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    Alone!

    Just got back from doing the local loop (Bruno's Run) by myself. Haven't gone alone in weeks.

    Just me -- and the pine scent and the fresh air and the lakes.

    No one to push me to go so fast that I'm out of breath and not having fun.

    No one to carp about my choice of pedals.

    No one to lecture me on wheel size.

    No one to badger me about what new frame to buy this summer.

    No one to tell me his frame is the best ever and that I should get one.

    No one to complain about the roots and the rough spots.

    Just me and the trees and the trail, and it was all good.

    What a nice ride.

    Following is a photo. I was swarmed with mosquitos when I stopped to take it, so I didn't spend a ton of time composing.

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    You need to ditch the lame crowd you usually ride with, sounds like (assuming those comments are what you usually hear on a ride).
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    Sounds like 1. you had a great ride
    2. you need to find new people to ride with...seems like a real fun bunch

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    Gosh....I really hate those rides where i get out of breath

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    LOL! Guys, the crowd I ride with is ok. Sometimes it's just nice to be alone though, and go at my own pace.

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    I USUALLY ride alone. Clears my head.
    I like turtles

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    Just ribbing you a bit.....looks like a pretty tranquil spot. I'm envious

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    Went on a ride alone today too. It was AWESOME!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
    LOL! Guys, the crowd I ride with is ok. Sometimes it's just nice to be alone though, and go at my own pace.
    Ur that desperate for friends?

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    Alone... except for 10 billion mosquitos... sounds like fun! Thankfully here in AZ the little bastids catch fire in the heat.

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    I usually ride alone because of the hours I work. The occasional group ride is nice but seems like more of a social event and an excuse to drink beer more than a ride. Im all about the ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
    LOL! Guys, the crowd I ride with is ok. Sometimes it's just nice to be alone though, and go at my own pace.
    Yeah, it is nice to take a ride alone. It's just easier that way, and I can really clear my head.

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    Solo rides are where I seem to do my best work. Sounds like you had a great ride (minus the mosquitos).
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    Quote Originally Posted by A1an View Post
    Sounds like you had a great ride (minus the mosquitos).
    Mrs. Mosquito is merely an incentive to keep a move on. It's all good .

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    I like to ride with others to help push myself. But riding alone is fun too and helps me to focus better. A few months ago I did a ten mile ride and didn't come across one other person on the entire ride. It was nice.

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    @rossluzz, I am not a fast rider, and I do end up getting pushed (pulled?) in group rides. The thing is, such pushing tends to be one-dimensional, centered around speed. Once in awhile it's nice to ride alone so that I can focus on technique and the more technical aspects of the trail. Because I didn't wear myself out keeping up on the climbs yesterday, and because I could stop at the tops to catch my breath, I was able to enjoy rocking the downhills, working on keeping my weight centered in the attack position, and getting small amounts of air from dips and roots in the trail. I had a lot more fun yesterday with the technical aspects of the trail than I usually have when I'm riding in a group.

    Don't get me wrong. I like the social aspects of being in a group. Yet sometimes it is refreshing to be alone. Tuesday I'm doing the group thing, and probably on the same trail.

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    that photo is beautiful...you really need to post a few more. We dont really have coniferous forests here, so they're nice to see for a change! What state is this trail in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 73h 8r!110 View Post
    that photo is beautiful...you really need to post a few more. We dont really have coniferous forests here, so they're nice to see for a change! What state is this trail in?
    I'm in Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula. The trail I rode yesterday is in the Hiawatha National Forest, about 12 miles south of a town called Wetmore. There's a cluster of lakes like you see in the photo, and the trail kind of winds its way around and between them.

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    I mostly ride alone, and when I do ride with people, they're usually relatively new to the sport. So, I'm always trying to find veteran riders who I have trouble keeping up with, so I have something to work for.

    But when I go ride the big trails in the mountains, I always ride with a group. Too much could go wrong. Its nice when someone has a spare derailleur on the day yours decides to crack off!

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    alone and

    happy to be !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I also ride alone. Doing so, I can think and ride and gather my thoughts.

    This thread has inspired me to grab my bike and head out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by capriol View Post
    happy to be !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Me too!
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    While everyone else sat at home scared they would melt in the rain n snow.......

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    Did the Ice-cream Loop off the same trail last evening with a friend's kid. Start in the same spot, but bail out after two miles through a campground to the pavement, and then stop at the camp store for an ice-cream before heading back to the car. For fun, I rode my Giant STP park bike which I can't sit on and pedal because the frame is so small. I had to stand and pedal the whole way. Riding it was more fun than it sounds though, and was an interesting experiment.

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    I generally prefer to ride alone too, I guess it depends what you're after in a ride. I don't mind switching off a little and don't push myself too hard, much easier to do alone!

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    @Blur, where is that trail? It looks like a nice one.

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    I agree sometimes rideing alone melts the stress of life away.

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    Used to ride alone almost excusively until a 2009 crash that broke a few ribs, gave me a concussion & messed up my left leg. Had a 3 mile or so dizzy & painful slog back to the car followed by a sketchy drive home. Usually ride with others now, but there are a few trails I don't mind riding by myself.

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    Used to ride alone almost excusively until a 2009 crash that broke a few ribs, gave me a concussion & messed up my left leg. Had a 3 mile or so dizzy & painful slog back to the car followed by a sketchy drive home. Usually ride with others now, but there are a few trails I don't mind riding by myself.

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    I ride alone 99% of the time. The few people I do ride with are usually at a slower level, so its usually more of a ride for them to enjoy and get better at riding rather than for me. I wish I had more friends around here that rode at the same pace that I do, but I really don't know anyone.

    And if you live in the UP you NEED to make a trip up to Copper Harbor to ride the trail system up there if you haven't done so already. That place is amazing, had a blast there last August.

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    Solo rides are F.U.N! But group rides with friends are great as well. Pushing each other is one of the best ways to get better. And why would you complain about roots and rough spots? Tell them to get a road bike if they don't like it Those roots and rough spots makes the trail a lot more interesting IMO.


    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post

    No one to push me to go so fast that I'm out of breath and not having fun.

    No one to carp about my choice of pedals.

    No one to lecture me on wheel size.

    No one to badger me about what new frame to buy this summer.

    No one to tell me his frame is the best ever and that I should get one.

    No one to complain about the roots and the rough spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
    @Blur, where is that trail? It looks like a nice one.
    On Homestake pass Montana

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    Riding with other people is a major drag. Reverse that, and I also wouldn't want to be a drag on someone else's ride.

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    I’ve been back riding almost a year now after a long layoff. Took me six months to shed weight and get in decent shape to keep up with most of my friends. I used to ride with a “We start and end with everybody” group. On my first ride, they zoomed ahead then stopped and waited on a couple of us. As soon as we caught up, they’d tear off again. Didn’t take me long to figure, we weren’t getting any breaks. From those experiences, I went solo and haven’t looked back. My only group rides now are with my daughter and wife at their pace. My solo riding now fulfills my own need for my own speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarguy View Post
    “We start and end with everybody” group. On my first ride, they zoomed ahead then stopped and waited on a couple of us. As soon as we caught up, they’d tear off again. Didn’t take me long to figure, we weren’t getting any breaks. From those experiences, I went solo and haven’t looked back. My only group rides now are with my daughter and wife at their pace. My solo riding now fulfills my own need for my own speed.
    A wise friend told me once, "If you want to take breaks, get faster!"

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    My problem is that no one I know either has the time off (weekday AM's) or just thinks mtbing is too much work. Whimpy - so instead of sitty on my butt watching TV - Im out riding. Solo rides make for better group rides, because you know you've put the work in previously and now you can keep up. Most of the folk I ride with are years younger than myself. Seems that with age, inactivity, arthritis from playing too hard previously are all the excuses for not keeping active now. I started to fall prey to this logic also, but realized that I have a love of the outdoors and I'm not going to lay down and "act my age" just yet!! Plus there's nothing better than following a tight pair of ladies bicycle shorts up the trail....hmmm did I actually say that....LOL!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott forty G. View Post
    A wise friend told me once, "If you want to take breaks, get faster!"
    Sage wisdom. I'm working on it.
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    I dont have a problem riding alone on my road bikes but I think I always want someone with me when riding mountain bikes just for safety purposes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarguy View Post
    On my first ride, they zoomed ahead then stopped and waited on a couple of us. As soon as we caught up, they’d tear off again. Didn’t take me long to figure, we weren’t getting any breaks.
    I am mindful of that dynamic. I make it a point to give followers a break too. Sometimes I have to remind faster riders of the need to do that.

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    I love to ride alone!
    i'm not joking, posting is scary

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    Solo rides have been my best stress relievers. I highly recomend them.
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    nice

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    Riding alone works for me....no pressure, some alone time and when I get back home tonthe wife and kids I havea clear head and have worked off my frustrations

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
    @rossluzz, I am not a fast rider, and I do end up getting pushed (pulled?) in group rides. The thing is, such pushing tends to be one-dimensional, centered around speed. Once in awhile it's nice to ride alone so that I can focus on technique and the more technical aspects of the trail. Because I didn't wear myself out keeping up on the climbs yesterday, and because I could stop at the tops to catch my breath, I was able to enjoy rocking the downhills, working on keeping my weight centered in the attack position, and getting small amounts of air from dips and roots in the trail. I had a lot more fun yesterday with the technical aspects of the trail than I usually have when I'm riding in a group.

    Don't get me wrong. I like the social aspects of being in a group. Yet sometimes it is refreshing to be alone. Tuesday I'm doing the group thing, and probably on the same trail.
    How large are your groups?

    I bet there has to be at least one other person that wants to work some aspect of their riding and wouldn't mind a "slower" ride.

    If you haven't already, it wouldn't hurt to ask before the ride if you want to break into two groups, one "regular" group and another "training" group.

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    agreed, so much more relaxing. I do enjoy group rides though as well when I am looking to get stronger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    I USUALLY ride alone. Clears my head.
    Same here. I much prefer riding alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
    Just got back from doing the local loop (Bruno's Run) by myself. Haven't gone alone in weeks.

    Just me -- and the pine scent and the fresh air and the lakes.

    No one to push me to go so fast that I'm out of breath and not having fun.

    No one to carp about my choice of pedals.

    No one to lecture me on wheel size.

    No one to badger me about what new frame to buy this summer.

    No one to tell me his frame is the best ever and that I should get one.

    No one to complain about the roots and the rough spots.

    Just me and the trees and the trail, and it was all good.

    What a nice ride.

    Following is a photo. I was swarmed with mosquitos when I stopped to take it, so I didn't spend a ton of time composing.

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    You went too slow.
    Your pedals suck.
    You need bigger wheels.
    You should buy a new frame this summer.
    My frame is better than your frame.
    The roots and rough spots on that trail suck.
    The trees hate you.

    Oh, and your seat is tipped down.

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    Solo is good

    Most of my rides are solo because few people are compatible with my riding style and schedule. A shot of me on a solo ride last Saturday taken by a passing hiker.
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    @lawfarm: LOL! There is no escape.

    @Wherewolf: Your trail looks pretty awesome--nothing like that around where I live. Great view.

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    I'd rather the group be fast than slow. You don't get better riding with slow groups. The majority of my rides are solo rides.

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    i ride alone 100% of the time. if im riding singletrack that im unfamiliar with then i just take it easy. clears my head to the point that i almost feel human again.... solitude baby.

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    I ride alone most of the time too. I just rode Bruno's Run solo a couple of weeks ago, must have just missed you. I did, however, see the mosquitos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by credible_hulk View Post
    I ride alone most of the time too. I just rode Bruno's Run solo a couple of weeks ago, must have just missed you.
    Are you from Munising?

    I did, however, see the mosquitos.
    Yeeup. No matter how "alone" we are, there is always Mrs. Mosquito and her wily ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jared13 View Post
    How large are your groups?

    I bet there has to be at least one other person that wants to work some aspect of their riding and wouldn't mind a "slower" ride.

    If you haven't already, it wouldn't hurt to ask before the ride if you want to break into two groups, one "regular" group and another "training" group.
    I mainly ride alone, although there's lots of group rides in the area.

    - strong guys going for at least 5 hours, as fast as they can
    - the "turtle squad" going at easy pace but 4 hours is pretty normal
    - the "official" newbie rides: around 2 hours, and not too hard
    - ad hoc rides: an hour or three, picking interesting spots, not caring about distance and speed

    On my own:
    I can start when I want to,
    go as far or near as I want to,
    take a break when I want to,
    keep going if I want to,
    pretend I am going fast when I want to,
    go easy when I want to,
    fix my own flat even if I don't want to.

    Sometimes I post my plan to ride on a local forum. Then I might get 1 or 11 others to go with me. But, as it was my idea, I set the route and pace unless somebody wants to split the group to go faster and further.


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    @perttime, I the gold-colored blingy bits on your bike. That's a nice photo too.

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    For once, I stopped in a place where my phone camera could almost cope with the lighting

    I already had that rear wheel, and the seat collar and bar were available in about the same color. Just by chance, the Saint cranks came with gold colored bolts too...

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    About half the time I ride all alone (warning: early all POV video).
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    Power to the soloists! Riding--doing anything--alone is one of the fine elixers of life. It's not for everybody, understandably.

    Spent 12 days last year on a solo ride, pure bliss. Sheesh, I did a 20 day climb in Yosemite; five days with no phone reception. Bliss squared!

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck View Post
    Sounds like 1. you had a great ride
    2. you need to find new people to ride with...seems like a real fun bunch
    3. The first two people posting on this thread have a couple good ideas!

    Cool video . . .

    Yeeup. No matter how "alone" we are, there is always Mrs. Mosquito and her wily ways.
    You know about mosquitoes . . . Only the females bite. Only the males make noise when flying.

    So -- If you hear them buzzing, they're males and don't bite. Although there's a good chance they're looking for nearby females.

    If you don't hear them buzzing . . . then you're in some deep, deep drek.
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    so far i do all my riding Alone.. although its been all road so far.... i do most of my hiking/fishing/camping and exploring alone.. just becaues i enjoy that feeling of being completely isolated... and this thread is really making me want to get off my arse to finally go buy a helmet so i can hit the dirt

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    I had a nice solo ride planned this morning at 6:00am....due to living in Phoenix and we're expecting 112 degrees today. Sadly though, spent last night going out drinking and partying with the wife....when the alarm went off at 5:30....passion for biking took a back seat to my passion for sleep

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    I also do the majority of my rides alone. Used to always ride with another, to push each other, get better, etc. But it killed my passion after a while. I've found that the solo rides are much better for me mentally and physically. Sometimes I'll ride with someone else. Usually if it's a noob or a local. But I certainly don't go out of my way looking for a riding buddy anymore. The end result is a clear head and a happy husband/father.
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    @JonathanGennick I'm actually from the Chatham area. I ride Bruno's Run quite often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate View Post
    You need to ditch the lame crowd you usually ride with, sounds like (assuming those comments are what you usually hear on a ride).
    Yea, no kidding

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    Riding with friends is fun.
    Riding alone is fun.
    Doing anything with ******bags is not fun.

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    I usualy ride along,everyone seems to be on a tight schedule,and I WANNA RIDE.Never been on a ride with more than 4 friends though.

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    Ive been leading beginnner rides for the last year and belonged to a certain group, Ive think its time to go solo again, No worries about someone, late, getting lost, totally iniexperienced, afraid, political correctness within the group, internal politics, trying to keep up with the fast guys and arrogant personalities. Don't get me wrong I do enjoy the group rides, it just time to be "ALONE"! LOL, I will ride solo 7/711 am. Thanks for the thread it was perfect timing for me!

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    solo
    just make sure your signficant other knows where you're going!

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