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McStuff 03-03-10 12:15 AM

When do you ride?
 
Being a casual rider, I make most of my rides on the weekend, usually around afternoon. But since I got lights, and I think I could expand into weekdays (school doesn't leave a ton of light left). Which got me thinking, what time of day and/or what days do you usually ride?

nymtber 03-03-10 12:23 AM

I usually ride in the mornings, because I work second shift (3pm-11:30pm or later). I dont ride at all this time of year...snow, salt, not good for bikes. Weekends I get out for longer rides, on the erie canal pathway, mostly with my girlfriend. This year I am going to do a bit of that on my own as well, since she is actually away for college now.

Mornings also means cooler come summertime. I sweat a lot, so cool is good!

McStuff 03-03-10 12:33 AM

Around these parts, the worst of winter is usually a week or two of rain and temps in the high 40s, low 50s. Sometimes I don't feel like getting out and riding, but hopefully that'll pick up when I'm more fit and more able to ride.

mustang1 03-03-10 12:48 AM

Used to ride 6 days a week, first thign in the morning (6AM weekdays, 8AM weekends). But now I'm a commuter, so 5 days, morning and evening.

mikewille 03-03-10 03:45 AM

4am and 3pm are my departure times.

wahoonc 03-03-10 04:43 AM

Whenever I can...mostly on weekends at the moment, with the occasional ride late in the evening. All of the bikes I ride at night have generator lighting systems and a Planet Bike SuperFlash for visibility.

Aaron:)

Machka 03-03-10 05:00 AM

After work ... about 6 pm. And on weekends morning and /or afternoon.

doctor j 03-03-10 06:51 AM

After work, around 6:30 PM when some of the traffic has dwindled. Weekends, it around 8:00 AM Spring, Summer, and early Fall. Weekends in Winter, usually afternoon.

BlazingPedals 03-03-10 06:51 AM

Weekends and evenings during the warm months. During the winter, I only get an occasional short evening (dark) ride. It's getting up to 45F this Saturday, so I may get a few miles in!

Artkansas 03-03-10 09:52 AM

I'm a commuter and utility rider mostly. So I ride whenever I need to. That could be any time 24/7.

acorn54 03-03-10 10:10 AM

i ride all the time. i don't like to use cars. i like the "head" that i get into when i ride a bike and the fact that i see more of my surrounding environment.
plus i feel relaxed when i ride, i am a nervous wreck when i use a car, what with all the crazy drivers around, and the threat of a breakdown and being stranded.
of course it is a real drag when the weather doesn't co-operate.
i ride night and day. weekdays and weekends. i really can't go a day without biking and feel normal for that day.
i am an outdoors person and get the heebeegeebees when i stay indoors too long.
if my bike breaks down for some reason i borrow my brother's bike until the bike shop says my bike is ready.

tjwarren 03-03-10 01:44 PM

I'll ride whenever, but I don't really enjoy commuting in the dark. It's just not fun.

If you're looking for a night ride, I highly recommend going around 11:00. It's plenty dark, and there's practically nobody on the roads: everybody's either at work or at home. Nobody's driving around shopping. And it's not late enough to really have people on their way home from the pub. It's a nice time to be out enjoying the night air.

AdamDZ 03-03-10 02:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by McStuff (Post 10473928)
Being a casual rider, I make most of my rides on the weekend, usually around afternoon. But since I got lights, and I think I could expand into weekdays (school doesn't leave a ton of light left). Which got me thinking, what time of day and/or what days do you usually ride?

Can you commute by bike?

Adam

wrafl 03-03-10 02:38 PM

This is my first year riding year round. I ride despite extreme cold provided there's no ice and snow on the pavement. Have ridden on days when the temp is in the teens with proper clothing and layering, I find it not only doable but also enjoyable whether it's cloudy or the sun is out. I have not been out at night despite owning lights but will one day try it.

AdamDZ 03-03-10 02:51 PM

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Originally Posted by wrafl (Post 10476323)
This is my first year riding year round. I ride despite extreme cold provided there's no ice and snow on the pavement. Have ridden on days when the temp is in the teens with proper clothing and layering, I find it not only doable but also enjoyable whether it's cloudy or the sun is out. I have not been out at night despite owning lights but will one day try it.

It's even more fun with fat, knobby, steel-studded tires when there is ice and snow :D

Adam

wrafl 03-03-10 03:04 PM

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Originally Posted by AdamDZ (Post 10476402)
It's even more fun with fat, knobby, steel-studded tires when there is ice and snow :D

Adam

Probably my next project to really enjoy riding in winter weather.

AdamDZ 03-03-10 07:20 PM

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Originally Posted by wrafl (Post 10476455)
Probably my next project to really enjoy riding in winter weather.

It's a blast. Hard and takes some getting used to but a blast.

If you can, I'd recommend a second wheelset (wheels and a cassette) so you can swap them at a moment's notice. Weather in NYC is unpredictable. I wouldn't know what to ride until I got up in the morning. Wheel swap takes 2 minutes, tire swap takes much longer plus pumping. Since you will be riding slowly without hitting any potholes at high speed you can get away with a cheap set of wheels from another bike or eBay.

wahoonc 03-03-10 07:27 PM

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Originally Posted by AdamDZ (Post 10477558)
It's a blast. Hard and takes some getting used to but a blast.

If you can, I'd recommend a second wheelset (wheels and a cassette) so you can swap them at a moment's notice. Weather in NYC is unpredictable. I wouldn't know what to ride until I got up in the morning. Wheel swap takes 2 minutes, tire swap takes much longer plus pumping. Since you will be riding slowly without hitting any potholes at high speed you can get away with a cheap set of wheels from another bike or eBay.

For several years I only had one bike and two sets of wheels. The bike was a Giant Iguana, I had one set of slick tires for commuting and one set of knobbies for the fun riding.:p

Aaron:)

daredevil 03-03-10 07:35 PM

Forget two sets of wheels, get two bikes! I got one studded commuter, one not. Now there is a switch at a moment's notice. ;)

So we've figured out how to ride in the winter (finding the right clothing is a snap also), riding at night can be equally as fun and easy with the cheap lighting available these days so like others, I can and do ride just about anytime.

AdamDZ 03-04-10 09:04 AM

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Originally Posted by daredevil (Post 10477608)
Forget two sets of wheels, get two bikes! I got one studded commuter, one not. Now there is a switch at a moment's notice. ;)

Yup. That would be the ultimate. I'd build a singlespeed or 3-sp IGH MTB for Winter if I could justify it for the few weeks of snow we get here and had enough storage space.

Adam

Doohickie 03-04-10 11:59 AM

I ride in the mornings and afternoons during the week (commuter) and a Saturday morning group breakfast ride. If I ride on Sunday, usually in the afternoon.

GriddleCakes 03-04-10 02:17 PM

Is there a day/time that people think it's not OK to ride? If you don't have lights then it's not so bright to be out after dark, but other than that?

Arcanum 03-04-10 02:58 PM

I only ride in the daytime, and at night, and during twilight hours. I only ride on sunny days, except for when it's cloudy, foggy, rainy, or snowy. Warm weather is a must, except when it's cold. Strong winds keep me from riding, not counting those days when they don't.

McStuff 03-04-10 08:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AdamDZ (Post 10476236)
Can you commute by bike?

Adam

I probably could. School's about 6 miles away, but I'm not the fastest. Work is around the same distance away. Work is actually a bit closer to school than my home is.

amd89_9 03-05-10 01:04 AM

Mon-Thu I try to take off at around 5'ish, that is if i dont have a ton of homework if i do then i just stay home
Fri- Sun usually i try to leave my house at around 8:30 or 9 that way i have a little something in my stomach


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