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  • 100% solo riding, 0% riding with others

    28 35.90%
  • 90% solo, 10% with others

    20 25.64%
  • 75% solo, 25% with others

    10 12.82%
  • 50% solo, 50% with others

    10 12.82%
  • 25% solo, 75% with others

    3 3.85%
  • 10% solo, 90% with others

    6 7.69%
  • 0% solo, 100% with others

    1 1.28%
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    Riding Solo, Riding with Others

    I ride almost always by myself. The exception is the time I spend riding with my teen age daughter, but that's probably 1% of my overall riding. Though there are several organized groups in San Diego (the Knickerbikers being the most well known) I've just never gotten into that. I suppose I like the freedom and flexibility of solo riding -- but I bet I would also like the companionship of groups.

    Anyway, I thought I'd run a little poll to see how 50+ers ride. Please check the option that's closest to your style of riding.
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    M-F I ride solo
    saturdays and sundays I ride with my brother
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    M-F I ride solo
    saturdays and sundays I ride with my brother
    "Advantages Must Be Pressed, Disadvantages Must Be Overcome"

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    I've been doing a ride called XOBA which is a cross Ohio ride, but this year I will have to pass. So all my riding is alone, once again.

    I voted 100% alone.

    DG, I really think you are missing a lot by not being in a group....a club or just a informal group of serious cyclists.

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    I'm always solo, usually after dinner during the week and early mornings on the weekends.

    Couldn't interest my wife in cycling so I go alone.
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    duo riding

    My wife & I ride together most days if our work schedules allow: when I ride solo, my intensity & speed is 10 percent higher but the riding together is important. There are 3 or 4 places on our 11-mile ride together when we both push back from the bars, take a sip of water & bring up topics of discussion (usually kids, bosses, aging parents) then it's back to exercising & not trying to talk. Sometimes I feel held back by riding with her since she's into it for the exercise & not some testosterone-driven goal - but there is a sweetness to riding with someone else and sharing the effort.

    My MTB with knobby tires is too slow for me to ride with our local road-riding club on their sleek steeds built for speed or at least that is what I tell myself. Perhaps I'll try a group ride one of these days when I upgrade bikes. My students ride the local MTB trails at the lake but that's 20+ minutes away by car and I'd rather be mounted & out my own driveway.
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    Good Poll, Good Question, DG. I usually ride alone, especially with one son going to college and the other discovering other sports. On the other hand I've been approached by some freinds to begin a new road group that rides after work and another freind who rides trails on Saturdays. I'll see how it goes.
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    I'm a solo rider. I've gone on a few group rides, but I quickly tire of staring at someone's butt trying to keep my distance instead of the scenery.

    I didn't even like group rides when I was a kid. It may be that I was the only one in the group not riding a Schwinn. My Fleetwing had gearing that as far as I can tell was one tooth lower than the schwinns, so I had to pedal harder to keep up.

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    My wife and I ride together a bit, as much as she can.

    I lead group rides on Mondays.

    Besides that it is entirely solo, which I greatly enjoy.
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    Wife and I usually ride together when we're both off work at the same time, but those tend to be few and far between.

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    I would like to ride more with others but it is hard to work it into my schedule. in 2006 I have not gone on a group ride. I voted 90% solo. I have riden with my kids a few times.
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    I am really surprised at the large portion of riders who stated that they ride alone. I don't enjoy riding alone nearly as much as I do with a group. It is my major social interaction outside of work and family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olebiker
    I am really surprised at the large portion of riders who stated that they ride alone. I don't enjoy riding alone nearly as much as I do with a group. It is my major social interaction outside of work and family.
    It is my "quiet" and reflection time. Almost a meditation.

    I get some of my most creative thinking done while bicycling.
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    My wife and ride together 100% of the time.......4 tires to pump, 4 bottles to fill, etc .....everytime a bike moves. It is great....Life is great!

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    About 1200 for the year, ALL Solo!!!!!

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    I do most of my riding solo, although I have been doing some riding with people I meet on the road on Sunday mornings and I actually went on a real group ride last Tuesday night that leaves from a local bike store. I think that I might do that again sometime soon.
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    90% of the time I start out with a group but then the hills arrive and these are always done solo. Everyone has a different speed. Then on the flat- First one to get to a gate opens it and then rides solo to catch the others up - Then the highlight- Downhill. I always ride solo on these- as If I hear anyone behind me- I just stop braking and either out accellerate them as they cannot stay with me- or I fall off and they can't stop as they are laughing too much.

    Hold on though- Most of my rides are done on a Tandem so I rarely ride solo. Only time I am solo on this is when I upset the pilot- Then it is a long walk home.
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    Solo is commuting M-F... On weekends, I try and ride with a group (Saturday mornings) or with one or two others (usually SUnday). I don't particularly mind riding alone, but one of the nice things about cycling is that you can talk to others while you ride-- and complain together about the hills, dogs, etc that frequent our roads around here. Solo can be very rewarding, as it allows your mind to wander, but I do that every morning and every evening during the work week. Weekends are more for socializing-- and group rides are one of the best ways to do that-

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    One point I would like to make is the big advantage of group riding and that is safety. I ride offroad and hate to say it but Offroad can be dangerous. I have heard of people falling off and damaging themselves, unable to walk and having to wait for another persom to pass by to get help.
    We try to ride as a minimum of 3- One with the accident- one to stay with the injured and one to get help. I know mobile phones are a godsend- but we cannot always get a signal on our hills.
    So far- within our group we have not had any major incidents. Well we have have but not that major. Had a cyclist riding with one other that had a heart attack and died- but nothing could be done about that. Had someone go over the bars and badly cut his face- but we could get over that, by getting to a road and calling for an ambulance- but we are ready, but not waiting, for that major incident.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam
    I ride offroad and hate to say it but Offroad can be dangerous. I have heard of people falling off and damaging themselves, unable to walk and having to wait for another persom to pass by to get help.
    Ah, stapfam , I don't quite know how to break the news to you, but some of us ride where it is safe and there are people! You know, where the sane people ride!
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    I voted 50% but that includes riding with my wife on our tandem.

    Aside from that I pretty much ride by myself. If I try to ride with a group I can almost never find somebody who rides at about my pace.

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    Solo 99% of the time...to ride with someone is a refreshing change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam
    One point I would like to make is the big advantage of group riding and that is safety. I ride offroad and hate to say it but Offroad can be dangerous. I have heard of people falling off and damaging themselves, unable to walk and having to wait for another persom to pass by to get help.
    We try to ride as a minimum of 3- One with the accident- one to stay with the injured and one to get help. I know mobile phones are a godsend- but we cannot always get a signal on our hills.
    So far- within our group we have not had any major incidents. Well we have have but not that major. Had a cyclist riding with one other that had a heart attack and died- but nothing could be done about that. Had someone go over the bars and badly cut his face- but we could get over that, by getting to a road and calling for an ambulance- but we are ready, but not waiting, for that major incident.
    Sometimes even that doesn't work. I was mountain biking with a group of my friends - off the back per usual - endoed and broke my collar bone. By that time they were over the next hill of course. Fortunately I didn't die or get eaten by wolves. I managed to walk/ride back out to the road and caught them at the next road crossing.

    Since at the time I was already recovering from breaking the same collar bone, I had to put up with a serious lecture from my son about using good judgement in mountain bike trail selection. Considering some of the things that he's done it was a quite humorous role reversal.

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    If I had to guess, I'd have said about 75 % with others, but I looked back on the last several years, and checked the hours on the bike and the company and it's almost exactly 50/50. The first 6 years I rode it was mostly solo. I could ride at my own pace, and think my own thoughts as I prepared for the racing season. The next 15 years, I stopped racing and began looking forward to my rides in the company of others. For the last several years I ride solo only to gain fitness to continue to ride with others.

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    M-F ride by myself.

    Sat, Sun, if there is a group ride that's reasonably slow, I like to join them. Usually ride Sat with group, Sun solo.

    I like both. Solo: choose my own pace. Group: sociability, and the challenge of other riders' pace.

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