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Old 05-28-18, 07:59 PM
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Longest ride on your bike?

im curious the longest ride you have gone on on your hybrid bike? I feel like 30+ miles would be perfectly doable. Thanks
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Old 05-28-18, 09:23 PM
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The bike isn't limiting. Only the rider is.

30+ is doable on just about any bike.

It just takes practice to work up to those lengths.
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Old 05-28-18, 10:05 PM
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100km (62mi) is possible. Painful, rewarding, but possible.

Stick with it, and you will find all the little details that your body and bike need to make it happen!

A bike fitting is always a good step in the process too.

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Old 05-29-18, 05:23 AM
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So far it's been 85km but I plan on doing 160km sometime during summer.
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I have had my hybrid since the early January, and have done 80-90 km on it several times thus far, 50-60 km on a regular basis. As was said before, it's more about the rider, not the bike - I did the same distances with my old MTB just as easy. If one is not used to riding for several hours, even the comfiest touring bike won't help much.
Plans are for several 100+ rides this summer, possibly one around 200 km.
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30 miles on my Giant Roam a month or so ago. That's the longest single ride I've done. It was all gravel, and I understand there's a "paved road equivalency" factor for riding on gravel, depending on the coarseness of it. It was packed pretty well (C&O canal towpath) for most of the route, so I wouldn't say it added much. Maybe 10-15%.
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Old 05-29-18, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Jewishcowboy View Post
im curious the longest ride you have gone on on your hybrid bike? I feel like 30+ miles would be perfectly doable. Thanks
As others have pointed out, completing 'long' rides has, within reason, nothing to do with the type of bicycle one is riding and everything to do with the cyclist's fitness for long rides and bike fit. Obviously, trying to ride a century (100 miles in a day) on a downhill mtb with downhill tires would require a somewhat-pointless expenditure of energy, though one could do so, but outside of the extremes bike 'type' is irrelevant.

Hybrids? Of course; folks have ridden across cities, countries, continents, around the world on bicycles that many would see as 'hybrids'. Hybrid, 'road bike', 'touring' bike -- whatever works for any individual cyclist is the 'right tool for the job'. If your bike fits you well, and you are comfortable with the contact points, you can ride as far as your fitness will take you.

For the record, I've ridden three centuries (defined above) and routinely do a longer ride of 50 to 60 miles on weekends spring/summer/fall. First 'century' was on a hardtail mtb with road slicks; second and third on the bike I currently use for all my riding (pic below). I did those 100 mile rides simply to see if I could; no problems at all.

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30 miles is easily doable, 20 to 30 miles is pretty much my daily evening "after work" ride. So far the longest ride I did (several times) on my Trek 3500 is about 114 km - 70 miles. And this particular bike, unfortunately, doesn't fit me very well - it is a couple of sizes smaller than I need. Still, from pure fatigue point of view, I have a feeling that I can go much, much longer - the only thing that really bothers me is the saddle (starting after about 3 - 3.5 hours riding, anything less is just a walk in a park). Mind you - I started riding last summer and my first ride was about 7 or 8 miles. And it took me 2 hours.
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Old 05-29-18, 11:12 AM
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Thank you
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34 miles
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Originally Posted by Oso Polar View Post
30 miles is easily doable, 20 to 30 miles is pretty much my daily evening "after work" ride. So far the longest ride I did (several times) on my Trek 3500 is about 114 km - 70 miles. And this particular bike, unfortunately, doesn't fit me very well - it is a couple of sizes smaller than I need. Still, from pure fatigue point of view, I have a feeling that I can go much, much longer - the only thing that really bothers me is the saddle (starting after about 3 - 3.5 hours riding, anything less is just a walk in a park). Mind you - I started riding last summer and my first ride was about 7 or 8 miles. And it took me 2 hours.
2 hours to ride 8 miles?
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Yup. Something like 4 miles in ~20-25 minutes and then triple this time to get back, stopping every 30 seconds for a break. I'd gave up but I had no other option than to get back to the car - no one could pick me up from the middle of a forest. Felt barely alive when arrived back, completely exhausted.

Last time before this I was on a bike ~25 years ago. It didn't help that my seat was about 8 inches lower than it should have been - I had no idea how to properly adjust height (in a hindsight, this was the main issue). And that the bike had knobby mountain bike tires. Now, one year and minus 70 pounds later, proper height saddle, slick tires and clipless pedals - these 8 miles are barely a warm up...
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Old 05-29-18, 02:22 PM
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I put drop bars on my Hybrid.

161 miles on the modified Hybrid.



A little short of my 200 mile ride that was on the road bike.

I know... pretty short, I need to work a bit to get my ride distances up.... maybe soon.
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Old 05-29-18, 05:10 PM
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22 is my longest to date. I have been limited by my husband who complains of wrist and butt pain on his vintage road bike. I need to go solo to see how far I can go without his issues.
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Old 05-29-18, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by NomarsGirl View Post
22 is my longest to date. I have been limited by my husband who complains of wrist and butt pain on his vintage road bike. I need to go solo to see how far I can go without his issues.
sounds like hes holding you back😜
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Old 05-29-18, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Oso Polar View Post
Yup. Something like 4 miles in ~20-25 minutes and then triple this time to get back, stopping every 30 seconds for a break. I'd gave up but I had no other option than to get back to the car - no one could pick me up from the middle of a forest. Felt barely alive when arrived back, completely exhausted.

Last time before this I was on a bike ~25 years ago. It didn't help that my seat was about 8 inches lower than it should have been - I had no idea how to properly adjust height (in a hindsight, this was the main issue). And that the bike had knobby mountain bike tires. Now, one year and minus 70 pounds later, proper height saddle, slick tires and clipless pedals - these 8 miles are barely a warm up...
the clip less pedals are the best thing you can do to improve performance
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Old 05-29-18, 07:16 PM
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Did 25 today, 35 last Saturday and in 3 weeks a 52. A few years ago I was doing lot's of 50's with it with no issue at all, I just have to get back in shape.
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60 miles or so on my sirrus
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60 miles or so on my sirrus
101km the longest. 50-85km being typical longer rides and 30-40 km typical short rides. Longer rides tend to have more asphalt and well maintained gravel and dirt roads while shorter rides will have more singletrack and no so well maintained roads.
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Longest = ~100 on a fat bike and ~90 on my hybrid bike.

Just rode 75 miles this past Saturday, 30 on Sunday and 23 yesterday.

This Saturday I'm going for 105 on my hybrid.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
I put drop bars on my Hybrid.

161 miles on the modified Hybrid.



A little short of my 200 mile ride that was on the road bike.

I know... pretty short, I need to work a bit to get my ride distances up.... maybe soon.
Curious how much the drop bar conversion cost
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I once did 45 miles of fire roads but it took a whole day. 100 miles on a hybrid is pushing it. At 8 hours that an average of 12.5 MPH. On a flat route, like a rail trail, that might be doable.
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Old 05-31-18, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Jewishcowboy View Post
Curious how much the drop bar conversion cost
I don't want to know.

Drop bars, stem, shifters, brakes levers, cables, cable housings, and tape probably came in around $100. I have new adjustable noodles that need to go on the bike sometime.

There were a bunch of other updates done at the same time, and costs added up.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
I don't want to know.

Drop bars, stem, shifters, brakes levers, cables, cable housings, and tape probably came in around $100. I have new adjustable noodles that need to go on the bike sometime.

There were a bunch of other updates done at the same time, and costs added up.
$100 sounds cheap, I thought it would have been a lot more
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Originally Posted by Jewishcowboy View Post
$100 sounds cheap, I thought it would have been a lot more
Perhaps a bit more for the parts above, but not that much. I keep my eyes open for good deals on things like bars when I find them (<=$10). The Tektro brake levers aren't that expensive. The bar end shifters were old.

As I mentioned, there were other changes including cassette, chain, crankset, bottom bracket, tires, tubes, derailleurs, bottle cages, rear rack, and seat that did add up in cost.
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