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Riding 80 or 100 miles this Sunday on a mountain bike...(14 posts)

Riding 80 or 100 miles this Sunday on a mountain bike...jtferraro
Jul 19, 2002 10:38 AM
Am I crazy? I'm dying to buy a road bike but don't have the money yet. Instead, I've been riding on and off road w/my mountain bike. I've also been upgrading it, including purchasing a set of 26 x 1.20 slicks for road use. In May I did 42 miles(about 45 in all) at the "Bike New York Five Boro Tour" but that has been my longest ride thus far. Sunday's ride is w/the Arthritis Foundation and goes from Vermont to Connecticut. Any words of wisdom to further assist me in reaching the finish line on a mountain bike? ;-)


got suspension?TomS
Jul 19, 2002 11:11 AM
If you can lock out or at least tighten up any suspension (forks or otherwise) that'll help a lot. If you have air shocks go to your lbs and have them pump them up to a really high pressure. I commute on an older rockhopper with slicks, the front fork shocks (elastomers) don't get very stiff, and I can tell I lose a lot of energy to them - especially on uphills.

A friend of mine recently got a new mtn bike with front shocks that have a little toggle switch that makes them completely rigid - those are nice for riding on paved roads to the trail!
I have a front suspension Cannondale w/lockout...and it willjtferraro
Jul 19, 2002 11:17 AM
be locked out! My poor friends don't have that option though - and I believe they are both on elastomer front suspensions. :(

Thanks for the advise.

re: Riding 80 or 100 miles this Sunday on a mountain bike...Miklos
Jul 19, 2002 11:25 AM
You shouldn't have any problems. I did my first century on a MTB with slicks, and I didn't have lockout on my forks. I still use it for my rain road bike. It would be easier and faster on a road bike, but certainly doable if you are in shape.

Have fun!
Jul 19, 2002 11:41 AM
The bike is relatively light for a mtb - about 24lbs. I have a new set of never used, Velomax Climax "semi-aero" wheels, the Hutchinson Top Slicks, whole new drivetrain, including Race Face cranks & BB, and I remounted my bar ends for more hand positions, etc. Yeah, I think I'll be alright.

Sounds ok.djg
Jul 19, 2002 12:16 PM
It's not ideal, but slicks should help quite a bit. I did the DC AIDS Ride this year and saw plenty of folks completing the daily mileage (just over 100 the first day, about 110 the second) on mountain bikes (hybrids, all sorts of things). The general word amongst that bunch was that slicks really helped.

Other ideas? Well, if your longest ride thus far is 45 miles, I'd suggest you pace yourself (don't go artificially slowly, but don't push it in the early miles); make sure you hydrate adequately (and get some electrolytes while you're at it); and don't starve yourself--you'll need to take in some calories during the ride or you'll probably bonk. Take it easy the day before the big ride (some miles is fine--maybe even better than none--just don't overdo it). Good shorts (or bibs). Gloves.

Good luck.
Thanks...think I'll be all set(more)...jtferraro
Jul 19, 2002 12:32 PM
Yeah, I hear you about pacing myself, but not going "artificially slow". As far as hydrating myself, I'll be sporting my 100oz. Cameback Mule. Electrolytes - where do I get them - the sports drinks(i.e. Gatorade, etc.), right? Hmm...will need to pick some up. I won't starve myself. There is a morning snack, 1/4, lunch, and 3/4 stops. We'll see. I'll also have Cliff bars, Power Gels, etc. in my Camelback. Have new shorts, new shirt, and relatively new gloves.

Thanks again - I apprecitate it.

Draft a large group of roadies moving fast. nmBreakfast
Jul 19, 2002 1:45 PM
It will do fine ...Humma Hah
Jul 19, 2002 2:18 PM
... A mountain bike is comparable to my cruiser, which I routinely ride century and longer distances. Piece of cake. The aerodynamics and tire drag of a MTB will cost you about 2-3 mph versus a roadbike, but you either ride slower or harder.

You've already done the most important mod by putting street slicks on it. Pumped up to a firm pressure, they'll improve you about 0.6 mph, according to my experience doing the same thing. More important, they eliminate the knobby buzz that gets annoying after 50 miles or so.

Don't think about the finish. Just set lots of little intermediate goals, and keep reaching those. The finish comes in due course. Keep snacking on easily-digested high-calorie snacks, stay well hydrated, and hold a sustainable pace, and you'll finish.
Thanks a lot - much appreciated. I'm ready to go!! =) nmjtferraro
Jul 19, 2002 2:44 PM
A century is two rides--the first 80 miles and the last 20cory
Jul 19, 2002 2:54 PM
I usually feel pretty good at 75 miles, and within the next 15 minutes, start praying for my frame to snap so I can SAG home....
My first few long rides years ago (in those days, anything over 40 miles) were on mountain bikes, and I've done a few centuries on my old Bstone. Sounds like you're pretty well set up for it. Just be sure to keep drinking and eat a little, don't go out too fast and draft when you get the chance.
Thanks, I'll think of you on the 80th mile mark! ;-) nmjtferraro
Jul 19, 2002 8:26 PM
How did it go?Chaz_cycles
Jul 20, 2002 9:45 PM
Very well...thanks. I'm sure you've seen my new post...jtferraro
Jul 22, 2002 7:30 AM

jtferraro "Well, I did it! My first century...and on a mountain bike.." 7/22/02 8:18am