Yesterday was a great LRW. Over 2.5 hours in the saddle. Almost all beach. Its a good time of year for riding. You can get in a long ride without setting foot on a street.
One of the many reasons I enjoy a slower ride is that one can stop and look at stuff. That’s not happening on a Saturday group ride, summer or winter.
Fatbike rides are kinda like that. If something calls for a stop. We stop. Sure we ramp it up a bit. But we stop and talk more. Its more social. I think the social aspect of Fat Tires makes it more appealing to more riders.
Anyway, if I stopped to take pics of this ship on a Saturday ride I would have been left in the dust. Dropped like a sack of moldy diapers.
So that said, one must know the type of ride he\she is going on. If its a fast group ride, prepare for such. On the other hand, don’t try and throw down some pyramid intervals on a slower social ride. But there will always be “that guy” who shows up with a personal agenda much different than the genre of ride. It happens.
So as ,much as I like a good group ride to push me, I do like to take it slow and “meander” around. My favorite rides.