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Old 10-24-06, 08:32 PM   #1
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another free light give away!!!! Round 2..

Ok, Round Two....

This is where it all started.... Free Headlight and batteries for a good story ...

I, the light winner, here by pledge to give up my brand new high quality LED light and 3 sets of slightly used rechargable batteries for said light to the winner of a contest. The contest is quite simple.... the person who can name the best reason for commuting by bike will win the light. I, owner of the light, will be the sole judge that determines the winner. I, owner of the light will carefully pack said light, and deliver it to the winner at no cost to the winner.

The only rules are:
1.) The contest will end November 1st at 8:00Pm. The winner will be anounced at that time.
2.) The best reason will not be cheesy, but funny and (or) entertaining. Don't tell me about your grandma that got killed commuting to work, or about how it has saved your life or any of that crap.
3.) Pictures are welcome, but not a requirement.
4.) I will get back to you.


Let me know if there are any questions...

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Old 10-24-06, 08:56 PM   #2
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I think the shrimp eating contest was a better idea, but I'll start thinking of something so side-splittingly funny that you'll be compelled to award that light to me.
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Old 10-24-06, 08:57 PM   #3
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Shouldn't the subject title be "Same Free Light Give Away"?
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Old 10-25-06, 04:51 AM   #4
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Am I eligible? Glad you found the light was too nice to sit. That was behind my desire to give it away too. It would be backup to my backup.

I can't wait to read the reasons for commuting ...
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Old 10-25-06, 05:25 AM   #5
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you know... i also have a standard trek red blinkie that I no longer need... it is a 5th string backup. I will include it in the prize!!!!!


yes dalmore, you are elligable!

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Old 10-25-06, 05:44 AM   #6
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I ride the bike so that I am not directly feeding the greedy oil nazis especially the ones in the turdworld Citgo anyone? How about OPEC?
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Old 10-25-06, 06:37 AM   #7
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I ride my bike to work because it is fun.
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Old 10-25-06, 06:47 AM   #8
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I do it to feel better about myself, who I am. you might find it "cheesey" but it's true. The people around me at work are just set in their ways and don't give a second's consideration to others around them=> so it stands to reason they would drive a car, it suits them. But even on the job they're only concerned about themselves-- I mean the most annoying thing about my job is when out of nowhere an acrobat falls on you during your coffee break, ...damned acrobats... prima donnas.
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Old 10-25-06, 07:54 AM   #9
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an acrobat falls on you during your coffee break, ...damned acrobats... prima donnas.
Your ran away with the circus?
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Old 10-25-06, 07:59 AM   #10
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I commute because....I want to. 'nuff said.
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Old 10-25-06, 08:02 AM   #11
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I commute because its good for my health, but the big reason is the reaction i get from my co-workers when it cold and raining and i come in smiling. Its priceless!!!!! They think I'm crazy and gone insane or I'm superman

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Old 10-25-06, 08:41 AM   #12
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on of the reasons i commute cause i like being the master of my own destiny (not possible when forced to live around a bus schedule).

i do what i want....
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I am 50 years old and commute 7 miles to McDonalds for breakfast every morning. They have a senior discount so not only do I get to eat cheap I also hang out with the other seniors and socialize. Riding a bike always starts conversations pertaining to the dangers and healthy advantages of riding a bicycle. Riding a bike also perks up the women as they figure if your healthy enough to ride a bike your healthy enough for sporting adventures involving them. It's always an easy way to start interesting conversations. I always start my breakfast commute before sunrise in order to make sure I have the best seat in the joint, which allows me to watch my bike, and this requires a light. I currently have a light but I could certainly use the one your giving away as it sounds much better than the one I currently use.
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Old 10-25-06, 09:10 AM   #14
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Riding a bike also perks up the women as they figure if your healthy enough to ride a bike your healthy enough for sporting adventures involving them.
Not that I'm a judge in this contest, but I see a clear frontrunner. Care for some hot sauce w/ your Egg McMuffin?
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Old 10-25-06, 09:11 AM   #15
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I commute because the university I work for charges out the wazoo for parking. $40 is the minimum monthly charge, and then you're stuck half way between Lincoln and Omaha. Want a closer lot? Pay up! I get to work fast 'cause I don't have to walk 20 blocks, I get a little excercise and during the day, I can run errands on my bike too. And my arthritic knee likes not walking. And my old Honda is eroding into a Chevy Vega. Send me the damn light - daylight saving time is almost over.
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I bike to work because I like the look on Cagers faces when I fly pass them sitting in traffic. I love it when one of them ask "do you know you where doing 35 mph?" Or when they see me running down the middle of the lane at the speed of traffic at 35 mph. Oh yes and when they feel like they have done something by just talking to me about riding a bike,,, LOL. I even had a cop stop me and tell me that I'm riding to fast on the street and that I really need to be on the sidewalk. I just luaghed at him and said "If I'm going to fast for the street, then I'm really going to fast for the sidewalk" He just shock his head and got back in his car and left. That was priceless.
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Old 10-25-06, 10:29 AM   #17
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The most important reason, is so you can buy the brightest light possible.
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Old 10-25-06, 10:38 AM   #18
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I need to commute to work by bike to stay fit for the weekend excursions.
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Hands down, this has gotta be the funniest post. $40 a month is being charged out the wazoo? I just forwarded this to my sister who's monthly parking bill in NYC is about $600!!!
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I even had a cop stop me and tell me that I'm riding to fast on the street and that I really need to be on the sidewalk.
Sir, please take your bike that's to fast to be ridden with cars and ride it with pedestrians instead

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Old 10-25-06, 11:50 AM   #21
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I commute to keep those smug Prius drivers in check.
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I ride my bike to ride my bike.
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At 33 years old I am less than 2 years into my new life. That happend on June 16th over a year ago when I got my new hip. After years of pain from misalighnment caused by my mild CP I have much less pain. I still limp and am not fast but I can ride. I ride for selfish reasons.

1) Shorter arguments with my high school alternative students when they say they can't make it or they were late because of no good reason.

2) Show my solidarity with my students by riding through "their" community even though some people think it is the "ghetto". In my experience the people are nicer in the "bad" neigborhood thaan the nicer ones in my 21 miles each way

3) Save $$ on gas to pay off my surgery. Waukegan dist 60 has cruddy insurance

4) Show my students that nothinging is impossible. I have had some that out of ignorance think I have mental capacity problems becasue of my limp. Well, ignorance can be addressed and it is when they see me lay my bike down to get on and off but pedal off into the distance.

5)Endorphines

6) Getting back some of the "play time" I missed out on in younger years because of my situation.

7) Conversations like the following I had with a HS teacher of mine who is still working. As I rode by the HS she said hello and she asked how long I was riding that day. I said I was on the way home and would have over 42 mles for the day from work and back. She asked if I was crazy...Why would I do that ...was my car broken or something. "Nope...I'm just crazy" She smiled and was confused maybe and walked on. It is the small moments like that.
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I started riding to lose weight. I've lost some pounds over the past 2.5 years but what keeps me going is the fact that my fat butt can haul at almost 20mph now. I'm still working on going faster, but I'm building a faster bike now too. I also *love* riding fixed gear, no matter how retarted "I like to bike" thinks it is. I love the looks I get when people ask what I do for the winter and I answer "put on my studded tires and keep going". Their jaws drop in awe that you can even GET studded tires for bicycles. Riding day in and day out gives me self respect, and keeps me from getting fatter

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I was thinking to myself self, what's the best part about riding your bike? and I realized it.

I can fart and not have to sit in the buttgas for an hour while travelling.
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