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What bike do you main?

Road Bike 4 26.67%
 
Mountain Bike 2 13.33%
 
Hybrid 2 13.33%
 
BMX 0 0%
 
Trekking/Commuting 4 26.67%
 
E-bike 3 20.00%
 
other 0 0%
 
Total:15
SvennoJ said:
vivster said:
Cool stuff. I'm currently looking into getting a new bike. Since my current one is 100% road I run into issues some times with bad roads and I really fear for my bike and my wrists. MY bike has zero suspension and I tend to keep my tires rock hard at 7 Bar. I have given up commuting because the roads and bike lanes to my work are just a nightmare for my bike. I've been looking at mountainbikes and found that there are quite a few hybrids between MTBs and road bikes, which is ideal.

It seems my ideal hybrid would be a Gravelbike that's made for comfort and endurance. Some broad tires and suspension in front and back would probably be enough to be able to go a bit offroad. My dream is to just start my trip and then drive in any direction using any road, take a break when I need and then just stop at a hotel whenever I'm too exhausted to go further. Bikepacking really is my jam.

Damn that's just over 100 psi, I keep mine at 80 psi back, 70 front. It's a hybrid though and the max rating for the tires (80 psi). I use Specialized Crossroads tires, 700 38c, good grip on any terrain. Front suspension is essential for your wrists. Still hurts with all the bad roads around here and after a long ride my arms and wrists tend to cramp up. (And my legs the next morning, yay for getting older)

I've used that hybrid bike on anything, very nice to be able to go from a mountain bike trail to get up to speed on smooth asphalt and back. The tires are wide enough for moderate gravel but will still dig in in loose sand and piled up gravel.

My decision process where to go is usually based on wind direction. Start out against the wind, wind behind on the way back.

115km small little tour lol :)

The fastest I did my 109 km route was 4h 15 minutes. I currently aim to go between 3 to 4 hours at a time, my knees are starting to get older unfortunately. I'm 46 now, 42 was about my peak year.

For my next bike I'm looking to go tubeless since there seem to a be shit ton of advantages, especially for a hybrid. I already know it's not gonna be cheap. Currently I'm estimating around 4000€ for the full package. Also looking into bigger bags since my current trunkbag is barely enough for a weekend trip.

A couple of weeks ago I did one of my favorite tours. It's 190km through slightly hilly fields and woods. All on pristine tarmac. Started a bit after 5am and managed to get back just before 3pm. I wasn't even feeling as if I was rushing but I was still surprised at the speed. Especially considering I had about 1000m total elevation.

Tomorrow I'm trying to beat my current record of 27kph average driving speed on a 100km+ trip, not too optimistic about it though. I really am not a good sprinter and I always take my time with hills since I prefer maintaining power output over maintaining speed. In the end the goal is to slowly increase my base speed to be able to do longer day trips. My goal is to comfortably do 200km trips in a timely manner and one day do a fun 250km trip. In the past year I have learned a lot about my own body and my techniques to conserve energy and refill energy at the right moments are getting a lot better. I learned that it's not about how much your muscles can do, but rather how good I am at replenishing energy, which can be done by stacking different kinds of carbs that have different times to get converted into energy. If you do it about right then you'll have a constant stream of ready energy.



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Well used road bike, one with wonky 650c wheels that I use 28mm tires on.
since I moved to house atop steep 1.5+ mile hill (enough that I walk much of it coming up)
that reduces 'casual ride attraction' unfortunately, i don't hate hills but having the same
super steep one mandatorily tacked on every ride reduces the enthusiasm for me
I loved when I lived in areas that were more bike friendly with everything reachable



vivster said:

For my next bike I'm looking to go tubeless since there seem to a be shit ton of advantages, especially for a hybrid. I already know it's not gonna be cheap. Currently I'm estimating around 4000€ for the full package. Also looking into bigger bags since my current trunkbag is barely enough for a weekend trip.

A couple of weeks ago I did one of my favorite tours. It's 190km through slightly hilly fields and woods. All on pristine tarmac. Started a bit after 5am and managed to get back just before 3pm. I wasn't even feeling as if I was rushing but I was still surprised at the speed. Especially considering I had about 1000m total elevation.

Tomorrow I'm trying to beat my current record of 27kph average driving speed on a 100km+ trip, not too optimistic about it though. I really am not a good sprinter and I always take my time with hills since I prefer maintaining power output over maintaining speed. In the end the goal is to slowly increase my base speed to be able to do longer day trips. My goal is to comfortably do 200km trips in a timely manner and one day do a fun 250km trip. In the past year I have learned a lot about my own body and my techniques to conserve energy and refill energy at the right moments are getting a lot better. I learned that it's not about how much your muscles can do, but rather how good I am at replenishing energy, which can be done by stacking different kinds of carbs that have different times to get converted into energy. If you do it about right then you'll have a constant stream of ready energy.

That's some nice speed!

I'm usually limited by my 2 water bottle capacity and prefer the quieter more scenic routes instead of smooth asphalt busy roads. This wreaks havoc on your wrists but the scenery is worth it. Path across all river rocks, 3 km rough section of the trail.

Google can be funny sometimes and has send me on paths that were completely overgrown, needing a machete to get through lol.

Hydration and energy the two key factors to keep going. I take some snacks with me on longer trips but never really put much thought in it. A refreshing swim halfway helps too! The best 'energy' boost is a cold spring along one of the trails. That water is 8c all year long coming right out of the ground. Crystal clear, big enough to dunk in and go 50% faster afterwards lol. You can probably drink that water straight from the spring.



vivster said:
SvennoJ said:

Damn that's just over 100 psi, I keep mine at 80 psi back, 70 front. It's a hybrid though and the max rating for the tires (80 psi). I use Specialized Crossroads tires, 700 38c, good grip on any terrain. Front suspension is essential for your wrists. Still hurts with all the bad roads around here and after a long ride my arms and wrists tend to cramp up. (And my legs the next morning, yay for getting older)

I've used that hybrid bike on anything, very nice to be able to go from a mountain bike trail to get up to speed on smooth asphalt and back. The tires are wide enough for moderate gravel but will still dig in in loose sand and piled up gravel.

My decision process where to go is usually based on wind direction. Start out against the wind, wind behind on the way back.

115km small little tour lol :)

The fastest I did my 109 km route was 4h 15 minutes. I currently aim to go between 3 to 4 hours at a time, my knees are starting to get older unfortunately. I'm 46 now, 42 was about my peak year.

For my next bike I'm looking to go tubeless since there seem to a be shit ton of advantages, especially for a hybrid. I already know it's not gonna be cheap. Currently I'm estimating around 4000€ for the full package. Also looking into bigger bags since my current trunkbag is barely enough for a weekend trip.

A couple of weeks ago I did one of my favorite tours. It's 190km through slightly hilly fields and woods. All on pristine tarmac. Started a bit after 5am and managed to get back just before 3pm. I wasn't even feeling as if I was rushing but I was still surprised at the speed. Especially considering I had about 1000m total elevation.

Tomorrow I'm trying to beat my current record of 27kph average driving speed on a 100km+ trip, not too optimistic about it though. I really am not a good sprinter and I always take my time with hills since I prefer maintaining power output over maintaining speed. In the end the goal is to slowly increase my base speed to be able to do longer day trips. My goal is to comfortably do 200km trips in a timely manner and one day do a fun 250km trip. In the past year I have learned a lot about my own body and my techniques to conserve energy and refill energy at the right moments are getting a lot better. I learned that it's not about how much your muscles can do, but rather how good I am at replenishing energy, which can be done by stacking different kinds of carbs that have different times to get converted into energy. If you do it about right then you'll have a constant stream of ready energy.

High speeds usually happen after an hour or two of cycling, so the longer the trip the better your average speed becomes :).



SvennoJ said:
vivster said:

For my next bike I'm looking to go tubeless since there seem to a be shit ton of advantages, especially for a hybrid. I already know it's not gonna be cheap. Currently I'm estimating around 4000€ for the full package. Also looking into bigger bags since my current trunkbag is barely enough for a weekend trip.

A couple of weeks ago I did one of my favorite tours. It's 190km through slightly hilly fields and woods. All on pristine tarmac. Started a bit after 5am and managed to get back just before 3pm. I wasn't even feeling as if I was rushing but I was still surprised at the speed. Especially considering I had about 1000m total elevation.

Tomorrow I'm trying to beat my current record of 27kph average driving speed on a 100km+ trip, not too optimistic about it though. I really am not a good sprinter and I always take my time with hills since I prefer maintaining power output over maintaining speed. In the end the goal is to slowly increase my base speed to be able to do longer day trips. My goal is to comfortably do 200km trips in a timely manner and one day do a fun 250km trip. In the past year I have learned a lot about my own body and my techniques to conserve energy and refill energy at the right moments are getting a lot better. I learned that it's not about how much your muscles can do, but rather how good I am at replenishing energy, which can be done by stacking different kinds of carbs that have different times to get converted into energy. If you do it about right then you'll have a constant stream of ready energy.

That's some nice speed!

I'm usually limited by my 2 water bottle capacity and prefer the quieter more scenic routes instead of smooth asphalt busy roads. This wreaks havoc on your wrists but the scenery is worth it. Path across all river rocks, 3 km rough section of the trail.

Google can be funny sometimes and has send me on paths that were completely overgrown, needing a machete to get through lol.

Hydration and energy the two key factors to keep going. I take some snacks with me on longer trips but never really put much thought in it. A refreshing swim halfway helps too! The best 'energy' boost is a cold spring along one of the trails. That water is 8c all year long coming right out of the ground. Crystal clear, big enough to dunk in and go 50% faster afterwards lol. You can probably drink that water straight from the spring.

On longer trips I always have my rack and bag with me. Adds plenty of weight, but also the security to not run out of food when no place to refill is near. That way I usually carry about 2.5L with me and enough food to last me for about 120km. Today is gonna be the first 100km+ tour where I won't take my bag with me. It's also a Sunday, which means the only way to get water is petrol stations who are far between.

We'll see how it goes. I don't feel great today, but maybe I can surprise myself. See you in 6h or so.



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vivster said:

On longer trips I always have my rack and bag with me. Adds plenty of weight, but also the security to not run out of food when no place to refill is near. That way I usually carry about 2.5L with me and enough food to last me for about 120km. Today is gonna be the first 100km+ tour where I won't take my bag with me. It's also a Sunday, which means the only way to get water is petrol stations who are far between.

We'll see how it goes. I don't feel great today, but maybe I can surprise myself. See you in 6h or so.

Have a good ride!
I'll be going to bed in a few hours.



Well, this was annoying.

Made good time, had 28kph on the first half. I'm going back and headwind starts. First medium and then stronger and stronger. First I couldn't get to 25kph anymore even downhill, then not even 20. On my last 15km I had to fight not to be blown off the road. My power reserves were fine, I was eating properly and I had enough water. Whenever I caught a rare wind pocket I could easily go past 30kph. The weather was great, not too hot, no rain to see, just some Big Fat FUCK YOU wind in my face. In the end I wasn't even physically or mentally drained, it was just boring and meh to be held back so much by the wind.
At least I have a new record. Fastest 40k at 1:24 hours.

Here's some pictures.

Really nice morning. Not too hot.

First eating break after 50km.

Took "Cross Country" literal and went to Poland over the border.

Here I am thinking about all my life choices that brought me to this point.

Last edited by vivster - on 26 August 2020

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I use an E-bike, but I hardly use its engine. It's nice to have that optional support for steeper inclines, when the wind is really nasty (i.e. can't maintain above 20 kph) or when it simply turns out that I am powered out myself. I have a prefered 46 km route where I cycle from A to B and then the same way back, so I'll get every slope both upwards and downwards. Cycling is monotonous, so a route with no cars to worry about is the right thing to do, because my attention and thoughts are commonly not focused on the road in front of me. Takes me pretty much exactly two hours because I aim to maintain at least 25 kph on flat stretches and I make a short break at the halfway point. Three times a week.

The additional weight of the E-bike makes it more exhausting than a regular bike and the average speed I go at is pretty much at the limit of the E-bike's engine, meaning the engine automatically deactivates at ~27 kph because otherwise an E-bike would require a driver's license. That's how the law is (anything 30+ kph requires a license), so a lot of E-bikes' engines are capped by their manufacturers. In any case, the point is that even if I would activate the engine, I wouldn't be able to go faster because the engine shuts off automatically at my typical speed.

50 km are my upper limit for cycling in general. Not because of endurance, but because sitting on a bike for a long time isn't comfortable and also because two hours of activity is already a sufficient amount.



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vivster said:

Well, this was annoying.

Made good time, had 28kph on the first half. I'm going back and headwind starts. First medium and then stronger and stronger. First I couldn't get to 25kph anymore even downhill, then not even 20. On my last 15km I had to fight not to be blown off the road. My power reserves were fine, I was eating properly and I had enough water. Whenever I caught a rare wind pocket I could easily go past 30kph. The weather was great, not too hot, no rain to see, just some Big Fat FUCK YOU wind in my face. In the end I wasn't even physically or mentally drained, it was just boring and meh to be held back so much by the wind.
At least I have a new record. Fastest 40k at 1:24 hours.

Here's some pictures.

Really nice morning. Not too hot.

First eating break after 50km.

Took "Cross Country" literal and went to Poland over the border.

Here I am thinking about all my life choices that brought me to this point.

Pictures don't work for some reason, but I often wonder about my choices to start into the wind. I don't know what it is this year but either the wind dies down on the way back, or somehow manages to turn around to harass me on the way back as well. It has been a very windy year as well. Steady wind is not so back but on off with 50 kph or over wind gusts is exhausting. I've had times too where the wind would blow me off the road when going over loose gravel. Not enough front wheel grip, get pushed off lol. Go uphill, wind is blocked by the hill, get to the top, no reward for reaching the top, full force wind back in your face.

The weather adds excitement, sometimes a bit too much. Painful hail storms or torrential downpour can be a bit much. It's weird how it can change so sudden, 10 degree drop in seconds, wind picks up, sky opens up, then 10 minutes later the sun comes back out, steam coming off the roads.

I've been swimming yesterday and today, painful with all that road rash but keeps it clean. Inground pools are expensive but it's the best. I use it pretty much every day from the end of June until early October. Got to keep it clean so might as well get in. Hopefully by the end of the week I can cycle again.

Btw very cool you can cycle into another country! I'm not close enough to the border for that and don't want to enter the states anyway haha.



Pictures don't work because I'm an idiot. Gonna fix it when I get home.

edit:pictures fixed now.

Last edited by vivster - on 26 August 2020

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