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Old 06-07-07, 02:35 PM   #1
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Time Ratios

I'm curious about the ratio between the amount of time getting ready to ride (dressing, checking the bike, transporting the bike by car to the starting point if you do that, etc.) + the time after cycling (undressing, perhaps showering, putting the bike away, etc.) compared to the actual time cycling.

In other words, for every hour you spend out there on the bike, how much time do you spend getting ready and putting things away afterwards? My cyclometer doesn't seem to measure such things...
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Old 06-07-07, 02:45 PM   #2
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I'm curious about the ratio between the amount of time getting ready to ride (dressing, checking the bike, transporting the bike by car to the starting point if you do that, etc.) + the time after cycling (undressing, perhaps showering, putting the bike away, etc.) compared to the actual time cycling.

In other words, for every hour you spend out there on the bike, how much time do you spend getting ready and putting things away afterwards? My cyclometer doesn't seem to measure such things...
You need to get a new cyclometer with that function

I carry the bike in the back of the van so it doesn't take long to get it out for a ride. Rides during the work week are on my route home but weekend rides usually mean a short drive to the starting point. The helmet, gloves, bike shoes or sandals, riding glasses, etc are in a basket in the car. It doesn't take me long to put on a pair of cycling shorts and jersey. I estimate it takes about 30 minutes prep for each ride and most rides are 2+ hours.
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Old 06-07-07, 02:50 PM   #3
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In other words, for every hour you spend out there on the bike, how much time do you spend getting ready and putting things away afterwards? My cyclometer doesn't seem to measure such things...
Put thing away after a ride????????????? why if you're going to be riding again soon.
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Old 06-07-07, 02:54 PM   #4
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In other words, for every hour you spend out there on the bike, how much time do you spend getting ready and putting things away afterwards? My cyclometer doesn't seem to measure such things...
Enough time is wasted on that stuff that I don't have time to worry about tracking it.
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Most of my rides are from home so no travelling involved. Up at 6am. Drink coffee, eat breakfast, drink another coffee, wake up- Normally in that order- Look out the window- Go back to bed if all I can see is black- cos The alarm has gone wrong again and it is only 2 am. Decide what to wear on the ride and 5 minutes later I am on the saddle and either sweating or freezing as I got the weather wrong again- Stop two or three hours later for Breakfast- Ride for another hour- Get home and switch on TV to catch Moto GP or Cycling- Wake up just after its finished and shower.
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In other words, for every hour you spend out there on the bike, how much time do you spend getting ready and putting things away afterwards? My cyclometer doesn't seem to measure such things...
Sheesh DG - are you writing a master's thesis or doctoral paper on the idiosyncracies of senior cyclists - you ask more bizarre questions than any 10 of us combined. We want a cut of any profits if this thing ever gets published.

I'm going to be like Lucy and before I answer any questions: "the Dr. is IN, that will be 5 cents, please".
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Old 06-07-07, 03:09 PM   #7
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The ratio is definitely more favorable this time of year. Back when it was thirty degrees F out it felt like it took an hour to get dressed to ride, and by the time I got on the bike I was already exhausted.

All of my rides have a post-ride shower and nap factored in, so I don't even include it in the ratio calculation.

I've been trying rides suggested by our local bike club, but I'm finding I can bike to some very fine roads from home if I'm willing to pedal far enough.

Especially if the Mother Ship provides me with lots of drugs (obligatory stupid reference -- everyone knows I don't do drugs, and no one believes me about that abduction thing).
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Old 06-07-07, 03:18 PM   #8
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Sheesh DG - are you writing a master's thesis or doctoral paper on the idiosyncracies of senior cyclists - you ask more bizarre questions than any 10 of us combined. We want a cut of any profits if this thing ever gets published.

I'm going to be like Lucy and before I answer any questions: "the Dr. is IN, that will be 5 cents, please".

No single thesis or paper would cover it.

"The Rise and Fall of the Senior Cyclist" would surely be a multi volumn set.

Chapters on "Club Tombay"
Chapters on measuring the butt
Chapters on bike selection

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Old 06-07-07, 04:13 PM   #10
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I'm curious about the ratio between the amount of time getting ready to ride (dressing, checking the bike, transporting the bike by car to the starting point if you do that, etc.) + the time after cycling (undressing, perhaps showering, putting the bike away, etc.) compared to the actual time cycling.

In other words, for every hour you spend out there on the bike, how much time do you spend getting ready and putting things away afterwards? My cyclometer doesn't seem to measure such things...
I think of these things when weather doesn't permit a ride.
It appears you're experiencing bad weather DG?
For your benefit, I timed it; Got home from work, kissed the queen, put on the cycle shorts and jersey, peed, put on the Sidi's, went to the garage, checked the tire pressure, topped off another 10 lbs. in each tire, and sat on my bike to watch the windstorm.
All totalled: 12 minutes and 22 seconds.
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Old 06-07-07, 08:04 PM   #11
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Those must be really short showers to get that type of ratio
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Nope...long rides!
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Pull on shorts, shirt, digg through sock drawer till I find two that match. Fill water bottle,slide on shoes, out the door. Back in the door, find sunglasses, hopefully remember cell phone,or better yet not need it. Back out the door, on the bike and gone. Maybe 5 min. On the return maybe 15 min to shower and change.
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My ratio is definately getting shorter. The twins graduating from HS and soon off to college will remove two more orbiting souls from the living area of the house. Lets see, four minus two...half the people to get around, half the stuff to shuffle thru to find my glovies and helmet and cell phone and bag. Could it be that I may get on the bike twice as fast? No, wait one cotton pickin minute, I'm one of those four people, so it's really three minus two so I'll be on the bike umm, er, a, ....even faster.
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Ten mintues to get ready for a ride, another ten wiping the bike down and lube on the chain after the ride. Typical ride is about 2 hours. I don't count the shower, because I'd have to do that anyway... I almost always work in the garden right after a ride. So, not a bad trade off. Now if you were to ask me about the number of hours I daydream or think about bikes and riding vs. the amount spent doing it.... well, that ratio wouldn't be too good.
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Most of my rides are from home so no travelling involved. Up at 6am. Drink coffee, eat breakfast, drink another coffee, wake up- Normally in that order- Look out the window- Go back to bed if all I can see is black- cos The alarm has gone wrong again and it is only 2 am. Decide what to wear on the ride and 5 minutes later I am on the saddle and either sweating or freezing as I got the weather wrong again- Stop two or three hours later for Breakfast- Ride for another hour- Get home and switch on TV to catch Moto GP or Cycling- Wake up just after its finished and shower.
+1, with a few changes.

1. no food, no coffee, morning "consitutional" in the water closet.
2. alarm clock works
3. Football, Golf, or Soccer on the Telly.
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