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    Hello,
    When i cycle with someone i usually keep a higher than my normal speed. However when i am alone i feel no pressure and i slow down greatly. Is there anything that keeps you motivated during your ride? Also i would like to say that i dont want to eat granola or any energy bars.

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    If I were to say what motivates me on group training ride, I'd get divorced!
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    Upbeat music, and keeping my eye on my average speed
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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan
    If I were to say what motivates me on group training ride, I'd get divorced!
    The only thing I've come up with is the rhythmic motion of the rider in front of you. We can only hope it's a female!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PWRDbyTRD
    Upbeat music
    can you recommend say 10-20 songs if possible?

    i tried that but never found a really good set of cycling music

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    I have the opposite situation. When I'm riding alone, I have a hard time maintaining a low speed. I don't know what motivates me. Endorphins I think.

    If you're looking for something other than energy bars or granola bars, you can try bananas, fig newtons, or candy bars.
    Bring the pain.

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    im talking about motivation when riding alone i know what to do in a group ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by madman91
    Is there anything that keeps you motivated during your ride?
    Goals. Average speed goals for the ride, sprint goals (e.g. sprint to the next intersection/bridge/whatever), cadence goals, pass the rider in front of me, keep that car in sight, climb this hill in a certain gear etc.

    When I'm commuting, running late helps a lot too.

    re: eating. This is a motivation thing, not an energy thing, right? If you're low on energy and can't push yourself any faster, then maybe your body doesn't have enough fuel. What distances are you riding? If you're riding for more than a couple of hours at a time, you *should* eat something during the ride. If you're talking about shorter rides (for me, under 40-50 miles is usually ok), then there really isn't much need to eat during the ride, but you should make sure you've eaten enough before you go out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madman91
    im talking about motivation when riding alone i know what to do in a group ride
    Use similar motivations that work on a group ride. See someone in front of you and try to chase them down. If it's a girl try not to oggle her too much If you thought it was a girl and it wasn't... If you pass them try to stay out front Sprint hills. Sprint sign posts. Yell at the cows! Yell at the prairie dogs! Squish grasshoppers (my favorite). I observe stuff and make up stories which is a great way to spend 3 weeks by yourself (see below for details, some of which is true). Figure out where you are going to go and how far it is, then try to get there as fast as possible. Or...

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    re: eating. This is a motivation thing, not an energy thing, right? If you're low on energy and can't push yourself any faster, then maybe your body doesn't have enough fuel. What distances are you riding? If you're riding for more than a couple of hours at a time, you *should* eat something during the ride. If you're talking about shorter rides (for me, under 40-50 miles is usually ok), then there really isn't much need to eat during the ride, but you should make sure you've eaten enough before you go out.
    40-50miles? wow. How fast do you go?

    I have a mountain bike and i ride on sidewalks
    i usually go out for 30minutes and make 6 miles.. but recently im starting 1 hr for more miles...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubacca
    The only thing I've come up with is the rhythmic motion of the rider in front of you. We can only hope it's a female!!!
    If I could describe this without getting banned by koffee brown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madman91
    40-50miles? wow. How fast do you go?

    I have a mountain bike and i ride on sidewalks
    i usually go out for 30minutes and make 6 miles.. but recently im starting 1 hr for more miles...
    Pfft, sidewalk. Only noobs ride on sidewalks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    Pfft, sidewalk. Only noobs ride on sidewalks.
    Quoted for truth. But then again, I do ride on sidewalks aswell, cause the road I bike on to get to school is HORRIBLE, potholes everywhere and its 2 busy lanes so I get 2 inches from being run over if I ride on the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    Pfft, sidewalk. Only noobs ride on sidewalks.
    LMAO. In his defense though, he is a newb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius
    LMAO. In his defense though, he is a newb.
    so true

    well there is no space at all on the roads. I ride on sidestreets but not on major roads. Usually busy and i'd rather be safe on my sidewalk

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    Quote Originally Posted by madman91
    so true

    well there is no space at all on the roads. I ride on sidestreets but not on major roads. Usually busy and i'd rather be safe on my sidewalk
    There are a number of good reasons not to ride on a sidewalk even on, or especially on, sidestreets. Perhaps the best reason is that drivers don't expect you to be there. Someone backing out of a driveway is looking for vehicles on the street and not you traveling at a higher rate of speed then a pedestrian on the sidewalk. At corners, drivers aren't looking for you on the sidewalk and are more likely to pull out in front of, or into, you.

    Finally, most of the time, it's not legal to ride a bike on a sidewalk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madman91
    40-50miles? wow. How fast do you go?

    I have a mountain bike and i ride on sidewalks
    i usually go out for 30minutes and make 6 miles.. but recently im starting 1 hr for more miles...
    Typically average between 16-20mph, depending on the riding companions, conditions, location.

    Whatever the average speed, I don't feel the need to eat during the ride unless it's upwards of 2 hours. For the length of time you're riding you don't need to eat during the ride.

    Oh, and start learning how to ride on the roads. It's much safer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    Finally, most of the time, it's not legal to ride a bike on a sidewalk.
    Agree with the points you make, but this isn't always a true statement. It depends on the local laws. Some states/countries prohibit it, some don't.

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    There is already sticky thread on the dangers of sidewalk riding for people who want to go into that. Back to this thread's topic, if you're on the sidewalk (and I'm in the anti-sidewalk-riding group), you have to pay extremely careful attention for pedestrians and for cars at intersections. There really isn't anyway to motivate faster riding.

    When you're on the road, I agree that a good cyclo-computer could keep you motivated. Watching that average speed drop below 15 mph can really motivate you to move. Then, you want to keep it above 16, then 17, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubacca
    The only thing I've come up with is the rhythmic motion of the rider in front of you. We can only hope it's a female!!!
    I sez, male or female, whatever floats yer boat (or turns yer crank, as it may be!).
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    I think I ride slower with people, and I usually hammer when I'm alone. Probably it's due to the fact that I like to talk and yap when I'm with folks, and that's probably due to the fact that I spend so much time riding alone that it's fun to ride with someone else for a change!

    But to keep myself motivated to ride faster when I go solo, I usually do interval rides, or I keep an eye out on my speed, or do cadence drills. Or sometimes, I'll see a rider off in the distance and see if I can overtake them. Other times, when folks pass me, it's a wake up call to pick up the pace and play catch up. I do lots of mind games on myself.

    Music helps a lot too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madman91
    can you recommend say 10-20 songs if possible?

    i tried that but never found a really good set of cycling music
    anything that makes you angry, metal?
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    Riding solo? My computer, and not just my cycling computer. The one in the handlebar bag made by Reli-On.
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