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Old 06-03-10, 06:24 PM   #1
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Where else besides work?

I know everyone here rides to work.

But does anyone use their bike for other trips? Grocery store, library, movies, restaurants, the local tap?
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Old 06-03-10, 06:27 PM   #2
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I ride a lot of places. Not for groceries, though. But, I'll ride 3 or 4 miles to get small items that will fit in my trunk bag.
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Old 06-03-10, 07:07 PM   #3
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Not a destination, but I use my commuter bike to run the dog. We don't have a fence, so I jog with both dogs on one day, and bike the younger dog on my off days.

She pulls me up to 20 or 22 mph every time a car passes (averaging 8 to 10 over a 3 mile run). All that heavy commuter gear just makes it a better work out for her!
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Old 06-03-10, 07:29 PM   #4
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Not groceries very often, just because my SO takes care of that usually, but other errands like when I need to buy a tool, return a movie, need a new bike part, going to a blood donation, and social meetings. I find it much easier to take the bike than to find parking in many places around here. One of my favorite rides is a 70km ride to my parent's place that includes a 2 hour ferry ride. Tomorrow I'm riding to the dentist before work.

I bike commute almost every day rain or shine. I'm much less consistent about using the bike for other things, but I'm working on it.
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Old 06-03-10, 07:38 PM   #5
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Grocery stores, hardware stores, bank, post office, big box, fast food, gas station (gas for lawn and garden equipment), LBS, etc.
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Old 06-03-10, 07:47 PM   #6
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They do, but they talk about it in the utility biking forum!
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My bike takes me everywhere as I've ditched my car. Not having a car really makes you plan ahead for a lot of stuff.
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Old 06-03-10, 08:12 PM   #9
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Nowhere else. Honestly.

There are bike lockers and showers at work, I live in a suburb, and I'm not interested in locking my bike outside and getting anywhere else sweaty.

Well, there is one other place I'll go. When I need to take the car into the shop I'll bring my bike, drop off the car, ride to work, then ride to the shop at the end of the day.
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I do some of my grocery shopping with the bike. The place I get most of my produce is a 15-mile round trip that I can make riding the path along the Charles River, so it's actually a nice ride. With errands in town, it's just easier to take the bike than dealing with parking and traffic. Local art-house movie theater is a 5-minute walk. A lot of the other places we go are walking distance. I'm not completely car-free, but I try to use the bike as much as I can.
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Old 06-03-10, 08:27 PM   #11
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I know everyone here rides to work.

But does anyone use their bike for other trips? Grocery store, library, movies, restaurants, the local tap?
Yes to all. I'll add one, the softball league my daughter plays in hosted a tournament this past weekend. I had her ride with me to her games Sat/Sun but she only agreed since I said I would carry her gear bag for her. Initially I gave her the HTFU, but when she asked for an explantion of the term I told her, nevermind I'll carry the bag.
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Old 06-03-10, 08:29 PM   #12
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Everywhere, unless it's out of town or I have to haul something too big to fit on the longbike. I also use the car to pick up people, since my friends don't seem too eager to ride on the xtracycle for some reason...

Also you can be intoxicated and ride a bike here without getting ticketed. If I can't keep the bike upright, I know it's time to call for a ride.
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Old 06-03-10, 08:35 PM   #13
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Alone, anything including groceries (although often walk) if with the kids anything under ~15k round trip that doesn't require a suit

We have a car but only put about 8000km (5000 miles) a year on it.
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Old 06-03-10, 08:46 PM   #14
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I know everyone here rides to work.

But does anyone use their bike for other trips? Grocery store, library, movies, restaurants, the local tap?
I ride to the store, over to my other house, to visit my dad... mostly errands and that sort of stuff.
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Old 06-03-10, 08:54 PM   #15
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Only on my way to/from work, really. Maybe 3 or 4 miles a week for errands, with 110 miles to work and back.

It doesn't help that it's 5 miles to ANYTHING from my house. I tend just not to go anywhere once I get home.
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Once I don't need to carry a lot of stuff I use my bicycle to go most places, the only problem I have with that is sometimes finding a secure place to lock my bike.
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Old 06-03-10, 09:47 PM   #17
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Pretty much everywhere and I mean everywhere. From grocery store runs to visiting family 50-100 miles away. Riding cross state (140 miles) to my vacation home. Carrying my folder on trains to NYC and then riding all over the city, or taking my folder to Europe and riding all over Rome or Lisbon or wherever I happen to be.

I don't ride a bike when I have to carry tons of stuff cross state or travel with other people or it's a long distance road ride late at night or when the weather just makes it impossible to show up all dressed up in my finery.
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Old 06-03-10, 10:54 PM   #18
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I ride to and from work on the weekdays, and for fun on the weekends. I'll occasionally run an errand on the bike (usually to an LBS). I buy enough groceries at a time (for two kids and me) that it's impractical with my current setup to ride to the grocery store. Most of my weekend-type errands involve taking the kids with me, and it's too much time and hassle to get them geared up and attach the Trail-A-Bike and trailer just to go run an errand. I live a block from the library, so it's usually faster to walk than to ride the bike and lock it when I get there.

Besides, I'm not much of a fan of locking my $2000 bike to most of the crappy bike racks that are around!
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Many store runs but depends on what I need to purchase. Not tackling the (3) 40 lb. bags of softener salt...
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Any trip in town. We get groceries in a Burley Flat Bed trailer and big tote.
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Bars, grocery stores, pet shop, restaurants, friends' houses/apts., target, bevmo, etc..
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Nowhere else. Honestly.

There are bike lockers and showers at work, I live in a suburb, and I'm not interested in locking my bike outside and getting anywhere else sweaty.

Well, there is one other place I'll go. When I need to take the car into the shop I'll bring my bike, drop off the car, ride to work, then ride to the shop at the end of the day.
Same with me, except for training or leisure rides. I don't carry a lock because my security strategy is to either keep the bike in a secure facility at work or at home, or not let it out of my sight. I'll only stop if I can bring the bike with me. With regards to sweating, I don't think it's usually worth the sweat to ride less than at least ten miles, especially depending on the activity at the destination.

Fortunately for me, both at work in a suburb or at home in Boston, nearly everything is accesible by walking or taking the subway. For example, this morning, I'm scheduled for a root canal (seriously) and the endodontist is across the street from my workplace.
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I live in the burbs and there's really nowhere else I need to ride on my bike other than to work. However, I often ride to the start of weekend group rides, which usually leave from a park about 10 miles from my house. That adds an extra 20 miles to my ride, which can be nice if I'm trying to get extra mileage.
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occasionally i'll ride to the movies or the post office, but in general it's much quicker for me just to walk to the bar or most of the places in town that i go to.
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Small errands: library, small grocery runs, family leisure rides...
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