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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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    Quote Originally Posted by donnamb
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by acorn54
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by acorn54
    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
    acorn
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by donnamb
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by C_heath
    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
    +1

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    "We just don't recognize the most significant moments in our lives while they're happening. You say to yourself, 'there will be other days'. Then you realize it was the only day".

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by C_heath
    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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    In the words of my HS football coach - ya gotta love it!
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by slickhare
    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
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    Conjure One - Tears From The Moon
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    Dolly Parton - Two Doors Down
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    Donna Summer - Unconditional Love
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    Elmore James - Shake Your Money Maker
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    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
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    Jerry Butler - He Don't Love You Like I Love You
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    Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares To You
    Sinead O'Connor - Why Don't You Do Right-
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    Spinners - I'll Be Around
    Spinners - It a Shame
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