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What's your favorite time to pedal and why?

Old 10-27-17, 08:22 PM
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What's your favorite time to pedal and why?

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Old 10-27-17, 08:47 PM
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Don't pedal into it without a bright tail light.
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I try to avoid eastbound at sunrise and westbound at sunset.

My favorite time is after 9:00 PM when people have all made it home from work and the roads calm down.
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In the morning, because that's when I can group ride with friends.

Or.

In the dead of night, under the stars, on a clear summer day.
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Old 10-27-17, 09:13 PM
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In the summer; night time. In the winter; daytime:
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Old 10-27-17, 09:18 PM
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At daylight I love the morning smells and sounds!
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Old 10-27-17, 09:25 PM
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Early mornings at Central Park. I try to get there while it's still dark to see the sun rise from many different areas in the park.
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Old 10-27-17, 10:37 PM
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For shorter rides, the evening. I particularly like the long evenings of summer, when I can set out at 5:30 or 6, hit 35 miles or more, and make it home before sunset. I'm serious about this whole vespertine thing.

All day rides are nice as well. I will start in the morning only if it is for a reasonably long ride, and the earlier the start, the longer the ride must be. Those 5:30 AM 20 mile pre-work blasts will never be my thing.
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Old 10-27-17, 11:27 PM
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My favorite time is when going uphill since i have found i need to pedal to keep riding.

Favorite out of necessity, and all.
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Old 10-27-17, 11:30 PM
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Whenever I actually have the time.
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That desperate time between dropping off the boy at school and the dull, aching drive to work. 90 minutes, two hours of no 'me'. Just the feel of tires on new asphalt, ragged breath, burning legs, and that sound. Inadequately described but instantly recognizable, that sound of a bike racing down the road.

That time.
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I love riding at night in the summer. After 9 pm when traffic drops off. I can ride streets that I would never consider riding during the day.
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24/7/365. However currently my life dictates that all my weekday rides start at 0500 and weekend rides are usually early too.
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Old 10-28-17, 06:14 AM
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If I'm riding solo, I have about a two-hour window in the morning, starting around dawn, when I want to get out. After that, it's considerably more difficult. I think that a big part of it is family time - I don't like to go out for less than ~2 hours, unless out of sheer desperation, so getting a late start means that the day is half over by the time I'm ready to rejoin the family. Then again, on some days that's a bonus.
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Early morning, just before first light because that is often the only good time for me to get out and enjoy cycling. Afternoons are hot over here, and evenings are usually family time.
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Old 10-28-17, 06:52 AM
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Whenever I have a 20mph tailwind.
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Old 10-28-17, 07:02 AM
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Morning when its hot, early afternoon when its below 85. But, at this point, I'll take what I can get! I am not a fan of exercising in the evening, however. I like to get it over with sooner.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
If I'm riding solo, I have about a two-hour window in the morning, starting around dawn, when I want to get out. After that, it's considerably more difficult. I think that a big part of it is family time - I don't like to go out for less than ~2 hours, unless out of sheer desperation, so getting a late start means that the day is half over by the time I'm ready to rejoin the family. Then again, on some days that's a bonus.
I am the same way. I "need" some me time, but I hate missing time with the kids. So I go as early as the daylight will allow for a few hours and normally everyone is just waking up by the time I'm done.
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I am the same way. I "need" some me time, but I hate missing time with the kids. So I go as early as the daylight will allow for a few hours and normally everyone is just waking up by the time I'm done.
Same here. Most of my miles are on my commutes, but Sundays I get out for a nice long ride. Usually around 1pm when my daughter goes down for a nap with my wife for 2-3 hrs. Works out just fine for me, especially in the summer, as I love riding in the heat. Plus...if I feel like a shorter ride...I can hang at the pub and have a pint or two while the kid sleeps and call it "being considerate" by not waking them up
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Old 10-28-17, 07:53 AM
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Late afternoon for me. I like riding during the warmest part of the day. The downside is that there is often more wind.

My body just seems to prefer that time of day, for whatever reason. I also like to check out the sunset if I have time.

It's good for my sleep, too. Ride, eat dinner, then chill for a bit and fall asleep very easily.
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Late afternoon for me. I like riding during the warmest part of the day. The downside is that there is often more wind.

My body just seems to prefer that time of day, for whatever reason. I also like to check out the sunset if I have time.

It's good for my sleep, too. Ride, eat dinner, then chill for a bit and fall asleep very easily.
Just out of curiosity...how hot is too hot for you? I really like the heat as well..but have noticed if it's around 95 or over I do tire fairly quickly...
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Early Morning. My rides are usually on bike paths or routes that can have a lot of big group riders on them. In the early morning I tend to have more of the road to myself.
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Am I the only person who hates early morning rides? I have 0 issue waking up at 6. but I just can't start riding before 10-11am. If I do I'm miserable for the first hour or so.
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Old 10-28-17, 09:56 AM
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I am retired and can cycle when I wish. I prefer the betweens. Between the blazing hot sun and the below freezing cold. Between the rising and setting suns, between the rush hour(s) traffic both morning and night, between the Monday morning and Friday evenings when friends and family gather.
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