How far do you drive to ride?

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  • Premier Icon Sandwich
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    From the front door except when I ride with the club on a Sunday which is 30 minutes away due to the profusion of 40 and 50 limits on the way.

    mrmo
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    99% of rides both road and off road from the door.

    To be honest i can’t get my head round why anyone would take up mtbing if they have to drive somewhere ALL the time.

    yunki
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    S’all from the door for me.. I’m much more likely to ride to drive these days

    Although I’m flying to ride in June.. 8)

    timwillows
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    Mostly from the front door

    jambon
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    From the door here too.

    butcher
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    Currently drive to ride about once every couple of months. I would probably do it more often but I keep reminding myself that one of the great advantages of cycling is the ability to ‘save money’ which you can then spend on more riding gear…

    M1llh0use
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    Midweek, ride from home.

    Weekends, anything up to 150 miles (each way)

    Premier Icon nuke
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    Another always from the door

    Did 800+ miles 3 weeks ago to do 2 days riding, which totaled about 50 miles.
    It was Torridon though so that was ok wasn’t it?

    wysiwyg
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    I don’t travel more than an he for xc. Usually 3/4 for DH

    Premier Icon gonetothehills
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    Drive? To ride? I’m very careful maneuvering the handlebars past the car on the drive though. 😉

    Seriously though – I don’t forget to remind myself on most rides how fortunate I am, living where I do.

    Premier Icon ratherbeintobago
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    Can be anything up to 60 miles each way, but only do that if I’m riding with someone; far more often than not, it’s a solo run out the door & up the hill.

    covertbaz
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    As far as I need to for good trails

    gee
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    Only from the front door – Swinley/Tunnel etc or N Downs.

    Well, apart from racing which is most weekends at the moment. That’s always a shared journey to cut costs, though.

    GB

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Sometimes out the door, sometimes off to different countries. Mostly under an hour- I don’t like to drive for longer than I ride

    orangeboy
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    Mostly ride from my door. Prob about 6-8 trips to Wales or quantocks a year (about 1-2 hours each way)
    Oddly for surfing I will drive 3 hours or a bit more each way as a day trip but would never do that biking

    muddy247
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    Yorkshire Dales on the doorstep so no need to travel far! Once a month 30 min drive to Hamsterley or an hour ish to Whinlatter. Did 65 mile drive on the worst roads in the Dales to try out the trails at Gisburn Forest last weekend!

    SOAP
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    My local is AC and is a 20 mins drive.
    Most other rides are hour to 1 1/2 hrs so probably spend £30/£40 a weekend on derv.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Most rides from the door

    Less than an hours drive to Cannock or Sherwood, maybe every couple of months.

    Once a month I might do an audax event but I have a one hour travelling limit, and usually share the cost with a mate.

    I don’t think I have ever had a ride where the journey was longer than the ride – just can’t see the point. But then “proper” trail centres don’t interest me much, so I’ve no real desire to travel to ride them. If people want to do that sort of riding and are prepared to travel, good luck to them.

    AlasdairMc
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    Mostly from the door, or on a train. I do have a car, but prefer linear routes where a car is a hindrance so the train makes sense.

    I find it amazing that some people will drive for hours to ride their bikes. A day riding when there is sometimes more hours spent In the car is crap! Pretty much all my riding is done from the door.

    Premier Icon cookeaa
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    Mostly from my door these days. Pre wife and kids I would regularly do a 60 mile round trip to ride the same bit of woodland most weekends. These days my time is limited and I would rather be riding than driving so I only drive if it’s worth it for an uplift or event of some sort.

    vickypea
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    Lots from our front door, some start a 15 min drive away, and we occasionally drive for an hour or so to trail centres.

    Depends,

    Swinley – Ride form my door, 5 miles, time depends on that days SS ratio! £free

    Trolls – 30minutes – £7return

    Chilterns (Pangbourne) – 33 minutes -£8return

    Interestingly, it’d actually be cheaper to catch the train to Pangbourne than drive!

    Assuming that the most I’d drive in a week would be 2 x trolls rides and 1x Pangbourne ride that’s £22, not sure if that’s good VFM or not! But equally I’ll often just ride Swinley for a week which is free. Or drive to the Peaks for a weekend (3h30min, £70).

    I find it amazing that some people will drive for hours to ride their bikes. A day riding when there is sometimes more hours spent In the car is crap! Pretty much all my riding is done from the door.

    Depends how you do it, I’ll often pack the car after dinner on Friday and Bivi in the car/carpark, no point setting off early, more discreet to arrive at midnight when no ones looking. Then do a 4 hour ride after breakfast, doss under a tree watching the world go by with a big lunch, then do it all again, and again on the Sunday, crams an epic amount of riding into two days!

    SOAP
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    I guess that’s why there are so many Souls/hardtails on this forum, obviously a lot of road/bridleway riding going on from home.
    I just get bored of riding the same stuff week in week out and want to ride as many different places as possible.
    Hence the need to drive.

    Premier Icon Lifer
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    No car here, woods nearby though, and I can get to the South or North Downs on the road bike in a couple of hours.

    I guess that’s why there are so many Souls/hardtails on this forum, obviously a lot of road/bridleway riding going on from home.

    I’m presuming you’re on a rigid bike if you have to drive to AC 😛

    yunki
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    I guess that’s why there are so many Souls/hardtails on this forum, obviously a lot of road/bridleway riding going on from home.

    bloody Devon bridleways (Soul rider 😳 )

    Premier Icon darrell
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    never drive anywhere to ride – except to events, SSEC or an international sportive

    20 mins typically. I can ride some loops from the door but they aren’t as good.

    sambob
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    Depends, sometimes only 20 mins to meet people for a group ride, but the riding from home is awesome do I don’t really need to drive far. Almost always take the bike if going somewhere hilly though, so I suppose that counts.
    I miss those trails Yunki, down for 3 weeks in July/August… 😉

    orangeboy
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    Riding 10-15 miles to the start of a social ride gives me enough options so as not to get to bored
    Some rides are winter only some summer only
    That and good company helps no end
    For me my mtb rides are social. I spend enough time on the road on my own

    Premier Icon Garry_Lager
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    Do stuff on the edge of the Peak from the front door. Anything further in then I’ll drive, although the A6 is an infamous ballache. Drove to Hayfield this morning at 12.5 miles from my house, 30/40 limit throughout, with a lot of traffic lights, so 30 mins if it’s clear.
    Sort of run where just riding out would only take twice as long, but don’t really have the fitness to lay on 25 miles on top of the MTB ride without being wiped out for the day.

    orangeboy
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    In less fit times I did used to drive the 30 min for one of our rides.

    Premier Icon garage-dweller
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    Road is from the door.

    Mtb varies my (should be but rarely is) weekly group ride could be anywhere from 55 miles from home to right on the doorstep. My work is in the middle of our area but my house at the easter extremity so sometimes end up with a fair trek home.

    Weekend riding is a self imposed limit of 30 minutes each way to avoid chewing up too much riding time. Only exception is big trips out to wales, which are twice a year at most.

    grum
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    I have really nothing worth riding from the door so my local spot is 20 mins drive away, S Lakes half an hour or so. I plan to move somewhere with really good riding from the door pretty soon though.

    I do suspect some of the people being smug about never driving to ride are riding some pretty tame trails – hence why CX bikes seem to be so popular on here.

    FunkyDunc
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    Ride from the door. Does getting boring occasionally, even with some of the best XC in the country.

    As above young kid and wife that works loads limits time on the bike so prefer to ride than being sat in a car.

    Will always try and combine a bit of riding with a holiday away or weekend away though.

    boxfish
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    Usually ride straight from the door, but driving 15 miles tomorrow to spend the day riding the Mendips/Cheddar. 8)

    Have a great time box fish. It was stunning today.

    orangeboy
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    Do trails have to be supper techy and hard to be fun ?
    And just to add a little clarity I use my enduro for my from door rides
    Total for the day can be up to 40-50 miles but more nomaly 30-40
    Ride the 15 miles to work in morning then group ride and ride home
    Average 45 depending on route

    Premier Icon ac282
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    I don’t know about super techy, but hacking around the edge of fields and then spending an hour cleaning your bike is pretty pointless.

    I’ll drive to a few percent of my rides, the vast majority are from the door – mostly lots of twisty singletrack, some mini DH, some big downland rides. I’m happiest when I’ve taken lots of corners as fast as possible and had the wheels off the ground as often as possible.

    boxfish
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    Have a great time box fish. It was stunning today.

    Now that is good news! Cheers buzz!

    About half my rides are from the door, half a 15 min drive away. It’s great to be able to ride local, but there are only a limited number of trails within a 5 mile radius of my house. Plus meeting friends usually requires driving somewhere.

    Glad I no longer live somewhere that necessitates an hour of driving just for riding though 8)

    10 Mins Cycle through backstreets brings me to Sunnyhurst woods and Darwen moor and Rivington beyond that. 25 mins drive to Gisburn and 30 mins to Lee Quarry. An hour and your in the Lake District. If i head 5 mins up the road there is a nice little wood for pratting about in.
    I cant wait get out on the bike again.

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