I ride a healthy mix of days with 1 solid riding buddy, random friends who can make it or meet up there, and solo. I really enjoy being able to do all 3.
Riding with other friends than my one partner helps to change things up and get a new perspective. On days when I have people to ride with the time flies and I like to ride open-close.
The thing I like about riding solo is that all of the non-riding aspects of the day take half the time as you are on your own, no talking, no waiting for someone to shit, etc. I love when I go up solo, like on days when I have to be back for work at 4 or 5 - I go focused on the kind of riding I'm going to do that day, power snack instead of lunch, and usually can get pretty beat down in 4 hours and call it a good day.
Last edited by snowklinger; 10-03-2011 at 10:55 PM.