Out-and-back or circuit?

Commuting, Day rides, Audax, Incidents, etc.

Out-and-back or circular for long day rides?

Out-and-back
1
3%
Circular
25
74%
Neither
1
3%
Both
7
21%
My navi does the thinking
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 34

Cyril Haearn
Posts: 13848
Joined: 30 Nov 2013, 11:26am
Location: Leafy suburbia

Out-and-back or circuit?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 26 Jul 2020, 9:39am

I like out-and-back routes, prefer them to circuits, the second half seems easier physically and psychologically, helps when going for the full monty (100), one knows the way, one knows any problems/obstructions
Saves brain/map/computer power planning too
And the view is quite different on the way back

Other preferences are available, some try to avoid doing the same stretch twice, even in the opposite direction

Which do you prefer? And why?
Last edited by Cyril Haearn on 27 Jul 2020, 5:11pm, edited 3 times in total.
Entertainer, intellectual, idealist, PoB, 30120
Cycling-of course, but it is far better on a Gillott
We love safety cameras, we dislike mortons

lbomaak2
Posts: 69
Joined: 3 Aug 2009, 12:38pm
Location: Loughborough

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Postby lbomaak2 » 26 Jul 2020, 9:45am

Definitely circuits; to the extent that I go out of my way (literally) to avoid my return route going back over any ground that I covered earlier in the ride, apart from short distances within my home town.

Cyril Haearn
Posts: 13848
Joined: 30 Nov 2013, 11:26am
Location: Leafy suburbia

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 26 Jul 2020, 9:46am

Why?
Entertainer, intellectual, idealist, PoB, 30120
Cycling-of course, but it is far better on a Gillott
We love safety cameras, we dislike mortons

Oldjohnw
Posts: 4680
Joined: 16 Oct 2018, 4:23am
Location: Northumberland

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Postby Oldjohnw » 26 Jul 2020, 9:50am

Why what?

I prefer circuits. I like to see more of the countryside in a single trip.
John

freeflow
Posts: 1337
Joined: 29 Aug 2011, 1:54pm

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Postby freeflow » 26 Jul 2020, 10:08am

Definitely circuits.

Cyril Haearn
Posts: 13848
Joined: 30 Nov 2013, 11:26am
Location: Leafy suburbia

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 26 Jul 2020, 10:46am

freeflow wrote:Definitely circuits.

Answer is too short, not as bad as too long :wink:, but
Why? The views are quite different on the way back if one retraces+1!
Entertainer, intellectual, idealist, PoB, 30120
Cycling-of course, but it is far better on a Gillott
We love safety cameras, we dislike mortons

freeflow
Posts: 1337
Joined: 29 Aug 2011, 1:54pm

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Postby freeflow » 26 Jul 2020, 11:05am

The answer is exactly what you requested. A preference.

tatanab
Posts: 4133
Joined: 8 Feb 2007, 12:37pm

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Postby tatanab » 26 Jul 2020, 11:29am

Circuit, although it really doesn't matter. I remember being instructed (CTC club rides 50 years ago) that a cyclist does not like to use the same piece of road twice in a ride, other than very local or town roads. Even if I am going somewhere with a purpose (possibly a farm shop) I am very unlikely to go home on the route I used on the way there. In some cases where routes are limited by river bridges, it might be necessary to use a part of the same road.

User avatar
Navara
Posts: 82
Joined: 29 Jun 2020, 11:38pm

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Postby Navara » 26 Jul 2020, 11:37am

Circuit.
I would agree the view is different each way on an out-and-back but I prefer the variety of a circuit.
The only out-and-back I do is Cap de Formentor,Majorca.Truly stunning both ways.

User avatar
Vantage
Posts: 2772
Joined: 24 Jan 2012, 1:44pm
Location: somewhere in Bolton
Contact:

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Postby Vantage » 26 Jul 2020, 12:23pm

Circuits definitely.
Out and back seems like "been there done that".
Bill


“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” ~ Eddy Merckx
It's a rich man whos children run to him when his pockets are empty.

lbomaak2
Posts: 69
Joined: 3 Aug 2009, 12:38pm
Location: Loughborough

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Postby lbomaak2 » 26 Jul 2020, 12:33pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:Why?

Because I have been doing circuits ever since I started exploring the countryside on my bike about 50 years ago, and I'm not likely to change now.

But more rationally, I agree with the others who say that you say more of the countryside doing a circuit than an out-and-back.

reohn2
Posts: 39708
Joined: 26 Jun 2009, 8:21pm

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Postby reohn2 » 26 Jul 2020, 12:38pm

I ride both on the same ride,a bit of it out and back with loop(s) and sometimes even a figure of eight before heading back on the same route I went out on :)
-----------------------------------------------------------
I cycle therefore I am.

Cyril Haearn
Posts: 13848
Joined: 30 Nov 2013, 11:26am
Location: Leafy suburbia

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 26 Jul 2020, 12:40pm

Figure-of-eight, +1, done some of those too
..
If one prefers circuits, does one try to do new ones, or does one repeat familiar ones?

Learned some more here already, +2
Entertainer, intellectual, idealist, PoB, 30120
Cycling-of course, but it is far better on a Gillott
We love safety cameras, we dislike mortons

PDQ Mobile
Posts: 3560
Joined: 2 Aug 2015, 4:40pm

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Postby PDQ Mobile » 26 Jul 2020, 12:44pm

Circuits.
Because they keep me more rounded. :shock:

axel_knutt
Posts: 1549
Joined: 11 Jan 2007, 12:20pm

Re: Out-and-back or circuit?

Postby axel_knutt » 26 Jul 2020, 1:25pm

I prefer A to B, because I don't like the feeling I've cycled all day and ended up back where I started.
Then I prefer circular because I'd rather see more than see less.
I only ride out and back in snow and ice, so that I don't get forced back by a blocked road when I'm close to the end of a long ride.
“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche