Re: What's your longest one day ride or longest trip overall?
- I just returned to my home in New Mexico after 9 months touring on my Big Dummy. I traveled about 10,000 miles, of which 7000 miles I was riding the bike. My trip Started in the end of January in San Diego, took me south through Baja Peninsula to La Paz, over to the mainland Mexico and south to Guadalajara. In May I started from Douglas Arizona and followed the continental divide north through New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho into BC Canada. After Canada I went West to the San Juan Islands, around the Olympic Peninsula, and then down the coast to San Francisco.
My biggest days were two consecutive 100 mile days in Colorado which included going over Wolfcreek Pass which topped out at 10,856 feet (3,309 m). On my journey I climbed many many mountain passes along the way. On an average day, with all my gear, 2 gallons of water, and a few days worth of food, my bike was weighing in around 125 lbs. Heading north over Dallas divide near Telluride Colorado I hit my top speed of 57 mph on the downhill side. Long wheel base = super stable ride! YES, Xtracycle equiped long bikes are WELL SUITED for distance traveling!
- No real long rides for me but I just did a couple day camping trip with my boys in back in October. The youngest, age 6, rode 10 miles on his own 16" wheel bike and the remaining 30 miles on the back of mine. I was loaded with all sorts of gear so his first camping trip would be comfortable. So for 30 miles I had gear for 3 people plus my 6 y.o. plus his bike.
Was a blast. We will be going again in the Spring.
-lizOn Sun, Dec 2, 2012 at 3:15 PM, Tone <tone@...> wrote:
If by “century” you mean a general 100 miles, rather than an organized
100 mile ride for a charity/group ride, then yes I have ridden a century
a couple of times on my Big Dummy. Actually, it was more like 114 miles
and both times I did it in one day.
After I moved to York, PA I found out an artist of the only comic book I
ever collected was going to be attending a comic convention in Baltimore
Maryland, and I had never seen him in person. Before I moved to the area,
I knew about a rail trail from York, PA running down into Maryland, so I
naturally intended on riding it at some point. Just for a side note, the
rail line is the same one used by Abraham Lincoln when he traveled up to
give the Gettysburg Address. The rail line was also a significant route
of the Underground Railroad, and the first town along its path north of
the Mason-Dixon Line is appropriately called New Freedom, PA.
Anyway, the very next day after I picked up my Big Dummy (before this I
had an Xtracycled Univega, which broke), I biked down to Baltimore as a
reconnaissance ride to figure out the precise route and see exactly how
long it would take to bike down there for my later trip to the actual
comic book convention. The trip down is 57 miles one way with it mostly
flat on the rail trail, but then there are significant rolling hills in
Maryland between the end of the rail trail and Baltimore. Once I arrived
outside the convention center and looped around the block to determine
the most secure lock up spot, I then simply headed back home on my Big
For the second trip down to Baltimore on the day of the convention, I had
to leave way early in the morning while it was still dark. Since the rail
trail is under the authority of the parks department, I had to get
advance permission to be on it at night because night time usage of the
rail trail is officially not allowed. Since I hung out for a few hours at
the convention, I ended up being on the rail trail after the sun set as
well, but both times I was lit up like a Xmas tree. I had red strobe
lights, handle-bar mounted head lights, a head-mounted light, a 2-tube
blue Down-Low-Glow system, and even a couple of different colored glow
sticks for good measure.
Apart from those two rides I have not toured/bike-camped like I use to
before even getting my Xtracycle. Although, I did do a charity century
ride on my Xtracycle, but that was 100 kilometers instead of 100 miles.
Come to think of it, I biked up to the start of that century and back
home, so technically I did actually do more than 100 miles that day.
Having a long tail cargo bike on that century ride also made things more
amusing. Since I hauled everything I needed on board, I never had to stop
at any of the rest stops. Many other riders would pass me, only to pass
me again repeatedly between check points.
- Wow! That sounds like an amazing ride! Now my wife wants to try that continental divide ride. I told her to start riding the trainer this winter to get in shape.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Mark Goldblum <rippledub@...> wrote:
> I just returned to my home in New Mexico after 9 months touring on my Big
> Dummy. I traveled about 10,000 miles, of which 7000 miles I was riding the
> bike. My trip Started in the end of January in San Diego, took me south
> through Baja Peninsula to La Paz, over to the mainland Mexico and south to
> Guadalajara. In May I started from Douglas Arizona and followed the
> continental divide north through New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming,
> Montana, and Idaho into BC Canada. After Canada I went West to the San Juan
> Islands, around the Olympic Peninsula, and then down the coast to San
> My biggest days were two consecutive 100 mile days in Colorado which
> included going over Wolfcreek Pass which topped out at 10,856 feet (3,309
> m). On my journey I climbed many many mountain passes along the way. On an
> average day, with all my gear, 2 gallons of water, and a few days worth of
> food, my bike was weighing in around 125 lbs. Heading north over Dallas
> divide near Telluride Colorado I hit my top speed of 57 mph on the downhill
> side. Long wheel base = super stable ride! YES, Xtracycle equiped long
> bikes are WELL SUITED for distance traveling!
- I'm hearing some really great stories here. It's great to hear all these stories of adventures with longtail bikes beyond the average grocery. Also that video of longtails on singletrack was awesome!
--- In email@example.com, "kiltie_celt" <kiltie_celt@...> wrote:
> Title says it all. Has anyone ridden their Xtracycle on a Century, or taken a multi-day cycle tour with one?