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  • All those miles… How do you lot find time?
  • chambord
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    Following on from the “How far did you ride…..” thread, how do you folk manage to get so much riding time in?

    I can never seem to find any time to ride. I live in South Manchester so have to drive to get to trails (Unless I go to Clayton), pick up missus in evenings from work and cook tea leaving no time for anything else, and then spend most weekends visiting some family member somewhere which is cyclic so I never seem to get a weekend off 🙁

    And soon I’m going on holiday but can’t take the bikes 🙁

    Premier Icon binners
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    chambord – when you’re back, email me (address in profile), we’re out every Monday, and Wednesday or Thursday nights too. I’ve got a spare set of lights you can borrow to give it a try, before you splash out on a set. Night riding is bloody brilliant fun! I definitely put more miles in over the course of a year in darkness, than in daylight!

    A lumbering idiot with a fair sized belly and no fitness? Believe me, you’ll feel right at home with us lot then. Our rides are social pace. And always end at the pub. Nobody gets dropped ever! Not even me 😀

    mjsmke
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    *no kids and OH into bikes helps though!

    Smart and lucky. We don’t have kids either so weekend riding is good for us.

    I can’t really ride into work though. Not aloud to bring bike inside and i’m too paranoid to leave it outside in a college. But it’s summer and no management in so my bikes in my classroom next to me! Planning on a ride after work but might be too hot with a rucksack on my back.

    Premier Icon mrhoppy
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    Find ‘dead time’ where you can get out without causing problems with family life, for me it’s from 8pm onwards in an evening most nights or before work on the days my wife doesn’t work. I can have hoppy jr either bathed and in bed or fed depending on which end of the day and then grab a quick 25-30k spin and still have time in the day otherwise I’d just have surfed STW or watched pointless TV. This will normally be roady or easy bimbles on the cross bike but and it helps that I can be out in the back roads in 5 minutes from the door. Doing this and one decent ride at the weekend will get me 7 hours on the bike and probably 100 miles a week, too much more than that causes trouble. And try riding to the family things, Mississippi drives and you go to meet them.

    grum
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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.

    They’re not pricy at all these days. You can get some for £17 off ebay that will do the job just fine. Two sets and you’re laughing.

    Binners I may come and join you on some of these night rides once we are moved to Hebden.

    Premier Icon binners
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    Be good to have you along Grum! When you’re all relocated, give me a shout. We’ll definitely be up for the return leg to Hebdon too. You are moving into cycling Nirvana! 😀

    mrblobby
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    It’s not all about the miles. Fine if all you want to do is be out on the bike, but there’s probably a lot of junk miles being done in those numbers.

    Premier Icon Yak
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    We have 2 young kids and both work – me school hours to suit kids. Wife – full time, long hours once the commute is added in. We both ride and go turn about for night and w-e rides. Sometimes these are group rides if it all syncs with other local riders.

    Night rides rarely start before 8, as that when the evening kids and tea stuff is done. But then its open-ended to an extent. So my rides are usually 2hrs + . W-e rides – that’s when you need to be creative as its kids and family time then. So early mornings, or if there’s a day out somewhere, then 1 of us may ride there and meet up with the rest.

    Even then, we probably only get 2 rides in each per week, maybe 3 on a good week. But between us, that’s 4-5 rides managed around family stuff, work, school etc.

    I look back on my pre-kids days and realise how inefficient I was with time and how much ride opportunity was missed. Basically it’s up to you to make time. There are no excuses – look at the mileage of some of the top endurance riders – Terrahawk etc and then realise that they fit this around everything like we all have to.

    grum
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    Be good to have you along Grum! When you’re all relocated, give me a shout. We’ll definitely be up for the return leg to Hebdon too.

    Can you cope with having your rightful place at/off the back taken over by me though? You will lose your cachet as the group’s primary pie-eater.

    You are moving into cycling Nirvana!

    😀 😀 😀

    Moving on Monday – excited!!!

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    That route that monksie suggested is a good one. Getting out of Manc can be done mostly on off-road paths although some get quite muddy and admittedly it’s not the most technical terrain ever.

    During that Rapha Rising climbing challenge on Strava a couple of weeks ago I was doing a lot more mileage than normal (and the good weather helped!) but I was doing extra loops after work or getting the train home and going straight out, either on the road bike round the Goyt Valley or the CX out round the Hayfield/Chinley area.

    Premier Icon binners
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    Grum – rear gunner is the most hotly contested position with us lot. As is chief pastry consumer. But we always welcome competition 😀

    TiRed
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    Commute five days a week, club run on Saturday and club night Tuesday with racing on every other Weds and Tues. Mtb is on sundays with the boys and the occasional evening and weekend away.

    I gave up a 25mi a day bike commute for ten years of car commuted 120 miles a day. before moving. I don’t miss the driving and we have been a one car family for over a year.

    Premier Icon tinman66
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    Have to say I’m getting much more quality riding in since I moved back to Sheffield from Lincolnshire despite a 100 mile round trip commute.

    In Lincs I always used to get the road miles in but struggled with motivation as the mountain biking was non-existent.

    Having the Peak District less than two miles from my door certainly helps with the motivation to get out and I’ve been getting plenty of cheeky spins on the mountain bike in. Even if its for a quick 45mins through the woods near by.

    I am going to need a set of lights for the winter though so I can get some extra play time in. 😀

    jonba
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    For me commuting racks up loads and helps me be fit so that the “fun” miles are covered quickly. I can happily ride 50 miles a day on a mountain bike or 100 miles on the road in 6 hours where as plenty of people can’t or at leat can’t then function the next day.

    I ride during the evenings. In summer normally 2 nights a week. Straight from work at 5 through to 9 or 10 at night. I try and ride one day at the weekend all day. Generally I plan in advance. Agree what evenings we want to do things and what plans we have for the weekend and fit biking in. We are both busy, have some separate hobbies so don’t feel guilty about not always being together.

    DIY situation is desparate, the garden is a mess, we have a cleaner, I end up fitting in other chores late at night or before work.

    Example of last week was ride with friends on Sunday (road -105miles) Ride on Tuesday (50miles local loop on the road). Different loop on Thursday (50 miles). Commute is 60 miles a week normally but on Wednesday and Friday i took an extra hour to get home and went a bit further. Pilates with the wife on Monday, Horseriding on Wednesday Friends for BBQ on Saturday.

    stevious
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    DIY situation is desparate, the garden is a mess, we have a cleaner, I end up fitting in other chores late at night or before work.

    You, sir, have your priorities in exactly the right place.

    Premier Icon sefton
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    up at 6 out at 6:20.

    2 hour road ride before work

    then a 1 hour commute home

    crosshair
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    If you want something doing- ask a busy person 🙂

    Seriously though, just do it. Then you’ll find you have time. Then you’ll find more time and so on. No secret- just get on and go.

    It depends too what you think you’re missing out on, if its just raw miles for fitness then consider a a turbo. Otherwise, just try and make the riding you do do as interesting as possible.

    Premier Icon takisawa2
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    OP…simillar set-up here.
    And I figure buying a road bike is the only way around it. 🙂

    Premier Icon cookeaa
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    I’ll play the family card here, but it is a limited excuse, I imagine I’ll be able to get out and ride more once they’re older (including dragging them along).

    The majority of my mileage is commuting at the minute, and even that has to fit in around family (2 kids and a Wife that doesn’t drive, and is pretty scared of cycling anywhere on the road, certainly not with the kids). Being back to sit down for dinner together is also a key a requirement, so I only commute by bike when there’s a bit of slack in the schedule so that a flat doesn’t knacker the routine.

    I’m also supposed to get at least one decent ride in (3 hours Minimum) each weekend, that was the agreement, but various plans seem to supersede this every other weekend.
    Night rides are a good way to clock up some miles, but I’ll admit to bailing on those due to tiredness lately…

    The commuting is nice right now given the current weather, I’ve had to add an extra ~1 mile detour due to a local road closure in effect for the whole of this coming month, which means a bigger climb too, it’s about on the limit of what I can practically manage on my fixie currently, but that’s good for me I suppose, it’s all training for something… Probably, not that I’ll have the free time to enter, but still.

    Riding I can do locally, from my door makes more sense right now than driving somewhere, it’s all on the clock these days.

    FunkyDunc
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    Wife works stupid hours, and we have a 3 yr old = I get very little chance to get out.

    My commute to work is 20 miles each way, which I do when the wife isnt working late, so that tends to be 1 day a week.

    Running is much more time efficient than biking.

    kastle
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    I find having over people around me who are wanting to get out on their bikes helps.

    I have a group (about 7 of us) who all ride mtb’s, there will be at least two of us who decide to go out after work one evening, then it’s amazing how quickley overs ‘find the time’.

    Usually leave it until after 8 also helps.

    kastle
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    Running is much more time efficient than biking.

    My rides range from 20 minutes to hours…. Having woodland and countryside close does help though. A short ride is better than no ride if you are trying to get quicker and venture further afield.

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    mrblobby – Member
    It’s not all about the miles. Fine if all you want to do is be out on the bike, but there’s probably a lot of junk miles being done in those numbers.

    Go on then I’ll bite, What constitutes “Junk miles” then?

    edlong
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    1) Commuting and other work riding – I’m in the fortunate position of travelling around different sites for meetings, several of which can be linked by off-road routes.

    2) Riding from the house. This has really made a difference for me. A few years ago, if I had a few hours free, it would go something like this: Load bike onto car, drive to a recognised riding spot (1 hour). Ride bike for an hour, maybe two. Load bike back onto car, drive home. Now it’s: Ride bike from home, for three or four hours. Much better.

    jaqsobo
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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..

    Hey..were you biking up Bury New road about 7.30 am this morning?!

    _tom_
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    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.

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    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….

    wl
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    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.

    Gary_M
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    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.

    scandalous
    Member

    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!)

    Dibbs
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    After 7 months off work sick it’s important for me to ride and get my fitness back. 😆

    mrphil
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    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.

    FROGLEEK
    Member

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

    +1

    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.

    chambord
    Member

    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.

    Cheers folks

    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 riding bunny hopping over dog poo

    gee
    Member

    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.

    b r
    Member

    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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