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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby EvilDuckie » Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:09 am UTC

4571.6 + 53.3 + 21.3 = 4646.2

Sunday (21 miles) was nice, there was a road race going on in my area, so I managed to get myself to a few strategic spots, by bike of course, to watch it. This involved a lot of racing to get there in time. May do something similar on thursday, there's a pro race around here (UCI 2.1, it has Cavendish, Greipel and some more big names riding it) and I already saw I can catch it at 3 spots (one walking distance from my office). Probably going to do that by bike as well, to avoid getting caught in a traffic jam.
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby EvilDuckie » Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:20 pm UTC

Not a lot of biking due to a week-long business trip to Berlin.

4646.2 + 22.1 + 65.9 = 4734.2
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby EvilDuckie » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:37 am UTC

4734.2 + 22.9 + 15.2 + 39.4 + 49.2 = 4860.9

That makes 752 km in june, my top month. Still a bit behind schedule for my year goal (6000 km, I'm at 2600 now), but catching up quickly. Got 2 days of cycling in the Ardennes planned for this week, get some real hills under my wheels rather than the overpasses, viaducts, bridges and tunnels I have to make do with over here...
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Giant Speck » Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:57 pm UTC

It's been way too hot to ride this past week. It got up to 117°F (47°C) yesterday.
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby EvilDuckie » Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:15 am UTC

Giant Speck wrote:It's been way too hot to ride this past week. It got up to 117°F (47°C) yesterday.


Yikes! So what does your "riding year" look like? Over here the winters are fairly mild, so not too cold and not too much snow and ice (although this winter has lingered on for a long time) and our summers are also fairly mild, not too warm and dry. I try to ride at least once or twice a week as long as the weather allows, which wasn't much this winter :(
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Giant Speck » Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:37 am UTC

My "riding year" changes frequently, because I don't stay in the same location for more than two or three years.

Here in Vegas, I ride year round. I'm more likely to stop riding if it's too hot than if it's too cold, and this week was no exception.

In Anchorage, my riding year was mid-May to mid-September. Any time after that and it would be too cold, and it starts snowing in October.
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Tomlidich the second » Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:58 pm UTC

4860.9 + 7 = 4,867.9

wanted to ride more this weekend, just got way too damned hot.
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Neil_Boekend » Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:59 am UTC

Just this morning I saw 2150 KM on the counter in my Quest. That makes 1304 miles since I got it at march 23. I live 50 km from my work and bike it once or twice a week.

4,867.9+1304=6171,9 miles.
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Tomlidich the second » Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:01 pm UTC

Neil_Boekend wrote:Just this morning I saw 2150 KM on the counter in my Quest. That makes 1304 miles since I got it at march 23. I live 50 km from my work and bike it once or twice a week.

4,867.9+1304=6171,9 miles.

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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby EvilDuckie » Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:52 pm UTC

6171.9

plus 39 - First day of cycling in the Ardennes. Started off with a bit of drizzle. My first serious climbing/descending in about a year. The first long downhill was on a busy road with stop and go traffic, not nice. We got drenched in the last 2-3 miles. Happy to see that if the climb is not too steep I can get into a good rhythm and just slog it out with a decent heart rate.

plus 53 - More Ardennes. Some more climbing and some steeper bits. I did have to walk one section of uphill, but I did manage the very steep (19% according to my guide) approach to that hill. Found more confidence in the descents too.

plus 12.7 - A short recovery ride after 2 days of climbing and a concert (standing of course) last night.

is 6276.6
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Tomlidich the second » Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:00 pm UTC

EvilDuckie wrote:6171.9

plus 39 - First day of cycling in the Ardennes. Started off with a bit of drizzle. My first serious climbing/descending in about a year. The first long downhill was on a busy road with stop and go traffic, not nice. We got drenched in the last 2-3 miles. Happy to see that if the climb is not too steep I can get into a good rhythm and just slog it out with a decent heart rate.

plus 53 - More Ardennes. Some more climbing and some steeper bits. I did have to walk one section of uphill, but I did manage the very steep (19% according to my guide) approach to that hill. Found more confidence in the descents too.

plus 12.7 - A short recovery ride after 2 days of climbing and a concert (standing of course) last night.

is 6276.6


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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby EvilDuckie » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:15 pm UTC

Tomlidich the second wrote:(applause)


[takes bow]

Thanks. I'm pleased to see my progress over the past year. Dropped a few pounds, got a bit stronger. Downhills are still scary and I really need to practice standing up on the pedals, but I'm having fun on my bike and that's what it's all about.

Oh, and a 30.4 mile ride on sunday makes a total of 6307 miles.
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Tomlidich the second » Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:04 pm UTC

gonna do much more strength and endurance training in the mornings, so hopefully ill have some meaningful contribution soonish.
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby QED-1 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:12 am UTC

Just started biking about two weeks ago, Strava (android app) says I've done 72 miles, so 6379 miles. Hopefully I can get up to where you guys are at.

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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Tomlidich the second » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:44 pm UTC

6379 + 6 miles = 6385 miles

wanted the ride to be longer, but woke up at 5 am and frekaed out cuz it was still dark. waited until it was light to ride. ill be equipping the bike with lights so i can ride earlier.
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby EvilDuckie » Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:14 am UTC

QED-1 wrote:Just started biking about two weeks ago, Strava (android app) says I've done 72 miles, so 6379 miles. Hopefully I can get up to where you guys are at.


Welcome! That's a pretty good start! You'll catch up with us, don't worry about it. I remember being very proud of myself, back when I started biking, that I'd done a 10-mile ride.
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Tomlidich the second » Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:30 pm UTC

6385 + 6 = 6391 miles

gonna try out some longer runs soon enough
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Tomlidich the second » Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:37 pm UTC

been forgetting to post:
sunday: 6
monday: 6
tuesday:6
today (wednesday): 6

6391 + 6 + 6 + 6 + 6 = 6415
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Tomlidich the second » Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:03 pm UTC

upped my game today

11 miles before work

6415 + 11 = 6426

and, I HAVE A COACH. im quite happy about this.

since we are right at the end of racing season, he is taking me up and training me for next year. its gonna get BRUTAL. im on a new diet, training constantly from here on out, ALOT of miles.

edit: also, new high speed record for me: 32.3 MPH. that was a little frightening. ill probably break that in coming weeks though. MUST get a helmet before trying though, im taking too many risks without one.
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby QED-1 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:53 pm UTC

6426+62= 6488

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Welcome! That's a pretty good start! You'll catch up with us, don't worry about it. I remember being very proud of myself, back when I started biking, that I'd done a 10-mile ride.

Thanks! I figure this place may help me up my mile count. I think after every ride I will also do some push ups to get a better body workout.

Tomlidich the second wrote:edit: also, new high speed record for me: 32.3 MPH. that was a little frightening. ill probably break that in coming weeks though. MUST get a helmet before trying though, im taking too many risks without one.

Whoa, how'd you get 32.3 MPH? Is that with a bike with the slim, high psi tires? I think I can get a bit more than 20 MPH but that's with my 'hybrid' tires that came with the bike.

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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby EvilDuckie » Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:38 pm UTC

QED-1 wrote:Whoa, how'd you get 32.3 MPH? Is that with a bike with the slim, high psi tires? I think I can get a bit more than 20 MPH but that's with my 'hybrid' tires that came with the bike.


Skinny tires help, high psi helps, training helps (being strong enough to get the pedals round at about 90 rpm in a heavy gear). Don't know the circumstances in which Tomlidich achieved this speed, but if I look at my own results, things like tailwinds and downhills help. I've hit 43 mph on a downhill and that was as fast as I dared go, if I would have pedalled as well I could have gone faster. I've paced a moped with a strong tailwind and when I had enough of breathing in his exhaust gases I decided to overtake him, topping 30 mph (imagine the look on his face when I cruised past him, saying 'hi')

@Tomlidich: Yeah, get a helmet, seriously.

Looks like it's 2 weeks ago since I last updated my mileage, so here goes:

6488 + 15.2 + 19 + 7.9 + 7.9 + 43.2 + 50.3 + 7.9 + 7.9 + 9.1 + 63.5 (a metric century!) + 31.2 = 6751.2

I think I'm getting stronger, the longer rides have been done at pretty high average speeds, the longest ride was done at a pace of almost 17 mph. That's very good for my standards :D
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby QED-1 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:01 am UTC

I'm pretty sure I can hit 90 rpm in my heaviest gear but it won't come close to 30 mph. I won't change my tires though, I like being able to ride in different terrains. Biggest local downhill I can get is about 100 ft in height and not at a steep angle. Haha, that's awesome. I was racing a tractor the other day and overtook it for a bit but I had to slow down. Those numbers aren't too bad! 63.5 miles in a day? I like that.

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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby EvilDuckie » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:52 am UTC

It was a good way to spend the morning :) Left home at 8 am, back at noon. 3 hours and 45 minutes of riding with a brief stop halfway through. Fortunately it was a bit of a cool day.
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Tomlidich the second » Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:35 pm UTC

this weekends activites:

12 miles on sat

12 miles on sun

6751.2 + 12 + 12 = 6775.2

got a new ride calculator for my iphone that i like alot, it gives me voice updates about how my mile times are going and such, its nice.

that 32 mph was on a downhill slope, not the steepest hill i can get, but a big one. i seem to be hitting a wall there though, aerodynamic and bearing improvements probably need to be made.

edit: the bike im riding is an entry level roadbike made by GMC, its called the denali. i want a better bike though, because nice things are nice.
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby EvilDuckie » Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:53 am UTC

Tomlidich the second wrote:edit: the bike im riding is an entry level roadbike made by GMC, its called the denali. i want a better bike though, because nice things are nice.


I've checked out some reviews of the bike and it seems like it's a pretty good bike for its price. There seems to be a bit of confusion on the gear shifts (I've seen photos of 2 different ones online, plus talk of a third one in the review texts. Also, they seem to have used mountain bike gears, with the toughest one being 48x14, on road bikes a gearing where the biggest chainring in front is larger and the smallest cog in back is smaller is more common. For example, I've got a 50x12 If you're looking to upgrade your existing bike I'd say this is the first thing to consider.

FWIW, I've got the 2011 model of this one. Very happy with it and because I bought it shortly before the 2012 models would be hitting the stores I got a nice discount on it too.
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Tomlidich the second » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:34 pm UTC

EvilDuckie wrote:I've checked out some reviews of the bike and it seems like it's a pretty good bike for its price. There seems to be a bit of confusion on the gear shifts (I've seen photos of 2 different ones online, plus talk of a third one in the review texts. Also, they seem to have used mountain bike gears, with the toughest one being 48x14, on road bikes a gearing where the biggest chainring in front is larger and the smallest cog in back is smaller is more common. For example, I've got a 50x12 If you're looking to upgrade your existing bike I'd say this is the first thing to consider.

FWIW, I've got the 2011 model of this one. Very happy with it and because I bought it shortly before the 2012 models would be hitting the stores I got a nice discount on it too.


yeah i thought the gearing may need improving, i find myself moving about on the maximum gear setting alot, and wanting more out of it.

its really TECHNICALLY my dads bike, i just ride it most often. pretty soon im just going to do a frame up build of my own for road racing and training. figure by the time i break EVERYTHING on that bike, it will be time to get spendy.

ah yes and 12 miles today: 6775.2 + 12 = 6787.2

this ride this morning HURT. everything below my neck hurts right now, especially my knee. think i need to take it easy for the next week, flat ground only, no hills.
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Tomlidich the second » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:44 pm UTC

wednesday: 6

Thursday: 3

saturday: 56

6787 + 6 + 3 + 56 = 6796

OH GOD MY LEGS HURT.
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby QED-1 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:40 am UTC

6796 + 17 + 8 + 13 + 8 = 6842

56 miles in one day? Nice! I'm going to move in a couple weeks from a small rural town with many quiet roads to bike to a really big city... I'd like to get those kind of miles before I move.

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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Tomlidich the second » Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:53 am UTC

QED-1 wrote:6796 + 17 + 8 + 13 + 8 = 6842

56 miles in one day? Nice! I'm going to move in a couple weeks from a small rural town with many quiet roads to bike to a really big city... I'd like to get those kind of miles before I move.



that was 56 HARD miles, racing other, more trained, and fresh riders on the bike path at the beach. was pulling ahead of guys on bikes much better than mine, and my muscles are informing me today that that was a bad idea.
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby EvilDuckie » Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:22 pm UTC

6842 + 14.8 + 39.3 + 37.8 + 20.9 + 18.7 + 7.8 = 6981.4

Dodging thunderstorms this weekend and trying to fit cycling in with work and the other stuff I enjoy doing.

that was 56 HARD miles, racing other, more trained, and fresh riders on the bike path at the beach. was pulling ahead of guys on bikes much better than mine, and my muscles are informing me today that that was a bad idea.


So you mentioned getting a new coach recently. Do you regularly race? And keep in mind: it's the cyclist, not the bike, that counts :wink:
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

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EvilDuckie wrote:6842 + 14.8 + 39.3 + 37.8 + 20.9 + 18.7 + 7.8 = 6981.4

Dodging thunderstorms this weekend and trying to fit cycling in with work and the other stuff I enjoy doing.

that was 56 HARD miles, racing other, more trained, and fresh riders on the bike path at the beach. was pulling ahead of guys on bikes much better than mine, and my muscles are informing me today that that was a bad idea.


So you mentioned getting a new coach recently. Do you regularly race? And keep in mind: it's the cyclist, not the bike, that counts :wink:


monday: 4

today: 5

6981 + 4 + 5 = 6990

race season is pretty much over, im just training for next season.

as far as racing other cyclists on the street, all the time :wink:

edit: whoever breaks 7k, gets a cookie :D
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby EvilDuckie » Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:50 am UTC

Tomlidich the second wrote:edit: whoever breaks 7k, gets a cookie :D


Another incentive to bike to work today. That's only 7 miles, but I can take the long way 'round :wink:
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Sebastiaan » Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:21 pm UTC

Tomlidich the second wrote:
EvilDuckie wrote:6842 + 14.8 + 39.3 + 37.8 + 20.9 + 18.7 + 7.8 = 6981.4

Dodging thunderstorms this weekend and trying to fit cycling in with work and the other stuff I enjoy doing.

that was 56 HARD miles, racing other, more trained, and fresh riders on the bike path at the beach. was pulling ahead of guys on bikes much better than mine, and my muscles are informing me today that that was a bad idea.


So you mentioned getting a new coach recently. Do you regularly race? And keep in mind: it's the cyclist, not the bike, that counts :wink:


monday: 4

today: 5

6981 + 4 + 5 = 6990

race season is pretty much over, im just training for next season.

as far as racing other cyclists on the street, all the time :wink:

edit: whoever breaks 7k, gets a cookie :D


Just started my new training schedule this week. It's mostly interval and intensity based, not to maximize the distance. I don't have enough time for multiple four+ hour training sessions per week.

Monday: 62 km = 38 miles
Wednesday (blocks + HIIT): 45 km = 28 miles
Today (Active Recovery): 24 km = 15 miles
38 + 28 + 15 = 81 miles

6990 + 81 = 7071

And I'll politely decline the cookie, I've got some weight to lose; unless it's a digital cookie, in that case my browser will decline it for me.

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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Tomlidich the second » Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:58 pm UTC

Sebastiaan wrote:And I'll politely decline the cookie, I've got some weight to lose; unless it's a digital cookie, in that case my browser will decline it for me.


hm. low calorie protein bar?
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby EvilDuckie » Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:11 pm UTC

Darn it, Sebastiaan beat me to it... :(

7071 + 14 = 7085
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Tomlidich the second » Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:35 pm UTC

EvilDuckie wrote:Darn it, Sebastiaan beat me to it... :(

7071 + 14 = 7085


here, you can have the cookie sebastiaan didn't want

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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby EvilDuckie » Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:25 am UTC

Tomlidich the second wrote:here, you can have the cookie sebastiaan didn't want


Nom! Chocolate chip, my favourite!
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Tomlidich the second » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:21 pm UTC

7085 + 6 = 7091

legs feel a little better, few more rest days, and its back to breaking speed records.
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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby QED-1 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:09 pm UTC

7091+24+8+14+4=7141

So on Tuesday I went for a quick ride and as I was coming back about 5 ft from my house I turned too quickly and fell. Any tips as to what to do when falling on knee and elbow? Recommend staying off it for a while? Knee had swollen up a bit but it's mostly gone now. I just scraped some muscle by the elbow so I'm fine there, that'll heal.

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Re: BIKE 10,000 miles

Postby Tomlidich the second » Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:05 pm UTC

QED-1 wrote:7091+24+8+14+4=7141

So on Tuesday I went for a quick ride and as I was coming back about 5 ft from my house I turned too quickly and fell. Any tips as to what to do when falling on knee and elbow? Recommend staying off it for a while? Knee had swollen up a bit but it's mostly gone now. I just scraped some muscle by the elbow so I'm fine there, that'll heal.


be really careful dude.

i messed my knee up good by going down hard in a corner, i was pushing about 20 mph, hit a puddle, bike slid out from under me, and all my body weight went into my knee cap. completely shattered everything in there, tore up tissue, couldn't walk for better part of a year.

stay off the bike for a little bit, ice it, try getting some light walking in to feel it out. if there isn't any pain, swelling, weird pops/grinding/crunching noises, you should be alright.

edit: try to take future accidents on less prone to breaking parts. keep those limbs tucked in during corners, and if you do fall, try to take most of it on thicker parts, your hips, shoulders, torso, etc. those are alot less prone to breaking. especially your butt. falling on your butt hurts, and is the silliest looking thing ever, but you will avoid alot of injuries.
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