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Old 06-25-07, 03:56 PM   #1
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You all seem to have someone to ride with

I read a fair number of posts about folks here meeting up for group -or, at least, buddy- rides

How come I don't have anyone in my neck of the woods to buddy up with, I wonder?
It's lonely out here on the western flank, I guess.

I'm not sure how much of an issue that really is, though, as I've pretty much always been a solo rider and I like that just fine. But I don't know if that's been out of preference or circumstance (I had the same problem with golf years ago, before it got all popular... and then *too* popular).

It's probably best; no doubt I'd hold most anyone else, here, back at this point of my development... especially if any "real" climbing was involved (say, anything over half a mile and 6 or 7%)

Still, it would be nice to have someone to chat with, maybe.
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Pacifica. Is that not Monterey? Gotta be a club in that area. Passed thru there once, cyclists were everywhere.
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Pacifica. Is that not Monterey? Gotta be a club in that area. Passed thru there once, cyclists were everywhere.
In the grand scheme of things, Monterey and Pacifica are close... in real, practical terms, however.... not so. I'd love to ride where you are!
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Cycling, like every other aspect of our lives, tends to reflect our individual characters. Solitude rules for the likes of you and me! [That is, until Helen Mirren wants to take up cycling.]
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Sai. Big Sur is pretty neat too. Often at bike shops they have local cycling newsletters about local cycling events. If nothing else, check out "Meet Ups," on line, Tells you if anyone is organizing cyclng 'meet ups,' anywhere in your area.
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SOLO is the ONLY way to ride. I thought we did a poll on that.
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I get in moods for both solo and group rides. It's good to have options for both. Often group rides enhances motivation.
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I had some friends drop in for a couple days of riding. Those were the first rides I've taken with someone in several years.
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No, I'd agree that for me, solo is mostly the way to go. Sometimes the buddy aspect appeals to me but not usually. Like, this past Saturday... I wouldn't have wanted to be anything but alone.
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I ride about half and half, solo, group. I like solo for doing my own thing. Group rides sort of makes me feel, I am doing something I'd not do on my own. Yet, the group beer after a group ride with some good ride buddies is nice too. 50/50 is a nice mix.
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Sai, it took about a year for me to be invited to a road group, now I'm in two. I still don't buddy up on MTBs, I'm just not fast enough. But it really doesn't bother me. If you see a group assembling, ask if you can ride with them.
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Most of the rides are "over the hill" from you, so it would take some gas to get to them.

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I find it very hard to believe that you're unable to find a group to ride with in Pacifica...California in general has a large and active cycling population.

If I can find friends to ride with up here in Redneck Redding, you've got no excuse down there in Pacifica.

Try Google, or the local bike shops.
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Maybe it's a personality thing.
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Maybe it's a personality thing.
Or, a personal hygiene thing.
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Or, a personal hygiene thing.
Or an OCP / Fred thing.
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I start hanging around my favorite bike shop, chatting everyone up.

If you do the same, I'll bet that sooner or later you will meet someone (s) to ride with.

I still ride alone, too, because of scheduling problems, mostly, and the fact that I enjoy it.

When I ride with others I tend to go farther and faster. I guess that says something about my personality...
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Have you looked up this club? They may be race oriented, but at least they may be able to steer you toward some more casual rides.

Peninsula Velo Cycling Club
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Have you looked up this club? They may be race oriented, but at least they may be able to steer you toward some more casual rides.

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Do you have any idea how close this to my house?
Well, no, of course not... but it's CLOSE. In fact, I rode past it twice tonight. Thanks

And all of these suggestions are wonderful ideas... keep in mind, though, that a group ride is not my main goal. More along the lines of one other person to ride with when I didn't feel like going it alone. Or maybe they feel like some company and grab me for a ride.
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If I get down in your area I'll contact you. Until then just wait a while. You are on the Pacific Plate and in a little while you will be in Sonoma County and can ride with the Santa Rosa Cycling Club. I have visited Pacifica tp put my hand on the San Andreas Fault at Mussel Rock.
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If I get down in your area I'll contact you. Until then just wait a while. You are on the Pacific Plate and in a little while you will be in Sonoma County and can ride with the Santa Rosa Cycling Club. I have visited Pacifica tp put my hand on the San Andreas Fault at Mussel Rock.
Cool... I'll be there. Eventually.

Mussel Rock... yeah, quite a feeling there, isn't it? I always feel... I don't know... tension? when I'm there.
I've learned a lot about the plate boundary -and fault- in my years living here... everytime I learn something, I don't feel quite the same way about the ol' home town. I knew I lived 3/4 mile from the fault -I went to 7th & 8th grade at San Andreas School- but I just found out the actual plate boundary -not the same thing as the fault- is 2 doors down the street... I cross it at least twice -Pacific-North American-Pacifoc- everytime time out on the bike. Wow.
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Sai. My closest actual bike club was like 15 miles away. They were slightly race oriented anyway. San Diego country had like 8 organized bike groups. One touring group were great people but 50 miles away. My kind of tourer people too. Bizarre, my little Calif town of 40000, never sustained a bike club even tho it had lots of cyclists. The local bike shop tried for Saturday rides, it never took off.
So, cyclists often stop somewhere like 15-20 miles from home for coffee, sandwich. At a local popular stop, finally met some people from my town.
Ever after we just started riding together. Pretty expereinced people too. Organized group long distance ride thru a group called supertours.
Experienced riders are there, you just have to look. I assure you they have some allegiance to some nearby shop. Just hang out at bike shops. You will see them.
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And all of these suggestions are wonderful ideas... keep in mind, though, that a group ride is not my main goal. More along the lines of one other person to ride with when I didn't feel like going it alone. Or maybe they feel like some company and grab me for a ride.
Bike shops! I'm tellin' you.

I have several people that I can phone or who phone/email me to set up rides and they are all from the shop.

1) These folks will be in your area
2) Just like you they are looking for people to ride or "train" with

A side note...I just rode in the LA River Ride with the shop who even paid my entrance fee (nice) since I'm a "regular" there.

Also there is an online site www.outdoorsclub.org that helps like-minded people who love the outdoors to connect. People often post rides there. Not sure how active the club is in your area.

I know that you said groups are not your thing but if you do something with a group you can end up meeting one or two others looking to plan rides outside the group...
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I enjoy being alone for most things in life, but I do enjoy riding with hubby. It's not like we are on the bike together, so in some ways it's like being alone, but not really. I enjoy letting him take the lead while I follow, and having someone to share the experience with, and pointing out scenery. I don't think I'd enjoy it half as much alone............ at least not now.
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I talk to myself when I'm out on the bike.
I can see where that might confuse any potential riding partner.

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