Since I have no car, most of my rides originate at my doorstep. But sometimes I take the bus downtown and begin the ride from there.
I typically start in my apartment's parking lot.
When I had a 50 mile one way commute, I occasionally did the last seven miles by bike, so that counts as 43 miles I guess.
Longest I've driven then ridden was about 900 miles, but it was more driving to an event and grabbing the folding bike for a ride while I was there.
2011 TerraTrike Path 8
2002 Dahon Boardwalk 1 (with 1976 F&S R 2110 2-speed kickback hub)
what was once popular, is again ...
cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting
During the week I drive about 19 miles out of my way to stop at the bike trail. My drive is 20 miles but I drive 30 miles to the bike trail, then 9 miles home after my ride. Wow, I didn't realize it was that far out of the way. There's another trail 2 miles from work. It's not as nice, but does get me a bit more elevation change to climb rather than the dead flat trail near home. I rode it yesterday and enjoyed it a lot (didn't enjoy it so much the first time I rode it because it was early in my start to riding and the long 2% climbing killed me, LOL.)
Weekends I like to explore all the rails to trails. I want to run that same trail near work but start on the other end so it was all uphill for the first half and all downhill for the 2nd half which would leave me with driving 39 miles to the trail head.
The other 2 trails I ridden was 28 miles and 30 miles away. I typically ride the one that is 9 miles away on weekends also, same one that I go to after work.
Roads are just too narrow, too blind to traffic, traffic too fast, and too much constant up and down hills with no flat whatsoever for my liking. Even if the hills were nice long climbs it wouldn't be too bad, but the are a constant 6-8% grades up and down for 1/8-1/4 mile at a time at most. Not enough for a nice easy downhill break from the climbing so it is more like constant climbing at 6-8% with 5 second breaks every 10 minutes. I would love to be able to just take off from my driveway.
Last edited by mrodgers; 11-19-13 at 04:23 PM.
Ride no faster than your Guardian Angel can fly!
Sometimes you don't have much choice but to drive if you want to ride on country roads. In some cities, it is a heck of a long ride to get out of town or maybe the roads to get out of town are just too dangerous. I grew up in a city like that (New Orleans). I feel fortunate to live in a city that has a first rate system of MUPs and it is easy as pie to ride out of town (Des Moines).
Lately it seems like I've been starting out my door and finishing with a phone call for a rescue of my broken-down bike.
Like Mrodgers, I live in Western PA. I prefer not to road-ride and live at the top of hill with a long climb, so I drive about 5 miles to the trail-head to ride the Heritage Trails around the city. Then I can ride my 15 or 20 miles loop and head back home. Even if I decided to ride form home, there is no connection between where I live and where I prefer to ride other than a 4 lane limited access highway (Rt. 28) or trespassing on railroad property along the river.
OT but funny story for you, I started out in life on Fallowfield Ave in Beechview 41 years ago up to age 8 when we moved to Butler. I was car shopping in Wexford and driving further towards Pittsburgh. I was heading to Rohrich Toyota I think on 51 when I saw Fallowfield Ave. I was in a million mile Honda Civic that barely ran. I decided to drive up Fallowfield to the old house. My poor Civic barely slogged up the hill. Later when I got home, channel 13 was showing a recording of the Pittsburgh bike race where they find all the biggest hills in the 'Burgh and race them. Sure enough, there they are on Fallowfield Ave just cruising right up while I was just there hours earlier and almost didn't make it in my Civic, LOL.
Ride no faster than your Guardian Angel can fly!
Good story about Fallowfield and the Dirty Dozen race! Last year I took my 11 year to watch them climb one of the first few hills to cheer on the riders - she thought it was great as we stood in gently falling flurries with this mass of people streaming (and steaming) up Ravine Street out of Sharpsburg. I need to find a cowbell or jingle bells to ring this year. The race is set for the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
There are good rides about 45 to 60 minutes from my house - and I drive three or four times per year for these. One area is Middleburg, home to fox hunts, wineries, and old political money. Lots of steep and rolling hills, country roads and fabulous vistas - worth the drive.
Another is across the Potomac up in Frederick County, MD. There, you can get some really nasty climbs and long straight roads.
So, while most rides begin from my door, there are occasions where I'll drive to ride. Time is usually the limiting factor, though.
Two mountain bike destinations that are worth the drive for me are Fountainhead (40 minutes) and Fair Hill (Cecil Co, MD) (2 hours). They are both at the upper echelon of singletrack fun around here.
Driving is still lame but I seem to be doing it more and more. My team rides are exhausting, 17 miles away, and I have three kids and an exhausted wife I need to get back to. Races are all over the state and with cross I have issues carrying my extra gear on my back.
A majority of my training rides are still from my house.
Why would I drive when I have a bike?
I've found there are places I enjoy exploring by bicycle which are too far to ride to, so I don't get people who dismiss the idea of driving to ride. But to each his own. On weekdays I ride from home but on weekends I drive sometimes, usually within a hour. I've gone further away for rallies and for a mini solo tour.
I haven't loaded my bike on a car in years. I just don't have time to go on bike adventures anymore. Hummm..I just need a baby sitter!
I have a few starting points. There is a ride right outside my apartment that I use for daily rides, mostly maintenance. For my longer, dedicated weekend rides, I will drive ~15Km to one start, and ~30 for the other. About 3 times a year, I will drive ~ 150KM to the Niagara region. 3000KM drive for 100Km of riding! Niagara's worth it, though.
Depends on the ride. I drove to three rides this holiday weekend. 1 road and 2 mountain bike. 350 miles driving to ride 87 miles. I figure my bike got 4 miles per gallon this weekend
Driving to a bike ride is like trying to lose weight by eating the kids meal at McDonald's: Will it work? Yes, but it's still a dumb idea. When you want to ride, ride; otherwise just stay home. Unless you are attending an organized ride at a distant location that starts at dawn, there is no excuse.
Local riding always starts from home. Event rides and speciality rides like the Midwest recumbent rally are of course driven to.