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What is the longest distance you've cycled?
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Taylor Jago
post Oct 11 2016, 06:08 PM
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Cycling. Most of us enjoy this pleasant activity, particularly when, like me, you have the advantage of having a greenway / cycling road right at your disposal less than a mile away from your house.

But while most of us regularly take the bicycle out for a ride, some of us are even more adventurous/brave/nutted and decide to cycle distances unachievable in a way, i.e. go on a cycling trip.

And when I say a long distance, I don't mean Stratford to Chelsea, I mean Stoke-on-Trent to Colchester. Or something in that realm.

Anyway, what is the longest distance you've cycled? Have you ever been on a cycling trip? If so, did you plan rooms for each night or did you camp? How was the experience?
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Doctor Blind
post Oct 11 2016, 06:12 PM
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I cycled from John O'Groats to Land's End (in total 1906 km)! It took quite a while, but it was an amazing experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. Cornwall is a LOT more hilly than I expected it to be.
A lot of the stop offs were hostels but I occasionally stayed B&Bs which I had sought out to provide a safe space for bicycles - one on top of the Yorkshire Dales had a sauna inside the room. : )
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post Oct 11 2016, 06:13 PM
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A specific question that I have a good answer to, yay! magic.gif

About 30 miles, across half of Cornwall, as alternative transport to a place where we did camp, but meeting up with family who'd driven. (and apparently impress them so much by spending 6 hours doing that that they'd regularly remind me & Jacob that we'd done it) That was a while ago but I've been on cycle trails recently and if I get a better bike, would love to do more like that.

Land's End to John O'Groats would be a good one if I ever worked up the courage to do that.
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post Oct 11 2016, 06:13 PM
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One side of Centre Parcs to the other side of Centre Parcs.
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post Oct 11 2016, 06:25 PM
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longest I've been on was about 7.5 miles, I'd like to go on a longer one someday.
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post Oct 11 2016, 06:28 PM
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I did the annual London to Brighton ride one year.
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post Oct 11 2016, 07:13 PM
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So far, to Neufchatel-en-Bray and back, so 32 km (20 miles) in total, in August this year. However, should I get my way, that record won't stand very long.

QUOTE(Doctor Blind @ Oct 11 2016, 06:12 PM) *
I cycled from John O'Groats to Land's End (in total 1906 km)! It took quite a while, but it was an amazing experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. Cornwall is a LOT more hilly than I expected it to be.
A lot of the stop offs were hostels but I occasionally stayed B&Bs which I had sought out to provide a safe space for bicycles - one on top of the Yorkshire Dales had a sauna inside the room. : )

1906 km! Can I ask if you had to do the same distance to go back?
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post Oct 11 2016, 10:22 PM
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I can't Remember but I miss having a bike tbh
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post Oct 11 2016, 10:41 PM
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The most I have done was in July 2013: 200km in 48 hours roughly around the perimeter of the Peak District. It involved going to the UK's highest village and it hurt.
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post Oct 11 2016, 11:18 PM
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Oh gosh my lengthiest cycling distance would be something pathetic and not a patch on the anecdotes here laugh.gif I LOVED riding my bike a few years ago (and it was a good way to make myself feel less guilty about consuming a lot of chocolate, as I had cycled to get it from the shop kink.gif) ~ really should get back into it as it's a really fun way to get fit.
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post Oct 11 2016, 11:30 PM
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No, 10 miles is not a long distance, you lazy people

Well I just did my first 11-mile ride last weekend so I guess I'm officially long-distance magic.gif

I'm still new to this and can't say I care to spend more than a couple hours on my bike, but maybe I'll get adventurous at some point. I have to drive to another town to get to the nearest bike trail so it's a hassle to stick the bike rack on my car every time I want to use it.
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post Oct 12 2016, 05:55 AM
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QUOTE(Taylor Jago @ Oct 11 2016, 08:13 PM) *
So far, to Neufchatel-en-Bray and back, so 32 km (20 miles) in total, in August this year. However, should I get my way, that record won't stand very long.
1906 km! Can I ask if you had to do the same distance to go back?


I kind of cheated, just hopped on the train with my bike at Penzance to get home. (I was pretty knackered by that stage).

The most remote bit was round by Altnaharra where the road goes for around 30km and you don't see another person but you do see plenty of red deer - absolutely beautiful though. I've attached the map of my route below and the cycle route that goes over Drumochter Summit which many Scottish posters will know is the very high pass that gets very snowy in the winter!


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post Oct 12 2016, 07:51 AM
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Has anyone ever done a cycle ride for charity?

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post Oct 12 2016, 09:13 AM
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I do 100km rides a lot, I love cycling! My daily to work and back routine is 8km.
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post Oct 12 2016, 09:44 AM
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QUOTE(Doctor Blind @ Oct 11 2016, 07:12 PM) *
Cornwall is a LOT more hilly than I expected it to be.
Someone understands. cheer.gif

Yeah I did that "long" trip Iz mentioned ages ago - 2011 I believe- which was pretty tough going considering at the time we both had pretty old mountain bikes and there were so many hills (that said it's nothing on John O'Groats to Land's End of course laugh.gif ) and until really recently- so throughout the last academic year- I'd been doing hell of a lot of cycling on a weekly basis, I used to cycle to college around 2-3 times a week (at one point 4 times) which was about 5 miles each way, obviously nothing huge but it was a regular thing and it was bloody hilly. It saved so much on bus fares and in fact it became such a prominent part of my routine I got a new hybrid bike for Christmas to replace my flagging mountain bike.

Two of my housemates last year also used to cycle a lot (they often cycled to college too, we motivated each other tongue.gif) so we'd go on semi regular cycling trips for fun just exploring the area. Now I don't cycle all that much. maybe once every few weeks, because without a regular destination or friends to do it with I find I'm lacking motivation but I might go out this weekend if the weather's nice, see if I can try a route I've not been on before or something.
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post Oct 12 2016, 10:02 AM
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The mongest bikeride I do are 20 minutes when going put and 20 minutes when going to uni every day :')
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post Oct 12 2016, 10:13 AM
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I can't even ride a bike
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Michael Bubré
post Oct 12 2016, 10:33 AM
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QUOTE(princess_lotita @ Oct 12 2016, 11:13 AM) *
I can't even ride a bike


Me neither lol (I could when I was a kid but then I didn't cycle for years and the next time I attempted it I immediately fell off :') it is a lie that you never forget how to ride a bike)
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post Oct 12 2016, 06:19 PM
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QUOTE(Bré @ Oct 12 2016, 11:33 AM) *
Me neither lol (I could when I was a kid but then I didn't cycle for years and the next time I attempted it I immediately fell off :') it is a lie that you never forget how to ride a bike)

Basically this

I was able to for a short while, then nah. I haven't attempted it again for years though, I'm sure I could pick it up again with effort.
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post Oct 12 2016, 09:49 PM
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It can depend on balance and fine motor skills with riding a bike. Q
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