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Old 08-03-08, 08:02 PM   #1
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Has bike commuting discouraged you from activities?

Does anyone feel reluctant to take their bike to certain places?

I haven't gone to the movies in a long time. The only theaters remaining where I live are the huge multiplexes that seem to attract huge gangs of ne'er-do-wells. Yes, I said it. I'm an old codger.

I do have a beater that has taken all sorts of abuse, and I wouldn't care if it were stolen or vandalized. What I do care about is the possibility of having to call a cab (which would cost more than what the beater's worth).

I don't have the same concerns about leaving my bike where I work, because it's a university with a huge bike culture, but those places on the outskirts that have no public transportation just give me the willies.

Oh, the movie I so want to see on opening day: Pineapple Express. I may just drive.
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WHAT ABOUT BATMAN?? You wouldn't risk taking a cab for batman?
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Old 08-03-08, 08:18 PM   #3
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With the cost of movies today, and what they charge for drinks & snacks how do "huge gangs of ne'er-do-wells" afford to go??

I take my bike to whatever I can get to, it's sometimes about the 'journey' and not the destination and my bike makes that fun..
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WHAT ABOUT BATMAN?? You wouldn't risk taking a cab for batman?
I would take two cabs and a bus for batman. A dirty bus, with annoying people on it. You know, the ones who want to get to know you while you're riding a bus!
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I'm not sure what the outskirts are. I assume this is sort of the edge of the city? I park my bike in these places, it's no big deal. It's much much safer than at a university! Wrap a cable lock around it and a tree somewhere out of site, it should be fine. Of course, if they have racks do take advantage of them and your u-lock; but they won't have them or they won't be bolted down.

Just went yesterday, to our downtown area, to see a movie (that's where the biggest and best theater is; I love this town). Road my bike with the wife, locked them up, had some lunch, saw a movie. I thought for sure something would disappear, but nope. They didn't even steal my helmet. Probably reeked too bad!
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Distance, weather, load, and time figure into what I take.
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Yes, I realize my paranoia is irrational, much like my fear of flying. I assume the worst when undertaking something for the first time.

And yes, I am going to see the new batman movie. I feel I owe it to myself, having never seen the others.

My reluctance is also due to the fact that I never see bikes at these multiplexes the times I've ridden by. Plenty of cars, of course, but no bikes.
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two words for you bro'

Home...Theater.

Way better than a cineplex experience anyway.
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I actually find myself going more places with my bike (beater).
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Since I am car-free, there's not a lot I don't do with the bike; if someplace I want to go is not feasible to ride to, there's always the bus (people tend to leave me alone -- I've been told I 'look mean'). This would usually be a wintertime situation.

I don't do theaters; food's too expensive, and I can just about buy the DVD when it comes out for what I'd pay for a theater ticket. NOTHING is so urgent that I can't wait until later to see it. (The last theater visit was Passion of the Christ -- minister sister handed me her car keys and said, "Go see it." Have the DVD now.)
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Old 08-03-08, 10:07 PM   #11
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Yes and no... I find myself going to different places. I've really lost interest in the across-town destinations that I used to frequent. We are more likely to search out places closer to home now.

In fact, we're in the process of selling our house with the hopes of purchasing one that would within easy cycling distance of almost everything we need.
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I have locks for my bike... i'm not really worried about it.
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Glad to see that I'm not the only old codger who appreciates things like "Pineapple Express".

I understand the concern about the bike. There is one Midnight Oil concert that cost me a dear bike. It was a beater locked with heavy chains at a corner with 4 cops. I walked home swinging the chain should anyone be fool enough to tangle with me as mad as I was.

I'd say that if it is fear of the taxi cost dissuading you, then go, if just to really face your fears. If you have a car, then maybe that's the solution.

In a more general answer to your title, I find that I'm somewhat reluctant to do networking things like Chamber of Commerce mixers because of bicycling. It takes so long to cool down that the mixer is almost over by the time that I'm cool and collected. I also find that I am reluctant to start a group such as a peer group of animators because of all the equipment needed to run such a meeting, and even though I have a trailer, I hesitate because of my fears that the road might dish out abuse to things like computer projectors.
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Fear is the mind killer!
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I do virtually everything with my bike. All you need is good rain gear and a decent locking system.
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I'd ride my best bike and lock it with only a cable lock for Batman.
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Old 08-04-08, 01:35 AM   #17
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Honestly, I won't take my new bike everywhere because of the security concerns. I'll take my old bike just about anywhere, though. The places where I have to put it outside are closer anyway, so the old one works just fine for that. (The new one is to help me cross longer distances, mainly the distance from home to work, where I can park inside.)

I also have the "what if I have to walk/cab/bus home?" anxiety, but having an old, simple bike with a little bit of trash in the basket seems to keep it safe.

As for the movies, I typically go with others, who would never think of pedaling, so I end up riding in their cars with them.
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I guess I'm in the minority in agreeing with the OP. I'm extremely hesitant to lock up my bike in any public place for more than, say, an hour. There's no way in hell I'd lock it up outside any of the movie theaters I'd go to.

I see chopped bikes and broken locks all around the city. I can't afford for my bike to become another casualty.
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I keep my bike in my office, so I don't need to worry about locking it up anywhere. However, if I couldn't keep my bike in my office or had to run a lot of errands around town on it, I probably would have more of a beater bike. I keep a small cable lock in my seatbag for special situations where I might need to lock it up, but that is rare.

On the other hand, I find that I do a lot less "traveling around" on days when I ride by bike vs. my truck. It's too much trouble to go out to lunch, or the bank, or a shopping center on days when I bike commute. So I do those things when I drive. That's part of the reason why bike commuting helps cut down driving so much -- because you save not just the commuting distance but all the mileage you would rack up driving around during lunch and after work.
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I parked my bike next to an unlocked $4k+ roadbike at the dentist office a week or so back. I guess it really depends on the area you are in.
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Ok I've always pretty much ridden a bike for the last 10 years, but I actually think its the opposite because it has given me a level of fitness that means I can do other activities

If I want to go for a run for a few km I can, not because I run regularly but because my commuting means I can manage it.

Everyone knows cycling does little for the tummy, but I cycle enough that physically I'm not a blimp so I don't mind putting on swimming togs or a wet suit when going for a swim or kayaking at the beach.

If the weather is bad some people will stay indoors "because it's raining" or "too cold' me I cycle in the rain and cold I don't mind being out in it doing stuff.

So yeah when it comes to travel maybe, but with enough thought and planning no problems. After all a lot of the worlds population don't use cars don't mean their lives aren't active and fufilling.

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What discourages me is not going places, it's the pain of having to carry my heavy U-Lock if I am going to be away from the bike for extended periods.

I have a nice U-Lock that I hardly use because I keep my bike inside at work, and I carry a nice, thick, cable lock to use for stopping on the way home and such. But cables are comparatively lighter, and quicker to put on (especially since my U-Lock has a thick cable to lock the wheels with too).

On the other hand, just a cable is easier for a do-badder to cut through, so I'm a little apprehensive to leave it unattended around my neighborhood, as it's very common to have a bike stolen in short order.
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two words for you bro'

Home...Theater.

Way better than a cineplex experience anyway.
+1. I work for a video rental company, so I get free movie rentals. Best of both worlds. No longer stressing about bike security. No more resisting the urge to turn some foul mouthed, cell phone using, laser pointer waving (usually one of those younger know-it-alls) person in to a human lawn dart. Yep, blood pressure is doing fine now.
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I parked my bike next to an unlocked $4k+ roadbike at the dentist office a week or so back. I guess it really depends on the area you are in.
Good strategy to park your bike next to another bike that's more attractive to would be thieves.
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the first bike i had stolen was while i was watching a movie in the afternoon.
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