13 Lousy Excuses Your Friends Use to Not Go Out For a Ride

All riders and mountain bikers have that friend who always has an excuse ready to not go for a ride. We made a list of the most-heard excuses, and a reason why they are invalid. Do you have more? Let us know, and we’ll add it to the list.

1. It’s raining….

Well, sure, that doesn’t make it the best of circumstances, but that doesn’t meant that you shouldn’t ride. It makes it even worse when (s)he says that ‘it might start raining’.

2. It’s cold

You can wear more layers. Or you’re just not working hard enough.

Cold? Not an excuse, just wear more clothes!
Cold? That’s a shitty excuse, just wear more clothes!

3. My bike makes a funny noise

Then it might have been a good idea to have something done about that, so now you’ll just have to use another bike.

4. My cycling clothes are in the laundry

For a week? That’s not right, you’d have smelled that! And do you really only have one set of clothes? So go ahead and change!

Winter clothes in the laundry? Then use your shorts and short sleeves!
Winter clothes in the laundry? Then use your shorts and short sleeve jersey!

5. But yesterday I also went for a ride

Well, who didn’t? Surely you can go two days in a row.

6. I’m tired

Cycling gives you energy! And you’ll sleep much better after a ride. Win-win!

7. I still have to do my chores

Sure, and one of them is biking with your friends!

8. It’s windy

Makes it better, right? Enjoy when the wind’s in your back, and sweat it out against the wind.

Wind? Only a reason to go against it. You can wear clothes for cold and windchill!
Wind? Only a reason to go faster. You can wear clothes for cold and windchill!

9. My bike broke down

You should have repaired it long ago. Just use any other bike

10. I still have to replace my tyres to more puncture resistant ones.

Not an excuse, just bring extra inner tyres.

11. I don’t have the right cassette

We’re not in the Alps, so you’ll probably have enough gears.

12. The roads are slippery

That’s possible, just be more careful, not an excuse to stay home.

ƐƖ. Oh, that was today? I have other plans now

The worst excuse, nothing is more important than riding with friends. Just cancel the plans, because you only have 5 minutes to change.

Which excuses do you don’t want to hear anymore?

Whoever reads this never makes up pathetic excuses of course. No, the real die-hards ride through storms, snow, wind, rain, or even naked on a city bike if their clothes are in the laundry and the road bike or mountain bike broke down.

Which lousy excuses do your friends use?

Olle Vastbinder

Olle Vastbinder

You can find me on a bicycle almost every day. I commute each day from my house to work and back. Often on my road bike, and during the winter on an old crosser. And if that isn't enough, you can find me on my bike during most weekends too. On my trusty road bike or my mountainbike. And if you can't find me outdoors riding my bike, odds are I might be riding on Zwift

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2 thoughts on “13 Lousy Excuses Your Friends Use to Not Go Out For a Ride”

  1. The worst I’ve heard is, “the clocks haven’t got backwards yet so I don’t get the extra hour”…..

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