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Old 06-15-05, 01:09 PM   #1
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Do you drive to where you are going to ride

I have found an aquaduct that is 7 miles from my house where I can ride about as far as I like without having to worry about cars. Does anyone else drive to where they ride on a daily basis?
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Old 06-15-05, 01:13 PM   #2
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I have a trail very near my house that I just ride to (1 mile) that is great...but its not very long and I'm beginning to itch for something longer.

I also have a buddy I ride with on the weekend and she hates riding in the same place over and over so she's always looking for new places to ride that we have to drive to.

So I guess I kinda fit into both categories.
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I think that kinda defeats the purpose...though it has been done.
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Sometimes, when I meet up with friends. If it is close by though, I bike there.
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I ride to the ride.
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Sometimes if I get bored with the roads leading out from my neighborhood, I'll load the bike in the car and head out to a new starting point. But most of the time I ride from my driveway.
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If I ride, I ride. I've been known to bike 20 miles to a metric century, thereby upgrading it to imperial.

Also, I don't have a car, so I wouldn't be driving anyway.
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I live in a crappy place for cycling from the house, right in front of a four-lane-each-way intersection, and that's really the only road in-out. If I do ride from the apartment, then I have to do it early, or late to avoid the mega-traffic that builds up. Yeah, I'm chicken that way.

Also, 99% of the group rides that happen round here aren't logistically possible to ride to (again, thanks to my location).

The irony of it all is I bought a road bike originally so I didn't have to drive to a ride spot (trailhead). Fun, eh?
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I have found an aquaduct that is 7 miles from my house where I can ride about as far as I like without having to worry about cars. ...
You're going to ride on something like this?!?


COOOL!

Oh, I like to ride to the start of rides, but I'm not morally opposed to driving there if I have to for some reason.
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Old 06-15-05, 02:16 PM   #10
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Does anyone else drive to where they ride on a daily basis?
That's like driving to the gym.
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Old 06-15-05, 02:18 PM   #11
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I prefer to start my rides at the house. I take the same amount of time out of my day, but without driving I get more of it on the bike. It does not seem to make sense to me to start a bike ride with a car. There are a lot of sources for learning about sharing the road with cars. This forum is a good one.

On group outings to places like ISLANDS or far away places I have no choice.

I do see lots of cars with bike racks parked at all the parking lots on the bike path. A lot of people do it. Some of them live nearby too. I don't understand that at all, this is a pretty bike friendly place.
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Old 06-15-05, 02:21 PM   #12
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Depends on where I want to ride. There aren't many really good routes around here, and I need to drive in order to avoid horrendous roads/traffic about 30% of the time. Spending 45 minutes carefully negotiating war-zone looking roads and neighborhoods getting to a good ride is not really a good ride.
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That's like driving to the gym.



To PAY to use the exercise bike.
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I try not to, because it does seem a little silly. If I do end up driving, its usually with a group of people all using one car, which makes it slightly less silly.

Some people are just deathly afraid of riding on anything that isn't a MUP. I've been training with a friend of mine who is into triathalons, and it is very hard to get her to ride to the place where we are going to ride, because she's frightened to death of traffic. Whenever we ride we end up doing some fitness training, but then I spend 15 or 20 minutes working on bike handling and traffic handling skills with her.

Yesterday was a bit of a victory, because I was able to convince her to ride to the park where we were going to do some hill repeats. But it took a lot of convincing. She did fine though.

I've never seen the point of stationary bikes at the gym... Let me drive to a place where I can pay to ride a bike that doesn't take me anywhere. Doesn't make sense...

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Old 06-15-05, 03:02 PM   #16
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That aquaduct left me in stitches, it was too funny.
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I ride to wherever I ride, because my parents never want to take me
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Does anyone else drive to where they ride on a daily basis?

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That's like driving to the gym.
Sometimes I do a midday ride from the office... so I have obviously driven to the office.

Mostly I do the commute thing... but meetings and after work chores can muck things up.
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I actually choose where to live based on riding proximity to paths, roads, etc. I ride a few minutes to get to a 20-mile paved path through woods.
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For me (new, slow rider), time is a consideration. If I only have two or three hours to ride, and the place I want to ride isn't near home, I'll drive, since I don't want to spend half (or more) of my time trying to get to my "starting point." A big part of the reason I like riding is that I can ride on lovely, tree-lined trails without motorized traffic. I'm not afraid to ride on the streets, but that kind of a ride often isn't what I'm after.

Also, I'm just not up for rides of more than about 40 miles roundtrip (yet -- maybe someday). I do ride from home when I can, though, since there are lots of low-traffic streets and bike trails nearby.
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Old 06-15-05, 04:38 PM   #21
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Mainly depends on where I want to ride. Most of the time, I usually just ride to where I want to get to. Of course, I'm not likely to bike 100 miles to get to where I want to ride...
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I usually drive to the group ride starts because generally either, my riding time is limited, the end of the ride is at sundown and 10 miles on 60 MPH posted, driven at 80+ MPH roads at night are not going to happen, or the ride starts something like 20 - 25 Miles from my house and did I mention my time is limited...

Many of my solo rides start from my house though!!
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I've only ridden in two (types of) places. My ride either starts/ends at my front door or it starts/ends 60+ miles away. There are no trails nearby (Brevard Co. FL) so I use the roadway. The West Orange bike trail is about 60+ miles away and is long enough to make loading up the bike and driving there worthwhile otherwise my doorstep is where I'm riding to.

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Depends.
I don't have a "regular" ride, and I usually get to ride only once a week, twice on a good week. I like to try out new routes every time I go out, and that might mean driving to a good start point. If I can start from home, I will. Some of the interesting club rides might start 30 to 50 miles or more away. I don't want to throw an extra mediocre ride on top of another 50 miles of good riding. I'd rather do more of the good ride.

Since I store my bike in my car, I'm always ready to go somewhere for a ride.
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That aquaduct left me in stitches, it was too funny.


So, what the devil is the aqueduct you ride at, then?
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