Rest stops

kingofthetailwind Posts: 575
edited March 2013 in Road beginners
How far would you go before taking one?

I did 58 miles on Saturday, fairly hilly on the first half. Stopped half way for a cup of tea and a mint Aero traybake. :D The way back was tough and I was glad that I had stopped.

The longest I've done without a stop is 40 miles.

Is this around average for a new cyclist?

I've regretted stopping a couple of times, when it's been very wet and cold. It's very hard to get going again when you're cold and soaked through!


  • zx6man
    zx6man Posts: 1,092
    On my own I dont tend to stop unless its say 80 miles and I need lunch :-).

    If I do stop it tends to be "half way" into it.
  • danlikesbikes
    danlikesbikes Posts: 3,898
    No set rule for me really, if I'm out on my own depends on the route but have somewhere I can stop which is either 1/2 or 2/3 of the way round or can just keep on riding and eat as I go.
    Pain hurts much less if its topped off with beating your mates to top of a climb.
  • anto164
    anto164 Posts: 3,500
    I also tend to never stop whilst on the bike, whether this be 10 miles or 100.

    I eat on the bike, as i find that when i stop i can't get going again.
  • Bozman
    Bozman Posts: 2,518
    I don't stop(apart from a pee), I've never felt the need to stop and have tea and cakes. I did stop once though and my body shut down and the rest of the ride was hell so it never happened again.
  • philbar72
    philbar72 Posts: 2,229
    its all about listening to your body. I eat and drink on the go, and sometimes stop for a breather after a big hill. just remember when you feel hungry or thirsty its usually too late and just keep topping up your energy reserves when you can, by eating or drinking. i Just go with a couple of jaffa cake bars, and a couple of muesli bars, and an emergency gel if i have bonked, to straighten me out.
    40 miles is fine, I usually stop after around 30 miles just for a bit, or just slow down and catch up with myself....
  • giant_man
    giant_man Posts: 6,878
    I never stop if I can help it. Eat on the go, drink on the go. Not the same if I stop, then go again.
  • nevman
    nevman Posts: 1,611
    Lunch stop.At lunch time.Civilised.
    Early time and motion studies showed that workers could last longer in heavy industries with short regular breaks than those who continued to exhaustion.I adhere to the former.
    Whats the solution? Just pedal faster you baby.

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  • slowbike
    slowbike Posts: 8,498
    Last year when I was doing longer rides I'd stop every 10-15 miles or so - whenever was convenient - nice view from a pull in, big junction etc ... and just have a snack and a swig ... and a bit of a breather ...
    Quite happy to drink & eat on the move, but I'm not doing any sort of distance at a faster pace atm.
  • chrisaonabike
    chrisaonabike Posts: 1,914
    Stupot101 wrote:
    How far would you go before taking one?
    I've only just become able to take a drink on the move (how liberating is that!!), but I still stop briefly for a bite to eat - just long enough to unwrap the flapjack, stuff into mouth, rewrap and set off again.

    I've done one club run of about 45 miles which had a cake stop, and one solo run of about the same, where I stopped for coffee at the top of Box Hill because I was so cold, but other than that I prefer not to stop for extended periods.

    Yesterday (53 miles) I stopped for a minute or so at the top of the big hills, but other than that and the eat stops (about a minute each), I didn't stop at all. Like others, getting going again seems hard.

    Just do what you want to do; listen to your body is the important thing. Who cares what others do.
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  • Mikey41
    Mikey41 Posts: 690
    Varies for me, if I'm only out for 25 miles, I'll do it non-stop. Something longer and I'll have a brief stop for food after 15 miles or so. Only a minute or two though, just enough to eat the flapjack or bar. Any longer and it's difficult to get going again.
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  • MattyyP
    MattyyP Posts: 142
    If i'm out alone, I ride the whole distance i'm doing without stopping, unless my riding clashes with Lunch time... But when out with the club we always stop for coffee and cake :) It's the right thing to do ;)
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  • southdownswolf
    southdownswolf Posts: 1,525
    Depends on how I feel and why I'm riding.
    On Saturday I cycled over to a friends shop - Eastbourne-Brighton via the coast road, so about 25 miles. Had a chat and a coffee then cycled back again. I was stopped for about 50 mins and was fine starting again.
    Normally I would not stop unless doing about 50miles or more, then I will either stop for a Mars bar or two, or if there is a coffee shop, I will stop for a coffee and a pastry.
  • Frank the tank
    Frank the tank Posts: 6,553
    If out alone I don't stop. If out with my regular riding pal we play it by ear depending on the distance.

    After a cafe stop I tend to struggle like a b@st@rd, they just don't seem to suit me.
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  • fluff.
    fluff. Posts: 771
    Less than 80- ish miles I'd not stop, unless I'm with people who want to stop, then it's go with what they prefer. More miles than that, I'd probably need at least 10 mins to grab something a bit more substantial than flap jacks and fig rolls. Don't stop at the bottom of a big hill though, that's murder to get going again.
  • Mikey23
    Mikey23 Posts: 5,306
    I ride because I enjoy it and not because I want to become a hamster on a treadmill. Shorter rides I don't tend to stop but when going longer I am partial to a nice cake and coffee as my little reward
  • elderone
    elderone Posts: 1,410
    I like to stop every hour or so for a few minutes.To be fair i drink alot so need to pee and as much as i find drinking and riding on the move ok,I refuse to do a paula radcliff on the move.
    Seriously though as im training for sportives im trying to pace myself to fit in with food stops on the long rides.
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  • TakeTurns
    TakeTurns Posts: 1,075
    "Rest" doesn't exist in my vocabulary.
  • ademort
    ademort Posts: 1,924
    anto164 wrote:
    I also tend to never stop whilst on the bike, whether this be 10 miles or 100.

    I eat on the bike, as i find that when i stop i can't get going again.

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  • Buckie2k5
    Buckie2k5 Posts: 600
    done a 56 at weekend, stopped at 35 for a bite to eat but mainly to stretch my poor lower back which has been dogging me for years playing golf and now cycling. The break eased the back pain for a while although the last 10 miles was pure torture.
  • ballysmate
    ballysmate Posts: 15,921
    Mikey23 wrote:
    I ride because I enjoy it and not because I want to become a hamster on a treadmill. Shorter rides I don't tend to stop but when going longer I am partial to a nice cake and coffee as my little reward

    Spot on!
    For most people cycling is a hobby and as such should be enjoyed. If that means stopping every 500 yards then so be it. If you want to keep going and don't stop at all that is also fine. Just do what feels best for you.
    When my hobby becomes a chore and a slog, that is when I will start looking for a new hobby.
  • djm501
    djm501 Posts: 378
    It all depends upon how you feel and also how far you're going.

    I've just got into audaxing and later this month will be attempting a 300 km ride (180 miles). I challenge anyone to do that non stop. ;)
    (can't anyway with audax - getting a receipt without stopping to get proof of passage is tricky :D)

    Typically on a really long ride (127 is my longest so far) I stop maybe twice to get a water bottle refill and something to eat - it is very important to keep hydrated and eat on a long ride.
  • danowat
    danowat Posts: 2,877
    It's all about how you view cycling, if it's a social past time, and you aren't bothered about training value, stop when you want, there are no rules.

    That said, others cycling (like me) purely for training purposes, and as such, "rest stop" doesn't really feature in any of my rides (sure I've done social rides, but they are just that), you don't "need" to stop, it's quite possible to cycle hard for many hours without having to stop.

    Just don't kid yourself a 50 mile ride with a cafe stop is really a 50 mile ride, it's two 25 mile rides :)
  • I only stop if it's too windy to light my ciggie on the go.
  • rich164h
    rich164h Posts: 433
    I only stop if the ride is more than about 50 miles or so, and then it's only for enough time to grab something more substantial to eat and to top up water bottles (less that 5 mins I'd say). My rule of thumb (of doing rides up to 135 miles) is to make sure I stop past the half way point, that way mentally you've broken the back of the ride.

    More that 120 miles or so I might stop again but that's only down to how I'm feeling on the day, and once again it would be for less that 5 mins.
  • Paul E
    Paul E Posts: 2,052
    I did a club ride on sunday of 40 odd hilly miles and we stopped briefly at the top of one hill and apart from that we ate and drank on the move