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Old 09-17-06, 01:05 AM   #1
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do you need encouragement

guys do you need someone to keep telling you to ride or does it just happen

i dont have any problems getting up and doing my commute but im always seem to be waiting around for a mate and he's not that willing
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Old 09-17-06, 08:28 AM   #2
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I don't need encouragement I need excuse-removal. Every morning I get up and want to get my girl to drive me to work, then I look at the raingear or headlights or other equip I bought to avoid the excuses I was about to give her for not biking...suddenly I realize I've got no excuses and thus no choice, and I get ready to bike.
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Old 09-17-06, 08:59 AM   #3
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The only problem I have is I am running out of places to ride same ride everyday is borring.so that is the only problem I have I usually keep no gas in the car so I can only drive short distances. The one problem I do have riding my bike is trying to get out to my far away campus once a week so usually I hitch a ride
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Old 09-17-06, 09:34 AM   #4
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For my first year, I would obtain from the bank, every payday, a couple rolls of dollar coins. Then, every day I would ride, I would put one of those dollar coins in a jar, representing the money I had saved on gas for the day. It helped.

In the first year, I accumulated 100 dollar coins. Unfortunately, in that same time period I spent exactly 100 dollars on bike repair.
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Old 09-17-06, 09:45 AM   #5
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I need someone to tell me not to ride.
Otherwise, I end up riding in every sort of weather known to man. My wife is usually the voice of reason. "You know there is a foot of snow on the ground and lots of wind. Maybe you should work from home"
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Old 09-17-06, 10:14 AM   #6
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Just happens. I too have accumulated gear that eliminates excuses. Fenders, disc brakes, clothing designed for riding in the rain...no excuses.
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Old 09-17-06, 04:32 PM   #7
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when i started this commute about a year ago, i had an email friend who was very impressed, and completely uncritical. it was a perfect thing for a newbie. first thing i'd do every morning and evening was hit my email and report how long it had taken me to do trip.

originally i just did it to reassure her that i'd survived the bridge and the traffic, like the way i want to know my kid made it home from school every day. but it got to be a goal and a little satisfaction twice every day - like getting a sticker on your chore-chart when you're five.

it was a huge help, because starting out can be so discouraging. she didn't care about times or speeds or how anyone else was doing it; she and her husband just thought it was cool, period. she was really interested without making me feel like i had to live up to anything. helped to make me feel hardcore and impressive when i was anything but.

and it especially helped in the winter. she's in the american midwest, so our winter climate was a total revelation to her. just when i'd start to lose motivation, they'd have two days of rain in a row and she'd tell her husband i rode through that kind of thing every day. then he'd be so impressed and sorry for me i'd perk up again
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I also think I need excuses not to. My co-workers all say they wish they would ride to work but don't. Two of them say they will be looking for a bike for the spring and one keeps saying she'll ride to work but never does. My fiance has also started saying, "I want to go out to dinner." we pick a place and then she says, "lets take the bikes"
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All I need is the bike. If there is a bike outside I'll take it over the car any day.
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Old 09-17-06, 10:42 PM   #10
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My other commuting options are the subway or the bus. Both cost $2 and take longer than riding so no, I don't need any encouragement to ride.
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Old 09-18-06, 01:11 AM   #11
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guys do you need someone to keep telling you to ride
You must be joking!

My wife says "we have a wedding this Sunday" and she knows that she has to add "...and we're not going by bike"
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Old 09-18-06, 01:54 AM   #12
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God , I make all kinds of excuses to get in that extra ride. Rode last week in one direction in part looking for bike lube. It was two euros more, so today, I ride in the other direction, where i know the lube in two euros less. It was not the cost difference that was the determining factor. All I gotta say to my wife is , gotta do some bike errands today.
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Old 09-18-06, 02:21 AM   #13
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You must be joking!

My wife says "we have a wedding this Sunday" and she knows that she has to add "...and you're not going for a ride first"
Fixed it for ya Cyclo! (i'll have to organise a "training ride" to the pub at some stage yeah?)

Back on topic - No excuse necessary, i just hate driving.
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Old 09-18-06, 02:27 AM   #14
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Fixed it for ya Cyclo! (i'll have to organise a "training ride" to the pub at some stage yeah?)

Back on topic - No excuse necessary, i just hate driving.
Cheers mate, yeh she says that too

Training ride to the pub eh, just say when.
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Old 09-18-06, 04:43 AM   #15
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nope, I don't need any encouragement. We have one car and both go to the same office (we are owners). The road to the office is more than a little nuts and so my wife, who isn't a very good rider, drives the car. Even on the days we both are going to be in the office all day, I ride.

The only exception is when she couldn't drive because of a shoulder injury - and I almost called a cab!

Yes, it is more work to ride - but I enjoy eating. If I don't ride, I have to half starve to keep my weight down. I ride - and my weight pretty much handles itself.
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Old 09-18-06, 05:09 AM   #16
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Yes...I need encouragement...
I lost a bunch of weight (120lbs over 2 years)...start getting used to my new thin and fit self...start biking to work...YET...I need to quit smoking. Smoking is no longer "compatible" with my lifestyle. What more can I say?
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Old 09-18-06, 06:18 AM   #17
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I muster up encouragement on my own but wish I had more.

Wife thinks I'm crazy.
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Old 09-18-06, 08:08 AM   #18
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I muster up encouragement on my own but wish I had more.

Wife thinks I'm crazy.
+1

My wife doesn't get it either. So I get very little encouragement.
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Old 09-18-06, 08:31 AM   #19
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No encouragement needed here. I don't like it when I can't ride due to an errand or appt that I can't do by bike. Hard to take/pick up a kid to/from school or practice on a bike...now when they get old enough to ride with me...
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when it comes to running errands i will jump on my bike no pressure needed.

my commute to work sadly hasn't started yet cause i'm still pretty intimidated by all the rude car traffic. i've planned my route to avoid major streets but some are inevitable. i'm hoping this week is the start before it gets cold.
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I ride to work every day because my only other option is the bus. I really hate taking the bus. Plus, since I don't have a bus pass any more, it costs about $4 a day to take the bus. I find keeping a few bus tickets on hand "for emergency use" pretty much guarantees that's I won't take the bus because I don't want to "waste" my tickets.
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Old 09-18-06, 11:42 AM   #22
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My 'morning mind' when i first wake up is such that I'm kinda looking for a reason not to ride.

However, when I get out there anyway, doesn't take more than half the trip to feel glad that i did it, and then i feel glad all day and look forward to the ride home.
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Old 09-18-06, 11:47 AM   #23
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The only encouragement I need is the posts from our Northern friends in the "How Was The Commute Today" thread. A few posts about frozen drivetrains, Nokian studded tires, and lobster gloves and it really makes my little bit of rain and fog seem inconsequential.
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I don't have anyone to encoruage me. My wife does notice that I get a little crabby if I don't ride for a couple of days, but otherwise, it's just my desire to ride.
She and the kids were out of town, a few weeks ago and she asked me not to ride. I was a bit puzzled by the request. It turns out she was worried that I might have some sort of mechanical failure and be stuck 20 miles from the house. It may sound a little sappy, but I was touched by her concern and drove the car those two days.
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I find that the more I drive in to work, it gets easier and easier to find excuses to drive. I occasionally travel internationally (work related) and when I get home after not riding for a month, its easy for me to find excuses for not biking in, and I end up driving in several days a week. However, when I eventually get back into the 5-day a week commuting mode, no excuse will keep me from riding in to work. At that point driving in feels like a sin.
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