How early are you out

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by RoadRider400, 8 Jul 2019.

  1. RoadRider400

    RoadRider400 Active Member

    For leisure rides rather than the necessity of commuting?
    Im only a casual rider going out once a week but I love getting out there at 6am or just before on Saturday or Sunday to be on the roads when they are mostly empty. Country lanes alone are brilliant. Thing is I dont see many other roadies until about 8am, and then there are loads of them heading into the country lanes from the main road out of town at about 9am, just as I am heading home.
    Mrs RoadRider400 calls me a moron for getting up at 5:30, maybe she has a point.
  2. lazybloke

    lazybloke Über Member

    Surrey Hills
    Weekends at this time of year - I like to be out the door at about 4am. Can do a longush ride before getting on with childcare and other 'real life' responsibilities. Tis a lovely time, the light around sunrise is amazing, wildlife activity, quiet roads and fresh air. Unbeatable.
    Mrs L thinks I'm a loon too.
  3. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    My mate used to be out before 6am at weekends - again family responsibilities. Me, I'm more 9am, having been up at 6am every day for work.
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  4. Grant Fondo

    Grant Fondo 'Real Life, and Postcard Views, Europe Endless'

    Never that early though did a 7am jaunt to Lligwy beach on Anglesey a couple of months ago and realised i should do it more often! This weekend it was out at 6pm back at 8.30pm, stunner of an evening though. Both have their merits i think.
  5. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    My club do a 'Dad's Club' ride on a Sunday morning at 6am - 40-50 miles with a breakfast stop.
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  6. Dogtrousers

    Dogtrousers Kilometre nibbler

    At weekends I try to be out before 7 normally. I rarely succeed, so it's normally 0710 or something like that. On hot summer days I do make an extra effort to avoid the heat and actually can be out by 0630.
  7. tom73

    tom73 Über Member

    Weekend I look to hit the road by 6.30 can't beat early morning once on the back roads love having nothing to keep you company than bird song , wildlife spotting and a few friends along the way.

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  8. Bazzer

    Bazzer Setting the controls for the heart of the sun.

    Because of a combination of family responsibilities and enjoying the solitude, ideally somewhere between 5am and 6am, all year round. Occasionally it has been 4am and it would be earlier, but for Mrs B (who continues to think I have lost the plot getting up so early), expressing her objections. I don't like leaving any later than 7am.
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  9. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti
    7am usually at the weekends. Though if I am cycling to a start of an Audax. 4.30am is not unknown.
  10. rugby bloke

    rugby bloke Veteran

    Blimey, I am amazed and impressed at you early riders. I need to have a bit of a lie in and a more relaxing start at the weekends so I' usually on the road by 9am, although that can have included a dog walk, dropping daughter at gymnastics etc beforehand so its not always a late start.
    I agree that there is something special about being out in the road early but I see enough of that during the week !
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  11. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    I love those 5 am start's , roads are quieter , not many lycra warriors to get in the way and the wildlife is awake and chirping well so yes earlier the better for me please
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  12. C R

    C R Über Member

    Around 6:30 on Sundays, so that I am back on time for family life.
  13. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    Weekends are 7am year round. Mid week pre work rides are usually 6am. Family life is the main driver here, although I am a naturally early riser.
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  14. PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...

    If you count my commutes home from work, most of them start between 00.00 and 02.00.... :blink:

    Usually, 07.00 to 09.30, depending on the day, and with whom I'm riding.

    Twice, I've been up early enough for a pedal with @biggs682 :laugh:
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  15. wonderloaf

    wonderloaf Über Member

    For some reason I tend to wake up at around 3am to 4am all year round, so at this time of year use this to my advantage to get out really early and try to be out before 5am. My rides are normally 3-4 hours in length so back home in time for brekkie with Mrs W and then the rest of the day ahead of me, if I can keep awake that is!
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