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Old 03-23-09, 07:51 PM   #1
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riding partners????????

does anyone here every ride alone? I do constantly and its getting pretty hard to say motivated
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Old 03-23-09, 07:54 PM   #2
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I get my bike this week, and I am a morning person. I plan on being out at about 5am... So I am not positive but I can pretty much bet that I will be on my own. So, I'll just have to make sure my I-Pod is well stocked with motivational music!
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I ride for fun with my wife and ride for the workout with my son.
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I have been riding mostly in the house because it has been snowing and raining so much. I have done a total of 2 rides outside this year. The first one was by myself and it was pretty hard. I did one on Saturday with someone much faster than me and I do so much better than at the beginning of the year. Just riding with someone faster, prompted me to go faster than I am used to and riding with someone is just more fun. I am thinking of joining a cycling club to ride with other people. I have signed up for Livestrong this year and will be doing it with my wife. My wife and I just need to get some time together to ride when the weather turns nice.

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Old 03-23-09, 08:37 PM   #5
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i ride with he wife but its not much of a workout i need someone to push me
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I am a believer in group rides. When I started riding seriously 2 1/2 years ago I rode alone. After 4 months of that I decided to ride with a club. I got dropped so fast I could not make excuses fast enough. It became evident that solo riding did not work for me. I needed other cyclist around me to make me improve.
Anyway, I now ride solo occasionally for a change. Otherwise, I am enjoying myself riding with my cycling friends that push me to get or stay in shape.
Also, do not get discouraged if you get dropped when you first start riding with a group. Everyone in the group in front of you got dropped when they started. That is the way it is.
On some "no drop" rides you may be asked for some clothing you have worn. Their no drop only means they will send blood hounds after 24 if you do not show up. In other words, take care of yourself.
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The only group rides I do is with co-workers at events. Most of mine is commuting and weekend rides. I kind of like the alone time.
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I have been riding a non-drop ride at the local bike shop on Saturday mornings. Other than that, practically all of my riding is by myself. I enjoy riding in a group, but everyone else is either faster than me or slower than me, so it's not something that works well all the time. The group ride is basically the same route each time, so while it's a fine route, it's not something I'd want to do everyday, either.

Riding by myself, I can vary the route however I feel like. I can ride at exactly the pace I want, stop when I want to, quit when I want to. I can take my camera and stop for pictures when I feel like it. So there's advantages there, too.

I also have been riding some of the charity rides (where you go pay $30 or whatever and ride with 800 other people). That gets you in a "group" of sorts, although you're not necessarily riding with other specific people. But it's still a change, and change is good.
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Got close to 15,000 miles riding by myself stretched out over a nine year span. I dont do group rides, never did. I get plenty of motivation by being in the fresh air, pumping my legs and knowing I'm doing good things for myself. I dont use an I-pod as I need to hear everything around me. The silence and speeds that I hit on my road bikes are enough to keep me coming back for more and more. Its the greatest thing I've ever done for myself and I'm not going to stop.

For me, I just prefer to ride alone.
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While I do ride a lot by myself because of my schedule, I've met a couple of guys who seem to follow the same roads/times as me, got chatting, and swapped phone numbers and email addresses. There is usually an email at the beginning of the week letting each other know the schedule and whether or not we can meet up on the road somewhere (certain intersection at certain time).
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i mostly train by myself. once to twice a week i ride with someone else or with a group. to keep myself motivated i plan out routes and ride them like time trials. i make a base time and spend my time trying to improve upon it. i think i have 15 or 20 routes ranging from short to long. 6 of them i ride the most often. Well the ipod does help keep the wind noise from driving me nutts.
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About 90% of my riding is solo. 9% is with my wife and 1% is with other riders.
For me I usually need somewhere to go I don't want to just ride in some circles. Most of the time it is work. Sometimes it is to the bike shop others to get my wife subway while she works on Saturday. I'll make a trip by bike I'd never use a car for just to pick up one or two items from the store.
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Mostly ride alone. Ride with the GF now and then, but she complains about the butt pain and the wrist pain and the leg pain and the wind and the rain and the heat...you get the pix.

I occasionally ride with serious cyclists. It is OK, but I really must say that I prefer the solo thing.
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does anyone here every ride alone? I do constantly and its getting pretty hard to say motivated
I know how you feel. Almost all of my riding is done alone.

Every year I tell myself I'm going to join a bike club so I'll have others to ride with and to push my limits, but every year I wuss out and wind up doing my rides alone (unless I can talk my wife into going for a ride with me, but she's slower than I am LOL).
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About 80% of my riding is alone, about 2% is with my wife or daughter, 1% with the cycling club, and the rest is with a friend of mine. I enjoy all of the above. I would ride more with the club, but it seems like it is usually not worth the drive to meet up to ride with them.
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wow i didn't realize this many of yall rode alone. i don't think i would enjoy a large group ride but 2 or 3 buddys would be fun and competitive. i just never rode with anyone besides my wife.
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wow i didn't realize this many of yall rode alone. i don't think i would enjoy a large group ride but 2 or 3 buddys would be fun and competitive. i just never rode with anyone besides my wife.
It's kind of a loner sport. Besides, it's not too easy to carry on a conversation while moving at over 18 mph due to the wind noise. So most of us preferring to ride solo makes sense.

But...there is another thing. And, I say this with a small smile. But, other than the Clydes and some peeps across town in the over 50 crowd, it has been my experience, that most cyclists are Sasswipes. Cocky and arrogant, overly competitive snobs, being around too many of them tends to ruin a nice day.

Just say'n.....
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does anyone here every ride alone? I do constantly and its getting pretty hard to say motivated
I ride alone about 98% of the time, the rest with my SO. She doesn't ride much, although I wish she would ride more.

I prefer riding alone, it's easier that way if you stop to take pix, you don't have a riding partner constantly trying to get you to keep going,
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I always ride alone ! No big thing duno if I would like riding with someone else . O my wife and I ride around the hood here together now and then about 3 times a summer but she is not really into riding . But Iam a jeans cargo shorts t shirt kina guy on a comfort bike or a cruiser . If I was a roadie I might ride with groups to train duno honestly .
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Most of my miles are commuting which I do alone. My weekend rides are also alone. I'm with people enough when I'm not riding so I'm not sure why I would want them around when I am riding. It's my alone time, my time to think, day dream, do whatever I want to do.
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It's kind of a loner sport. Besides, it's not too easy to carry on a conversation while moving at over 18 mph due to the wind noise. So most of us preferring to ride solo makes sense.

But...there is another thing. And, I say this with a small smile. But, other than the Clydes and some peeps across town in the over 50 crowd, it has been my experience, that most cyclists are Sasswipes. Cocky and arrogant, overly competitive snobs, being around too many of them tends to ruin a nice day.

Just say'n.....
Not my experience at all. I've met some people I really like in the club rides. I like riding with a group because they push me to go farther and faster (especially when we go someplace I'm not familiar with and I'm afraid to get dropped cause I don't know the way) The fast guys drop me with regularity but it takes them longer than it used to.
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My weekday commuting is always solo. On weekends, it depends whether my wife decides to ride with me. If she wants to ride, that's great, if not, I'll go solo. Her pace is slower than mine so I enjoy solo rides as I can push myself more. I will try to pace other riders that I happen upon (always from a safe distance - 50'+ so it doesn't appear I'm drafting). Somethimes I've got no problem keeping up, sometimes they drop me pretty quick.

I wouldn't mind riding with a group but I enjoy leaving when I'm ready and starting/finishing rides from my garage. Riding with a group would require scheduling and I really enjoy going where I want, as far as I want, as fast (or slow) as I want, when I want.
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Most of my riding is solo. Commuting is solo due to it's nature. I've also been on 40-60 miles rides completely solo. It's really nice when you're in no hurry, and want to take pictures.

However, I recently helped form a friendly no-drop group ride. We ride once a month in any weather. We try to make it interesting with stops for food, coffee, or beer. The rides are usually 25-35 miles, but I just led one this month that was almost 50 miles, and really hilly. It was still fun, but we didn't stay together. Our group is River City Cycling Society.

The "big" group in the area is the Louisville Bicycle Club. I'm not a member, and have never been on one of their rides, but I will probably check out some of their rides soon.
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I ride alone, yeah
With nobody else
I ride alone, yeah
With nobody else
You know when I ride alone
I prefer to be by myself

Every morning just before breakfast
I don't want no coffee or tea
Just me and good buddy Cruser
That's all I ever need
'Cause I ride alone, yeah
With nobody else
Yeah, you know when I ride alone
I prefer to be by myself

I ride alone mostly for convenience of schedule, route, and alone time. During the nicer weather I try to do a ride with a friend one day a week and group rides once in awhile. I ride without Ipod because I ride on the road with traffic. When I first started I used the Ipod but found I like the quiet better. I find when I do group rides it increases my driving time and not my riding time. My solo routes are often random, the decision of what way to go at an intersection is made as I go.

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I think that most people ride alone a vast majority of the time. I agree that motivation can become an issue for me after a while. Even with all of the different routes around here, it can become a challenge.

I usually start riding with a group once per week in late-spring. I like to ride on non-racer group rides. The point is not to race, or to talk while you are riding, but to work together in a paceline to ride faster together than you can alone. There is usually lots of conversation before and after the ride, or if somebody has a flat tire, but not while we ride. Some people are naturally chatty, but for most of the people that I've met on those rides, working together to ride faster and like a smooth unit is what it is all about. And the conversation while we consume beer/coffee/bagels/whatever after the ride.

In the winter, I always end up going to spin classes at my local gym 3-5 times per week. The social aspect motivates me enough to show up more often than I normally would on a stationary bike alone.

Try to find a local group that rides at your normal speed or slower the first few times you go out, so that you can get a feel for it, and that has a no-drop policy (nobody left behind). I would also suggest trying a few different groups, to get the "vibe" of the people that show up. There can be a GIANT difference between different groups that are sponsored by the same bicycling club, around here. Find one that works for you.


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