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Have you ever ditched friends/family for a ride?

Old 12-11-10, 11:47 AM
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Have you ever ditched friends/family for a ride?

A good friend came into town last night. He wanted to have breakfast before heading out, but I really wanted to ride this morning. In the end, I did the right thing and hung with him.
Have you ever done the opposite? Have you done the opposite often?
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Old 12-11-10, 11:56 AM
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When I go visit family, if there's a bike to be ridden, I'm on it!
So yes, I ditch every opportunity I can!
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Old 12-11-10, 12:08 PM
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Have you ever ditched friends/family for a ride?
All the time.

And I plan on doing it more often!

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Old 12-11-10, 12:13 PM
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A must if you want to get your mileage.
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My bike is my friend.
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Old 12-11-10, 12:21 PM
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Yes.
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Old 12-11-10, 12:27 PM
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yup...did it this morning!
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It happened once at my girlfriend uncle's house while we were on a visit there and the girls were talking and doing girl stuff

Uncle :Alex I spotted your livestrong wristband are you a cyclist by any chance ?
Alex : Yeah I love it!
Uncle : I got a few mtb down there wanna go out for a ride?
Alex : Hey why not!
*2hours later*
girls : Wtf!? Where were you both?
Uncle : we were out riding!
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Old 12-11-10, 12:54 PM
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Yes, but I admit that I felt guilty afterward. Guilt is a useless/worthless emotion IMHO, so now I try to avoid premeditated actions that result in guilt.
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Old 12-11-10, 01:24 PM
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I've never "ditched" them. But it's not like I've got people sitting around waiting on my fascinating company, either. Nobody seems to care if I go ride or not, basically.
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Old 12-11-10, 01:43 PM
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Family was in town for like the third thanksgiving dinner of the week, I went and did a 60 mile gravel road race. I think they may have felt a little bit of guilt about sitting around eating and getting fat but I don't think it bothered them too much.
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It's a balancing act.
If I commit to hanging with friends, then I'll be there. But I'm r-e-a-l-l-y careful how I schedule my time when friends want to hang out.

My family has a knack for doing Holiday meals Thanksgiving, Xmas, etc.) at noon or 1p instead of the more sensical 4pm. Sometimes I go, sometimes I don't. They understand.
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Anyone who has a mother in law has to answer yes to your question.
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Originally Posted by Adrianinkc View Post
My bike is my friend.
And my doctor, my psychiatrist, I'll stop before lover.
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Anyone who has a mother in law has to answer yes to your question.
My mother-in-law tells me I'm the greatest thing since sliced bread, so I suppose that it is a bit difficult for me to mess-up in her eyes. Just lucky, I guess.
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Hell, it's why I started riding again. I equate bicycles with freedom. The only thing better is sailing.
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Family party for someone's birthday...showed up for like an hour, and then walked home (1/4 mile) and jumped on my bike to go for a ride. On my way back home when I was done, I stopped for desert.
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Originally Posted by alexvpaq View Post
It happened once at my girlfriend uncle's house while we were on a visit there and the girls were talking and doing girl stuff

Uncle :Alex I spotted your livestrong wristband are you a cyclist by any chance ?
Alex : Yeah I love it!
Uncle : I got a few mtb down there wanna go out for a ride?
Alex : Hey why not!
*2hours later*
girls : Wtf!? Where were you both?
Uncle : we were out riding!
Nice! The first time I went to one of my girlfriend's (now my wife) family gatherings, her uncle and I found out that both of us were into cycling. Every pair of eyes rolled when we started yapping about that topic, and my wife now muses that her uncle keeps in touch with me more often than her.


To the OP: We just now got the little one to stop screaming bloody murder and go to sleep, and his normal fussy time is in a few more hours. Your thread is really tempting me.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
To the OP: We just now got the little one to stop screaming bloody murder and go to sleep, and his normal fussy time is in a few more hours. Your thread is really tempting me.
Baby don't need a daddy.. go ride your bike.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
To the OP: We just now got the little one to stop screaming bloody murder and go to sleep, and his normal fussy time is in a few more hours. Your thread is really tempting me.
Originally Posted by hao View Post
A good friend came into town last night. He wanted to have breakfast before heading out, but I really wanted to ride this morning. In the end, I did the right thing and hung with him.
Oh don't you blame it on me UK
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Wife was cleaning so I went for a ride
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