All those miles… How do you lot find time?

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  • Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    ride to work, ride after work, ride saturday and sunday*

    *no kids and OH into bikes helps though!

    aP
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    Cycle to work, cycle to shops, ride at weekend.

    Some people don’t have a life 😛

    fasthaggis
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    super commute 🙂

    Duane…
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    Student – nuff said.

    Premier Icon andytherocketeer
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    Ride from the door. It doesn’t all have to be gnarly or trail center. 2 hours every Saturday soon adds up.

    Premier Icon paladin
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    Work offshore…. 6 months playtime per year 😆

    DrP
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    I think the “no kids” is the key factor!!

    Not that I begrudge having offspring, but childcare, busy job, wife with busy job, and long commute, really do eat into available ‘me time’!

    DrP

    grum
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    I’m moving somewhere where there are miles and miles of ace trails straight out of the door for this very reason. 😀

    fasthaggis
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    then spend most weekends visiting some family member somewhere

    If it’s a can’t be missed,I sometimes leave early on the (road) bike and meet the family at the destination.
    Bike in the car on the way back ,winner .

    chambord
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    OH into bikes

    OH has a bike and enjoys riding, but has a pretty full on (I.e. no time off) job and doesn’t get to go out on it much.

    I’m wondering whether it’s down to lack of self motivation at the moment. I don’t have many riding buddies here so maybe I’ll join a club and sign up to some group rides then I’ve got a good excuse to stop doing everything else.

    Premier Icon ton
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    commuting miles add up really easily. just add 30 mins on each way for a bit more.

    Premier Icon Capt. Kronos
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    The only way I get to ride is getting out for a quick spin on the way home from work (finish early some days and grab an hour or two enroute). Fortunately I live in the South Lakes and work around Cumbria and Yorkshire most of the time so can usually find *somewhere* to go, though I have been lazy of late and sticking to trail centres far too often!

    samuri
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    Commuting is the best way but getting up early or going out late helps when you’re busy. When I was working in Leeds (50 mile drive each way) for two years, I would get up at 5, ride, then go to work. or get home, have tea, do family stuff, go out about 22:00. If we visited family we’d take the bike in the car and I’d ride back.

    if you want to ride you’ll make time.

    chambord
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    I’m moving somewhere where there are miles and miles of ace trails straight out of the door for this very reason.

    This is my dream, for cycling, walking, running, and just having a veg patch but I’ve been told I’m not allowed to move out of Manchester for the time being by the OH. Ideally I wanted to live in Mossley, Glossop or something and have hills on the doorstep and the commute to work in town.

    At the moment I just live in Rusholme 😡

    Premier Icon binners
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    Live in the middle of some big ‘ills with great trails right out the door. I’ve just done 15 miles into work. I’ll be doing an extended off-road 20+ miles home, via here…


    The route home by binlidski, on Flickr

    😀

    meehaja
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    I ride at 100mph, so only need to do an hours riding at a time to keep fit.

    HTH

    chambord
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    That’s nice binners, where is it?

    Premier Icon scaled
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    If you’re in South Manc and not working today i’m probably going to skive off at some point to Marple and get some miles in 😉

    grum
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    This is my dream, for cycling, walking, running, and just having a veg patch but I’ve been told I’m not allowed to move out of Manchester for the time being by the OH. Ideally I wanted to live in Mossley, Glossop or something and have hills on the doorstep and the commute to work in town.

    At the moment I just live in Rusholme

    Binners is in Ramsbottom IIRC. I will be in Hebden Bridge – only about 40 mins on a train to Manchester. My friend cycles part of the way (often up the longest continuous road incline in England – to be featured in the TDF next year) which also makes the train much cheaper. 🙂

    monksie
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    There are various off road and urban routes out of South Manchester into Stockport and onto the Peak District. Be creative and you can get a decent ride without going near a car or train.

    I’ve just seen that you’re in Rusholme. Fallowfield Loop to Reddish, Reddish Vale, Gas works, Vernon Park, Woodbank Park, Offerton Woods, Chadkirk, Marple, Mellor, Birch Vale Hayfield, Edale, Ladybower……the world 🙂

    I’m riding there in about 20 minutes Scaled. I’ll race you from Lakes Road to Mellor Cross if you like? I’ll be on a white Cannondale Flash doing yoga with my face.

    sweepy
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    Theres no need to see family that often unless its your (or your wife’s) recreation. If it’s her recreation you don’t need to be there every weekend.

    Premier Icon curiousyellow
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    That’s a hard life you’ve got there binners. Where do you live again?

    Just the commute and the weekly club run takes me to 560km a month. Throw in 100km+ at the weekend and I should have close to 1000km every 4 weeks.

    ska-49
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    Procrastination. Need to finish a dissertation.

    stevego
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    I commute to work and back by bike, extending it a bit on the way home if time permits (not by much though) and ride sundays, getting out at or before the crack of dawn so I can be back 10.30-11 ish. I also do one night ride a week, it is my one night out and doubles as my social occasion. I work full time as a teacher, have two kids, and a wife who works full time. It does get easier as the kids get older, mine are now 10 and 11 and so will walk home and I’ll get in about 30 minutes after they get home (and find them both plugged into electronic toys).

    Premier Icon Sandwich
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    Children left home, just Mrs S to placate. She likes me buff from all the riding though.

    Premier Icon binners
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    I used to live in South Manchester. Living in the sticks is immeasurably better! For this very reason. My commute home is a climb up from Rooley Moor Road onto Scout Moor from Rochdale, a quick lap of Cragg Quarry then a 3 mile bloody brilliant, cheeky descent home. My life is hell! 😀

    chambord
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    If you’re in South Manc and not working today

    Unfortunately I am working… Just having a cheeky browse on STW for 10 mins 8)

    Premier Icon dmorts
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    http://www.goodmtb.co.uk/

    I’ve found this book good, can find something to ride nearly anywhere, well England and Wales at least

    Premier Icon Simon
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    I’m lucky enough to have some decent riding right on my doorstep.
    Only time I drive to ride is Monday night for a group ride with mates.
    Rest of my rides are to and from work 2 or 3 days a week, off road over the moors,it’s only 10KM but I can make it as long as want.
    Also tend to ride Saturday afternoons as the wife and kids go horse riding.
    I don’t work long hours which helps too, plus not riding is bad for my mental health!

    mrblobby
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    missus

    I see your problem!

    Use to have loads of free time but then met the wife. For me that led to a dog, a kid with another on the way, and lots of people who need visiting regularly apparently! All of which seem to consume huge quantities of free time. Often the only time I get to ride are late night turbo sessions.

    Premier Icon nickjb
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    I must admit I read that thread with a bit of scepticism. I think quite a few people are including road miles. Given an average of 8mph off-road that’s pretty much riding all day every weekend. Maybe some people do ride the South Downs Way every week, though. I can see an off-road commute would do it but how many people have that?

    Premier Icon binners
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    Don’t you night-ride? I find, once you’ve got young kids, getting out once they’re tucked up in bed is pretty much the only option available for a few years.

    Get yourself some of these, and come and join one of the multitude of night rides within easy striking distance of Manchester (Darwen, Ramsbottom, Rivi, Hit the North-land, etc) that get posted up on here

    We’re riding from Prestwich on Monday night.8.15 start. Sling your bike in the car and you’ll be there in less than half an hour. If you want to borrow some lights to give it a go, you’re welcome to use my spare set

    There are rules, of course…


    Monday night club BW by binlidski, on Flickr

    😀

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    With kids & work = early mornings, evenings, 1 x weekend and lunch hours when I work from home.

    Premier Icon dazh
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    Ride from the door.

    This. I live in South Manchester and there’s quite a few options for riding from the door. We often ride out from Stockport and all the stuff around Werneth Low, Rowarth, New Mills, and Marple is do-able and usually makes for a decent ride of 40k+ for an after work (or pre-work if you’re an early bird) midweek ride.

    The other option is getting the train out straight after work and riding back to Manc from somewhere like Chinley via Hayfield.

    A good week for me would be

    commute x3 = 48miles
    night rides x2 = 30 miles (maybe more if ones solo from my door rather than a group)
    saturday mtb ride = 40 miles
    club run = 70 miles

    188 miles, and still 3 nights and 2x weekend afternoons where I’m doing nothing!

    Rarely get more than one ‘good’ week a month though, more likely to get ~100miles most weeks.

    Premier Icon BlobOnAStick
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    Think creatively – can you ride to work? If it’s too far, can you drive to work with your bike, cycle home,ride in, drive home over 2 days? Can you drive half way to work, park up and ride the rest? Etc.

    Road riding is much less time-hungry, so get a road bike?

    STW did a good ‘urban riding’ article a few months ago so how about doing that around your local area?

    nicolaisam
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    I am quite lucky as i have trails within a mile of my house, Missus works full time Monday-Friday, I work 5 days in 7,but as we are busiest at the weekend i usually have days off during the week,so kids are at school and i can get out and ride.

    lemonysam
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    Commute is 32km per day and I add 20-30km to that twice a week. That makes for almost 200km a week before rides at weekends.

    ormondroyd
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    Get OS map, find bridleways near front door, ride bridleways near front door.

    feisty
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    Last month I did 720 miles on my SS and I have a very busy life

    I go to work from 6-2 when I get home my Mrs goes to work (same place) from 2:30-8 I pick up my 5 year old Daughter from school at 3 with my 2yr8month boy in tow, I then cook dinner, feed kids, clear up, entertain them util bath time, then get them both in bed my 7pm. I have an hour to chill then get dinner ready for the mrs when she gets home. at 8:20 Theeeeeennn 3-4 times a week I will do a 15 mile hilly ride that is 500 yards from my house on the South Downs.

    At the weekend I still get up at 5:30 but go for a 40-50 mile ride and am back before 9am to do stuff with the family, I then may do the weekday 15 mile loop in the evening as well.

    If I didn’t make this effort to ride at early / late times I would never get any miles in and as busy and stressful as our childcare setup is my riding releases my stress and helps me cope

    There is always time to ride if you make the effort, I have just launched lots of cash on a decent bike light as it is getting dark earlier so impacting my evening rides

    chambord
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    Funny you should say that binners, I don’t have any lights because they’re quite pricey but was eyeing up a set the other day because it looks like the only way I’ll be able to do any riding at the moment.

    Going on holiday on Monday though so wont be able to join you then – when I come back I’ll get a set of lights and come along as long as you don’t mind riding with a lumbering idiot on a crappy hardtail with a fair sized belly and all-time low fitness levels.

    will
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    Commuting is a big help, as is getting up extra early.

    Circa 40/50 miles a day doing that, then mid week and weekend club rides, races and random pootling all add up.

    bikebouy
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    “Work from home” 😆

    No, really I do work from home a lot these days. I do have to go into the office in that Lunnon and spend some weeks there at a time, in fact last year I was there sooo much I hardly got any riding in at all during the last half of the year. So I balance up being in Lunnon with being darn Sarf where I’m the Luckiest Man Alive* to live where I do, ride out the door into the South Downs and a myriad of forests and trails. I roadie (is normally my passion) and the lanes around here are just spectacular.
    I have to balance up working and doing what I love. Sometimes there’s a clash and I throw my toys out of the pram, but mostly I just about make the balance. Oh, I have no kids either.

    *i really am, and very great full too.

    Premier Icon dazh
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    This is my dream, for cycling, walking, running, and just having a veg patch but I’ve been told I’m not allowed to move out of Manchester for the time being by the OH. Ideally I wanted to live in Mossley, Glossop or something and have hills on the doorstep and the commute to work in town.

    You probably just need to be creative. I live in Levenshulme and work in Manc city centre but still manage to get about 150 – 200k a week in by commuting the long way and doing the aforementioned midweek offroad rides. And that doesn’t count the weekends.

    Personally I’d rather live in the city and commute to the countryside at weekends than the other way round. Of course it helps if you live in a nice bit of the city, so Rusholme may not be the best place for this 🙂

    If ever you need someone to ride with, gimme a shout. I’m usually out midweek after work at least once a week.

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