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Old 07-17-2018, 06:45 PM
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I'm curious to see whether this is "a thing" or just another of my half-baked theories. So how many of you are now or have been avid cyclists?

I've known a lot of drummers who were also into cycling. So many, in fact that I got to wondering whether there's some kind of correlation between the two activities.

(The last bike thread I found ran out in 2012 so maybe it's safe to start a new one.)
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Old 07-17-2018, 06:53 PM
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I was super into cycling just found I didn't have the time for the four-hour rides with a family. I did learn how to accumulate massive amounts of expensive gear though, which really helped me when I got into drumming. Neil Peart used to have the tour bus drop him off 100km from the venue and he would cycle in.
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Old 07-17-2018, 06:59 PM
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when I was younger and in shape, I used to swim, bike and jog. In my case none of those had any connection to drumming whatsoever.
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when I was younger and in shape, I used to swim, bike and jog. In my case none of those had any connection to drumming whatsoever.
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Old 07-17-2018, 07:00 PM
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i was a BMX racer and free-style (trick) rider as a kid, now I have a hybrid mountain bike (lightened for street use with street tires), I've always loved cycling it's another activity, besides drumming, that brings me to a Zen state. Wish I could ride everyday.
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Old 07-17-2018, 07:09 PM
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^Exactly^

The rhythm of a great bike ride is much like playing well. Totally focused on something that takes skill, and technique. And, the sublime gift of being in nature, is the applause.

Only applies to mountain biking, though. Road biking blows.
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Old 07-17-2018, 07:30 PM
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No correlation with me.

Used to do a 20K mountain bike ride every morning, played hockey 2-3 times a week, and golfed every other day.
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Old 07-17-2018, 07:35 PM
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I used to cycling a lot. Road cycling. Never seen any correlation between drumming and cycling but why not :-)
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Old 07-17-2018, 07:40 PM
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I'd consider it a correlation if more drummers (per capita) were into cycling than the general population is.
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Old 07-17-2018, 09:14 PM
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I ride 10-15 miles 3-5 times a week depending on weather, bike is in the back of the jeep today for when i leave work:) that plus drum 2-4 hours every night...
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Old 07-17-2018, 10:59 PM
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I have a bicycle around here someplace. Tires are likely flat though.
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Old 07-18-2018, 08:10 PM
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I have a few bikes. I don't race that much anymore. Maybe the odd gravel event. Mostly commuting and touring, as well as the occasional charity ride.

I'm more than happy to do it strictly for fun or travel now. I don't miss making every ride a strict workout.

I also do a lot of backpacking/camping. Cycle touring lets me combine both of those activities. Now if I can just find a way to pack my drum kit on the bike....
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:07 PM
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I do spin classes at the gym, for what its worth.
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:41 PM
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I used to mountain bike in college and maybe a little after marriage. These days I lift weights and try to squeeze in some cardio at least 5 days a week (although I don't look like it).
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:48 PM
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I cycle to the pool, only a handful of miles though (not stating the exact number out of embarrassment, although to be fair to myself the return trip is slightly uphill).

I'm not sporty but I do like to have a bicycle and ride around a bit.

Maybe there's a correlation because both activities are physical but are done whilst sitting down? It certainly suits me...
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Old 07-19-2018, 01:45 AM
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I've been an avid cyclist since I was young and for whatever reason it just "stuck".

My wife and I used to ride a lot together before kids came along: primarily road bikes,
but also mountain bikes and a road tandem. She switched to an indoor training bike but
I still preferred getting out on the road and in the wind.

We're back to riding together as much as we can as empty nesters.

No idea how that ties in with drumming (unless all your drummer friends have a thing for lycra and spandex).
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Old 07-19-2018, 02:13 AM
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I used to be an avid cyclist, both road and mountain. Between the two I would clock well over a 100 miles a week. I used to get lost in the repetition and skill required to ride. It would rejuvenate me like drums, but not annoyed the neighbors less. It all cane to a crashing hault after two blackouts, one of which broke about every part of my body and gave me a massive head injury. Man I miss those days. I bet me neighbors do to!
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Old 07-19-2018, 02:43 PM
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No idea how that ties in with drumming (unless all your drummer friends have a thing for lycra and spandex).
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Old 07-19-2018, 03:36 PM
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I once rode my bicycle 141-miles to New York City a couple years back, just to have a hotdog for lunch. So yeah, cycling is fun! No better way to see the land firsthand, than on a bicycle.

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Old 07-19-2018, 04:00 PM
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I’ve cycled ever since 1st Grade. It got serious when I rode down PCH from San Rafael to San Diego. I eventually managed two of the largest bicycle shops in San Diego, but by then I’d sold my drum kit for a De Rosa.

The link between drumming & cycling is how it attracts the opposite sex. I have no quantitative proof, just a lot of stories.
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Old 07-19-2018, 04:42 PM
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Bike is in the back of the jeep.. gonna be 83 and sunny... shorts/clothes in a bag here at work waiting for 6pm:)
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Old 07-19-2018, 09:03 PM
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My bikes are worth more than my drums ;-)
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Old 07-19-2018, 09:56 PM
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Bike is in the back of the jeep.. gonna be 83 and sunny... shorts/clothes in a bag here at work waiting for 6pm:)
Same - but I only have to wait until 3pm :)

Well, the bike is locked outside my office building, not in a Jeep but close enough!
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I'm a road cyclist and typically ride 150 - 200 miles weekly. In the saddle = one of my favorite places!
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Old 07-27-2018, 05:29 PM
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I'm a road cyclist and typically ride 150 - 200 miles weekly. In the saddle = one of my favorite places!

I only do about 40 miles a week.. i have an insane thing about parking my car by the trail i ride.. so i tend to only do 10 mile rides, the area i live in is pure scum (just north of detroit) so every right i can't relax and just wonder what is going on by my car.. (plus i'm insane.... that doesn't help)
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Old 07-27-2018, 06:45 PM
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I saw a guy wearing a harmonica and riding a bike...

No connection really. When possible, I bike commute. If you have bike cleats, it helps with foot technique.

I think swimming is better though, especially for getting around the set.
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Old 07-28-2018, 01:31 PM
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I saw a guy wearing a harmonica and riding a bike...

No connection really. When possible, I bike commute. If you have bike cleats, it helps with foot technique.

I think swimming is better though, especially for getting around the set.
I only ride a few miles... but that's because I ride to the municipal pool where I do a good number of lengths!

On the way back I stop in the neighbouring park where the Council has set up a decent enough "gym" area where I do push-ups, sit-ups, etc.

I agree that swimming stimulates the whole body.
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Old 07-28-2018, 04:33 PM
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I only ride a few miles... but that's because I ride to the municipal pool where I do a good number of lengths!

On the way back I stop in the neighbouring park where the Council has set up a decent enough "gym" area where I do push-ups, sit-ups, etc.

I agree that swimming stimulates the whole body.
That sounds awesome actually.. the ride then swim then ride... I do my sit-ups/pushups at home and work and after work.. i only do 100/50 a day respectively though. Cause lazy...
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Old 07-28-2018, 07:14 PM
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I have a bicycle around here someplace. Tires are likely flat though.
Love it! Best answer yet. Mine is on side of house. Here in Scottsdale it's another day of 110plus degrees so air conditioned studio with drums sounds pretty good.
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I worked 8 hours today, rode 10 miles.. been playing drums for 3 hours.. and have 2 to go :) been a good day..
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I like biking. I used to ride everywhere, and only take the car when needed. Now I live in the middle of nowhere so the bike doesn't get any use.. I also like skateboards and rollerblades.

Swimming doesn't appeal to me. I nearly drowned as a kid. That kinda ruined water fun for me.
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Old 08-21-2018, 06:19 PM
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I cycle (road) as much as I can. In Buffalo NY that's about 6 - 7 months out of the year. I'm lucky that I can do a 7 mile ride into work weather permitting and then home Mon - Fri. On the weekends I get on my road bike and try to do some decent mileage. Time/weather permitting that's usually 20 - 50 miles Saturday and/or Sunday.

Finding that life gets in the way a lot and even without kids it can be tough to carve out riding time, but I do get out as much as possible. Absolutely love it.
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Old 08-21-2018, 08:25 PM
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I have a bicycle around here somewhere. I don't ride my bicycle much.
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Was heavily into Mountain Biking a few years ago till it started to hurt my right knee. Now I have just revisited it over the past couple of months but now only trail riding :)
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Bought this beach cruiser earlier this year to regain strength and balance after my stroke. Now up to 3-4 miles every other morning & it’s great fun.
It's helping to build stamina, leg and torso strength as well as keeping ankles strong for pedals on the kit. So it could be beneficial to drumming, no?
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I worked 8 hours today, rode 10 miles.. been playing drums for 3 hours.. and have 2 to go :) been a good day..
You're my friggin' hero!

I raced BMX when I was a kid and started playing the drums around the same time. 40 years later, I still ride flatland and just got back into playing after an 8 year layoff. Just had this "discussion" with the Mrs. last night, that these are two things I will do until I die or can't physically do them anymore, much to her dismay.


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You're my friggin' hero!

I raced BMX when I was a kid and started playing the drums around the same time. 40 years later, I still ride flatland and just got back into playing after an 8 year layoff. Just had this "discussion" with the Mrs. last night, that these are two things I will do until I die or can't physically do them anymore, much to her dismay.


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