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Is it possible to do 50 km distance without any previous training?

A fit person can do 50km without too much difficulty, though they'll probably be sore from the effort if they don't cycle much, just because cycling uses different muscles to, say, running. It wouldn'...
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How much hydration is enough hydration during long rides?

When I first started doing longer distance rides, the rule-of-thumb I was told was "drink a bottle every hour." Obviously, that's a very rough figure, and it's going to depend on a lot of ...
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Is it possible to do 50 km distance without any previous training?

It's probably not a great idea. Start with a shorter route and see how you do. Pick a flat route without hills. Make sure you have a bail out and a way to get home (public transport, a friend, Uber ...
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Why are endurance bikes so bulky or wide nowadays?

Second moment of area increases with distance to the power of 4. This means a tube with a wide diameter and thin walls is much stronger against bending or torsion than a narrow tube with thick walls ...
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Using an e-bike as part of an endurance training?

Absolutely, an E-Bike is a tool no different to any other tool - indoor trainer, gym, a different biking discipline (e.g. MTB for a road rider). When used correctly, it can improve training out comes....
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Is it possible to do 50 km distance without any previous training?

To answer your questions - "Is it possible to do 50 km distance without any previous training? - Yes, it is possible, assuming by no previous training you mean cycling training. If a person has ...
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How much hydration is enough hydration during long rides?

Good luck on your brevet attempt! 200km, or 124 miles, is a long ride. For reference, on the road, average riders might complete a century ride (160km/100mi) in 5-7 hours, maybe less if one is with a ...
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Why are endurance bikes so bulky or wide nowadays?

I disagree that Endurance bikes look "huge". Taking your example of Canyon, the current model of the endurance has very slender tubes by modern standards. However there are a number of ...
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Should I use a Trek Domane SL5 for touring?

People tour on all kinds of bikes. That said, if you're going to tour on the Domane, you'll need to figure out how you'll be carrying your gear, since (as Argenti mentions in his comment), it doesn't ...
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Is it possible to do 50 km distance without any previous training?

I think this question is a little more complicated than it appears at first pass. I will demonstrate by answering two forms of the question. Q1: "Is it possible that, despite not having regular ...
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Should I use a Trek Domane SL5 for touring?

Regarding durability, I'm sure the Trek Domane SL5 2021 can take a bit of a battering, but I personally would be wary of taking anything with a carbon frame on a tour. I did a 3.5 week tour of Japan ...
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Which is best combination for my 34T chainring, a 11-42t or 11-51t cassette

Equally efficient, in a practical sense cogs and chain have more or less the same efficiency. There are small differences for high end components. The 11-51t cassette gives you a slightly lower low ...
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What would short distance training do for my endurance performance?

You can improve metrics like FTP, VO2Max, etc, with shorter workouts, and those improvements will carry through to longer rides. Your body doesn't draw on a completely separate set of capabilities ...
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How much hydration is enough hydration during long rides?

This is just some additional tips. One thing I do on really long rides (first on a 400km brevet) is set a periodic reminder on my phone to drink every 15 minutes, also to stretch, and to consume some ...
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Find out where long distance/endurance riders stopped to sleep, from spot trackers?

If you look at the riders who do well in these events, of course they don't sleep much, but beyond that (and not wasting time*) they don't have so much in common though I can think of a few examples ...
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Using an e-bike as part of an endurance training?

Perhaps tangential to your question, but one way an ebike can be part of cycling endurance training is by enabling you to use the bike instead of a car or transit for more of your trips. You can ...
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What are some key road flat pedal bicycle adjustments that affect neck strain?

If a rider is suffering neck pain, one of the first things to try is removing any visor from the helmet. MTB helmets frequently come with some kind of sunshade/peak/bill horizontally over the eyes, ...
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Find out where long distance/endurance riders stopped to sleep, from spot trackers?

It will take a lot of work, but you can get the data you need from trackleaders.com First you bring up the live tracker for the year you are interested in for example for Mike Hall's record run http://...
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Which is best combination for my 34T chainring, a 11-42t or 11-51t cassette

Even with 11 speeds, the gaps between the gears will be pretty big on 11-51, so it really should be based on whether you need such a low gear. If not, other riding will be more pleasant and efficient ...
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Better climbing on a road bike with changed bigger cassette and smaller crank?

If you go to 46/30, to keep good performance you should change the FD to FD-RX810, which is compatible with your current left shifter. Could it be limped along with 46/30 without changing it, maybe, ...
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Fasted training - is it worth it? Is it different when the focus is endurance?

I'll preface this answer by saying i don't have any formal qualifications or education to answer this, but it is an area I'm particularly interested in, and have spent a lot of time reading about (and ...
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Which is best combination for my 34T chainring, a 11-42t or 11-51t cassette

A typical enduro bike spends a lot of time winching up steep but relatively smooth fire roads. That's the terrain where super-low gears come in most handy, because you can stay in the saddle and get ...
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Using an e-bike as part of an endurance training?

Mountain biking. Especially training for downhill and enduro races. There you don't really need exceptionally good endurance for climbs, but mainly for the descents at race pace. These not only strain ...
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Using an e-bike as part of an endurance training?

Mountain biking uphill. E-bike may allow you to do the climbing you would otherwise not initially have the courage for, but the battery capacity is still limited. While the first idea is to set the ...
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Better climbing on a road bike with changed bigger cassette and smaller crank?

You would want a sub-compact crank. I think that under a recent question on this site the lack of interest of Shimano for subcompact cranks was discussed. But I cannot find the question now. The ...
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Better climbing on a road bike with changed bigger cassette and smaller crank?

Your Ultegra shifters will work. As Vladimir points out, GRX chainrings are further outboard (by 2.5 mm). I'm not sure if this makes a difference in practice. I've got 46/30 on one of my bikes, and a ...
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Better climbing on a road bike with changed bigger cassette and smaller crank?

So, finally, I am cycling outdoors and have a feedback Tested option of Wolftooth Roadlink DM + Shimano Deore XT CS-M8000 Cassette 11-speed 11/40t It is really an excellent option to start with. I ...
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Is it possible to use a glucose monitor to determine when to fuel?

It does seem possible to use continuous glucose monitors for this purpose. By way of background, CGMs are used by diabetics, and are only just starting to be used by non-diabetics. You are basically ...
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Is it possible to do 50 km distance without any previous training?

I can share my own experience. When I was young, maybe around twenty, I went on a 50-60 km bicycle trip without previous training. Of course I had occasionally used a bicycle before. After about 20 ...
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