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Old 05-17-15, 12:24 AM
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Question about group rides

Why does everyone drive a car to them?

I bought my road bike this new year, and have been to group rides in 4 different states since then. So far not a single person has shown up on their bike, they all drive. Fast ride, slow ride, early ride, afternoon ride, night ride...I'm the only one that shows up on their bike. Did not expect that.

Why does everyone drive somewhere to ride their bike? Just seems weird.
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Old 05-17-15, 02:15 AM
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I ride group rides all the time, in both NC and FL. There are always few that ride their bikes to the start. But just a few. In my case, I always drive. The main reason is that I can quickly towel off (normally use the incontinent type cloths available at drug stores) then put on regular clothes - then go for refreshments or lunch. I don't like rushing home right away. Some of the guys wear their cycling clothes and don't immediately change but I don't like feeling sticky and keeping on damp or even wet shorts.
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I think it's peculiar, too, but understand some people don't make allowances for "junk miles" in their riding plans. They don't have the time, energy, or inclination to ride the route to and from the start/finish.
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Originally Posted by Buffalo Buff View Post
Why does everyone drive a car to them?

I bought my road bike this new year, and have been to group rides in 4 different states since then. So far not a single person has shown up on their bike, they all drive. Fast ride, slow ride, early ride, afternoon ride, night ride...I'm the only one that shows up on their bike. Did not expect that.

Why does everyone drive somewhere to ride their bike? Just seems weird.
I used to do a group ride that started about 150 km from home. I could have cycled it ... but being that the group ride was a minimum of 200 km, a 300 km round trip on top of that would have been a bit of a challenge ... not to mention, time consuming.

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Old 05-17-15, 03:27 AM
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Determining factors could be......age of rider, distance from home to start, type of ride and weather conditions. Lots of "cycling to ride" around here.
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Old 05-17-15, 04:27 AM
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On my Saturday and Sunday group rides, easily 75% of the people ride to the start point. On the rides that happen during the work week, 75% or more drive, mainly due to time, and the fact that people come directly from work.
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Old 05-17-15, 05:20 AM
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Depending on which group I ride with, people will either ride or drive. Like others said, it could be a matter of distance. Sometimes it is the roads or traffic, though. You might have to go through some rush hour traffic with people who aren't used to sharing the streets with bikes in order to get to a safe place to ride.
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Old 05-17-15, 05:53 AM
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There's a really popular climb about 44 miles away from NYC and tons of people drive to the base of the mountain so that they'll be fresh for Strava
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Old 05-17-15, 06:19 AM
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I just did my first group ride yesterday, thru the local Performance store. I thought about driving there but it was only about 6 miles each way, so I knew I could do that plus the ride and the return trip. I was the only one that rode to the ride though. It was a small group though, only 5 of us, plus two leaders and then we broke into the beginner group (~10 miles) and the faster group (~30 miles).

As mentioned, I think it's mostly a time and/or distance thing. They either don't have the time to ride all the way to the meet up place or that adds too much mileage in addition to the ride.
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Old 05-17-15, 06:51 AM
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There's a few meetup points that I'm willing to ride to since they don't involve a major six lane road with crappy bike lanes full of debris. This is the main issue for me, especially during the week with the commuter traffic with their heads buried in their cell phones as they zip along at 60+ mph. Unfortunately, there's no alternate feeder roads to circumvent this main road. So it depends where the meetup point is and how cycling friendly the roads are getting to it.

I also agree that during the week after work, riders struggle to get to the rides and are crunched for time. They often leave directly from work or leaving from home at a time when commuter traffic is at its worst. I much prefer to leave from the house, but it isn't always possible.
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Old 05-17-15, 07:05 AM
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One Midweek group ride I drive to because I can barely get there in time for the roll-out after work, but my weekly Saturday am ride rolls out only 5 miles from my house so I always ride to that one.

I would say most drive if they want to socialize after or live a long way from the start.

Some riders don't have the luxury of decent roads from home to the start too, which may be a factor in them not riding too.
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Old 05-17-15, 07:06 AM
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Pretty much the same here. LSM days I ride to the start point and poke along all day then poke home. Fast mondays are 14 miles away so I drive to those. But I will ride to one as an experiment some day. Easy wednesdays and fast thursdays start from a park 4 miles away. I ride to those. And the saturday coffee ride is 4 miles away. I think given enough time I'd ride to anything 10 miles or less. Being able to ride to most events is a goal of mine.
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Old 05-17-15, 07:26 AM
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The furthest I've ridden to a ride start was about 31 miles. I've ridden 15 miles to get to the start of an organized century (and 15 miles after to get home) and know I'm not the only rider there that has done that. I usually ride to the group start except for the one ride I do right after work. On that one I'm rushing to get there in time and when I leave the post ride gathering I prefer not to ride 14 miles home in the dark.

Everybody has different situations and preferences though. I'm just not a fan of driving my bicycles around and would rather be riding them.
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Old 05-17-15, 08:09 AM
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I drive to one or two group rides a year (mountains) and 99% of the riders in our group ride to one of two meetup points. Prefer riding to driving.
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Old 05-17-15, 09:19 AM
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Yeah its understandable if you don't have time or live 15-20 miles away, but I've talked to a lot of people that drove to a casual weekend ride and live 3 miles down the road, which is weird to me. Like some of you have said, I'd rather spend those 3 miles on my bike than in a car.

Not a big deal either way, just one of those things I noticed that didn't go how I expected.

I'll be riding 14 miles on way to todays "fast" ride. I just hope its actually fast. Every group ride I've tried so far has been boring as ****. When I'm on my road bike I'm not looking to coast for 1.5 hours to a brewery. Hoping I found me a good group. It's a dream of mine to be dropped.
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You city boys. The closest group ride to me is a 40 minute drive on the highway away, so uhh no, I'm not going to ride my bike to it.
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Old 05-17-15, 10:03 AM
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If I could ride to my group ride I wouldn't have to ride groups.....I could ride my own miles. Houston does have some bike friendly streets but not many. Leaving from my house on bike would give me a life expectancy of about 2 miles at most.
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i'm wondering where the OP lives that enables him or her to ride to four group rides in four different states.

maybe near this monument? if so, it's no wonder everybody else is driving.

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It depends on how far the meetup point is from my house. If it is 5 miles or less, I will ride my bike to the meetup point, and often, on the return trip, will detour off the group ride at the end and just ride home rather than finish the ride back to the original meetup point. Problem is, most group rides start anywhere from 10 to 50 miles from my house. If I were to ride the 10 to 50 miles and back, I wouldn't have the time or energy to do the group ride.

I did once ride to a group ride start 12 miles. Wound up doing 60 miles that day, only did 25 miles with the group.
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Originally Posted by Buffalo Buff View Post
I'll be riding 14 miles on way to todays "fast" ride. I just hope its actually fast. Every group ride I've tried so far has been boring as ****. When I'm on my road bike I'm not looking to coast for 1.5 hours to a brewery. Hoping I found me a good group. It's a dream of mine to be dropped.
Sounds like you need to race. Fast guys are racing on the weekend.
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i'll have to remember that line... "It's a dream of mine to be dropped". it almost sounds humble.
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Time and distance. If the ride is relatively close and I have extra time to burn I'll ride. The main group ride I do, 90% of the people ride to it, but in order for me to get to it on time to start, I'd need to leave a good half hour before I do to drive and that means waking the wife up half an hour earlier to deal with the children, and means I'd be gone an extra half hour before I could be back to deal with the kids.
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Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
i'm wondering where the OP lives that enables him or her to ride to four group rides in four different states.

maybe near this monument? if so, it's no wonder everybody else is driving.

There's this thing called vacations that some people do
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Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
i'll have to remember that line... "It's a dream of mine to be dropped". it almost sounds humble.
I dunno what's up, probably just haven't found the right people. Like I said I bought my road bike at the start of the new year and I can't find anyone that rides at my pace. I even passed a few road cyclists on the tour I just did without even trying, on my stock Fenix fully loaded with gear. Kind of hard to feel humble in my situation. I feel frustrated. I watched my first criterium a month ago and it was the first time I saw people going at the pace I like to keep. Maybe I should race?
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If it's a short ride that I can use to warm up then it's worth riding bike there.

My last group ride I drove 25 miles to get there.

There were a couple people that rode there but they lived pretty close to our starting point.

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