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Unread 2016-05-20, 9:22   #1
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So apparently I signed up for a 50km (31 mile) ride for the Heart And Stroke Foundation. I have no idea if I can ride for that distance, but I'm going to find out on June 5! It's actually very cool; they shut down two of the main highways in the city for the event. They're expecting over 15.000 riders.

I just wanted to let you guys know, in case anyone wanted to donate in support... totally no pressure! Here is my donation page:

http://support.heartandstroke.ca/sit...50&pg=personal
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Unread 2016-05-20, 10:03   #2
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Do you have a decent bike? When I got my crossbike three years ago I rode it twenty miles (with a short break halfway) on the first day getting it after not riding in over a decade or more. Got some cramps on the tail end but nothing major.

A month later I had worked up to a forty-mile ride no problem. Try to get a little riding in so you're not going in cold -- even if it's just a few times -- it'll make a big difference.

This is so awesome you're doing this. That's a great cause.
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Unread 2016-05-20, 10:07   #3
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I have a Specialized Stump Jumper... not exactly a road bike, but it was my main commuting vehicle for years. It's currently in the shop getting tuned up, and I won't get it until end of next week. Doesn't leave me a lot of time to prepare! Hopefully I'll be able to get a couple of rides in before the event though...
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Bike was finished this afternoon! Picked it up and did a little 8 mile loop to ease back in. Legs are fine, just need to build up my taint strength before June 5!
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Unread 2016-05-20, 22:21   #5
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Bike was finished this afternoon! Picked it up and did a little 8 mile loop to ease back in. Legs are fine, just need to build up my taint strength before June 5!

Oh man, forgot about the taint/grundle strength thing. Get some padded shorts like these to help with the ride.
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Unread 2016-05-23, 7:04   #7
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31 miles is manageable. Definitely get padded shorts if you don't have them(not those though...well unless you are into that kind of thing not that there is anything wrong with that)
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Concur on the padded shorts or liners that go under regular shorts.
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Unread 2016-05-24, 7:29   #9
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Now those shorts are showing up all over the internet for me in sponsored links because I clicked on them. Damn youse!

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Unread 2016-05-24, 9:07   #10
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I've done this twice! It's a lot of fun.

The first half is the hardest, since it's uphill from the lake to York Mills (though it's not too bad).

Yes, you will definitely want bike shorts. You also want to ensure that your seat is comfortable for you - if you start feeling any numbness in your, um, midsection, you might want to get a seat that is a better match. I had to change mine twice before I found one that works for me.

P.S.: I donated. :-)
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Unread 2016-05-24, 9:40   #11
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Thanks Dave! I got myself a nice gel-padded seat, rode 38km on it the other night, felt pretty good. Still on the fence about the shorts though. My wife wants me to get a pair, but I think that may be more of an aesthetic consideration ;-)
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I wear bike shorts underneath regular shorts. I have the kind that are designed to be worn in place of underwear (they're meant to be worn underneath another layer of clothing).This eliminates the aesthetic problems - I've never wanted to be a MAMIL (middle-aged man in lycra). I've had to be careful in the past with chafing problems, though.

I'm trying to remember whether I got them at MEC or at Broom Wagon Cyclery (Danforth east of Pape).

But if you're already riding 38km without them, you're probably good.
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Yeah, Dave, I'm not into the whole "grape smuggler" look, either. I use MTB baggies which look mostly like regular shorts with the baselayer underneath with the padding.

The seat that came with my bike has served fine as long as I ride regularly. I've often considered getting a Brooks saddle, though. Partly for the "cool" factor, and partly because I go over lots of intersections where going across the gutters is pretty rough if I don't feel like "hopping" over them.

http://www.brooksengland.com/catalog...-shop/saddles/
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C'mon only a hundred more bucks to goal!
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Got it!
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...and I just bought a pair of bike shorts. Grapes anyone?
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Unread 2016-06-03, 7:30   #20
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Cool. So it looks like for a reward you get a jersey out of the deal unless you want to donate that back.

When I first started riding I didn't give a thought about the clothes. Then I rode into work in regular shorts and a t-shirt and literally felt weighed down by the sweat. I had a change of clothes and shower at my disposal but still.

Our programmer and cyclist friend of mine convinced me to get riding clothes. I thought that was just for the roadie crowd or whatever, but even for a commuter it's made a huge difference. The pants, especially. Having clothes cut specifically for pedaling helps a lot. Moisture wicking clothes really helps in the hot months (which is most of the months here), too.

I go about 14.5 miles each way, so that's about an hour each way. I'd consider it an above-average distance commute. I'm glad I got the proper bike to tackle it and bought it specifically for the task. It has one job (but I will take it out to the beach every once in a while). The extreme heat and rainy season is kicking in but I'm going to continue to tough it out as much as I can through it. My messenger bag is waterproof and I have waterproof shoe covering so that should help. My bike is fitted with fenders so riding in the rain actually feels nice as opposed to the oppressive heat. Hopefully weather will be nice for you on the 5th.
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Unread 2016-06-03, 17:35   #21
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It's supposed to be thunderstormy. I know they run it rain or shine, but if there's lightning they may delay... hoping for the best.

The reason I bought the shorts is mainly because all my "normal" shorts look ridiculous with the jersey! I did 52km the other might with them though, and they are definitely more comfortable.
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Unread 2016-06-09, 9:46   #22
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So, how did it go?
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Unread 2016-06-09, 11:51   #23
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Piece of cake! I felt like I could've done the extended 75km route, but I didn't want to keep my wife waiting longer. I'm glad I prepared though!
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Nice work!
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Unread 2016-06-09, 14:55   #25
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Nice work! Kudos!
Fixed it for ya.
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