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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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    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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    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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    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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    4am and 3pm are my departure times.

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by McStuff View Post
    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

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by wrafl View Post
    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

    Adam

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamDZ View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by wrafl View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamDZ View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
    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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    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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamDZ View Post
    Can you commute by bike?

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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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    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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