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Old 07-02-06, 03:38 PM   #1
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how to keep interest in biking

i'd like some feedback on what others do to keep their interest in biking alive.
seems one is limited to same old bike paths after awhile there is no new bike paths to travel within a reasonable distance from home.
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I just try going to different locations and go as far as I can and force myself to ride back home. When I go solo that's the best way to motivate me to get alot of miles in. If I ride with a partner I can ride anywhere and go for hours with no problem.
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If my cycling was limited to just type of road biking, I'd go insane. That's why I ride a fixed gear, a single-speed, a mountain bike, a tour bike, on & off road, and also tinker, including occassional wheel builds.
And occassionally sign up to do organized rides as well....

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Variety

Try riding on the road if you do MTB or vice versa if you ride road already.
Build or modify a bike, warning can become addictive.
Get into recumbents, just trying to keep track of all the different ones will drive you nuts .
Use your bike for errands as well as fun.
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I have run into the same problem in several cities. Often I drop back to a slower ride group and focus on the social stuff for a while. After a month or two I get tired of racing to corners and waiting for them and move up one catagory. On almost any day here you can find: 1; long tea breaks and sniff daisies, 2; strong club riders who wait for most people, 3; fast riders in training - cat 5 - cat 4 who like to drop slow people, 4; Amatuer teams doing speed drills, 5; Leipheimer and partners (off-season). My spirits pick up in the fall.
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Get off the bike paths ...... start riding on the roads!! Get maps; pick towns around yours to cycle to; increase your distances; travel in a different direction each week; make it a goal to ride all the paved roads within a 100 km radius of your city; cycle to beaches, museums, tourist attractions in neighboring towns; cycle with others; sign up for the local century; join a cycletouring club .......
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Don't own a car.
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Don't own a car.
yes i own a car. i see what y our getting at to drive my car with bike in tow to a different area far away
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i'd like some feedback on what others do to keep their interest in biking alive.
I ride my bicycle. Like sex, it is always good, sometimes better, always interesting.
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Old 07-02-06, 06:53 PM   #10
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Different people to ride with maybe. Try hooking up with a club or two and go on a few group rides. Even if you don't go on group rides as a general rule or what have you, it can be good to either find a riding partner or two, or if nothing else it might just get you excited from conversation or being around other excited cyclists.
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I'll echo the group ride sentiment... finding a good group to ride with can make even a monotonous ride constantly interesting, just by being able to talk with people. Also, it's a good way to get tips from people who are more experienced/stronger cyclists.

This might require trying a few different groups to find the one that you "click" with... but when you do, doing the regular rides and then going out on rides just with people that you've met can be a great way to keep going.
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Explore your area for different biking opportunities. 'Develop' several or even many circuit routes. Run them in opposite directions for variety. Look for flat rides, hilly rides, REALLY hilly rides. Make ‘coffee runs’ to variously distant destinations. Plan ahead periodically to do ‘long rides’. . .however you interpret that. Work in jogging, running, and hiking into your repertoire. Bottom line, mix it up.
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yes i own a car. i see what y our getting at to drive my car with bike in tow to a different area far away
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Actually, I think he means, get rid of the car and start cycling everywhere ... to work, to school, to the grocery store, etc.
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Actually, I think he means, get rid of the car and start cycling everywhere ... to work, to school, to the grocery store, etc.
Well, I don't know if that would work for the OP, but that's one of the the ways I keep my interest in biking alive.
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Well, I don't know if that would work for the OP, but that's one of the the ways I keep my interest in biking alive.
I was completely carfree for about 6 years, and I got to know the city I lived in very well by cycling everywhere in it. I also got to know all the surrounding towns and villages quite well too because I'd cycle out to them, and explore them, rather than driving right past them.

For the last couple summers I have access to a vehicle which I can borrow. I still do most of my local exploring by bicycle, but several times a summer I'll drive elsewhere to see some different scenery and ride different roads.
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What keeps me interested.....

When I look in the Mirror, wondering were the 40 pounds went.
When I look at my veins in my hands, arms and legs as now I can see them snaking through my body as the carry my life blood to and fro.
When I look at my Blood Pressure as its gone from 145/80 to 98/52
When I look at my Cholesterol as it went from 173 to 106
When I look at my Triglicerides as they went from 330 to 171

When I look back and my buddies with "the look" as I crest a 13% grade as they are a small visable spec in the distance.

I ride because I can live better, same roads, same paths, same hills, as long as my pedals are going around, its all good
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Sure you ride the same stuff many times. Do you buy an album(Sorry, CD), listen to it once and then toss it in trash?
I end up riding the same loop over and over because it is one fo the few safe routes near where I live. It is up to me to make it something I enjoy.
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i ride the same route on my Varsity whenever i ride. when i start to get bored i challenge myself to ride it faster, cut out pauses where i felt uncomfortable and even try to ride no-hands on some parts. when you really get sick of a route, just change it up a bit by riding somewhere else, or even grabbing your <insert music player of choice here> and listening to that song that always starts playing in your head when you ride.
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What keeps me interested.....

When I look in the Mirror, wondering were the 40 pounds went.
When I look at my veins in my hands, arms and legs as now I can see them snaking through my body as the carry my life blood to and fro.
When I look at my Blood Pressure as its gone from 145/80 to 98/52
When I look at my Cholesterol as it went from 173 to 106
When I look at my Triglicerides as they went from 330 to 171

When I look back and my buddies with "the look" as I crest a 13% grade as they are a small visable spec in the distance.

I ride because I can live better, same roads, same paths, same hills, as long as my pedals are going around, its all good
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The experience of cycling is a love affair with the most wonderful
machine man has ever invented. Cycling gives you choices in moblity
no other machine does because it so personal as other posters have
pointed out.

There can never be just one road to ride nor one reason to ride.
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What keeps me interested.....

When I look in the Mirror, wondering were the 40 pounds went.
When I look at my veins in my hands, arms and legs as now I can see them snaking through my body as the carry my life blood to and fro.
When I look at my Blood Pressure as its gone from 145/80 to 98/52
When I look at my Cholesterol as it went from 173 to 106
When I look at my Triglicerides as they went from 330 to 171

When I look back and my buddies with "the look" as I crest a 13% grade as they are a small visable spec in the distance.

I ride because I can live better, same roads, same paths, same hills, as long as my pedals are going around, its all good
Wow. That's like poetry to my ears. Beautiful.
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Bike paths heh.
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how to keep interest in biking

it's my primary fitness regime. a little friendly competition doesn't hurt either. goin to race piques my interest.
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i ride the same route on my Varsity whenever i ride. when i start to get bored i challenge myself to ride it faster, cut out pauses where i felt uncomfortable and even try to ride no-hands on some parts. when you really get sick of a route, just change it up a bit by riding somewhere else, or even grabbing your <insert music player of choice here> and listening to that song that always starts playing in your head when you ride.
I ride the same route every work day; there is only one road to take to the job. But I do change the music; with the right music, the ride is never boring. Today's (and probably Wednesday's) playlist on shuffle:

Anita Baker - Rapture
Billy Joel - Keeping The Faith
Billy Joel - Uptown Girl
Bo Diddley - Bring It To Jerome1
Bo Diddley - I'm A Man 3 min
Bo Diddley - Mona
Bo Diddley - Who Do You Love
Bobby Bland - Stormy Monday
Bobby Blue Bland - I Pity The Fool
Bobby Blue Bland - Turn On Your Love Light
Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillin' No. 2
Carole King - One Fine Day
Carole King - Jazzman
Carole King - So Far Away
Carole King - Where You Lead
Carole King - Will You Love Me Tomorrow-
Conjure One - Tears From The Moon
Dolly Parton - Jolene
Dolly Parton - Two Doors Down
Donna Summer - State of independence
Donna Summer - Unconditional Love
Drifters - There Goes My Baby
Elmore James - Dust My Blues
Elmore James - Madison Blues
Elmore James - Rollin' And Tumblin'
Elmore James - Shake Your Money Maker
Elmore James - Standing at the Crossroads
Elmore Janes - Look On Yonder Wall
Five Blind Boys of Alabama - Higher Ground
Freddie King - Driving Sideways
Freddie King - Guitar boogie
Freddie King - Look On Yonder Wall
Freddie King - Reconsider Baby
Freddie King - Stormy Monday
Jackie Wilson - Higher And Higher
Jackie Wilson - I Get The Sweetest Feeling
Jackie Wilson - Lonely Teardrops
Jackie Wilson - Whispers
Jerry Butler - For Your Precious Love 1960
Jerry Butler - He Don't Love You Like I Love You
jerry butler - he will break your heart
Jerry Butler - Make It Easy On Yourself
Jerry Butler - What becomes of the broken hearted
John Lee Hooker - Baby, Please Don't Go_longer
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John Lee Hooker & Ry Cooder - Big Legs, Tight Skirt
Kirk Franklin - Gonna Be A Lovely Day
Kirk Franklin & God's Property - Stomp (Remix Featuring Kirk
little walter - baby please dont go
Little Walter - Blues With a Feeling
Little Walter - Confessing The Blues
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