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Usually, if I don't it's for a REALLY good reason (ice, bike broken, etc)
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Nope, if I need a break I'll take it
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Do you ride when you don't feel like it?

Old 09-14-16, 07:40 AM
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Do you ride when you don't feel like it?

Just curious what the attitudes are for those who have several options for how to get to work/school, etc.

Yesterday I extended both my morning and afternoon commutes for a total of 42 miles. Feeling sore and tired I decided to drive today; plus my bottom bracket has started creaking badly when I'm climbing. I'm just getting back into the bike commuting thing this year and I'm not sure if I push through and ride every day if I'll come out better for it or if I will burn myself out.

I know everyone is different, but I'm sitting here at work feeling slightly guilty like I should have taken the bike today. Then again, I want to make an ongoing life change, lose weight, and all the other positives that come with riding a bike, so I don't want to burn out - but if I let any old excuse keep me from riding...

So what stops you from riding? Sub freezing temps? Ice? Mechanical issues? Sleep deprivation?

Is a break once in a while a good thing?
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Old 09-14-16, 07:49 AM
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it's rare that i don't feel like riding, but i do occasionally drive or take the train to work if there's a compelling reason for me to do so (a meeting i have to drive to, going somewhere after work, something involving the kids, etc.)

i ride through most weather, but a raging thunderstorm or wind chills below zero usually have me considering other options.
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In other words, you asking, Do you show up at work with an infectious disease?
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My old commute was 16.5 miles each way; with hills. I only did it 3 to 4 times in the warmer months.
Less in the colder months. Tried every day; but felt burnt out towards the end of the week. Plus, I like
to do long rides during the weekends; club rides, charity events, etc.

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I don't feel like getting off my arse this morning but will shortly. There's a bus I can catch if I'm tired that will take me 1/2 way to work. I know that once I get on the bike and start riding I'll start feeling better and usually after 30 min I'm feeling good and energized. I usually end up driving about 30-35 days during the year for one reason or another, more so in the winter.
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Sometimes I ride when I don't feel like it, other times I take a break. It depends a lot on how much I've been riding, the weather and other factors. If my legs are really tired from riding lots of miles, I'll usually take a break if I'm not feeling like riding. However, if the weather is nice and bad weather is expected in the following days, I'll often go ahead and ride even if not feeling great. Usually if I ride, I am glad that I did once I get going. Sometimes I regret riding, usually when the weather turns nasty.
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Old 09-14-16, 08:28 AM
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The only reason not to ride is if I've been injured and I am recovering post-op. I am fortunate to have an easy, mostly pleasant commute.
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Old 09-14-16, 09:39 AM
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I ride into work only about two days a week. I want to increase that, but I get really tired when I do. It's 14 miles each way. Sometimes I push myself to ride when I don't feel like it, because I know that once I get going, I feel good and better than I will if I take the subway, which is my other mode of commuting.
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Old 09-14-16, 10:36 AM
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I'm not sure I understand the poll: do you assume we all have a Plan B, some way of getting to work if we don't ride the bike? I suppose most people do; but I don't. If I'm at work, I rode my bike for 25 minutes and sat on a train for an hour.

Yes, there are days when the weather is nasty enough that I don't feel like riding my bike. If it's raining really hard when I get up, i'll go back to sleep and see how it looks an hour later. It's not that I mind getting wet; but I really dislike sitting on a train for an hour, soaking wet. Likewise, if there's more than an inch of snow, I'm staying home.
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I checked 'yes' but I will skip it when I feel like it. But I will also do it when I don't feel like it. Not sure how to weigh those two.
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Old 09-14-16, 10:57 AM
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Yes, there are times when I don't feel like riding in. When that happens I still ride, I just ride more slowly. I am in an enviable position in that I can do 9 miles to 30 (or longer, of course, but I don't have time for a longer commute) depending on time available and workout I need. I'm getting ready for the Arrowhead Ultra in January--February 2017, so I'll do 30 in and 10 home, or 20 in and 20 home three to four of my commutes (I have Friday off so I ride my road bike then and Saturday, and I'm a pastor so do the 9 mile commute on Sundays).

When I feel like dawdling or sightseeing I will ride as slowly as 12.5 mph. This morning I was tired so I did 13.5 mph. Monday's 30 mile ride in was at 16.5 mph, the 20 mile ride home the same. Tuesday's 20 mile AM was 16.5, 20 mile return trip was at 18 mph. All of this is on my Surly Troll with 40mm tires at ~65 psi, so more labor intensive than my road bike.

So I sometimes "skip" workouts, but I still ride (and my ride is pretty flat, so I don't have to deal with the hills some of you have). I've gotten better at listening to my body and doing what it needs/wants.

As a Minnesotan you embrace the weather or accept a miserable defeat, so i commute in all conditions. The exception would be lightning.

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Old 09-14-16, 11:17 AM
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When I leave my car at work and ride home, it's much easier to motivate to ride back to work the next morning.

Taking the Long Island Railroad and NYC Subway sucks, 1:45 plus the cost.

Faster to ride.

I do pay very close attention to the weather though.
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Riding 40 km round trip every day isn't a huge onerous task. There hasn't been many morning when I haven't felt like riding. The plan is always to ride, and I leave early enough that if there were some kind of mechanical problem with the already prepped bike I'd have time to switch to another.

Only reason I might feel like it is if I was sick, and if that's the case, then I'm not driving to work either. Or I have an injury that that prevents me from riding.

Ask me again in three months' time when there a foot of snow on the road.
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This year I have ridden a lot and ridden most days to work so far since end of june I have only driven 4 times. Things have just worked out well for me to ride. weather etc.


I usually wont ride if there is ice... I don't trust other people in the ice.


if I have mechanical issues I will attempt to take my other bike. N+1 remember.
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I ride in almost every day. parking where I work is a big problem so I am motivated to commute on something with 2 wheels. I have a Harley I like to ride, but haven't rode it to work for weeks. In short I will take days off if something aches too much or I just have a bad feeling about it. But that is rare.
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Appreciate the responses so far. I did think about those who's bike is their main/only form of transportation. I did that for a brief period years ago.

I guess what I'm introspectively getting at is how to make commuting by bike sustainable for the long term for me, personally. I don't want to burn out, I know the weather is going to get cold in the next few months, and there are a few sections on my route that are less that favorable with the motorists that I have to share the road with (but the good parts are great - about 4 miles are a nice greenway along a river and through several parks). My ride is a minimum round trip of 26 miles w/ about 1100 feet of climbing, so a good workout. I have 40lbs that I'd like to lose which the commuting will help a lot with (which will in turn make those big climbs easier). Just trying to give myself the best chance for success with this
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It became a lot easier to not ride when I don't feel like it when we bought a 2nd car as part of the aftermath of me getting hit by a car and being unable to ride for a year. Should have ditched the 2nd car when I got back on the bike.
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I leave my car at work and pedal home. No choice in the morning as it is the only way to get back to work. HTFU. Under 20 F and/or raining at less then 40 F? I think twice.
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40 miles RT is a long commute. That commute + work would diminish the time and energy you have for other things in your life during the week. It depends on your other hobbies and family commitments.
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Been commuting 25 years. I ride 3-4 days a week. I used to ride 5 days a week, but have a commitment on Monday nights that precludes riding. I have gone through phases with more and less riding. But after a year off the bike 5 years ago and the difficulty recovering and getting back into shape I remember too clearly what it felt like to be out of shape. As long as being in shape feels better than being out of shape I don't worry if I miss day or two here or there, or even a week. I know I will want to get back on the bike. I just get "itchy" and agitated. The endorphins are addictive. In the winter I would do the treadmill on snowy and icy days or when it was "too cold." But the treadmill was harder to stay with because it was less fun. So two years ago I lowered my cold threshhold back down to 12F and last year I bought studded snow and ice tires and pushed back down to 10F. I know 2 degrees isn't much, but it was a symbolic gesture to my committment.

When I was in my 20s I swam every morning and felt guilty and ashamed when I slacked off. I don't feel that way about biking, especially now in my 50s. I figure if my body tells me it doesn't want to ride today, then it must have a good reason. I don't listen to the guilt anymore. I just love to ride and trust that that will motivate me, and for me it does.
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I commute nearly every day, but I try not to be rigid or dogmatic about it. If I have an early meeting that requires a suit, or it's raining cats and dogs, or I'm trying to help out my wife with kid logistics or what have you, then I drive. Rather than feel guilty about not riding, or resentful about having to pay $10 for parking, I try to be grateful that I have the opportunity to ride my bike most days, and look forward to my next bike commute.
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Recommend checking the crank arms, esp non drive side to make sure it isn't loose. If so, may be able to save it before it wallows out if it was in fact loose, on square taper traditional bottom bracket setup. Particularly if the problem just cropped up on one ride.
Also, chain ring bolts.
Just from my personal experience with creaking attributed to bottom bracket in my head, at first.
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Recommend checking the crank arms, esp non drive side to make sure it isn't loose. If so, may be able to save it before it wallows out if it was in fact loose, on square taper traditional bottom bracket setup. Particularly if the problem just cropped up on one ride.
Also, chain ring bolts.
Just from my personal experience with creaking attributed to bottom bracket in my head, at first.
Appreciate the input. I already removed the chainrings, cleaned, lightly greased the contact points, and torqued. But while they were off I got on the bike and shifted my weight side to side and still had a creak. Swapped pedals out, still a creak... removed the crank bolts - but I don't have a crank puller so I just tightened them up good - still creaks.. So I either need to buy the tools or take it in to the shop. When I spin the cranks by hand with no chain it spins smooth and free and I don't feel any play side to side... It creaks when weight is shifted from one side to the other - both ways, and I can't quite tell if it comes from one side more than the other. Happens only when I'm putting in a harder effort, standing, or climbing.
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I spent a couple of years being a die-hard, never once drove to work. Eventually I cooled down. I almost never "don't feel like it" but there are days when it just doesn't make sense for me to ride. If I need to go buy some 50 pound thing at the store, or on days when I have rehearsal and have to go 25 miles home at 10PM.

I also bail if there are inches of unplowed snow on the roads.
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@nitroRoo, how many days a week do you ride it? Maybe it would make sense to give yourself a quota or a guideline rather than having a hard and fast rule about doing it every day.

I've lost a lot of weight recently, and I'm not sure if it's from the bike commuting or my better diet. Probably both. I eat a lot less junk food nowadays, and I don't drink much alcohol.

Riding in the winter is usually less fun than in the summer, but it's not pure hell. And you share the bike path with fewer cyclists, so there's that.
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