Pinkbike Poll: If Every Ride Was Solo, Would You Still Mountain Bike?

May 1, 2020
by Mike Levy  
Spot Ryve 115 29 review photo by Max Barron


I'm pretty sure that the phrase 'social distancing' would have sounded like an insult only a short time ago. ''He's one of those social distancing types,'' might have been something you'd have quietly said about that odd duck you've seen on the trails for years who's always wearing definitely-not-comical-to-him mismatched riding gear and headphones. And always by himself, of course. He's not even listening to anything, by the way. Those cords are only there to dissuade any unwanted attempts at conversation when the trails are busy. It works.

If you're lucky enough to be able to ride your mountain bike during these strange times, you're probably doing your own version of social distancing. Maybe that means staying out of sweat and spittle range when riding with a friend, or maybe you're sticking to those solo missions until being told that the world is safer. Either way, mountain biking has become a much more solitary activity than many of us would prefer, which got me thinking: What if you couldn't ride with anyone?

I'm talking forever, not just a few more months.

One of the ways I've thought about different types of riders is to break it down into two distinct categories. There are those who love the social aspect of mountain biking; most of their singletrack time is spent with other people, often in groups, and the banter runs before, during, and after the ride ends. They probably need two hands to add up the buddies who're ready to head out at a moment's notice, and is it even a weekend if they didn't squeeze in a silly road trip that involved too much riding, too much alcohol, and not enough sleep?

For them, the social aspect of mountain biking can bring just as many smiles as the trail itself.
SIngle Speed UK 2018 Champs took place at the Isle of Wight this year. Great event loads of beer with like minded colleagues sweet trails and good camping site. Not to mention the weather was spot on too.

And then there are those that think that all that sounds, well, not terrible, but also not that much fun. They don't mean any offense, and they're probably not an a*shole, for the most part. But they're definitely not serious when they say, "Yeah, give me a shout and we'll go for a ride,'' while slowly inching away. They probably have one or two a*shole-ish friends they roll with sometimes but not all the times, and they're more concerned with having a good ride than having good friends along with them. And they didn't hear you say hello because of the headphones that aren't plugged into anything. No offence.

For them, it's the riding itself that brings the most smiles.


Iago Garay and Greg Callaghan cooking off before the fist day of racing


Yes, mountain biking is, of course, not the least bit important during these surreal times of social distancing, shelter-in-place orders, and the actual pain and suffering that's happening. But let's not pretend that it isn't very important to all of us, regardless of if you're a social butterfly or if you've been social distancing for last few decades.

So, in a worst-case scenario, one where necessary social distancing is enforced to the point where your rides had to be solo from here on in, do you see yourself still riding years and years, even decades, into the future? Or does no riding buddies mean no riding?


Do you consider yourself a social rider or an anti-social rider?


If every ride had to be solo from here on in and forever, would you keep mountain biking?




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308 Comments

  • 933 4
 Riding with friends is the icing on the cake but riding is the cake.
  • 34 1
 well said
  • 45 3
 sometimes i don't eat the icing on the cake ..depends on the mood!
  • 11 0
 Perfect comment.
  • 7 2
 Is that like whip cream or ice cream on top of warm apple pie?
  • 7 0
 @thoe: or in your navel?

but then again, I was raised by wolves
  • 5 20
flag kittenjuice (May 1, 2020 at 13:14) (Below Threshold)
 @mrraulduke: The icing is the best part! If you don't like the icing, try a new recipe.
  • 7 1
 Damn, Yoda
  • 11 7
 Friends with weed are friends in deed. Tags alongs, seeya!
  • 24 3
 Most of my friends are pussies, so no icing most of the time just cake.
  • 5 0
 So riding is a muffin then?
  • 8 9
 Riding is beer. The friends make the beer cold.
  • 37 0
 @fraserw: Please don't equate riding alone to drinking warm beer. Highly offensive!
  • 2 0
 Nailed it!
  • 42 2
 Icing? Nah, riding with buddies can be fun, but it’s equal parts annoying... someone is always slower or faster, it’s so much harder to coordinate ride plans.

I mostly ride alone or with a dog. My dog never argues about route choice, he’s always happy to ride, and he’s funny as hell Smile

So yeah, riding with buddies is cool, but I rode alone 90% of the time.

Now If the question was sex, for sure it’s good to have company, now we’re talking!
  • 1 0
 Perfect summation!
  • 17 1
 @mrraulduke: I married my icing.

And I get to eat it all the time!
  • 1 0
 @fabwizard: Hey same here! Big Grin
  • 4 0
 @fabwizard: my icing is the spawn of my partner
  • 1 0
 Woah, where is this cake you speak of?
  • 3 5
 Do you guys prefer to ride after maybe just a quick toke or do you prefer to ride all natural?
  • 2 0
 @nurseben: Pritty much same here . My jack is my riding budy .
  • 4 1
 Sometimes riding solo is beneficial as your focus is on point. There still is no substitute for having your crew amp you up. If I'm test piloting a big feature with big consiquences better believe crew will make me feel way better about pulling the trigger.
  • 1 0
 Are your friends really that tasty?
  • 12 3
 @Ryanrobinson1984: My all natural is after a quick toke
  • 2 4
 @Ryanrobinson1984: What are you riding? For a flow trail fill your boots but riding any kind of gnar? That stuff is hard enough sober.
  • 5 0
 @jorgeposada: so true. I hit a big sender last week purely because I was riding with bros. No way I would have done that solo.
  • 1 0
 @Ironmonsoon602: yes, the cake it is good, even if icing on cake there is not.
  • 4 0
 @mrraulduke: icing is gross
  • 1 0
 Imagine life but with carnal desire to jump, jib and sesh every trails ide feature
  • 4 0
 @garrisond5: You know what I'm talking about. Trying to play it safe and not get hurt but that can only last so long. There is something about hitting some chunky features with your trusted crew that makes it feel safe. Have done alot of reckless things solo but I'm not 26 anymore and know the consiquences.
  • 2 1
 If you don't like cake buy a donut
  • 1 2
 Well said.
  • 5 3
 @jorgeposada: haha! I'm 49 and hit a 12 foot drop that none of the mid thirties dudes would attempt. Peer pressure will do marvelous (ly stupid) things.
  • 3 3
 What does Waki think?? :-(
  • 2 0
 @jorgeposada: Hip Hip................Jorge




I've been wanting to do that everytime I see your name--haha. Man I miss Baseball season.
  • 2 0
 @garrisond5: My peers usually try to pressure me not to hit things but nice to have people there if I get mashed.
  • 1 0
 Birthday cake is the best
  • 1 0
 Spot on man Smile
  • 204 0
 I started mountain biking when I was 16 and 6 months later moved to a town with no other riders, so I learned to ride alone, now I mostly ride with my wife, which feels like ridding alone, but with long breaks waiting for her, wondering if she got lost, but no she had to stop and take pictures of the flowers.
  • 18 0
 hahahah at least you can check on each other
  • 3 2
 The last selection on the left poll is basically me.
  • 12 1
 Wondering if she got lost or hoping?
  • 17 0
 Actually, that sounds quite nice... Doesn't sound like she's angry or freaking out at you for ditching her in the woods.
  • 8 0
 Thanks Unrooted, I thought I was alone. I think my wife filled all 512 Gigs of her Iphone storage in 4 rides.
  • 4 0
 we moved from Santiago, where I used to ride a lot with friends, to this island, where we started this lodge in the middle of nowhere, no dig no ride style, guess what, im riding more than ever before !!!!
  • 7 0
 From what I heard she drops you on the ride.
  • 3 0
 Hahaha! Seems we have the same wife ;-)
  • 9 0
 Dude, did you marry my wife’s twin?

Seriously, I’m looking around thinking what the hell, then here she comes with a flower in her hair!

Come on, it’s a mountain bike ride, not a damn garden show!
  • 23 0
 My wife used to be slower than me, but not anymore. She really got into shape, started doing triathlons, and now she can out-climb and out-pedal me. I can still beat her on the downhills because I have no common sense, but she has TWICE the Strava mileage as me, and will likely be over 2,000 miles for the year.
  • 5 1
 You all need a MTB tandem so you don't have to wait for your wives anymore
  • 3 0
 @laksboy: I used to ride a single speed no sus and that worked. We ended up with pretty much the same pace.
  • 1 0
 That sounds familiar, much longer rest breaks than normal.
  • 2 0
 lol
  • 2 0
 @pixelguru: what’s strava
  • 1 0
 @Alvey72: rest breaks are one thing. Stopping to take pictures is a good reason not to try to turn your wife into a riding buddy lol.
  • 4 0
 @friendlyfoe: Hahaha there's been a few times I've doubled back to see what's taking so long and it's usually "oh I saw some [deer, flowers, views, rabbits] and took some pictures"
  • 1 0
 At least she's riding with you! My wife had only had a bike for a few years as a really young kid...

I bought her a bike for her first birthday after we were married and she's good at riding streets and the paved bike paths now but it'll be a while before she's up to even moderate XC trails. I'd be happy of she was able to make it through, and I know she'd stop for flowers, but what the hell... that's one of the things I like about her! Smile
  • 109 3
 Would be a different story if I didn't have to put my trail dog down last week. Riding "solo" was never really solo with her around, she always kept the stoke high. I haven't found the motivation to ride alone since.
  • 42 3
 Fuck bro, that's awful... real sorry for your loss man.
  • 11 0
 Sorry for your loss. Wish you all the best and hope you can focus on the probably great memories you have of her instead of on the loss, however hard that will be.
  • 22 0
 Think of the good times together.. and get your ass out !! Today:-)
  • 5 0
 That sucks, sorry for your loss. When you’re ready I bet she’ll be watching you ride every time.
  • 9 130
flag dexterfawkes (May 1, 2020 at 13:52) (Below Threshold)
 It's a dog...
  • 9 0
 I'm sorry for your loss. My dog passed away too soon exactly a year ago. Still tears me apart to This day. They mean so much to us.
  • 65 0
 @dexterfawkes: go **** yourself
  • 16 1
 @ThunderChunk: well said mate
  • 21 0
 Get back on that horse, get another dog of two and start looking forward.

I have four dogs, two still ride with me, two are retired. Healer, two Aussies, and an English Shepherd.

Over the years I’ve had more than a dozen dogs, they ride until they can’t, then they hike until they can’t, then it’s laying around until they’re ready for a long nap. I got an Aussie who is 18yo and he still goes on short hikes.

I’ll have a dog until I’m ready for a long nap.
  • 11 0
 @nurseben: I will absolutely get back on the horse and want to clarify that I have not stopped riding, just haven't been able to motivate riding alone since she left. I have been riding with my fiance (she likes flowers but still crushes me on climbs). I'm loading up the bike and getting out for a solo ride today on one of Abby's favorite trails. It'll be a tough ride but it'll feel better after. And eventually we plan to get another trail dog. They are the best companions. Appreciate everyones support.
  • 4 0
 @dexterfawkes: Wow, you are a piece of work
  • 4 1
 @dexterfawkes: you ever lose
Your best friend? Or have to Make a choice because their quality of life? Have some respect.
  • 2 0
 Sorry for your loss man. I've been through it and still can't find words.
  • 7 30
flag dexterfawkes (May 1, 2020 at 15:53) (Below Threshold)
 @weebleswobbles: yeah..it wasn't a dog tho..I guess it slipped my mind that dogs are more important than people....................
  • 3 0
 Losing my childhood pup (at a natural age, not a tragedy) to this day has been the most tramatic experience of my 32yr long life. Positive vibes your way bro, I can't imagine if my dog was ALSO my riding buddy....fuuuuu that'd be incredible, but also so f*cked at the end Frown

Hope yours lived a long/full life !
  • 7 1
 @dexterfawkes: yes my dog is more important than majority of people I come across but that's only because she is more loyal than any human and always always has my back. Sorry for your situation...
  • 11 1
 @dexterfawkes: In this case it has nothing to do with which species has more 'importance', but what that living creature means to the individual.
I think it's very sad that some people can't have love for animals and I think it says alot about their character.
  • 3 0
 As someone that usually only rides with my dog. I feel for you. Chin up.
  • 17 0
 @dexterfawkes: they are to me. I don't require that you agree, and you should'nt require that of any of us either. No one has to be right here.

Frankly, i've never met someone who has taken your position (i.e. dogs are simply animals, treat them as such) in business/my personal life that wasn't either a total piece of shit, or simply a waste of space.

I've tried to become more tolerant of others as I've gotten older, but honestly f*ck you.
  • 19 1
 @dexterfawkes: f*ck, and I can't stress this enough, you.
  • 10 4
 @gnarnaimo: I guess I overlooked that. Sorry if I offended anyone
  • 6 6
 @nvranka: fair enough, sorry... Yeah I guess f*ck me too
  • 6 0
 But my dog saved me from a mother bear and two Cubs.. twice. She ate bacon wrapped filets that next day for sure!
  • 1 0
 So sorry friend!
  • 4 1
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/7205140 lost my trail buddy suddenly one day due to a stomach bloat.. just dreadful for the whole family, not just me. Although she was around 14 years old, she was fine, had a touch of arthritis and she was just getting old and couldn't run with me like she used to. Bailey was fine all day but she starting acting odd at around 3pm, by 430, she was gone. took me a while to get outta my funk. Here's Bailey's final resting spot and LuLu the new d o g www.pinkbike.com/photo/11291600 LuLu is also the bomb, super smart, fast and minds her P's and Q's when it comes to other dogs and people. www.pinkbike.com/photo/10626374 random shot during the winter. LuLu is going to be 9 this year so, I can let her run with me only about an hour-thirty. Beyond that, I have to slow it down, give her Advil after we get home. Goldens usually can only go about 14 years so, I cherish every moment she's out with me. I take her out nearly every ride I go on when I go out there solo.
  • 2 0
 @dexterfawkes: you never too old to learn and nice that your apology now seems sincere
I am giving you a benefit of doubt, because you too may have been raised by wolves
  • 3 0
 @dexterfawkes: people are lying pieces of shit, but dogs are loyal till the grave!
  • 1 0
 My heart goes out to you man, truly. I'm riding solo now as hard as it is, my wife was my reason to ride as odd as it may sound. I lost her in Nov. My pooch is currently the thing keeping me on the fringe of sanity. Stay strong and ride. When your heart rate is through the ceiling or you're scared out of your wits you don't feel pain, you can't.
  • 1 0
 bro get another dog, only sad thing is that your old dog didn't get to teach the new dog how high to keep the stoke. Maybe you can help the new one. Keep the stoke brother. One love.
  • 2 1
 @dexterfawkes: says the guy with a dogs name.
  • 1 0
 @dexterfawkes: yeah, so? Can't he feel incredibly sad for losing his dog pal? No one asked him to choose between a human and a dog. He didn't sacrifice a human for a dog either. That some people can't feel love for an animal doesn't mean that other (healthy in my opinion) people can. I'm sorry for you that you are apparently unable to bond with dogs. They can be great loyal friends.
  • 3 1
 @dexterfawkes: I love it when someone shares an unpopular opinion.
  • 2 0
 @dexterfawkes: and she’s a better companion than you.
  • 3 0
 You should go ride for her, she would want you to be happy and on the trails.
  • 76 4
 Riding groups is a young man's/womaon's game. I can hardly find the time to get out with all lifes responsibilities in my mid 30s with 2 kids and bills to pay, much less find time to coordinate with the few friends who still ride and get lucky enough that the planets are aligned such that we both have the same window of time when we could ride. Ride solo or don't ride so i ride solo
  • 19 0
 Wait until your kids grow up, then you will be back riding with your buddies. I am having so much fun trying to keep up with my younger/ faster friends.
  • 11 0
 Or until the kids grow up enough that you can ride with them. I have friends with kids that can ride. It pushes me to ride faster because I'll be damned if they're gonna be faster than me.
  • 5 0
 I just keep at it. Text my riding buddies to see if they are free when my schedule lined up. A lot of times it is no, but occasionally schedules line up, if not I ride alone. No hard feelings all the way around, life is busy, it takes 10 seconds to text someone “ride today at 4?”
  • 2 0
 @Skooks: Half the dudes I ride with have kids almost my age. They shred!
  • 4 0
 Invest the time and show your kids the joys of riding. It's one of the great joys I have had as a parent of two boys, and yes, they will be faster then you....but that's okay.
  • 11 0
 I can totally relate @freestylAM
As a father of two (22m & 3m) 90% of my rides are solo sunrise rides right now.
Did this once in a while before fatherhood, but now it's the best was to keep shredding. And tbh: I love it! Get up at 4:50, leave at 5:00, pedal up and get a clear mind watching the sun rise. Shred down and be home at about 7 when the kids wake up. Doing this 2-3 times a week ans it gives me back more energy than it costs.
Do I miss regular riding with buddies? Sure as hell, but I still manage to do it once in a while!
Do I enjoy the silence and "only me" time without someone Else? F*** yeah!
  • 5 0
 @a-aha: that's how it's done. In the same boat.

Those early morning rides are a great way to start your day, asks less of your partner, you can still get several hours of ride in and I come home a ball of sunshine/positivity for whatever the day/kids throw at me.
  • 1 0
 Macride. FS trail-a-bike. Tow-whee. Pre-shelter-at-home, if I'm riding, then I better be taking at least 1 or 2 of the 4 with me. Working from home has been great riding solo at o-dark early and sometimes lunch ride with a kid.
  • 7 5
 Have you already murdered a child free friend who told you that they won’t ride with you on 4pm as you have agreed, after tou told him it’s your only window, because they want to go to a concert at 7pm?
  • 5 6
 Another one: weekend is coming - hi guys I can ride in the morning after lunch, what do you say? - mnah no, we want to ride at 11:30am in this way whole day is fkd up but we can sleep to 10am, ride, eat and then go out around 5am and then be back and still watch Netflix
  • 2 0
 I've threatened a few friends with an abrupt end to our friendship and a swift kick to the nads if they bailed on me again in exactly that kind of situation.
  • 8 0
 Yup. I started riding with only friends or would have to force myself out solo for an occasional training ride. Spent years doing huge group rides, but eventually got tired of someone always with a flat or a mechanical. Then I just riding with my racing buddies so we didn’t have all the madness of big groups. Then, I moved to a city where I knew less mountain bikers with weekdays off, so I started riding solo more. Then, I had a kid and just fit rides in solo when I could.
Now, my 10 year old is pretty fun to ride with. So, I will ride with him and my wife for whatever loop they are up for, then I head back out solo for whatever I can fit in. My twice a year guys mountain biking trip has faded out as all us dads have had near impossible time aligning calendars.

It’s all good though. I still love riding now as much as ever and somewhere when I was training for ultra endurance events, I learned to love the long solo rides with the headphones ( really the only time I get to listen to music solo anymore outside the car, so it’s both my chance to either check out new music or enjoy old favorites).

In short, in my 35 years in this sport, I’ve switched to a group only guy to mostly a solo rider and whoever wrote this damn survey is some damn young punk who somehow thinks solo riders are a*sholes. f*ck him. Now, get off my lawn.
  • 4 5
 @Skooks: ha --- try having 18 year old triplet boys ---- for a good long time, they liked riding with me but then..... the dreaded car was a new thing and they hardly ever ride with me. With the MADE IN CHINA ConVid 19, we have busted out a few times together since there's nothing for them to do. ... down side of having triplets, there's no hand-me-down factor: 16" x 3, 20" x 3, 24" x 3, 26" x 3, 29ers and other various sizes X 3!!!! automobile X 1, sorry kids... zero chance you're getting a car for each of your. 3 times the insurance, 3 times the gas, 3 times the worry... nope x 3
  • 1 0
 @jojotherider1977: my kid jumps shit I won't even look at.
  • 1 1
 Bad life choices.
  • 1 0
 Raise 'em right and you'll have riding buddies for life!
  • 2 0
 @whambat: You just wrote my story! To a fing' tee! Lol.
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: In the morning after lunch, what time is that and how much time will you have left to ride that morning?
  • 2 0
 @vinay: in the morning OR after lunch. Leaving half of the day with family.
  • 1 3
 @freestylAM

Hmm mid thirties eh? I’m only a few years younger and have infinite freedom and budget without kids lol...to each his own.
  • 2 0
 @nvranka: some say “enjoy it” or “don’t take it for granted” I say “don’t clench to it” Smile Sometimes I wake up and think to myself... oh well I just slept 7 hours in a row. For 2 years now. Oh... I guess I would remember how was it when my kids were really small, but I can’t. Because child induced insomnia damaged my brain. This is why nobody can give you a good child advice, because they cannot fkng remember. I am at the age where most of my friends already got kids. Sometimes I see things like meeting “this hottest girl” from study times. I saw her 3 years back, still absolutely stunning. Then I saw her lately looking as if she went through corona and cancer at the same time, then got run over by a truck. At first I couldn’t recognize her. Hi how’s it going, long time yeah, yeah - oh I got twins last year, it’s nice to be out for lunch. Erm... congratulations and erm... condolences... erm... yeah, see you around... so mate, carpie diem but don’t clench to it. Take it as an unplanned day off school. And having kids is nothing compared to taking care of a very old parent.
  • 2 0
 @Beez177: haha. Nice!
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Oh yeah, but I've always been planning my days like this. Also before I had kids and for everything, not just riding bikes. Something could take a full day (like when I need to help someone or we're going to do something fun or relevant that takes long) but if that's the case it needs to start early. You can't ask me to help you do something but you only want to start at 10am.
  • 47 0
 i ride alone 99% of the time
  • 3 0
 cheers mate! for a 12 years and still riding)
  • 7 0
 same.
work + kids = go when you can, usually at random non-plannable times.
  • 2 0
 same, can't find anyone to go for a ride when I make up my mind only a few minutes before going because the weather is nice or some other plan got cancelled... plus I started riding bikes "late" (compared to other sports that I do on a regular basis) which makes it even harder to get to know other people who I could ride with.
  • 23 0
 I'm a lot faster uphill than I am downhill. This makes it *extremely* difficult to find riding buddies in the PacNW where everyone seems to wind it up to the summit one break at a time and then drop in twenty seconds behind the pros.

Missing option: oddball
  • 2 1
 This sums up how I feel when my new Texas friends are asking why I'm so slow going uphill... it's just a different culture up there, and I miss it.
  • 2 0
 I've seen guys who are terrible at descending, but they were still faster on the downhill than the uphill. My respect for being honest about this.
  • 1 0
 @clintdricklamar: gotta love that Greenbelt tech, some them climbs are tough and it seems like the whole ride is uphill just with how short the downhill parts are!
  • 1 5
flag JohanG (May 1, 2020 at 16:19) (Below Threshold)
 Up hill is the best part.
  • 1 0
 Buddies need faster uphill bikes. Short travel has really balanced out the equation for my group
  • 29 10
 Could tell this was a levy article and not in a good way. Being a dick and saying no offense doesn’t make you any less of a dick. Maybe if you judged bikes as harshly as you judge people your reviews wouldn’t all be the same tag lines copy pasta’d all over the place.
  • 3 2
 Even though this is pretty off topic...Yeah, kinda gotta agree with this unpopular opinion, he gets the point across. But damn, it's so entertaining. So I'm not gonna stop him. I personally would rather him review people instead of bikes.
  • 6 0
 Lots of us just only know one or two people who ride. His opinion might be biased by working in the industry, but to say people riding on their own "probably aren't an a*shole" is a pretty ignorant way to put it.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, I found the distillation interesting. There are many different types of riders, but there can be only two.

Maybe offset a little by the first paragraph actually being an introspection/biopic.
  • 5 0
 @friendlyfoe: I don't know. I ride by myself quite a lot because I work funny hours and I think it's a fair assessment to say that I'm 'probably not an a*shole'.

I don't think I am one, but I can't be sure.
  • 8 0
 "odd duck you've seen on the trails for years who's always wearing definitely-not-comical-to-him mismatched riding gear"

Sometimes I ride alone and sometimes I ride with friends, but I'm just glad that I don't have to ride with a*sholes who care about other people wearing matching gear.

Wtf? @mikelevy
  • 2 0
 It’s interesting what matters to whom. And when.

My favorite thing about mountain biking is just how devoid of capital-C Cool it is. Think about it. There are less than 50 mountain bikers on the planet who would be seen as Cool by the rest of the Cool kids. It’s pretty much dorks the whole way down, which is what makes it so cool!

It is wholly adorable when anyone tries to pull rank in mountain biking—especially when they’re dressed in their matchy-matchy power ranger getup. I sincerely love it!

Looks like we’re easing back in to normal again at least. The familiarity of this post is comforting. Ahhhh...
  • 3 3
 @thegoodflow: WTF, who says I care?
  • 3 3
 @mikelevy: because you back handedly decided to make fun of people with mismatched kit. Must be nice spending these days up in your ivory tower.
  • 18 0
 Interesting poll.
I ride solo pretty much 100% of the time. I used to ride in groups relatively often, especially when I shuttled, but now I just prefer getting out on my own, at my own pace. I will be sociable if I run into other riders on the trail, but I don't seek out riding companions.
  • 6 0
 Yep. I want to stop for a piss, beer, or view when and where I want to.
  • 16 0
 For me riding solo is the pinnacle of freedom in my current life. Walk any line you don't feel taking. Session any spot as much as you want without feeling guilty of holding back others. Stare at a peculiar rock for as long as you goddamn please.
  • 13 0
 As an introvert I find it hard to understand that people need to ride with others (need not want). I do have friends that I shuttle with but I am 100% content on riding alone. Up until 2019 I was riding alone for years. That included going to whistler bike park by myself and on road trips. Going on solo rides during covid is just a normal ride for me.
  • 3 0
 Ditto, I'm riding with others purely for the motivation. Let's hammer than go...home.
  • 2 0
 Same here... I've ridden alone most of my life, but have ridden socially a fair amount in seasons of my life where it was possible and enjoyable. I still love riding alone but there's something special about sharing the stoke of a great trail with a mate. I only seem to ride to my potential with faster riding mates, however, so... whether it's a smashfest with the mates, or taking the time to 'smell the roses' riding solo, it's all good when I'm on a bike!
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 @SoddenDeath: Same again, only time I rode with others was when I was a kid on BMX and then when I was in my 20's with mates on motorbikes. Loosing some mates, I learned to ride solo and I just like being in my surrounds without social distractions.

Happy to follow my nose on windy roads on a motorbike or get lost in a forest on my mountain bike. Darn some of those forest cutting machine tracks can be gnarly but so are Finnish Forests. When riding in Aus, I must remember to get out early before the snakes are awake.
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 @SoddenDeath: ya that's why I started branching out and looking for people to ride with last year. Fortunately I just happened to meet a really awesome group of riders, both female and male hardcore shredders. Riding myself o eventually plateaued and stopped progressing. I've progressed more in the past 2 years than 7 yearss by myself. Didn't realize how high my potential was!
  • 1 0
 @ThunderChunk: yeah it's pretty amazing how you can progress when pushed by faster riders... Tis a good thing
  • 8 0
 "that odd duck you've seen on the trails for years who's always wearing definitely-not-comical-to-him mismatched riding gear"

I thought that wearing matching riding kit was a roadie or sponsored pro thing?!? If miss-matched kit stops you from talking to another biker ... that's unfortunate.
  • 1 0
 People do that? Thats f**** strange.
  • 7 0
 When I started mountain biking in the 80s I was the only kid in school with a mountain bike, lone wolf from the start, I guess old habits die hard. Now I only ride with a select few people that are on a similar wavelength and fitness.
  • 2 0
 Same here, sometimes I would go for a ride in the forest and cross nobody at all. I played tennis for a while, I found it frustrating to have to find a slot available for a court, and a partner that would be available at that time. With mountain biking, you could go anytime you wanted!
  • 1 0
 I was the only regular rider I was aware of at my school, in Vancouver no less, back when riding was pretty uncool. Now I live in Australia and everybody is f***ing mad for it and it's a reasonably cool thing to admit liking. How things change!
  • 6 0
 My job involves being nice to people, sometimes whilst also giving them very bad medical news, sometimes despite the fact that what they really need is good hard slap across the chops, always got to be nice. Biking is my time to be the angry loud northern cunt I was born to be, it's not for sharing.
  • 5 0
 Depends what kind of riding. the only time I prefer riding with people is when you hit up a local park and resort and you need to have someone to feed off to turn shit up to 11 and give yourself a few scares... plus get piss drunk afterwards. But for a weeknight ride or adventure ride out in the bush, its just me and my tunes getting away from everything.
  • 7 7
 People still drink when weeds 100% legal? Weird.
  • 3 0
 @unrooted: embrace the power of and
  • 1 0
 @preston67: it's the power of the ampersand, bro
  • 9 1
 It would be prudent for Pinkbike to at least mention safety considerations in regards to riding solo. Yer on your own!
  • 3 0
 There are ways to mitigate that but you're right. My Garmin InReach Mini is always handy on solo rides where cell service is bad.
  • 8 0
 Its like sex, either with someone or yourself...tell me which is better ?
  • 33 0
 the one with less crying......so usually with someone..
  • 3 0
 Both
  • 9 0
 The more the merrier.
  • 2 0
 Exactly. I'd still ride because I love it, but it would be a drag!
  • 1 1
 @vinay: "two is better than one, three is better than two" - Halestorm
  • 1 0
 Depends on the situation.
  • 2 0
 LOL --- good one ----- that's what she said
  • 3 0
 Either way, you still get f“#@ed.

Never had a night or three when you should have left your clothes on ? My last bike ride with friends felt about the same...

And you can always get some quick relaxation solo Smile
  • 4 0
 I'd probably ride my local trails more than I already do, to be honest... Some trailheads look like Walmart parking lots on the weekends. The sport has exploded in such popularity, many small, older trail systems are so overused they're not fun to ride at all because it seems like there's other trail users you need to watch out for around every corner.
  • 1 0
 Lighting systems have come a LONG way and this time of year it's not freezing at night. Nothing like watching the sun rise after 1-2 hours of riding.
  • 4 0
 when i'm alone i change my trail areas/trail choices/features accordingly, it's nice to have someone to ride with for safety and social reasons but i definitely don't mind a good solo leg burner or.. solo snail pace ride either
  • 4 0
 I used to ride solo. It was better then. Thought that wife was more into riding, she lied.... then we had a toddler, she is becoming rad at 4, mostly because I've mountain trailer-d her since she was 10 months old, but Jebus Chrismas I want to stop draggin all this dead weight with me! I long for the day I can solo ride again. I may not stop.
  • 7 0
 I love riding solo. I love riding with my buddies. I love riding.
  • 3 0
 I love the social aspect of mountain biking (though I love solo rides too). I used to surf a lot, and got so sick of the territorialism and grumpiness that's rampant in that community, since everyone's scratching for a scarce resource. I love seeing new and old buddies on the trail and it's often the more the merrier!
  • 5 0
 "I ride alone, yeah,
With nobody else
I ride alone, yeah,
With nobody else
You know when I ride alone,
I prefer to be by myself"
  • 2 0
 "I walk alone, I walk alone!
I live in a world, live in a world of my own creation
Live in a world, live in a world of my own"
  • 2 0
 Except for my good Buddy Weiser.
  • 2 0
 Nice George reference. And "Gear jammer" has got to be one of the best riding songs ever made! I could drop Nino listening to that!

*Disclaimer : in no lifetime ever is that possible but in my head.
  • 3 0
 One of the big challenges are my cohort gets older is that I'm still really fit. Many of my old riding buddies have families now and are getting a bit soft around the middle so even when we can manage to fit in a ride together it's often their first time out in a while. The tempo of the ride adjusts and we still have a good time but that capability differential is growing more every year.
  • 1 0
 I have the same problem. Been lucky enough to engage with some guys half my age.
They can keep up for the most part ha ha.
But they are faster on the DH - I find as I get older I"m not as fast as I used to think I was.
  • 3 0
 Sadly, As you age and move it's harder and harder to find someone to ride with, outside of family.. I've found the same now in Snowboarding.

I almost exclusively ride hard when riding alone, but most other rides I try and do with my kids (who are solid riders but still young-enough to have a hard time keeping up). Same goes with the Snowboarding, but in that case I have buddies at my skill level I can ride with at least on one or two trips a year.

No similar skill riders in my friend circle so I ride alone.
  • 4 0
 I used to mostly ride with buddies but seem to be 98% solo now. Making plans, meeting at trailheads, waiting for late buddie different paces etc etc so much nicer to just go whenever and ride as hard or big as I feel like.
  • 6 0
 I prefer solo, really want to go my own pace and speed and do not like to stop and talk at all during a ride.
  • 7 0
 All I need are some tasty trails, a cool buzz - and I'm fine.
  • 3 0
 .....and here I thought I was the only weirdo that rides alone. A lot of it is a matter of necessity. Either I go solo or not at all because of the lack of local enthusiasts that share in the passion of riding. It's pretty rural here and 4 wheelers are way more common than mountain bikes. But part of it too is not having to get roped into someone else's schedule and riding plans which may not suit my particular desires. Social rides require compromise and some times no friends can mean no problems.
  • 6 0
 I've not ridden with anyone in 20 years or so...so yes.
  • 2 0
 Been riding MTB since early 90's. Rode alone for many years as not many ppl doing it. Finally found a group of good people to ride with and my advice to all is to make friends and keep lots of riding buddies. I can ride alone and still love it but it really is the icing on the cake and is really the key to learning, growing and pushing your comfort zone as a rider. Good times and trip abound!
  • 2 0
 As I stated on a thread above --- I ride with the d o g.. often Solo but, not really if LuLu is at my side --- I'm a pretty fast rider so, when I'm with friends, I'm often waiting for my buds to catch up with me or, I'll slow down to their pace.. I don't really care, I just like to pedal. I do it for the fitness mostly. I enjoy a good climb, love technical stuff to the point where, if I mess up and toe tap, I'll go back to the spot again until I get it right. I don't care, I just ride and I dont complain that X trails is too this or too that.
  • 3 0
 Been riding solo for the last six or so weeks! Been awesome, never have to argue about which downhill trail we’re gonna do!
  • 3 0
 At this point in lock down I’m healthier in my head than I have been for a very long time. A lot of stuff makes sense to me now...I think there’s a spectrum or something?
  • 3 0
 One of the things that initially got my hooked when I started riding was the lack of people the peacefulness in the woods - so hell yes
  • 5 0
 Used to like riding with friends a lot better, but they all quit.
  • 6 0
 Same for me. Before my 20's I was always riding with friends and had lots of fun. Then they all quit riding and so I was only riding a few times a year for like 7-8 years. Then I started riding alone because I was fed up of waiting for someone to come with me. Turns out that I started to like riding alone much more than with friends. I go where I want, when I want and for as long as I want.
  • 3 0
 @lRaphl: "I go where I want when I want and for as long as I want"
I can't agree with you anymore!
  • 3 0
 I ride with my dog 99.9% of the time. I try to go with people but I find that it just easier to go by myself, less stress. Quiet time is good for the soul.
  • 3 1
 Riding alone >>>> Not Riding. I like riding with people, but tend to only do it on weekends (so maybe 2 out of my 5 or 6 rides a week). It's not too much of a leap to make all my rides solo.
  • 2 0
 I try to always MTB with friends because its more fun and you have someone there if you eat shit and need help. I tend to road bike solo. That's my avenue to escape and be alone.
  • 1 0
 I ride solo but mostly because where I am most of riders are super stoked about being able to ride up something, while I am very much the opposite.
  • 4 0
 My option isn't there, which is that I love riding solo but generally don't because I don't want to get hurt alone!
  • 2 0
 This. Some of my best rides are with friends, where I am more willing to push my limits (at least before the covid thing). Many times solo, I'll look at a stunt I haven't touched, ans steer clear.
  • 2 1
 Exactly, there are a few trails I will not ride alone just because I do not want to get eaten by ants for days until someone finds me.
  • 3 0
 Some people like riding solo. Some people like riding in groups. Don't be a dick because some people don't like doing things the same way you do.
  • 2 0
 All my mates brought road bikes, now getting gravel bikes and adventure bikes (whatever that means) hopefully in a year or so they might stop following trends, see the light and buy real bikes
  • 1 0
 I only ride with buddies when the trails are not just highways in the woods or really mellow trails.. The reason is obviously sharing good times but the reason why I don't ride alone is because of safety too... I don't want to finish in the middle of nowhere without any other person that can help me in the worst case.. A crowded trail-centre or bike park does it's job too..
  • 1 0
 I used to primarily ride solo because my local club was xc oriented and every ride was a trip to the pain cave. As I've gotten older (41) I've started riding with buddies with similar abilities and aspirations to me, good company and finding new crazier locations to ride. It's become more about the company and less about the MTB.
  • 3 0
 It's not a team sport. However risk assessment changes if you are with or without a group. After enough injuries I prefer to not guinea pig anything solo.
  • 2 0
 Group riding is a never ending drama...solo is a meditation...and you can rip it with no need to wait...Plus I bump in to ton of peeps on my trails, all social I need...Group rides are ok maybe twice a year.
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  • 2 1
 Here it was maybe one or two, since the trails "closed" in general we are closer to 12 on a typical ride....seriously.
  • 3 0
 95% of my rides are solo. Riding solo is great. If I had to ride based on everyone else's schedules, preferences, etc, I would ride 10% of what I ride now.
  • 1 0
 i always did ride solo when I needed to and if you asked me this question 2 months ago I would have said no questions asked I would ride solo. im not sure about that anymore, if biking was solo and other activities were not, I'm not sure if I would keep biking.
  • 1 0
 To me is a little boring ridding solo when you have to pedal a lot. Living in the middle of a big city I´m used to ride with some friends,mostly people I meet ridding my bike
Working from time to time as trail guide is hard to ride solo,I ride along with hundreds of people. The people knows my bike and the pony tail,so it easy to meet a few people in every ride. Sometimes it feels like a little village when I go to the local bike park,turn a corner and chat for 20 min with someone over and over hahaha.
  • 1 0
 Nearly all my rides are solo anyway. No need to hurry up to get on time for the meeting point, or wait for buddy who needs to wrench on his bike before we can go, or die because buddy is pushing like a mad man on the climbs, or having to endure that dude who just won't STFU, etc. I like riding with others once in a while. It's special and different but I'm happy with my solo rides.
  • 1 0
 Got to say this surprised me quite a bit. I understand schedules and not riding with people on a total different skill level, but you guys need to get some more riding buddies. Every great thing in life is way better when you have someone to share it with.
  • 2 0
 98% of my rides are by myself anyway because my schedule's weird. I miss riding with my friends and I'm less adventurous on my own, but I don't need other people around to make it rewarding.
  • 1 0
 I ride alone, have done so for a long time. I used to ride with a couple guys from time to time who I underwent some pretty intense full on combat training with, to the point where nobody had to say a thing to know how we'd deal with any situation the we came upon.
We still do ride together, but it's an effort to pull out the social graces upon encountering other riding/hiking/equestrian/ hunting groups. Usually a minimum of talk between the three of us, and maybe a bit more when meeting the real, social, groups.

But time goes by, one of us got dead, and now, the two of us still ride together a bit, but for for the most part, I ride solo. So does he. And we like it, "Jus' Lie' 'Dat".......
  • 1 0
 I live in Swedish forests so no distancing here more than usual. people are dying. This current government is light years more stupid and incompetent than we've ever seen. (no joke), well see what happens i guess.

I´ll ride till i die of course and probably gonna build trails in my grave too. Just take care of yourselves so you don't have to go to ER in these times. Can be worse than ever. i feel for the nurses and doctors right now.
  • 1 0
 Sweden’s “we’re gonna get sick so let’s do it on a schedule” approach to the virus is the favorite of the arrogant internet knowitalls—but it seems terrifying to me...is that because my healthcare isn’t really guaranteed here in the USA? Speak some more on your feelings, if you could...I’d love to hear the views of a non-Waki Swede.
  • 1 0
 As someone else pointed out, for me is solo riding or not riding at all. Family and work... it's just too difficult to coordinate with riding buddies.
Last year I broke an arm while solo riding, and had to walk 1km to get outside the woods and reach the rendezvous point with the ambulance. Three months later I was up and running (awesome surgeon and physio btw!), solo riding again.
That said, I'm happy when I randomly meet other riders on the trails and join them.
  • 1 0
 A great day of riding is a solo day and saying hello to other people on the trail. My job gets me "peopled out" so to speak and I need alone time in nature.. People skills aren't an issue, but not all mountain bikers are cool. As with the message board some bring odd unnecessary drama. Skill-wise it's really hard to progress with drops and jumps solo.
  • 1 0
 Interesting thought experiment....or rather I hope it is. Things are going to change for organized rides. I am trying to think of what training for teams will look like. Is car pooling out? Distance at 2m while coaches gives orders for day. But in workouts, how do you stay 2m off but still use rider-to-rider efforts to get max effort out of intervals, climbing, sprinting? Are we headed to a weird China Miéville world of time trials only for competition? DH, okay, easier to see. For XC and 4X, ugh. Enduro, possibly, yes. Trials, you're okay. Roadies, you're hurtin' for certain. But will parents even trust clubs and team to use "best practices", and what are these "best practices"?
Events? Good luck to us all. Would a promoter take the chance of holding one? Events of 20 riders per group, first group 10-12, next group meets 12:30-2:30, next 3:30-5:30. 30 minutes to disinfect in between?

Hurts my head when I consider the future.
  • 1 0
 I generally like solo rides better, but will hook up with groups for the apre beers and friends make bike trips way better. Ideal group is 2-4 riders of similar skill, more and fuc&ery starts to ensue, but that also makes for the best apres.
  • 1 0
 i nearly always ride solo and love it but the other day I broke my helmet (with my head still in it) when I landed a jump wrong. Don't know how long I was out for but sure didn't know where the hell I was when I came to. Really pleased to see some other riders rock up who helped me back to the trail head and hospital. Still love riding alone though!
  • 1 0
 Has to be a disciplined group. Not necessary the fastest, but consistent, and leaves on time. Nothing like that buddy who always shows up late or the other one who's bike is always broken. Solo rides are great too or with a couple like minded shredders. Guess I don't really care, just ride.
  • 1 0
 I have to be honest, I ride with others mainly for safety, then for company. I used to frequently ride solo until one day I wiped out hard all alone. Had to drag my bloody self and my bike limping all the back to my vehicle at a place with no cell signal. Not fun. We also have bears and cougars in our area sometimes. So, even more reason to ride in groups.
  • 1 0
 For me, I love riding bikes, and I agree with what others said, getting to share that with other people is the icing on the cake. The flip side ... and one that was not hit upon in the poll, is that riding is dangerous. I wouldn't hit certain things if I was riding solo ... there are to many situations that I've been in and also I've seen people get into where being alone could be deadly. Having friends to encourage, and also be there as support, helps keep me getting after it.
  • 1 0
 I like to ride with people in my relative skill and fitness level. I don't like riding with someone who repeatedly toasts me on the climbs and has more stamina than I do, and I don't like waiting a bunch and not riding for as long as I want. Though people's descending skills don't matter to me because you don't generally need to wait for more than a minute or two. luckily my core group of friends falls into that group so I get out with them when I can.
  • 1 0
 most of my riding is done solo. I bartend (pre-covid) and weekend rides are few, weekday mornings/early afternoons are less trafficked trail times and I don't have to worry about hikers nearly as much. always give my route to my gf or a friend and send a text when starting and when they should expect a text when i'm done and safe.
  • 1 0
 Riding solo is necessary. Sometimes you need to be out there with yourself. But as important as that is, nothing compares to a one last crazy run with youre buddies in a raining sunset in the middle of nowhere and suddenly a little wood shack that serves tasty bear. God i miss that...
  • 1 0
 I rode 98% solo for almost 3 years. It is good and all and very necessary to ride alone. However, adding just one more person or having three is quite fun. Then you end up riding more laps and on trails you didn't expect to ride. Definitely makes it a better experience all around to have that as an option sometimes.
  • 1 0
 Talk about completely misreading the audience. Article strongly implies those who are happy riding alone are jerks.
"They don't mean any offense, and they're probably not an a*shole, for the most part."
Then the poll strongly shows that riding alone is what most of us actually do with no problem.
There are a whole host of valid reasons why folk ride alone without this making them bad people. As well as the reasons that are outside of their control, working hours, geography, lack of time etc. Or maybe it's to avoid judgemental people who look down those who are different in some irrelevant way.
  • 1 0
 You're very serious. The poll is not very serious.
  • 2 0
 So Levy, you used "offence" twice in your write-up. Have you also recently adopted a British accent? Or is your ghost writer in the UK?
  • 1 0
 Riding with friends is nice, I love riding with people because I like to share experiences, and I love introducing mountain biking to new people. But riding alone is like therapy to me. I enjoy the alone time.
  • 3 0
 I prefer riding solo... getting away from everything and everyone is the best part of riding.
  • 1 0
 I definitely prefer to ride alone as I get to just get on and ride at my own pace. But since moving from Wellington to NS there’s far fewer people on trails so do end up riding with people more.
  • 5 1
 I would only ever ride alone if injuries weren't a thing.
  • 1 0
 Exactly! Being seriously injured all alone on a mountain is not a good situation to be in. Friends can at least help you back to safety or go get help if needed.
  • 4 0
 “If you didn’t ride, I’d be in jail for killing you” - my wife
  • 3 0
 If I have waited for my friends to go to the races I've been, I would have never started in first place.
  • 4 0
 If I didn’t ride solo I’d hardly ever get to ride.
  • 4 0
 If I wasnt “scared” of brown bears I wouldnt mind riding alone
  • 4 0
 Riding in a group is more of a safety thing for me.
  • 4 0
 I'm a social outcast so I mostly ride alone
  • 3 0
 I got smart and married my best friend/riding partner. Now she’s stuck riding with me.
  • 1 0
 I love riding with my son, sadly now he's a teen, he's not so keen on hanging with his old fart dad, and it had taken some of the joy out of it. Plus he would push me to get fitter and try more daring features.
  • 1 0
 My 9 year old sends the biggest dirt jump lines we can find. He won't XC ride at all. Shuttle laps all day though.
  • 1 0
 If you really like ride hard long without almost no stopping and often the more buds the more complicated.... My trail dog it's always ready but and willing to follow me to the end of the world...
  • 1 0
 I love riding solo (preferably with my bad ass 13 lb trail dog) but also like riding with a friend. I live in a huge riding town but struggle to find a consistent riding buddy.
  • 1 0
 Solo rides are pretty much the norm for me. My work day ends when the work is done and most of my friends are in the same boat so it's really tough to all get together at a set time. It's fun when we can, though.
  • 3 0
 I prefer riding myself. I think if I'd be way more likely to quit biking if I had to ride with other people all the time.
  • 2 0
 I don't have any friends so every ride is a loner session anyway. From when I rode BMX to now riding in the mountains in BC it's always been alone.
  • 1 0
 I'm ok with being alone because I'm used to it. Now it is 6:30 in the morning where I am and I've just spent an hour in the Thetford forest. I could not have done that with a group - disease or no disease.
  • 3 0
 Wait, every ride isn't solo?
  • 2 0
 I only ride alone so I am still currently riding, whether it be road or mountain.
  • 2 0
 I tend to ride as close to sunrise as possible, so its not that often that people want to join me
  • 2 0
 i think im faster when I ride by myself... no one to chase, and no one to put the pressure on from behind
  • 2 2
 Hey @mikelevy,

Would you be up for changing “broskis” in the second question? This isn’t an accusation and I’m honestly not insinuating anything - it’s easy to oversee things and we all slip up ????
  • 2 0
 Can count the times I’ve ridden with others in the past ten years in two hands.
  • 1 0
 I come from the land Saffa. Everyone is xc and marathon bedonnerd.so i got bedonnerd and built my own trails and ride alone mostly
  • 3 0
 Fucking right I would.. fuck all people.
  • 1 0
 Sir, I salute you.
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 What is wrong with you people, are you socially inept?
Meeting up with your pals to go riding, decide on a route ,have a ball..who cares if someone is faster/slower at the end of each ride,tales of sketchy jumps,roots etc..and a smile on your face
Coffee, cake or sneaky beer at the end..superb..
I personally have made friends for life biking, been to Canada, France, Switzerland, Wales, England and local to tweed valley biking with lads from all over the Uk and not once did I ever think " I wish I was alone " ..what is wrong with you werdio's ?
  • 5 1
 The mountainbikers I met that were real a@@holes were not a majority, but they definitely stood out like a sh!t on a newly polished floor.

For example: they asked me if I am socially inept and called me a weirdo just because I wished I was alone. Couldn‘t hear their tales of heroism and far corners of the earth anymore. They didn‘t ride much, but they easily doubled their time away from their families by hanging out at the cafe...
  • 3 0
 Ride solo mostly- I enjoy the solitude!
  • 2 0
 Mtn bikers dont need groups like roadies. Solo riding is best on single track. Push it to the limit.
  • 1 0
 I'm probably outside the pinkbike demographic Smile , but the riding with my kids and seeing their progression is just as priceless.
  • 1 0
 I'm going to level with you... If I want to stand around and chat with my buds we can skip the drive and the thousands of dollars in gear and just hang out in the yard.
  • 2 0
 Love riding solo, but sometimes it's nice to ride with friends in case you run into a cougar
  • 1 0
 All these lone wolves and solo guys, on social media..
A little ironic maybe? Or can we only stand people when we don't have to look at them? Haha...
  • 1 0
 The first two season I was riding I rode alone 100% of the time. Now I usally ride with buddies, but I still love a good solo rip before work!
  • 2 0
 I already miss the office lunch rides.
  • 2 0
 Got me an epic trail dog....I’m never solo
  • 1 0
 Same here!
  • 1 0
 PB comment section: Solo or with friends/other PB'ers, If you dont care that no-one cares what you think, why do you still?
  • 2 0
 I Only ride solo. Too slow to ride with others
  • 1 0
 I ride solo 99 out of 100 rides. Others climb too slow, regardless of how much they'll kick my ass on the downs.
  • 2 0
 INTJ-T yeah, every ride is alone unless I take my dog
  • 3 0
 #lonewolf
  • 2 0
 Cycling is not soccer and that's a great thing!
  • 2 0
 All I need is myself, a bike, and the mountain.... Less is more
  • 2 0
 "All my friends are dead"
  • 2 0
 I love my solitude no matter what
  • 1 0
 Since we moved all my rides are solo. Miss my riding buddy but riding will always be fun either way.
  • 1 0
 When you’re in the Dad Crew, you’re always riding solo—even there’s five of us.
  • 2 0
 I probably rode solo 80% of the time pre-virus anyway
  • 1 0
 Ride on, ride on With hope in your heart And you'll never ride alone You'll never ride alone!
  • 1 0
 People have friends? I have an imaginary one does that count? Still he is faster than me so that kind of sucks.
  • 1 0
 Would much rather ride with my kids and wife. Spending time with family is much more rewarding than with friends.
  • 1 0
 riding with others is a recipe for injury - you show off subconsciously, they do too
  • 1 0
 I like riding with friends if shuttling or the bike park. But I actually prefer to ride alone when a climb is involved.
  • 1 0
 MTB is my escape from social idiots!! 80% of my rides are solo! Solo rides are awesome!
  • 1 0
 Truthfully... I am competitive and athletic, but I love biking in general because it is essentially a solo sport!
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 mega trains are nice sometimes. alot of the time i like riding alone and picking every trail i want to ride too.
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 Yolo solo
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 always and forever.
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 I'm a lonely soldier, ghost dog, just get off my woods
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 I'd get a dog and still enjoy the trails.
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 Will terminate anything entering my territory! Wink
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 So like, my own personal uplift, just for me? Awesome
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 I ride alone but can’t prove it .
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 Any more than 3 riders is too many for me
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 Can I still bring my dog?
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 Snarl.... Pedal.
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 Riveting content once again
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 I don't face time.
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 Dick Pound????

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