Sometimes, it's good to have new routines....just to shake things up and make life a little more interesting. With summer here that means I get to ride to work each day with Wifey!
I does mean that it's not just me riding out there, and it makes you realize that riding style varies a lot when you're not alone. No more clutch decisions on getting a quick jump on traffic at a light, no more short stops due to inattention, and way more communication about when to go, which way to turn, or how to get across intersections with unresponsive traffic lights. If you don't verbalized clearly what your intentions are you end up playing bumper cars with your bicycle buddy or leaving them standing at an intersection as you pop through in front of traffic.
So if your out for any group rides for summer social events make sure to practice some good communication skills....it will make the ride a whole lot more enjoyable.