also be good. Some distance training makes the last 30 miles of a century feel a lot less greuling.

On those distance rides, one of the things you need to be practicing at is taking in nutrition and fluids. We don't all tolerate the same things. This past Saturday, I rode a 105-miler, fueled with three creme-filled donuts, a can of Ensure Plus, and a 6" turkey sub. I couldn't get any of the other riders to experiment with the donuts (I was carrying half a dozen!). They worked for me, but the other riders feared indigestion. You need to find high-energy foods you can easily digest with no ill effects, and to find if you need just water, or a sports drink, etc.

I use about 60 oz of fluids in 50 miles in cool weather, go about 35 on the same amount when it is warm to hot, and might only go 25 miles when it is really hot. Figure how to carry enough fluid to go between your SAG stops, and if you need to carry a sports drink mix if only water is available at the stops.
re: Recommendation on bike for novice, training for century ridejtolleson
Jul 24, 2001 5:51 PM
If your goal is to do "sport touring" (ie., not racing, not loaded touring, just support rides of longer than neighborhood cruise length) there are TONS of options on the bike market, and you may want to just price shop.

I personally find that MOST bikes between $500 and $900 dollars are almost the same... generally Shimano Sora (or RSX) componentry and most are aluminum. But the geometry can vary. If you are a woman, that can especially matter.

Decent options on a budget include (in my humble opinion) the Trek 1000, Cannondale R300, Bianchi Brava, and Specialized Allez. Go to a good local bike shop and have them work with you about FIT! Geometry varies from company to company.

Next, get a good saddle. You will absolutely, positively want to junk WHATEVER saddle comes standard on the bike. I'm a Terry Liberator fan, but saddles are personal.

Finally, go clipless on the pedals. That added efficiency adds up HUGE over 100 miles. Sneakers and toe clips simply waste pedaling power and efficiency, meaning more "pushing" (overtaxing the quads), and potentially foot pain.

That's my two cents.