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The worst day's riding was ... um? .. um ... um ... or was it, um? Anyway, hopefully it will happen, one day. A bad day's riding sounds really cool just like the proverbial epic, morphing into a death march. Could that be a bad day's riding? Then maybe I've had several ... huge amounts of fun.

Warren.

PS, Actually I did have a bad day once. I came down Terminal Velocity at Stromlo, a few years back, and separated the webbing in the side walls of two brand-new Kenda tyres. $180 for two minutes ride. Then I changed to Maxxis ... and all was well with the world again. When you gain from the worst days, you do gain.

PPS, I'm back. When one thinks of the worst days, I cant but think of the unfortunate Mr Appleby (from Nu Zild) back in 1885. While pedaling at a ferocious velocity, he swerved abruptly to avoid a large rat that crossed his path, causing a serious accident. Thankfully, it was reported in the local newspaper, the next day, that he was getting on 'fairly well'. Then, by the grace of God go we! Enjoy your next rat-stack.
 

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Except when you wear a lousy pair of MTB shorts. The other day all my bike clothes were at the laundry and all I had was a pair of hardly used MTB shorts. At first I was actually glad I found it as it was fairly new but as the ride progressed, all the issues I had against it started appearing. Poor padding, waistline at the back going down (revealing my crack lol), too tight openings for too deep pockets...it's the pair of MTB shorts from hell.

And because of the tight pocket openings, I accidentally stopped my phone's GPS tracking when I placed it back in my pocket thereby failing to record almost half the ride.
 

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Yep. All I could do was ride in town where it's flat and boring. It was barely above freezing and the wind was blowing hard enough that 8 miles felt like 20. I'm out of shape from sitting on my a s s all winter so 20 miles might as well be 100. Still enjoyed it.
Now that's what I'm talking about -- I live in San Diego and I barely dragged my ass out for a ride yesterday.
 

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Never had a bad ride. Ever. Just need the right perspective I guess.
Me neither, but there have been times when I was in a foul enough mood that I couldn't get started. The point I was trying to make, perhaps too indirectly, is that you should ride your bike even (especially?) when you're having a bad day.
 

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This is me today. I am glad I saw this post because it has been a rough Monday at work and I don't have much motivation to go riding right now but after seeing this I will suck it up and head out soon to clear the cobwebs in my head.
 

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Worst day of riding is when you worked all day and its beautiful and you rush home to grab the bike and take a 15 minute drive to the trail only to get a mile in before the chain blows apart and you spend the next 30 minutes of daylight trying to get it back together. Usually these days are more common in the spring when you're really wanting to start riding again.

I've discovered that even on the really nice days like today in SE Pennsylvania, it's best to just take the bike out for a fun ride around the neighborhood. Test the brakes, solve the squeal, fix that shifting issue, tighten up some bolts, get the air pressure right, so maybe...just maybe I can put in some miles this weekend.
 

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Got out this weekend with some friends hungover beyond all hell. Started the ascent and within 15 minutes it started to feel great. The sunshine subsided to rain after a half hour then snow as we continued to climb. Still had an amazing time despite the top 1/3 of the descent hindered by snow, and the weather turning south.

Ha ha we found a pair of lost high schoolers wearing shorts and tank tops freezing their asses off. Apparently they came up an hour before us, and didnt bring rain jackets so they were pretty miserable when the weather dropped 30 degrees and started blasting snow. We pointed them in the right direction, and haf an amazing first day out!

They might not have had the best day of riding, but we sure enjoyed it despite conditons. Made me feel better about our overall preparedness. Between our group we had gloves and helmets for everyone, and every bike tool which would be needed in the event of a crash/flat tire/spare tubes.
 
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