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Old 10-25-22, 09:33 AM
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What Keeps You From Riding More?

Life gets in the way for most of us, keeping us away from our passion/fitness/relaxation regime. What keeps you off the bike more than you want and are there any changes you can make to get more seat time?

For me, its the change in the weather. We have entered the rainy-cool season in the Pacific North Wet. Will get out the fendered bike on the wet roads, but being caught in downpours and then cleaning/relubing the bike afterward is exactly not my kind of fun. (OK, I’m lazy). OTOH, I do have ZWIFT but an hour is about all I can bear/bare/baer, stand.

Even though you may have good weather all year, are there things keeping you from your ride?
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Life gets in the way for most of us, keeping us away from our passion/fitness/relaxation regime. What keeps you off the bike more than you want and are there any changes you can make to get more seat time?

For me, its the change in the weather. We have entered the rainy-cool season in the Pacific North Wet. Will get out the fendered bike on the wet roads, but being caught in downpours and then cleaning/relubing the bike afterward is exactly not my kind of fun. (OK, Iím lazy). OTOH, I do have ZWIFT but an hour is about all I can bear/bare/baer, stand.
Cold and rain.
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Cold, rain and wind.
Long hours at work; I come home and it's already starting to get dark this time of year.
Other hobbies take up a lot of time.
My mom died in January, and taking care of her finances, her taxes and her other assets such as the house have taken up a lot of time this year.
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My current "normal" schedule is 4 days per week (Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun) on the bike, and I'm not really itching for more. Right now, I'm bumping up against the shortening daylight hours on week days, and very soon my Tues/Thurs evening sessions will become all Zwift. On the weekends, I ride in the morning. If it's raining or cold, it's a no-go. I also get hit with the occasional lack of motivation, and decide that napping on the couch with my dogs is much more appealing.

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BF keeps me from riding more. Maybe I should rethink my life choices.
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Since the weather is turning wet/cold/windy I've upped my normal 25 miles outdoor ride to 30+ indoor on the trainer. I combine kindle reading time with riding time indoors and it's all good. The GPS comes off and the custom kindle mount goes on. The fendered bike is set up and ready to go if I feel adventurous though.
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Originally Posted by Reflector Guy View Post
Cold, rain and wind.
Long hours at work; I come home and it's already starting to get dark this time of year.
Other hobbies take up a lot of time.
My mom died in January, and taking care of her finances, her taxes and her other assets such as the house have taken up a lot of time this year.
i wasn't going to bring this up but since you did...my mom just passed away 9 days ago. you know how i am feeling and i am beginning to go through all those details as well. it is a slow and hard process. keeping my dad sane is just as difficult. his whole house reminds him of her.

so i ride in the garage when i can.
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Weather & Time. Either have one working against me at any given day.
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The crazy cost of healthcare in the U.S. Itís the only thing keeping me working.
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
Life gets in the way for most of us, keeping us away from our passion/fitness/relaxation regime. What keeps you off the bike more than you want and are there any changes you can make to get more seat time?

For me, its the change in the weather. We have entered the rainy-cool season in the Pacific North Wet. Will get out the fendered bike on the wet roads, but being caught in downpours and then cleaning/relubing the bike afterward is exactly not my kind of fun. (OK, Iím lazy). OTOH, I do have ZWIFT but an hour is about all I can bear/bare/baer, stand.

Even though you may have good weather all year, are there things keeping you from your ride?

for me it's work..when not working its easy for me to ride on most days

And have been meaning to tell you this..since you changed your picture I'm getting a different vibe from your posts (more positive??)..not sure what changed other than your pic (probably nothing)..just wanted to say
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The crazy cost of healthcare in the U.S. Itís the only thing keeping me working.
Ain't that the truth. My annual mileage more than doubled when I semi-retired at 54, and I'm now fully retired this year at 59. It was all possible, in part, because I have a younger working wife who carries me on her health insurance.
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Old 10-25-22, 11:46 AM
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For me, I think it's mostly just adulting. (Note: This is not the same thing as adultery! I've never gone there.) So let's see...


- I have a full time job (40-ish hours per week)

- A second job, mostly on weekends

- My family--only one teenage son still at home, but there's always something, and our three adult daughters still need help with stuff from time to time

- I am active in my church and community--not lots of hours, but some volunteer service here and there

- Last January, I got sick (that dang 'Rona). It only really kept me down for about a week, but I didn't get my full energy and strength back for a couple months

- Around the same time I was going through this, my wife started treatments for breast cancer.

-- She was diagnosed last December, and starting in January underwent two surgeries, then chemo, radiation, and a bunch of other stuff.

-- Caring for her took up most of my time, and I also took on her share of the routine errands, housework, etc.

-- She's now slowly returning to normal health and activity, but...

- I'm sick again, for about the past month. Nothing serious, just a nasty, persistent cough. Probably bronchitis. I've been to the doctor twice, but there's not much he can do about it.

-- Just coming out of it now, and I hope to start riding again, however...

- Now it's getting cold and wet here, and days are short (I don't really like riding in the dark)

- My extended family relies on me somewhat. My dad passed away April of last year, so I'm trying to be there for Mom. I've also tried to help my brother as often as possible, as he faced some really tough challenges lately.

- I have the kind of house and cars that seem to require frequent maintenance or repairs. I do most of these myself. I'm pretty handy, but it often feels like treading water.

- When I get a chance to exercise, I have to choose between running and biking, as I enjoy both. My dog likes it when I choose running, because she can usually go with. When I ride, she usually cannot.

- That's about all I can think of. Whenever I'm caught up on this stuff, I can ride as often as I wish!


Thinking through that was kind of cathartic. I've been irritated lately that I don't get out to ride very often (sometimes not at all for a week or longer). I have several nice bikes just sitting in the garage, and I think it makes them sad to not get ridden. Thinking through it to identify what's stopping me, I don't feel so bad. I mean, it's not like I'm just being lazy. Okay, sometimes it's that too. But mostly it's all the stuff we usually lump together in the category of "life."


I relish the great outdoor adventures and find they recharge my soul, even when they're sort of few and far between. Besides the little local rides that I try to fit in at least weekly, this year I've been on two or three really good, long bike rides, entered a couple races, and done a few great hikes/trail runs. That's about a half dozen cool experiences in one year; what have I to complain about?

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Work, time, other hobbies. This weekend I have the Marine Corps Marathon. Training for a fall marathon starts in June. Once you get into the long runs, not much bike riding till after the marathon is finished.
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-- She's now slowly returning to normal health and activity, but...
Glad to see this line.
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house chores. Without them, I'd prob ride two additional days per week.
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Work and weather mostly. Getting dark way earlier. I also have alot of other summer hobbies that require good weather. I have four motorcycles and 4 bicycles so I need alot of good weather for my 2 wheeled pursuits. I did manage 1500 miles per year the last two years.
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Some of us are working adults working 40-50 hours or more plus time for food preps, shopping, cleaning, chores around the house, family, etc, does not leave much extra time for riding during the week except commute time to and from work for riding. Otherwise; Weather, winds, cold, rain, being dark outside both way (when going to work and when riding home from work these days) don't matter, do not bother me. NO TIME. Lack of Time. Understand?

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Ain't that the truth. My annual mileage more than doubled when I semi-retired at 54, and I'm now fully retired this year at 59. It was all possible, in part, because I have a younger working wife who carries me on her health insurance.
Nice. I will be 58 in March. Single. I have good, relatively inexpensive benefits through work, including health, dental and vision. That's a tough nut to give up. Assuming I can make it to 60, I am leaving, health care costs be damned. I can receive a full pension at that point, and I will get an enhanced benefit until I am able to apply for Railroad Retirement at age 62, albeit a reduced RR benefit. One thing I have added to my to-do list this fall/winter is look into what health care would cost on the "open market" and what my RR benefit will be because I really don't want to work anymore. Fortunately, I have no dependents and no debt at this time, and don't expect to have any of either in the future.
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Nice. I will be 58 in March. Single. I have good, relatively inexpensive benefits through work, including health, dental and vision. That's a tough nut to give up. Assuming I can make it to 60, I am leaving, health care costs be damned. I can receive a full pension at that point, and I will get an enhanced benefit until I am able to apply for Railroad Retirement at age 62, albeit a reduced RR benefit. One thing I have added to my to-do list this fall/winter is look into what health care would cost on the "open market" and what my RR benefit will be because I really don't want to work anymore. Fortunately, I have no dependents and no debt at this time, and don't expect to have any of either in the future.
Good luck with it! I am very happily retired. I volunteer in the community, help my wife's organization (pro bono), our house is now consistently clean and other chores are easily covered, I ride 7k-8k miles per year, and I hit the local brewery taproom every Friday afternoon. It's a great life.

Oh, and on-point with this thread topic: given the reduced time constraints, it's easier than ever for me to ride around town on my SS commuter bike. It always makes me feel good to use the bike instead of a car.
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What Keeps You From Riding More?

Restraining orders.
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Encroaching dusk.

Come November 6, it will no longer be possible for me to do a post-work outdoor ride, so I'll be riding in the garage during the week.
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Good luck with it! I am very happily retired. I volunteer in the community, help my wife's organization (pro bono), our house is now consistently clean and other chores are easily covered, I ride 7k-8k miles per year, and I hit the local brewery taproom every Friday afternoon. It's a great life.

Oh, and on-point with this thread topic: given the reduced time constraints, it's easier than ever for me to ride around town on my SS commuter bike. It always makes me feel good to use the bike instead of a car.
I took last Friday off before my overnight bike trip. Had nothing pressing to do but take the cat to get his nails clipped. It was so relaxing. Rode to my favorite local market then grilled dinner in the late afternoon. It was so relaxing.

One thing that is pushing me over the edge is the looming reality that in a few weeks I am going to have to start driving about 17 miles to work each way every day because we are closing our office that is 2 miles from my house. I am currently going to that office twice/week. I have considered riding, but there is a choke point that makes it really unsafe. Years ago, I used to ride over there, but we moved to a slightly different location. The last couple of miles are really bike-unfriendly. I may still change my mind. My car, which I bought new in early July of 2016, has only about 18,300 miles on it.
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Pain and I hate my bike.
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Pain and I hate my bike.
Cue rydabent to tell you what your problem is.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Cue rydabent to tell you what your problem is.

I have one of those, just don't feel like riding it.

Will eventually get something I like or neck surgery, not sure which first.
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