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    Long ride?

    Just curious, a friend sent me a photo from the Seagull Century of a guy on a fat bike on BFL's who did the full 100 miles. How far have you ridden your fat bike in a day? I know that gravel grinders are becoming very popular and I'm sure guys are doing them on fat bikes as well as centuries. Anyone know of fat bikes doing Trans Iowa, or Dirty Kanza for example. Personally my longest so far is 40 miles (easy, off road).

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    Last year at the Brown County Breakdown I rode my fatty 100 miles (probably closer to 110 because the garmin always seems to be short on distance).

    This year, two weeks ago, same ride (all in the mud!), we did 77 miles.

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    My longest so far 33 miles. I'm hoping to do at least 50 before Spring.
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    28 miles on flat blacktop on one trip and 16 miles of hills blacktop and dirt roads on another both on the moonlander

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    So far 24 miles on beach and rocks along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin on my Moonlander. Tomorrow I hope to get close to 40 in on the same shoreline.
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    Numerous rides over 100 miles.

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    Raced the Hampshire 100 this year, 100 miles. I was tired, I was slower than some, and faster than some. We just did a 3 day ATV trail tour that was just under 100 miles fully loaded.


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    Those Alaska, nuts have us lower 48ers beat. The Iditarod is like just over 1000 miles in some extreme conditions.

    Kudos to them. :-)

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    I generally count the hours rather than the distance. Longest so far on fat - 88 miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    I generally count the hours rather than the distance. Longest so far on fat - 88 miles.
    To all you guys,

    That's impressive no matter how you slice it.

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    I do a 120-150Km (75-94 mile) loop pretty much every Saturday and/or Sunday. Mostly gravel, but some pavement and singletrack as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solo-Rider View Post
    To all you guys,

    That's impressive no matter how you slice it.
    On the other hand last week I covered 10 miles in 4 hours.

    The next couple of hours were much faster.
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    150.1 miles in 17 hours at Gravel Worlds in Nebraska this August on my pugs in 103 degree heat with 35mph winds.
    Was awesome! But a long ass day. You can do it and do it in comfort but you won't win any land speed records. You do it because you can
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    That's awesome! Were there other fat bikes there?

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    Yes. We started out with a tad more than half a dozen fatties(8 started), but just 3 of us finished. Me(I'm female)and another girl plus one guy made it to the end. The others dropped out. But to their credit.....we started out with 200 riders total and 87 dropped out before the ride was done. So even the "skinnies" had issues that day, not just us fattie riders. Actually, if anything, my lack of soreness and any pain the next day(I was just starving and tired) told me I made the right choice in my bike.
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    I do twelve miles a day, four days a week for my commute to work and on the fifth day I do 14 miles. Last night I tacked on an additional ten for 22 miles, and I have ridden quite a few thirty five plus mile days of mixed hills, gravel, pavement, and single track. My daily commute rides sees my bike weigh in around 50 or more pounds, so a definite workout! (Clothes, shoes, food, and other assorted goodies for the work day, including a laptop from time to time really adds up...)

    The human body is a wonderful machine, though, and adapts to the vehicle - the more I ride my heavy, high rolling resistance bike, the easier it becomes.

    My goal is to do an epic ride like the Great Alaska Double Century, on the fattie (Dressed as Elvis, of course...)

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    I try to commute to work a few times a month- 26 miles of gravel one way... it takes too much time to do it everyday- I need to get my speed up to 18-22 mph only average 13-15 mph now so I have a lot of improving to do! Moonlander with Bud and Lou

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nakedbabytoes View Post
    150.1 miles in 17 hours at Gravel Worlds in Nebraska this August on my pugs in 103 degree heat with 35mph winds...
    That's brilliant.

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    105 miles on the Moonlander with BFL's. Heck of the North gravel race. I did it in 7:55. Finished 78th place. There were about 5 other fatbikes there out of 200 starters including a guy on a Beargrease that finished right by me. It was an amazing event and I'm glad I did it on the Moonlander.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    That's brilliant.

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    i did a 25 mile beach ride from Atlantic City to Sea Isle NJ this summer, a 27 mile ride that included 15 miles of single track and 3500 feet of elevation & a 35 mile road ride, with 3 miles of singletrack & 4 miles of gravel this summer.
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    Heading out for about 30 mile trail today
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    I rode this 70Km along the beach over 2 days a while back.
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    and I rode this 400Km over 5 days last Feb in temps that reached 47 C (116 F). It had Black Floyds and I stuck mainly to dirt roads. I used to ride in the morning, stop and lay in the shade for 4ish hours over the heat of the day and then do another hour or so in the arvo.
    It was an experiment to see how much weight I could carry....probably one I wont repeat.....
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    It seemed like a good idea!...... at the time......

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    57 miles along a big looped trail. THis also happens to be the longest ride I've attempted on any bike...

    fat bikes definitely make the distance tougher.. so I chalk it up as an excellent training opportunity.

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    203km (126 miles) on road and dirt.

    But we all know that a slog up the beach in soft sand with a headwind and zero elevation is about as tough as it gets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marathon marke View Post
    So far 24 miles on beach and rocks along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin on my Moonlander. Tomorrow I hope to get close to 40 in on the same shoreline.
    Got my 40 miles in yesterday! Riding from Port Washington to Kohler-Andre State Park along the Lake Michigan beach shoreline.
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    Earlier this year I did 10 miles up and 10 miles back down the next day, in the snow.

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    I am thinking pretty seriously about doing our local MS charity ride next weekend. 2 days, 50 miles each day, road riding. If I do I will post pics.
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    I did the local Breast Cancer ride (25 miles) this weekend on my fatbike and on the way out of the driveway several road bike riders commented about what a workout I was in for. Well I was amazed to find that I was able to average 18.5 mph over the 25 miles and how easy it was to pass so many of those road bikes in the process.

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    mtuck.....you must have been cruising! I did a hilly BCAR here in Eastern Iowa on Saturday and could not average near that1 What air pressure do you run on the road?
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    Farley... Just for reference we had less than 400 feet of ascent according to my Garmin. I am still sporting Black Floyds and I had 18 psi in each. There was another guy there on a Beargrease with HuDu's and he said 30 psi in them. He was really fast!

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    190 miles in one day on my Pugs

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    Long ride?

    Quote Originally Posted by jw700 View Post
    190 miles in one day on my Pugs
    Damn........


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    Two fatties hit the road for some long saddle time over this past weekend and logged over 110 miles on Saturday.
    Last edited by alphazz; 10-14-2013 at 09:38 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtuck1 View Post
    Farley... Just for reference we had less than 400 feet of ascent according to my Garmin. I am still sporting Black Floyds and I had 18 psi in each. There was another guy there on a Beargrease with HuDu's and he said 30 psi in them. He was really fast!
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    aprox. 27 miles and 4400 feet of elevation in this ride

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    Kind of expensive tires to be burning up on HWY130!

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnlh View Post
    Kind of expensive tires to be burning up on HWY130!
    It's only money and I just got a great deal on a new rear tire. I'm not really into riding in mud and I need to get in some long rides to prepare for a long race in December.

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    I don't know about this year, but last year a guy finished the Dirty Kanza on a SS fatbike (he was fast enough people were drafting off of him).

    The farthest I rode in a day was ~110 miles. I basically rode to the first checkpoint of the 2012 Dirty Kanza and back, except I did it in January when there was 4" of snow on the roads. Little bit slower to say the least, haha. I also bikepacked the Vapor Trail in Colorado on my Pugs, but took a couple of days doing it, and didn't ride at night at all. LOTS of climbing on that one!

    On the Divide this year I passed a guy riding a very-fully-loaded Pugsley northbound. From what I understand he made it to the border, no problem (finish was washed out due to heavy rains in Canada). I'm at work now, but I'll post a pic of him when I get home. I can't remember his name, but he was from New York.

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    Ride The Divide seems like quite a significant undertaking on any bike to me but a fat bike seems like a good choice.

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    A fatbike is way overkill for the GDMBR due to all the climbing. There is very little technical riding and LOTS of climbing. The less rolling resistance you have on that route, the better. Haha, the only reason I can see to ride a fatbike on the Divide is to say you did it - which is fine for touring like this guy was doing, but not for racing. That being said, I believe Cjell Money ran a 3" Knard as his front tire.

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