How to ride long distance

The loneliness of the long-distance rider

How to ride long distance

By Alan Dowds

RIDING long distances on a bike isn't for everyone. Plenty of us are content with using bikes for short blasts on a weekend, trackdays, and the odd longer ride in the summer. On the other hand, the rise of the adventure rider shows that lots of folk like nothing more than piling on the miles day after day.

So if you're looking to develop one of those iron butts, or have your first mega ride ahead of you, here's our selection of top tips for marvellous mega-mile munching…

1 Plan

If you've never ridden 500 miles in a day before, it's worth building up rather than just diving in at the deep end. Consider dragging a mate along – it's more fun than on your own. And if you're thinking about taking a pillion, they need to do some training too. A thousand-mile day on the back of a bike is most folk's idea of hell, so they'll need to be tough.


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