Every year Newbie Riders sign-up for FANY and discover how great it is to spend a week on a bike. Set a goal to ride at least 500 miles (1,000 would of course be even better!) before FANY, including at least one 70 mile ride. Bob's Great Training Log is a terrific way to keep track of your miles and/or spin class sessions. If you can sustain an average of at least 13 mph including breaks you'll have time in the day for sightseeing.
LOTS OF FUN, LOTS OF HILLS! New York has wonderfully diverse terrain, and we plan to sample all of it. 10,000 years ago glaciers deeply carved and wrinkled the middle of NYS, so we'll spend our middle days doing some major hills with scenery that makes the climbing absolutely worthwhile.
(Remember, it's still your hill, even if you have to walk up it - and many of us do walk.)
We'll average 70 miles a day, (or 35 on the Sore FANY option). They'll be mostly road miles, with a few short stretches of bike trails thrown in, so light-weight, multi-geared road bikes are recommended.
Also, have NEW tires on your bike. You'll be biking for 500 miles on all kinds of roads, so be sure your tires are road/touring tires. New York has been experimenting with new road surfaces, so tires with names that include "Survivor" or "Gator Skins" make sense, unless you like changing flats.
Since almost all of the 500 miles are road miles, road bikes are strongly encouraged, except for you die-hard fat-tire types, (and you know who you are). Almost all types of bikes have successfully completed FANY; tandems, folders, trikes, hybrids, recumbents. Oddly though, no unicycles yet.
Yes. You really can do this!
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Last year's bikers would say that "YOU DEFINITELY WANT TO TRAIN - THE MIDDLE PART OF THE RIDE IS HILLY." We often go up, not around, 10% grades and on occasion FANY has climbed (or walked) 14%.
So make sure to include hills in your training! Train on the bike that you're going to ride.
Join a bike club and go on club rides to increase your speed and endurance. Also at some point, make sure that you train at least 5 consecutive days, to see if you really like throwing your leg over the bike day after day.
A great training ride for FANY is the Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour, June 8-10, 2018. Many FANY riders, both
past and present go on this annual ride. Choose from different length routes each day. Non-biking friends & spouses can enjoy kayaking, hikes near the waterfalls, or lakes
or shopping in quaint villages. Includes 3 days biking and 2 nights camping (which presents a good time to test if your new tent is easy to set-up). Or there’s a
bunk house option in case you're not a "camper." This wonderful event features catered meals and well planned rides over scenic Finger Lakes roads, and is sponsored by the
Southern Tier Bicycle Club of Binghamton, NY.
One last thing - FANY routes & this ride don' really overlap. It's a nice way to see another area of New York State.
See you there?