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Offline Itslevipagel

Riding distance questions (noob)
« on: August 01, 2015, 05:59:09 pm »
I am completely new to cycling. Only about 2 weeks into it. I have been riding 10 miles every other day with two 20 miles rides under my belt so far. I have started cycling in a preparation to make a ride from fortwalton beach Florida, 1000-1100 miles to my home town in Indiana. I plan to leave in April or May for this trip(8-9months away) I am 21 years old. 220 pounds, 12% body fat(in shape) I was just wondering if this is do able? Will I be able to prepare in that amount of time? The plan is to ride 50-75 miles a day, more or less? Any advise?

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Offline DaveB

Re: Riding distance questions (noob)
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2015, 06:11:24 pm »
You have 8 to 9 months to get into shape for the trip and it sounds like you are in decent shape now.  The main thing is to get used to the saddle and to being on the bike 5 or more hours at a time.  If you increase you daily riding gradually until next spring you should do fine.

Offline John Nelson

Re: Riding distance questions (noob)
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2015, 09:54:35 pm »
You're 21. You could do it tomorrow.

Just ride as much as you can comfortably do without overdoing it and getting injured. Your butt, back and neck are more important to train than your legs. The main progress you need to make is not physical. Learn to ride safely in a wide variety of situations. Learn about bike fit, cyclotouring gear, and how to manage on the road. Read a bunch of journals over at crazyguyonabike.com to see how others have done it. Learn bike maintenance and repair. Assemble your gear. Plan a safe route.

Offline bobbys beard

Re: Riding distance questions (noob)
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2015, 04:47:10 am »
When my partner toured with me for the 1st time, she had been lazy about training and hadn't ever ridden more than 30 miles in one go. By the end of 2 weeks on the road, she completed 115 miles in a day (not without a lot of complaining!)

To echo John Nelson, the fitness part will be easy for you, but you never stop gaining experience on the road, so ride often, be safe and take the time to learn how to fix things by the side of the road :)