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Old 07-20-13, 07:28 PM
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I have a similar view toward riding and fishing. Very enjoyable to do with a few close pals, but I really like doing it by myself.
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Old 07-20-13, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by WNG
You got me to recall my days living in Queens as a teen till my early 20s. I also don't remember encountering many cyclists either. Unless it was a small group crossing the Queensboro Bridge. IMHO, it's because how Queens is spread out. Flushing Meadows is a failure as a borough park by Robert Moses. Unlike Prospect in Brooklyn, and Central in Manhattan. These can attract people and riders to use them.
Flushing Meadows for the longest time, wasn't safe. Maybe it's different now.

I could only think of Kissena Velodrome, and perhaps Astoria Park under the Tri-boro Bridge, as the only spots where cyclists would congregate.
Glad I could bring back the memories!

Flushing Meadows is really safe these days. The bad old days are pretty much a memory now, which is good. I guess I should ride there and see if there are any riders out. I'm actually thinking of getting into track riding at the Velodrome in Kissena Park. The cycling community seems pretty strong there and it looks pretty active. Of course that's a very different type of riding but it looks enjoyable and a good way to get in a nice workout.

And yes, I hear great things about Prospect Park. Will have to get there soon.

Until then, it's the pain of the lone rider for me!
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Old 07-21-13, 03:09 AM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Your buddy's been there, but you never know. Most cyclists are nice people. I'm often the only one riding steel, but it's never mentioned and never an issue. I don't ride with the large group that buys the best/latest/fastest, but on the few occasions I have, it's not been a problem, either. There's no enthusiasm for it, but no rejection of me or my bikes. Mostly ambivalence.
How so? Or did you mean indifference?
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I've ridden alone for 50 years. Is it something I said?
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Old 07-21-13, 06:03 AM
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Local Friday night ride recently had some modern bikes, but also a 70's Motobecane, Austro Daimler, Nishiki, and Schwinn, a 40's Raleigh, an 80's Fuji and probably a couple other vintage rides.
In the dark nobody gets wound up about it.
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Old 07-21-13, 06:22 AM
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Originally Posted by old's'cool
How so? Or did you mean indifference?
Ambiguity?
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Old 07-21-13, 06:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Giacomo 1
I'm a loner, a real time trial rider.

Not that I haven't tried to find a wheel or two to stick to, but nobody seems to be around. Got up last Sunday at 6AM, did a 20 miler and didn't find one single solitary rider out. It was a beautiful morning to. I live in the borough of Queens in NYC, home to about 2 million people and the place that gave George Hincapie his cycling start, and not one single rider of any type was out. Go figure! Good grief, I'll have to go to Brooklyn and find some hipsters to ride with if this keeps up!

For now though, it's just me, my pain and my thoughts as I become the greatest time trial rider Queens has ever seen!
Hipsters are not awake at 6 AM on the weekends!
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Old 07-21-13, 06:38 AM
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I ride alone unless it's really windy, then I'll eventually pickup someone and we ride upwind together.
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At my Sunday morning vintage ride which I am about to leave for, I am just about the only one EVER on a road bike. Lately there's been a rash of Pashley repops, and a few raggedy balloon tire bikes. I am usually the fastest one, and the last mile I usually take off, and get my heart rate up. Otherwise it's ten miles an hour, and I have to struggle to balance.,,,,BD
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Old 07-21-13, 09:08 AM
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It's Sunday morning, cloudy and temps are reasonable...heading out for a lone wolf ride.
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Old 07-21-13, 09:30 AM
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I live in the boonies east of Charlotte NC and the roads around here are for the carbon groups. I take my bikes to a large high school parking lot and some times use the track and do ten miles and do some sprints mixed in there. I have not ridden in a group in many years. When I do the sprints I remember how it was back in the 1960's when 30 mph was slow.
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Originally Posted by Bikedued
At my Sunday morning vintage ride which I am about to leave for, I am just about the only one EVER on a road bike. Lately there's been a rash of Pashley repops, and a few raggedy balloon tire bikes. I am usually the fastest one, and the last mile I usually take off, and get my heart rate up. Otherwise it's ten miles an hour, and I have to struggle to balance.,,,,BD
You actually see people ride Pashleys. That's pretty cool. Around here, Pashleys are a status symbol garage hanger that says"I once thought about getting exercise."
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Old 07-21-13, 09:57 AM
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Although I'd like someone to talk to about being a bike dork- I don't have the slightest desire to ride with anyone, and the whole 'riding with a group' thing doesn't strike me as fun. Riding is my time to get away from people. I ride with my wife, as it's time we get to spend together- but other than that...
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Old 07-21-13, 10:32 AM
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Alone- its one of the times I can be alone, blank my thoughts and just experience the hills and the trails and of pushing myself. I have to make and get too many consensuses in real life, riding alone I can do anything I want. Sometimes in the middle of a ride I can just stop and admire the scenery, its not always about cardio. Sometimes I can grab an ice cream, or go 25 miles when I thought I was going to go 10.

riding alone on a bike with no one around is one of the best things.
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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL
When I ride alone, I prefer to be by myself.
Thanks, George.
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Old 07-22-13, 12:51 PM
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Given the choice, I'd rather ride alone, for many of the reasons stated above. As for drinking, I'd rather have company, but I don't let lack of company stand in the way. +1 Thanks, George.

[on edit] A non-solo riding scenario I think I would enjoy, remote thought the possibility may be, would be riding with someone very close to my levels of ability and motivation (whatever those might be). I.e. a challenging but not one-sided competition. I'm not talking about a full-blown paceline, I'm not into all the technique & finesse. Just someone working out in parallel as it were, not necessarily drafting and/or attacking the whole time. In my teenage years I had a close friend with whom I had an intense but friendly competition in many unorganized sports and other endeavours; looking back, I enjoyed that alot. Later on, I had running companions that filled a similar bill.

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Old 07-22-13, 05:38 PM
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Original poster here. Thanks everyone for sharing your stories and insights. I, like many of you, really don't have anyone who is a "C&V geek" to talk shop with. I rely on the people of the C&V forum to satisfy that itch; anytime I've had my fill I can just shut the computer down and walk away, which is about as convenient and self-serving as anyone could ever want. And the world basically desires a self-serving level for most things anyway, doesn't it? Even my sometimes riding buddy, who rides a vintage steel frame like me, isn't really that into old bikes. He wants me to offer up some of my lower-on-the-peloton rides so he can weld them into a homemade tandem. Yikes! He rides his old road frame because that is what he has to ride. But, we do ride together on occasion, and he is basically at a similar cardio level, so the pacing is good. Maybe organizing a all-steel, or mostly-steel ride is in my future, but only if I go make the effort to organize it. And I haven't decided how much effort I want to go through to make it happen, if any at all.
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I usually ride solo. I enjoy riding with others, but it's rare that I find someone who goes exactly the speed that I want to go.

The two people I do ride with though both ride vintage! Of course I gave them both their bikes so...
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Old 07-22-13, 06:16 PM
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I see riders on C&V bikes pretty often on the club rides. Nobody looks down at those riders (most of the riders probably don't even notice the old bikes). It's cool to see some 70s downtube shifter bikes on the rides, and those riders have no problem keeping up with the groups.

Perhaps an unknown rider on old steel showing up for the "A" group's paceline hammerfest would get some disapproving looks, but not on a "B" ride.

Rides are better organized around speeds and distances, not vintage or modern. Announce a ride's expected average speed, and what the typical flat roads speeds will be, and you'll get some compatible riders.
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