Most weeks I'll pop out for a local ride on my own... It's what I enjoy the most..
In the 20+ years I've only had to push the bike out of a long lane and several miles home after the chain snapped and wrapped it'self around the frame tube and sprocket.. only time though.. even with a puncture it is usually OK to ride home slowly.. I holed a rad once but stopping at streams etc to top up and I got back OK..
Also woke up in an ambulance on the way to hospital after an off.. thought I was OK but on the way home I lost consciousness and rode off the road and through a hedge.. catching a wire straining bolt through my thy to bounce off my pelvis on the way through…
5 weeks off work.. I thought the bike was total as my jacket was covered in oil..to found out later it was an old premix bottle for the two stroke.. bike was fine with no real damage at all but had to pay £70 for the police recovery and storage
I would probably NOT however ride one of the long Welsh Hilltop routes on my own as I’d probably have to overnight if a problem arose in the middle…
On the local lanes my wife knows where the map is and what my normal route would be.. and they all have mobile phone coverage and she would meet me with the van should I need it.. apart from the tax incentives it’s one of the reasons I love her…
But there is always the chance of a real problem arrising when out on your own.. I have a first aid kit, torch, mobile fully charged (crash/water proof), energy bars and bottled water. I always wear body armour and proper bike gear, let someone know where I'm going and when I should be back.. If I change the route I send a text.. and if I stop off to watch the sun go down etc.. I ring to leave a message..
Simple rules worth making the norm. But having grown up in a far more remote area than the UK I understand the reasons..Ideal for solo UK trail riders..
In all reality the most dangerous part of my trail rides are the normal surfaced road sections
and walking through the door if I'm late for something she thinks is important..