Do you cycle alone or in company?

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Do you cycle alone or in company?

Postby Manx Cat » 24 Feb 2008, 12:32pm

I do miss not riding with others. I have always ridden as a solo person going from A - B

Do you ride alone or with other people?


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Postby noonoosdad » 24 Feb 2008, 2:44pm

:? Call me sad but I always cycle alone when commuting back and from work, if you call cycling alone with hundreds of motorists at 'Rush Hour'. I work shifts which means that some cycling is done early in the morning, say 5.45am or cycling back from work at 3.00am in the morning - this is a lovely time of the days when the roads are almost deserted and I can relax more and concentrate less on my rear view mirror and feel safer. On Cycle rides, I do however go with my sons but don't mind going alone as I love to listen to music on the move.
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Postby stanno » 24 Feb 2008, 3:42pm

I always cycle alone these days. As a youngster I was more social but in the end I tired of the constant unwanted competition. Also I prefer to poodle along at my pace and go where I please. That way I feel as if I'm free.

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Postby downsman » 24 Feb 2008, 4:54pm

I mostly ride alone (always when commuting) apart from the rare occasions when I can get the family motivated to go out :)

None of my friends nearby are into cycling, and I'm reluctant to try an organised ride, because I'm not super fit and I can't see the pleasure in struggling to keep up with people who who want to go faster than I can comfortably. If they slowed down to my pace it would no doubt ruin their day too :)

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Postby Cunobelin » 24 Feb 2008, 9:33pm

Different values...... depends on what you want out of it..

Commuting I often meet others (on and off bikes), I don't know who they are, probably never will, but exchange nods, waves, pleasantries. I also have a couple of acquaintances I now know well enough to travel at least some of the route with.


Weekend trips / touring with my wife are enjoyable as you can share the experiences, sights and sounds.

Finally I tour on my own, which is again diffrent, not having any responsibilities, real plans or targets is a delightfule way of exploring.

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Postby Mick F » 24 Feb 2008, 9:48pm

Solo.
I'm my own boss. I do what I like, when I like, and think what I like.

Company's good too!
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Postby leftpoole » 25 Feb 2008, 9:42am

Mick F wrote:Solo.
I'm my own boss. I do what I like, when I like, and think what I like.

Company's good too!



Mick,
We should 'meet up'! I think you are my twin...
John.

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Postby Si » 25 Feb 2008, 10:48am

Both, 'cos one is a refreshing change from the other.

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Postby Velocio » 25 Feb 2008, 10:52am

...when I lived on the Isle of Wight ...and single ...I rode with the very sociable Wayfarers CTC most Sundays ...and loved every minute

...since meeting my wife on the Isle of Wight Randonnee in 2001 ...I commute daily on my own and add miles (up to 10) to what is a short journey to work (2 miles) ...we cycle together most weekends anything up to 30 miles

...I 'train' during the week and 'relax' at weekends

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Postby Ben Lovejoy » 25 Feb 2008, 12:05pm

Mick F wrote:I'm my own boss. I do what I like, when I like, and think what I like.

Oh, I thought you were married.
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Postby Yorkshireman » 25 Feb 2008, 12:11pm

Another solo here. I don't mind company at stops, but I prefer my own when actually riding :roll: .
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Postby yakdiver » 25 Feb 2008, 1:18pm

all by myself, don't wanabe all by mysef anymore,
but the truth is I can't keep up with anybody :(

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Postby thirdcrank » 25 Feb 2008, 2:00pm

Yorkshireman wrote:Another solo here. I don't mind company at stops, but I prefer my own when actually riding :roll: .


Yorkshireman

Having recently used a pic of your bike to illustrate the social benefits of rear mudflaps, I am amazed to hear you say that.

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Postby glueman » 25 Feb 2008, 2:19pm

Used to enjoy riding with a club group and still prefer going out with a few friends but mostly ride solo. I'm less tolerant nowadays, it's hilly so breath is best saved for climbing but we've started riding as a family again. Not many miles but who cares?

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Postby pigman » 25 Feb 2008, 2:23pm

john28july wrote:
Mick F wrote:Solo.
I'm my own boss. I do what I like, when I like, and think what I like.

Company's good too!



Mick,
We should 'meet up'! I think you are my twin...
John.


right you guys, who's gonna make the decisions on where, how fast, at what time, etc ..... someone's got to compromise.