Recumbent Randonneur

long distance cycling in comfort

What is Randonneuring all about?

Why a Recumbent?


When I started randonneuring I quickly realised that there had to be a better experience than suffering saddle sores and neck pain, not to mention lingering finger numbness.

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Events

Indian Pacific Wheel Race

"The Journey to the Other Side" a documentary of the 2017 event https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5b9or1rGp8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvZpUjEfU74

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Paris-Brest-Paris Bulge Chart

Paris-Brest-Paris Bulge Chart

Jo Wood's fascinating dynamic bulge chart shows progress of the 6000 riders of the 2015 Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle randonnée. The animation shows where and when riders were bunched up on the road and at controls. Abandons (DNFs) can also be seen accumulating at various...

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PBP USA Wiki

The PBP USA Wiki was created as a place to share information relevant to US riders going to PBP, wikipedia-style. No doubt much of the information may be useful for residents of other countries. Access the  PBP USA Wiki here....

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PBP tips from an Ancien

What do you want to know about PBP? Eric (the campyonlyguy) has helpfully created a series of videos based on his experiences. Is it worth it? How tough is it? Time Picking a start time Fix it now! Weather Making a plan Hands and arms Lodging for you and your bike...

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What to Wear in Various Weather

What to Wear in Various Weather

Do you have trouble deciding what to wear when the weather is uncertain? The pain of late autumn/fall cycling comes from not knowing what to wear on any given ride in the fluctuating colder weather. John Yoder found that David Ertl's guidelines for what you might wear...

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LEL and PBP – how do they compare?

LEL and PBP – how do they compare?

Olaf Storbeck says: Both Paris-Brest-Paris and London-Edinburgh-London are ruddy fantastic events. Taking part and finishing was among the best experiences I’ve ever had. Click: PBP is a party, while LEL is an adventure. Others may have a different opinion. Andreas...

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What to do after a bicycle crash

When going for a ride make sure you have: a cell phone, personal identification, emergency contact, and something to write with. If you have been in a bicycle crash you need to do these: Call the police and/or an ambulance immediately. If you are unable to do so, ask...

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Hammerhead Karoo – A Garmin Edge killer?

Hammerhead Karoo – A Garmin Edge killer?

This looks promising. It will be interesting to see how well it compares in real life. Color touchscreen that the company claims works as well as modern smartphones, plus 3.5in screen Buttons on both sides give you the choice to operate it using buttons or touch...

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Waterproofing Electrical Connections

Hear is a useful idea I found on the YACF forum Somnolent said: charging of Garmins from a dynamo while on the move is problematic even in the dry. Nothing that can't be overcome mitigated with a little ingenuity. Been running my Etrex (HCx) from the Luxos USB offtake...

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Looking for a new Computer/GPS?

Looking for a new Computer/GPS?

A comprehensive review of the current offerings here: Best GPS devices for cycling Bikeradar's review of  the best units for riding, training, touring and navigation Update: Keep an eye on the forthcoming Hammerhead Karoo...

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Taming the Garmin Etrex 20/30

Garmin's Etrex series of GPS units are used by many people in preference to their cycling-specific Edge devices because they are robust and take replaceable batteries. If you want to know how to set it up a Garmin Etrex 20 or 30 GPS for randonneuring, Francis Cooke...

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Garmin Startup Message

DC Rainmaker has a mine of information on his site. The latest tip I have come across is how to set up a personal startup message on a Garmin Edge.

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Battery Charge Extender for the Garmin EDGE

Portable Emergency AA Battery Charger Extender suitable for the Garmin EDGE 500 This comes highly recommended by other randonneurs. I wonder if it works with the Edge 810? http://www.gomadic.com/garmin-edge-500-portable-aa-battery-extender.html Andrew Mead says:  I...

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More Accurate Elevation Calcs

Ridewithgps are about to begin using a new elevation calculation method that provides more accurate figures. Additionally, all existing routes and rides will be updated to use the new calculations. It will be interesting to see how they will compare with others such...

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GPS navigation and communication combined

Delorme inReach combines GPS navigation and emergency communications The all-new DeLorme inReach Explorer combines the satellite communications functions of past inReach mobiles with a full GPS navigation feature set. A single handheld unit serves as a GPS navigator,...

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Health

Ketogenic Diet for Randonneurs

Can I really fuel my rides purely by burning fat rather than carbs (or, technically, glycogen) and do so more efficiently and with greater recovery? Doctors used the ketogenic diet in the 1920s as part of a therapy plan for people with epilepsy, although the origins...

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Showstoppers

John Hughes has some interesting articles on his site. Recently he discussed physical ailments that can lead to a DNF (Did Not Finish). Of course most of these relate to riding upright bikes. Since I started riding recumbents in 2002 I have only ever experienced the...

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Wine vs. Workouts: Effects of alcohol

Wine vs. Workouts: Effects of alcohol

Ten years ago (2008) DC Rainmaker posted an article about the effects alcohol had on his performance. I expect it holds true today for most of us. What he discovered by measuring his performance: "Well, at least for me that drinking just a little bit the night before...

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Erectile Function and Cycling

Erectile Function and Cycling

It has often been claimed that cycling can cause erectile disfunction, but is that really true? This study compares cycling with other sports "High-intensity cyclists recorded slightly better erectile function scores than low-intensity cyclists." Read the article...

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Dementia

Dementia and Exercise "More than 80 percent of North Americans over the age of 85 suffer from some form of dementia." A study with rats designed to simulate three types of exercise used by humans showed that rats that ran long distances on exercise wheels at their own...

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Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium is much more than a simple electrolyte – it is involved in more than 300 biological functions and is essential for heart...

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Common Painkillers Raise Risk of Heart Attack

Many randonneurs take ibuprofen as a matter of course to prevent feeling pain during a long ride. Others wait until an injury occurs and then take it. A recently published article says a study suggests taking common painkillers such as ibuprofen for only a week can...

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Bikes

Nazca Gaucho HiRacer 28

I visited SPEZI in 2018 and enjoyed the spectacle of the place. I am still looking for a simple, lightweight machine that will easily pack into a suitcase for travelling. The Zox caught my eye and I was impressed by a short ride around the test track. They are not the...

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Why Not a Recumbent?

Why Not a Recumbent?

I have been reading a book by Robert Penn called "It's All About the Bike" which a friend gave me last week. Penn has been a life-long cyclist and rode around the world in his late twenties. The book is the story of his love affair with cycling and the journey to...

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Ideal Crank Length

Ideal Crank Length

"Crank length is part of a system of hinges and levers that must operate in the larger context of an individual’s biomechanics. Longer cranks increased flexion and the range of movement required at both the hip and knee. Where there is indecision, cyclists should opt...

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XShifter at Interbike 2017

XShifter at Interbike 2017

XShifter will be on display at Interbike September 20 - 22 in Las Vegas. XShifter says: "We will be bringing finished production samples of the product. This is only fitting, as Interbike is where we made our formal public announcement just 1 year ago. In just 1 year,...

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The Ideal Randonneuring Bike

The Ideal Randonneuring Bike

I could not agree more with Pamela Blalock who says: "A good brevet bike is one you use on a brevet with little or no hassle or pain. This means the bike is: reliable and comfortable has enough storage capacity that you can carry what you need for the distance and...

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Cleat position

Cleat position

Have you ever wondered if your cleats are set up correctly? This page has some detailed information on attaching and setting up different cleats. Steve Hogg's thoughts Joel Friel on Midsole Bike Cleat...

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Recumbents

Recumbents

A recumbent bicycle places the rider in a laid-back reclining position. Recumbents come in many different sizes and configurations usually with either two or threes wheels. Most recumbents are rear-wheel-drive but there are many FWD models available. A well designed...

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Custom Lowracer FWD

Custom Lowracer FWD

I first spotted the Toxy ZR online in about 2005 and commissioned a friend to make me  a similar machine but it never really handled satisfactorily. It was decidedly scary at speed. I cut off the boom and make it into a moving-bottom-bracket lowracer using a cut-down...

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Wider tyres

Are supple tyres the way to go? Jan Heine has long been advocating the use of wider, more supple, tyres as the most effective change to increase speed and comfort without requiring extra effort. Read his thoughts on wider tyres here. Another article on Optimizing Your...

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