Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 30
  1. #1
    crash survivor tate65's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Irving, TX
    My Bikes
    C-dale rush, Mountain cycle fury, Monocog 29er, Haro hard tail VX, Scattante R330
    Posts
    654
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Do you mix up your routes

    Typically about twice a month maybe less I will change my route for 1 day. Not really sure why but I just get the urge to go a different path. It is some times only a few blocks and no big deal other times it's the whole route. On occasion I have gotten into trouble, lost, or had to back track, but I enjoy all those, and once in a while I find a better way. Do you ever do this?

  2. #2
    It's true, man.
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    North Texas
    My Bikes
    Cannondale T1000, Inbred SS 29er, Supercaliber 29er, Crescent Mark XX, Burley Rumba Tandem
    Posts
    2,727
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a couple different routes that I take under certain conditions:

    My usual route.
    The short route I take if I'm running late or if I have to fix a flat or whatever.
    A little longer route that keeps me from having to ride in against a cold North wind on the way to the train.
    And a variation of the short route that takes me past several groups of the TCU ladies' track/cross country teams when they're out training in late summer.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    San Leandro, CA
    My Bikes
    Bianchi Castro Valley
    Posts
    115
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I usually like looking for new routes on my way home. When I'm heading to work or class, I rarely give myself enough time to adventure! Finding different ways to get around town is always helpful. I've pretty much got the most effecient routes down for my day to day needs, but sometimes a change of scenery is good for the brain.

  4. #4
    Cycle Dallas MMACH 5's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Land of Gar, TX
    My Bikes
    Lucinda--2010 Jamis Aurora Elite & a few others
    Posts
    3,374
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    When it has rained heavily, I'm pretty much forced to change my route. About 15% of my commute is usually on a bike path which floods quite easily.

    I also change it up when I'm mentally tired. My alternate route is a few miles longer, but it is mostly side streets. If my head is not in the game, I stay off the main roads.

    On a rare occasion, I'll ride downtown and hop on the train over to Irving. It knocks about 10 miles off my pedalling distance, but takes a half hour longer. Go figure.
    That's gonna leave a mark.

  5. #5
    Upgrading my engine DXchulo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Reno
    Posts
    5,636
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't have as many options as I would like (I have to cross a river and there's really only 1 good way over it on the way home), but I switch it up a little bit from time to time. You'd be amazed at how much of a difference it can make to change just 1 or 2 streets. I didn't think it would make much of a difference until I was forced to do it one day because of construction. I've been a believer ever since.

    When it's warm out I like to do different things in the morning (I'm a morning person), but now that it's cold I simply go for the fastest route. Within the next few months Mother Nature should throw enough things at me to keep things from getting too boring.
    centuryperweek.blogspot.com

  6. #6
    Packfodding 3 caloso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Sacramento, California, USA
    My Bikes
    Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
    Posts
    29,996
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    All the time. That's half the fun of bike commuting.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

  7. #7
    Perineal Pressurized dobber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    In Ebritated
    Posts
    6,556
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    On the inbound route I had three different routes: 10, 13 & 15 miles. The longer routes I used during the summer when I didn't need lighting.

    Going home was variable, from 10 to 50 miles depending on what I really wanted to do
    This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in a wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    14,274
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have routes from .5 miles to almost a 100. I am sure I could stretch a commute to a double century if I had the time.
    However, 95% of the time I ride the same route over and over. It is a nice route with low traffic and nice scenery.

  9. #9
    Sensible shoes. CastIron's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    St. Paul,MN
    My Bikes
    A few.
    Posts
    8,799
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a few choke points in my route, but the last half mile home is a labyrinth and I make use of it. I try not to use the same way in that I did going out or for consecutive days.
    Mike
    Quote Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
    It looks silly when you have quotes from other forum members in your signature. Nobody on this forum is that funny.
    Quote Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
    Why am I in your signature.

  10. #10
    GATC
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    south Puget Sound
    Posts
    6,609
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have different routes depending on which kid or kids I am dropping off/picking up, and other shopping I might need to do. There is a new MUP extension that is getting closer and closer to opening and I take that sometimes just for the heck of it.

  11. #11
    member Mazaev's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Brooklyn
    My Bikes
    '05 Fuji Silhouette, '06 Specialized Tarmac Comp, '06 Bianchi Pista
    Posts
    359
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've pretty much refined my route to the most efficient possible over the last year or so and usually stick to it, although every once in a while I'll go in the other direction and just pedal. For the most part though, the adventurous stuff is reserved for the weekend road rides. When commuting, I usually just wanna get to work / home.
    Last edited by Mazaev; 12-03-07 at 02:25 PM.

  12. #12
    Raving looney
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    My Bikes
    70s Leader Precision w/Shimano 600 (road), IRO Rob Roy (Fixed)
    Posts
    2,486
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Sometimes, I usually ride the same routes because a) it's easier to not think about navigation some days and b) they're either fast, direct or both.

    Times I'll vary are either if I've got time, if I feel like a change or if there's a situation forcing it (those are the fun ones when it's cold, wet and late and the main east/west road in town is closed right in the middle of the city )

    An example for me would be the gentle slope heading upto Bloor on Sherbourne. This hill isn't very aggressive but the combination of wind, the hill, my fatigue and the lights stop/start really get to me - so I switch my north run to Bloor up quite a bit, though there aren't many choices I favour, there are plenty options I just choose not to take.

  13. #13
    Raving looney
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    My Bikes
    70s Leader Precision w/Shimano 600 (road), IRO Rob Roy (Fixed)
    Posts
    2,486
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Mazaev View Post
    When commuting, I usually just wanna get to work / home.
    Yeah this pretty much sums it up for me too, usually I'm on a time constraint of visitation or work, so I have to Just Do It(tm) without much meandering.

  14. #14
    Senior Member maddyfish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Ky. and FL.
    My Bikes
    KHS steel SS
    Posts
    3,945
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    No. .3 miles up a big hill to the school. .3 miles down a big hill to home.
    Not too much to say here

  15. #15
    i got nothing. Crash716's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Cali Forn NI A (SoCal)
    My Bikes
    13 BH G6 with SRAM Red
    Posts
    5,447
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    i vary it allot from day to day morning to night...

    i am lucky and i have about 10 differenent ways i can go from 45 miles to 12.
    14 days...

  16. #16
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Denver, CO
    My Bikes
    2003 GT Idrive 3.0, 1970's Motobecane Mirage (SS), 98 Gary Fisher Big Sur hardtail, 1970's Raleigh Super Record Mixte (mostly original).
    Posts
    20
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I live in a rough area of town, and commute through a few different rough areas, so I like to vary my route. Just in case. Plus it helps so I don't get burnt out on riding and get to see different parts of town and maybe get some extra exercise.

    -Chris

  17. #17
    E. Peterbus Unum
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    NW Houston, Texas
    My Bikes
    2008 Scattante XRL Cross, 2007 Fuji Team, 2002 Fuji Ace, 80's Novara Randonee, 80's Nishiki Prestige SingleSpeed
    Posts
    118
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have found that it took several weeks to find the right route and have stuck with it for the entire time I have had to travel this distance (13 miles each way). Being consistent in my departure time and route has proven to be helpful in that I see the same drivers and they see me. When I am running late it is like a whole new group of drivers I have to train on how to deal with a cyclist on a road with zero shoulder.

    txbiker

  18. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Tucson AZ
    Posts
    584
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a 14-mile commute that sometimes becomes 17 or 20. I don't think I've ridden the same route twice any two consecutive days in the past three years. Most of the city is laid out in a grid of 1/2 mile squares so I can go a mile south on this road or that one, and a mile east on that one or this one, and get to where I'm going. I also stay away from MUPs most of the time, because I can't stand the idiots with their dogs on 20-foot leashes. But on rainy days, those people are usually nowhere to be seen, so the MUP is a decent way to cover a few miles, even though it goes out of my way a bit. I would think that using the same route every day would be drudgery defined.

  19. #19
    Seņior Member ItsJustMe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Michigan
    My Bikes
    Windsor Fens, Giant Seek 0 (2014, Alfine 8 + discs)
    Posts
    11,728
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Not really possible for me. I take the most direct route, which is 10.8 miles. The smallest change in my route would result in about 2 extra miles, and results in 3 miles of travel on broken pavement with heavy, high speed traffic rather than the "1 car every 5 minutes" I get on my main route. The next one is also about 2 miles more, but results in 8 miles of gravel rather than 4. The next would be 5 extra miles, though all pavement instead of 4 gravel. Either way, I don't really have the time to spare.

    I've done them all in the past when I had errands to run, or a road was closed or something, but I'm already pushing my time limit just riding at all.

    Especially in the winter, with icy roads and hellacious headwinds; I don't really want any more miles.
    Work: the 8 hours that separates bike rides.

  20. #20
    Disgruntled grad student beingtxstate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Champaign, IL
    Posts
    443
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yup. I ride different routes from time to time unless I'm running late or something.
    1990 Trek 330
    2006 Trek 7.2FX
    2006 Trek 7.3FX (Wifey's Steed)

  21. #21
    <user defined text>
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    My Bikes
    80's peugeot. Somewhat knackered. Lovely new Salsa Casseroll singlespeed.
    Posts
    417
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I take the same route every single day.

    I can't be doing with thinking about new routes first thing in the morning.

    Also between home and work in Sydney there are various harbour inlets / rivers, so my choice of route is dictated by where the convenient bridges are.

  22. #22
    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    KIGX
    My Bikes
    2009 Motobecane Fantom CX, 2012 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno SSCX
    Posts
    1,742
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have several parallel routes that don't vary in distance all that much. I've only gone through Shoreline Park on the Bay Trail on the way home once in 1.5 years. I did Foothill Expressway several times in the summer. And now that it's dark earlier, I am tending to take Central Expressway over my usual Middlefield route because of some intersections at the end that I don't want to take at rush hour AND in the dark.

    So the answer is "yes".
    --Ben
    Carrboro Bike Coalition - putting the "bike" in "CARrboro" :)
    2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, 2009 Motobecane Fantom CX
    Previously: 2000 Trek 4500 (2000-2003), 2003 Novara Randonee (2003-2006), 2003 Giant Rainier (2003-2008), 2005 Xootr Swift (2005-2007), 2007 Nashbar 1x9 (2007-2011), 2011 Windsor Shetland (2011-2014)
    Current Linux Usage (by machine): Arch: I openSUSE: III

  23. #23
    genec genec's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    san diego
    My Bikes
    custom built, sannino, beachbike, giant trance x2
    Posts
    22,808
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    On nice days I add length to the commute... actually going into areas with heavier traffic than the "ideal" route, but only because that is the only way to get to some nice fast roads (flat and straight, but longer) that are really enjoyable to spin on.

    Other days I vary the route to include a view of the ocean, and a steep uphill.

    But the bottom line is that my commute is constrained in a couple places by the local geography, and I must go through these pinch points no matter what. (or become an auto for freeway access... the only "alternative").

    Sadly these longer routes are a bit risky in limited light... simply due to the heavier traffic and faster motor speeds.

  24. #24
    M_S
    M_S is offline
    All Mod Cons M_S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Face down in a snowbank
    My Bikes
    K2 Enemey Cyclocross franken build; Redline D660 29er, Volpe SS Cross
    Posts
    3,694
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My commute is a very short two miles. I bolt over to the school I work at from the school (University) I take classes from. On the way home I often stretch it out a bit, and when it was still light out I'd go hit up some trails or something.

  25. #25
    Senior Member Sci-Fi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    1,250
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It depends on the time of day or if it's friday. If I'm working late, then I'm going to take a longer route to avoid riding through some rough neighborhoods. On friday's, it's taking the beach path to wind down from the week and to avoid rush hour traffic, catch a bite at one of the local eateries, and might do a bit of grocery shopping on the way home.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •