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Old 03-03-10, 12:15 AM   #1
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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?
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Old 03-03-10, 12:23 AM   #2
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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!
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Old 03-03-10, 12:33 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 03-03-10, 12:48 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 03-03-10, 03:45 AM   #5
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Old 03-03-10, 04:43 AM   #6
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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.

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Old 03-03-10, 05:00 AM   #7
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Old 03-03-10, 06:51 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 03-03-10, 06:51 AM   #9
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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!
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Old 03-03-10, 09:52 AM   #10
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I'm a commuter and utility rider mostly. So I ride whenever I need to. That could be any time 24/7.
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Old 03-03-10, 10:10 AM   #11
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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.
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Old 03-03-10, 01:44 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 03-03-10, 02:22 PM   #13
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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?

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Old 03-03-10, 02:38 PM   #14
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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.
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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

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Probably my next project to really enjoy riding in winter weather.
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Old 03-03-10, 07:20 PM   #17
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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.
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Old 03-03-10, 07:27 PM   #18
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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.

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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.
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Old 03-04-10, 09:04 AM   #20
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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.

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Old 03-04-10, 11:59 AM   #21
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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.
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Old 03-04-10, 02:17 PM   #22
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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?
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Old 03-04-10, 02:58 PM   #23
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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.
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Old 03-04-10, 08:26 PM   #24
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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.
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Old 03-05-10, 01:04 AM   #25
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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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