Change It Up

Over the past year, I've found myself in a rut every now and then. I'm a creature of habit and sometimes I find myself just doing the same routes and doing the same things over and over. Whenever I get like this or feel this way, I like to change it up. Here are a few suggestions to change up your ride and give you just a little bit different experience.

Explore. Take a turn on your route just to see where it goes? You never know what you might find or see. Exploring will make your ride feel a bit different and a bit more adventurous than your last ride.

Take stuff to cook a meal. Stop. Breath. Take in your surroundings. A mid-ride break just might be what you need to freshen up that boring old route.

Invite some friends on a ride with you. I frequently ride alone, but I find sharing a ride experience with a friend makes it more memorable and inspiring.

These are just a few ideas to make your old boring ride different or to add something to your route. If you've got more ideas, feel free to post them up in comments. We are always looking for inspiration.

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Jason Boucher

Jason Boucher

Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.


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ari | December 14th, 2011

Last night we did a 40 mile night ride on a local rails to trails. We then stopped at a gas station for some tasty food and then rode home. Riding at night really changes it up and also there is nobody else on the trail. Lights and warm clothes are all you need.
Now in New York

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cmherron | December 14th, 2011

I dig these suggestions.  When I was in high school we used to always bring stuff to stop mid-way and make a fire and some food, it was the best.  Now I have less time because I have a family and can only get out for a couple hours at a time.  usually they are training type rides where I am pretty focused.  When I start to get burnt out I make it a point to stop and talk with other riders, hikers, or equestrians that are sharing the trails here in Fort Collins.  Sometimes I meet really interesting people and we continue to ride together the rest of the way, sometimes it’s a quick hello and compliment each other’s bikes, other times it’s a friendly chat with the different users.  I may not get the training that I need but it feels really good to talk with all of the different people and develop a strong sense of community on the trails that doesn’t discriminate against what kind of user you are.  It’s always a breath of fresh air and a great way to create a positive environment on your local trails.

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Peter R | December 14th, 2011

That’s exactly what I did this past weekend.  See

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dgaddis | December 15th, 2011

Start riding with your other foot forward. 

Seriously…try it.  It feels funny.

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WV Cycling | December 20th, 2011

I bought a pair of snowshoes, so I can ride to a secluded place, lock up the bike, then hike up the hills and have a different kind of fun for a while before heading back~

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matt bergen | December 29th, 2011

I do that myself, you got to try camp stove pizzas someday!

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Charlie the bikemonger | January 13th, 2012

Whoa.  Camp stove pizza. Damned fine plan. Thanks for that.

I often go with a seafood risotto using wild garlic and muscles. It’s a great reason to get your cycling shoes off and get in the sea for some hunter / gatherer action. 

In The English countryside we have honesty boxes where you can pick up veg, fruit and even home baked cakes mid ride. Just leave a few quid in the honesty box. 

Bikes are just a way of conveying you to more food.

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