cross a country

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    Dec 07, 2007 4:15 AM GMT
    hey guys. so a couple friends and i have decided we're gonna bike cross canada. none of us are hardcore cyclists. but we're gonna do it. we're all in school. will train what we can. so it's gonna be a real, REAL, learning experience. i'm seriously considering this. and i know i'm a bit more focused on it than some of the others. so it's gonna be done.and hopefully not alone.

    we're ognna be organizing this starting once we're all back at schoo after new years.

    so, i need suggestions on a couple things.

    1) kinda bike i might need. i've got a 14kg K2 Zed2.0 for fun at this point. and i loves it, but i figure i might have to buy something second hand with more of a road-friendly kinda weight.

    2) a charity to raise money for.

    3) company's that are likely to maybe want to sponsor this endeavour.

    4) route ideas. if any of you have done somethign like this before. we're thinking of biting the bullet and hitting up every province if we can. stupid easter canada not being aligned nicely icon_razz.gif

    5) training... this should likely have been #1. i'm thinking, endurance ya. i don't have 10 hours a day to sit on a cycle during the winter. but i'll do what i can. and i also assume other part of the body, lower back, shoulder, and stuff need to bee localised as well.

    6) anything else that might be needed.

    sorry this is a long post guys. but if anyone has any advice. much apprciated.
  • vacyclist

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    Dec 07, 2007 1:32 PM GMT
    I've done a lot of touring by bicycle....rode across the US in 2005, done a couple of New England (plus a little bit of PQ) tours last year & this year. There are links to my journals, equipment lists and other stuff at nickonthebike (dot) com You might find answers to some of your questions there.

    I tour on a hardtail mountain bike that I customized, with a BOB trailer. I have not involved fund-raising as part of any of my tours (although I've ridden plenty of non-touring fund-raising ride events). If you manage to find a corporate sponsor for your ride, please let me know who it is!
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    Oct 17, 2008 11:07 PM GMT
    Cycling is a passion I had for many years, and other than in Triathlons, I have done many long distance rides. But being in a small country compared to yours, it is difficult to compare my experience to yours. One of my joys was completing "End-to-End" or more commonly called "John O'Groats to Lands End", which is over a thousand miles (1,620 km) in two weeks. I also completed 300 miles in three days (Newcastle to Reading). If you work it out, if I had done a thousand miles at the same rate as the 300 miles, I would have completed it in just ten days. The difference? Luggage.
    Unfortunately, you have not mentioned any issue about luggage. Are you going to carry your luggage on the paniers fixed to your bike (never ever on your back!) or will there be a van carrying your luggage along with spare parts driving alongside your trip? (As was the case with the 300 miles stint, organised by a charity). Remember, carrying spare parts and an adequate tool kit is a MUST!
    Carrying luggage will make a big impact on your ride. It will drain your energy faster, slow you down and bring on aches, especially saddle pain. Not to mention extra stress on the bicycle frame itself.
    Then there is the route you are considering. I have been to Canada, but the only route I know of is the Trans-Canadian Highway. East of the Rockies, the road is long, straight and flat. You must be prepared for long, crushingly monotonous riding!
    As for food, during the rides I drank plenty of energy drinks containing glucose, and ate plenty of bananas! In the mornings I started the day with a hearty breakfast and I made sure that I ate a substantial meal in the evenings.
    Make sure that you have trained sufficiently before riding. I did 20, 30 and even 50 miles fast riding as part of my training schedule before I completed the two trips above.
    The only thing I can't advice you on is how to get a company to sponsor you, because I have never done that myself. All I can say is if there is anyone you know who has done it, then seek his advice, or write letters explaining your intentions, and for which charity or cause you want to raise funds for. You might strike lucky.
    I hope you have a great ride. Good luck. icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 20, 2008 5:00 PM GMT
    good necro icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

    very informative though, thanks a lot!!

    I want to plan for a long bike trip someday.