I've always looked at a good ride as me and the shovel make it home in one piece..just are not a lot of bad rides, there are wet rides and windy rides, close calls and assholes but I can find a good in it anytime I get on the road..
Ride planning for me hasn't changed much over the years..pick a place and go. I don't do group rides other than a small bunch of friends, three or four bikes is a big group..My best rides are alone..me, the roads and the rumble..This season I hope to plan some rides with my Tat..Food based rides to nowhere..back roads to get there. Now planning these rides will require a few essential details..first a good middle ground..second is good food, third will require roads less traveled...combined they have the making of an excellent summer..
Now what makes a good ride happen??? Getting on your bike and going..planning is great but improvising and not clock watching is the key..Group rides where you have some jerk off pointing at his watch and whining about we are five minutes behind schedule suck..I wanna stop and smell the roses..or chili beans or pull off and look out over a vista I have never seen..Call it a day early and relax in the the spa..call it a day late because the road kept calling..Good rides are a feeling that can be inspired but not planned..
The key here is let's ride..let's meet, let's eat and enjoy..tell me about what makes your rides a good ride..share the road..
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