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Old 08-02-08, 10:06 AM   #1
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Does commuting by bike alter your personality?

I'm been commuting 70 or more miles a week. I've broken my dependence on the car, lost weight and I'm saving money.

I also notice a new level of self reliance. I'm less concerned with peer pressure and see the world differently. I'm also more opinionated.

Am I the only one?

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Old 08-02-08, 10:11 AM   #2
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I feel the same way, and I smile more.
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Old 08-02-08, 10:13 AM   #3
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you tend to tune out of popular culture a bit, so you dont waste money and time on nonsense
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I tend not to be as cranky... and I sleep better. I'm on "vacation" right now, so I'm not doing daily rides, but the rides I've been doing have been longer. When school starts I'm actually looking forward to dropping back down to 32 miles a day.

One thing I've noticed is that I've gotten a bit more "smug" about saving gas than I was before I started commuting. I smile a bit too much when someone brings up the price of gas.
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Old 08-02-08, 10:23 AM   #5
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I'm been commuting 70 or more miles a week. I've broken my dependence on the car, lost weight and I'm saving money.

I also notice a new level of self reliance. I'm less concerned with peer pressure and see the world differently. I'm also more opinionated.

Am I the only one?

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Pretty well exactly the same as you have seen except opinionated. That's always been a problem with me.

I am however doing a better job at biting my tongue...especially with my socialist loving boss that claims he is a capitalist/ conservative but wants the government to meddle more in our lives becasue he can't seem to figure out the government screws up everything they touch and it will always cost double when they are involved.
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I was already somewhat of an overly-verbose, self-righteous anarchosyndicalist that stays far away from pop culture, television, etc, before I re-discovered cycling, so it was a pretty seamless transition for me.

But then, of course, I have a dark side ;-)

In all seriousness, though, I'm happier and healthier than I've been in years.
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Old 08-02-08, 10:59 AM   #7
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I've become more militant about my beliefs, and have learned to look down upon those who don't adopt my novel lifestyle.
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I told the girls where I work that I feel more decisive and a bit more combative (increased testosterone, maybe, I don't know) with regards to what I put up with from clients and what I don't
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+1

I put 20 in my car the other day, and by my calculations driving 2 days a week (if my wife doesn't drive it) I should be able to go almost three weeks without putting in gas.

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I tend not to be as cranky... and I sleep better. I'm on "vacation" right now, so I'm not doing daily rides, but the rides I've been doing have been longer. When school starts I'm actually looking forward to dropping back down to 32 miles a day.

One thing I've noticed is that I've gotten a bit more "smug" about saving gas than I was before I started commuting. I smile a bit too much when someone brings up the price of gas.
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Old 08-02-08, 11:25 AM   #10
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now that i'm commuting by bike i know everything, am better than everyone, and best of all my ***** don't stink anymore.
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Old 08-02-08, 11:52 AM   #11
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[QUOTE=Shinyville;7190292]I was already somewhat of an overly-verbose, self-righteous anarchosyndicalist that stays far away from...

It is my panglossian velleity that you do not find my sonorous admonition of your conjugation to be unpropitious, but don't you mean to say: "anarcho-syndicalist who stayed..."?

(turning off the thesaurus...)

Seriously, there is a safety zone in the car. Getting out of the car and out on the bike made me less self-conscious in general. Yes, I am more opinionated, at least about commuting. Why? I lost 120 pounds, saved thousands in gas, probably added years to my life, got off my hbp meds, look better, feel better, and enjoy the ride every day. If someone thinks I look like a dork in a helmet and a jersey, now it's their problem; their loss for not being out on their own bike. Their lame reasons for not biking fall off me like raindrops, because I know I am right (they know it, too, I suspect).
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I was already somewhat of an overly-verbose, self-righteous anarchosyndicalist that stays far away from...

It is my panglossian velleity that you do not find my sonorous admonition of your conjugation to be unpropitious, but don't you mean to say: "anarcho-syndicalist who stayed..."?
Ha ha, you're right, of course! That's what I get for posting on a lazy afternoon in the midst of my fourth Old Style tallboy, waiting for friends to arrive. They say that control over tenses is the first thing to go...
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Ha ha, you're right, of course! That's what I get for posting on a lazy afternoon in the midst of my fourth Old Style tallboy, waiting for friends to arrive. They say that control over tenses is the first thing to go...
I doubt I would be so coherent on my fourth. I only drink while watching football. Trust me, if you are a Bengals fan, you need something to ease the pain. The Buckeyes do have their moments, though. It's almost that time again. Bottoms up!
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In my lack edukashon I think the thesaurus went the way of all of the other saurus's like the brontosaurus

Anywho, self reliance is a huge personal achievement. Hell, just experiencing getting to work on the bus was huge for me... 3 freaking transfers.. sucks. (What takes 2 - 3 hrs on bus takes about 1hr by bike and 20 min. in the car. wtf?) My first few commutes helped me realize how many trips I make to satisfy a whim. Now I have to plan ahead and figure out if certain things are worth the time/effort and especially money.
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I doubt I would be so coherent on my fourth. I only drink while watching football. Trust me, if you are a Bengals fan, you need something to ease the pain. The Buckeyes do have their moments, though. It's almost that time again. Bottoms up!
I'm generally a lightweight when it comes to drinking as well, but a dear friend of mine is moving out of state this weekend, so I'm a bit bummed. Oh well, at least this should be a fun day!
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Makes me happy. I smile when I ride my bike, especially in the cool of the morning. My husband says you can tell a happy bicyclist by the bugs in their teeth!
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Cool? What cool? It's hot as frick over here. Can't wait for the winter! WOOOO
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It is my panglossian velleity that you do not find my sonorous admonition of your conjugation to be unpropitious, but don't you mean to say: "anarcho-syndicalist who stayed..."?

I gotta look that one up!

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I've become more competitive. I feel worthless and suicidal everytime someone passes me on my commute.

must... get.. faster...
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I think I'm less cranky and less prone to being angry on the road. Oddly enough, I don't drive. When I'm walking, I get pedestrian rage, but it doesn't happen on the bike.

I think I'm just more aware that I'm going faster than I am when I'm walking, I need all my wits about me and a cool head, and I don't waste any processing time to anger. If there's a shoddy driver on the road, and I have a near miss or something (which, honestly, I haven't had -- the worst I've had are people parked in the bike lane, and having to stop behind them and wait for traffic to clear before I try to pass), then when it's over it's over. I stop thinking about it and keep going.
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A few of us were sitting around the TV and watching some program where the family had taken the car keys away from a family member to keep him at home. Everyone looks at me and said, that would never keep you at home! I just smiled and felt nice all over.
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I find that I'm more hungry. I've become more assertive at office luncheons and will bulldoze my way to the front of the food line to fill my plate. I do the same during office birthday parties in order to get cake and will demand ice cream too.
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I feel much better when I commute regularly. I usally sleep better and burn off some of the bad nervous/coffee energy.
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my bike has become my religion. i keep trying to convert people.
not so much anymore though. just tell people its my lifestyle choice and thats it.

for me, riding is the greatest release of stress. I no longer get angry so easily and just have a more laid back attitude to life.
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Oh, yes! There are many studies on the positive mental effects of exercise. There are several specifically aimed at the benefits of cycling.
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