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Rest stops

Postby KingOfTheTailwind » Mon Mar 04, 2013 15:14 pm

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!

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Re: Rest stops

Postby zx6man » Mon Mar 04, 2013 15:31 pm

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.

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Re: Rest stops

Postby Danlikesbikes » Mon Mar 04, 2013 15:33 pm

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.
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Re: Rest stops

Postby anto164 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 15:34 pm

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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Re: Rest stops

Postby Bozman » Mon Mar 04, 2013 15:37 pm

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.

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Re: Rest stops

Postby philbar72 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 15:48 pm

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....

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Re: Rest stops

Postby giant man » Mon Mar 04, 2013 15:53 pm

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.
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Re: Rest stops

Postby nevman » Mon Mar 04, 2013 15:57 pm

Lunch stop.At lunch time.Civilised.
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Re: Rest stops

Postby Slowbike » Mon Mar 04, 2013 16:36 pm

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.

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Re: Rest stops

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Mon Mar 04, 2013 16:47 pm

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.

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Re: Rest stops

Postby Mikey41 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 17:15 pm

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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Re: Rest stops

Postby MattyyP » Mon Mar 04, 2013 17:30 pm

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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Re: Rest stops

Postby southdownswolf » Mon Mar 04, 2013 17:36 pm

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.

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Re: Rest stops

Postby Frank the tank » Mon Mar 04, 2013 17:53 pm

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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Re: Rest stops

Postby fluff. » Mon Mar 04, 2013 18:19 pm

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.

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Re: Rest stops

Postby Mikey23 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 18:45 pm

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

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Re: Rest stops

Postby elderone » Mon Mar 04, 2013 18:57 pm

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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Re: Rest stops

Postby TakeTurns » Mon Mar 04, 2013 19:35 pm

"Rest" doesn't exist in my vocabulary.

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Re: Rest stops

Postby ademort » Mon Mar 04, 2013 20:20 pm

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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Re: Rest stops

Postby Buckie2k5 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 20:41 pm

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.

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