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Do you ride mostly alone?(23 posts)

Do you ride mostly alone?jaybird
Aug 26, 2002 12:12 PM
Something to start a discussion... How much of the time do you go out riding alone and how often do you ride with others?

For myself, I have ridden almost totally alone this year, I am relatively new to the area that I live in (Franklin, MA) and havent met too many others. In the past, I have always had a steady core group to ride with so this makes rides seem much longer than they are. It is nice in some respects because it is giving me plenty of personal time to debate the major issues in the world and in my life. (i.e. Campy v. Shi+mano, stock v. custom frames, Is Lance the best ever? Do I need a new bike? Am I a Fred? how can my wife spend more money at the spa/salon than I do on bikes/gear in a year?)
re: Do you ride mostly alone?Fez
Aug 26, 2002 12:33 PM
During the week, yes. I have had riding partners over the years and it usually is too much of a production to get together and ride after work. And sometimes our riding goals are different, so I do better alone. So I focus on my individual training goals and occassionally I may pick up a friendly face out on the road and ride together.

The weekend gives better options. Maybe do a longer ride, maybe do a group ride, maybe just ride with a friend.
Aug 26, 2002 12:38 PM
We always used to meeting every Saturday and Sunday at the local pancake house for breakfast and a 40 to 100 mile ride. Living in a Big Ten town, some people are transitional. Students, grad students and some faculity. I have decided over the past couple of years, I prefer staying in bed with my wife getting a little more sleep riding later, eventhough it means riding 99 percent of the time by myself. It definetly makes riding with some other riders special.
Aug 26, 2002 12:49 PM
I go on a shop ride weeks that the schedule fits, but mostly the time spent getting people together feels better spent riding. It probably starts from enjoying solitude. I noticed on a group ride this weekend that on some stretches I went off by myself for a while and then either waited for the others or caught them again when they stopped for a break.
ya nmPhatMatt
Aug 26, 2002 12:50 PM
re: Do you ride mostly alone?fbg111
Aug 26, 2002 12:50 PM
Yup, but just b/c I'm not quite good enough yet to ride the 50 mile treks that my local tri-club does. I want to start group riding as soon as I can do it without slowing the group down or getting dropped.
I have a sub-questionET
Aug 26, 2002 12:52 PM
Do y'all (the guys, that is) sometimes wish that the girl you see out there riding alone on her bike would ask you to ride with her? Has it ever happened to you? If yes and you said yes, any second thoughts about the lost training you had planned for that ride?
I have a sub-questionPhatMatt
Aug 26, 2002 1:25 PM
I ride with one of those girls some times and if we are in teh hills she kills me. But wiht my new work schedule I only get to ride with here rarely now.

I have a sub-questionsweetbuns
Aug 26, 2002 1:46 PM
I've never asked a guy or gal to ride together....I prefer to ride alone even if the person is at a similar pace. If a guy asked me to ride with him, I would say sure, but I would think he is a weirdo....a few times, while on break, I've gotten the feeling that some guys wanted to talk but was too shy, how cute, but in my mind, he is still a weido.
Aug 26, 2002 3:31 PM
anything's possible, but you may have a better chance at a group ride where its a little more normal to strike up a conversation as compared to a complete stranger.

maybe the solo girl has some serious training goals and doesn't want to be bothered. or maybe she has the boyfriend department already taken care of.

but no harm trying, i guess. i wouldn't do it, mainly because my wife wouldn't support the practice.
About 6,000 miles a year on the tandem, the rest alone.MB1
Aug 26, 2002 1:36 PM
Hate to share a single bike with anyone as the steering is dicey.

Probably 90+% of my miles are with my wife. Less than 20% of our miles together are with a group-even if we start with a group we often end up alone as our pace is different and we don't like to stop.
VariesKing Henry
Aug 26, 2002 1:37 PM
I frequently ride with my wife and kids (the latter in tow), but those are strictly recreational rides. I do most of my more serious riding alone. At first, riding solo was my only option, since, for family reasons, I had to use the early morning hours to get in some good miles. I haven't found too many people who want to hit the road at 6:00 a.m. Now I look forward to my solo rides as quality thinking time, which I find really valuable and relaxing (no matter how hard I push). That said, I recently found a couple of group rides that I enjoy and will try to work one of them into my schedule.
re: Do you ride mostly alone?Fredrico
Aug 26, 2002 3:01 PM
The W&OD bikepath passes right where I live in Herndon, VA, (next to Dulles Airport) so I go on it after work and on weekends, even if I'm using it to get someplace else.

Most ride the path solo. I miss riding with others, as I did out in Texas, but if all you want is your workout, solo is better. I can do exactly what I want, relax one day, hammer the next. Occassionally, I key off another rider, maybe try to do the same pace from a hundred yards back, or try to catch a rider far off the front. I have even "raced" with others, playing cat and mouse. The last one who passes is the winner. Strangers don't like you to draft them, unfortunately, but that's okay.

Frankly, I like riding alone. I can compete with others, but it isn't personal. If I get tired, I can slow down and recover without cheating a riding partner out of his workout. And when I'm feeling good I can speed without anyone feeling obliged to keep up.

Then, of course, once in awhile I strike up a conversation with another rider in some of these situations, and make a friend.
Can't find anyone else to commute with every day ...Humma Hah
Aug 26, 2002 3:06 PM
Olivier has gone back to France, and couldn't really keep up. The french girl who replaced him is kinda cute, and she DOES commute by bike, but lives off in another direction. Still ...

Riding with others is a treat. I really enjoy it and do it when I can. But I'll not put my riding on hold waiting for the chance. Riding alone is easy to arrange.
re: Do you ride mostly alone?tmotz
Aug 26, 2002 3:09 PM
A little rec riding with my kids,everything else alone.
The thinking I do while riding is so good(don't know a better way to express it),life at times almost makes sense.
Aug 26, 2002 3:47 PM
Working 2nd shift (3:30pm to midnight) gives me lots of time to ride, but not with anyone. I sometimes do group rides on weekends or if I get day off during the week, but mostly it's just me.
re: Do you ride mostly alone?Snowbird
Aug 26, 2002 4:44 PM
I like to ride as early as I can, usually just after sunrise. This way I see less traffic, cooler temps, calmer winds and I am finishing just as the group rides are getting started.
Yup! Here's to having no cyclist friends =( nmempacher6seat
Aug 26, 2002 4:45 PM
re:Mostly with one buddyChainstay
Aug 26, 2002 8:25 PM
Riding with the same person gets like being married. I'm a little tired of the same sprints in the same spots, the coffee routine, the fact that I can only beat him when he is sick or too cold (thats the worse). Occasionally there will be one or two others. We are always trying to get people out. I prefer a small group of 4-5 riders best
50/50bianchi boy
Aug 26, 2002 9:18 PM
I used to ride solo almost exclusively, except for large group rides like centuries, mainly because I didn't have any regular partners who rode the same pace. For the past year, however, I've been riding with a regular group and it's opened up a whole new world of cycling for me. Our group is fairly well matched in abilities, so we get some good pacelines going and take turns pushing the pace. I never realized before how much faster you can travel riding with a good paceline. We still tend to split up some on big climbs but generally regroup. Some are better climbers, others at fast pulls in the flats. Most of my solo rides now are on weekdays after work when there's not enough time to meet up with others.
Regrettfully, yes..alone againPaulCL
Aug 27, 2002 6:25 AM
I would say that 85% of my rides are alone. I just haven't found anyone who fits into my schedule. I get up real early (like 5 or 6am) to ride. If I see someone on the road, I always try to hook up with them. But how often do you find a stranger on the road who wants to go your same pace??? Fast or slow.

I would love to have a regular group ride to join. In order to get into a group ride, I would have to throw the bike on the car and drive for 30 minutes. Too much time. The guys I used to ride with are gone - one moved away, the other took up tennis and gained about 50lbs. No kidding, 50lbs!! His wife has called me to have me ask him to ride again. He just isn't interested. Too bad. He's gonna die young. Paul
re: Do you ride mostly alone?MVN
Aug 27, 2002 6:35 AM
I start out with a small group on Tues. and Thursdays, but after a while I get dropped and I finish the ride by myself. Other days its just me. I have one friend who rides but hates road riding, prefers mountain biking. So I go it alone most of the time. Prefer it that way, actually.
re: Do you ride mostly alone?lsg
Aug 27, 2002 10:37 AM
Living several miles out of town it is usually just easier to ride alone than to coordinate riding with others. I enjoy both types of riding but would prefer riding more with others as I believe it would help me push myself harder and to do more miles.