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    OK I Give Up

    About a month ago (?) I decided to give up bicycle commuting. In that month, I have still ridden my bike a lot, but I did not commute - but now I've decided I miss it and am going to start back on Monday. The thing I miss the most is the morning half of the ride - the crispness in the air, and the way it makes me feel energized when I get to work. So all my friends here can start the chorus of "I told you so" - go ahead -
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    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.
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    good job - do it for you!

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    Now you're talking! Welcome back....

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    Ha!

    Me too. I'm not going to commute as much as I did, but I'm going to try to ride my bike to work a couple times a month. Today was the first day. Here is my '94 Nishiki Sport XRS, on my commute today (36 miles round trip)



    I loved it.

    Unfortunately, my home situation does not lend itself to the extra hour or so it costs me on each end of my workday; we have dogs at home and if me, my wife and son are all working, someone has to get home, let them out and feed them. My wife is a teacher and has to stay late a lot of the time for tutoring and meetings, so I'm johnny on the spot. My son works odd shifts though (he's a pharmacy tech) and he had today off, so today was my day to ride to work since the dogs wouldn't be cooped up all day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tractorlegs View Post
    OK, I give up
    Quitter.


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    Good for you!
    Adding to what you said in your post about feeling energized; from the very first week of commuting, my performance at work increased dramatically because I would arrive awake, full of energy instead of stumbling around the coffee machine trying to wake up!

    Note: there is a downside to the above.... by nature I'm a kidder/teaser; a office clown, and I would usually start my teasing AFTER having my coffee. Now I usually barge into the office with jokes and such and because most of my co-workers haven't really awaken yet and are still sipping their coffee's, I'm getting quite a few killer stares from them
    Last edited by Telly; 01-25-13 at 02:56 AM.

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    Trac: I TOLD YOU SO. I knew it. I knew that you would go back to bike commuting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Telly View Post
    Good for you!
    Adding to what you said in your post about feeling energized; from the very first week of commuting, my performance at work increased dramatically because I would arrive awake, full of energy instead of stumbling around the coffee machine trying to wake up!

    Note: there is a downside to the above.... by nature I'm a kidder/teaser; a office clown, and I would usually start my teasing AFTER having my coffee. Now I usually barge into the office with jokes and such and because most of my co-workers haven't really awaken yet and are still sipping their coffee's, I'm getting quite a few killer stares from them
    I agree with this 1000000%!
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    Aren't you un-giving up? since you gave up and are now undoing that?

    Just remember, it really doesn't have to be an all or nothing thing.
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    Y'all hit the nail right on the head. Especially Telly in post 6, the difference in how I feel when I arrive at work is amazing. I'm starting back Monday . . .
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    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    Ha!

    Me too. I'm not going to commute as much as I did, but I'm going to try to ride my bike to work a couple times a month. Today was the first day. Here is my '94 Nishiki Sport XRS, on my commute today (36 miles round trip)



    I loved it.

    Unfortunately, my home situation does not lend itself to the extra hour or so it costs me on each end of my workday; we have dogs at home and if me, my wife and son are all working, someone has to get home, let them out and feed them. My wife is a teacher and has to stay late a lot of the time for tutoring and meetings, so I'm johnny on the spot. My son works odd shifts though (he's a pharmacy tech) and he had today off, so today was my day to ride to work since the dogs wouldn't be cooped up all day.
    I saw this bike yesterday at the commuting forum - Niiiiiice!!! I wish you had more lights, but that's just me - "Christmas Tree Tractorlegs" -
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    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tractorlegs View Post
    I saw this bike yesterday at the commuting forum - Niiiiiice!!! I wish you had more lights, but that's just me - "Christmas Tree Tractorlegs" -
    "You can never be too rich, or have too many lights on your bicycle."
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    Quote Originally Posted by cplager View Post
    "You can never be too rich, or have too many lights on your bicycle."
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    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.
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    I miss it terribly but with my wife starting work at 6:00am somone has to get the 2, 4, and 6 year olds to their respective school and babysitter. There is no way logistically for it to work out since my school kids cannot be dropped until 7:45. I just have to wait till summer.

    Good on you for getting back to it. I also love the crisp morning air. Luckily I live in a community with little to no smog.

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    Did it! This week I worked Mon thru Thursday (today) and bicycled three of the four days. Good to be back into the commuting lifestyle!
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    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.
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