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When you go for one day long ride, which is close to or more than 100 km (round trip), on mostly flat tarmac roads, what do you come prepared with and what a new comer can expect. There can be lots of parameters involved based on the type of ride, but still please give your valuable inputs.

(Kindly copy and paste the below section it in your feedback to keep the feedback structure standard)

Type of bike used (M - MTB / R - RoadBike):
Average riding speed (km/h):
Min / Max at a stretch pedaling (kms):
Min / Max rest time in between:
Type of clothing for upper body:
Type of clothing for lower body:
Protective gears (helmets, etc.):
Type of quick snacks during ride, such as nuts, etc?:
Type of refreshment drinks, such as water, lemonade:
Tools to carry:

Kindly add additional parameter, as needed.

Thanks.

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Hey dude,

As per my past cycling experience i go on every sundays & on all holidays for long drives abt +150 Kms

Type of bike used (M - MTB / R - RoadBike): i have a Roadbike name (Road Master) with 12 gears.
Average riding speed (km/h): 28 to 32 km/hr as depends of Roads.
Min / Max at a stretch pedaling (kms): 24.50 to 36.60 kms. on plan roads
Min / Max rest time in between: 3 to 10 min (not to take rest for long time)
Type of clothing for upper body: Cycling Jersey + (1 in spare).
Type of clothing for lower body: Cycling Shorts
Protective gears (helmets, etc.): Helmets, Cycling gloves, 2 Water bottles.
Type of quick snacks during ride, such as nuts, etc?: any Chocolate & Glucose biscuits.
Type of refreshment drinks, such as water, lemonade: water is the first preference, Electrol, Lemon Water & Glucose Water.
Tools to carry: never required (have to keep Tools for further safety like hand pump, tyre & tubes & puncture repair kit)
And alway carry some cash & Mobile along with U....
Keep riding & Safe Cycling
Regards,
Gopal Rao
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Type of bike used (M - MTB / R - RoadBike): Roadbike
Average riding speed (km/h): 32
Min / Max at a stretch pedaling (kms): 45/50
Min / Max rest time in between: 5min / 15min
Type of clothing for upper body: cycling jersey (imp)
Type of clothing for lower body: Cycling Shorts (imp)
Protective gears (helmets, etc.): helmets (ROCKRIDER 8 HELMET),Sunglasses
Type of quick snacks during ride, such as nuts, etc?: Holicks neutralite bar (imp) atlest 3
Type of refreshment drinks, such as water, lemonade: electrol (imp) or honey &lime also is good
Tools to carry: spare tube, small mini pump,multi-tool kit, patches with it sandpaper
S
Lemme try splitting it into 2 group, 1. a 1 century ride, 2. A tour with 100+ ride a day, say a 300 km ride in 3 days.

A single day century ride -
Type of bike used (M - MTB / R - RoadBike): Based on Road type, Roadbike for NHs and MTB for SH.
Average riding speed (km/h): 20+ on MTB, 25+ on RB
Min / Max at a stretch pedaling (kms): 25 to 50 based on climate. (full 100 if it's raining :))
Min / Max rest time in between: 5 min max.
Type of clothing for upper body: Cooling Material
Type of clothing for lower body: Padded Cycling shorts
Protective gears (helmets, etc.): Helmets, Gloves,
Type of quick snacks during ride, such as nuts, etc?: Bananas, Pista, Nutribars
Type of refreshment drinks, such as water, lemonade: Speed
Tools to carry: Allen Key, if you have a indian bike take tools for removing rim, tightening brakes and puncture repair kit. No need for extra tube if it's a single day ride, keep some room for extra thrill ;)

For a Multiday tour - (Assuming it's a group ride)
Type of bike used (M - MTB / R - RoadBike): Based on Road condition
Average riding speed (km/h): 17+ on MTB, 20+ in RB (Considering the terrain of Western Ghats)
Average Journey Speed (including breaks) (km/hr): 12+ on MTB, 17+ on RB.
Min / Max at a stretch pedaling (kms): 20 to 30 km (Assuming a group ride)
Min / Max rest time in between: 10 to 15 min considering climate & 1 hour for lunch
Type of clothing for upper body: Cooling material
Type of clothing for lower body: cycling shorts
Protective gears (helmets, etc.): :)
Type of quick snacks during ride, such as nuts, etc?: Nutribars
Type of refreshment drinks, such as water, lemonade: Speed
Tools to carry: Extra tube + the tools in a single day ride.

And few more things that you need to keep in mind in organizing unsupported tours or MTB tours -
(By unsupported I mean no mechanic, no escort vehicle, and no mom around)
Study the map of the route thoroughly use wikimapia.org to get detailed information (used the old places option not the beta version). You can locate lodges and farm houses, temple and schools where you can halt for the night, many routes don't have resorts, you know :)
For tours you need to backpack miserly. Estimate how comfortable you are wear wet cloths, if it's a only boys group you can do a 3 day tour in 2 t-shirt, no need to take deo also, ya take soap, you need to bath even in boys only group. Comb is not mandatory, tooth brush is. When I plan a tour I ask others no to bring tooth paste as one can be shared among all. I also ask only one guy to bring camera and also make sure not everyone is carrying same tools, why takes have 10 spanners in a group of 10?
If you are staying in lodges, you need to carry any blanket. Some lodges dont give towels, you need not carry those bulky towels, just take the light version of it... not sure what's it called in english, i mean the 'gamcha', it's light :). And please carry extra socks even in all boys group.

And be mentally prepared for the unseen. My style of touring is always open for unwanted thrills, I open the map and choose a route which I have no idea about. Calculate the distances, estimate the road condition by it's color and width, locate villages and town at the distance that will come in the evening time of the ride and look for places in those town/villages for night halt. Also location places where you can have b'fast, snacks or plan if you have to carry it with you (plan for all the 3 days).

Jyada likh liya :) Enjoy ur Century rides :)
And ya don't try 200 if you are not yet comfortable with 100 :)
Road
17-20kmperhr
40km&20km
below10mins
cycling jersey
padded shorts(must)
helmet, riding gloves
Tools-puncturekit;airpump;posibly chain repair kit/nuts;banada,energybars(grab that 10/- bars frm mkt)
enerjal,gluconCD,getorade
Type of bike used (M - MTB / R - RoadBike): Since u are planning for ride on a flat tarmac roads, u definitely need a road bike to be used.
Average riding speed (km/h): If u r a frequent rider then u should be able to maintain 35km/hr. If not then take it slow and do not get excited and pump ur lungs out. Just enjoy the ride and maintain how much ever u can.
Min / Max at a stretch pedaling (kms): If u r a frequent rider then u should be able to do 5km at a stretch, if not then take a break when u really feel tired.
Min / Max rest time in between: NOT MORE THAN 10 OR 15 MINS.
Type of clothing for upper body: Sports t shirt
Type of clothing for lower body: cycling shorts is a must if not then u will hate cycling
Protective gears (helmets, etc.): helmet is a must. and gloves and sun glasses and sun screen lotion is also a must.
Type of quick snacks during ride, such as nuts, etc?: Chocolates are the best medicines for cycling
Type of refreshment drinks, such as water, lemonade: H20 is the best with glucose or electrol or gatorade.
Tools to carry: a basic allenn key set is a must and a punture kit and extra tubes.

PLEASE NOTE - DO NOT CARRY MORE LOAD.

HAPPY CYCLING !!!
Kindly add additional parameter, as needed.

on another link on hydration, it said except electrol to a li'l extent no other sports drink looks at consumption of salt, how important is it, it said to an extent half a cup of sea water every 25 to 30 km is the best hydration, any expert views on this here

Type of bike used (M - MTB / R - RoadBike):
Average riding speed (km/h): depends on your physical capacity avoid pushing yourself too hard
Min / Max at a stretch pedaling (kms): min 20 and maximum depends on your physical capacity( one can cover 80 to 100 km without break)
Min / Max rest time in between: max 15 min (one should avoid taking too many breaks but you can take a break of an hour or more after covering half of the distance)
Type of clothing for upper body: depends on weather
Type of clothing for lower body: depends on weather ( good track suit is good for winters)
Protective gears (helmets, etc.): it is good to use helmet it protects your head from injury, dust and direct sunlight.
Type of quick snacks during ride, such as nuts, etc?: it is very important to eat something after an hour of workout. You may have a banana after an hour or you may carry some toffees or choclates
Type of refreshment drinks, such as water, lemonade: lemonade is best or you may add some glucose powder in your water bottle it provides instant energy.
Tools to carry: puncture kit, air pump(small)
Do not over exert yourself but at the same time do not give up easily, if you are fond of music then carry a mp3, set up small milestones for yourself and if u tend to feel tired before achieving your then milestone just listen the music, maintain a calm mind and try not to stop until your milestone is achieved.
Type of bike used (M - MTB / R - RoadBike): - Road bike preferred
Average riding speed (km/h): - Depends on individual.
Min / Max at a stretch pedaling (kms): 50 minimum & maximum 125 kms
Min / Max rest time in between: Take 5 mts break after every hour ride
Type of clothing for upper body: Full sleeve - Shirt/T shirt recommended to protect from sun
Type of clothing for lower body: 3/4th short with long socks
Protective gears (helmets, etc.): Helmet, G\Hand gloves, Knee and shoulder pads
Type of quick snacks during ride, such as nuts, etc?: Dry dates, Almonds, Biscuits
Type of refreshment drinks, such as water, lemonade: Water, lemon,
Tools to carry: Hand pump, spare tube, spanner

Regards,

RG Bhat
Knee and shoulder protection on a road bike?
Type of bike used (M - MTB / R - RoadBike):M
Average riding speed (km/h):19
Min / Max at a stretch pedaling (kms):50
Min / Max rest time in between:5min/15min
Type of clothing for upper body:Cycling jersy
Type of clothing for lower body:Cycling pant
Protective gears (helmets, etc.):Helmet. goggles(yellow), LED torch and backlight, rear view mirror (Zeftal)
Type of quick snacks during ride, such as nuts, etc?:Bananas(5 to6 bananas for 8hrs)
Type of refreshment drinks, such as water, lemonade:Water with salt and little sugar
Tools to carry:-
High carbohydrate diet on previous day.
Start as early as possible (Usually 5am)
I prefer to spin rather than give laod on legs ,so 1gear up, this prevents anaerobic metabolism. Good for long distance pleasure rides.
I also use heart rate monitor , i am 50yr old , max HR i can go is 188. I try to keep my HR around 155 which is very comfortable. Usuall avrg cadence is 65 to 70.
Type of bike used (M - MTB / R - RoadBike): R
Average riding speed (km/h): 20
Min / Max at a stretch pedaling (kms): 5 / 20
Min / Max rest time in between: 1 / 15
Type of clothing for upper body: Play-Dry Half (suggest full sleeves to avoid sun tan)
Type of clothing for lower body: Bicycling shorts (was good)
Protective gears (helmets, etc.): Helmet, Cycling Gloves, Goggles
Type of quick snacks during ride, such as nuts, etc?: Cashew, badam, Sesame-Khajur Laddu - all help big time
Type of refreshment drinks, such as water, lemonade: Water, occasional orange juice (carry small bottle of honey for emergency)
Tools to carry: Tire flat kit, multi-hole spanner, cycle hex-screw kit
Type of bike used (M - MTB / R - RoadBike): MTB (with slick tyres)
Average riding speed (km/h): 26 (min avg riding lone) / 32 (max avg riding with grp)
Min / Max at a stretch pedaling (kms): 30(Min) and 92 (Max)
Min / Max rest time in between: 5 - 10 mins
Type of clothing for upper body: Dry fit T shirt/cycling Jersey
Type of clothing for lower body: BTwin padded shorts
Protective gears (helmets, etc.): Helmet, Sun glass, gloves
Type of quick snacks during ride, such as nuts, etc?: Energy bars (2 for 100K)
Type of refreshment drinks, such as water, lemonade: Water + Enerzal
Tools to carry: Allan key set, Tyre levers, tube, patch kit and pump

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