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Last Post 07/28/2013 06:34 PM by Orange Crush. 21 Replies.
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07/06/2013 10:35 AM
Bob - great Merckx and yet another quality looking build (such a talent!) - perhaps a keeper?

Zoot - I am envious of your schedule!



07/08/2013 01:18 AM
Average for me is not a valid number as I ride early AM training rides of 1:10 to 1:15 then switch to 3:00 to 4:00 weekend rides either road or mountain. Track sessions are completely different.

I only do two or three rides a year over 4:00.

Haven't found a bike yet too stiff or uncomfortable to ride those times. Well actually I don't ride hard tails in the dirt much any more. I have an old slalom GT hard tail that I take out once a year to scare myself in the twisty stuff.


07/19/2013 04:05 PM
I don't understand the endurance bike market either. All of my road bikes, including my fairly new helium which is pretty stiff, are still comfortable for the 3 to 4 hour rides I do. I have done a few centuries on my helium as well and had no issues.

About the only thing I would want in an "endurance" bike would be the capacity to run 28 to 30mm tires with some clearance. That way it could be the ideal gravel road bike. That is something my race bikes sorely lack.


07/24/2013 12:41 AM
I must say this is one of the best topics I have read. Could only ask to add age and part of world one rides in.

Most of my rides start out of my garage and are around 20 to 50 miles. Mostly flat with a few hills. Around three to four times a week on average. Down the pike, one might say, from Zoot. Thats what makes up my average ride. Something I have done for most for the past 25 years. Some years I have done much more, some years like this year, much less.

My main bike for the last 13 years has been my Mondonico but have shared time for the past 8 years with a Litespeed. My riding style now is best discribed as old and slow.

For those who don't understand the "endurance" market. I have been riding bikes for 60 years. Some of us never raced. But some of use are just older and not flexible and maybe never have been. We love riding and want to be able to ride for 4, 5, 6 hours on the weekend and just enjoy riding a bike as fast and as comfortable as possible. I did a century on a trek 1420 alum. bike about 12 years ago. I had Vredestein Fortezza clinchers pumped up to 160lbs. Rode my ass off after a year of training so I could kick the ass of one of my riding buddies. Best ride I ever had from a performance perspective. The worst I ever felt on a bike. Just beat the piss out of me for the ride and for months before.

Now i just want to be as comfortable as possible for as long as possible.


07/24/2013 03:28 PM
I have been riding an old (95) steel SS since exclusively since November (Not fixed. Sorry Ben). The other geared bike is collecting dust for the time being. I ride alone during the week (3X @ 1 to 2 hours). And with the club on Saturdays (~ 3-4 hrs) in the North County of San Diego. 39X16 for now. Changing to a 42X17 soon as the people are getting faster on the flats as the year moves on. No computers. No monitors. I do about 3 centuries a year. Always for fun.
Just picked up a Scott road tandem ('93 I think. 7005 Aluminum) and am building it up so the GF and I can ride once in awhile.
Retiring in Nov this year and will probably ramp up the Time In The Saddle (TITS) a bit.
It all about set up and comfort to stay on.


07/25/2013 09:53 AM
My rides usually start from the house, and range anywhere from 25 to 60 miles, 2 to 3 time a week. Now if my wife wants to ride her Klein, then we head to the bike path. She doesn't like the road unless she's on the tandem. She enjoys sight seeing back there. I get to ride at home in Tucson 8 months out of the year. The other 4 months, my riding is in central MA, where I get to get into the woods and enjoy the mountain bike as well. Many more hills and a bit more oxygen here in MA. Still do most of my riding alone, with a rare group ride here and there. At 58, the days of hammerfests and town line sprints are a thing of the past. I still love to climb, yet it just takes a little longer these days to get to the top.
Orange Crush


07/28/2013 06:34 PM
As long a seat is comfortable I don't see how one would need a special bike for riding longer distances. I rent bikes all the time, just put seat at correct height and go. Easy.

Most of my once-weekly training rides are around 80-100km mark; between winter and summer the amount of climbing will vary greatly though. On top of that 4x weekly commuting about 25-28km a day.
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