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Old 03-11-01, 04:36 PM   #1
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Our of curiousity, I'ld be interested to know the main reasons why you commute by bike (e.g. it's practical, it's cheap, public transport suck where I live, I need exercise, I don't want to use vehivles that emit toxic fumes, etc. etc,).
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Old 03-11-01, 05:17 PM   #2
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I commute to work on most days, because I love to ride my bike. It's also economical and great exercise for me--not to mention that you get a great view of the sky on your way to work! Some people think I'm strange that I ride my bike to work sometimes, but other people think it's great.
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Old 03-11-01, 06:09 PM   #3
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PapeteeBooh,

I used to try to walk as much as possible to get exercise. Then one day, I remembered the old Schwinn hanging up in the garage, and thought, "Hey, I used to love riding when I was younger." So I started riding to the bus stop, about 3 miles away, for exercise (and a fun adventure). Now, I cycle the whole 28 miles round trip. I guess it's just fun.

Plus, my blood pressure went down from 140/90 to 130/80, heart rate from 80 to 56, weight from 170 lbs. to 145 lbs., waist from 37 inches to 32 inches. I feel fantastic in my new body.

I also noticed that I start to feel really wonderful as I start to pedal. The longer I pedal, the better I feel, until by the time my hour-long ride is over, I feel on top of the world! Not only that, but I continue to feel that way all day long.

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Old 03-11-01, 10:30 PM   #4
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I continue to commute because I love to be on a bicycle. I started commuting because I really needed the exercise. I work behind a computer all day, and the only chance I had to get any kind of exercise was during the softball season. It was mid-season before I could play very well due to being out of shape. Since I live so close to where I work I had no excuse to not ride my bike, and that is what got me started. Now I can get 30 miles a week worth of really good exercise, and I don't have to take time away from my family to do it. I can say in shape all year long regardless of the seasonal sport I choose to play.
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Old 03-11-01, 10:53 PM   #5
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Let's see, it saves me money and time. Most importantly, because I am addicted to cycling and need to get my daily fix.

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Old 03-12-01, 09:18 PM   #6
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- I like to bicycle
- I like being outside. You don't get the sights, smells, sounds, temperature changes, etc., etc., in a car.
- The morning commute is a good wake-up.
- In the winter, when it's difficult to ride after work, it helps maintain conditioning I've already achieved. In fact, I've found that it's a pretty good way to improve conditioning for distance riding.
- It saves money. It allowed us to remain a one car family.
- It's better for the planet than driving.
- It shows others that there is an alternative to driving.

What's not to like?
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Old 03-13-01, 12:36 AM   #7
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It's a way to get in some extra kilometers, especially when time is limited during off work hours, keeps me in shape, we have a competition going at work to pile on k's by any self propelled means. It' fun, it gets me on the bike which is what I like to do. Someday I want the boss to drive up to work and see no cars in the lot, he'll have a fit until he finds out we all rode in! :thumbup:
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Old 04-16-01, 02:30 PM   #8
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It seems more natural to me. Why do I need a heavy, expensive, smelly car to take me to work? Why do I need to use 1/2 gallon of fossil fuel each day to get there? I sit on my @@@ all day, muscles atrophying. Why do so when I'm actually moving? Used to be, most people walked, or, at least, rode a horse to get around. I've finally realized that I had bought into the subtle notion that using an automobile was an evolutionary step - "We used to walk or ride bikes because we didn't have cars."

In a nutshell, in order of increasing motivational importance to me:

*Cost to my wallet
*Cost to the world
*Cost to my body

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Old 04-16-01, 06:10 PM   #9
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Our of curiousity, I'ld be interested to know the main reasons why you commute by bike
I'd like to add one more reason. Today, I had to run some errands before cycling home. On the way home, I
hit a serious traffic jam, which is typical for later in the evening. Was I delayed?

I never had to stop. Usually, if I pass any cars in traffic, they pass me again soon. But when traffic gets bad like tonight, well, I just kept a-passin' 'em and a-passin' 'em.
Once I passed them, they never saw me again. I was definitely much faster than anyone driving (to be fair, they weren't really driving, but I would call it, "idling").

It made me SO glad I wasn't driving one of those things.
And they pay HOW much for one (car)? Psshh! Today I paid $3.20 for a new shifter cable and put it in myself in a few minutes, in the parking lot. Could I have fixed a transmission like that? For $3.20? Mmmm-mmm!

I thank GOD ABOVE for my bicycle, old faithful!

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Old 04-17-01, 05:32 AM   #10
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Old 05-01-06, 06:44 PM   #11
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Cycling is the only way to truly experience the world. You see some unusual sights in the neighborhood. The benefits far outweigh the negatives ( I can't think of any negative reasons for cycling). The benfits include 1. healthy body 2. healthy mind 3. less expensive 4. better than a cup of coffee 5. relieves stress...





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Old 05-01-06, 06:55 PM   #12
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Practising good time management.

If I drive to work, i cant find enough time left in the day to ride 1-2 hours every day.
Commuting i'm just exchanging my car driving time with my daily exercise time. Now When i get home from work, im already done
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Old 05-01-06, 06:57 PM   #13
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I love to ride bikes...
I hate to drive, and even ride in cars, there is a feeling that I feel, of bieng completly out of controll of my fellow 4wheeld cell mates.
I love keeping my body in amazing shape, and as I get older, I see my friends getting fatter, and more lazy while I'm not.
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Old 05-01-06, 06:58 PM   #14
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I need more mileage so I can hammer those young punks on the group rides
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Old 05-01-06, 07:17 PM   #15
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I'm too lazy to drive. Also, it's fun and exercise.

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Old 05-01-06, 07:30 PM   #16
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Ah, the magic of online forums: the five-year long conversation.

I commute because I feel much more mentally healthy when I get regular exercise.

As was mentioned above regarding the sky, I have a much better sense of place when I ride. I have the feeling of having gone somewhere and been at points between, instead of only an origin and a destination.

I like to have as little negative environmental impact as I can manage.

I like the way my legs look and feel.

Riding is fun.

It has become a part of my identity at work (I know not the best reason) and I hope to be an example to people who need a lifestyle change, some of whom are likely to die from lack of sufficient exercise.
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Old 05-01-06, 08:04 PM   #18
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I commute to work every days, because I love to ride my bike.
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Ill race ya anyday doggus.
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I hadn't been on a bike much since college, beyond occasional short rides around neighborhood streets. I moved closer to my work and wanted to do something different than the single-occupancy car commute, because the non-sustainability of that was weighing more and more on my mind, especially since 9-11. The bus route was not convenient (to say the least), so I thought I'd try biking. Gradually, being a bike commuter become more and more a part of my identity, and I started using it for more and more things. At this point, I'm definitely an advocate, and in December got rid of my personal car. (We still have one family car, but I almost never use it except out with them.) Not having a car is actually very liberating -- so much less fuss and bother!
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To get to my work, why else?
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I hadn't been on a bike much since college, beyond occasional short rides around neighborhood streets. I moved closer to my work and wanted to do something different than the single-occupancy car commute, because the non-sustainability of that was weighing more and more on my mind, especially since 9-11. The bus route was not convenient (to say the least), so I thought I'd try biking. Gradually, being a bike commuter become more and more a part of my identity, and I started using it for more and more things. At this point, I'm definitely an advocate, and in December got rid of my personal car. (We still have one family car, but I almost never use it except out with them.) Not having a car is actually very liberating -- so much less fuss and bother!
You're in the Portland area, right? When I was up there on my tour last summer, my touring buddy and I got caught behind a bus. It was belching huge amounts of black diesel smoke into the air every time it accelerated. Gross! I think that buses and other public transportation are great, but it's nice to avoid using oil whenever possible. Buses still pollute!

In addition to saving the environment, I also like saving myself some money and being healthy! Also, I love love love bicycles and cycling, so more time riding is always a good thing.
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