Womack wrote:I don't think it's that outlandish an idea to ride 60-odd miles on a mountain bike in normal clothes. Fairly sure I could do it, particularly if said bike was equipped with road tyres, albeit it wouldn't be as comfortable or easy as on a road bike in Lycra.
I can think of quite a few examples of me and others doing exactly that. Back when I did the London to Brighton, probably around 10 years ago, loads of the participants, again including me, were on hybrids/mtbs and wearing normal clothes - OK 54 miles but in the same ballpark.
Edit: I think possibly there is a difference of understanding here of how much effort needs to be put out whilst riding a bike. 100km in 3-4 hours with few stops is a very different proposition to the same distance in 6-7 hours with lots of stops.
Yep. My achilles have being playing up, so though I'd dig my bike out (20 year old rigid MTB with smooth tyres) instead of running. Went for 30 miles in just over the 2 hours. I was poorly equipped (no cycling specific clothing and no water), but found it no bother and no aches or pains afterwards.
I'm not disputing that a decent bike and decent clothing would have made it more pleasurable and faster, but there is certainly no need to go mad.