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Old 04-03-08, 09:27 PM   #1
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Let's not over-analyze this, guys...
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Ahhh, the desperation of automobile insurance, trying to hold on in the twilight of the oil age....I love it! I just worry that they'll start trying to insure bicycles, or try to make us register our bikes...
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Ahhh, the desperation of automobile insurance, trying to hold on in the twilight of the oil age....I love it! I just worry that they'll start trying to insure bicycles, or try to make us register our bikes...
I'm sure they will try it. Just like the government has been pushing for registering / license our bikes in some parts of our country. Here in Vancouver, WA they just passed a mandatory law helmet. Yes I have one on always when I riding but I hate to have big brother tell me I must have it or I'll get a ticket! I'm afraid mandatory liability insurance is just around the corner.
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Ahhh, the desperation of automobile insurance, trying to hold on in the twilight of the oil age....I love it! I just worry that they'll start trying to insure bicycles, or try to make us register our bikes...

Ah the adolescence of the A&S forum, taking everthing as an attack, unable to comprehend that cycling to work doesn't suit everyones lifestyle.
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not everyone's lifestyle or work requirements!
At a bare minimum, I carry roughly 500 pounds of tools and supplies for work. Other days I easily double that. Keep saying I'm going back to office work so all I have to carry is a pen, but then the sun starts shining and I say **** no, I'm not sitting in a box all day.

Riding for most isn't looked at it as something people -want- to do, it's looked at as a last resort.
Don't know how often I've been asked if I was riding because my license was pulled or if I didn't have a car

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Perpetuating the myth that only losers, the poor, HAVE to ride bicycles as a last resort. Pathetic.

And I take the ad at face value, I don't see any subliminal message that cycling is good. Its pure ridicule of cycling.
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I don't wish bad things on anybody, but some of you guys actually need to experience hard times for a little while. Being a real victim and being perpetually offended are two totally different things. Anyway, I'm not offended by this ad, but I'd really like to be, so can someone explain why I should be?
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Perpetuating the myth that only losers, the poor, HAVE to ride bicycles as a last resort. Pathetic.
Actually what's more pathetic is that people like you view television as reality. Most people can differentiate between the two.

And just in case: Lost - Those really aren't.
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My Message to State Farm:

To whom it may concern:

I recently received a letter from State Farm asking me to switch my auto insurance over to State Farm to save money. I was thinking about doing so until recently when I saw your commercial mocking people who commute to work via bicycle. I found this add to be insulting and distasteful. The add only perpetuates the stereotypes that people who ride their bikes to work are losers, poor, and can't afford a car. As someone who owns a car but also uses their bike often as a means of transportation to work, I will NOT be switching my auto insurance to State Farm. Believe it or not, many people who own cars (even professionals like myself!) bike to work for a number of reasons----to get fit, save money on gas, and/or help the environment. Given your other set of commercials touting State Farm as the "ethical," "do the right thing," "responsible" insurance company, I find it highly ironic you would run an advertisement mocking people for doing the same. At a time when society is concerned with fitness, helping the environment, and reducing dependence on cars, I can't believe your marketing department improved your add. Good Day.
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My Message to State Farm:

To whom it may concern:

I recently received a letter from State Farm asking me to switch my auto insurance over to State Farm to save money. I was thinking about doing so until recently when I saw your commercial mocking people who commute to work via bicycle. I found this add to be insulting and distasteful. The add only perpetuates the stereotypes that people who ride their bikes to work are losers, poor, and can't afford a car. As someone who owns a car but also uses their bike often as a means of transportation to work, I will NOT be switching my auto insurance to State Farm. Believe it or not, many people who own cars (even professionals like myself!) bike to work for a number of reasons----to get fit, save money on gas, and/or help the environment. Given your other set of commercials touting State Farm as the "ethical," "do the right thing," "responsible" insurance company, I find it highly ironic you would run an advertisement mocking people for doing the same. At a time when society is concerned with fitness, helping the environment, and reducing dependence on cars, I can't believe your marketing department improved your add. Good Day.
change "add" to "ad" or better yet, "advertisement"

It will increase your credibility.
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change "add" to "ad" or better yet, "advertisement"

It will increase your credibility.
Yes--well, one does not often have the luxury of spell-checking posts on the internet while at work.
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Yes--well, one does not often have the luxury of spell-checking posts on the internet while at work.
Spell check won't find word errors... "add" is a legitimate word.

Just a word to the wise... Oh BTW, use Firefox with the spelling plug-in... sure makes me look brighter.
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Ahhh, the desperation of automobile insurance, trying to hold on in the twilight of the oil age....I love it! I just worry that they'll start trying to insure bicycles, or try to make us register our bikes...
No worries there, mate! There is no such animal in the USA, and until some insurance company develops "bicycle insurance" it can't be mandated.

I am car free, and I rent, so that means that I am unable to get coverage to protect me from an accident with someone who is driving without insurance. The insurance you fear will be mandated does not exist.
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My Message to State Farm:

To whom it may concern:

I recently received a letter from State Farm asking me to switch my auto insurance over to State Farm to save money. I was thinking about doing so until recently when I saw your commercial mocking people who commute to work via bicycle. I found this add to be insulting and distasteful. The add only perpetuates the stereotypes that people who ride their bikes to work are losers, poor, and can't afford a car. As someone who owns a car but also uses their bike often as a means of transportation to work, I will NOT be switching my auto insurance to State Farm. Believe it or not, many people who own cars (even professionals like myself!) bike to work for a number of reasons----to get fit, save money on gas, and/or help the environment. Given your other set of commercials touting State Farm as the "ethical," "do the right thing," "responsible" insurance company, I find it highly ironic you would run an advertisement mocking people for doing the same. At a time when society is concerned with fitness, helping the environment, and reducing dependence on cars, I can't believe your marketing department improved your add. Good Day.
How thin is your skin? When people say "How you doing" do you go ballistic and accuse them of inferring that your less than fully capable? If somebody say "Bye" do you break down in tears at the though they never want to see you again?

Grow up. It's a ****ing commercial.
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of course the irony lost on the company and it's patrons is insurance is required for automobile use due to the losses incurred on others by the auto's operator.

if one rode a bike, there is no need for the product because bicycles rarely harm and capital directed toward the product can be used in more productive ways.

The irony is, everyone is better off if the destructive forces of autos is eliminated. A bicycle accomplishes this. At best, State farm provides poor compensation for what was lost and we'd all be better off if we didn't need this product.
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of course the irony lost on the company and it's patrons is insurance is required for automobile use due to the losses incurred on others by the auto's operator.

if one rode a bike, there is no need for the product because bicycles rarely harm and capital directed toward the product can be used in more productive ways.

The irony is, everyone is better off if the destructive forces of autos is eliminated. A bicycle accomplishes this. At best, State farm provides poor compensation for what was lost and we'd all be better off if we didn't need this product.
Nice twisting. Motorcycle insurance is pretty cheap too. Casue the vehicle isn't worth as much and the likelyhood of surviving an accident is smaller. My only insurance claim was for a deer hitting the car.

Yes, let's eliminate the automobile. God what a ******.
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Ah the adolescence of the A&S forum, taking everthing as an attack, unable to comprehend that cycling to work doesn't suit everyones lifestyle.
I've been cycling to work, even when it's in the low 20's. And I just switched from a flat six to a v-twin.

Your point is a valid one though. I'm also looking for the thread where people point out that not everyone drinking light beer splashes around lakeside with a blonde in a bikini on their shoulders. And no, I won't defend State Farm, even though I worked for them for 10 years, and was in one of their commercials about 6 or 7 years ago.
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Ahhh, the desperation of automobile insurance, trying to hold on in the twilight of the oil age....I love it! I just worry that they'll start trying to insure bicycles, or try to make us register our bikes...
Agreed.

The commercial is trying to get those motorist who are on their last dime and can't really afford the increase in gas price. If you don't change insurance, you'll end up a bike commuter! How horrible.

The commercial says I can save up to $369.00 dollars! You have to be kidding me? How much does it cost to insure a car today if I'm going to save nearly $400.00 dollars? It goes to show you how long it's been since I drove a motorcar.

Oh by the way, this commercial was focused for african americans since the actor was black. The marketing department understands that minorities are more likely hurting from gas prices and spent millions trying to get them to change.
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At best, State farm provides poor compensation for what was lost
You're telling me. I was rear ended in my car last week by a car that was insured by State Farm, but driven by an illegal alien with no license, but with the permission of the owner. State Farm will pay me nothing even though the accident was 100% the other driver's fault.

My insurance will cover it, but I'm out the deductible.

The insurance industry is a huge racket.

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Motorcycle insurance is pretty cheap too. Casue the vehicle isn't worth as much and the likelyhood of surviving an accident is smaller. My only insurance claim was for a deer hitting the car.
Incorrect. Some motorcycle insurance is cheaper, try buying a litre class sportybike at the age of 19. It's not cheap at all.

However, my Harley cost me more than my car, but the insurance is about half. Why is that? Because they do a lot less damage than an SUV. The survivability aspect actually raises the rates, and is the main reason young kids on sportybikes pay more... because they're a lot more likely not to survive the ownership.

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