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    what's your favorite time of day to ride?

    I used to always ride in the afternoon after getting out of work but since getting older and having a family my favorite time ride is the early morning. I love getting up early (5:30am), putting my gear and bike in the car and hitting the road by around 6. My wife, son and even the dog are still asleep and the house is all quiet. There's little to no traffic on the roads. I'll stop for a cup of coffee on the way to the trails and am usually the only person at the parking lot. The trails are empty with maybe just a dog walker or horse rider out there. I can get a few hours of riding in and the weather is still cool and just warming up. By the time I get home my family is up and I have the rest of the day ahead of me.

    Time to get my gear ready for tomorrow.

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    I don't work until 4pm so on weekdays I love riding in the morning. No one is ever one the trails and in the summer its still a little cooler outside

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    Daytime,

    ....with Night time coming in a close second.
    How can anyone who's been riding as long as I have, be so slow???

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    ^^^second that. I see there's a "when do you ride with a family thread" going. I dont have kids and I work a slacker second shift job that pays well enough. I normally ride everyday after I sit around the house doing nothing for a few hours. Normally thats around 9 or 10.

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    Depends on the weather. Now that its summer time I rather go in the morning (around 8:00) just to beat he heat.

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    I'm a Morning person, I get up around 4:30 for a 6:00 a.m. ride. I prefer to ride in the Morning time while im still fresh.

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    what's your favorite time of day to ride?

    I do after work weekday rides with friends and early morning weekend rides by myself. I get the social aspect during the week and the quite mellow mornings on the weekend.

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    I prefer mornings in the summer to beat the heat,, once summer is over,, night rides all the way!!

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    I prefer mornings. While it's no fun being the person who knocks out all the spiderwebs that cross the trail (I've almost wrecked when a spider was dangling from the front of my helmet), it's nice being the only person out on the trails. I like the peace and quiet.
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    I like riding in the mornings too. Hitting the trail as soon as there is enough light to do it safely. No better way to get the day started.

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    I try to ride during the warmest part of the day (I live in interior Alaska) so usually sometime around 1-2pm. I'm a grad student so I have some flexibility in the summer, during the fall/spring semesters I ride whenever I have free time and the conditions are suitable.

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    I like riding during any time of day, but very early mornings are the best. Sunrise and still almost dark in the bottom trails.
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    Mornings - up at 4 or 430am and at the trail head by about 6am, back home by 10am and the day is still ahead of me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lm1262 View Post
    I don't work until 4pm so on weekdays I love riding in the morning. No one is ever one the trails and in the summer its still a little cooler outside

    That was great when I worked 3-11. No alarm clock, just wake up, coffee & breakfast, ride, lunch, then work gets whatever energy I had left
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    After work till dark then get home and sleep. I use to ride mornings, but after a long morning ride the rest of the day would drag.

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    Road bike, early morning, say 8:30. Mountain bike, late morning. I like get out after it's begun to warm up. I'd rather sweat then freeze.

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    Gotta be in the morning at this time of year, to beat the blistering heat that comes on around 10 am.

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    4:45 AM, I rode at 8:00 Saturday and couldn't believe how many people were on the trails!

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    Surprised to see so many early birds! Around 10am for me is the best time, or afternoon after 4pm.

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    This year I work deeps, so I get off at 6am, on the trail by 7am usually, which works well for Texas summers and beating the heat. This year it's been around 80 at that time, so it's nice, but warms up quickly. 2nd would be evenings leading in to night rides. Next year, looking to switch to days so I'll have to adjust my riding times, maybe on my off days I can still hit some early morning rides.

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    Here there early birds get to freeze their asses off in the foggydrizzle many mornings.

    My favorite time to ride is afternoon to sunset.

    I am NOT a morning person. 5 in the morning is best approached from the OTHER side, dancing.

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    Really it depends on the season. The hotter it is, the earlier I like to ride...Winter, more towards mid-afternoon to take advantage of the warmest part of the day.
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    Early morning around 5am has always been my favorite time to ride. The air smells so fresh in the morning and it reminds me of when I was younger and would get up early to go racing with my Dad.

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    Just prior to the beer being chilled ^^ seriously, I have 3 kids... anytime I can get is good time
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    In the cooler weather I'll ride in the early afternoon, after lunch. But now that its hot and humid I ride in the mornings. I usually get to the trail around 9:00 AM. When the weather gets cooler again I'll ride in the early afternoon again.

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