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Weekday Riders - What time do you ride and how long? more...Fez
Dec 3, 2003 6:51 AM
Early morning?

Lunchtime?

Early evening w/ lights?

I try to ride 3 weekdays for 90 minutes a pop. Lunchtime works best for me, since it gets dark so darn early.
1 to two days a week afternoon, morning (in that order)andy02
Dec 3, 2003 6:58 AM
It gets dark so early that I don't get out much during the week. So three days on the rollars.
varies due to daylightterry b
Dec 3, 2003 7:07 AM
DST - 3-4 nights a week from 6-8
ST - I try to go home at lunch one or 2 days a week for a 45 minute ride. Often doesn't happen though. Instead I spin 3 nights a week for 30-45 minutes.
re: Weekday Riders - What time do you ride and how long? more...Dave Hickey
Dec 3, 2003 7:28 AM
An hour a night after work 4 days/wk. This is the first season I've done night riding and I really like it. I usually take Fridays off and then ride during the daytime on Saturday and Sunday.
How many of your bikes have lights?Fez
Dec 3, 2003 7:43 AM
Just one?

What light system do you have and do you like it?

I'm going to buy one soon. I don't like racing home against the rapidly dwindling daylight.
Just 1 has lightsDave Hickey
Dec 3, 2003 7:48 AM
I ride in fairly well light areas so I'm just using a Cateye Opticube. It's great for being seen but it's doesn't provide a lot of light for seeing. I'll probably go with a helmet light in the near future. That way I'm not limited to one bike.
Helmet Light?Fez
Dec 3, 2003 8:25 AM
I don't know how well helmet lights work for the owner of the light, but they are extremely blinding to oncoming riders. I am frequently blinded by them on evening commutes via the paved bike trail.

Helmet lights by nature are very high and usually point up, no matter how its adjusted on the helmet. They are equivalent to having a huge SUV shine high beams right at you on a narrow road.

Maybe they work OK for nighttime mountain biking or riding on streets where you don't expect to encounter fellow oncoming cyclists, but you may want to think twice about using one on a bike trail.
In live in Dallas, What's a bike trail?:-) nmDave Hickey
Dec 3, 2003 9:16 AM
All and one...Andy M-S
Dec 3, 2003 8:16 AM
All of my bikes have mounts for Cateye LED headlights (these are for emergency use only, IMO), all of them have VistaLite Eclypses mounted in back--and those are ALWAYS mounted. One of them has a front light *system*.

The system cost me about $70, and consists of two NiteHawk light heads, a 5w and a 10w, mounted to a section of handlebar that is then mounted, using an old steel Cateye bracket, to the fork crown at the fender bolt (it passes under the canti cable).

I wired up a harness from the two light sets so that I can have either or both light(s) running. Based on the standard NH 4.5 AH 6v battery, that should give me just under two hours of 15w light. Since I have two batteries and two smart chargers, I swap batteries every day, and leave one charger at work so that I can top off the battery I used in the morning. If I go out for a long evening dinner ride, I take the extra battery along.

Cars *respect* this kind of light, and I don't have to worry about when I get home.
I Commute Every Day...Andy M-S
Dec 3, 2003 8:09 AM
Well, I did, until I sprained/broke (I see the Ortho today) my right foot...

Typically, I leave for work at 7:30 and do 30 minutes...

Ride at lunch for 45 or so...

Ride home in the dark, about 40 minutes.

Riding in the cold and dark is kind of fun, if you're properly equipped for it.
Ditto the cold and dark statement ----nmJFR
Dec 3, 2003 12:08 PM
nm
re: Weekday Riders - What time do you ride and how long? more...lyleseven
Dec 3, 2003 8:17 AM
Up until a recent accident and injury, every day, usually in the a.m (4 days a week) and also in the p.m.(6 days a week). Average 100-150 miles per week.
2 hours a daykevinacohn
Dec 3, 2003 8:49 AM
Because I'm a student, I don't have to be at an office from 9-5 or something like that. When I don't have class and my work is done I can ride. I work my schedule so that I can ride two hours every day. Ususally I'll do one in the morning and one in the late afternoon, but sometimes I'll do the two hours together.
re: Weekday Riders - What time do you ride and how long? more...CritLover
Dec 3, 2003 9:07 AM
Varies, but usually between twelve and one. But, I;m a grad student, so my schedule is open. I wait for the warmest part of the day. Sometimes, being broke is agood thing.
Mainly commutingvindicator
Dec 3, 2003 9:19 AM
Use lights when needed. So, early morning and early evening. This covers the vast majority of my weekday rides.

On weekdays when I ride but don't commute it's trainer or rollers (winter/weather) in the early am, or whatever stationary bike I can find at the hotel (travel) and in those cases it's whenever I can squeeze it in.
Bike commute.macalu
Dec 3, 2003 9:30 AM
Its the only way to keep base miles in the off season if you work full time.

Mon thru Fri: An hour to work in the dark. An hour home usully at dusk.

Sat: an hour or so pretty easy.

Sun: Usually a three hour or so will TEAM LARDBUTT in No VA. (more to follow on TEAM LARDBUTT)
lunch - 2000 ft up in 5.3 miles, back down, back to work (nm)PmbH
Dec 3, 2003 9:37 AM
5am, 45 min 2X a week, longer in summerStraightblock
Dec 3, 2003 10:03 AM
A busy family schedule doesn't allow more than that. I use a 5w/10w Vistalight on the front, a Zefal blinkie on the rear, big rear reflector, reflector tape on the fork, chainstays and crank arms, and Tirefly lights on the wheels. The bike is a dedicated early morning/indoor trainer/rain bike, and this time of year gets more mileage than my Bianchi. Stripped of just the battery and the Tireflies, I've used it on some foul-weather weekend rides, and although it's ugly it holds its own against some of the hi-zoot rides the local clubbers have.

I almost didn't ride this morning due to heavy fog, and came back dripping wet. Then, in a moment of weakness, I indulged in some holiday pastry at work, and probably undid any benefit I got from the morning ride.

I've thought many times about riding at lunch, but my office is in a semi-rural industrial area that has narrow potholed roads with heavy truck traffic.
re: Weekday Riders - What time do you ride and how long? more...gtscottie
Dec 3, 2003 10:35 AM
6AM 25kms to work 6PM 25km home. Sometimes I take a different route home that is 50kms.

In the winter I just drive to work and eat Chocolate Macs and complain about how fat I am getting and what a pain it will be to get back into shape in the spring.

Actually I do hit the gym 3 or 4 times a week in the winter to be honest but I still get fat in the winter.
Commute one way (both ways is too much)JFR
Dec 3, 2003 10:54 AM
I'm not quite fit enough to go both ways consecutive days (unless I ride at a snails pace). So Monday-Thur I drive in w/ bike, ride home, ride back the next morning and then drive home. Friday's I ride both ways; sometimes I'll drive 1/3 of the way and ride from there. Saturday's I rest. Sunday's I mtb (or do a long road ride).

Commuting rules, and most excuses have a solution :-) But I admit, my commute is easy... 90% MUT, and I have a shower/lockers at work.
Commute to work 3 days a week...scary slow
Dec 3, 2003 11:49 AM
I bring clothes in on Monday and take them home on Friday. My commute is about 45 minutes one way. I usually add on in the evening to make for about 2 hours of ride time each day.
2x a week at night for 2 to 3 h.853
Dec 3, 2003 2:18 PM
Maybe that's why I have been losing weight this winter!

Tuesdays - I ride 2hours from 6:30 to 8:30
Wed. - Rollers 30min.
Thursdays - I ride 3 hours 6:30 to 9:30
Friday - Rollers 30min.

Usually I would be missed at home, but since it's dark out my wife likes to say at home and watch tv and doesn't mind me being gone. It works out perfect - we have dinner at about 5:45,6:ish and then I go work off my dinner.

It helps to have a couple of other buddies going with me.
By myself,in the cold and dark I would only last an hour.
At least three times on weekdays and one weekend ride.GeoCyclist
Dec 3, 2003 3:04 PM
I ride Mon, Wed, Fri, from 08:00 to 11:30 with my riding buddy (who works in the afternoon). If the weather is bad one day, we just ride the next. Some days I will continue to ride for another 2 hours after my buddy cuts out for work. Usually get one long ride on Saturday with the group, and tandem ride on Sunday with my wife. I find this schedule works really good; as it leaves me time for Golf in the afternoon, and still time to fix dinner for my wife before she gets home from work. Life is good when you don't have to work!
re: Weekday Riders - What time do you ride and how long? more...ORdirtydown
Dec 3, 2003 5:09 PM
40 yr old family man with 8-5 (on the weekdays) job. Wife is working on Doctorate so we trade 2 nights each week. Currently, I get Tuesdays and Thursdays. I commute in the morning (40 minutes) and take the long way home in the evening (2.5 hrs). Every other week, I mtb on a singlespeed for a good Force workout.

Last night, I found a good country road with a wide (6-8 feet) shoulder and low traffic 5 miles from my house. Once I get on the road, it is a good 10 miles non-stop out to Lowell. I got home just in time to read 3 chapters of "Captain Underpants ..." to the kids before bed. When I mtb, I don't get home until after 11:00.

I use a Niterider Digital Evolution with an extra battery.

I am also equipped for rain and cold. I have weather proof mtb shoes and eggbeaters on my mtb and cyclocross bike. If I need to just spin easy, then I just take my singlespeed out on the road for a couple hours.
Commute there and back about 4 times a weekRich_Racer
Dec 3, 2003 11:14 PM
Usually do a short ride in one direction and a longer (25-40) in the other. I have lot's of lights!
About to leavemickey-mac
Dec 4, 2003 6:03 AM
During the week I do three 90 minute rides, leaving the house between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. About half the year (including now), I need a headlight and taillight for at least the first 30 minutes of the ride.