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Just a man, riding alone…

Old 02-27-10, 11:28 AM
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Just a man, riding alone…

I love riding my bike. I get about 40-50 miles a day as of late. In fact, the more I ride, the more I want to ride. Problem is, I can't ride with the fixie kids out here, cuz they don't ride (or not very often or fast), and the roadies don't want me hanging out with them. So I'm pretty much riding solo 99% of the time. This makes finding new routes/rides both more enjoyable (just being nowhere, alone) and kind of a bummer (just being nowhere, alone). What do you do?
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Old 02-27-10, 11:34 AM
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Find new roadie friends. Most roadies I ride with don't care what I ride......(as long as I'm in spandex..)
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Well, maybe the roadies will be more accepting if you prove you can hang on. Assuming you are a strong rider, the roadies probably don't know you're strong (or do they) and think you're just another fixie trickster, which really sucks. Do you use a brake?
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One of my favorite group rides used to have a rider who regularly showed up riding fixed (I rode my regular road/race bike). The ride was a mid-pace fairly relaxed one, and he kept right up and fit in fine. He did run a front brake though. While I try hard to stay out of the brake politics, I have to say I would have been uncomfortable in close roadie quarters with a brakeless rider (and to be fair there are a lot of regular roadies on group rides that I don't like going near), and I doubt I am the only one who feels this way. But if you are a good rider, can keep up, and use a brake, you should be able to find some road group rides to get in on.
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Old 02-27-10, 12:32 PM
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Well were I ride the fixed group I ride with 2-3 days out of the week we do roughly 30+ mile loops and it's mixed with roadies sometimes there normally 2 groups fast and slower ha hill climbs and flat routes ect. The age group isn't all young either there a few 30-40+ guys that ride with us. But other then that my commute to work is 15 miles one way and I'm alone
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Old 02-27-10, 12:58 PM
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Sometimes it's nice to ride with one or two other people (three others at most, just to keep it even), if we're just going for a leisurely ride around town, making pit stops here and there.

Otherwise I just prefer to ride alone.
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Old 02-27-10, 01:08 PM
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Join a club? We had a guy show up on a fixed conversion, for a hill ride that was quite intense. Goal seemed to be to drop as many riders as possible. He had everyone's respect-- always hung on to the lead group.
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Old 02-27-10, 01:08 PM
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I like to ride fast therefore I ride alone. If you're talking to someone you're not regulating your breathing.
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most of my friends who are "into" bikes can't ride more than 20 miles. i can't keep up with the roadies around here(at least the one group i know of thats mostly cat 2 and 3 racers) so i just ride alone.

i rarely ride my fixed more than 20 miles at a time, though, so my longer rides are all on my geared roadie.
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Join a club?
Excellent advice, if you have one that's thriving. My introduction to road cycling was through the New York Cycle Club, which is a big one: it contains endlessly many sub-groups and subcultures. I quickly found the right cohort for my interests and abilities.
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Old 02-27-10, 02:44 PM
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Same thing where I live. Ppl only ride fixies in a certain part of town and all i see are roadies on my rides/commutes
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Donno, I really like riding solo and keeping my own pace. Offroading is my main exception, although I do like solo late night winter trail/creek rides - they are very peaceful, but have to be super cautious because a fall/injury will likely mean having to extract your busted arse out (not fun) or overnighting (always carry a lighter to make a fire) until a snowshoer/hiker/cx skier finds you the next day.
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I ride geared road bikes and fixed gear bikes. If I am going to go on a group ride, I usually take the geared roadie just b/c there are some monster hills around here that I can't do very well fixed.

Having said that, we started a group ride here called the "Monday Night Heavy Metal Ride" that is mostly fixed gear riders who are also cat2/3 racers. It's fun as hell. We go fast. The fastest rider I know is also a fg enthusiast, and I don't know many people in this town (besides the livestrong boys) that can hang with him on any kind of bike...
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Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
Well, maybe the roadies will be more accepting if you prove you can hang on. Assuming you are a strong rider, the roadies probably don't know you're strong (or do they) and think you're just another fixie trickster, which really sucks. Do you use a brake?
Well, there are plenty of clubs that do rides but they're mostly older guys, pretty slow and not my scene. The roadies might be friendlier or more accepting if I showed up with a clamp-on Keirin brake or something, who knows. I do know that I've been seeing the same faces in the same local team kits on the same rides that I do for a few years, and not once have I gotten an invitation to ride, let alone an acknowledgement at the coffeeshop. I guess that part of it is that when they are all matching kitted-out that it would feel weird to ask them if I could come along. Still, though, I'm out there with my own lycra, clipless, helmet etc so I don't think I'm being judged as a fixie trixter. I'm going to look into getting a clamp-on brake and see where that goes.
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The brake may ease them, I go on a ride that's perfectly accepting of fixed gears but not brakeless riders because it is a training kind of ride. It sucks that there is some stigma towards fixed gear riders. I've gone on club riders with my fixie and it seemed like they were trying to drop me the whole time, only to be accepting at the end of rides, but none of that would have happened if I showed up on my geared bike
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My only question for y'all is why aren't you outside riding right now instead of wasting your time on this forum. I just came back from a solo 50 miler on my FG and feel wonderful. It's a beautiful Saturday in much of the country, and you're cooped up inside glued to your computer. I ride by myself cuz I can ride when I want, where I want, at the pace I want and don't have to keep stopping for other people needing to fix flats, relieve themselves and otherwise break up the rythm of the ride. The only time I ride with other people is when I'm racing.
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Originally Posted by LoRoK View Post
Well, there are plenty of clubs that do rides but they're mostly older guys, pretty slow and not my scene. The roadies might be friendlier or more accepting if I showed up with a clamp-on Keirin brake or something, who knows. I do know that I've been seeing the same faces in the same local team kits on the same rides that I do for a few years, and not once have I gotten an invitation to ride, let alone an acknowledgement at the coffeeshop. I guess that part of it is that when they are all matching kitted-out that it would feel weird to ask them if I could come along. Still, though, I'm out there with my own lycra, clipless, helmet etc so I don't think I'm being judged as a fixie trixter. I'm going to look into getting a clamp-on brake and see where that goes.
I think as long as you have lycra, a helmet, and a brake, any group that gives you the cold shoulder probably wouldn't be that much fun to ride with anyway. My favorite group rides are always diverse ones. I once rode with a guy on what I think was a 650b Rivendell frame with a long backswept straight straight bar such that he was almost completely upright. He was one of the fastest riders out that night, consistently in the front and always the first to bridge gaps. I rode next to him for a little on a long flat country road and joked about how jealous I was that he was as fast as he was in such a comfortable position, and he grimaced and told me he was only riding that bike because of back problems he was having. He must have been (and probably is back to being) an animal on a race bike.

Moral of the story is diverse group rides are fun, as long as everyone is safe and wants to go roughly the same speed.
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idk I usually get pretty wasted and just ride my bike with random ppl
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Old 02-27-10, 08:45 PM
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I ride 30-60 miles a day by myself in the summer.. I have one friend that'll go with me sometimes, but he gets tired too fast and always wants to stop to take smoke breaks... Probably why he can't do more than 15-20 miles
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I ride 30-60 miles a day by myself in the summer.. I have one friend that'll go with me sometimes, but he gets tired too fast and always wants to stop to take smoke breaks... Probably why he can't do more than 15-20 miles
Ya think?
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
My only question for y'all is why aren't you outside riding right now instead of wasting your time on this forum. I just came back from a solo 50 miler on my FG and feel wonderful. It's a beautiful Saturday in much of the country, and you're cooped up inside glued to your computer. I ride by myself cuz I can ride when I want, where I want, at the pace I want and don't have to keep stopping for other people needing to fix flats, relieve themselves and otherwise break up the rythm of the ride. The only time I ride with other people is when I'm racing.
Coming from the guy averaging 6 posts a day....
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My only question for y'all is why aren't you outside riding right now
I obliterated my hamstring at the gym a couple days ago and went on a pretty good ride with some people the next night, before my hamstring felt anything. Now I can't do anything with my leg Plus it's been raining all day, ick

Do you mainly go out on track bikes or do you hit the road with a road bike frequently?

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I like to ride alone because I can just ride, not care about where I am going, just focus on breathing pace and spin technique.

But now I am in central Tokyo (next to Tokyo Tower) so riding is harder because there are so many lights, I find I can ride for a couple of minutes max before I have to stop at lights. It is frustrating, I can't get into a good rhythm. What do other city riders do?
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What do other city riders do?
Ride late at night so I can run reds without too much trouble. Beware of bored cops
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