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Wednesday Night is Ride Night!

post #1 of 21
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In our house, Wednesday night has been right night for a loooooong time.
This has been a way for us to make sure we take time to "ride" in a world where its too easy to 'plan on doing it later'.

Mr TC and his buddies have either ridden Dirt bikes or snowmobiles.
For me, it means biking with a few friends, most consistently with Volklgirl.

I think Whiteroom said once that its easier to get out on Tuesdays, and I think he rides regularly on Tuesdays.

Do you have a regular day, one where you always make sure you get out to ride?

If not, you should!
post #2 of 21
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Pics from last week Ride Night!
Photo Cred Volklgirl
Daniel


Me SS'ing


Volklgirl doing a small log pile on the SS


Me, the week before, on the same logs


Gotta love Michigan Hard woods
post #3 of 21
Wed night is MTB night, solid group of 8-12 guys ride 1 1/2 hours single track on a local hill, desert style, sagebrush, cheat grass and rocks. Very technical riding with some good climbs.

July, Tues is crit night 4 or 5 week season with most laps made award on final Saturday.

The rest of the summer is Monday, road bike night.

And we all get together for local races and charity rides, just completed "Rock and Ride" last Saturday.

5:13 century
post #4 of 21
Most Tuesday nights is a ladies ride night for me (tonight is canceled since we're doing a holiday milestone ride on Friday morning) which I love. We're mostly lightweights but it's a great group of women and I'm enjoying riding with others. Once I get a road bike I'll likely join some Saturday and Sunday group rides.
post #5 of 21
Wed nites for us also.A group of us ski/race buddies meet at Dryer Park in Victor NY for our weekly MTB ride. Usually a couple of hours then a couple of brews. I try to get out on local trails or an around town ride every day.

Very cool (and expensive) new sport for me at age 56!
post #6 of 21
Wednesday evening is when DC's messengers gather to TT and BBQ.
post #7 of 21
I lead a road ride for my club (Potomac Pedalers) every Tuesday evening at 6. It's a fast ride, attracting a lot of racers and lapsed racers, and covers a lot of ground before the sun goes down. At the beginning and end of the season (April and October), we go 20 miles before sundown, the distance increasing to 42 miles as the days get longer. We have a lot of routes cued out to keep things interesting (and to avoid rush hour traffic out of the District).

I especially love leading the ride at this time of the summer, as the extra daylight allows us to do a route the returns via Rock Creek Park. Here's my ride data from last night's ride. We rode it fast and hard (quality miles where the quantity can't always be guaranteed - training for two big rides at the end of July and first weekend in August), and it was a great workout after a crazy day at work.

The ride may move to Wednesdays next year - depends on a few extraneous factors.

Otherwise, during the summer I'm on long rides almost every Saturday and Sunday. I do intervals on Thursday nights at Hains Point (when I don't have scheduling conflicts).
post #8 of 21
This year my buddy and I have been riding on Friday night. A hard hour on single track a few minutes away and there is still time to do something with family and other friends if needed.

We are planning our first more epic ride this coming Sunday morning. On the road by 8 to some better riding. Get a good ride in and be home by noonish with rest of the day to do whatever with.
post #9 of 21
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This year my buddy and I have been riding on Friday night. A hard hour on single track a few minutes away and there is still time to do something with family and other friends if needed.

We are planning our first more epic ride this coming Sunday morning. On the road by 8 to some better riding. Get a good ride in and be home by noonish with rest of the day to do whatever with.
Where you heading?
volklgirl and I are planning on doing some downhilling at Boyne in a few weeks. You interested in hooking up for something like that?
We were planning on the 12th but it may be postponed until I see a doc about my wrist. Seems I may have broken it last night when I went over the handlebars.

Here are a few pics from our ride last night.


post #10 of 21
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Seems I may have broken it last night when I went over the handlebars.
OH NO! Don't do that. You know about my wrists, right? Broke both of them. I didn't need a doctor to tel me they broke either. Maybe if you are in doubt, then you are OK.
post #11 of 21
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OH NO! Don't do that. You know about my wrists, right? Broke both of them. I didn't need a doctor to tel me they broke either. Maybe if you are in doubt, then you are OK.
Got xrays. There is a Hairline fracture, just below the thumb, which is not where it hurts.
Going to the doc on Monday and possibly an MRI to see what kind of damage to the connective tissue.
Just before I went over the handle bars, I was rippin! Awesome down hills! Sweeeeet speed in the trees, then the sand sucked me off trail. I'm very happy I had a helmet on.
post #12 of 21
Trek,

Sure I might be tempted to try boyne on bikes. I haven't hurt myself yet this year...

This week we are headed to West Branch to do the Ogemaw Hills. Its a nice step up from the river flats where we normally ride.

I'm just getting back into riding after letting life the last several years get in the way but its coming back to me. I didn't realize how much I missed it until I started riding again.

Sorry to hear about the wrist, it always seems that a hard crash/injury occurrs during a great ride.
post #13 of 21
Let's see I ride almost every Wed night with local road club and then we hit the Handlebar Grill for beers: and burgers. I ride at least one other night per week and usually 2 lunch rides per week.
post #14 of 21
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Let's see I ride almost every Wed night with local road club and then we hit the Handlebar Grill for beers: and burgers. I ride at least one other night per week and usually 2 lunch rides per week.
Something tells me that the riding you have out there is a bit different than what we ride here.
I'd love to take a mt bike trip out west.
post #15 of 21
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Something tells me that the riding you have out there is a bit different than what we ride here.
I'd love to take a mt bike trip out west.

I have a mt bike but I haven't ridden it in 5 or 6 years. I MUCH prefer my road bike. I took a pretty hard crash on the mtn bike and cracked 2 ribs and broke my collarbone back in 99 and decided that I really didn't enjoy mtn biking enough to pay that price. Skiing on the other hand I would gladly pay any price. I like climbing high mtn passes and suffering!:
post #16 of 21
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I have a mt bike but I haven't ridden it in 5 or 6 years. I MUCH prefer my road bike. I took a pretty hard crash on the mtn bike and cracked 2 ribs and broke my collarbone back in 99 and decided that I really didn't enjoy mtn biking enough to pay that price. Skiing on the other hand I would gladly pay any price. I like climbing high mtn passes and suffering!:
the Mountain Bike we have today make the sport so much easier and safer than what was around in hte early 2000s.

Plus even though I have been road biking a lil bit this summer its still scares me alot more than MTBing.

Mountain biking you choose how much risk you are willing to take.
Road Biking drivers choose how much risk you are taking.

Injury rates are higher on a MTB, while deaths are much higher on a road bike.
post #17 of 21
I miss our Wednesday rides. I was surprisingly depressed on Thur and Fri from not riding.

GET BETTER SOON, TC!!
(You wanna go on a shopping trip for pads with me next weekend??? I will NOT ride Boyne again without them)
post #18 of 21
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Road Biking drivers choose how much risk you are taking.
That's not always the case, BWPA. If you ride in more rural areas, it's completely up to the rider and the road conditions.
post #19 of 21
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I miss our Wednesday rides. I was surprisingly depressed on Thur and Fri from not riding.

GET BETTER SOON, TC!!
(You wanna go on a shopping trip for pads with me next weekend??? I will NOT ride Boyne again without them)
I miss it too.

And YES I need to get DownHill gear before heading to Boyne!

I'm going to take a gentle ride Tuesday night to see how my wrist holds up. I'll let you know.
post #20 of 21
My wife, 12 year old daughter and I do the following

Monday - Hill repeats -15 mile loop where we sprint up a 1/2 mile hill 5 times

Tuesday - Laps - 9 laps where each person pulls a lap or two as hard as they can

Wed -Kids race practice- skills practice and simulated races

Saturday - 50m in the morning, 20 miles at noon and kids practice in the afternoon

Sunday 50m in the morning and kids practice in the afternoon.
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
the Mountain Bike we have today make the sport so much easier and safer than what was around in hte early 2000s.

Plus even though I have been road biking a lil bit this summer its still scares me alot more than MTBing.

Mountain biking you choose how much risk you are willing to take.
Road Biking drivers choose how much risk you are taking.

Injury rates are higher on a MTB, while deaths are much higher on a road bike.
I would agree... but the rate of death's is very small on either. I crashed on almost every ride when I rode mountain bikes....not always a crash but falling over or such. I've haven't crashed on my road bike (of any kind) in over ten years.

I still like road biking better anyway...just something about the pain. I always found mountain biking (for me) was about the thrills and road biking was about the suffering. I'll take the suffering and get my thrills from the skiing:
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