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Old 08-29-15, 07:05 PM
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How often do you go cycling?

With the exception of commuting I mean. I see some people ride 5-6 days a week and at the end of the year/season amass up to 10,000 kilometres.. To me, that's insane.

I commute 10 km to work and will at max go for 3 rides during the week on my hybrid totalling around 150 km. I'll throw in a century here and there and do a few trails on my mountain bike.. But with work (physical job), weight lifting and school coming up, fitting in time to bike is hard! Working crazy retail hours doesn't help either. After a hard 60 km ride for example, I'm tired and need at least a day to rest my legs.

Does it get easier, especially with a road bike and more experience? I've started riding semi-seriously this year and have around 1700 km stacked up. I can kill 60 km in around 2.5 hours on my hybrid, giving me an average speed of about 24.
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Old 08-29-15, 07:29 PM
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I'm sure some people that don't have to work and love to ride could easily do 6,000mi. a year. That's just 16-17mi. a day.. 10,000km approx
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Old 08-29-15, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by ParkingTheBus View Post
With the exception of commuting I mean. I see some people ride 5-6 days a week and at the end of the year/season amass up to 10,000 kilometres.. To me, that's insane.

I commute 10 km to work and will at max go for 3 rides during the week on my hybrid totalling around 150 km. I'll throw in a century here and there and do a few trails on my mountain bike.. But with work (physical job), weight lifting and school coming up, fitting in time to bike is hard! Working crazy retail hours doesn't help either. After a hard 60 km ride for example, I'm tired and need at least a day to rest my legs.

Does it get easier, especially with a road bike and more experience? I've started riding semi-seriously this year and have around 1700 km stacked up. I can kill 60 km in around 2.5 hours on my hybrid, giving me an average speed of about 24.
My Strava log says I average 20 rides a week, but they probably only average around 7 miles each, for about 140-150 miles a week.

I am trying not to use my car at all and accomplish everything possible on bike, shopping, commuting, going to movies, baseball games, etc.

Since doing this I am putting an average of 150 miles a month on my car now.
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Old 08-29-15, 07:56 PM
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So far this year I've ridden every day since May 31st. Last night's ride I went over 1300 miles so far since then. Lately I've been averaging 18-21 miles per day, and yes I do have a full time job as well. At the end of the day after dinner, riding, showering I have about an hour to hour and a half of free time to unwind from the day before we hit the hay.

My motivation? As of this morning I have dropped 50 lbs since May (From 298 down to 248). And I have a lot more to go....so I will be continuing to ride every day to get that number lower and lower.
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Old 08-29-15, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by ParkingTheBus View Post
With the exception of commuting I mean. I see some people ride 5-6 days a week and at the end of the year/season amass up to 10,000 kilometres.. To me, that's insane.
For the first few years I built up from 1200 km/year to 5000 km/year to 7000 km/year ...

And then for quite about 7 years I rode about 10,000 km/year .... + working full-time (40-60 hours a week) + taking night classes.

It's all about priorities.

Then my priorities changed, and for about 6 years, I rode between about 6000 and 8000 km/year.

There were more changes, and the last few years I've only ridden about 3000 km/year.

But I am hoping to build up again ... and I'm working on it!!
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Old 08-29-15, 08:19 PM
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I ride everyday. Rode today and got rained on twice but it's something I need to do. I work nights by choice so I can go riding a few hours before I have to switch to work mode. I rode 6023 miles last year and need to ride at least 6024 this year.

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Old 08-29-15, 08:32 PM
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16 or 17 mi. a day will give you 6,000mi. a year but who can ride EVERY day?
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Old 08-29-15, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by DBrown9383 View Post
16 or 17 mi. a day will give you 6,000mi. a year but who can ride EVERY day?
5-6 days a week. When I was doing it, I commuted 4-5 days a week + evening and weekend rides. That works out to about 32 km/day if you were to average it evenly.

But how it usually worked for me was that I would cycle long distances on the weekends, then I might skip Monday's commute and take a rest, then Tuesday - Friday I would, at the least, commute. But usually 2 or 3 days, I'd do a decent ride in the evening.
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Old 08-29-15, 08:58 PM
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I ride 4 on 1 off, 24 miles each ride. My monthly goal is 500 miles. Something always happens to slip me backwards a bit each month. I'm retired so I can pick my times.

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Old 08-29-15, 09:14 PM
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Have to work, but find time for 1200+km per month when the weather is at all decent. Ride 6 times a week

This year had a long monsoon season to start...and I'm "only" 5500km on the calendar year so far. Could still pull off 10,000km but it is dicey at this point
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Old 08-29-15, 09:15 PM
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I ride every day, try to do at least 15-20 miles, usually not all at once though but several shorter trips throughout the day. My weight was 193 the last time I checked, from 215 a year and a half ago, and I have quads now.
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Old 08-29-15, 09:27 PM
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I'm riding 4-5 days a week going 120-140 miles. Three days in a row seems to be my present limit. I weighed 208 when I got the bike last Oct., 184 now.
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Old 08-29-15, 09:27 PM
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I extend my commute home so the day totals 50 miles. Three days/wk. Plus get 100 more on the weekend.

7500 miles last year.
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Old 08-29-15, 09:39 PM
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It depends. In April I started riding after a long hiatus so 3 days per week was about it. Now I probably ride 5 days a week unless my legs are extra sore or I have a bad couple of days (depression). By the time cold weather starts I will probably have ridden about 900 miles in 6 months. Most of my rides this spring and summer have been about 10 miles. In the past few weeks I've upped the distance to 20 - 23 miles at an easy pace about every other ride.
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Old 08-29-15, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by largefarva View Post
So far this year I've ridden every day since May 31st. Last night's ride I went over 1300 miles so far since then. Lately I've been averaging 18-21 miles per day, and yes I do have a full time job as well. At the end of the day after dinner, riding, showering I have about an hour to hour and a half of free time to unwind from the day before we hit the hay.

My motivation? As of this morning I have dropped 50 lbs since May (From 298 down to 248). And I have a lot more to go....so I will be continuing to ride every day to get that number lower and lower.
Congrats! I celebrated my 50 lb loss yesterday! I weighed 258 in February, and hit 208 yesterday.

Keep up the good work!
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Old 08-29-15, 10:13 PM
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Oh yeah...
I ride about 25 to 50 miles per day, 3 days of the week. 2 days about 10 to 20 miles, and 2 days off.
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Old 08-29-15, 10:17 PM
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What do you Mean? "With the exception of commuting."?

It's how I Get Around, 12 months a Year.

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I don't want or need to lose weight but I do want improved cardio. Problem is that I AM losing weight by riding so much. I went from 194 to 185 in 4 mo. My appetite is always strong after a long ride but the pounds keep coming off anyway. I guess I need to eat more pizza and ice cream. My wife is furious as she is always working to lose weight and has to watch what she eats and I eat anything I want. She goes with me on my 10mi. rides now and pushes pretty hard too. (pushing hard is relative I know). We ride 20mi. or more when we actually take the bikes somewhere but 10mi. around the neighborhood has become a daily routine. No flats yet on cheap tires and I don't notice any wear on them either. I'd guess 1,000mi. this summer so far. Actually haven't noticed anything on the bikes wearing out or even needing adjustment and they were cheap bikes.
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Ice cream and peanut butter... Yum.
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Old 08-29-15, 10:46 PM
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Tonight I walked by a local park and saw a wedding/reception where the bride and groom, and all the wedding party, and most of the guests arrived by bike. (the bride and groom on a tandem, natch...)
we ride as much as we choose to, predicated by how important cycling is to ourselves. no more, no less.
Using me as a metric is meaningless. How important is it to YOU?
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
What do you Mean? "With the exception of commuting."?

It's how I Get Around, 12 months a Year.
+1. Going out only to ride can be fun and all, but I find riding to a destination I otherwise would have driven my car to to be the most rewarding rides by far. My work commute alone gives me 75-100 miles a week... I need to save something for my martial arts training!
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Old 08-29-15, 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by jgadamski View Post
Tonight I walked by a local park and saw a wedding/reception where the bride and groom, and all the wedding party, and most of the guests arrived by bike. (the bride and groom on a tandem, natch...)
we ride as much as we choose to, predicated by how important cycling is to ourselves. no more, no less.
Using me as a metric is meaningless. How important is it to YOU?
Whenever you see a couple on a tandem you should yell out "she's not pedaling!"...
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nobody was pedaling at that point.. lots of booze flowing.
I noted to one of the groomsmen that a bicycle is a self administered field sobriety test..and gave him my card and told him that if anyone needed a ride...
I know how some weddings go.
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Originally Posted by DBrown9383 View Post
Whenever you see a couple on a tandem you should yell out "she's not pedaling!"...
nobody was pedaling at that point.. lots of booze flowing.
I noted to one of the groomsmen that a bicycle is a self administered field sobriety test..and gave him my card and told him that if anyone needed a ride...
I know how some weddings go.
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Twice, maybe sometimes three times a week.
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