Helmet issue aside, one thing I’d recommend is carrying something sour to eat with you in case you get sleepy while riding. I read this on the IBA site many moons ago and for some reason it does work to wake you up if you start to get sleepy while riding. Of course it is not substitute for actual sleep when you need it but it will help to keep you awake until the next convenient place to stop and assess your condition.
I don’t do certified IBA rides anymore because after I’d done a BBG and 50CC I didn’t feel the need to get any more IBA certs but I still ride long very days just for the heck of it and always carry either some Lemonheads or sour gummi worms in my tank bag in case I get sleepy.
In fact, just a couple of months ago I started to get sleepy around noon after eating way too huge of a breakfast so I pulled over and ate something sour. Sure enough it woke me right up and I was good for the rest of the day.
As I mentioned in an earlier post "I think" the best way to do a short run of 1,000 miles is to leave early in the morning so that you finish at a normal bed time hour that evening. That way you stay within your normal sleep cycle. You can and do get sleepy mid day but a quick energy drink, Snickers bar or soda will usually snap you out of that.
My Dad always carried a bag of lemon drops when driving on our family vacations. I always thought he just liked to have candy during the day so I don't know whether he knew the benefits of it keeping him alert or not. I'm going to try that on my next putt..
I take your meaning though - about keeping alert on long rides. For me, a cup of coffee and then a twenty-minute nap does wonders. If that doesn't work I sing show tune at the top of my lungs in the parking lot.
I have a massive Long Oblong head. This is the first helmet that did NOT give me that pain right there... XXL and I had to get new cheek pads (cyclegrear was the only place that would swap them with another helmet FREE. Apparently the pads on smaller helmets are larger so that makes them "smaller" when in reality they are not. Either way it worked. BUT...... They only had black and MAN its hot.
Sounds to me like your experiencing hot spots on your forehead due to an ill fitting helmet. Certain manufacturers make certain shape helmets, ie, round, oval, intermediate oval, round oval etc. I got lucky, and my schuberth E1 is made for an intermediate oval, which is my head shape. Maybe look into getting fitted by one of the helmet manufacturer reps at a rally or bike show, they are usually at these event
I do a fair amount of IBA rides, mostly BBG's (Bun burner gold-1500+ miles in less than 24 hrs). In fact I'm headed out on one tomorrow night, western ma to grand island Nebraska. I keep sour chews in my tank bag as stated above and every once in a while pop one in my mouth while riding. IBA rides are all setup to be done safely and legally within the time limit without speeding. I wont advertise my speeds, but usually finish a BBG around 21-22 hours. From what I've learned from the IBA rides and from a lot of my IBA friends is to minimize your time spent at stops(around 10 minutes) and avoid caffeine as its a diuretic that makes you have to urinate a lot. Your average speed for a successful ss1k can be as low as 42.5mph to complete it at 24hrs, 62.5mph for a BBG at 24hrs. Basically the trick is to keep the wheels spinning. If you gotta stop for break, do it, before its too late! Plan your ride and ride your plan!!
If ya ever need a witness, I'll gladly meet you anywhere in the northeast to sign it for ya. Always cool to put a name to face, and **** I'll go burn up the road with you on my GT!
In 127 days is the 97th Laconia Bike Week here in New England. I love this event because it attracts most bikers, and so leaves the roads clear (more or less) for a week. Building on my last inquiry, I am testing for interest in a mini-rally for that week. In general, we would ride away from...
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