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Do you ride alone or not?

Old 04-19-15, 07:32 PM
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Because of my schedule I ride alone most often. Every now and then I ride with others. I don't like large groups, but small groups are nice every now and then.
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Old 04-20-15, 12:35 AM
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I ride alone. Sometimes it's a good thing. Sometimes, it would be nice to have someone along with me.
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Old 04-20-15, 07:11 AM
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I ride alone. Sometimes it's a good thing. Sometimes, it would be nice to have someone along with me.
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Old 04-20-15, 08:33 AM
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Rode to lunch with a friend , yesterday then pints and watching the Timbers play NY, and win. generally,.. I go where I need to go, for grocery runs etc solo. FWIW.
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Old 04-20-15, 08:36 AM
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100% solo for me. I go where I want, when I want, at exactly the pace I want.
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Old 04-20-15, 09:08 AM
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Sometimes I set out to ride alone, and wind up joining other riders for a significant portion of the time. I really enjoy riding with others, as long as we're reasonably well matched for pace and if they are good conversationalists. Group rides are fun, but so is solo riding at whatever pace suits my mood. I have a few riding friends where we schedule time together, but that takes coordination and a bit of give-n-take.

I also ride with my wife and then with other couples. That's not so much *riding* as it is socializing while on bikes. We men just hang at the back and watch for traffic, leading through intersections or other trickier areas. It's really more like taking the wives for play dates. [don't tell anyone that I just said that]
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Old 04-20-15, 12:10 PM
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Most of my rides are solo but I like to do the occasional group ride.
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Old 04-20-15, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Most of my rides are solo, but I'll ride with anyone: big groups, little groups, fast groups, slow groups, my kids, my wife, my kids' friends, my best friend, my worst enemy. I just ask that you be safe and take an occasional pull if you're able.
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Old 04-20-15, 12:53 PM
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Like W.C. Fields and alcohol, I only ride if I'm alone or with someone.
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Old 04-29-15, 06:35 AM
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Almost 100% solo for me. I typically use cycling as a way to clear my head / wind down so most of my rides tend to be alone. However, I go mountain biking with some friends every other weekend and will go for a spin with a friend whenever he feels like trying to prove that he's faster than me (which he is not).
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Old 04-29-15, 09:55 AM
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I ride with my imaginary friend Eddy.
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Old 04-29-15, 10:08 AM
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I've tried,I can't find anybody that can ride that slow without falling over....Takes years of practice.

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Old 05-01-15, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
I prefer to ride alone so I can go at my own pace with the company of a radio/CD player I installed on the bars.

What is your preference for companionship while you ride and why?
Is your radio/cd? player blue-tooth compatible? Recently discovered how helpful
that technology is for cycling. I always ripped my headphones while riding or always
got shorts in the wires. Had trouble climbing with them on then a friend purchased
blue-tooth headphones got my own and now no probs for me. Anyways maybe this
will be helpful to somebody else's woes.
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Old 05-01-15, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
I prefer to ride alone so I can go at my own pace with the company of a radio/CD player I installed on the bars.

What is your preference for companionship while you ride and why?
My bike is my companion, so I never really feel alone when I ride. Seems like whenever I do go on a ride with another person they mostly annoy me with continual jabber. My favorite sound is the sound of my tyres rolling over crunchy stuff like sand, gravel, pine needles, snow, leaves, etc., so I'm not interested in iPods.
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Old 05-02-15, 11:00 AM
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yes. i ride alone and i don't.
sometimes i need people to take pictures of.
sometimes i just need my bike.
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Old 05-03-15, 07:41 AM
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I ride alo-one, yeahhhhh all by myself. You know when I ride alone, I prefer to be by myself.
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Old 05-03-15, 07:52 AM
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I like both. At certain times when I train I like to ride alone due to specific drills I may have planed for the day: Climb the same hill 6 times each time at a different pace or cadence, or due some type of high intensity intervals. But on other training days I will ride with a group that is stronger than me, giving me a challenge just to try and keep up.

Same goes for leisure rides, sometimes you want the piece and quiet of a solo ride, but at other times it's nice to take in and share the scenery with others by your side. Break downs and flats are unpredictable, but at those times it's nice to be in a group, makes the bad part of a ride better when your friends are there to help you, even if you can fix anything yourself.
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Old 05-03-15, 08:05 AM
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Last time I rode with someone else, I think I was 14 (39 years ago)-but back then, my bike was just transportation (And still, most of my riding was alone). As an adult, I've never ridden with anyone else....it would seem really weird if i did.
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Old 05-03-15, 05:54 PM
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When I lived in China I was a member of a pretty active club and I really liked it. Even then, most of my riding was by myself. However, here in the states I ride alone.
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Old 05-17-15, 05:03 AM
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I ride alone because I like the simplicity of it. I go when I want, ride fast or slow as I like, and as far as I want without having to worry about what anyone else wants to do. I find it relaxing.
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Old 05-18-15, 07:32 AM
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I don't like to slow down for anybody else, and I tend to pedal hard in top gear 90% of the time, so I'm happy riding alone.
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Old 05-19-15, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by doctor j View Post
For after-work rides, it's solo. For the Saturday rides, it's mostly with our group (Spring, Summer, Fall). Sunday afternoon rides are usually with a friend of mine. I enjoy the social nature of the group, and as others have mentioned, I'll push a little harder on the group rides, so it's beneficial for fitness.
Exactly what I do. I find if I ride with a group faster than me I often push beyond what I would normally do alone. Some guys don't like getting dropped, but I personally don't mind. If I'm riding with a group faster than me and I only keep up for an hour it's a great feeling. If I'm not getting dropped before the end of a ride I start looking for a faster group. I know going to get faster / stronger unless I push myself.
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Old 05-19-15, 03:02 PM
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I occasionally do casual rides with my wife, but they are very slow casual rides. When I want to exercise I ride alone...well, with an ipod full of musicians.
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Old 05-19-15, 05:50 PM
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Alone 99% of the time. I like riding with family, but I prefer to ride by myself a little more. I like stopping when I want (frequently), how long I want, going where I want. I'm also not performance-minded so my casual stop-and-take-pics-of-cool-looking-bugs/clouds style would only slow others down, so I don't seek out group rides either. I'm not antisocial really though. I have ridden with some folks a couple of times, and it was nice.

In terms of safety, the singletrack can get creepy when the imagination starts running wild. Sometimes I *swear* there's someone behind me or I see a ghost-like figure in the distance. Or recently while behind the housing area when I had unknowingly stepped within inches of a rattler. It didn't rattle, and indeed I thought it dead when I finally noticed. It was very mellow, but still pretty scary to think of what could've been in that kind of event. Overall though, I'm as prepared as I can think to be, stick to my skill level, have my head on a swivel, and don't fret about it.
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Old 05-19-15, 07:16 PM
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So far solo. I think if I went with anybody else, I'd probably hold them up. I'd like to try at some point, though. Maybe with a few more miles under my belt.
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