Riding ‘naked’

Being a numbers nut (among other kinds of nut – I confess to being!) I would like to challenge MIT riders to rediscover the joy of riding for the sake of riding. I refer you to the article posted in RBR (http://www.roadbikerider.com/current-newsletter) and I quote – “Riding was and is supposed to be fun.  Low-tech training can help keep it that way for some of us.”

I was talking to Roger LaRiviere yesterday at the bike shop. He was riding with Arne when he was hit by the truck. It made me realize again how lucky I am to be able to do what I do.

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He started out riding trails on his CT 26" mountain bike eventually moving to a real mountain bike and added road riding to his menu over the last few years. He would like to scale the barricades put before him at times, but hasn't always succeeded!

4 thoughts on “Riding ‘naked’

  1. I am with you on the low tech approach, Neil. For twenty years I cycled without a computer. I still have only one bike with a computer. I really would rather not have a small electronic device telling me to spped up or slow down because I have convinced myself I need to ride at a certain speed. It is enjoyable to go hard on the bike but at a speed you know you can sustain, whatever that speed might be.

    I watched an interesting clip about American pro Tom Danielson this morning in which he talked about the early part of his career in which he was always setting goals for himself. He was often frustrated when he found himself unable to meet his goals. His approach in the last years has been to ride for the moment, and he found this to be a much more satisfying way of training that brough better results and more contentment. This idea of training low tech is similar to Danielson’s approach I believe. As always, its good to keep a healthy balance.

  2. I was thinking along similar lines last Sunday as I rode my MTB on the trails in Sandilands. It was nice to be thinking about the trail and surroundings instead of watching my cadence, speed, distance, etc. I don’t plan to put a computer on the MTB. But, both types of riding have their merits. I think keeping it in balance is important. I love to ride hard and track my stats. I also love to noodle along Wellington Crescent on a Sunday afternoon and stop at cafe’s and shops along the way. If a decent bike and a nice day are involved, it’s all good.

  3. I had a wonderful ride at BHP on Wednesday. Rode for several hours in the bush – just me and the deer and the wood ticks! I only heard a little swearing a few times . . . must have been some crazy crashing into a tree or something! Looking forward to taking you guys out there.

  4. I ride without technology twice a week….with Kids of Mud. Healthy dose of 9 and 10 year olds having fun on bikes helps keep balance with the Garmin.

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