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Old 02-25-12, 05:26 PM   #1
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"Wow boy, you are riding too much"

So I have been riding to work 3-4 days a week (try to do 4 but 3 is good too) and the other day, I roll into work and someone says:

"Wow boy, you are riding too much". I dont even know this person. Dont know their name, what department the work in or anything. When I see this person (and its only been a couple of times) I always say good morning. They just look at me.

Who the hell tells me that I am riding too much?! Do they have access to my mileage log? Why do they care? GRRRRRR

Chalk it up to small talk.
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You're riding a bike, therefore you're riding too much in some peoples' eyes.

I guess your new friend is one of the people who thinks of "a bike ride" as being perhaps 5 miles on a good day. But you can smirk quietly, knowing they are the one missing out
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Old 02-25-12, 05:42 PM   #3
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Tell him you got a paper route you service before work.
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Especially with the money I save with gas and the exercise that is BUILT INTO my day already versus taking the time and hitting the gym. Plus the smirk of getting close to 400 miles in Feb and on my way to 3000 miles.

Or the fact that I have lost a lot of weight riding. he he he
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I like that jethro!
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My personal favorites are the couch spud types who are experts on all the ways cycling is bad for you, and feel it is their duty to provide you with unsolicited advice.
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I get lots of random "observations" from the chuckleheads at my office about biking and life and everything. I ignore them as best I can, but it's still irritating.

During a morning bull session over coffee, a coworker asked me what I was doing that weekend. "Well, I'm going to Chicago for my first sprint Triathlon."

"Oh, you're in no shape for that, are you?"

I was devastated. I was already nervous about finishing the course and the jerk just piled on.

I did well at the Tri and beat my target time by 7 minutes. On Monday morning, I walked directly to his desk and all but threw my medal at him. He didn't remember the conversation and had no idea why I was p*ssed off.

I realized later that to him, it was just idle chitchat. To me, it was something near and dear to my heart. I don't share much with him anymore, but still listen to him whine about his college-graduate kids who can't get jobs and his loveless marriage.

(And no, I'm not bitter about it. )
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I like the "oh, you road in today in this weather?"

No $hit. Cant you tell by me getting off my bike, in a high vis vest and my helmet on????!!!!
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I get lots of random "observations" from the chuckleheads at my office about biking and life and everything. I ignore them as best I can, but it's still irritating.

During a morning bull session over coffee, a coworker asked me what I was doing that weekend. "Well, I'm going to Chicago for my first sprint Triathlon."

"Oh, you're in no shape for that, are you?"

I was devastated. I was already nervous about finishing the course and the jerk just piled on.

I did well at the Tri and beat my target time by 7 minutes. On Monday morning, I walked directly to his desk and all but threw my medal at him. He didn't remember the conversation and had no idea why I was p*ssed off.

I realized later that to him, it was just idle chitchat. To me, it was something near and dear to my heart. I don't share much with him anymore, but still listen to him whine about his college-graduate kids who can't get jobs and his loveless marriage.

(And no, I'm not bitter about it. )
That was a jackass thing for him to say even if it was idle chitchat. Sounds like he's got a lot to be miserable about.
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The coworker called you boy? That is kind of weird. He (She?) comes off sounding like a jerk, especially as you don't have a history.

Now we think you are the man, piling on the miles, commuting in the middle of the winter. I remember when you were daunted by the idea of riding through those busy streets and iffy neighborhoods to get to work:

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. . . I live in Cherry hill, nj and the area is pretty nice to ride in but I work in Camden, NJ and its a dangerious area to be in and I cant find anywhere into work that would be safe other then driving.
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i am still iffy about it! lol
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my pastor told to "put away childish things, quit riding and get a car 20 years ago. Weli guess what!
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The coworker called you boy? That is kind of weird. He (She?) comes off sounding like a jerk, especially as you don't have a history.
Speaking as someone who has lived in the Philadelphia area all his life, I think it's likely "boy" was used as an intensifier or exclamation, not as a description of chefisaac. As in, "wow boy this soup is hot!" People who think otherwise must be preparing to anchor an opinion program on MSNBC.
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Now we think you are the man, piling on the miles, commuting in the middle of the winter. I remember when you were daunted by the idea of riding through those busy streets and iffy neighborhoods to get to work:
Camden still isn't a great place to ride.
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I like the "oh, you road in today in this weather?"

No $hit. Cant you tell by me getting off my bike, in a high vis vest and my helmet on????!!!!
You could always make some comment about driving to work but putting your hi-vis and helmet on just for fun.
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Last summer when I mentioned the idea of commuting to work to co-workers at my office, I heard quite a lot of negative arguments about how dangerous it can be and how I might risk life and limb if I pushed too hard, being a Clyde, etc, etc...

Fast-forward today... I've already sent three co-workers to a friend who has a LBS for bikes, and everyone else has at least said something about starting to ride again for recreation/health reasons, and have full support from my boss who even let's me use the executive underground parking so I can leave the bike in a safe place. His driver even mentioned a few times how he insisted on him being careful to leave space for my bike when they arrived earlier that I did!

Chef, you shouldn't give a rat's ass about what people you don't know OR care about say to you... the one's that are closer to you will always support you!
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telly: I dont care at all to be frank especially when I pass the gas station or I look at my weight loss journey or when people complain about having no time to get to the gym. he he he
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neil and gold: Funny thing... when I was riding to and from work all last week, I kept seeing all these cops and baracades in one of the parks I ride through in Camden. I had no idea what was going on and thinking I should ask but never did. Just to find out there was a serial ****** and a guy totting a shot gun around the park. Yikes.
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This reminds me of a thread I started awhile ago. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread......?highlight=

When you commute by bike on a consistent basis people do notice. As indicated in my thread, I've been approached by many people that see me all the time on the roads.
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I think that you riding to work on a regular basis tells a lot about your character, and the folks that want to rain on your parade just want you to be as miserable as they are. Do you own thing, because you know what it's doing for you. Most times you will never see it or realize it, but what you do in life can have an effect on others, sometimes a profound effect - you'll never know it, but it's still something to think on.

I tend to smile most of the time, and come across as a happy guy - and many times people wonder why I am so happy? I'm not really, but it's nice to come across that way and make people wonder...
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I always rode my motorcycle on the coldest day of the year just for kicks. And it was a 100 mile round trip.
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I guess I'm lucky. All of the comments directed at my by other folks in the building in which I work have been positive.

Most express admiration for my year round commuting. A lot ask questions. Some comment on the weather . Some wish me a safe ride.

J wish some of them would join me, though. Maybe when gas gets to $5.00/gallon this summer?
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Speaking as someone who has lived in the Philadelphia area all his life, I think it's likely "boy" was used as an intensifier or exclamation, not as a description of chefisaac. As in, "wow boy this soup is hot!" People who think otherwise must be preparing to anchor an opinion program on MSNBC.
I was wondering if it was a regional thing. The placement of the comma differs from your example so it sounded to me like the Chef was being called "boy." It just sounded weird to me so I asked the question.

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Whoa boy, no need to jump to conclusions here!

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chefisaac; take it as a compliment! They are doing it stupid but they are giving an "at-a-boy" for riding. I have people who are amazed that I walk 5 to 6 miles a day or ride 20-40 in a day. Why, They remember the 290 couch spud I was! They also know they do not have the "eggs" to do it!!!!!!!
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