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I have no idea how to train for a 1,100 mile tour(6 posts)

I have no idea how to train for a 1,100 mile tourstinkfoot247
Jul 22, 2003 12:57 AM
I would like to do a loaded tour around the perimitter of PA next spring. I would like to do about 90-100 miles a day. Does that seem like a rediculous goal? I know how to gradually increase miles, but how do I train for all those miles with 50lbs of weight on the bike too. Sand bags? haha.
#1 Ride lots. #2 Use a trailer. nmMB1
Jul 22, 2003 1:52 AM
re: how can i get faster?JS Haiku Shop
Jul 22, 2003 5:27 AM
to ride faster, ride faster.

to ride longer, ride longer.

to ride 1100 miles in <2 wks pulling a 50lb trailer, ride lots pulling a 50lb trailer.

you must first do in training what you wish to do in application.
I'm not so sure it applies to touring.dzrider
Jul 22, 2003 6:20 AM
Essentially riding a loaded bike feels no different to my legs, heart, and lungs than any other bike. I just use easier gears to climb and accelerate. The handling is different and takes a day, at most, to acclimate. The training I would recommend is doing back to back long days on weekends to get some confidence that you can do a long ride when you're starting out tired.

The other suggestion is easier gears. If the 50 pound load increases the weight of the bike and rider be 25%, increase the teeth on the largest cog you actually use on hard climbs by 25% and you should be in the ball-park.
I'm not so sure it applies to touring.ukiahb
Jul 22, 2003 7:41 PM
I agree...my first loaded tour was 1200 miles and I did all my training without a load...but still did well on the tour as I had suitable (very low) gearing.
This should help....coonass
Jul 22, 2003 4:31 PM
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