There is a little known danger from using slime in your tubes.
Note that slime really is slimy, it is slippery enough to be quite a good lubricant inside your tube. If you are traveling at a high rate of speed and your tire looses pressure quickly from a blow out, blow off, or large cut you bicycle can become very difficult to control because the slippery slime will allow your rim to slide back and forth on the flat tire.
Since I like to fly down every hill I see I'd never use slimed tubes.
I am a fan of Mr. Tuffy tire liners though. If you really don't want flats they are great though the extra weight and rolling resistance will slow you down a bit. I ride Mr. Tuffy's on my beater bike and sometimes on my good bike in the winter when I don't mind the performance penalty and a flat is very inconvenient.
Edited by: GIANT-STEPS at: 10/15/2009 (15:43)
Fitness Minutes: (91,517) Posts: 834 10/15/09 3:19 P
I agree slime won't seal a pinch flat. We have a lot of puncture thorn weeds here and slime will seal up the small holes. I just don't like flats. The last century ride I went on there was a nasty accident crossing the railroad tracks. So at least slow down and be careful esp if in a group.
Rather than put slime in your tires .... a pinch flat is usually bigger than what slime would be able to seal(/) On railroad tracks ...hit them perpendicular and at the spot where the vehicle tracks do not go over. I usually slow down and stand relaxed over the bike and let your bod help absorb the vibrations.
On my weekly Wed, Night rides we go over two tracks at different point in our rides and when I train ride I'm going over some as well. Knock on wood but I have been riding for two years and have not had an issue of a flat yet;-)
I agree with the other comments do not make it a race think of it as several mini rides. Find a group that is going about your pace and ask if you can join them. On our last century ride we started with 7 of us and had people join us throughout the ride and we ended up with over 40 riders so we did a double pace line. This made the trip really fast and it also helped us in our eschelon for the cross wind. If you are new to pace line riding let the others know and they will place you in a safe place to be in the line.
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Go and have fun. Find someone that rides at your pace and ask if you can ride with them. Take advantage of the rest stops and if you need to stop in between, do it. Cyclists are some of the greatest folks around and if they see you will make sure you are ok. Stay well hydrated and make sure you eat enough to keep you going.
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just think of it as 4-25 mile rides or 5-20 mile rides. stop at each stop, stretch, eat. keep a steady pace, dont try and race it. if you are used to riding in a draft line and know the rules, see if you can get into a line, that makes the ride easier. be sure to take a pull, even if its a short one.
the organized ones are the best! i've been riding for a year and a half...have finally realized it's no race...slow down, meet folks, take pictures of the scenery and at the end of the day have wonderful memories! enjoy and let us all hear about it next week! meredith
I'd be interested, as well, to have any pointers. I've not done any Centuries, though I can't wait until I build up to that point.
Some tips I've gotten from others, for generally decreasing fatigue, are some simple things like changing positions frequently, stretching periodically and, of course, bring a couple of protein bars and plenty of fluids. I always prefer water mixed with lemon juice (a fairly strong mixture). I knew a girl who'd had some aero bars installed on her bike just before a 206 miler, somewhere out in the mid-west, to offer her more riding positions. I also use Assos chamois cream on each ride - that's helped me a great deal.
Aside from that, I'd be interested in seeing what others might have to offer in the way of advice.
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