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Old 03-30-09, 09:21 PM   #1
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Yay new commuters!

There's a new bicycle commuter in my office. Today was his first day, so I took some time to find out how his commute went, offer some tips on how to make it easier, and encourage him to stick with it.

I also found out there's another guy in the office who's considering biking to work (he only lives 5 miles away). I normally try to keep to myself, but I stopped by the guy's office to see if he needed any information about bike commuting and to tell him I thought it was cool that he was considering it. I hope he decides to go for it.

It's nice not being the only person locking my bike up to the bike rack any more.
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Old 03-30-09, 09:23 PM   #2
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One of the nice things about spring is when lots of random bikes start filling the rack at the main building. Nice to know others are taking advantage of the weather.
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Old 03-30-09, 09:32 PM   #3
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I'd like to encourage people to commute, but hopefully they use different racks than I do. The racks I use get overfull. Unfortunately, some of the bikes are there until June when the University rounds up the abandoned ones.
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Old 03-31-09, 09:25 AM   #4
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I rode to work for the first time today. Actually, I rode about halfway, as my rear derailer was skipping, so I need to head to my LBS this evening to get it checked out.
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Old 03-31-09, 10:13 AM   #5
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This thread reminds me of the new movie: "I Love You Man". It's about a guy who has no adult male friends and he needs one because he has no best man for his up coming wedding. He tries all kinds of stuff to make friends, including some guys at his office & gym etc. If you keep to yourself - who knows you may have a new friend in the making with the other commuters.

The movie was pretty funny and I stayed 'till the end but it was pretty flat. Nothing wrong with the concept but it would have been better with better casting, script & direction. Also, there wasn't much gratuitous T&A.
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Old 03-31-09, 10:30 AM   #6
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Come on now, I had started to feel totally not pathetic! Just had to spoil it, huh?

Oh well, I meant that I normally keep to myself when it comes to talking about bike commuting, but I suppose it just looks more pathetic to try and change perceptions after the fact, huh?
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Old 03-31-09, 10:35 AM   #7
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A fella at work started riding 25 miles in on a Specialized cross roads.
I swapped out his 38's for 28 Armadillos. Replaced his cruiser seat with
an anatomic narrow saddle. In lieu of his carpenter tools, I loaned him
a Park mini tool kit and showed him how to fix a flat. I threw in a
front & rear light set for good measure. Lots of goodies in my garage.
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Old 03-31-09, 12:11 PM   #8
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Our new office is right on the MUP. Several folks here have commented on my commuting efforts, most notably the weather, the distance I ride, and the pitch-black darkness of our early spring AM. Several work mates have already verbally commited to begin riding their bikes in to work come summer.

I can't really ask for much more than that-- at least not until summer.
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I crossed paths with a kid bike commuting to school this morning. You don't see that very often any more.
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I've riding in afternoons when its nice for the last month, so far no other bikes on the rack yet.
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When I commuted to school on my stingray in the late 60s there was no such thing as a backpack for school - I would stick my books in my shirt and tuck my shirt in. The best I had back then was a wide book band with a buckle - like a really wide rubber band just for books. Fun memory. Now if only Camile liked boys on bikes I'd be able to remember more of her too ...
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The two of us in my office that ride all year have noticed several new bikes getting added to rack lately.
Will be interesting to see once the weather settles down how many stay with it.

Also our infamous towel man (it's a bike that is there most mornings, even before I come in at 7:00 with a towel wrapped around the seat and gone before I leave) looks like they got a new bike, and they take the seat in with them...ahhh spring is in the air.
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When I commuted to school on my stingray in the late 60s there was no such thing as a backpack for school - I would stick my books in my shirt and tuck my shirt in. The best I had back then was a wide book band with a buckle - like a really wide rubber band just for books. Fun memory. Now if only Camile liked boys on bikes I'd be able to remember more of her too ...
Books? You actually took books home?

We were just talking about that the other day, while our little 10-yr old nephew was busy working on this seriously complicated computer-related project assigned to him by the school. He seems to always have several hours worth of work assigned to him, each day.

None of us adults could remember ever having any real homework back in the 70's. The closest I could come for me was being ordered to write "I will not blow bubbles in the classroom" 200 times, one weekend.

We did most of our school work during the last few minutes of class. At worst, we spent a little more time on it during study hour, but we usually spent that time just leisurely reading.

I really do not recall ever needing to do homework until college. And, I think my memory is right, because I certainly remember how all that HW hitting me in college came as a complete shock.
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Old 03-31-09, 01:30 PM   #14
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Yeah I guess so. I mean it wasn't like what my kids carry around with them now ... yeesh, they need friggin wheels on their backpacks now!
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I do believe I'm the only one that bicycles in our building. Something about city employees, they all live out of town and too far to bicycle. I live in the same city I work in and can bicycle/commute to any city facility that I'm assigned to. I sometimes see another commuter but I think he works at the nearby grocery stores, I rarely see anybody bicycling on my ride.
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I've only seen two new commuters, and neither of them at my work. But since I'm on my way home in the AM I suppose I wouldn't see to many . But I see a lot more people riding bikes, even if some of them ride the sidewalk in the dark w/o lights when theirs actually a bike lane . Well, good to see the OP helping out new commuters.
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