Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 27
  1. #1
    Senior Member Kens6161's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Kalamazoo
    My Bikes
    2009 Bianchi Axis, 1972 Raleigh LTD-3, Huffy POS
    Posts
    81
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Do you commute when your sick?

    Because I took my new-bike-to-be out for a test ride yesterday and I was out of breath at 3/4 of the way around the block! I figured it is just because I am breathing through my mouth because my head feels like a brick. Sooooo....

    do YOU commute when you are under the weather?

  2. #2
    Recovering mentalist Randochap's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    On the Edge
    My Bikes
    Too many
    Posts
    2,808
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Depends how heavy the "weather" is.

    A cold doesn't effect me but this winter I had a flu virus so vicious, I ended up in hospital In retrospect, I probably should have stayed off the bike for a couple weeks.
    VeloWeb | VeloWebLog

    "The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind." ~William Saroyan

  3. #3
    Senior Member CACycling's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Oxnard, CA
    My Bikes
    '08 Fuji Roubaix RC; '07 Schwinn Le Tour GS; '92 Diamond Back Ascent EX
    Posts
    4,441
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If I'm too sick to ride, I'm too sick to be at work.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Boise, ID
    My Bikes
    LeMond Sarthe, Schwinn Voyager 11.8, Specialized Hardrock
    Posts
    111
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by CACycling View Post
    If I'm too sick to ride, I'm too sick to be at work.
    +1

    Except for the bronchitis I got this winter from the nasty inversion and resulting bad air. Just couldn't breath or ride for about a week.
    '08 Jamis Dakota 29er, '06 LeMond Sarthe, '92 Hardrock, '80 Schwinn Voyager 11.8

  5. #5
    Laid back bent rider unixpro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Burien, WA
    My Bikes
    Bacchetta Giro 20
    Posts
    1,134
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm the same -- too sick to ride == too sick to work. However, riding in the winter does, in my opinion, improve your immune system so you don't get sick as often and/or recover more quickly.

  6. #6
    Val
    Val is offline
    Bike Pilot Val's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Pacific Northwest
    My Bikes
    Oh, yes
    Posts
    182
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Absolutely, but I would say (just for variety's sake): well enough to work = well enough to ride. It's a good test.
    rollingjackass.com

  7. #7
    your nightmare gal chipcom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    The Cracker Factory
    Posts
    24,353
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If I am well enough to go to work, I am well enough to ride to work.
    If I am too sick to work, sometimes I still go for a ride.
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

  8. #8
    uke
    uke is offline
    it's easy if you let it. uke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    indoors and out.
    Posts
    4,125
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I rode with a cold a few times last year. That's about as sick as I get.

    JesseDuncan:I just love how "cars will be forced to cross the double yellow lines on dangerous limited visibility roads".

    I don't want to have a head on but oh god, I HAVE to fling myself into oncoming traffic to pass, theres no alternative!!!

  9. #9
    Senior Member bcarter6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    142
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Same, if I'm too sick to ride, I need to call in. I was sick about a month ago with a bad cold for a week. Only one of those days I had to call in. But the rest of the days I rode.

    I think it is good though, I always end up feeling a bit better after the ride. Sure, it takes me a good bit longer to make the trip, but its all good as long as I leave a little earlier. And it gets some endorphins flowing and I feel better for a little while.

  10. #10
    In the right lane gerv's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Des Moines
    My Bikes
    1974 Huffy 3 speed
    Posts
    9,088
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    If I am too sick to work, sometimes I still go for a ride.
    Hey... me too. No point wasting a whole day lying on the couch.

  11. #11
    Seņior Member ItsJustMe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Michigan
    My Bikes
    Windsor Fens, Giant Seek 0 (2014, Alfine 8 + discs)
    Posts
    11,661
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    When my sick what?
    OK, end grammar nazi mode.

    If I'm contagious I work from home. This is not due to not wanting to ride, it's because I don't think it's right to go in and get everyone else sick.

    If I don't think I'm contagious, and I'm feeling well enough to work, I'll ride.
    Work: the 8 hours that separates bike rides.

  12. #12
    Senior Member mechanicalron's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Downtown Detroit, Mi.
    My Bikes
    Surly LHT, 94 Cannondale track bike, 80's Cannondale track bike, 60's Raleigh 5 speed, 1888 Eldridge wood wheel track bike and my old 76 DG BMX from when I was a kid.
    Posts
    781
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If it is bad, I take time off work but after a bit I start to go stir crazy so I have to get out and ride. I can only sleep so much when I am sick!
    "newbie at heart"

  13. #13
    Packfodding 3 caloso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Sacramento, California, USA
    My Bikes
    Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
    Posts
    29,828
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If it's just a head cold, I often find that a gentle ride gets the blood flowing and the snot loosened up so I'll feel a bit better.

    I think the old roadie rule of thumb is "Above the neck: ride. Below the neck: stay in bed."
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

  14. #14
    The City Cyclist ryanz4's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Province of Niagara
    My Bikes
    Can't remember the name...I painted over it.
    Posts
    100
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The only time I went without biking was when I had this viral infection and I could hardly move from room to room in the house.

    Don't drive and IMO taxi is too expensive (even though I had family that worked at a taxi company)

    So for me, if I'm too sick to bike, I'm to sick to go out.

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    perth
    My Bikes
    pake, surly pacer
    Posts
    116
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i ride to work when sick with a cold, even a bad cold. but, like many have mentioned abov, if i am soooooo sick i can't move i will stay at home. in general though riding is always way, way better than my other transport option - the bus. i could do with taking more sick days than i do. but i will take it easier, and just kinda get to work and back instead of adding extra distance etc.

  16. #16
    Senior Member lil brown bat's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Boston (sort of)
    My Bikes
    1 road, 1 Urban Assault Vehicle
    Posts
    3,878
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by CACycling View Post
    If I'm too sick to ride, I'm too sick to be at work.
    For me, I'd modify this to say "If I'm too sick to ride, I'm too sick to go to work," because my alternative is public transit, and that's as tiring as riding the bike -- often more so, plus it can mean being on my feet longer, standing around in the cold longer, etc. Driving might be different, but it's not an option for me.
    You have the right to your own opinion. You don't have the right to your own facts.

  17. #17
    Strong with the Fred Big_e's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Posts
    969
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by CACycling View Post
    If I'm too sick to ride, I'm too sick to be at work.
    +1. That doesn't mean I won't get on the bike and look for a bite to eat later in the day. Usually if I'm that bad off, I'll order out for a pizza or something.
    Ernest
    I love pho long time.

  18. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    14,274
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Like others if I am to sick to ride I work from home. No reason to get everyone sick.

  19. #19
    Senior Moment ontheroadid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Idaho
    Posts
    243
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeOnBike View Post
    Except for the bronchitis I got this winter from the nasty inversion and resulting bad air. Just couldn't breath or ride for about a week.
    My wife had that this year, and the inversion really prolonged her agony.

    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    If it's just a head cold, I often find that a gentle ride gets the blood flowing and the snot loosened up so I'll feel a bit better.

    I think the old roadie rule of thumb is "Above the neck: ride. Below the neck: stay in bed."
    Yeah, when I have a head cold, a cold ride actually allows me to breathe through my nose. But if it gets to my lungs, I'll stop riding for a couple days (and probably stay home from work, too).

  20. #20
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    14
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Depends on how sick, if it is a mild cold, headache or something no real problem, I just take it slower. Today was my first day back on the bike after three weeks because of pneumonia, first two off were because of the illness and the third was because of the very decreased lung capacity, and cold rain. If you don't feel comfortable don't ride, if you think you can go for it, but take it slower.

  21. #21
    L T X B O M P F A N S R apricissimus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Melrose, MA
    My Bikes
    Bianchi Volpe, Bianchi San Jose, Redline 925
    Posts
    2,226
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by lil brown bat View Post
    For me, I'd modify this to say "If I'm too sick to ride, I'm too sick to go to work," because my alternative is public transit, and that's as tiring as riding the bike -- often more so, plus it can mean being on my feet longer, standing around in the cold longer, etc. Driving might be different, but it's not an option for me.
    I agree with this. I'd feel far worse being on a train while sick than riding my bike while sick.

  22. #22
    Senior Member somedood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    UT
    My Bikes
    Ibex Xray
    Posts
    397
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by CACycling View Post
    If I'm too sick to ride, I'm too sick to be at work.
    Not me.

    All last week I had a bad head cold + allergies. I have athsma and it comes out when I am sick and exhert myself. I love biking, but I like breathing even more so when I'm sick I drive. I feels good to be back on the bike, though.

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    New York City
    My Bikes
    2009 Downtube Mini
    Posts
    335
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    These days, when I'm sick, my asthma usually kicks in. When my peak flow hits 300 or less, I am off the bike for a while. It's frustrating but what can you do?

  24. #24
    cyclepath daredevil's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    "The Last Best Place"
    My Bikes
    2005 Trek Pilot 5.0, 2001 Specialized Sirrus Pro, Kona Lava Dome, Raleigh hardtail converted to commuter, 87 Takara steel road bike, 2008 Trek Soho
    Posts
    3,552
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Fortunately, I guess, I'm usually just sick of work.
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    "Without music, life would be a mistake."
    -- Friedrich Nietzsche

  25. #25
    Senior Member dynodonn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    6,800
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I haven't missed a day of work/cycling in 12 years due to being sick, that last time was with a 104F fever, and even if the boss had a million dollars to pay me, I wasn't coming in.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •