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How many miles will you get this year, Why?(36 posts)

How many miles will you get this year, Why?bigrider
Oct 11, 2002 5:48 AM
I will probably have 4000 miles by the end of the year.

Why: It works out that way with my other priorities in life. I don't race so there is no pressure on putting in mega-miles for racing success. All the miles were enjoyable with the exception of the post recovery miles after a big one day event. I had to force myself back on the bike and ride through the low point.
re: How many miles will you get this year, Why?mickey-mac
Oct 11, 2002 5:55 AM
I'm on track for 7000-7500 miles, down from about 8750 last year. As my kids get older they're becoming involved in more activities that cut into riding time: not that I'm complaining. If I can keep up my current mileage, I'll be happy.
re: How many miles will you get this year, Why?JohnG
Oct 11, 2002 11:10 AM
That's super mileage considering your obligations.

congrats and ride hard and safe
About 1200Kristin
Oct 11, 2002 6:27 AM
Why? New car, new house, buyers remorse...and just general laziness. But hey! I had no injuries this year. :-) Next year I'm attempting an actual training program. We'll see how it goes.
Not more than 5,000Eager Beagle
Oct 11, 2002 6:45 AM
commute too short now and not enough hours in the day for more :(
ain't over til it's overtarwheel
Oct 11, 2002 6:54 AM
I've ridden about 5700 miles so far and should top 7200 if I continue at my current pace, weather permitting. In NC, it is not hard to ride year-round with a minimal amount of cold-weather gear. The most difficult part of maintaining the mileage is dealing with the short days. I normally ride after work on weekdays and won't be able to do that much longer. I do have a lighting system that I generally use 1-2 days a week once the days get much shorter. I have found that I can average about 600 miles/month without interfering with the rest of my life too much, but would be hard pressed to find time for more than that. If anything, I may reduce my mileage next year -- or reduce the number of days and do more long rides on the weekends.
Where in NC?Kristin
Oct 11, 2002 6:57 AM
I'm considering NC as a future residence--like 5 years out. I'm looking for suggestions on where to consider within the state. Hey, are there any tour type rides in the state that a fairly new rider could survive? I should do one.
Oct 11, 2002 7:03 AM
Asheville has the best Mtn/Road combo on the east coast. Its beautiful and cheap. Its extreemly bike friendly and you can ride outside all year :) We have a new track/velodrome and alot of mtns,hills and group rides. There is some great racing in the SouthEast and it starts in March and ends in Oct. Not to menton...cyclocross andthe Mtn bike scene is even bigger! Rent is easy to find an houses are abundant. Although I would recommend it sooner than 5 years since it will probably explode with people by then. It keeps getting mentioned in top 10 places in every magazine. But, we need all the cyclists we can get! By the way, a typical group ride on a Tues. or Sund. has about 20-40 people in it on varying ability
Oct 11, 2002 7:08 AM
I'm ready to pack up right now. But, unfortunately, three years is the minimum amount of time before I could consider moving again. Secretly, I fear I'm trapped and will never leave Illinois. But three months ago I was convinced I would never be a homeowner--so you never know. Can you just keep the papers and magazines quite about it for a little while? I'll arrive as soon as I can!

Oh, to have warm winters and be within driving distance of snow, hills and many trees.
Oct 11, 2002 1:49 PM
Where in Illinois? I'm from Streamwood just outside of Chicago.
Aurora as of last weekend.Kristin
Oct 11, 2002 2:21 PM
Been all over the burbs though.
Where in NC?tarwheel
Oct 11, 2002 7:11 AM
I live in the "Triangle," Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. Lots of nice riding in this area once you get away from the traffic, which isn't too hard. Western NC, with the mountains, is the most scenic to me and I grew up in that region, so that would be my personal preference. However, it can be harder finding jobs in WNC. If not the case, I would live in the Asheville area. The Piedmont (central NC) is the most economically active part of the state, so is the most likely for finding jobs. It is hilly/rolling and fairly scenic once you get away from the traffic on country roads. Eastern NC is very flat, with a lot of large farms interspersed with swamps and forests. Coastal NC is also very scenic but not the best riding with beach traffic, but OK if you are riding away from the immediate coastline. For a good taste of NC, check out The statewide tour is actually going on this week, which is unfortunate because we finally got some rain after an extended drought and I imagine there are some very wet cyclists out there right now. I rode the last 3 days of CNC last year and it was great. Generally the route starts in the mountains and heads east to the coast. So, it starts out with lots of long climbs and gradually gets more flat as the week goes on -- perfect for a long tour.
Where in NC?seyboro
Oct 11, 2002 12:32 PM
I moved from traffic-choked Raleigh to Goldsboro 8 years ago and have not looked back. The riding is fantastic down here-think rideable winters, warm and windy falls, long evening and early morning rides in the summer and spring rides without armwarmers. Throw in endless miles of rural roads, an active club with 20 to 50 regulars (the USAF giveth and taketh), men, women and children, some 400 miles of mapped rides, combine/tractor drafting at 22mph, friendly rednecks and the occasional hog/turkey house smell... road riding heaven.
Where in NC? Wilber's BQmoots
Oct 11, 2002 1:04 PM
Have you been to Wilber's? For an NJ guy that place is heaven. I have Wilber's BQ every 4th while on vacation in Oriental, NC.
Where in NC? Wilber's BQseyboro
Oct 12, 2002 11:40 AM
...and when you're done there, hop across the street and hit McCall's BBQ buffet. Unbelievable ribs. And the 'naner puddin'...unreal...
Where in NC?fbg111
Oct 11, 2002 8:27 AM
I live in Wilmington, temporarily. Drivers are generally bike friendly, especially at the beach, but roads with/without wide shoulders are about 50/50, and not a lot of obvious bike paths. Check the NC Dept. or Trans. biking site out.

Be sure to check maps of cross-state rides:
My mileage really sucks this yearPaulCL
Oct 11, 2002 7:15 AM
I should finish around 2800 or so.

My spring was the worst ever for mileage. By the time I rode in a Mother's day back to back century ride, I only had 400 miles under my belt. That's mid May. The spring weather was horrible. Ad into that sickness in the family, me included. At least the season is ending with a lot of riding. Around here, the bike is put away at the end of October not to be used regularly until maybe mid-March.

My goal was 4000 miles.....Oh well. Paul
Why the interest in how far other folks ride? Friendly question.MB1
Oct 11, 2002 7:27 AM
I ride more miles in a year than most. My wife rides more than I do. I am wondering why people seem to be so interested in how much other people ride. Any thoughts?

BTW I don't know if this is true but I have read that in the 30's in England when Sturmey-Archer internal geared hubs were starting to get some competition from French derailleurs Sturmey-Archer paid a guy to ride 200 miles a day to show how reliable the hubs were. I understand he did it for 500 days in a row.....and in that nasty English weather.

True or Internet hoax? What do you think.
Wow, that would be VERY hard to do....Gregory Taylor
Oct 11, 2002 7:41 AM
Especially, as you say, over in Jolly Old England of the 1930's. Weather would be difficult, and the roads possibly treacherous. Maybe a velodrome?

I think that Sheldon Brown has links to some Sturmy Archer ads from that period. If the company did that particular endurance ride, they would have shouted it from the rooftops. You might look there...

As for the mileage thing, I've stopped riding with a computer on all but my "Sunday Morning Sessions" with the guys. I know generally how far I go on a given route. On Sunday's jam sessions I like to track my heart rate, etc., tied to the average speed and the miles. We have a fairly set route, so tracking this data over time allows me to compare my fitness on a historical basis.
Oct 11, 2002 7:41 AM
I find it interesting to know what goals other riders have along with what restricts their desire to ride. Many of us have so much to balance in our lives that I find it interesting to know how and why people get their miles in.

I know it is not as interesting of a thread as wall jumping.
For an idea of what some people are doing......MB1
Oct 11, 2002 7:57 AM
I find great comfort in knowing there are riders out there that make us look sane.
Um....wouldn't you be in place.....Scot_Gore
Oct 12, 2002 12:48 PM
So, there's one guy making you look sane. I'm pretty sure there are more than two crazy people in the world.

just a friendly ribbing.

: )

Probably a hoax, but them good old S-A hubsscottfree
Oct 11, 2002 7:52 AM
were pretty damn reliable. Oh, you mean the GUY ...
I find that very hard to believe...Eager Beagle
Oct 11, 2002 9:03 AM
on a 3 speed - at least if he was doing it outdoors.

500 days in a row seems a little pointless in any event.
why stop at 500? Is the when the hub broke? nmPdxMark
Oct 11, 2002 9:11 AM
about 4500. And how much elevation gained? 50k-70k feetPdxMark
Oct 11, 2002 8:03 AM
About 2000 commuting. The rest on recreational rides of 30-150 miles, solo, with friends, and a few organized. It's my target range these days.
re: How many miles will you get this year, Why?JohnG
Oct 11, 2002 8:16 AM
Probably a little more than 10K miles.

I ride nearly every day and So Ca weather makes it pretty easy to pick up 200 miles a week and still have a life. If I only rode on the weekends I'd probably only get in around 6K miles.

wannabe masters racer looking for good base and speed.
Because I got a late start,Elefantino
Oct 11, 2002 8:56 AM
I only have 1,289 this year. Should finish with about 2,500 or so.

Why: Um, I had a couple of mishaps.

re: How many miles will you get this year, Why?JS Haiku Shop
Oct 11, 2002 9:54 AM
5000 miles now, probably 6500-7k miles by 12/31. depends on how much i rely on trainer time in the dark months. 5000 miles was my goal. this is the most i've ever done in a year.

interesting to see a post with elevation gain mentioned.
re: How many miles will you get this year, Why?PseuZQ
Oct 11, 2002 10:06 AM
I'm guessing 6000 on the road bike... at 4800 now, riding about 100 miles or so each weekend.

I now wish I would have kept a decent log that tracked feet of climbing. I haven't done many totally flat rides.

This isn't counting commuting. (I don't have a cyclocomputer on the beater...add about 40 miles a week, given commuting 3x per...)
re: How many miles will you get this year, Why?aliensporebomb
Oct 11, 2002 10:11 AM
Here's the deal:

Four years ago I came back to the bike again after an
eight year layoff. First year I didn't track mileage.

Second year I didn't track mileage until the end of the
season so it was about 246 miles.

Last year was primarily mountain biking so I got in about
702 miles. At the very very tail end of the season I tried
road riding again and the bug bit.

This year I'm at 1013 miles. I bought my roadie ride in
July and have about 650 miles on it now.

I hope to get more in, but the days are getting shorter
and there's only so much time and light.

I'll keep riding until the snow flies and then I'll get a
trainer - I refuse to let the fitness I've gained go away.

Bikeprolog says that if I keep riding the way I have I'll
get to 1300 miles but I hope to do beyond that.
re: How many miles will you get this year, Why?tigermilk
Oct 11, 2002 11:59 AM
should meet my 2002 goal of 8000 miles, which is remarkable in my mind considering

1 - I broke my hip in a crash in Feb. and was off a bike/trainer for a month
2 - 2 trips to Japan which took about a month total away from my bike

Next year will be less focused on quantity (miles) and more focused on quality.
About 13,000Emspilot
Oct 11, 2002 12:49 PM
Why? Just because. I ride every day, no matter what. Day, night, rain, shine....
re: How many miles will you get this year, Why?TREKY
Oct 11, 2002 1:51 PM
I'm just over 5000 miles.I feel if you're not racing then there is no such thing as junk miles.Every mile you can be on your bike is precious!!!!!!!Ride on.
6,200 so far and holding.Len J
Oct 11, 2002 1:59 PM
Since 9/21, I'm stuck off the bike healing. Can't ride again for at least 3 more weeks.

But who is counting?


I figure that I'll still end up close to 8,000
Oct 11, 2002 8:09 PM
Mathematically, I'm at a 17.71 per day average on my favorite road bike which is about 6464 miles for a year. I've got TT's, mountain bike and trainer mileage that are off the record, so to speak, so I've got over 7000 miles after a year.