Touring – How many miles a day?
How many miles per day is sensible to aim for on a biking holiday? Say you decided to cycle to Rome tomorrow, staying in O/N accommodation, so not excessively laden, and sticking to the roads. Just trying to get a feel for some benchmarks, how would you rate 50 miles a day, say, relative to 100 miles a day?
Also, can you go much further per day on a tandem?Posted 9 years agoaracerSubscriber
We normally manage 60-70 miles a day on the tandem. I could happily do more, but SWMBO gets tired quicker than me. That’s including a relatively leisurely lunch and time for sightseeing – <4 hours in the saddle at the speed we average. Relative to a single bike it really depends what the speed difference is – despite going slower on normal rides, I find we tour faster on the tandem than I do solo (though that may be down to the difference in routes – tandem touring is usually planned to avoid the worst hills).
Not sure I’d fancy 100 miles as a day as a holiday – maybe if you need to get somewhere.Posted 9 years agoTandemJeremyMember
How long is a piece of string?
I would say 50-75 miles if you are on road. Last summers easy offraod tour on the tandem the longest day we did was 55 miles – that was hard going. we averaged about 35 miles a day but as I said it was offroad – double track mainly and we were fully laden with camping kit
12-15 mph is a decent tour pace for an unfit old man like me. so 60 miles is only 4- 5hrs riding. You want the odd day off as well and you want time to enjoy it. I plan for 300 miles a week max for road touring
It also depends how hilly the terrain is.Posted 9 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
It must be my age, but I’m more drawn to threads about touring than any other tyoe of riding.
Shame Mrs North doesn’t have the same desire….
Oh, and I reckon 50ish is a good average – you need time to do stuff without the constant nagging fear that you can’t waste time off the bike.Posted 9 years ago
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