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Old 10-06-11, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Booger1
I don't have any objection to riding around with my dead friends,their still my friends,but the police might.

As much as I like my friends' wives,ain't none of them going to let us do what we did when we were single......Just a slight mention of some of the stuff we did would be grounds for divorce.....
What? You mean you pedaled together? Scandalous.
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Old 10-06-11, 09:39 PM
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My riding is either alone, on my commute; or with my wife or kids. I'm very lucky in that my wife loves to bike for the same reasons I do. We're not long-distance or racer type riders. We use the bikes for all every-day errands. We also enjoy recreational riding through the countryside with the kids, and we go on bike dates by ourselves. Picnics, movies, or a trip to the pub, or just a ride around the lake.
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Old 10-14-11, 06:31 PM
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I ride alone 100% of the time. I have passed one other commuter in the early mornings a few times. We say hi.

Even when I lived in the big city I rode alone. None of my friends were riders once they got their drivers licenses. I started as a utilitarian cyclist about ten years ago. I don't ride for fun outside of commuting or shopping. I ride for transportation. If I ever own a car again I might become a recreational cyclist again. I don't feel the need to see new places anymore. I've seen a lot in my life and just enjoy what I see in front of me these days.
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Old 10-28-11, 05:57 PM
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I usually ride alone.... similar situation to many others here as most of my riding is functional in nature and I have very few friends who ride. A recent exception is one of my young cousins in high school, who really got interested in riding with me last year and now rides to school every day. He's really enthusiastic and we talk about bikes a lot. If his parents are comfortable with it, I may take him on an overnight tour next summer.
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Old 10-28-11, 06:11 PM
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My favourite partner in all things, and not just cycling, is my beloved wife... after we were married we rode away on our bicycles and took a tour of the Esplanade in Portland to start our married life and did this many times as we courted.

When we are here we ride with my daughters everywhere who are now our daughters.

For most of the time... because she is 1000 miles away, and the girls are only with me every two weeks, I tend to ride alone although from time to time I organize a little pootle or a pub crawl or connect with friends.

But it just isn't quite the same.

I do like the peace and solitude riding offers and do not mind riding alone be that for a few blocks or 100 miles and when I ride longer distances it is usually alone.
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Old 10-28-11, 09:45 PM
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Who I ride with has changed many times over the years. When I lived in Davis, we had a regular crew that would often meet without really trying to since most joy-rides were done west of town on a small selection of roads. I often rode by my wife's lab on the way home from mine and then we would head out for thirty or forty miles of fun where we would more often than not hook up with several friends who had the same idea. Since only a handful of people were commuting between Davis and Sacramento I usually commuted alone back then.

When our son was born, I spent several years doing most of my riding in town. As we were staring at a triple tandem with a four-year-old captain and a six-year-old rear stoker, the man in the middle came over and introduced himself (and his kids and creation). Before we knew it, he had converted our old huffy tandem into a rear-steer tandem with a kiddie crank, all from recycled bikes (he would salvage discarded bikes and get busy with his welder). Peter "Whymcycle" Wagner has been a fast friend for over fifteen years now and I always love riding his latest creations.

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...We went on a 1900 km ride across Sweden in August. It was fun and challenging. He found it a lot easier than I did, which was a little frustrating for both of us at times, as he felt I was slowing him down and I felt I was going faster than I wanted to, in order to keep up. However marital bliss prevailed, I gave him the heaviest panniers and he agreed not to fuss if I fell behind.
My favorite rides are tours and joy rides with my wife. Many years ago, we had the same problem as Spudd and her husband. I would take all the heavy gear and often found myself taking naps at the top of long climbs; I was always concerned that she would ride on by without waking me up someday as a joke.

We solved this problem by buying a tandem. Since I am 6'2" and she is 5'6" we weren't too excited about the usual female as stoker approach. However, since she had injured her shoulder on one of our first long rides together years earlier (Davis to Yosemite), we were also concerned about building a tandem that would not allow us to change positions. Lucky for us, a great tandem builder lived a few blocks away and we have had many great rides on the tandem he built us. She is captain 99% of the time. I feel sorry for the women who are forced to be full-time stokers; no matter how nice a rear-end the captain has, the view never changes.

We sort of wore our tandem out a few weeks ago; we sheared off the seat tube at the stoker's bottom bracket. Tomorrow we are hopping on the train to pick it up at the tandem hospital. I can hardly wait.
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Old 10-30-11, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree
I feel sorry for the women who are forced to be full-time stokers; no matter how nice a rear-end the captain has, the view never changes.

We sort of wore our tandem out a few weeks ago; we sheared off the seat tube at the stoker's bottom bracket. Tomorrow we are hopping on the train to pick it up at the tandem hospital. I can hardly wait.
My wife felt the same way when we went to look at tandems. We also thought a tandem might become grounds for divorce too.

What did you do to shear off the seat tube? Sounds like some nasty peddling.
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I ride with my friend Dave.

When the day is clear and perfect, and you want to keep riding after your commute but don't have any errands down town...
Call a friend and bike out for a beer! He's using a hand-me-down MTB for city riding right now, but planning on getting a new bike and maybe doing some light touring with me. Spring is going to be fun!
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Rowan ... of course.

And my father whenever I can. He's in his 70s and is still into cycling.


We also like to participate in long distance events, so we'll ride with anyone going our pace on those events.
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Old 11-04-14, 01:10 AM
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Ah-chooo!

Sorry, the dust from this old thread made me sneeze.
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Old 11-05-14, 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Roody
Ah-chooo!

Sorry, the dust from this old thread made me sneeze.
Gee I'd be afraid to revive a thread this.. probably have ride partners who have joined the Great Ride in the Sky!
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