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Old 07-05-13, 04:46 AM
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early rides

I must admit I thought the early am riders were ah nuts.But now I'm nuts too!At 5 am I've been hitting the road and i like it.Quite, uncongested no close calls.I do worry about a breakdown before work.But I haven't had a problem in a year.So I've been riding in a large circular route from the house.
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Old 07-05-13, 05:00 AM
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I started at 2:30 AM the other morning.

I like to watch the world wake up.

Traffic became heavy at 4:45 AM.
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Old 07-05-13, 05:12 AM
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I though 6 am ride is early for me . What time do you wake up for breakfast before the ride ?
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Old 07-05-13, 05:16 AM
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Went to bed at 7 PM.
Woke up at 1 AM.
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Old 07-05-13, 05:28 AM
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Agree with the wonder of early morning riding. Halloween 2010 started riding at 0130. Moon that morning was awesome and was even able to ride without headlight on.
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Old 07-05-13, 06:04 AM
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Not 1:30 am, but I do enjoy early morning. As far as breakfast, I can go 20 miles or more without needing anything except a bit of water.
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Old 07-05-13, 06:50 AM
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During the school year, I try to get on the road by 0430 so I can get a ride in if I have a sub job that day. If I don't have a position, I still get up 0400 or bit before and just ride later when the sun's out and it's warmer(Fall, Winter, Spring). During Summertime, I'm out between 0500 or 0530 depending on when I get up--want to beat the heat. I did start a ride once at 0130 last year in October, when I did a 75 miler on my route loops.
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Old 07-05-13, 07:51 AM
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Back in the day, when I had a paper route, (You remember that? Kids on stingray bikes actually delivered newspapers to an area of the city), I loved the Sunday morning deliveries. Felt I had the city all to myself. Didn't like it that the papers were about three times the size of the other days and usually had to make a trip home to fetch the second half of the delivery. The city was mine!
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Old 07-05-13, 08:25 AM
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I love early morning rides. I usually get out around 5:30 AM and my route takes me through farm and woodlands country. It's about 27 mi. It's also cool and quiet and pleasant watching the world wake up as someone has said. Right now we are having a heat wave and it's miserable by 10 AM. Our club B ride is 50 mi tomorrow starting at 8 AM and I'm already dreading the late morning heat.
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Old 07-05-13, 08:30 AM
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Early rides in Arizona are a must from May thru at least September. Once you get started on that, you tend to want to keep riding as close as possible to sunrise.
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Old 07-05-13, 08:32 AM
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I love it at 5:30-6:30...Quiet...cool...Down here with the humidity and heat i like that time of day the best...
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Old 07-05-13, 08:57 AM
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Beating the heat is only a factor for a few weeks during the summer around here, if the fog stays away I like to go out early and ride thru the strawberry fields and vineyards around here. Now that I have built up some base miles I can go out and do more climbing too.
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Old 07-06-13, 03:16 AM
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Originally Posted by volosong View Post
Back in the day, when I had a paper route, (You remember that? Kids on stingray bikes actually delivered newspapers to an area of the city), I loved the Sunday morning deliveries. Felt I had the city all to myself. Didn't like it that the papers were about three times the size of the other days and usually had to make a trip home to fetch the second half of the delivery. The city was mine!
Yes , those were the good old days . Now parents think there is a boogy man at every corner of the street .
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Old 07-06-13, 03:53 AM
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Yup, I am heading out now....then the day is mine, well until the Mrs. wakes up!
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It's 7 AM and 80 degrees w/82% humidity. We are off to our club's B ride for about 40 mi. have to say I'm not looking forward to it. Way too hot/humid for me. Bringing 4 water bottles.
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Old 07-06-13, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by volosong View Post
Back in the day, when I had a paper route, (You remember that? Kids on stingray bikes actually delivered newspapers to an area of the city), I loved the Sunday morning deliveries. Felt I had the city all to myself. Didn't like it that the papers were about three times the size of the other days and usually had to make a trip home to fetch the second half of the delivery. The city was mine!
Now they have their moms drive them around in the minivan to deliver the papers. Hard to see how that can be cost-effective.

I start work at 7am, so I leave home on my bike shortly after 6am. I like it, particularly on weekends when I seem to have the whole route to myself.
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Old 07-06-13, 09:49 AM
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Since I normally wake up by 4:30 every morning, right-after-dawn bike rides come naturally to me. I, too, appreciate the lighter traffic, the cooler temperatures, etc. When I lived in Los Angeles, I always said I got an early start to avoid Smog, Heat, and Intolerable Traffic. (I hope no one has acro[nym]phobia.)
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Old 07-06-13, 02:58 PM
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Woke up at 0119 today and out the garage by 0148:31.
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
Woke up at 0119 today and out the garage by 0148:31.
Okay, even I'm not OCD enough to report it to the second.
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Originally Posted by mapeiboy View Post
Yes , those were the good old days . Now parents think there is a boogy man at every corner of the street :
The unfortunate thing is that they are often correct!

Having said that, I get up at 4 to run during the week, I don't like riding in the dark. It is very nice and peaceful, but there are a surprising number of people out doing the same thing at that time.
On weekends I try to get out by 7 so I can get a good ride in and be home by noon.

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Old 07-07-13, 06:59 PM
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I love the early rides. I typically get out and ride between 5 and 5:30. Nothing like a sunrise all to yourself. I ride a combination of streets and MUP. The only issue ever is the skunks on the MUP. I am rarely alone, there are usually a couple of marathon runners and 1 or two cyclists. It also beats the 100 degree north Texas evenings.
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Out the door this morning @ 4:30 and on the road @ 5:30..just before sunrise. I had every intention of doing a century but at 57 miles, the temp climbing rapidly I threw in the towel..oh well, another time.

I know... HTFU

Nice ride anyway.
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Old 07-07-13, 07:56 PM
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I need my 5:30 or 6:00 early morning pre-breakfast exercise rides. The roads are relatively vacant, as are the MUPs, and my grocery shopping at the end of the ride usually results in me having the entire store and staff almost entirely to myself.
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On a year-wide basis, I do a lot of riding in the early morning or late evening hours. And it is sublime. Less traffic. Sunrises. Stars. Beautiful.
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I love early morning rides. The drunk drivers hereabouts, and we have more than our fair share, used to land between 2:30-3:00 AM. This year, they have extended their range and are regularly crashing into things up to 4:00 AM. I've taken to leaving a bit later on my rides to account for this.
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