It seems many cyclists go riding first thing in the morning.
While in summer the heat of the day can be hot and uncomfortabal.
In the cooler months this can mean riding in the dark and the weather can be more comfortable later in the day when it is warmer.
I can see that the traffic is less early in the day.
Are there other reasons to get up early and freeze your fingers (or other bits) off in winter.
Very encouraging thread, nice to know people have lives outside of cycling & make effort to ride in the morning. I feel encouraged to get up a bit earlier & make the time.
My winter weekend cycling = sleeping in till 9:00am, having a leisurely breakfast reading a cycling magazine, cycling from 1pm to 5pm. Everything else like housework, shopping etc fits in around that.
Unless there is another compelling reason or commitment to have to get up early, I just dont see why I cant wait until the best part of the day to undertake one of my favourite activites that IMHO is more suited to the milder conditions of a winter afternoon than to the freezing conditions of a winter morning.
This is a good post on the subject. There is a blogger called Cycling Maven (some might say poor man's Cycling Tips) but his post is nice and quite relevant.Luckily for us in Adelaide we don't have the situation highlighted below. http://www.cyclingmaven.com/riding-early/
Not too early though. I have mates who are on the bike by 4:30am. That's crazy! You may as well not even go to bed from the night before and just sit there on the couch in your lycra – twiddling your thumbs.
It’s also a little wrong when you pass the local nightclub and all the twenty something’s are spilling out into the street, hurling abuse and stomach contents at you as you fly by in transit to the posse’. They may be getting laid but I’m getting strong on the bike darn it!
Yes we do - try riding up North Tce past the Casino at 5am on a Sunday morning!!!
Ha! I used to ride along Darlinghurst Rd, Kings Cross at 6am on a Sunday. That was definitely as described above.
Did you watch out for p* fairies in the form of broken glass and needles?
You might also find a few mates and I riding home at 5am some Sundays
I like watching the flotsam and jetsam struggle home. Saw a great one not long ago. A guy really well dressed in a suit tie etc, carton of FUIC under one arm a servo pie in the other and he was missing one shoe and sock!
It's pretty obvious that drunk cycling is less of a problem compared to drunk driving, 2 tonnes at 80k's or 80 kg's at 30k's (if they're lucky). Still, not a recommended habit.
I'm with Paul S - I prefer the late afternoon light on the Hills, with a lesser chill factor - it's my favourite time of day (nice photos though DD). On weekends it's normally between midnight and 1 a.m. when I get home on the bike after I've been out - and I'm not young enough to get up again at 5 a.m. (well, for a wee time I do).