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Why does cycling use a measure of time ("century") as a measure of distance?

A distance of 100 miles (161 km) is often referred to as a century. Century is also a common designation for 100 years, but that is not its exclusive meaning. The English word derives directly from ...
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Giant Toughroad SLR 2 for 200 miles in two days, will it make it?

First, don't worry about the bike - worry about you. If you need a different bicycle, you'll figure that out pretty fast while you're training to do your 200-mile ride. What's the farthest you've ...
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Ride a Century Without Stopping?

I've almost done this, and its not "easy" but it should be possible. However a non-stop 100 km is much harder than simply doing 100 km. Try working up do it. I don't know what your current distance ...
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Why does cycling use a measure of time ("century") as a measure of distance?

If I read Google correctly, it isn't that a century necessarily means 100-years and a bike event borrowed from that. Instead, they are peers of one another. The Latin root, centum or centuria simply ...
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Giant Toughroad SLR 2 for 200 miles in two days, will it make it?

How far have you ridden in a day? The bike will be fine, as the comments say the question is whether you will be. A road bike is more efficient and will get you there easier, but there are many ...
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Ride a Century Without Stopping?

it would seem to me that nutrition, hydration, waste disposal and arm fatigue would be the greatest challenges Nutrition: isn't that hard, although if you haven't already, you might want to spend ...
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Am I ready for a century?

Its not the distance, its the time on the bike. Assuming this is not a solo ride, you'll be riding with other people either in a proper rotating bunch ride, or just on the same road/direction as them....
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Ride a Century Without Stopping?

You've essentially just described the 100 mile time trial, which is fairly popular event in the British time trial scene (and perhaps elsewhere, too). The idea in a time trial is simply to complete ...
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Which electrolyte is most important for century rides?

Most likely sodium. However, a lot of it depends on the person. One person might need more of one electrolyte than another, so it's difficult to make a judgment on the order of your "most critical" ...
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What supplies do riders carry on century sportives and how do they carry it?

I'm adding an answer, and note that it is still in progress. First, there is currently a global pandemic, and riders may be interested in doing long solo rides, or they may be interested in more ...
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Why participate in an organized century ride when I can ride the route on my own?

Others have pointed out the reasons of support, camaraderie, learning, and fun. For me, the primary reason I sign up is social, but I'm also motivated by the idea of safety in numbers. I grew up ...
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Couch to Century

The answer by mimi points to technique problems as the root cause of knee pain. That's plausible. However, I don't think the advice in the linked article is helpful. If someone else is in this ...
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Am I ready for a century?

I say go for it. If you can do a 50 mile ride, you can do a century. I will agree with @andy56 and say that this ride will be much different from any of your weekend rides. You're going to need to ...
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Ride a Century Without Stopping?

It would be advisable if: You like cycling You can stay in the saddle for 5 plus hours without crippling pain You can hold all bodily functions for that amount of time You can carry the required ...
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Hose Clamp Salsa Watter Bottle Cage to Rigid Fork with No Sliding (Gravel)

Hose clamps should be more than adequate, although they will chew up the paint on your forks. You might consider an intermediate layer (could be as simple as electrical tape) to protect the paint. And ...
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What Factors Should I Consider When Picking a Base Bar

You're going to need a lot of stuff to make this change. Bar end shifters for the ends of your aero bars. Bar end brake levers for the ends of your base bar. Base bar & aero bars or an integrated ...
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Giant Toughroad SLR 2 for 200 miles in two days, will it make it?

The bike should be fine. A road bike would be faster but you can do a few things to make your current bike better suited for long distance road biking: Optimize the seating position for ergonomics ...
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Giant Toughroad SLR 2 for 200 miles in two days, will it make it?

As others already said/commented, the real question is if you would make it. The bike will do, almost for sure. The bike needs to comfortably carry you and some spares for you and for itself: spare ...
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Diamondback Century 2 (2015): What thru-axle skewer dimensions fit the original axle hubs? Lost the originals/internet search unhelpful

Presuming this is you, tt's a standard 130mm-spaced, rim brake road bike. You need any set of quick release skewers. Get a road type set so the back one doesn't stick out past the nut.
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Diamondback Century 2 (2015): What thru-axle skewer dimensions fit the original axle hubs? Lost the originals/internet search unhelpful

First, do you have quick releases, or do you have thru-axles? If you have rim brakes, then you have QRs. Any QR will fit your bike. If you have disc brakes (look for a rotor on the left side of each ...
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Giant Toughroad SLR 2 for 200 miles in two days, will it make it?

Another problem that haven't been raised by anyone (as far I could see): You won't be able to avoid the heat - and in July it could be sunny and 30+ Celsius. I once did a 180km ride (120 miles) in a ...
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Hose Clamp Salsa Watter Bottle Cage to Rigid Fork with No Sliding (Gravel)

I'd look closely at your bottle cages and see if the rear straight bit has any sort of tang that could be bent/curved a little. Then I'd consider mounting the bottle on the top of the fork leg so ...
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Improve my riding experience

No magic solutions am afraid. Train. Try an get cadence to 90 as the norm. If you want to get better at hills do more of them. Make sure you take it easy at bottom and aim to be able to have enough ...
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Which electrolyte is most important for century rides?

The five major electrolytes for endurance athletes are Sodium (Na+), Potassium (K+), Chloride (Cl-), Calcium (Ca++), and Magnesium (Mg++). Of these, I would say sodium is the most important one, ...
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Am I ready for a century?

NO, you're not ready. I'm usually very encouraging for people to go for challenges, for example Training involved to ride 175 miles (281 km) in a day But your situation is more like 1/3 Century or ...
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