Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Do you prefer solo rides to group rides, and why?

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Do you prefer solo rides to group rides, and why?

Old 03-12-21, 02:17 PM
  #201  
Senior Member
 
Harhir's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Plano, TX
Posts: 669

Bikes: Fahrradmanufaktur Trekking Bike, 2 x Lightning Phantom, bikeE AT, Radwagon3

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 180 Post(s)
Liked 137 Times in 72 Posts
Solo for various reasons. I love the outdoors with the sights, sounds and smells. I also prefer trails over roads but which are mostly not suitable for fast group rides. And I also often stop and take pictures. For me cycling is not so much about the sport but mental recreation. I love to cruise along and discover new trails or routes and the scenery along the way. Sometimes faster, sometimes slower. And on weekends I am often on the bike for a whole day.
Harhir is offline  
Likes For Harhir:
Old 03-12-21, 02:41 PM
  #202  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Hacienda Hgts
Posts: 2,054

Bikes: 1999 Schwinn Peloton Ultegra 10, Kestrel RT-1000 Ultegra, Trek Marlin 6 Deore 29'er

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 803 Post(s)
Liked 1,912 Times in 920 Posts
Well said. Treating a bike ride as an explorational tour and not a regimented contest is where it is at for me.

Originally Posted by Harhir
Solo for various reasons. I love the outdoors with the sights, sounds and smells. I also prefer trails over roads but which are mostly not suitable for fast group rides. And I also often stop and take pictures. For me cycling is not so much about the sport but mental recreation. I love to cruise along and discover new trails or routes and the scenery along the way. Sometimes faster, sometimes slower. And on weekends I am often on the bike for a whole day.
CAT7RDR is offline  
Old 03-12-21, 03:14 PM
  #203  
Senior Member
 
WhyFi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: TC, MN
Posts: 39,505

Bikes: R3 Disc, Haanjo

Mentioned: 353 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20791 Post(s)
Liked 9,435 Times in 4,663 Posts
Originally Posted by CAT7RDR
Well said. Treating a bike ride as an explorational tour and not a regimented contest is where it is at for me.
Are you under the impression that every ride with someone else is a race?
WhyFi is offline  
Likes For WhyFi:
Old 03-12-21, 03:50 PM
  #204  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 8,772

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Mentioned: 36 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2529 Post(s)
Liked 1,842 Times in 1,158 Posts
Originally Posted by Eric F
To me, being in a tight pack where you are moving down the road faster, with less effort, than you can by yourself is one of the magical experiences of cycling.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

When everyone in the group is working together and riding well, as you say, it's magic. But if one person starts riding like a squirrel, the magic disappears pretty quickly. That's when I sit up and let them go, sadly.
pdlamb is offline  
Likes For pdlamb:
Old 03-12-21, 05:43 PM
  #205  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Hacienda Hgts
Posts: 2,054

Bikes: 1999 Schwinn Peloton Ultegra 10, Kestrel RT-1000 Ultegra, Trek Marlin 6 Deore 29'er

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 803 Post(s)
Liked 1,912 Times in 920 Posts
You already know the answer. It depends.
Originally Posted by WhyFi
Are you under the impression that every ride with someone else is a race?
CAT7RDR is offline  
Old 03-12-21, 10:25 PM
  #206  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Redmond, WA & Bangkok, Thailand
Posts: 546

Bikes: 1999 Giant ATX MTB, 2002 Lemond Zurich, 2018 Fuji Transonic 2.3, 2019 Specialized Tarmac Disc Expert

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 166 Post(s)
Liked 383 Times in 221 Posts
Originally Posted by pdlamb
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

When everyone in the group is working together and riding well, as you say, it's magic. But if one person starts riding like a squirrel, the magic disappears pretty quickly. That's when I sit up and let them go, sadly.
Probably one of the reasons that when I do ride in a group, which isn't that often, I like to be either in the front just behind the ride leader or in the very back. Each is fine. I probably prefer being in the back. Less problems.
SpeedyBlueBiker is offline  
Old 03-13-21, 01:49 AM
  #207  
Junior Member
 
eaglesandcycling's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2020
Posts: 189

Bikes: 2019 Trek Checkpoint ALR5

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 158 Post(s)
Liked 36 Times in 23 Posts
definitely prefer being alone out there. it's my time and more or less my therapy. love it SOLO
eaglesandcycling is offline  
Old 03-15-21, 08:27 AM
  #208  
Senior Member
 
rydabent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Posts: 9,851

Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Tour II

Mentioned: 45 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3258 Post(s)
Liked 1,035 Times in 620 Posts
The best group rides were the rides I did with my sons, and now my grand sons. To get my sons interested in cycling, most of our early rides were to the ice cream store. It did get them interested in cycling, and two of them raced some. Now my family has at least 12 bikes of many different types.
rydabent is offline  
Old 03-15-21, 01:57 PM
  #209  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Chicago North Shore
Posts: 2,328

Bikes: frankenbike based on MKM frame

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 712 Post(s)
Liked 600 Times in 369 Posts
I prefer riding in a group. I almost always ride solo. I'm another one who wants to go faster than my local club's slowest group, but I can't ride as fast as the next group, and they have a no-drop rule.

30-40 years ago, I rode with a group that was open to anyone, but it was up to each of us to keep up. I was SO proud of myself the first time I got to the restaurant in time for lunch.
philbob57 is online now  
Likes For philbob57:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.