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I would strongly advise against that. Your legs are not going to be the problem, and neither is your overall conditioning/strength. If you are going to be around other riders, you need to be able to stop and start and steer safely. Road bikes steer with your butt while MTB steer with handlebars. This is a big deal when you are tired and running on ...


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I would suggest attaching the bars and doing some test rides. Is your bike, with it's aggressive geometry, stable when using them? Are you comfortable using them? Does this new position provide some relief, or is it just more annoying? I think you're the only one who can determine if they'll be an advantage to you. In general, I'd think the extra ...


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Is it very ambitious? Yes! Can it be done? Yes! To make it work, you are going to have to invest practically all your free time preparing, as you have a lot to do. Bike Maintenance You are going to want to learn the basics of bike maintenance. Fixing punctures Adjusting gears Changing brake pads Repairing a chain Logistics You said you want to take ...


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No - that'd be like putting a Toyota rally driver into a F1 car, on race day. You'll be able to ride, but you won't be used to the nuances, as david1024 says, BUMSTEER. Road bikes need at least a week to get used to, and I went 500 km of riding in a month, before becoming comfortable on a road bike after being on MTBs for years. And I still go downhills ...


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This article, The Four and a Half Rules of Road Saddles, from Cervélo Cycles has been really helpful to me when pondering saddles. I think the key points are: The saddle needs to be wide enough to support your "sit bones" but not so wide that it chafes on your thighs. The saddle has to be flat enough that the part between your sit bones doesn't press up on ...


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Is the question about non-stop cycling or just riding over several days or weeks? For non-stop cycling it’s less about starvation and more about the maximum power you can get from burning body fat. For the Race Across America the record (without any food restrictions) is 27km/h average over 4860km in 7d 16h. Since stopping and sleeping is allowed (though ...


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Answer: as far as you need to and want to. 20 miles with rest breaks should be a good starting target. I did this - my first "big" ride a year ago was 20 km total, and it completely exhausted me. A year later I'm doing a 116 km ride. The best technique is many little steps. Pick places that are ~10 miles away and do a round trip, stopping in the middle ...


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Take it in steps. If you can do 12 miles now, think about how tired you are at the end of it. You should have a feeling whether you could just do it again, or sit and have a snack and do it again, or have lunch and do it again. Just try it. Plot a route 18-20 miles and try that. See how easy it feels, then lengthen it more. For 80-100 miles you will be ...


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Range depends on fitness and training, of course, but the actual mileage depends on the bike, the terrain, your speed, and how many breaks you take. One way to increase your range is to put forth more effort into your ride to work by going faster. Another way is to gradually increase your distance per day. In addition to fitness and training, you can ...


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They would be yes. Beyond the advantage of providing an additional position, they actually provide a bigger benefit of (properly setup) a more aero position. Theoretically this could increase your average speed and provide you with less time in the saddle. All things equal, I consider the extra position (when you already have ~4) to be a minimal impact. ...


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Are you sure the weight is the real issue? Remember the weight you haul up a hill is the combined weight of the rider and bike, so cutting 15lbs off the bike will probably only be a change of around 7.5% in system weight - and you'll have a smaller choice of gears. Putting good road tyres on the MTB will make a bigger difference in energy used on the day. ...


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I assume given the distance, that you're doing this journey on a road and on a road bike? You'll be pleased to learn that, as Criggie says, your height is pretty much irrelevant. You will need to decide between shorts and bibshorts (which come up over your shoulders). Many riders prefer bibshorts because they dispense with the line of elastic around your ...


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I would look to stop at least twice and take on protein as well as carbs. Try an omelette if you can get one on the road. I would look to take some protein bars as well as energy gels, it will give variety as well as restore what you will blow through in 170 miles. You are also going to need to stretch, so suggest you plan on a 1-hour middle of ride ...


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There's almost nothing height-specific in a pair of biking shorts. 335 km in two days is a lot of riding - 167 km a day is huge! You're going to be sore after that kind of ride no matter what. Can you tell us more about the injury? I'll guess for now based on my experiences. Saddle/arse pain If your problem is in the bum muscles, then its a weight and ...


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I am a long distance rider. You don't sound unfit. A few things to look at: Diet. Eating the correct food at the correct times greatly affects your performance and recovery. Your post-ride recovery drink/ meal is as important as the ride itself and should be taking within 30min of getting off the bike. Remember you're always eating for the next day. ...


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I've never been a runner so I can't really comment on similarities, but certainly it is possible to experience numbness while riding. I have poor circulation anyway, and for me it usually happens on long rides in low temperatures. Warm weather rides are fine. Also note that there are various medical conditions (e.g. diabetes) which can give rise to poor ...


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Yes - numbness denotes a problem with bike fit or a thermal problem. Here's my personal experience. Fingers - riding a MTB with "ergonomic" grips, the sort with a wee wing that rests under your palm. With these I get numb fourth and fifth fingers on both hands. It takes a three hour ride to start, and if I go 4+ hours then the numbness can last into the ...


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I went from flats to half-toe clips, which had no noticeable impact. I changed back to flats after an accident where the toe clip was upside down and snagged on something. Plus I found it fiddly to clip-in/hook-on at the lights. So back to flats... and the differences became clear. You stay on the pedal a lot better - I noticed that a bad gear change or ...


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Not generally. Cyclists have points of contact - hands, feet, butt - where prolonged pressure is created. Pressure can cut off communication between nerves and the brain, making a body part or area feel numb. Something could happen with other areas, like the neck for example, if blood flow is impinged and the nerves don't receive oxygen. This is why wiggling ...


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The only numbness I have ever experienced on long rides (6+ hours) was due to poor fit or equipment failure. The endurance cyclists I known have never described anything "going numb" as a regular occurrence with distance riding. I can tell you that at the end of a very long ride (12+ hours) I am generally starting to get sore. I have not great knees, and ...


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Yes, this is absolutely normal, and yes, its also trainable. Basically, from the information you have given, you have just tried to do too much too soon. You did 5000km last year which averages around 100km/wk and you have now asked your body to do 340km in the space of 4 days which is a massive leap. Since you are already able to complete a 200km ride, i'...


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I've done pretty much exactly what you describe: training on a (really terrible old beat up MTB) and then using a rented road bike (totally different configuration, weight, etc.) for a century (RideLondon-Surrey 100) with no problems. I can't see how I wold have survived riding that distance (on those hills!) in my MTB. So I strongly recommend switching! ...


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Collectively, some good advice here. I first used tri-bars (sometimes referred to as aero-bars) for long rides back 30 years ago, on a touring bike. The two biggest benefits were: extra position to to take the weight off my hands and put the body/back into a different position (you lean further forward) less wind resistance and easier pedaling, especially ...


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Will they be an advantage? Depends. They may be an aerodynamic advantage but a handling and physical fatigue and wear disadvantage. With the aero position comes a very unnatural neck angle needed to look straight ahead. You may say 'oh well I'll just rest and look straight down for a sec' and soon you might be picking weeds out of your teeth. I've done ...


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Coming from the perspective of a cyclist commuter who also does cycle touring, but sometimes doesn't cycle for months: Parts of your body can go numb, yes, but it's less about how fit you are, and more about how much practise you have had. For example if you haven't cycled regularly then an hour or two in the saddle can leave you with a numb feeling in ...


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12 miles at 14mph seems like a very respectable speed and distance, but you can definitely do more distance. However you should know that as you increase distance your speed may decrease. Don't be put off if you find your speed is lower overall. A lot depends on how often you ride, you should aim to do what's comfortable, then a little bit more. And also ...


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Backpacks are intended and designed for backs. I've biked with a tramping pack on and its not fun (modern ones tend to be too tall behind your head) I'd go with a trailer. Here's some ideas These guys make single-wheel trailers and are well known. http://www.bobgear.com/bike-trailers They are "in line" and give the least frontal area increase. https://...



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