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    I find riding my bike w/o a destination BORING!

    Okay, is it just me or do you find riding your bike just for the sake of riding rather BORING? Out-and-back, round-the-loop, etc. exercise rides are just boring. But if I have to go somewhere - work, on tour, etc., I find it fun and exciting - seeing new places, etc. I guess I don't have the "love of cycling" where anytime you're on a bike is a fun time.

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    No. Put me in a velodrome and I'll be fine doing circles for a couple of hours.
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    Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.

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    It doesn't bore me, mac, but I'll go this far - I feel like I should be bored. I have used stationary cycles in the past. Now, that is boring.
    Some people are like a Slinky ... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

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    Funny, most roadies that I know tend to AVOID biking as transportation- and treat it only as exercise.

    I hedge all bets- commute AND ride just to ride.

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    I like having a destination with any ride, a park, somewhere to stop for cool water, etc... or on a group ride... starbucks! Cycling should be fun - and the destination is part of the ride!

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    I occasionally aimlessly ride.
    All in all, I prefer rides with a destination (work, a park, a far away town, etc)

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    Maybe it's not the bike, or the ride, that is boring.

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    I like just getting on the bike and seeing where it will take me. Sometimes if I see a road I haven't been up before and it looks interesting, I will go check it out. It's all about adventure. Sometimes I think I could be happy riding around in a parking lot, just to be on my bike!!!

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    If im riding on the road, i never ride with out a destination. But XC i just get in to a forest and ride untill i get out or make my way back...

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    By bike is my transportation. Riding loops around Hains Point is pointless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velogirl
    Hains Point is pointless.


    Three laps at Hains Point is my limit. Repeating the same route is boring.

    One of my favorite types of rides is to start with no set route or direction in mind, or just a general idea of where I'm going. As I ride along I do a mental coin-flips and pick my route at whim. If I see an interesting road that I've never biked, I explore it if I want to. I've found some amazing places that way.

    But in the end, the desitnation is back to where I started.

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    When I am riding with people the people ARE my destination. The route does not matter. Other than that I need a purpose like running and errand or my commute to motivate me. I expect my relatives know I would like to get them to take a bike tour for one of our group vacations but we are on different planets as far as cycling ability.
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    I like finding new roads. I do this in my car too. Around Md there's lots of trails so thats cool too.

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    I usually don't have a destination and I'm never bored...even if the places are the same, the conditions are usually different on any given day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mac
    Okay, is it just me or do you find riding your bike just for the sake of riding rather BORING? Out-and-back, round-the-loop, etc. exercise rides are just boring. But if I have to go somewhere - work, on tour, etc., I find it fun and exciting - seeing new places, etc. I guess I don't have the "love of cycling" where anytime you're on a bike is a fun time.
    i take it you're not a fan of the indoor trainer?

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    I'm happy riding for the sake of riding. On the road there are 3 routes I stick to. These are safer routes, not too much traffic and they all offer something different.

    I prefer mountain biking without a destination in mind because the place I ride has a total of 35 miles of trails. Lots of side trails and whatnot to explore, though some of them involve more hiking than riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmhaan
    i take it you're not a fan of the indoor trainer?
    Oh gawd, no! What are you, a caged mouse running on its wheel? I had to ride one in the gym while I was injured. The only thing that saved me from going nuts from sheer boredom was looking at the cuties on the stair-climbers.

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    I always have a destination, sometimes the destination is my starting point, with a route that takes me 25 miles out of the way.
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    I prefer a destination. I feel like I have accomplished something. Riding in a loop just isn't as satisfying, but I wouldn't necessarily call it boring.

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    it really depends on what your goals and mindset are.

    since i focus mostly on doing weekly races, i need to get a specific amount of training in. so, the actual physcial workout i get is more important toward my goal than the destination. however, once racing season is over it'll be very hard to go around the park loop 8 times or ride a trainer. then, i'm more interested in going places.

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    I just try to set out a time limit or mileage rather than destination and that seems to help a little bit. But sometimes I'll ride to another city and back and it makes it more fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -VELOCITY-
    I just try to set out a time limit or mileage rather than destination and that seems to help a little bit. But sometimes I'll ride to another city and back and it makes it more fun.
    What made it worse was his rdiing partner disappeared of to the Carolinas

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    For me its more about the journey than the destination

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    Well, I normally have a destination, but I won't be riding straight to that. I have a 5km commute - I've been stretching it out to 20km by just taking side roads, seeing bike trails and going down them to see where they go - even if it is in the opposite direction. And I'll go for a slow ride down to the lake and along the beachfront with the wife just to get her on the bike.

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    I need a destination. It can be arbitrary and purely symbolic but it has to exist. Only then do I actually enjoy the journey.

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