- How far do you drive to ride?
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.Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
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.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
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!Posted 4 years agosambobMember
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.Posted 4 years ago
I miss those trails Yunki, down for 3 weeks in July/August… 😉Garry_LagerSubscriber
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.Posted 4 years ago
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.garage-dwellerSubscriber
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.Posted 4 years agogrumMember
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.Posted 4 years agoFunkyDuncMember
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.Posted 4 years ago
Do trails have to be supper techy and hard to be fun ?Posted 4 years ago
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 routechiefgrooveguruMember
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.Posted 4 years agoSuperficialMember
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)Posted 4 years agobwfc4eva868Member
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.Posted 4 years ago
I cant wait get out on the bike again.
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