What do you think about when you are riding?

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Re: What do you think about when you are riding?

Post by GregMay » Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:44 pm

I honestly don't know. I switch off a lot on a bike - part of the charm of it.

I think a lot when I'm fell running, I tend to use that to mull things over and make decisions.

Bike, it's relaxing. All sort of just happens really.
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Re: What do you think about when you are riding?

Post by lune ranger » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:11 pm

Now I’m gonna be thinking about staying ahead of Shaf :wink:

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Re: What do you think about when you are riding?

Post by gairym » Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:51 pm

For me there's no one definitive answer.

Like there's no one definitive bike.

Or one definitive type of riding.

When I ride my bouncy bike down ma-hoo-sive mountains I get crapola-loads of adrenaline and mostly make motorbike noises in my head.

When I ride my hardtail through alpine singletrack I'm internally/externally singing whatever music I'm currently listening to and thinking about life, the universe and everything.

When I ride my gravel bike I'm forcing my body through the miles while I slowly and progressively work through whatever issues are currently occupying my psyche (and singing along to appropriate music).

When I'm riding my road bike (now my gravel bike with slicks on) I'm venting my anger and frustration with the world accompanied by fast-paced techno.

And when I'm bikepacking I let my mind wander though all of the above and much, MUCH more as I progress through fun, pain, joy, suffering and everything in between (and I know I'm in trouble when I catch myself meowing songs like some kind of nut-job! 😜)

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Re: What do you think about when you are riding?

Post by TheBrownDog » Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:51 pm

Late in again.

I think about lots, but the one thing I dont think about is work. Mostly its:

- why are there so many gates in the Chilterns
- I dont care if this is a footpath, silly silly people telling me how to live my life. Sillies.
- dog sh1t dog sh1t dog sh1t !!!!
- avocado on toast
- why dont people have taps in their front gardens
- oooooh .... red kites!!
- wonder where that goes then
- ABBA
I'm just stepping outside ...

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Re: What do you think about when you are riding?

Post by redefined_cycles » Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:28 pm

lune ranger wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:11 pm
Now I’m gonna be thinking about staying ahead of Shaf :wink:
You're bloomin always ahead of me with blustering pace aswell. I gave up along while ago but iteresting to see how far below I am on the double Everest Mt top...

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Re: What do you think about when you are riding?

Post by Charliecres » Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:57 pm

On a multi-day trip I spend an embarrassing amount of time fantasising about how I’m going to ‘spend’ the calories I’m burning.

Mmmmmmm ... fish and chips ( . )

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Re: What do you think about when you are riding?

Post by rocklobstercat » Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:43 pm

Mine drifts and sort of floats a bit like when you're dropping off to sleep apart from I'm awake. Mostly it's positive thoughts and sometimes I come up with good ideas without concentrating.

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Re: What do you think about when you are riding?

Post by K1100T » Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:25 pm

I generally start of thinking about something in particular, a problem I need to solve or something, but quickly forget about it. I then get engrossed in the ride.

Can I sustain this effort on this bit of bridleway? Fucking horses. Stop. Photos. Fucking dogs off the lead. Fucking litter. Oh, what was I supposed to be thinking about again? Stop. Photos. Those are nice flowers, wonder what that bird is? Could I bivvy in these woods? Is this the right gear? Stop. Photos. Am I going hard enough? Try not to puke your lungs up? Stop. Photos. Are we there yet...? Why are there no taps, or streams, or other sources of free water? Fucking horse hoof churned up poor show. Stop. Photos. What was I supposed to be thinking about again...?

Although today, all I could think about was buying one of those new Decathlon expedition bikes... 🤷‍♂️
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Re: What do you think about when you are riding?

Post by metalheart » Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:05 am

Some times I ride to ease my mind, others to cease it.

I have ridden across the country in order to ‘clear’ it of the clutter and onslaught that I bring down upon myself. I find the repetition of movement eases me and helps me ‘think’. I have often made important decisions on the bike (others walking, walking, walking).

Sometimes I just crave the senselessness it gives me and how the exertion and concentration blocks out any stray ‘thoughts’ for a while. Respite from being me I guess.

I suspect it’s my version of ‘stimming’...
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