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Old 02-24-07, 06:35 PM   #1
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What's your favorite distance?

Just got to wondering what people's favorite distance is when you're out for a ride. Sure, it's all good. But if the weather is right, and the time is available, and the road is calling you, what would be a good distance?

Of course you could go longer, and often have to go shorter, but I'm just wondering what people see as the right distance for a good, regular ride.

For me, it's something between 20-25 miles. I often can't ride that far because time won't permit it, and I sometimes go longer, but I would say my weekend rides of 20-25 miles are just about perfect in length. For me.

What about you?
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Old 02-24-07, 07:05 PM   #2
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25 miles / 40 km sounds very good to me, as well, and is my typical recreational distance. I did 30 mi / 50 km of utility/transportation cycling today, on-road but on the mountain bike, in three separate stages: 25% to the office (Carlsbad Airport Centre business park), 50% office to father-in-law's house (Solana Beach, for his 85th birthday luncheon), 25% back home.
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Old 02-24-07, 07:16 PM   #3
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Where I live there is a straight, flat (well, this is FL) run of 10 miles of bike path each way which is used by a lot of paceline riders, including myself. I really enjoy doing this 20 mi blast at speed a couple times per week.
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My favorite distance is being 10' from the fridge. And I really need to change this!

As far as rides go, it depends on the weather and surface. Most of my riding is on rail trails. When they are soft, then I really don't enjoy riding that far, only 6 to 8 miles. When dry, about 12-15 miles. Hope to up that this summer.

Don't know what it is for pavement, I rarely have an opportunity to ride more than about 5 miles on paved trails.
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Old 02-24-07, 07:23 PM   #5
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My rides are usually in the 10 - 15 mile range because of time but do enjoy the 20-25 too as an ideal ride for fun...don't really have much of a chance for the longer ones. Even though Kansas is not as flat as Florida, where I am don't have too many hills to climb. Bike ride is a chance to get away from the work for a while.
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Fifty and up. My shortest ride is 30 miles. It takes me about 20 miles just to warm up (especially since winter roared back into Northern CA). Today I rode 54 miles under threatening gray skies, the last 8 in rain. Had it not rained I was game for tacking another 20 onto my ride.

Any day I can get out on the road is a great day.
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If the weather is nice, I like rides in the 30 to 50 mile range. Less than 30 seems a little wimpy and I'm pretty much ready to get off of the bike and do something else at around 50.
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If the weather is nice, I like rides in the 30 to 50 mile range. Less than 30 seems a little wimpy and I'm pretty much ready to get off of the bike and do something else at around 50.
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30 miles is perfect for pure fun. My mood is always at its peak at 30 miles. But, I like to ride 50 to 100 miles because I really need the work, health-wise, and long rides are very satisfying.
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Old 02-24-07, 08:30 PM   #10
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50 is about right for me if I am just out enjoying myself.
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For me the various lengths each have their own purpose. Right now a 100k with a group is a really good ride. It only takes a few hours, there's no need to stop, you get in an excellent workout and you don't feel all beat up afterwards. The legs and body recover very quickly as well.
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DG, I was expecting a poll! Okay, I'll say 30 miles. Longer if the weather is really nice.
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During the week, 11-12 miles but on weekends I clock in with a 15-20 mile ride.
When I get back home, I always feel like I want more.

I'm working my way up. Ultimately, I'd feel pretty good with a 25-30 mile ride.
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If I had good weather, I'd ride about 8 or 9 hours including stops, which would translate to about 100 miles.
Mileage of less than 30 miles on a day off feels like a waste.
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My weekday rides are always 25 miles or less. On the weekend, I'm wanting a 50 mile ride, and I plan on doing quite a few rides long than that this year.
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I'm all over the lot. The ideal ride usually gets longer as the season progresses. I've learned that even a short ride is much better than no ride.
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25-30 miles is the range my training rides usually fall into. Can get that in after work from early spring to late fall, and the guys I ride with generally do these lengths, too. I enjoy doing metrics, but too many time constraints make them infrequent unless planned well in advance.
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20 to 25 seems near perfect to me with my current set up. I hope when somebody asks this question next year, I have a different answer with larger numbers involved in it. Time does limit what I'm able to do more than getting tired does these days. That seems to be a good sign.
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Being retired, time is usually not any consideration for me, so I would have to say that about 30-35 miles several times a week is about right. That distance takes me to some of my favorite destinations. Weather permitting, I try to ride everyday.
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Through the week when I don't have much time I like to ride 20 miles at a good pace. On the weekends 30 is a nice ride. Still being new at this I can see it getting easier to ride farther as I get in better shape.
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My rides are usually in the 10 - 15 mile range because of time but do enjoy the 20-25 too as an ideal ride for fun...don't really have much of a chance for the longer ones.
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After work during the week about 21mi is all I have time for. On the weekend when time is not a limt 40-60miles.
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I'm all over the lot. The ideal ride usually gets longer as the season progresses. I've learned that even a short ride is much better than no ride.
How true. At this time of year with fitness lacking, I do not wish to do much- 30 miles offroad is about my limit or 40 on the road- less If I can get away with it. Problem is that it takes me about 10 miles to settle into a ride, but when I do- I could keep going for a higher milage- but as I say- my fitness wil make me pay for it the next day. Today I did not want to have a hard ride so took it steady all the way and still did not enjoy it. Then from about Easter- the Fun begins starting with a 40 miler that I take as a sprint. From then on it is metric and imperial centuries every month till October. Then it is "Just a short ride today lads"
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Heck I'm happy anytime I can "Go the Distance"
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My morning exercise rides are almost 16 miles, but on weekends when I have time I like to ride between 30-40 miles. In season when I'm in better shape I extend that to 50. I do ride longer for a few times a year, but I view those as atypical requiring real planning on food water etc.
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