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Discussion: Impressive

in: iansmith; iansmith > 2020-05-02

May 3, 2020 10:27 PM # 
That's quite a ride. Makes me wonder what you could do if you trained.
May 4, 2020 1:31 AM # 
How far is James Bay from Toronto?

Nice ride, man!
May 4, 2020 4:39 AM # 
More time in the saddle might help with your saddle pain. I found last summer when I was biking a lot, my butt got a lot tougher. Jumping to 150km is a pretty big ask of your butt! New saddle might help too though, but I never got to that stage. That's a pretty major ride--well done!
May 4, 2020 6:57 AM # 
GSwede, unfortunately James Bay is apparently inaccessible by bike (or Prius).

Thanks for the positivity, Gswede and emilyr!

@Cristina: wow, rude. But your point is both valid and amusing.
May 4, 2020 12:09 PM # 
More saddle time definitely helps. I spent the summer of '83 riding across the USA, and the saddle became a non-issue after a while. We had full luggage and were doing it the "plodding" way, but our longest day was about 190 km (average was about 110 km).
May 4, 2020 6:45 PM # 
Wow! I don't know how you did it. I was on a bike for 2 hours on Sunday and my butt was killing me by the end. Nice ride!
May 4, 2020 6:51 PM # 
@iansmith, I did call it impressive first, employing the "Nice boots, you suck" feedback method I learned so well in the Air Force.
May 5, 2020 7:26 AM # 
This is an old website, but purportedly James Bay is accessible by bike (1706 km from Toronto, one way). Lake Simcoe is right on the way.
May 5, 2020 12:08 PM # 
Ian would need a different bike.
May 6, 2020 6:49 PM # 
Fantastically empowering - so true!

My butt definitely takes a few rides to harden up. Maybe 6-8 hours over the course of 2-3 weeks, and I’m good to go. The backpack on a bike will kill your traps, for sure, and your butt too with the extra weight. Major point in favor of panniers, or more frequent stops for fluid and food.

Great ride!
May 6, 2020 7:29 PM # 
My father, the cycling aficionado, was very much opposed to wearing any kind of pack while riding, nothing more than what you could fit in the back pocket of a cycling jersey. Everything else belongs on the bike. So your inclination to get a bag of some sort is good.

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