How far and how often do you drive to ride?
i’ve not driven with the bike on the back of the car since October last year and have just been riding locally, the Swinley ride will be the first since then, how far and how often do you use the car before a ride?
looking at some of my flickr contacts who ride all over the place and knowing where they start from they must spend moretime in the car than on the trails, it baulks a bit that i could drive for 2.5hrs to do a 2 hr ridePosted 7 years agodavidtaylforthMember
Havent driven to ride somewhere for quite a while. I think it was about 800 odd miles last August, although it was to ride in France for a couple of weeks so well justified!
Thankfully I live within riding distance of grizedale so if I fancy a mtb ride I just go there.Posted 7 years agoJonEdwardsMember
Have a minimum of an hours drive each way to ride off road.
Quite often do London-> Chicksands/Aston Hill ->Peaks-> London over the course of a weekend. ~400 miles all in.
Yes the price of fuel is biting (night riding got canned a while back). But the whole point of working is to be able to ride my bike in cool places. That involves travelling. Even if I had an awesome trail network on my doorstep, I still think I’d get bored and want to travel to different places. We are trying to move oop norf, but nobody wants to buy our flat.
Rides are almost always full day though. Bare minimum of 4 hours, and often 6+Posted 7 years agoThe FopsterMember
I have two kids so bike time is precious and can’t afford not to drive – the ride to and from adds too much time. I went to Woburn today – 20 minutes away by car. I can detour on way home from work via Woburn so try to do a couple of night rides a week, then one longer at the weekend. I used to live in Hertfordshire and could do a nice 12 mile XC loop from my door with almost no road in it at all. I miss that, I must admit…Posted 7 years agoNobeerinthefridgeSubscriber
I’m about 80 minutes from Mabie, Kirro, Ae and Dalbeattie, 50 mins from Drumlanrig, and about 2 hrs from GT and Inners. I tend to ride the trail centres in the winter, or when the guys from my club are having a day there, otherwise, my nightrides are usually about 15-20 mins drive.
I can live with this, as I live in a nice town with good amenities, but there is no call for my type of work in a rural area (where the best riding is).
It’s a trade off.
I also weigh it up against a football ticket, or golf. Some of my mates pay upwards of £750 a year in golf membership, and will pay prob about the same in kit a year, say 250 for a new driver, and 40 odd quid for a dozen Prov1 balls.
I tend to agree with Orangista, I don’t want to ride the same places all the time. I start the year with a huge list of rides that I want to do that year, and generally aim to do about a quarter of them!.Posted 7 years agopsychojoyMember
I live in Portsmouth and there is f*ck all round here. Normally drive to one of QECP (20 mins), Swinley (80 mins) or Surrey Hills (60 mins).
I’d love to be able to ride from my door – does anyone know of many decent places to ride in Portsmouth/Chichester/Southampton way?Posted 7 years agoHoratioHufnagelMember
I drive every time i go MTB’ing, about 30 minutes each way, but then i cycle to work every day in the week. Think i fill the car up once a month, if that.
Doing a 350 mile round trip to a wales next month, but its for 3 days riding and costs are split between two so its pretty cheap considering.Posted 7 years agonjee20Subscriber
Surely with the distance covered in 15-20 minutes by car, unless you’re on the motorway, it’s as quick to ride out?! I very rarely drive to ride, but I have the Surrey hills on my doorstep. Only drive for social rides, never go anywhere else If I’m on my tod!
Racing however, takes me thousands of miles a year!Posted 7 years agoD0NKSubscriber
did 20ish “away” rides last year, normally peaks or lakes so either 60ish or 180ish round trip, the odd trip to wales/scotland. Almost always spend more time riding than driving tho. That’s all normally between march and september, autumn and winter it’s pretty much all ride from my door. maybe drive to the nightride meet if it’s been a hard week.Posted 7 years agoKitz_ChrisMember
Racing however, takes me thousands of miles a year!
I live in America though, so fuel is a lot cheaper. I have fantastic singletrack from my door, so I hardly ever drive mid week. Weekends the drive varies from 30 minutes, to 7 or 8 hours, depending on which part of Colorado/Utah we’re travelling to.
This year so far:
Old Pueblo (Arizona): 2000 miles
2 x Desert trip (utah): 2000 miles
I will be racing almost all of the national series over here this year so still to come:
2 x California : 2000 miles each.
Texas : 1500 miles
Wisconsin: 2000 miles
Montana: 1000 miles
Plus countless 1000’s of miles in and around Colorado.
When it comes to racing, Mountain bikes are not cheap or environmentally friendly!Posted 7 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
About half my rides involve a drive I reckon, mostly under 50 miles but occasionally a wee bit further to get down Dumfries-ways, and less often quite a bit further for fort william etc or wales. I try to make it a rule to not drive for longer than I ride mind.
I’ve only got a car for cycling use so it’d be a shame not to use it 😉Posted 7 years ago
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