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Old 07-22-08, 07:45 AM   #1
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new commuter

so i started riding my bike to work on july 10 and it's been awesome. it's a 7 mile ride (14 round trip) and it's pretty hellish in parts. but i'm fat, lazy, out of shape, gas is too expensive, etc. so i'm gonna stick with it. i've got a blog that i encourage you to check out to see what i'm up to lately and how it's going. it's ridea****ingbike.com. yeah, the name's crass, but so am i, so f it. get on there and sign the guestbook if you don't like it or sign it if you support what i'm doing. but check it out.

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Old 07-22-08, 08:04 AM   #2
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Welcome, notdave.

Glad you're on the bike!
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Old 07-22-08, 08:09 AM   #3
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Welcome to the group, keep pedaling..
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Old 07-22-08, 09:37 AM   #4
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Rules for new commuters:

~Just do it... then just keep doing it
~Ride It Like You Stole It
~Keep The Rubber Side Down [This one is of critical importance!]
~When you start talking youself out of riding....just Shut Up and Ride
~Buy new goodies/bikes with the money you save
~Constantly show off sexy biker legs to wife/gf/bf/whatever
~It never gets easier, you just go faster[well at first it gets easier]
~Work..it's the ugly time between rides
~Objects in your mirror are stupider than they appear
~The unintelligible comments from passing cars are always compliments
~Sweat and snot[in winter] are sexier than you might think
~If 2 bikes are headed in the same direction they are racing
~Your new name is Fred [or Wilma]
~The response to "Get on the sidewalk!" is "Ride your freakin' bike!"
~Once you are completely soaked, you can't get any wetter.
~Don't worry Be Happy
~Perfect your shower time down to 4.25 minutes. You'll be doing it a lot.
~Yes, helmets are dorky, but you should still wear one.
~Laughing at JAMs makes them madder than giving them the finger.
~Don't ride through Garbage Juice..especially when cornering.
~Quickie Marts are the cycling oasis [Gatorade fits the bottle holder].
~When someone bails you out, you are obligated to pay it forward 2x
~Biker Tan... Set a new higher standard for Farmer Tan
~Bicycles, the other fun thing between your legs.

Congratulations on your first ride !
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Old 07-22-08, 11:06 AM   #5
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Welcome, you have made a great choice. May bike commuting bring peace to your soul
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Old 07-23-08, 05:15 AM   #6
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When a coworker or friend tells you "Good for you!" when they learn you're commuting to work on your bicycle you can always respond, "...and good for YOU too!" since you're one less car they're dealing with on the commute, one less air polluter and as your health improves, one less drain on the health care system.
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Old 07-23-08, 05:59 AM   #7
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Here's another one, just started bike commuting part of my commute back on July 7th. I have a 30 mile total commute. I drive 25 and bike 5 to start. Working on finding a safe place to park my car further up the bike trail so I can extend my commute. Mainly doing it for weight lost and getting in shape cause I get 36 mpg in my car so currently I'm only saving about $4 a week, but that's enough to buy a Baconator at Wendy's. Also looking at upgraded to a newer bike from my $80 KMart special. It gets the job done but the few bikes I've test rode will to a whole lot better.

I love the rules for bike commuting. I'll definitely remember them.

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