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    Cell phone on a bike?

    Do you ever show up at the office with people freaking out they couldn't get ahold of you because they needed to talk to you RIGHT NOW? I make sure my cell phone is packed away so I can enjoy my ride on the way to work. It's natural and scenic, so I show up at work very mellow and ready for the day. But, then there's this morning where they're upset that they can't get a hold of me on a moments notice because I refuse to answer a phone while I'm biking. What do you all do? Does anyone talk on a cell phone while they're biking to or from work? Are you like me that you'd rather not deal with it until the ride is done? Any funny stories?

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    Giving you a hard time 'cause you won't answer your cell phone is.......
    anal.

    These same people forget that not all that long ago most folks just had
    landlines. What the heck did they do then??

    I say ride your bike in safey ...........and not ....talk on a damn cell phone.

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    My ride is a little over an hour and I usually am underway by 5:25 AM. Getting calls then isn't an issue. I try to leave around 4 or 4:30 in the afternoon so it is quite possible that I could get a call. I usually put the cell in my jersey pocket on vibrate. If it's convenient, I'll answer it should it ring. Otherwise, I'll leave it until later. I mean unless you own the business or are really a pinnacle person in some deal, or are the only resource for customers, how important are these calls really?

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    Talking on a cell phone while driving, whether bike or car, is unsafe. People who do it are endangering themselves and others. They should "shut up and drive" as the bumper sticker says.

    Anyone who is upset that you're not a slave to your cell phone needs to spend some serious time adjusting their own priorities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyCool
    My ride is a little over an hour and I usually am underway by 5:25 AM. Getting calls then isn't an issue. I try to leave around 4 or 4:30 in the afternoon so it is quite possible that I could get a call. I usually put the cell in my jersey pocket on vibrate. If it's convenient, I'll answer it should it ring. Otherwise, I'll leave it until later. I mean unless you own the business or are really a pinnacle person in some deal, or are the only resource for customers, how important are these calls really?
    Nothing that can't wait until I get to the office. I just deal with a lot of idiots.

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    Maybe you could set it on vibrate and carry it someplace where you could feel it "ringing". It wouldn't be quite as intrusive as a regular ring, but depending on what kind of surface you are riding on, you may not feel it. Or maybe have your ring set as some nice song you wouldn't mind hearing on your commute, that way if you don't feel like answering it, it won't be annoying. I have a phone that I use just for work. If I'm not at work it's forwarded to another number so it doesn't ring. I do still get calls on the 2-way radio function though. With traffic, it sometimes takes a while for me to hear it, and there are some places on my commute that I just don't really want to stop for very long. Usually whatever "urgent" problem they called me about is fixed by the time I hear the call and get back to them. A couple of times, they even forgot that they called me. If they ever give me any flak, I just say "Hey, I was on the bike(and off the clock)".
    I gotta Mike my bike.

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    I just pack my cell phone away and let them leave a message. Biking is my time not theirs.

    Sorry to hear you have to work with such anal people.

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    I havenīt started commuting on my bike yet, but even when I did go by metro or bus to my other job, I just made the phone silent. Put on my minidisc or mp3 player and forget about everyone else.
    I did the same when I had a car.
    Unless one is on some kind of guard, or you own a business or something like that. I think any phone call can wait half an hour. If Iīm on a salary by the hours, I only take work related calls on work hours.

    I used to freelance from home for about 3 years, and when I was at home before or after my "work hours" I just turned off my cell phone. Only very special clients had my home number. If someone wanted to reach me, they could allways do it at my house, or leave a message on the cell. The funny thing is, that I will turn on the phone and have a bunch of missed called (work related and others), but almost never got called home and rarely had any urgent messages.

    So my point is, most of these urgent calls, at the end, are not that urgent.

    Unless itīs going to cost you your job, just turn the phone off and enjoy the ride.

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    I carry a cell phone and a pager. Sometimes two pagers. I don't always stop to answer the cell phone and pager. The only time I will stop and call into work or home is when I find a nice quiet safe place to pull into. The things that I do not like about cell phones and pagers it makes you feel like your always on a leash. Most times when I get a call especially at night and weekends is when someone does not do their job and totally drops the ball. The worst thing about the cell phones and pagers some people think that you should call them back right away. You also have to love people that page you or call you and act like its an emergency but not really.
    Thanks.

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    If the company is paying for your phone, you probably ought to be available to answer it whenever, depending on company policy and any agreement you might have with them. I am "technically" on call 24/7 and my company has issued me a phone for that reason. I have to let the company know when I will not be available such as vacations and such in which case I leave my phone at work or at home. So I carry my work phone with me when I ride.
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    I live near the Coast Highway and must see well over 100 cyclists per day. Seeing a rider talking on a cell phone is common. Personally, I leave mine on vibrate and in my bag while biking.

    I was watching the run portion of a triathlon several years ago and saw a guy run by while talking on his phone. I told someone that my day would be complete when I see a runner smoking. Sure enough, here comes a guy with a cigarette.

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    I leave my phone in my bag and don't even hear it when it rings. My commute is 30 minutes and the world will not stop turning if I don't answer my phone for that long. If I am expecting a call from my wife, I have a neoprene cell phone case with velcro straps that I can attach to my stem or top tube, but I really don't use it much.

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    i kind of love of talking on the phone while riding. especially at night. round 2am.

    during the day, i usually dont answer it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JF1
    If the company is paying for your phone, you probably ought to be available to answer it whenever, depending on company policy and any agreement you might have with them. I am "technically" on call 24/7 and my company has issued me a phone for that reason. I have to let the company know when I will not be available such as vacations and such in which case I leave my phone at work or at home. So I carry my work phone with me when I ride.
    They don't pay for it and I don't do anything that I'm on call. They're just impatient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KristenGilbert
    Nothing that can't wait until I get to the office. I just deal with a lot of idiots.
    Then I sugest you deal with the root cause... Seriously, (well somewhat) perhaps you can manage their expectations. Explain that your commute is personal time and that you are available to them for 8+ hours a day and that they need to ask you all their important questions during that time.

    Good luck

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    How about....Turning it off ?

    Then you turn up, "Why didn't you answer any calls ?"

    " My Phones Broke "
    " The Battery Ran Out "
    ...Theres a whole list of excuses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickwilliams
    Talking on a cell phone while driving, whether bike or car, is unsafe. People who do it are endangering themselves and others. They should "shut up and drive" as the bumper sticker says.

    Anyone who is upset that you're not a slave to your cell phone needs to spend some serious time adjusting their own priorities.
    I second this reply. I wouldn't answer a phone while on the road even if I were in a car. If they want me to be at work earlier, then I can do that. If I have to answer the phone while riding somewhere, I'll pulling over to the side of the road which would delay my arrival. Just because we have the ability to be connected 24 hours doesn't mean that one should be connected 24 hours. Personally, there will be times when I am unavailable to anyone. If (however sad the news might be) my wife gets robbed at gunpoint or my grandmother dies, while I am unavailable, I'll get the message when I reconnect or arrive at a connection point. As pointed out by another poster, communication happened quite well before there were cell phones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickwilliams
    Talking on a cell phone while driving, whether bike or car, is unsafe. People who do it are endangering themselves and others. They should "shut up and drive" as the bumper sticker says.

    Anyone who is upset that you're not a slave to your cell phone needs to spend some serious time adjusting their own priorities.

    Oh please, I talk on mine and ride constantly, its part of the job. If traffic is really hairy or im in too much of a hurry there's always the voice mail.

    I suppose munching on something to eat or drinking water while riding is out of the question due to safety as well?

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    If they want to start paying me for my commute time, I'll start working during my commute. As long as I start getting paid when I show up, then I'll start answering thier phone calls when I show up. I'm under no obligation to answer phone calls from anyone on my own time.

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    Heh-heh-heh...

    What is this "cell Phone" thing? Hell, I don't answer my land line 99% of the time. Mankind survived into the 20th century without instant communication, I think I can pull it off for an hour or so.

    But the heh-heh. I was walking to the supermarket last night, 'round 10 P.M. I'm heading down a small hill, nearing the bottom on his way up the hill is a guy on a bike fumbling around in his jacket pocket with his left hand. I can see him starting to strain on the pedals as he starts up the hill, he begins weaving around, hand still in jacket. He can just barely get the crank around veering to the left ...

    Out comes his hand with a mobile. He flips it open with his mouth.

    Wobble, STEER RIGHT!!


    Checks the display.

    Whoah, VEERS LEFT

    Push down on pedal

    Puts phone to his ear, says "Hey, whaddup?"

    And rides into a bush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedex
    Oh please, I talk on mine and ride constantly, its part of the job. If traffic is really hairy or im in too much of a hurry there's always the voice mail.

    I suppose munching on something to eat or drinking water while riding is out of the question due to safety as well?
    I suppose eating and drinking could be dangerous. Drivers struggling to unwrap a McFat burger or dumping hot coffee on themselves and slamming into someone come to mind. The thing that makes cell phone use dangerous, however, is probably not the manual use of the phone. It's the fact that the mind, which should be concentrating on driving a vehicle, is otherwise occupied. Unfortunately, I regularly see bicyclists doing unwise things. Using a cell phone is just one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickwilliams
    I suppose eating and drinking could be dangerous. Drivers struggling to unwrap a McFat burger or dumping hot coffee on themselves and slamming into someone come to mind. The thing that makes cell phone use dangerous, however, is probably not the manual use of the phone. It's the fact that the mind, which should be concentrating on driving a vehicle, is otherwise occupied. Unfortunately, I regularly see bicyclists doing unwise things. Using a cell phone is just one of them.
    Some people cant walk and chew gum at the same time either.

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    I'm a Californian. I need my cell phone!
    "Riding bikes on the street is the fuggin jam!" Juvi-Kyle

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    Quote Originally Posted by KristenGilbert
    They don't pay for it and I don't do anything that I'm on call. They're just impatient.
    I treat my cell phone and work just the way you do KristenGilbert, and my work even covers $20 per month of the cell phone cost.

    I use to keep it in a pocket on vibrate. There were just too many worthless calls that stopped my ride, even if it was for just a few minutes. None of the calls were ones that could not have waited until I arrived at work or home.

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    Cripes I don't even like talking on a cell phone in public LOL
    I have seen riders going down the road talking away on their phones.... STUPID!
    I carry one deep in my pannier for emergency use only.
    If I need to make a call, will stop and call, plain and simple.... Come on peeps... riding on a bike, Everywhere is a safe place to call... you don't have to ride miles to find a fricking safe spot... dayum

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