Looks like there's a few Kent guys here on this one so have a good summer and maybe i'll see ya around if summer hasn't already finished and was only the 2 weeks just past.
I'm a bit surprised to hear so many prefer solo outings here!
I thought it was just me although I always see a lot of guys out on their own.
Fairly agreed that from when I have gone out in groups I've found there's a fair bit of crazyness going on the roads.
Nobody's really bad, I would say it's more that S/E UK isn't very good for group riding having terrible road conditions, always being congested and having lots of really slow old drivers going >20mph under limit on motorways and rural/non residential areas with thin roads with short visibility!
The politeness over road rules is also a worry, drivers here like to stop on main roads or anywhere like blind corners to let waiting traffic out.
So I think it's more to do that riding conditions don't suit any size of group riding.
So as a result I go solo - at 4, 5 am when there's a bit of light with both the car and bike to avoid traffic and then the problem then is early morning rabbits and birds on the road. We don't get a break here! the rest of the time it's raining. hahaha Late summer evenings can be ok time also.
The main bunch of guys I bike with are all doing less road riding now and just do a few track outings a year- 15 of us went to Aragon last month and a smaller group are going Portimao in September. Most live over OP way so last year we went on a ride to Loomies cafe and then headed down to Sammy Millers museum, well worth the visit.
I was in the car for that one because was still damaged from my bike crash in Belgium.
I still get out during the day because I have to! I went to Rye on the weekend on my own - it's similar to Loomies as there will be a load of all types of bikes there at any weekend and the roads between Folkestone-Ashford-Rye-Hastings can be fun. Dunno about stopping off for a beer though!