First and foremost the disclaimer, I’ve already done some searching and reading on the forums. Now that that’s out of the way…
I briefly tried my hand at distance riding a little more than a year ago. I dropped distance riding because muni was more my thing, that and it got very boring doing it by myself. I didn’t really get that far into it, I maxed out at 27.5 miles (on my 29er), just to comfortably say I did a marathon distance. Still I have a 50 miler on my bucket list. I do not have machinations of doing a 100 mile ride.
The takeaway from that marathon ride was that my legs held up fine but my bottom did not, it was crushed. Forget male anatomy, the boys, etc., etc. it just felt like a big squished bruise anywhere my bottom had contact with the seat. The last few miles were very painful.
A good opportunity to take a stab at that 50 mile trip presented itself this fall and I figured I’d give it a go. I doubt I’d be able to make the entire 50 miles but it would be nice to extend my current max distance. After some forum reading and a bit of common sense I’ve come up with the following to help me:
- Ride a 36er. I still don't have one but someone has been kind enough to lend me theirs. I'm hoping for an easier ride than when I was doing distance rides on my 26 or 29. I've rode a 36 about a tenth of a mile, just enough to test one out in the parking lot during some of the muni fests I've been to, so I know I can mount/ride one. I really have no idea of how much of a boost to expect from transitioning from a 29 to a 36 though.
- Use padded shorts. Very early on when I first started back unicycling I bought myself a pair of cycling shorts. They squished the crud out of me so I sent them back for a refund. That's to say that I've been riding without padded shorts all this time. Maybe they aren't necessary for muni but from what I've read on the forums only a "masochist" would attempt distance riding without them. Suppose I better get a pair, and I suppose they would have made a big difference in my 29er distance rides. Bikes are different from unis, so are there any brand/model recommendations?
- Ok, the reason I created the thread. Would obligatorily dismounting and resting every [b][i]x[/i][/b] miles whether I felt I needed it or not help in the long run? Say resting 10 minutes for every 5 miles even if I felt perfectly fine... or is it more the case that 5 hours in the saddle is 5 hours in the saddle so I might as well only stop and rest when discomfort starts to set in?