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Ride a bike CHALLENGE!

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by SurfInferno, May 11, 2010.

  1. May 11, 2010 at 11:03 AM
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    SurfInferno

    SurfInferno [OP] Dont be stupid, its not smart.

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    Last year i wanted know know how much i take my truck for granted so i set out to do the impossible. Put my keys away for a solid week and only ride a bike/skateboard/anything that takes work. The only exception was if i absolutely had to drive out of town for a job or emergency.
    It made me appreciate my truck more than i would ever know, got me more in shape, and was a pretty fun challenge.

    So now i bring it here. Can you do it? Put the keys down for a solid week, only ride a bike/skateboard/run/walk everywhere that is physically possible.
    It may be hard for people with jobs pretty far away so that is an exception.

    Lets start this sat 5-15-2010 and end the 22nd. Again if you HAVE to drive then go ahead. I have to drive an hour away every sat. Its more for the around town stuff.

    Who is in?
     
  2. May 11, 2010 at 11:04 AM
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    rcbs204

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    I live out of town by 24 miles, otherwise i would give it a shot.

     
  3. May 11, 2010 at 11:20 AM
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    SurfInferno

    SurfInferno [OP] Dont be stupid, its not smart.

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    haha no prob. 48 miles round trip would be tough.
     
  4. May 11, 2010 at 11:31 AM
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    straycat241

    straycat241 maXXXed out mid travel

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    i did this a week ago when i got my coilovers rebuilt had no front shocks for a week haha
     
  5. May 11, 2010 at 11:34 AM
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    Richman21

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    Back before I had kids and in college, I did something similiar, except it was for more than a week. I would say close to a year. I biked to school about 10 miles each way and work about 5 miles each way. It was very rewarding. Now, I have to pick up my 5 year old and 3 year old from school and daycare, might be kind of difficult giving them piggy-back rides for about 15 miles each way.
     
  6. May 11, 2010 at 11:34 AM
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    I did it for a few months in VB, amazing how much you save on gas $$
     
  7. May 11, 2010 at 11:38 AM
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    I used to bike EVERYWHERE when I was in High School without a license. One summer I even set a goal to bike 500 miles before school started. I rode every single day, even from city to city on my 1 speed BMX bike, keeping track of miles on google maps and an excel spreadsheet.

    At the end of the 3 months I had only ridden 250 miles. That's like only 1 tank of gas! And I thought I had biked my ass off.

    I also challenge you guys to do this, and set a mileage goal and see if you can reach it.

    Oh yeah, and by the end of that summer on my 1 speed, my legs were freaking ripped:bananadance::D.
     
  8. May 11, 2010 at 11:39 AM
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    I did something similar with riding my motorcycle. I took a bet that I couldn't ride it for a year. Now if I had to use my truck I did, but I commuted to work for a year on the bike. I have a photo somewhere in front of a bank sign which shows the temp at -1F. I have a BMW R1200 GS ADV, and have since added heated seats. I try to ride it as often as I can, but not as hard core as I use to be.

    I use to ride my bike all the time. One day I decided to ride my badge number 57 miles. I started against the wind so I would have it at my back on the return leg. No luck. Just as I was going to turn south to take advantage of it, the wind shifted and a storm rolled in. Up to 30 mph winds into my face for the last 2 hours (20 miles)! At one point I had to stop because I couldn't keep enough forward momentum to keep the bike going! It wound up taking me 5 hours to get home. Lesson learned...check the weather online before setting out!

    I might try the bicycle thing, but won't be able to start this weekend.

    good luck to all those giving it a shot!
     
  9. May 11, 2010 at 11:39 AM
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    id be in but i left my bike at my brothers in edmonton when i moved back. cant wait to start riding again
     
  10. May 11, 2010 at 2:30 PM
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    im going to see if i can borrow a road bike from my friend, right now all i have is my mtn bike
     
  11. May 11, 2010 at 10:47 PM
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    How far is your ride to work ? I think mine is 17 miles one way. I will drive it home tonight and let you know if I'm in or not. I usually take I-10, to do this challange I will have to ride the surface streets. After 8 hours in full gear is rough. I'll let you know.
     
  12. May 11, 2010 at 10:52 PM
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    JimBeam

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    yeah no

    i typically put close to 100 miles/shift on my car
     
  13. May 11, 2010 at 11:18 PM
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    SurfInferno

    SurfInferno [OP] Dont be stupid, its not smart.

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    even if you have to drive to and from work, but around town and as far as you can ride.
     
  14. May 12, 2010 at 12:34 AM
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    I just got home and that's a 15 mile ride one way. I will do all the little runs on my road bike and do at least one ride too and from work.
     
  15. May 12, 2010 at 9:55 AM
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    SurfInferno [OP] Dont be stupid, its not smart.

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    sweet sounds good!
     
  16. May 12, 2010 at 9:57 AM
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    I like to ride to work its 36miles round trip Im sure a road bike would make it better but its not that bad.
     
  17. May 12, 2010 at 10:04 AM
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    I do it for training (ride Road bike to work) 74 miles round trip a couple days a week. not because I believe in global warming, but to keep fit. That must be stated.:D
     
  18. May 12, 2010 at 10:18 AM
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    SurfInferno

    SurfInferno [OP] Dont be stupid, its not smart.

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    hahah yea i was going to add that in but i forgot, this ISNT to help the green freak movement... :D
     
  19. May 12, 2010 at 10:24 AM
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    I'm 49 and work 30 miles from home. It's not the age or distance thing, more like where to shower at work and having to leave at 3 a.m. to get there before traffic goes nuts. I did do this over the wknd tho...parked the truck on Friday afternoon and it went nowhere until Monday morning....condensed version, lol.
     
  20. May 12, 2010 at 3:56 PM
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    yea, working out the logistics sucks! thankfully my buddys office is right down the street with a SHOWER! I have t owear a shirt and tie for work, so I bring that the day before.
     
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