Top 5 Reasons It's Fun To Bike Alone
One of the best things about cycling is the group ride. There’s nothing quite like the relationships that you can develop when you’ve shared some time on the road or the trail. But sometimes…you don’t want to hang out with people. You want to pedal all by yourself. Here now are the Top 5 Reasons It’s Fun To Bike Alone.
You Don’t Have To Keep Up
One of the biggest challenges that cyclists face is pacing. Sure, it’s really awesome if you’ve got a group of friends that are all exactly as proficient as one another but we all know that in every group, there’s always a rider that lags behind. And we also know that EVERYONE hates to be that rider.
Riding alone means that on the day that you know there’s no way that you can/will/want to keep up with the pack, you don’t have to. You don’t have to catch the glances, the eye rolls and the ribbing. You can just roll along at your pace without being self conscious about what anyone else is thinking. There’s a good chance that your team understands and that you take turns being the “slow” rider from time to time, but sometimes it’s nice not to have to think about it.
Don’t Worry About Anyone Keeping Up
As much as it can be frustrating to be the person lagging behind, it can be equally frustrating to be the person that wants to break away. Team riding, when done right, is a very complex system and even then it can be very frustrating for bikers who are at a higher level than some of the people that they are riding with.
So rather than be bored, it’s nice to mix it up, alternating between more social rides and those thigh burning sessions where you absolutely dare anyone on the planet to keep up with you.
Silence Is Golden
Sometimes you just really want the entire world to shut the hell up. Group rides can be great for the occasional catch-up and chit -chat but solo rides can really let you clear your head. Whether you want to work through some big ideas or just forget everything that’s on your mind, solo rides are a great way to clear your head.
So if you don’t feel like hearing about kids and spouses and promotions and vacations and new bikes and old bikes and everything in between, maybe it’s time for a nice solo ride.
I Want To Ride It Where I Like
Sometimes getting 5…or 4…or 3…or even 2 people to agree on a route is like herding cats. Everyone has their favourite ride for some reason or another. Some people want to try a new route whenever they can and some people are perfectly happy to ride the same route every day of their life. Sometimes, it’s nice to be the boss.
Every route, road and trail bring with it some unique features and challenges. Maybe someone on your team hates long climbs? Maybe you’ve got somebody in your group that loves brain-rattling bumps. Whatever the case, sometimes it’s really nice to be able to choose the route that’s right for you without having to ask anyone else’s opinion.
All By Myself
Sometimes it’s not about the route, or the noise, or even the pace. Sometimes, you just want to feel like you accomplished something on your own. Sometimes you want to know that this was all about you.
No one pushed you. No one drove you. No one was cheering you on. And most of all, no one would have known if you had quit. That’s where the solo ride comes together. It’s easy to quit when no one is looking. Completing a solo ride is an achievement in personal responsibility.
But…I Like People…
That's ok. This post isn’t about how riding solo is better than riding with a group. That’s not what we’re saying. There are a LOT of great reasons to ride with a group. But sometimes, there’s every reason in the world to leave all that behind and hit the road all by yourself.