Riding Solo

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  • 03-03-2014
    tomfs
    Riding Solo
    I ride alone to get away from it all. I have done the same in the ocean get out pass the break water and just float. Am I the only one or are there others.
  • 03-03-2014
    SlowPokePete
    Riding Solo
    Me too. Wish I could get way from it all right now.

    SPP
  • 03-03-2014
    Mookie
    I'm either too fast or too slow and I take fewer breaks when riding so I am not very compatible with many of my riding companions. Therefore I go solo most of the time. Plus I enjoy the solitude, I'm around people all day long so a little alone time is refreshing to me.
  • 03-03-2014
    jim293
    I enjoy riding by myself. But my daughter has taken Mountain Bike riding as well. So I do enjoy riding with her as well.
  • 03-03-2014
    dirtrider76
    I enjoy riding solo. Gives me time to ride up the mountain and just relax a bit up top before working my way back down. Dont get me wrong I love riding with my friends but sometimes being out there alone is much more relaxing.
  • 03-03-2014
    mtbgtr
    I tend to ride alone alot. Work and kids makes for a unpredictable schedule, usually ride when I can vs scheduled rides.
  • 03-03-2014
    Cleared2land
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tomfs View Post
    I ride alone to get away from it all. Am I the only one or are there others.

    Nope, you're not alone. Plenty enjoy or even prefer the solitude of a solo ride. I ride for a multitude of reasons, but when I'm needing to focus on intellectual disassociation, I prefer solo. And, while I enjoy the company of others, I tend to spend more time and miles on my own. By choice.
  • 03-03-2014
    kjlued
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tomfs View Post
    I ride alone to get away from it all. I have done the same in the ocean get out pass the break water and just float. Am I the only one or are there others.

    I like riding both alone and with friends.
    Part of the reason I got in to riding though was to have a social outlet though.
  • 03-03-2014
    Mr. D
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    I enjoy the solitude. I can ride like the wind, or whatever
    my body desires. I also stop and enjoy more of my surroundings.
  • 03-03-2014
    Reelchef67
    I rode 800 miles of trail last year. Probably 70% was by myself.
    I find like the solitude , the sound of tires on loam and the view.
    I find with riding in a group you never get to really see whats around you.
    I also find that my pack is now 8+ lbs with water and tools and first aid and all that stuff you should have if you are alone in the woods..
  • 03-03-2014
    johnnyspoke
    Yep, almost always solo. I like groups in the right setting though.
  • 03-03-2014
    John Kuhl
    I ride solo probably 60-70 percent of the time. The rest is
    usually with my wife.
  • 03-03-2014
    jarwes
    I ride solo as well. I talk to people all day for my job and riding solo allows me to decompress. I find I am easier to deal with after a long ride..
  • 03-04-2014
    justwan naride
    I too ride solo most of the time amd mostly enjoy it. However, I've found that riding with a friend can boost motivation,plus it's fun exploring new trails with company.
  • 03-04-2014
    Kiwi_GR_Biker
    I ride alone 90% of the time and love it. The scenery, the solitude, the fresh air. It's a great way to relax and unwind from the stress of everyday life.

    However last night I rode with two buddies. One a much fitter, more technically competent rider than me and the other a similar rider. Trying to keep up with the superior rider and beat the other certainly made me ride harder and faster than I normally do. Getting the competitive juices flowing was certainly stimulating and made me push myself much harder than I would on my own.

    So there's pros to both. :thumbsup:
  • 03-04-2014
    Just J
    Apart from my commute, I haven't ridden solo in ages, which is strange for me as I usually ride on my own more often than not. I enjoy the group rides I've been on lately but I'm definitely going to try and get myself out on a solo ride this weekend to celebrate my Birthday.

    I love the quiet freedom of my own thoughts, my own pace and just sharing nature with my bike, just wish it was Saturday now! :)
  • 03-04-2014
    Ridnparadise
    16 posts and no hysterical "you are going to die alone" replies. Weird. Riding alone is what you do or you just don't ride often enough, even if WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE ALONE!!!!
  • 03-04-2014
    Rock
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Ridnparadise View Post
    16 posts and no hysterical "you are going to die alone" replies. Weird. Riding alone is what you do or you just don't ride often enough, even if WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE ALONE!!!!

    Fraidy Cats...

    I ride alone most of the time, 90%. I enjoy riding with some people, but I tend to frustrate the Speed Demons with my general lack of competitiveness and cheerful attitude. Even in group rides, I typically ride alone.
  • 03-04-2014
    Cleared2land
    Solo Night Rides
    Several have brought up the solitude experienced when riding solo, but for me personally, the solo night ride brings out a whole different venue of seclusion that isn't usually encountered during daylight hours. My thoughts and focus are somewhat different while I navigate the singletrack unaccompanied. If I'm not in a training mode and just doing an easy night cruise, my thoughts tend to truly disassociate from reality and time just seems to flow past like water. A connection with self and my surroundings.
  • 03-04-2014
    bbeltramo
    Riding Solo
    I'm ride solo about 50% of the time, more so on the road bike. I live in a crowded dorm situation and if I didn't take the time to go out solo to get some time to myself I'd probably go nuts
  • 03-04-2014
    Ladmo
    I like to go faster when I want and slower when I want and stop and take pictures when I want. I do ride with others occasionally, but the list of people I ride with is pretty short. I don't like riding with people that talk the entire time we are riding, and I especially don't like riding with people that like to tell everyone they should push harder and/or go for that big jump or huge drop, etc... Peer pressure is for junior high school, not mountain biking.
  • 03-04-2014
    abelfonseca
    I love riding solo but dont do it that much because of thugs and low life gangsters. Here we tend to prefer group rides, security being a huge factor. Totally sad
  • 03-04-2014
    Reelchef67
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Ridnparadise View Post
    16 posts and no hysterical "you are going to die alone" replies. Weird. Riding alone is what you do or you just don't ride often enough, even if WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE ALONE!!!!

    The danger factor is very much in my head , I always tell my wife which trails in which order I am riding and I don't ride black diamond trails by myself. Last fall a tourist from Idaho was riding pipeline trail here BY HIMSELF on Fromme he died after falling while trying to traverse a log teeter totter. A good friend of mine was fire chief at the time he was one of the first responders with his unit. IF that guy had not been alone he might be alive today still although paralized. They determined he was alive for an hour or two before died.
    North shore trails here can be very dangerous and riding alone is risky if you are not smart about it.
    Not even mentioning the many cougar sightings this year and bears too..
    I have the find my iPhone app turned on so my wife can track me if she wants.
  • 03-04-2014
    masterofnone
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    Several have brought up the solitude experienced when riding solo, but for me personally, the solo night ride brings out a whole different venue of seclusion that isn't usually encountered during daylight hours. My thoughts and focus are somewhat different while I navigate the singletrack unaccompanied. If I'm not in a training mode and just doing an easy night cruise, my thoughts tend to truly disassociate from reality and time just seems to flow past like water. A connection with self and my surroundings.

    This^^^ To me a frozen winter night ride is the ultimate solo ride, seeing my foggy breath in my lights, the biting wind on my face. There are no sounds other than fat tires crunching on snow echoing in the woods, and the occasional scurrying noise and wondering if I should I be scared of it. I ride up and over lumps hidden under the snow, up and down slippery hills, sometimes my tires sliding in different directions, exercising minute movements to maintain balance. I see in tunnel vision, being able to see only what's exposed in two beams of light, frequently pointed at opposed angles like two light sabers in mid fight, everything off to my sides and behind me in spooky darkness. I turn off my lights for a short rest and feel total isolation and exposure, even though I may only be a mile or so from rural civilization, wondering what critters may be watching me from a distance in the blackness.
  • 03-04-2014
    iceman15951
    I'm a bit of an introvert, a solo run on the local singletrack is my favorite way to get away from people for an afternoon and recharge. When you ride alone, there's nothing else to pull you away from the experience of riding.
  • 03-04-2014
    mizzaboom
    I mostly ride alone. Probably another 90%er. I have one riding buddy that I get out with from time to time on the local trails when our schedules permit. And another buddy I meet up with a few times a year at destination places like Burke and Millstone.

    I love getting out on the trails with just me and my two labs tearing it up. Those are the best times.
  • 03-04-2014
    Cleared2land
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by masterofnone View Post
    I see in tunnel vision, being able to see only what's exposed in two beams of light, frequently pointed at opposed angles like two light sabers in mid fight, everything off to my sides and behind me in spooky darkness.



    Oh YES...riding in your sphere of light. Utopic!


    For those of you have not seen this thread...a worthy read
    http://forums.mtbr.com/passion/how-a...ng-893794.html
  • 03-04-2014
    dstepper
    I ride often alone but when I do I always take extra gear. Here is a very sad story that happened in Orange County, CA over the weekend.



    BY BRIAN ROKOS / STAFF WRITER

    Published: March 3, 2014 Updated: March 4, 2014 9:44 a.m.


    Christyna Arista was not going to wait.

    Her husband, Andres Marin, was lost in the darkness in the Cleveland National Forest, injured, disoriented, cold, wet and lightly dressed.

    The Riverside County Sheriff's Department had suspended its search for the night Saturday and the volunteers with the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit had decided conditions were too treacherous to ascend the trail on which the mountain biker was lost.

    So Arista, an experienced hiker, gathered six other family members and against the advice of sheriff's officials set out on foot about 3:45 a.m. Sunday from Corona toward Santiago Peak in the Santa Ana Mountains. They split up into twos and threes, carrying flashlights and other equipment.

    They ascended Indian Truck Trail on the belief that Marin was beginning a descent from the peak. He had called his wife about 5:30 p.m. Saturday more than two hours after he was supposed to have come home to say that he didn't know where he was and that, although he was headed down the mountain, he didn't think he could make it. His speech was slow, and he had difficulty answering questions. He said he had fallen.

    Shortly before Arista's brother-in-law arrived at Santiago Peak about six hours and 13 miles later, another volunteer rescuer who had ignored sheriff's officials found Marin's body.

    Marin's hands were on the handlebars and his feet were on the pedals. The bike was leaning against the side of the hill.

    Marin was purple, and he was dead.


    ANGRY WITH RESCUERS

    In an interview in the couple's home Monday, Arista said she was upset that rescuers did not do more to find her husband immediately after she reported him missing about 6 p.m. Saturday.

    “I'm angry with them,” said Arista, 33. “I don't think they made the right choice.”

    Sheriff's Lt. Zach Hall said ideally the department would have sent a helicopter to follow the approximately 53-mile route that Marin, 34, had planned to follow along Skyline Trail, Main Divide Road and Indian Truck Trial.

    But the steady rain that night prevented the helicopter from flying, Hall said. Rescuers also ruled out using motorized vehicles that normally would be able to navigate the dirt road because Friday's heavy rain left the clay soil too slick. The conditions also made hiking to wherever Marin might have been dangerous.

    “We could have set up ourselves for a self-rescue. I would not have sent people up there to get hurt,” Hall said.

    A sheriff's news release said a deputy was positioned at the Skyline Trailhead that night, and rescue teams were organized for an early-morning search. Conditions improved enough by 6 a.m. to send out off-highway vehicles and a helicopter.

    “I'm upset that we couldn't get to him in time,” Hall said.

    Mountain biker found dead in Cleveland forest was celebrating birthday - The Orange County Register
  • 03-04-2014
    Old Ray
    Usually when I go to a trailhead (Driving) to ride, it's solo. Lately, I've been riding with a friend or two on PM 'urban' rides, where we work in around 5-7 miles of trail on a 22-26 mile ride.

    Somehow, I feel better riding w/ company in traffic and after dark, especially downtown traffic.

    But when I hit up the local mountains, its' almost always solo. I don't think I can 'get away from it all' enough.
    Well, I could, but I'm not ready to take that step.
  • 03-04-2014
    Low Pressure
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    I wish I had people to ride with me everyday at sunrise.




    I don't, so I just take my dogs.
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  • 03-04-2014
    NH Mtbiker
    I guess I prefer to ride solo since that's what I've done for almost 20 years. I stick to local trails mostly and really enjoy the occasional night ride. Also throw in a road bike ride if I'm pressed for time but still need to escape...but prefer the woods for better isolation therapy.

    Have also been doing group rides with my brother and his buddy's for past couple of years. We also try to plan at least a few overnight trips to Vermont or northern NH. These weekends are dedicated for just riding, camping, eating and some beers! I feel that a few epic gatherings mixed with solo riding is what keeps the passion alive for me!
  • 03-04-2014
    GelatiCruiser
    Hate it when I have a beast day riding solo... I always feel like no one believes how well I rode.
  • 03-04-2014
    Wherewolf
    95%
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tomfs View Post
    I ride alone to get away from it all....Am I the only one or are there others.

    Probably 95% of my riding is solo. And much of it is in some pretty remote places. People who ride my slow speed don't ride my long distances and people who ride my long distances don't ride my slow speed. I mostly ride with others when doing point to point rides when I need a shuttle. But even then I am often riding solo. I like to start early and most people don't. And I don't like stopping very much.
  • 03-05-2014
    Skoezie
    95% of my riding is solo. Love riding at my own pace, my own route and as far as I want. No waiting for other people, or them waiting on me. Not taking brakes that take a half hour. Just ride, love it!
  • 03-05-2014
    cyclelicious
    In the evening, my husband will arrive home from work before me, then he'll ride out and do trail maintenance or build and ride features. After I get home, I ride out to join him (usually lights are needed) and then we do a ride together. Depending on the time of year ... it's in the dark or near dark. That may or may not count as riding solo but we we enjoy each other's company
  • 03-05-2014
    It'sPopNotSoda
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bbeltramo View Post
    I'm ride solo about 50% of the time, more so on the road bike. I live in a crowded dorm situation and if I didn't take the time to go out solo to get some time to myself I'd probably go nuts

    +1
    These days getting out of the dorm is a huge part of why I ride alone. After dealing with people 24/7 it's nice to strike out alone and get some peace and quiet.
  • 03-05-2014
    catsruletn
    I love riding alone.....I enjoy a group ride too but sometimes just want to be alone and enjoy the solitude. I do a lot of things alone. I'm something of an introvert I suppose. I am somewhat more careful when alone and won't ride super sketchy stuff and won't ride way out in the boonies where you don't see people for hours or days.

    Sometimes I get flack for riding alone because I am a girl and "omg someone is going to grab you and do bad things to you" kind of stuff....but whatever.
  • 03-05-2014
    octavius
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    i ride solo almost 100% of the time. ive been out with 3 others (individually) in the last 5 years.

    being out solo on my bike is time to unclutter my mind, move through the landscape and make as little fuss as possible. i make no apology for than sounding a bit 'hippy' because thats sort of the truth.

    were i do the majority of my riding is pretty quiet in general, its rare to see others out on the trails (on bikes or otherwise) other than wildlife. infact, the area i now live isnt really acknowledged as 'great biking country' but im finding lots of secret trails through the trees and farm tracks that connect my house to local stuff that is regarded as good stuff.

    im also really interested in how far you push yourself when nobody is there to drive you on or slow you down. and you know how much you are really giving on that climb or the best line down that rocky ridge. i love a bit overgrown singletrack and a 30min hike up some heather slope is just part of a good day. and theres always a 'long' way home option. i love the focus and clean head that focussing on a trail for miles and miles gives you.

    in short, what i love most about riding my bike is the way it makes me feel. that feeling is at its strongest when im out myself.

    heres a shot from sunrise at the summit of 'black hill' up the pentlands, south of edinburgh not long after i got 'the bike'. for me, that day was the first of many solo days that ticked all the boxes...

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  • 03-05-2014
    tomfs
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    Thank you for the photo and inspiration. I like early and this is out there.
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  • 03-05-2014
    /Ant\
    I love solo rides...get me out in nature, and able to clear my head.
  • 03-05-2014
    Doba
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by GelatiCruiser View Post
    Hate it when I have a beast day riding solo... I always feel like no one believes how well I rode.

    I had this the other day. Beast mode climbing and blasted the descent. Rode the normal group ride loop about 20 minutes faster by myself. No stopping to wait for people and standing around to BS.
  • 03-05-2014
    irishpitbull
    6500 miles last year, nearly all but the races solo. I'm on a huge team but my work schedule doesn't get home till late. Plus I like the solitude.
  • 03-05-2014
    kev84
    I ride solo most of the time after work. Got a few close trails to my house it is nice. My wife worries about me cause of some past health issues.
    I got the Road ID app on my phone everyone should check it out. It is great. It will send a text to as many as 5 people and let them know I am going for a ride and how long it should take me. It also has a setting for not moving. I have mine set that if I have not moved in 30 min to send a text alert to those same people with a gps map link to my current location.
    Makes my wife happy.
  • 03-05-2014
    abegold
    Do you know that this plant Phacelia is very allergenic to some? At it's worst in summer when dry and hard to recognize. To me the rash was much worse than Poison Ivy or Oak.
  • 03-05-2014
    zgroove
    I like riding solo, but even when I am on a group ride I seem to make my space amongst the group and I am solo within my realm of thought and time and space until the ride is done. If I am going to push the envelope on some parts of the trail with added speed and gnar and difficulty, then I rarely ride solo on those days. Thats just dumb.
  • 03-05-2014
    abegold
    Mostly I ride with my 2 dogs in winter. My pointer is so smart she figured out how to shortcut all the zigzag turns thru Fantasy Island MTB Park so it's a walk in the park for her.
  • 03-05-2014
    dirtrider76
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by abegold View Post
    Mostly I ride with my 2 dogs in winter. My pointer is so smart she figured out how to shortcut all the zigzag turns thru Fantasy Island MTB Park so it's a walk in the park for her.

    So your dog uses Strava?

    Sorry I couldnt resist!
  • 03-05-2014
    KRob
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Reelchef67 View Post
    I have the find my iPhone app turned on so my wife can track me if she wants.

    I'd never thought about using something like that. No cell coverage in some places I ride but this uses GPS locating I assume so should work everywhere Strava or Google Maps does, right?

    Hmm. I bought a SPOT locating device (mostly for my wife's peace of mind) a few years ago but never got the prescription/sign up done. It's still sitting on my desk. D'Oh. A free app on a device that I always carry with me anyway sounds like reasonable precaution.
  • 03-05-2014
    vtchopper
    I like to ride alone or with one or two of my buddies.. I like the road alone better than the moutain.. but with my sch. its easier to be alone.
  • 03-05-2014
    Old Ray
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by abegold View Post
    Mostly I ride with my 2 dogs in winter. My pointer is so smart she figured out how to shortcut all the zigzag turns thru Fantasy Island MTB Park so it's a walk in the park for her.

    Your Pointer must be smart. There's so much cholla lining the trails and in-between at Fantasy Island, IIRC, that I get puncture wounds if I just look off-trail!

    It's a very fun trail system, though. I always hit it whenever I'm in town.
  • 03-06-2014
    Cucucachu
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    Several have brought up the solitude experienced when riding solo, but for me personally, the solo night ride brings out a whole different venue of seclusion that isn't usually encountered during daylight hours. My thoughts and focus are somewhat different while I navigate the singletrack unaccompanied. If I'm not in a training mode and just doing an easy night cruise, my thoughts tend to truly disassociate from reality and time just seems to flow past like water. A connection with self and my surroundings.

    Mostly solo here too and about 20% with friends. I've done a few night rides solo. Hearing animals stir in the bushes gets my heart pumping. On one, my headlight went out. No backup. Luckily it was 3/4 moon. I always night ride with a cheap backup these days.
  • 03-06-2014
    derekbob
    All this talk about solitude makes me think of this

    Solitude - YouTube

    I usually skip this song to listen to Into the Void, but Solitude is entertaining because of the self pity.
  • 03-06-2014
    J.B. Weld
    I love hiking and road riding solo but am always a little tentative when mountain biking alone. The trails I ride are pretty deserted so if I happen to bust a hip or crack my skull it may well be manana before any help ambles along. For me mountain biking is something that is more fun shared.
  • 03-06-2014
    rollertoaster
    I love riding solo. It's tough to find a riding partner that can ride at the same speed, plus I enjoy the alone time. I do enjoy riding with other like minded riders, but I still need some alone time

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  • 03-06-2014
    leeboh
    I try to ride solo but that little man in my head keeps talking to me. Yes, about 90% of my rides are solo. Quiets those voices.
  • 03-06-2014
    jjaguar
    I ride alone virtually 100% of the time. My schedule is just too random and volatile for me to make commitments with other riders.
  • 03-06-2014
    otis24
    I used to ride alone almost all the time. I had a non traditional work schedule. Then I started getting out of work at 2:30. I'd pick up my roommate who worked down the road from me and we get to the trail head by 4pm and home by 8pm. I've moved away since then so I'll probably be riding solo again. When you find a really good riding buddy it's hard to ride solo. On the other hand solitude is something rarely afforded.
  • 03-06-2014
    Cleared2land
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    I try to ride solo but that little man in my head keeps talking to me.

    And what does he say? Do you have conversations?
  • 03-06-2014
    heyjamesguesswhat
    I love group rides, but I rarely get to do them anymore because of my work schedule. I work alone now too, so its like an extra kick in the pants when I get to ride but have to go solo.
  • 03-07-2014
    brentos
    My feelings exactly...many great experiences like this this winter.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by masterofnone View Post
    This^^^ To me a frozen winter night ride is the ultimate solo ride, seeing my foggy breath in my lights, the biting wind on my face. There are no sounds other than fat tires crunching on snow echoing in the woods, and the occasional scurrying noise and wondering if I should I be scared of it. I ride up and over lumps hidden under the snow, up and down slippery hills, sometimes my tires sliding in different directions, exercising minute movements to maintain balance. I see in tunnel vision, being able to see only what's exposed in two beams of light, frequently pointed at opposed angles like two light sabers in mid fight, everything off to my sides and behind me in spooky darkness. I turn off my lights for a short rest and feel total isolation and exposure, even though I may only be a mile or so from rural civilization, wondering what critters may be watching me from a distance in the blackness.

  • 03-07-2014
    AlaskaStinson
    I usually ride solo, mainly because I don't have anyone to ride with. I do carry a SPOT locator, atleast if I get in real deep excrement people will know where I am. In winter I take some survival gear, in summer I have the bear spray or the .44mag.

    Rosie Creek Bike Bushwack Trip - YouTube
  • 03-07-2014
    dave54
    Probably 98% or more solo. Usually without a route or itinerary, deciding enroute which fork to take. My wife does not worry (She either has confidence in my skill level or she is resigned to my folly -- I am not sure which), although friends think I am crazy for not leaving a detailed plan with exact route and timetable spelled out.

    I am aware of the added risk and mitigate as best I can. I usually carry enough survival gear and extra food to emergency bivy overnight. My riding becomes very cautious when solo. I do not attempt the same jumps or crossings I make with ease when with someone else.

    I also stop when and where I want for as long as I want. Something you usually cannot do in a group.
  • 03-07-2014
    someoldfart
    I ride solo most of the time. Including night rides on pretty tech stuff too. Mostly I hate waiting for others to decide when to, or they're late or fritz ing about when I just want to go now. At first alone in the dark was spooky but I got used to it quickly. Usually have a dog with me too so he'll notice things. Might be a critter but he does bark at imaginary beasts I think. I prefer solo sometimes because I always go at my pace on my choice of trail.
  • 03-07-2014
    mikericci
    Riding Solo
    I always ride solo... to the point I'll avoid as much as possible talking with other riders on the trail or trailhead.
  • 03-07-2014
    PlutonicPlague
    If you are in trouble or lost, and have a cell phone, but can't get a signal from a tower, dial 911 anyway. It sends a signal that may be picked up by a tower, and although a text or call won't go thru, at least potential rescuers might be alerted that someone is in trouble in the general area that the 911 signal came from.
    Also, try dialing 112, which is an internationally recognized emergency signal. Works in the USA and 27 other countries, so I'm told.
    Worth a try, anyway. This won't work where signals are blocked,though, like in a cave or tunnel.
    Also, both Delorme inReach and ACR ResQLink have enough satellites up there to offer complete coverage, while SPOT only has a few satellites up there and has relatively "spotty" coverage. I think there's a way to test SPOT to see if it actually works in your area. That info should be in the instructions.
    If I were buying a personal locator beacon, I'd get either the Delorme inReach or the ACR ResQLink. This is nothing to economize on, IMHO.
    All three of these systems each run on different satellite networks.
  • 03-08-2014
    AlaskaStinson
    SPOT uses polar orbiting satellites, as long as you can see the sky, there is no place on earth they do not work. I've used mine all over they world and never had it not work. I might be up to 15 minutes to get the message out depending on satellite passes.
  • 03-08-2014
    Cleared2land
    SPOT has limitations and is not the budget way to go. However, it might be right for you.
  • 03-08-2014
    Bobby12many
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by GelatiCruiser View Post
    Hate it when I have a beast day riding solo... I always feel like no one believes how well I rode.

    The less you worry about that, the better you will feel. Just ride and smile buddy.
  • 03-10-2014
    leeboh
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    And what does he say? Do you have conversations?

    I end up arguing with myself and losing. Things like" sure you can clean that gap to stepdown, 90 degree right - up -over the wall move" Seriously, when I am pedaling, all that day to day stuff, bills, house, work, family stuff gets push aside and the only concentration is on the next 30' of trail. Quite refreshing.
  • 03-10-2014
    Madman43
    Riding solo is the best, hammer in the hills, fly on the downhills at my own speed, no waiting, just silence ! hear the wind thru the trees, the hills and wildlife at a hands reach.

    its the best !
  • 03-10-2014
    Brodino
    I ride solo all the time and I mostly love it. With the heart pounding through my ears, lungs struggling for air, legs burning, I do not even notice I am solo until I get back to the trailhead.

    The part I do not like is having to dial it down because I am solo.
  • 03-10-2014
    oilnewby
    riding solo gives me time to unwind and somewhat be in a world of my own. I love it as I get in a certain groove and pace and just pedal for hours and have no worry in the world; somewhat peaceful.
  • 03-20-2014
    307antilla
    Like most of the other "loners", I like the solitude and peacefulness(if that's a word) of a solo ride. Helps to clear the mind.
  • 03-21-2014
    In-Yo-Grill
    I'm a "the more the merrier" kind of guy but that doesn't work out very often. Scheduling conflicts, weather etc limits many of my friends to just riding weekends or not at all. I'm more flexible with my schedule and can do rides almost any time of day. So I end up riding solo often.

    I always enjoy myself but at the same time I know if some of my buddies would make time for it they would too. In fact I think it would get them out more often. It's just getting them stated that's the tough part.
  • 03-21-2014
    jcd46
    I like both - the only thing I was surprised to find out when I started was that music was out - I like the sounds of nature (plus that bike coming at me from behind) - so the ipod stays home - I usually ride w/2 top 3 guys when in groups, but as an only child (I guess) love the peacefulness of a solo ride.
  • 03-21-2014
    Shakester
    I love riding solo but after a few recent crashes, my GF would rather have me riding with a friend.
  • 03-21-2014
    Zoo1424
    Re: Riding Solo
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by masterofnone View Post
    This^^^ To me a frozen winter night ride is the ultimate solo ride, seeing my foggy breath in my lights, the biting wind on my face. There are no sounds other than fat tires crunching on snow echoing in the woods, and the occasional scurrying noise and wondering if I should I be scared of it. I ride up and over lumps hidden under the snow, up and down slippery hills, sometimes my tires sliding in different directions, exercising minute movements to maintain balance. I see in tunnel vision, being able to see only what's exposed in two beams of light, frequently pointed at opposed angles like two light sabers in mid fight, everything off to my sides and behind me in spooky darkness. I turn off my lights for a short rest and feel total isolation and exposure, even though I may only be a mile or so from rural civilization, wondering what critters may be watching me from a distance in the blackness.

    I got to experience the solo winter night ride a lot this past winter and loved it. I almost could have written your description word for word. I use to be a 80 - 20 solo vs with someone rider but I've made some great friends over the past few years and it's probably 50 -50 now. Time/schedules are the biggest factors.