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Old 07-03-06, 05:35 PM   #1
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Little examples why bike commuting is better (long)

Just a few from today:

At the coffee shop: The espresso machine is broken, they all recognize me and say 'now this guy is going to be bummed' (4 shots + coffee most mornings, medium in a large glass so I don't spill it.) They offer different places I can hit for espresso, but I'd already had 12 shots at home before heading to work, so regular coffee was fine, and I had to get into work. 'You're a messenger, right?' 'Nope, just don't have a car and ride everywhere.' I kind of doubt that they'd remember that much about me if I was going in there in a suit and ordering some crazy complicated drink every morning unless I tipped well...

Leave the coffee shop and head towards the construction zone, there's the guy on the cruiser commuting the other way with the armband tatoos. I see him a lot of mornings. Do the cagers see the same people most of the time?

Leaving work, one of the other guys I've been working with on a lot of special projects and new business is leaving the same time. He stops to say goodbye and is totally having to lean over all strange and stuff to see me standing there. If we were both on bikes, we would have just talked.

My old boss was leaving at the same time, and he was parked way over in the lot. He didn't stop to talk. We both stopped at the first red, he turned towards 5 oclock traffic on the freeway, I went for the bike path a block away that takes me 2 blocks from work. I only had to stop moving once.

That one stop was for another biker who was putting his bike back together after a flat. We had one more bike stop while we were stopped to offer help. How many people still change their own tires on the side of the freeway? Let alone have other vehicles stop to offer help? With the craziness on the freeways these days, I know I wouldn't feel safe... It turned out he'd had 3 flats in the last five days, all on the rear. I recommended some better tires (bontrager racelites, which the other guy that stopped was running on the rear as well...) and where to get them. Turns out he's new to the area and doesn't know the shops, so I gave him some recommendations on that too. Even if you were stopped on the side of the freeway and some random stranger stopped to help, would they know a better tire, and offer advice as to what repair shop to go to?

I dunno, today just seemed like a really good day for bike commuting, and I thought I'd share....
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Old 07-03-06, 08:15 PM   #2
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you had twelve shots of espresso this morning?
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Old 07-03-06, 10:05 PM   #4
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Umm dude maybe you need to cut down on your coffee.
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I enjoyed reading your post.

Thanks for sharing.

Interesting how we see more things when biking as compared to riding in car. Commuting also helps us to be more sociable with others.

Keep up the good work.
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Old 07-04-06, 04:10 AM   #6
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Umm dude maybe you need to cut down on your coffee.
Believe it or not, I already have...

It was just home espresso, anyways. Not as strong as what you get from the coffee shops...
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Old 07-04-06, 06:54 AM   #7
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Believe it or not, I already have...

It was just home espresso, anyways. Not as strong as what you get from the coffee shops...
I still don't know how coffee keeps many of you guys awake.
I tried coffee a few times, but kicked it to the curb after it put me to sleep each time.
For me, it's a tall glass of raspberry iced tea and a six dollar burger from Carls Jr.
Not to mention I'm a late afternoon-late night commuter, so the breakfast menu is nixed for me.
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Old 07-04-06, 06:57 AM   #8
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Umm, maybe you should keep cutting down on your caffeine intake.

You are right that this is a great thing about being on a bicycle. We're much more able to strike up a conversation or offer help.
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A headline in the near future:

Local Cyclist Killed by Rare 'Exploding Heart Syndrome'
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You are so right about the difference - yesterday I scoped out a new route using the Montero. We drove through the area, seeing the sights - but no interaction with the people. Too busy driving. Today, I rode the same area with my bike. It took twice as long perhaps, but it was 4 times more interesting.

In a car, the time just seems wasted, but with a bike - if it is 30 minutes, well, those are 30 minutes of enjoyment and interaction with others.
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Why not caffeine injections? Oy!

I like the bit about seeing the same people. It's so true! I've never "had" to drive anywhere regularly (don't own a car, thank goodness) so I only have mass transit for comparison. Even in that case you see the same people some of the time, but it's not like bike commuting (even in NYC I see regulars).
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Umm, maybe you should keep cutting down on your caffeine intake.
Um, I'm thinking I should probably drink more...

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/...n1709445.shtml

BTW, nice avatar. The only word I can read in Japanese, and that might be because it's tattooed on my leg
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It took twice as long perhaps, but it was 4 times more interesting.
So true!
I recently cycled for the first time along a route i'd driven and ridden a motorcycle along for 10 years. I didn't realise there were so many houses along there! You'd have thought it was hard not to see a house, wouldn't you? But there were maybe 10 that i had never noticed.

It's a completely different road by bicycle.
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Um, I'm thinking I should probably drink more...

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/...n1709445.shtml

BTW, nice avatar. The only word I can read in Japanese, and that might be because it's tattooed on my leg
so...what's it say?
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bicycle...


duh.
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It says that drinking more coffee is associated with a lower risk of developing cirrhosis, especially in those who drink a lot of alcohol. I don't think they looked at whether it was the caffeine or not as they didn't break down results by caffeinated coffee and non-caffeinated coffee. Drinking tea was not protective, suggesting that it is something other than caffeine.

In a related article they found that drinking decaffeinated coffee and not caffeinated coffee protected women from developing diabetes.
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so...what's it say?
If you were referring to the avatar it says jitensha, which is, what else..."bicycle."
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Snip...BTW, nice avatar. The only word I can read in Japanese, and that might be because it's tattooed on my leg
You can't read your own signature!!?? That's 2 words/phrases in Japanese (but I'm going to have to look yours up).
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