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Strange pre-ride ritual or habit

Old 05-28-10, 11:27 AM
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Strange pre-ride ritual or habit

I get up in the morning and always take a shower before I ride. Do not do that for other activities. I was wondering is that a
strange habit or very common among other riders? What are some of the strange pre-ride rituals that you do?

Yes; i do take a shower afterwards.
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Old 05-28-10, 11:30 AM
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Old 05-28-10, 11:31 AM
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I wash my hair, but don't fully shower before my morning rides (ie i stick my head under the water and shampoo, but don't fully get in). I take a full shower when I get back, including a rewash of the hair. Something about putting my greasy morning hair in my helmet that I don't like. My wife finds it crazy that I do this. She's probably right.
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Does check the air in the tires count?
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I do a haka before I ride, like the New Zealand rugby team.
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Apparently I have to carry all my supplies out to the garage individually. Get shoes, crap! Bottles are still inside. Return with bottles, dammit! Left the Garmin inside. Retrieve Garmin, son of a!!! Gloves are inside.

Almost every single ride starts like this.
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I always walk the kids to school before i ride to work. does that count?

people showering or washing hair before a ride is weird. y'all are nuts!
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Old 05-28-10, 01:27 PM
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Apparently I have to carry all my supplies out to the garage individually. Get shoes, crap! Bottles are still inside. Return with bottles, dammit! Left the Garmin inside. Retrieve Garmin, son of a!!! Gloves are inside.

Almost every single ride starts like this.
Ha! I'm not the only one. I even built a shelf above where I rack my bikes in the garage, but stuff just wanders into the house.

My wife wonders how I get anywhere at all clacking through the house time after time.
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Old 05-28-10, 01:43 PM
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I'll usually always air up the tires. I've noticed the Performance Bike Lunarlight tubes don't seem to hold air for much longer than two-three days.

I'll always check the weather. That way I'll know how much water to bring and possibly if I need to strap on some fenders.

Nothing strange though.
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Old 05-28-10, 03:50 PM
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Stretch. I cannot ride without at least a cursory stretch.
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If I'm riding alone, I'll call my wife if she isn't home when I leave. I let her know where I plan to ride incase she needs to send out a search party Ya never know on a roadride through the mountains or an MTB ride.

Well, right before we hang up, she always says,"be careful". Once she forgot and I ate it bigtime on the MTB. As I returned home, she said it was her fault cause she forgot to say "be careful". That was five years ago.

Couple of weeks ago, I called, she forgot and now I'm got all FUDGED UP again!

That's my ritual and if I forget it, I could seperate my shoulder or scratch my knee!




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Old 05-28-10, 05:38 PM
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I always take a shower before I go out for a ride in the morning, too. I think it helps to "wake up" my body. Then I eat breakfast and perform three sun salutations (yoga). Just three. I didn't have time to do the yoga part once and had the crappiest ride of my life. Got sick and threw up 4 miles into the ride. Had to call the wife and have her come get me.
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Some odd habits going on here.
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contacts in.
coffee on.
body moving.
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I used to always brush my teeth before a ride. I'd end up brushing my teeth, eating something, and then having to brush my teeth again.
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Shower before a ride seems silly to me, but to each his/her own.

No ritual for me unless you count filling bottles, pumping up tires, and putting on cycling gear.
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Take ibuprofen, Aleve or Darvocet.
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I take a shower, then take a dump. Then eat. Then take a dump again. Before every ride...no matter what. I almost missed the start of the MS150 down here in Miami because I didn't take my second dump.
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Originally Posted by tmass View Post
I get up in the morning and always take a shower before I ride. Do not do that for other activities. I was wondering is that a
strange habit or very common among other riders? What are some of the strange pre-ride rituals that you do?

Yes; i do take a shower afterwards.
Wasting water?
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Old 05-28-10, 06:42 PM
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I take a shower, then take a dump. Then eat. Then take a dump again. Before every ride...no matter what. I almost missed the start of the MS150 down here in Miami because I didn't take my second dump.
I do the same with the shower.
Helps circulation on cool days to keep warm with minimum clothes.
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A shower before a ride on a hot day can feel really good. Don't know why, maybe clean skin conducts heat better.
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I weigh my bike two times to make sure it did not gain any weight over night then turn 90 degrees and bow three times to my life size statue of PCAD. But nothing weird like taking a shower.
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