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Group or Partner Poll(26 posts)

Group or Partner PollPEDDLEFOOT
Jul 22, 2003 6:10 AM
I was wondering that if given the choice of riding with a large group of casual acquaitences/friends or with one riding partner who was a good friend and riding style matched up with yours which you would choose.
alone, typicallyDougSloan
Jul 22, 2003 6:18 AM
I like riding alone, with a person or two, and with big groups. However, when time is at a premium, I can generally get the best bang for the buck riding alone. Involving other people takes far too much extra time waiting around, and larger groups are even worse.

Partner.Spoke Wrench
Jul 22, 2003 6:22 AM
There aren't many groups that ride as slowly as I do. I struggle at the beginning to keep up for as long as I can but eventually I have to drop off the back. Fortunately, my very favorite partner prefers to ride behnd me on our tandem so I always have a riding partner.
I love riding with a group when I get the chance ...Humma Hah
Jul 22, 2003 6:25 AM
... but it is fairly rare. I don't know anybody close by home who rides with any regularity or anywhere near my pace. I've even tried putting on neighborhood events, distributed notices and everything, with NO response. I'm getting some glimmer of interest from a next-door neighbor ... we'll see how that goes. I'll ride with my wife this weekend ... 18 miles at maybe 8 mph.

So usually I ride alone ... less hassle and don't have to stop and wait.
small group (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Jul 22, 2003 6:29 AM
any reports on the N Ga mtns ride?tarwheel
Jul 22, 2003 8:38 AM
Sorry I missed it. Just got back from 2 weeks vacation and couldn't swing the time off.
hereJS Haiku Shop
Jul 22, 2003 8:48 AM
Partner mostly, then group, then alone (early spring/winter) nmandy02
Jul 22, 2003 6:47 AM
All threePaulCL
Jul 22, 2003 6:50 AM
Most of my time on the bike is alone. I love it. Its' my time to clear my head.

But I also enjoy riding with friends or the occasional group ride. To rank them in order of preference: alone then friends then group.

I ride alone too much. In fact, I am currently trying to organize a Sunday morning group ride. I've posted on our ride board and our local club ride board. I've gotten a few takers - so this Sunday AM I should have a few new friends to ride with. By the way...if you live in the Cincinnati/NKy area, join us.

re: Group or Partner Pollloki_1
Jul 22, 2003 6:50 AM
As finding time to ride is always difficult, I generally ride alone. Where I ride is popular with cyclists and I am slowly getting to know a few of them there.

My neighbor races Cat 3. A bit beyond my level (I don't think it would do much for my ego to be dropped in the first 100ft).

Have thought about hooking up with the local outdoor club rides, but again, the time thing keeps getting in the way.
In solitude or with 1 to 3 close friends nmContinental
Jul 22, 2003 7:01 AM
Always alone.OldEdScott
Jul 22, 2003 7:14 AM
We ain't got no pansy roadies out here in God's country.
I want to be aloneterry b
Jul 22, 2003 7:21 AM
Many people use cycling as a means to spend time with others. Many spend it as a means to escape others. I'm firmly in the latter camp - 50 hours a week dealing with my 100+ person department is all the socialization I need.
Ride Group different than Work Groupcdhbrad
Jul 22, 2003 7:33 AM
I ride with a group 3 days a week and alone on at least 2 days. I find the people on the group rides to be completely different than the people I work with all day, so its a refreshing change. At least with my ride group, everyone is there to have a good time, even while riding at a fast pace, and that makes it a lot of fun.
it's not the people, it's the peopleterry b
Jul 22, 2003 9:24 AM
It's not that I don't want to ride with the people from work (none of them ride anyway.)

I don't want to ride with people in general - work burns all my social receptors down to bloody, little nubs. I spend all day jawing with the multitudes, when I ride I want to keep the jawing inside my head.
Understand the People Partcdhbrad
Jul 22, 2003 10:05 AM
With my ride group, none of whom work with me either, there isn't a whole lot of talking after the initial 10 minutes of warmup chat, after that, you are pretty much "alone" except for all the benefits of drafting and the motivation to hold the wheel in front of you so you don't get dropped. Best of both worlds for me.
wasn't that a greta garbo quote? "i vant to be alone." ;) (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 22, 2003 8:10 AM
Yah Colnago, I used it in honor of Jan (nm)terry b
Jul 22, 2003 9:20 AM
Me too.......Dave Hickey
Jul 22, 2003 8:32 AM
I don't ride for social activity. I spend 95% of my cycling by myself.
Me toogeeker
Jul 22, 2003 9:14 AM
I'm in a rural area, so riding alone is natural, well over 95%. Once in a blue moon I'll ride for a short while with people I encounter on the roads (weekends). Group rides (rare), with extra travel, eat up too much extra time.
small grouptarwheel
Jul 22, 2003 8:36 AM
A group of 5 or 6 is about ideal for me. Enough people to share pulls and keep a fast pace, but not so many that you back up traffic. I dislike large group rides and find them dangerous. Solo rides are nice when I feel like taking it easy, recovery rides, or quick spins after work. The main problem with groups, regardless of the size, is when riders have differing goals. Nothing worse than someone charging all the hills on what's supposed to be an easy recovery ride. Almost as bad is someone who joins a fast group, doesn't have the legs to keep up, and holds everyone back. I'll drop off the back and tell everyone to go on if I can't hang with the pace.
With my son who's almost 14 and obsessed with cycling.94Nole
Jul 22, 2003 10:19 AM
He really gives old dad a run for his money. Wonderful time spent with your kid, too. I highly recommend it. Otherwise mostly alone. Occasionally, a small (4-6 person) group ride.
Small group: Me, myself and I. (nm)PseuZQ
Jul 22, 2003 12:48 PM
I love group ridesjtolleson
Jul 22, 2003 2:11 PM
I'm a chatty extrovert for one thing, and group rides can usually get me to push myself for pace, distance, climbing, or even all three when left to my own devices I may head back to the car.

I enjoy the before riding chit-chat and post ride coffee or beer (depending on time of day) and find that I ride more, and harder, when committing to group rides.

I do a few rides with just my partner, and almost NEVER go on solo rides.
I'd enjoy either choice, but most people hate riding with me...The Walrus
Jul 22, 2003 5:16 PM
...the casual riders grouse and grumble about how far/fast I want to ride, and the "serious" riders go nuts because I'm forever stopping to look at things, take pictures or whatever. I've got one great occasional riding partner whose a good match for me in terms of attitude, fitness and riding style (fashion style is another matter...), but our schedules mesh only 3 or 4 times a year. I wind up riding solo nearly all the time.
re: Group or Partner Pollaliensporebomb
Jul 23, 2003 9:31 AM
I usually ride with two other friends or by myself.

On rare occasions, there was a group of six but mostly
it's just me or myself and two others.

I've never ridden in a huge peloton before, looks like
a challenge though.