Road bike, you can crack out 20 miles in about an hour if you're quick. I hardly ride my mtb any more, just can't be arsed to get in the car and drive to somewhere nice on my days off, unless my mates also have the day off.
All those miles... How do you lot find time?
Jaqsobo - that'll have been me, yes. On an absolutely filthy Orange P7 (which will be getting even muddier later). Were you one of the many roadies that passed me, by any chance?
I do the quicker Tarmac route in, then I've got a variety of decent off-road routes, of varying lengths home. Decisions, decisions....
Just lifestyle choices, innit. I work freelance and choose time over money, moved to be right in the hills to save travel time, got no kids, got a tolerant other half, ride all weathers and all year, got reliable Oranges that are always ready to ride. End result - tons of mint riding, just enough dosh to live modestly on, very little long-term security but what the hell.
4 kids and I'm a home dad. I have managed 100km per week so far this year, 50/50 on and offroad. Sat early, back before 9am. Sun I leave early and ride to church, my wife rides home. Wed morn parents in law look after youngest son who is not at school 3hrs. Thurs night late ride after kids in bed.
As others have side riding to work fairly bumps up the mileage. I was having a look at July mileage this morning - 472, and that's with 16 days away on holiday with no bike.
Weekend rides are also done very early morning so they don't cut into family time.
on my way to 3000 this year but wish I could do more.
the start to this year hasn't helped as not a lot in jan - march.
I work from home or I'm away so early morning or late evening 20-40 mile rides work best.
tend to do 70 - 130 a week depending on stuff (usually kids!)
After 7 months off work sick it's important for me to ride and get my fitness back.
I live 22 miles from One Planet Llandegla, takes 1.5 hrs to ride there on the Alpine. Add a lap of the Black and it is a nice 55-60 mile ride which takes 6 hrs.
Gets me enough time on the bike to keep fit and sample some great trails. Try and do this once midweek when on nights.
With kids & work = early mornings, evenings, 1 x weekend and lunch hours when I work from home
2 kids, a wife and out the house from 8am to 7pm... so it's evenings and weekend rides for me. Try to do 2 evening rides of about 1.5hrs and a weekend one of about 2hrs. All off road, none of this roadie nonsense for me.
Also my 5yr old has started off roading so I try to get a short ride with him each weekend.
binners - appreciate the offer and may well take you up on it when I'm back.
This thread has made me realise I need to stop looking out the window in the evenings, get some lights on the bike and just get out and ride.
Also, scaled and dazh I'll probably take you up on your offers one day soon too. Am just looking at routes out of South Manc - have ridden out to Marple along the Mersey/cycle paths a couple of times but it mainly involved
ridingbunny hopping over dog poo
Both days at weekends, plus 3-4hra after work during the week. Get home about 8pm - pretty grim in the winter doing a 3hr road ride in the dark, but needs must. No kids though and my wife is home even later than me.
When you've an OH and kids the key requirement to getting out on the bike is having a supportive OH who is happy for you to have a hobby.
A few years ago (when joblesstrackworld) I rode 2-3 times per week in the school hours with a pal who also had been laid off. Once both back working he suddenly had no time - always something needed doing (and his OH didn't work). It was stupid things too, unable to ride on an evening because the kids needed bathing.
Basically she had no hobbies, except shopping and going around to friends/family.
"Lone parent" working two or three days a week. Daughter up and off to school, a spot of house work and then the bike comes out to play before the said daughter comes home from school.
I am just been made redundant so I might just as well turn pro.
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