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    One of the many reasons I prefer to just ride alone.

    Hey Nate, look at the bright side. If you ride with these guys you get to ride alone anyway! Win win.

    I find as I get older, any more than my two or three best friends and I'm just adding baggage. Its less about "the ride" as it is the camaraderie. And we've gotten to the point where we name a place & time and whoever is there hits the trail.


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    I am usually solo on the MTB and find it works best for me. I set my own pace and distance depending on how I feel. Also with my rotating work schedule everyone else is at work when I go out to play. I actually bought a road bike this winter and found that I prefer to do a group ride while on the street. They'll never convince me to shave my legs though.
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    That sucks. I scuba dive as well at bike. With diving you need a buddy. Well...you can solo dive but I don't have the experience, training or gear to do that safely. I've had soooo many trips ruined because of flaky buddies. Nothing like getting up at 4AM to get to the Ocean, get all ready and then your buddy backs out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sumer View Post
    Learned this thing the hard way.
    I was all set and was on my way to the airport to go to India and 2 of my friends ditched me.
    That was the day I decided I will never ever plan anything in a way that someone else's decision would bother me.
    Now I say, "If you want, you are most welcome but your decision will not affect mine".
    Recently made a trip to Peru to catch some un-described fish alone.
    Riding, again, if someone wants to join, please. If not, I have my bike and that's what it all needs
    damn that sux.

    i used to paintball and ride ATVs. same bullcrap applied. lots of people started selling out or would want to leave early. hated it.

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    Re: One of the many reasons I prefer to just ride alone.

    ^^^^^paintball was really bad for that crap. I finally just stopped playing. I do an about even split of solo vs. riding with others. I have one friend who if he says he's riding, he's there. I try to always let anyone I'm supposed to meet know if I'm running late, asap. But as for bailing, I'm a firm believer in you never regret riding, you only regret not riding.

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    I love couch bike riders; we all have a buddy or buddies who is always game for epic rides, and then for some reason the day it comes they have a reason they cannot attend; bike problems, don't feel well etc.

    I get tired of friend bailing after they committed and then they get upset when I don;t tell them I am going for a ride as if they could make it anyway.

    Sometimes it is just easier going by yourself.

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    One of the many reasons I prefer to just ride alone.

    If I'm not 100% sure I can ride I say so. I'll say I'll meet them at the trail head if I'm not there just ride with out me. What's so hard about that?
    I like to ride bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by otis24 View Post
    If I'm not 100% sure I can ride I say so. I'll say I'll meet them at the trail head if I'm not there just ride with out me. What's so hard about that?
    ^^ This

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    Yep, almost 100% solo riding. Early on when I started, I was open to riding buddies, but I couldn't count on them. I learned to ride alone.

    Now, I am old and cranky, and people just generally annoy me, so I still ride solo. Starting to get interested in those long, technical climbs that require a shuttle, so getting in some of those groups that are dedicated might be nice. But, I am old and cranky.

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    Don't forget about the people who show up with their bikes in a state of disrepair. Flat tires, needing to change parts at the trailhead, etc. Get that **** done the night before!

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    Was to meetup with a guy to make some videos for a club. 5pm was the set time.
    5pm comes and I get a text "15 min". Half an hour later another text " running a bit late".
    An hour later I said "'nuff of this" and head home. On the road home I get a call "I'm on my way. Wife was taking too long doing something". WTF?!

    Same guy, different trip. We were to meet at a campground to ride a new trail. I've asked him many times prior if he was still going and he assured me 100%. The day comes and he text me that he will meet me at the campsite. On the road there I get a text that he's not coming, doesn't want to camp, too scared. WTF?!

    Same guy, another camping trip prior to the other two examples above. Annual club camp trip, he was suppose to join. I asked him many times if he is still coming, He said 100%, so ok. The day comes and he msg the group that he can't come because his 8yr old daughter wants to go fishing in ND. WTF?!

    Dude was a flaker beyond flaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLx6 View Post
    I like riding with others, and have found that if you go with maybe 1 or 2 others that are close to your fitness and skill level it can be a lot of fun. The hard part is for schedules to match up so I agree with the posts above. Make your plans and if they show up great if not go ride. All of that said I ride solo a good chunk of the time.
    This. I too enjoy riding with others, but the biggest reason I ride solo most of the time is that it's sometimes hard to coordinate schedules etc. When I want to ride, I get on my bike and go. It might be 6:00 in the morning or 4:00 Saturday afternoon... or 9:00 pm Friday night. I'm not good at coordinating ahead of time.

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    I think there are more flakers now because of cellphones. Maybe some people think that they can alter plans on a whim just because they can "text" a cancellation. Appointments have all become tentative. Whatever happened to word of honor.

    In the old days, you made plans on the land phone or in person. "lets meet tomorrow at the TH at 7am." The plan pushes through without another word. If someone is not there, there is always or there better be a good reason.
    Nowadays, I sometimes get to the trailhead not knowing if Ill be in a group or solo. Of course there are very reliable bike buddies, but there are those notorious ones too.

    Yup, just rode solo this morning too.
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    if someone bails on me three times, I don't ask them to ride anymore...most of my riding is solo and a group of people I sometimes ride with are sooo slow

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    Quote Originally Posted by clydecrash View Post
    Yep, almost 100% solo riding. Early on when I started, I was open to riding buddies, but I couldn't count on them. I learned to ride alone.

    Now, I am old and cranky, and people just generally annoy me, so I still ride solo. Starting to get interested in those long, technical climbs that require a shuttle, so getting in some of those groups that are dedicated might be nice. But, I am old and cranky.
    Just like you I'm really old and cranky and can't stand people who want to ride in groups. I ride alone so I don't need to hear all the BS.

    For heaven's sake, it's only riding a bike.

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    This illustrates why mountain biking works for me, it's an individual activity. In anything I do I prefer not to put myself in a position where I have to depend on others because of crap like what the OP is talking about. OP, imo, having your riding partner bail was a good thing, not bad. You get to go out and ride at your own pace and on your own terms. Don't worry about it and enjoy the solitude.
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    I've been putting together a short list of folks that regularly show up to ride and who ride at a similar pace. It's spoiling me for riding alone, as I really enjoy chasing each other all over the trails. Lately I've been riding after I get off at the shop. I invite people to come join me, but I'm always prepared to ride alone and enjoy it.

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    I'm perfectly happy to ride alone and mostly do so. My reliable riding buddy is my brother. We respect each other. So, there is no BS. If he's not really interested he doesn't pretend he is...pretty simple. If someone can't respect you enough to communicate honestly, then they are not much of a friend.

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    We have a small group that rides together every sunday. Sometimes we are running late but we dont let anyone hang. Last time out we cut a ride short mostly cause I got sick on the trail. I felt horrible about it but its the first times its happened in 2 year's and everyone knew I randomly got sick on the trail.

    I ride solo during the week mostly, no one wants to go on week nights really.
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    I don't let it bother me when friends and riders don't show. I would rather ride alone most of the time anyways.

    However, I had a new experience for the first time. At a barbecue, I was talking with a guy I meet three or four times through mutual friends. Found out he rode mt bikes every saturday morning at the same local spot I ride pretty much at the same time. So, we made plans to meet. I have to say this...I ride SS and he rode gears. We started out the ride with no issues. He kept asking me if I wanted to lead and I said no I am fine. Finally after about a half hour he ask me to go in front. I went in front and I started to gap him. So, i stopped, let him catch up and started again. After the third time, he said don't wait for him. So, I kept riding until I came to a Y in the course. I waited for him but he never came. I was whistling, yelling his name and I even went back to find him. Gone! No where to be found. So, I continued on until I ran into him on the opposite side of the park. He didn't even stop or slow down for me when I came up to him slowing down, trying to see if he got lost. Right then, I knew he ditched me on purpose! Whatever. The next time I saw him at a party, I ask him what happenend. I got some lame excuse about getting lost on the trail he rides every saturday! HA

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    Probably 90% of my rides are solo. I do enjoy a group ride when they work out, but I ride no matter what. Our local club sponsors group rides on certain week nights on differing trail systems. They leave at a set time no matter what. I make them when my schedule allows. On the other hand, if I'm going out on a solo ride and feel like company I'll post on our fb page and say which trail and the time I'm gonna start pedaling. Lots of times I'll get a taker or two and have met some good riding partners that way. Most of them are respectful enough to call or text ahead of time if they can't make it, and I do the same.

    Personally, I have more fun riding solo, but it's nice to hit trails with other riders of the same level when schedules allow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtrider76 View Post
    We have a small group that rides together every sunday. Sometimes we are running late but we dont let anyone hang. Last time out we cut a ride short mostly cause I got sick on the trail. I felt horrible about it but its the first times its happened in 2 year's and everyone knew I randomly got sick on the trail.

    I ride solo during the week mostly, no one wants to go on week nights really.
    I would have to be real bad off to let anybody ride home with me after getting sick mid-ride. I've hit my head hard enough to shatter my helmet on rides and just barely put up with an escort home. so, how sick were you?
    edit: also refused an escort home after ripping open the inside of my eyelid from hitting a blackberry cane a couple of months ago. I am very luck the thorn was facing away from my eye and just got a small corneal nick. My buddy said when he got to me, confused why we'd stopped where we did, that he looked at me and there was blood running down my face! It healed up real nice, fortunately. The zub zero 10 mile road ride home probably helped speed up the healing.
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    As long as we are *****ing about the "other guy"...

    I have one who is chronically late and has to cut out early every time because he has something planned and the ride is taking too long. If you showed up on time, then we wouldn't have an issue.....
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    Am I the only one who gets lazy riding solo? I push my bikes up climbs I would have tried riding in a group. I take the B line around drops I would have hit in a group. I turn a slow and easy cadence staring off into the distance when in a group I would have been pushing a leg burning vomit inducing pace. Without riding in a group my rides just get kind of dull. I need that competitiveness that comes with riding with others.

    That said I have never had problems with flakers.

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