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Old 06-14-07, 08:12 AM
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Ride solo?

Do you ever ride solo if you can't find someone to ride when/where you want/can ride? I know about the obvious issues with riding alone but do any of you ignore them and just go?
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Old 06-14-07, 08:14 AM
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Everyday.

Every now and then I'll get to ride with some guys from work, and I must admit, when I do, the ride is much more intense.

But as a rule I ride alone, being well aware of the risks involved.
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Old 06-14-07, 08:24 AM
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Great. I just wanted to make sure this wasn't the dumbest thing I've ever done. I figured this way I could get out, find some new trails and show everyone else I ride with once it's been decided if they're decent trails or not so that we're not always riding the same ones. Plus time to get a little better at handling and all that stuff...I can get my road bike around anything on the road, up any hill or mountain...but I'm still learning all the little tricks with the mountain bike. So now I can wipe out all I want (which isn't much but pain never hurt anyone; yeah, I said that) and not feel too embarassed.
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Old 06-14-07, 08:46 AM
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if youre going to on a more intense ride. I would do a couple things. Take cell phone. Tell at least 1 person or 2 (if the 1 isnt too dependable) where youre going and what time you expect to be back. If youre riding in the late afternoon take a flashlight. Also, take xtra water and some snacks like fig-newtons and what not. Also take a cigarette lighter or 2
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Old 06-14-07, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by JonnyV
Do you ever ride solo if you can't find someone to ride when/where you want/can ride? I know about the obvious issues with riding alone but do any of you ignore them and just go?

what are the obvious issues with riding alone?
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Old 06-14-07, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by JonnyV
Do you ever ride solo if you can't find someone to ride when/where you want/can ride? I know about the obvious issues with riding alone but do any of you ignore them and just go?
What issues are you referring to? Click the link in my sig to see my solo ride this past Sunday.
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Old 06-14-07, 09:14 AM
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I have yet to ride with anyone else, I wouldn't want experienced riders having to wait for my lame ass at the top and bottom of every hill. But I carry my organ donor's card in case something happens.
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Old 06-14-07, 09:22 AM
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The obvious issue would be hurting yourself, badly, and not having anyone there to haul your broken ass out of the woods.

My guess.
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Old 06-14-07, 09:27 AM
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I ride by myself constantly, never really had a problem, and I crash ALOT
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Old 06-14-07, 09:30 AM
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I've only ridden solo. That's not really a bad thing because I don't know how slow I am compared to a more seasoned rider.
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Old 06-14-07, 09:58 AM
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About a third of the time I ride solo. And when I do I am on trails that are at a well traveled state park. Someone would find me within 30 minutes if I went down that hard. So, no I don't really worry about it.
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Old 06-14-07, 10:25 AM
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I ride solo alot but perfer to ride with at least a partner for the obvious reasons. You never know what can happen out on a trail especially one that's not as well used as others.

If alone I do 3 things: 1) I let someone know where I am riding so if I don't turn up in a few days, someone will come looking for me (I usually send a friend an email) 2) I wear proper ID - a ROAD ID bracelet so if found and unconcious, people know who to call and 3) I ride less agressively, and tend to stick to well travelled roads or parks. I leave the "out of the way, through the trees" stuff to when I'm riding with someone.

Another thing to consider is I ride in the late afternoon to dusk alot - when the predators are most active. I will usually wear bright colors - more roadie looking stuff since that scares off wildlife. Better to scare away and miss seeing deer then to have them around and have a lion hunting them. Plus easier to see if lost in the brush.
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Old 06-14-07, 10:29 AM
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I ride solo all the time. Honestly I'm tired of having to look behind me every minute to make sure I havn't lost anybody. I ride much quicker than anyone I ride with. Some of the guys are better at certain things but I still loose them all the time so it gets pretty lame.

I ride with my cell phone and a 2-way radio that operates off of the gprs signals aswell for longer range.. So if I do get lost and my cell phone isn't working I can pick someone up on the radio.
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Originally Posted by BCIpam
I will usually wear bright colors - more roadie looking stuff since that scares off wildlife. Better to scare away and miss seeing deer then to have them around and have a lion hunting them. Plus easier to see if lost in the brush.
Am I the only guy that carries a gun? It's not really out of necessity just habit. I don't have a bike pack to stick it in yet so I've been biking naked (unarmed) but it has come in handy a couple times when hiking to scare off skunks and porcupines keeping my dog out of trouble.
There are several scenarios where it could be useful. Signaling search teams, procuring supper if you get stuck out overnight, as well as scaring off unwelcome visitors like mountain lions and such. Carrying is a habit I picked up as a child in the mountains of Northern Idaho and it has just stuck, I feel naked without it.
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Old 06-14-07, 11:15 AM
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i think pretty much everyone will agree that for the most part, you ride solo. You can't go with your buddies everyday, but when you are solo, you make sure to take it easy, don't get too extreme and don't go on the less traveled paths. That's my strategy anyways.

Of course when i'm solo i only really get to ride in the middle of the desert anyways, so you can pretty much see me from a mile away!
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Old 06-14-07, 11:39 AM
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I ride solo a LOT. I have a 6am shift so i'm off about 2:30pm to 3pm. This gives me time to ride pretty much every day as I have good trails close by in all directions. I go really easy and safe when riding alone. bring a charged cell phone and a gps, lots of water, tools, etc... I also let people know where i'm going. usually a voicemail to my wife or family member with quick directions and rough description of my planned route. the trails i ride can get very risky so i'm pretty careful.

one time i was on a trail 30 mins from town and about 30 mins riding into the woods, i hit something and did a sweet endo, i blacked out for an unknown amount of time and woke up on my back on a rock and tangled in my bike. I couldn't feel any pain, and couldn't move my fingers toes arms or legs. i was scared witless but movement and pain came back after several seconds, it was freaky though thinking i was paralyzed from the neck down and all alone out in the woods.

My wife always yells at me "you shouldn't be riding out there all by yourself!!"
and i say "well i don't want to go by myself, you are welcome to come along"
to which she replies "i can't, i have to trim the dog's claws and i wanted to vacuum the stairs"
I then rant a little about how my bike is a $400 hardtail and hers is a $1400 full suspension hydro brake air shock machine that after a year is still in like new condition.
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Old 06-14-07, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by BCIpam
Better to scare away and miss seeing deer then to have them around and have a lion hunting them.
THERE ARE LIONS IN CALI**********

I think I'll stick to the SouthEast.
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Old 06-14-07, 12:05 PM
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Riding alone is less fun sometimes but its quite enjoyable.
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Originally Posted by GamecockTaco
THERE ARE LIONS IN CALI**********

I think I'll stick to the SouthEast.
I don't think he was talking about cali, and if he is, he's insane if he's carrying out here! he'll get eaten alive by all the anti gun nuts out here! there are mountain lions though, but there pansies. They're probably the only animal that won't be scared of you, but if you raise your arms above your head it thinks you just doubled in size and runs away. They're seriously the dumbest animals to ever be called a predator. you're in greater danger from bears, just like all the other forests out there.
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Old 06-14-07, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by myidolis
I don't think he was talking about cali, and if he is, he's insane if he's carrying out here! he'll get eaten alive by all the anti gun nuts out here! there are mountain lions though, but there pansies. They're probably the only animal that won't be scared of you, but if you raise your arms above your head it thinks you just doubled in size and runs away. They're seriously the dumbest animals to ever be called a predator. you're in greater danger from bears, just like all the other forests out there.

I prefer to ride alone because it is dificult to find equal riders to keep pace with. Mostly racers pass me and I pass most average riders so that is the way it is.
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When I ride alone (Mt. or road) I have a copy of my drivers license, health insurance card and emergency contact info (wife's cell, my parents #) laminated in a pocket in my camelback with a bright tab sticking out saying "ID". Oh yeah I also have my cell phone on silent (don't want to .

Too cheap to buy a road ID braclet...dunno if I am too keen on wearing "jewelry" biking anyway...

Also have pepper spray, and an air horn when riding road. Fast farm dogs like to try to ambush me, and keep thinking about my chiropractor who has a really bad limp, and can't ride anymore because a dog took him down and mauled him on the highway a couple of miles from home!
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Old 06-14-07, 12:35 PM
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I rarely ride alone, simply because it's fairly boring, unless I'm trying to figure out a new and more challenging trail for me and my buddies, then I ride alone to scope it out (not the smartest thing I guess). Riding with someone is good because it makes you competitive in the way that you want to be as fast or faster than whoever you're riding with, and that way you gain strength and become a better rider. I mostly ride XC, with a few crazy detours here and there, I would definitely advise to ride with friends.
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Originally Posted by Cusco
I rarely ride alone, simply because it's fairly boring, unless I'm trying to figure out a new and more challenging trail for me and my buddies, then I ride alone to scope it out (not the smartest thing I guess). Riding with someone is good because it makes you competitive in the way that you want to be as fast or faster than whoever you're riding with, and that way you gain strength and become a better rider. I mostly ride XC, with a few crazy detours here and there, I would definitely advise to ride with friends.
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That is great but I ride against the clock and it never lies so I know when I have to kick it up a notch and push myself.
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Trek 1:
I'm guessing you enter races then? Just I find that it's best when you have someone there you can compare your skill level with and see how both of you progress rather than just having a clock tell you how quick you are, nonetheless, might be something I'd want to try when my peeps are not available haha.
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Originally Posted by GamecockTaco
THERE ARE LIONS IN CALI**********

I think I'll stick to the SouthEast.
Yes mountain lions. They arn't really much of a danger though. Extremely rare that they attack humans. Anything bigger than them they back away from. If you do have one checking you out, you put your bike over your head head and yell like you really are a man.
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