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Old 06-30-08, 11:10 PM   #26
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Once I told my partner I don't ride recreationally. She has been teasing me about that ever since, because often I ride a lot for some obviously made-up reasons (like scouting out new routes).
I find that interesting ... obviously you do some recreational riding , but why would you tell your partner that you don't ride recreationally. Don't car-free cyclists ride recreationally?
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...why would you tell your partner that you don't ride recreationally. Don't car-free cyclists ride recreationally?
When we met she had a hard time understanding what the car free thing was all about. Her earlier understanding was that bike riding is strictly a form of sport and recreation, so my explanation started with the statement that I don't ride recreationally.
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When we met she had a hard time understanding what the car free thing was all about. Her earlier understanding was that bike riding is strictly a form of sport and recreation, so my explanation started with the statement that I don't ride recreationally.
Ah, I see.
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Are there really only just a few of us who head out on our bicycles to have fun on the weekends?
Sometimes I work so many days in a row that I have to either use my day off as a rest day or take the bus in to work, which is not fun, so riding on the weekends is always a big deal to me. Even going to the coffee shop is like a mini-vacation when I can take as much time as I want with it!

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Cycling is such an integral part of my life that I often do it without even thinking about it. So far my bike has seen six weekend "tours" this year already, and several other day trips too numerous to mention here. This Saturday I'm lining up 250-odd km in Northern NSW through some of the best riding available on mainland Australia. I haven't even thought about Sunday yet, but I might just head for the beach if it's warm enough, or find something else to do.
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Old 07-01-08, 07:28 AM   #31
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Why was that?

During the years I was car-free, I commuted to work by bicycle and ran my errands on foot (the grocery store, etc. was very close to where I lived) during the week .... and then spent my entire weekend out on my bicycle somewhere, just for fun.
I'm not sure. When I sold the car I was doing 20 miles per day commuting so I was getting the fun during the commute. Now I'll take the long way home sometimes since my commute is about 2 miles. I don't see the distinction between transportation and fun any more. Like in my description of last Saturday, pedaling to the bank was transportation, then what about going to the coffee shop or the lake? Going to the bank was just as fun as riding along a busy road to the lake, then stopping at the grocery store? Was the part from the lake to the huge parking lot fun then crossing the parking lot transportation? Or did the fun end and the transportation begin when I thought about swinging by the grocery store? But the fact is the fun didn't end until after I cleaned the mud off the bike and put it away for the night.
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I'm on a one week vacation at the moment. Purchased a Bike Friday Tiket a few days ago, and am trying to see what places I can wheel it into around my home town.

Today, I'm going to see if I can bring it on the bus. If I get away with it, the sky's the limit for cross town commuting without a car. The busses do have bike racks up front, but with the price of gas they are always full. Hopefully with the Tikit it frees me up from having to wait for the next bus with an open rack.

Tomorrow, I plan on taking it on Amtrak to a city called Ann Arbor. This is a community that cares about cycling and strives to promote it as a part of public transportation. I just want to spend a day of my vacation there, and bum around on my bike.

So basically no special places.

I would suggest a bag or cover of some sort for bus riding. Brommie makes a drop over cover that stuffs up under the seat. You fold the bike, throw the cover over it and it becomes a package rather than a folded bike. Under the radar so to speak.

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This weekend the bike and I are sticking close to home. Friday a ride with the club, work Saturday, and Sunday lead a ride for the club.

Now later in the month, the bike and I are spending a week in the Rideau Lakes region of Eastern Ontario. Last year I took two bikes--road bike and a hybrid for off-road. This year I'm taking just the Portland and its second wheelset with the cyclocross tires mounted. (This is the wheelset that wears the studded snow tires in winter.) The plan is the same as last year--alternate days between paved road metric centuries (road wheelset) and poking around on the dirt roads (cyclocross wheelset).

Then five days after that, we're taking the train to Denver where we'll ride the Front Range of the Rockies for a week.
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It is supposed to snow tomorrow, but there's a chance we might be able to get out for a short recreational ride on Sunday.


How about you?
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We got out for a recreational ride!! Our first ride this month! It felt so good to be out again.

After being sick for the last couple months, and what with it being winter, we haven't been out much since April.

It was a beautiful sunny day with a high of about 13C and a bit of a breeze, and we rode the cycleway ... 26.75 km.
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It is supposed to snow tomorrow, but there's a chance we might be able to get out for a short recreational ride on Sunday.


How about you?
For me, fresh snow is one of the best occasions for recreational cycling...on pavement or off, and on the ice covered lakes and rivers as soon as the ice gets thick enough.
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We got out for a recreational ride!! Our first ride this month! It felt so good to be out again.

After being sick for the last couple months, and what with it being winter, we haven't been out much since April.

It was a beautiful sunny day with a high of about 13C and a bit of a breeze, and we rode the cycleway ... 26.75 km.
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All my bicycle riding is for fun (recreation) including riding to various useful destinations, including gym, stores and library, and in a past life, to work.
If it wasn't fun (recreational) I wouldn't do it. Any environmental, health, and/or money gains from my cycling is just extra gravy on top of the main course of fun.
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Saturday: Cycled 38.16 km. Today was a lovely, sunny winter day with a high of 14C. The hint that it is winter here is the snow on the mountain, which we could see most of the way. We rode the cycleway plus a bit at the end. The people along the way were very friendly today ... lots of chatty cyclists and walkers.

I'm getting back into this again. Last week, my legs felt tired after 18 km, and the last 8 km of the ride was challenging. This week, my legs felt tired after 25 km, and the last 13 km were challenging. So ... I guess that's an improvement.


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I'm bummed. The industrial forest lands (and by extension, the public lands in the same area) are now closed to public entry due to higher fire risk. You're not even supposed to walk in. So no more happy miles of empty logging roads, until the fall rains start anyway. They only started these restrictions a few years ago after some idiot started a forest fire not far from my house. He was plinking (target shooting) a 50 caliber *****. Using tracers as ammo.
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All my bicycle riding is for fun (recreation) including riding to various useful destinations, including gym, stores and library, and in a past life, to work.
If it wasn't fun (recreational) I wouldn't do it. Any environmental, health, and/or money gains from my cycling is just extra gravy on top of the main course of fun.
Great LCF answer! So true in my case too!! Luckily it just happens to be fun and great for all of the other above reasons.
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Anyone going for a long ride in the country to take photos of autumn's beauty this weekend?

Or maybe spring's beauty?
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Anyone going for a long ride in the country to take photos of autumn's beauty this weekend?

Or maybe spring's beauty?
Well, I'll be rolling along the hills and rivers of our coast range, but not specifically to take photos. I'll try to remember to pull out the tablet for a photo or two. It's kind of like this thirty miles from my doorstep:


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Anyone going for a long ride in the country to take photos of autumn's beauty this weekend?
What a great job of recycling a thread!!!

Here [in the American Midwest] peak color was about two weeks ago... and it was beautiful. I took a picture (a selfie) of a bright yellow-orange tree and me while out cycling and posted it to FaceBook. We still have some nice color... but we have more bare branches.

I completed my goal miles just the other day. And I was thinking that since the weather this Sunday is expected to be cool but sunny it would be a great day for a vintage bicycle ride. I don't currently have a computer on a recently acquired vintage bicycle I've been dying to take for a long ride. But since I've already met my mileage goals I won't care so much that I am not logging the miles.
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Anyone going for a long ride in the country to take photos of autumn's beauty this weekend?

Or maybe spring's beauty?
Fall is over and spring will be a long time coming. We are supposed to have gale force winds all day tomorrow, so I switched my bike riding plans to walking plans. I have to do two things I've been putting off--vote and get a flu shot.
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Springtime ... the wisteria is blooming here ... the manferns are about to unfurl fronds ... and our grape vine is in full leaf.





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I might ride to a bike shop and buy some parts, then stay inside and avoid the rain.
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I will be riding sunday about 25-30 miles in san jose, CA. I just about to move to my new place.
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We had two good rides this weekend ...

Saturday's ride was a short, brisk one up the cycleway.

Sunday's ride was a 100.9 km Audax event. A tough ride, a challenging ride ... but in a strange way, I really enjoyed it.


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I'm putting my bike on the bike rack and taking two buses to Hackensack NJ. I was amazed that it only cost me 1.25 to travel over 20 miles by bus (with monthly bus card).

While in Hackensack, I noticed the USS Ling, a submarine in a museum by riverside. Holy cow! I was surprised and never knew this boat existed having noticed it by accident. These free bus trips are taking me places I've never been like Thomas Edison's Black Maria in West Caldwell. Regardless, I'm going inside that submarine this Saturday and then biking back home.



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