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    Just Curious...

    Just wondering how and where everyone rides.
    I try to get on the bike each evening for 45 minutes to an hour and ride at a leisurely pace for 8-10 miles. I found a nice spot in the neighborhood that is relatively free of traffic, with beautiful homes on tree lined streets and with nice smooth blacktop...four or five loops around with the wind whistling through my helmet and the sound of the tires humming and I'm satisfied.
    Most people, at least those that frequent this forum, seem to ride much longer routes than I do and I'm just curious about your routine. If you decide to ride 30 miles do you head out for 15 miles and then back or do you pick a 2 mile loop and do 15 reps? I guess part of it depends on whether you live in an urban or rural area and the type of traffic you have to put up with.
    Even though my personal routine is repetitious, I enjoy the serenity of a quiet neighborhood and a smooth road.
    Anyway, like I said...just curious.
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    I try to ride to work and back each day with a couple of different detours that give me a total of 15 miles or more. On weekends I try to ride at least 30 and longer. Last weekend I did a Saturday ride of 100 miles for the first time. This weekend, I hope to travel over to the Napa Valled and ride through the wine country. I like to seek out new areas and rides as much as possible.

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    I have several regular routes that start and end at home. They are from 6 to 35 miles and are on a 4 lane state highway with a wide paved bike lane or on rural 2 lane roads where I see less than 1 car per mile on a busy day. Some have hills and some are mostly flat. I just choose what appeals to my energy level and according to the weather.

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    SeFi,

    I live in a rural Oklahoma "city" of 6,500 people. The County Seat is 25 miles away at Stillwater, a college town with Okla.St.U. (pop. including students is about 40,000) There are much smaller communities around, also.

    Our group rides on one weeknight a week sees 20 of us going on 2-lane roads (some with shoulders ) to these various places for dinner and laughs. We truck the bikes home long after dark. My three good riding buddies and I ride other times the same routes. Some are "out and backs" others are big circuits. Rides are generally 25 - 40 miles but easily changed to suit our needs.

    Always we laugh that we are riding neat routes in pretty countryside 5 minutes ride from our houses without the need to haul our bikes anyplace. We are all college educated professionals who have traded decent big city salaries for lifestyle. A "living wage" would be nice, but then I'd be living somewhere else.

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    I take a 16 mile bike ride
    about 6 times a week but
    it is getting such that even
    though there are hills on that
    route I don't feel I am getting
    a full workout without going farther.

    I tend to try and find ways to make
    a 20 mile trip out of going to the grocery
    store with my utility bike. (EZ-1 with Basket)

    I occasionally will take the Light
    Rail for about 40 miles and ride
    my bike back home for exercise.

    I also have various and sundry length trips
    I can take from my house and often times
    even if I have ridden to a night meeting I
    will turn my bike in the opposite direction
    of home and ride about 10 miles and then
    double back for home so as to get a nice
    extra bit of exercise.

    Night Riding is the best, and I really
    enjoy it now that summer has come
    to Southern California.

    I have decent lights front and back on
    both my bikes and feel comfortable doing
    as many miles at night as I wanna, although
    it has taken me a few years to get up the
    guts to ride long distances on busy streets
    at night. But mainly it is cool and at dusk
    you get that glow of blueish purple on the
    horizon with streaks of pink and white some
    portion of a full moon and it makes for a
    very joyous ride.

    I don't ride around 2 mile circles.
    Even when I weighed 240 lbs and
    couldn't ride very far I set a goal of
    riding a 10 mile course and just worked
    on bettering my time, and then adding
    more miles after that.
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    Last week I rode for an hour to an hour and a half twice a day (in between thunderstorms and painting a condo). Now I'm back out in the "sticks" so I'm confined to my exercise bike (my momma may have raised a fool but not a damn fool).

    I was riding on concrete city streets. I had various "loops" that I strung together until I had to go to work or it got dark.

    Newer developements have smoother streets so... I'm a carpenter and I was continually amused at how developer/ builders are mixing architectural items from various periods on one house. Isn't vinyl siding grand? My favorite has at least one element from every period I can think of except tudor! I enjoy the "scenery" and kept adding and changing loops.

    How many miles? Who knows. Maybe I'll get an speedometer/ odometer some day and find out. Or maybe even a gps doodad if it will also work in my pocket.

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    I live right on a bike path/MUP, and can head out to a variety of routes where I can ride (out and back) from 1 to 150 miles or more, with crossing a street perhaps an average of once every five miles or so, depending on the route chosen.

    My typical ride is about an average of 25 miles with a range of 15-35 miles. I ride generally 5 times per week, taking long walks on the other two days. My wife likes to ride as as often as possible. Those rides with her are generally shorter and slower, but often I continue riding when she goes home.

    I also take the bike to other starting points in the metro area.

    I lead rides on Monday for our church seniors and those are typically from 15-30 miles.

    Here is a map showing just the major trails I ride. The trail near my house now goes 10 miles further south than shown on this map. One day the trail by my house will connect to the north to Cherry Creek Reservoir. They are building a new MUP bridge there right now. The trail system is always being expanded. There are many other trails:



    Here is a July schedule for the bike rides I lead. These are all on trails:

    July 3rd - walk and potluck

    July 10th
    Moderate Bicycle Ride
    8:00 am
    Bring lunch
    Willow Creek Trail. Ride the beautiful Willow Creek Trail from Douglas
    County into Arapahoe County to the Highline Canal Trail and back. Go UNDER
    C-470 and County Line Road!
    About 15-20 miles, depending. Very easy except for a couple of very short
    steep hills. This follows Willow Creek through a variety of open space. 2
    porta potties

    July 17th
    Easy Bicycle Ride
    Bring sack lunch
    8:15 am
    From the park across the street from the church north to the new Cherry
    Creek bridge in Cottonwood and return.
    Meet at the Eastbank Park.
    Flat except for one very short steep hill. Feel free to walk up hill. About
    15 miles round trip.

    July 24th
    Moderate Bicycle Ride
    We will eat at Fazolis
    8:15 am
    Lee Gulch Loop
    Loop through the Lee Gulch Trail, Highline Canal, the C470 Trail and the
    Platte River Trail.
    14 miles. Restrooms along the way
    Mtn Bike or hybrid - gravel.

    July 31
    Very Challenging Bicycle Ride
    7:00 am
    Please call Denver to confirm.
    Northern Trail System. Explore the northern metro trail system. Cherry
    Creek Trail to Confluence Park N. on the Platter River Trail to 104th passing
    the Clear Creek Trail, the Sand Creek Trail and some smaller trails and
    return. 60 miles.

    This is a very typical bike path, which generally follow waterways throughout the Denver metro area:

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    I don't get home until 7:00PM so my weekly rides are limited to the town center and back, 8-10 miles depending on the route. It is still a good workout though because I live at the top of a mile long 12% grade hill. On weekends the wife and I try to hit one of the trails and do 20-30 miles.

    Once in a while, usually when I have a weekday off, I will just head for the hills from my house and see where I end up.

    The spring weather here has been really crappy so my milage is not what I would like.

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    I usually get home from work around 4:30, m-f and ride three times a week of 23-30 miles.
    Sunday with a 50-75 miler.
    every other week i have to work Sat. so sometimes the mileage is around 80 miles for that paticular week
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    The bulk of my miles are in my commute to/from work - with my most common route it is 14 miles to work, and 15.7 miles home (I take a different route home because of traffic conditions). When I do a recreational ride I tend to do a loop which will give me the total mileage that I am looking for, but gives me a variety of scenery.

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    I have a 10.75x2 loop in my area that I ride 4 days a week after work. On Sundays I do a group ride that rides on the streets in the area for 40mi at 7:30a.
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    When Ilived in California my usualride was a loop around the neighborhood, as I could quit twice per loop if I needed, I liked the peaceful feling knowin I was never a mile from home.

    I actually got to the point where I stopped and talked to a few of the regulars along the route, and often got waves...

    Another reason for that loop was I didn't want to climb any hills, and I lived in a flat neighborhood.

    Each loop was 2.5 miles, and I would do at least 4 loops, and did do up to 10...

    I had other routes, but that was my reguar ride, and worked because it was right outside my front door.

    I haven't established the same pattern here in PA, but I have a 20 mile loop that is my most common. Shorter rides are usually out and back along a portion the loop... There is a shortage of roads here that I consider good for cycling around the neighborhood. I don't ride nearly as often as I used to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgregory57
    I liked the peaceful feling knowin I was never a mile from home.
    This is an interesting point. Whenever I go on long rides...80 to 100 miles...I'm more worried about my distance from home than the effort of the ride.

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    I typically do loops from the house that are 30 to 100 miles. I also have a very flat route that I do from the house thast is an out and back and is 20 miles long. I also do lots of organized rides that are 60-100 miles and they are typically either loops or "lollipops"-where you go out about 8-10 miles, do a loop and then come back in on the same section you went out on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SemperFi
    Just wondering how and where everyone rides.
    I try to get on the bike each evening for 45 minutes to an hour and ride at a leisurely pace for 8-10 miles. I found a nice spot in the neighborhood that is relatively free of traffic, with beautiful homes on tree lined streets and with nice smooth blacktop...four or five loops around with the wind whistling through my helmet and the sound of the tires humming and I'm satisfied.
    Most people, at least those that frequent this forum, seem to ride much longer routes than I do and I'm just curious about your routine. If you decide to ride 30 miles do you head out for 15 miles and then back or do you pick a 2 mile loop and do 15 reps? I guess part of it depends on whether you live in an urban or rural area and the type of traffic you have to put up with.
    Even though my personal routine is repetitious, I enjoy the serenity of a quiet neighborhood and a smooth road.
    Anyway, like I said...just curious.
    Offroad I am lucky as within 6 miles of home I hit the South Downs- a chalk ridge that goes from sea level to 250 metres and the number of trails over this ridge means that 2 miles on the road and I am on trails for anything from 12 miles to 65 miles in a circular route. I do not like out and back but If I do go say to Devils ****- 35 miles from home- I can vary the route so that back is mostly different to out. Like to do around 30 miles as an average ride with hopefully 3 x 15% hills and a few long slopes.
    Now I have a very good cafe that is 12 miles away by Cycle path and I do this as a quick ride to stretch the legs but that is straight out and back- but downhill out and a bit of a long slope back.

    Couple of pictures of the hills and trails I ride, but They don't alaways look this good.
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    My favourite route takes me along the Welland Canal that links Lake Ontario with Lake Erie for shipping traffic. It's a paved multi use path that is 25 miles long. I live approx 6 miles from the path but can access from another bike path that follows Lake Ontario to the canal. For me it's a great ride since there is no vehicle traffic except at the road crossings and the scenery is great as you are always surrounded by water and trees. I go for a 20 mile ride or a 50 miler, whatever my mode and body will endure.
    The path is part of the Greater Niagara Circle Route that is approx 90 miles and another great ride that I was able to do last year as part on my first century. Where else can you ride along 2 great lakes and then thru the mist of Niagara Falls all in one day. If you can every get this way drop me a line and we'll go for a ride.


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    My route most weekdays is 15 miles each way to work and back. Weekend routes vary tremendously, but I try to avoid hard out-n-backs, I like to take one route to wherever I'm going, if I even know where I'm going, then try another route to get back.
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    I live in Southern California (Orange County). During the weekends, I have unlimiting riding possibilities. I like to do Loops and usually do 25 - 30 miles on Saturday and maybe 50 miles or so on Sunday (if I'm not mountain biking). I ride alot during the week after work usually between 15 - 25 miles depending on how late I get home and how much time I have to ride. Since people are focusing on getting home after work and not particularly looking out for cyclist, I tend to use alot of bike trail which, fortunately in Orange County, there are lots of and good ones too. I also live in the foothills so my favorite rides (when it's not too hot out) is to go up into the hills and do some country roads (yes even in OC there are country roads!). I'm really trying to mountain bike more and I have lots of very nice riding areas nearby such as Peter's, Weir, limestone and Blackstar Canyons. The MTB rides are typically 8 - 15 miles or so depending on difficulty, heat etc.

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    Mon through Fri, I have a set route that I try to ride 3-4 times per week. It is 15.85 miles and takes me through a mixed bag of hills, inclines a few dales and some flats. It's a good all around exercise ride. Using the same route allows me to track performance. I keep records on an excel spreadsheet.
    On weekends I head to the west of Winston Salem to the rolling country of Yadkin County. Great open roads with rolling hills, very little traffic.

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    I have a paved trail that runs alone a drainage creek. It's 13 miles round trip. There are some neighborhoods that insersect, where I can get more miles without traffic.

    Average for me is 15 miles for now. 4-5 time a week.
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    I commute 4 days out of every week via bicycle....12.6 miles each way here in SW Fl.....this time of year the evening commute is usually more "interesting" with the typical thunder storm patterns prevalent here. I usually drive in on Fridays, because I like to "wander" on Saturday mornings for 40-60 miles.....depending upon the weather, the headwinds, my "to-do" list at home, visiting kids and grandkids, etc. I try to go different routes and different directions each time, discover a new neighborhood, a new shortcut, a "shortcut" that is 2+ miles longer, (some shortcut!) etc., etc. As you notice, I call my saturday trips "wanders", not trips......

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    I try to average at least 100 miles a week, but tend to get 150. That means 3 - 5 rides, sometimes solo, sometimes with friends. These days most rides are 25-30 miles with a 50 miler thrown in every few days. I live in the rural mountains, have several different rides, with out'n'backs and loops, always a hill or two.

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    I have an easy bike commute (~30 miles per week) that I have done nearly every work day for the last 24 years. On Sunday mornings I usually get in an ~70 mile ride before the family is fully awake. This ride varies, but is almost always around that distance. The rest of my riding depends on how I can schedule my time, but I can usually find space in there for two or more 25 to 35 miles rides during the week.
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    My rides are short, after work I ride about 3 to 11 miles, depending on the course I choose. On the weekends I try to ride a MTB trail. Usually about 4 miles, but they're fairly rugged. I ride about 3-4 times per week. But my neophyte road biking is about to change as one of the experienced road cyclists at work has invited me to join one or two others for a road ride and another group of 4 to 8 cyclists are establishing a MUP ride of about 11 miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox
    I live right on a bike path/MUP
    DnvrFox:
    How far is Denver from Central City. My daughter is out there for the summer (8-weeks) and I'm wondering 1) how good are the riding opportunities there and 2) would I be able to rent a decent bike.

    Thanks.

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