Here’s a question from Bike Noob reader Ramon H. in the Rio Grande Valley of far south Texas:
Currently, we have a small group that rides on Tuesday and Thursday at 5:15 a.m. We ride for about 1.5 hours and we get back to our homes about 7 a.m. with plenty of time to get ready for work and go in at 8 a.m. I thought that was plenty early, but now some other folks really want to ride with us. However, they are asking us to move our ride to start at 4:30 a.m. That got me thinking, at what time do your readers do their weekday rides and why? I can start it off by saying that I love the morning rides because it gives me lots of energy for the work day ahead. Also, it just fits better in my schedule.
Ramon, I haven’t bought a really good light to do a recreational or training ride in the early morning dark, so I’ll have to defer to Bike Noob’s loyal readers. Does your club do really early morning rides on weekdays? Do you as an individual get up well before dawn to work in a ride before going to work? We know commuters do this all the time, but getting up that early for fun strikes me as odd (although I used to jog before dawn, back when I jogged).
Feel free to weigh in on this. Is 4:30 a.m. too early on a weekday?
*Photo from Beginning Bicycle Commuting blog.