How do you prefer to cycle? I like solo. I find having people around is to much. If there not as serious as you are there talking instead of breathing and it causes issues. I cycle to get away form everything.
I like to change it up. I belong to a bike club that has regular rides, so when I want a group fix or I feel the need to be pushed a little harder; I go for a group ride. But most of my riding is solo which I do prefer. Solo allows me to go at my own pace depending on how I am feeling that day.
On windy road rides, I definitely prefer groups. Especially with a couple of fast Clydesdales thrown in.
But there are days when I just like being out there on my own.
New groups can be a little sketchy. For example, at the start of the Tour d'Cure, I was nearly taken out when someone yelled "car up" and I guess the guy I was following thought this was his cue to grab two handfuls of brakes. I had to lock up and swerve. I heard a commotion behind me as this of course created a chain-reaction. Luckily no one wrecked, but it was very close.
Maybe we need a group road-riding thread. I know I was glad someone had told me the do's and don't's before I rode in a paceline the first time.
Yes it is relaxing to ride alone but some times I relax to much an find my self dwadaling, then I am late for lunch don-utos comes down to the swamp and, rideing with him I pick it up a little, Thanks don-utos
Doing group rides really helped me get comfortable riding on the road. These days I usually have kids' sports events when the groups have their rides, but I still enjoy catching one every now and then. I also enjoy quiet solo rides.
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