Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Riding Naked?

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Riding Naked?

Old 09-30-08, 02:29 PM
  #1  
mattm
**** that
Thread Starter
 
mattm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: CALI
Posts: 15,392
Mentioned: 150 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1090 Post(s)
Liked 69 Times in 24 Posts
Riding Naked?

'naked' meaning without feedback gizmos: no cyclocomputer, GPS, HRM, PT, quarq, etc.

just you, a bike, and the open road. it's quite the liberating feeling!

(although i do sometimes use a watch to at least know what time it is, i'm not a total luddite)

i find that for long rides it's actually nice not to know exactly how much more road you've got to cover. lately i just figure that i've got X amount of hours left before i hit such and such turn. so far, so good.

anyone else ride sans-gizmo?
__________________
cat 1.

my race videos
mattm is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 02:41 PM
  #2  
eb314
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Ohio
Posts: 848

Bikes: 07 Cannondale Six13 (9 speed Ultegra) + 19?? Lugged Steel Specialized Allez Pro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I can't do that, I love data too much.
eb314 is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 02:44 PM
  #3  
MONGO!
Senior Member
 
MONGO!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 4,279
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I don't have a computer on my cross bike and while I don't miss it when racing I do miss it when I'm just riding.

I'll probably just take my Garmin in my pocket next time for elevation and such.
MONGO! is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 02:46 PM
  #4  
Lizzylou
Dropped myself
 
Lizzylou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 397
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Only when I'm riding to the store to buy a new battery for the computer... and I feel lost and helpless for the whole 5 blocks. I am completely gadget dependent.

And it is getting way to cold in the mornings to be naked. brrr
Lizzylou is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 02:47 PM
  #5  
asmallsol
Cat3.*....Cat2
 
asmallsol's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Livonia, MI
Posts: 2,171

Bikes: A lot.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
mountain and cross bike are naked. Sometimes i don't care but i would like to know distance and such
asmallsol is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 02:49 PM
  #6  
KirkeIsWaiting
the dog ate my earbuds
 
KirkeIsWaiting's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Jersey Shore
Posts: 2,121

Bikes: Colnago CT-1 B-stay Campy Carbon Record, '05 Litespeed Siena Campy, Bridgestone X03 , Peugeot dream bike gets FIXED, Waterford Campy Record Colbalto, Motobecane Tandem in perfect condition, A Belgium made Bertin that was sent by an angel

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
the fixed gear.
no computer, no bottles or cages, no kit.

and sometimes with a skirt (and no knickers)
__________________
Litespeed Siena, Campy
Peugeot U010, Deep V's in orange and fixed
Bridgestone X03 - the beer bike
Waterford R2200, Campy Chorus/Super Record Cobaltobrakes
Motobecane Tandem - Craigslist find
Belgium Bertin. an angel spared it and sent it my way.
Fuji Folding 4130 Mountain bike - Marlboro edition trash find
Specialized HR -A1, latest trash find (who throws bikes out??!!)
KirkeIsWaiting is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 02:50 PM
  #7  
uke
it's easy if you let it.
 
uke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: indoors and out.
Posts: 4,124
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I just put my computer on my bike after owning and riding it for two months. I already knew how far my trips were and about how fast I went along the way, but it's fun to be able to look down at a particular amount of effort and note, Oh, that's what 20mph feels like, and so on. I think I'll leave it on.
uke is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 02:52 PM
  #8  
tford
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 96
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Not me

I love my Garmin and love to put the hammer down getting my average speed up.

I would ride naked before I give up my Garmin.
tford is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 02:55 PM
  #9  
cparekh
bones should be attached
 
cparekh's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 391

Bikes: Scott CR1 Team, Scott S40, Schwinn Traveler III

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I just rode a century with HRM only. No speed, no distance. It was awful, and I never, ever, ever want to do it again. On the other hand, my SS/FG is naked.

/cp
__________________
Sometimes I forget that I have a photographic memory.
cparekh is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 02:59 PM
  #10  
AEO
Senior Member
 
AEO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: A Coffin Called Earth. or Toronto, ON
Posts: 12,258

Bikes: Bianchi, Miyata, Dahon, Rossin

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
makes sense for my CX bike, less things for mud to stick to.
__________________
Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
https://sanfrancisco.ibtimes.com/arti...ger-photos.htm
AEO is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 03:00 PM
  #11  
Flatballer
No matches
 
Flatballer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Eastern PA
Posts: 11,388

Bikes: two wheeled ones

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1158 Post(s)
Liked 105 Times in 70 Posts
I like data. I especially like keeping track of my mileage. The odometer is the most important feature for me. Speed, avg speed, max speed, etc are just kind of interesting things to see sometimes.
Flatballer is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 03:00 PM
  #12  
flipflop
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 296
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I took off my speedometer after struggling into the wind going 8 miles per hour a few years ago.

Hear rate monitors are interesting, but I never have gotten used to the strap feeling tight while I'm breathing.

No gauges is my preferred way to ride!
flipflop is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 03:01 PM
  #13  
zac
Senior Member
 
zac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Mass
Posts: 874

Bikes: I just ride them, they own me.

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by mattm View Post
'naked' meaning without feedback gizmos: no cyclocomputer, GPS, HRM, PT, quarq, etc.

just you, a bike, and the open road. it's quite the liberating feeling!

(although i do sometimes use a watch to at least know what time it is, i'm not a total luddite)

i find that for long rides it's actually nice not to know exactly how much more road you've got to cover. lately i just figure that i've got X amount of hours left before i hit such and such turn. so far, so good.

anyone else ride sans-gizmo?
Yep, all the time now. Gave up the electronics with the new bike at the beginning of this year. Although I do ride with an iPhone for maps when I get lost, or to reach new destinations.

Pretty sure I'll never go back too. Seeing things on the bike I never paid attention to before -the road for one-

zac
__________________
trans female, out and proud!

Hammer Nutrition 15% Referral Discount
MassBike.org - Same Road, Same Rules
zac is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 03:14 PM
  #14  
mattm
**** that
Thread Starter
 
mattm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: CALI
Posts: 15,392
Mentioned: 150 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1090 Post(s)
Liked 69 Times in 24 Posts
Originally Posted by eb314 View Post
I can't do that, I love data too much.
don't get me wrong, i'm a bit of a data junkie too!

i should disclose that most of my riding to date is with a cyclocomputer, but i've been recently dabbling in naked riding, and like it. for most of my rides i already know the total mileage, and how long it normally takes.

but on a recent 600k i did on foreign roads (sans-gizmo), the cuesheet was enough to tell me how far i was along the route, and a general sense of how long it takes to cover ~10 miles was enough to keep me on track (e.g. i should see this turn in about an hour or whatever).

i calculated my average speed on this route, using mile markers and a watch. but you have to wait a whole hour for the reading! definitely takes patience, but the calculations were enough to keep my mind busy, which is nice on a long ride.

i do sometimes wonder how fast i'm currently going, but figure it doesn't matter, since i'm probably going the same speed i'd normally be diong. if anything i probably ride slower overall, going purely off of 'perceived exertion' - but that's ok with me, since i'm not racing, just riding for kicks.
__________________
cat 1.

my race videos
mattm is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 03:19 PM
  #15  
flipflop
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 296
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Idea:

Could use a wireless computer and drop it in the bike sack, or strap a wired one to the seat post. All the data for later, but nothing to distract from the sights and sounds while you ride.
flipflop is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 03:22 PM
  #16  
mattm
**** that
Thread Starter
 
mattm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: CALI
Posts: 15,392
Mentioned: 150 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1090 Post(s)
Liked 69 Times in 24 Posts
Originally Posted by flipflop View Post
Idea:

Could use a wireless computer and drop it in the bike sack, or strap a wired one to the seat post. All the data for later, but nothing to distract from the sights and sounds while you ride.
not a bad idea.. then you could check it if you got lost or whatever.

some put electric tape over the display, so they can't torture themselves with it, but it'd be too easy to check it every 10 minutes or so. i hate looking down a seeing i've only done 2km when i thought it was 5!
__________________
cat 1.

my race videos
mattm is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 03:23 PM
  #17  
mike9903
Senior Member
 
mike9903's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 1,465

Bikes: 09 Orbea Orca

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
That can't be comfortable!!!

Originally Posted by KirkeIsWaiting View Post
the fixed gear.
no computer, no bottles or cages, no kit.

and sometimes with a skirt (and no knickers)

I currently ride with no computer and kind of like it, even though I am saving up for a Garmin 705 which would be the complete opposite end of the spectrum.
mike9903 is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 03:27 PM
  #18  
tollhousecookie
Senior Member
 
tollhousecookie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Cyclist hide away
Posts: 723

Bikes: Beach crusier, Specialized FSR mt., retro Raleigh rebuild. Trek Madone 4.5, Schwinn steel frame Frankinstein. BMX rebuild, Specialized rock hopper,

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by mattm View Post

just you, a bike, and the open road. it's quite the liberating feeling!



i find that for long rides it's actually nice

anyone else ride sans-gizmo?
Yes and correct !!!
tollhousecookie is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 03:35 PM
  #19  
noisebeam
Arizona Dessert
 
noisebeam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: AZ
Posts: 14,768

Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix, Lemond Poprad. Retired: Jamis Sputnik, Centurion LeMans Fixed, Diamond Back ascent ex

Mentioned: 59 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4114 Post(s)
Liked 749 Times in 412 Posts
I do essentially at night due to lack of a backlight.
Don't notice much of a difference as I rarely check data while cycling anyway.
I am however obsessive about recording all data after a ride.
Al
noisebeam is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 03:43 PM
  #20  
WheresWaldo
Ride it like you stole it
 
WheresWaldo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Union County, NC
Posts: 4,895

Bikes: 2013 Cannondale EVO Ultegra Di2, Pedal Force Aeroblade, Rue Tandem

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 84 Post(s)
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Originally Posted by KirkeIsWaiting View Post
the fixed gear.
no computer, no bottles or cages, no kit.

and sometimes with a skirt (and no knickers)
Pictures or it never happened!
__________________
"Never use your face as a brake pad" - Jake Watson
The Reloutionaries @ Shapeways
WheresWaldo is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 03:44 PM
  #21  
icyclist 
Spin Meister
 
icyclist's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: California, USA
Posts: 2,641

Bikes: Trek Émonda, 1961 Follis (French) road bike (I'm the original owner), a fixie, a mountain bike, etc.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 51 Post(s)
Liked 6 Times in 4 Posts
I don't have much under me when I'm on my 1962 Follis road bike. No water bottle, no seat post bag, no computer, not even a frame pump, although there are a couple of cool looking pegs for one on the down tube. However, if I could find one, I might add an analog odometer. (Actually, I just did a few, on amazon - one measures in kpm, too; perfect!)
__________________
This post is a natural product. Slight variations in spelling and grammar enhance its individual character and beauty and are in no way to be considered flaws or defects.
icyclist is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 04:08 PM
  #22  
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Posts: 29,816

Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1405 Post(s)
Liked 290 Times in 176 Posts
I don't really have anything to say. This thread was just above one about cleaning white saddles and I felt the need to get them separated.
Retro Grouch is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 04:08 PM
  #23  
BananaTugger
CPM M4
 
BananaTugger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: The West Side (Of Rochester, NY).
Posts: 4,930

Bikes: Light.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by mattm View Post
'naked' meaning without feedback gizmos: no cyclocomputer, GPS, HRM, PT, quarq, etc.

just you, a bike, and the open road. it's quite the liberating feeling!

(although i do sometimes use a watch to at least know what time it is, i'm not a total luddite)

i find that for long rides it's actually nice not to know exactly how much more road you've got to cover. lately i just figure that i've got X amount of hours left before i hit such and such turn. so far, so good.

anyone else ride sans-gizmo?
Yes.
__________________
Ten tenths.
BananaTugger is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 04:12 PM
  #24  
bitterspeak
Cat 7 Pro
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 448

Bikes: Fuji Roubaix Pro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
That's what my Windsor Hour is for. Daily, no worry riding.
bitterspeak is offline  
Old 09-30-08, 04:14 PM
  #25  
Hammertoe
A Little Bent
 
Hammertoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Struggling up a hillside in Vermont, USA... ..........................................
Posts: 2,858
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Oh, not what I thought you meant...

Down in Brattleboro we had quite battle about nudity...

It was legal and quite a site...

Naked bikers everywhere...

Why is it only big people go naked in public...

Anyway, the Selectboard banned nudity in town...

Now everyone wears clothes...
__________________
Hammertoe is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.