How many of you tend to ride solo vs with another person/group?Posted 5 years ago
I have always tended to ride alone, but got to wondering about how many others do the same.
Mrs. Busydog doesn’t really like it, especially riding in really remote areas in the mountains, but it’s just what I have always done and enjoy the most.
I have never been one to be inclined to wait for others or have them waiting on me (which has become the more likely as the years have gone by).wlMember
50/50 here. I’m self-employed and ride during the week a lot, often solo. Now I’m used to it, I love it. Still ride whenever I want and still ride techy trails, but perhaps a bit more steadily, especially when it’s freezing cold and icy. I also still love hooking up with mates at the weekend though, and occasionally in the week if one of them has a free day. Solo and accompanied are just different – I don’t really enjoy one more than the other. Only thing I’m not into is riding in big groups of, say, more than 5 or 6 riders.Posted 5 years agobenmotogp46Subscriber
I like both equally. I do alot of solo riding as I work un-social hours.
Its great at times during the week when everyone else is at work and you have the local trails all to yourself.
I found riding solo last year really beneficial for my endurance training as I could go at my own pace and just enjoy the time / countryside on the bike.Posted 5 years agobinnersSubscriber
In the summer I’ll tend to just bugger off out on my own quite a lot of an evening,. As well as riding with mates for longer runs out.
In winter darkness I tend not too though. Due to my impressive track record of ending up down ditches/upside down in trees/embedded in dry stone wallsPosted 5 years agojohnellisonMember
I hate riding with other people. Well, maybe one other maximum, but solo is deffo the way to go as far as I’m concerned.
That said I always plan my route and leave a detailed description of it with someone, and I stick to that route come hell or high water. Plus I don’t rely on my phone to get me out of scrapes.Posted 5 years ago
Plus I don’t rely on my phone to get me out of scrapes
Know what you mean—people get complacent in the thought they “can always just call someone”
Around here, most of the good trails are outside cell phone range or hit-and-miss at best.
leave a detailed description of it with someone
I try to do that, but then out on the trails, I usually manage to find something new to try and find myself deviating from said plan.Posted 5 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
I prefer riding with my mates for company and safety, but I’m quite happy to head off into the hills on my own. Also as mentioned, family life means opportunities to ride are often at short notice, so can’t always coincide with others (especially if they have kids too).
These days I do tend to make sure someone knows roughly where I’m going though, especially if conditions are iffy.
As a ratio, I guess 60% with company, 40% soloPosted 5 years agodeanfbmMember
Solo ride about 30% of the time, those rides are only to get some fresh air or keep myself in the game.
For me, riding is all about people, messing about, socialising and adventures. My riding doesn’t really switch on unless there is a good vibe with atleast a few people.Posted 5 years agorocketmanMember
Gave up company for freedom a long time ago I have to go where I want and when I want. Riding frequently out of choice I find so much depends on the day. Sometimes I CBA and fireroad it all the way other times I’m on fire *cough*
Having said that a couple of mates tag along now and then they are quite happy to go on mystery tours at a moment’s notice I sometimes wish I could reciprocate.Posted 5 years agooxym0r0nSubscriber
More with mates at the moment (have a wife and children). I do like solo now and again when last minute or in the summer.Posted 5 years ago
We bumped into a guy on his own last Wednesday, about 8.00pm riding the downhill tracks at Triscombe on the Quantocks which was a bit of a worry!timravenSubscriber
Both. Local rides – opportunities grabbed at last minute – are always solo, but weekend rides are usually in a group. I’ve no qualms about riding solo
I work most weekends, but heading out with the pub team or whoever can be bothered to join us, in an hour or so. Monday night rides are always with mates and a few beers after, makes it fun to swap around.
Perversely I seem to ride faster & harder on my own and try more techy stuff for the first time too.. probably not that sensible, but what’s sensible about riding MTB’s? and at my age 🙄Posted 5 years agobreakneckspeedMember
Started riding solo basically because I did not know anybody else who rode – mates have had a go & moved away or found other distraction – when I started the kids were toddles – and I worked shift so it was all about grapping moments – so twenty odd year down the line I still ride the MTB on my own – and in the main its good.Posted 5 years ago
In the last few years, I’ve started riding with a road club an love heading out in a group – so I get the best of both worldsMark NMember
I tend to always ride solo. Best plan is to give Ms Busydog your route plan and ETA back and then text every hour say with where you are and if ETA back is still on track. Should help ease her worries. If it does go all wrong then at least they have a better idea where to go look for you.Posted 5 years agojekkylMember
I ride solo or with one other mate, when I’ve ridden with other people in the past it always really annoys how much faffing people do, adjust helmet, have a drink, have a wee, have a poo, check map, put ipod on, take ipod off, change ipod track, read facebook (I kid ye not), call/text wife etc etc. It’s endless and it all gets in the way of enjoying the ride. At least when I’m alone I only have to contend with my own faffing.Posted 5 years ago
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