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    Retrogrouch in Training bostontrevor's Avatar
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    Stupid things I've done bike commuting...

    Ok, this isn't an exhaustive list. I don't think we have time right now. However, today I was feeling extra dumb. You know the day, you feel slow, your timing is off, it seems like every decision you make is the long way. That sort of thing.

    Well I came out of work this evening only to discover that in my infinite dumbness, I hadn't actually locked my bike to the rack. It spent 8 hours out front freelocked. The funny thing is, there was a 3-speed in the rack that'd been there all day exactly the same way.

    So, what sort of stupid things have you done on your dimwitted days?

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    Forgetting to bring a lock. Or the key to the lock.

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    I love (sarcasm) how I can get all the way to my front door after a hard days work before I realize that I've left my keys in my desk drawer in my office. It's happened three times so far. Not that big of a deal, but it doesn't make me feel very bright .
    I gotta Mike my bike.

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    I did that same thing...TWICE. Now I have a little mental checklist; 1) locked, 2) seat covered with plastic bag. I stand by the bike and point to it as I check off the items in my head. I do a similar thing to make sure I have loaded my lunch, my key to the office, and a pair of PANTS to put on when I get there (or the trip will have been in vain).

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    Locked the bike into the bike locker when I didn't have the key.

    I used to leave the locker wide open when I left at the end of the day... so upon arrival I just roll in and then slam the lock shut.

    I didn't realize I didn't have the key until it came time to change from my flip flops to my shoes after my shower... opps.

    Went to work in my flip flops and put in a call to security, and eventually to the "bike locker captain" who had the only spare key, but was out all morning. The real irony was the "bike locker captain" was out having more spare keys made.

    Had my locker open by mid afternoon. Nice day in flip flops though.

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    Forgot my pants once.
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    Twice now I've left my rear blinkie on all day. I hate when I do that. I've also been so out of it on a ride home that I climbed a long, steep hill in my top chain ring (44T) wondering why my chain was making so much noise using the large end of the cassette. Not sure how I did not clue into the fact that I was in the wrong chain ring. And the usual forgetting of underwear.

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    I leave my car at work while I cycle to and from home the whole week. Come one Friday, time to bring the car back home with the bike on the roof rack. Oops! I left the damn keys at home. Anyway, it was nice excuse to ride the bike. Just came back for the car the next day. Hence I avoided the Friday evening "rush".

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    I love the underwear thing. You sit there for a minute pondering your choices: hot damp diaper or commando?

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    And commando always wins (at least for me).

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    On the way back from work, I happened to ride five blocks past my house before I realized what I had done. Pretty sure even though I felt dumb, I believe it happened because riding my bike is just that good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclon
    Forgetting to bring a lock. Or the key to the lock.
    I've forgotten my keys a couple times!. Now I clip them into the "key clip", when using my backpack (who new it had one?). When using one of my racked bikes+a pannier, I clip them as well. I use one of those "mini carabiners" that come with Dermatone lip balm.

    The best "stupid thing" I've done commuting, was when I left my keys on a park bench of a MUP on my way home. When I was getting ready to go back to work-I couldn't find them. I even checked in the freezer, because everyone knows that's where missing stuff sometimes ends up...

    They were still there the following morning. Amazing! Lucky me, as I have no clue where all my spare keys are.

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    I forgot my pants one time, my shoes another, and my lock on yet another. Fortunately, Home Depot is just down the street from my office, so I could still use the bike locker at work.

    Walking around in MTB shoes was interesting. I avoided leaving my desk.

    Walking around without chonies was very strange. I'm not sure if wearing my shorts under would have been better, since they were all sweaty.
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    I left my work clothes at home one time.

    It was bad, but could have been worse.

    I had to be in at 6:00 a.m. that day, and normally I start at 8. I got in at 6:00, did my little special assignment, as is my custom, went for my clothes, and thought, "Aw, sh...!" Lucky for me, it was 7:20, and if I put my scurry on, as I did, I could run home, grab my work clothes, run back, and have about 3 minutes to change out. Oh, how I scurried, oh, how I Houdinied out of my sweaty sports bra and gym shorts and into my grey work trousers, nice bra, and blouse.

    Considering I'd have been sent home to change anyhow, it would have all unravelled the same way. I'm sure the payroll guy wasn't too torn up about me losing 45 minutes of overtime that day.

    I think I oozed sweat for about 45 minutes. Luckily for me, I work a job where I don't see too many people most of the time, so I couldn't gross out many customers or anything.

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    Forgot my badge to get in the office several times. Once on a weekend when there was no one around to let me in so I had to call home and have it brought to me.

    Forgot my pump and got a flat, more than once

    Forgot my shoes several times until I left a pair at work for good.

    Now I have a checklist read through every time before leaving. So far it's working...

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    Forgot my belt today no less. I bet my coworkers wondered why I was constantly hitching up my britches all day (I went untucked). A couple of weeks ago I brought my lock but forgot my keys...had to lock my bike up in our test lab instead of out front. Nobody seemed to mind so maybe I'll do that on inclement weather days in the winter. Early on in my commuting career I locked my front wheel to my frame but failed to secure the lock to the bike rack....doh!
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    I have forgotten my wedge bag with my flat repair stuff only once. Of course I flatted that morning on the way to work. Luckily I was only a few miles from the office when it happened, so I walked the rest of the way and then caught a ride over lunch with a coworker to get some patches.

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    Every morning I take my panniers out to the garage, get my bike down off the wall, grab my helmet and strap it on, attach the bags to the bike, close the garage door with the remote in the outer pocket of the pannier, and then pedal off to work. It's like second nature - I could probably do it in my sleep. Except this one time I came out, dumped the bags, got the bike and promptly rode off, leaving my bags in the drive way and the garage door wide open. I figured it out at the first light, shook my head and came back for my stuff, but I can't beleive I did that.

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    One or more occaisions: pump, patch kit, car keys, helmet(it was Winter & I had my cycle cap on), key to office door, key to house. Now I keep a spare helmet, an old floor pump & extra clothing at work & I'm really good at breaking into my own home!
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    I rode to work naked once......














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    Quote Originally Posted by Patriot
    I rode to work naked once......

    Then I woke up.
    Same

    I *hate* it when that happens but I'm soooo relieved when I wake up

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    Hmm. I forget my cellphone sometimes. I also forgot one time, when I was still getting used to the routine with the folding bike, the wrench to take off the rear wheel. Guess which tire got a flat? Doh! Fortunately it was a slow leak which manifested itself during the work day so I was able to pump it just enough to ride soft to the LBS on the way home. I also once forgot to pack an undershirt, but I keep a spare at work. I've also forgotten socks, but on those days I leave my bike socks on. I forget to bring my belt all the time, too. Forgetful person, I suppose.

    Today I accidentally brought two shirts to work, go figure. It's the first time I've had too much clothing here.
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    Forgotten my shoes and done a 12 hour nursing shift with SPD cleats on (covered with those little blue booty things...)
    Forgotten my undies and found that scrubs don't offer much support.

    Loaned my coat to a female collegue and bike commuter then had to explain to the girlfriend the next day when i got home why i smelled like the girl from work...

    Thought the Denver weatherman was wrong and rode in one june morning with a light windjacket, only to find a few inches of snow on the ground on the way home. No gloves, no real jacket just a zephyr shell... brrr.

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    aside from the usual keys/shoes/clothes mishaps, stupid bike commuting by me includes hitting the bar for more than just a few before the ride home... I used to crash my bike on an occasional basis due to this, I once made it about 10 feet on the bike before WHAM!!

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    Forgot shoes one day and had to go bare foot or in road shoes all day.
    Now I leave a pair of shoes at work. I also usually leave a pair of pants at work to wear for a couple of days. Well one day I brought a new pair into work, then at the end of the day took them home again to wash. The next day knowing I had taken pants to work the previous day I didn't take any that day. Didn't realize I had no pants at work until I went to get dressed. Wore cycling shorts and a tshirt all day at the office.
    The really bone head things that concern me is when I do something stupid on the bike. Like cutting across the light rail tracks in front of a train. Or blowing a light just after it turns red. Both times afterwards I realized I endangered myself for nothing. I try to make sure I ride as safe as possible so that I can continue riding everyday.

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