Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-15-10, 06:31 PM   #1
gbcb
J3L 2404
Thread Starter
 
gbcb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Shanghai
Bikes: 2007 Jamis Nova
Posts: 1,075
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Commuting is bad for you

By car, it seems. No mention of any other options...

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/...for-you/61481/
__________________
gbcb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-10, 06:51 PM   #2
jharte
Long Live Long Rides
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: KCMO
Bikes: 1988 Specialized Rockhopper Comp, converted for touring/commuting. 1984 Raleigh Team USA road bike.
Posts: 717
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What we've known for so many years...

I'm proud to be part of the 'other' group who look for ways to relieve stress, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and strive to have better attitudes. It's not easy some days but so well worth it!

Jerry H
jharte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-10, 08:44 PM   #3
DX-MAN
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 4,789
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Not trying to flame you, but OF COURSE it's about cars only; as far as 99.9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of America is concerned, the car is the only way to travel. (Yes -- hyperbole -- it's part of my dubious charm.)

I did notice, after returning from 3 years overseas in the late 80's, that what was accepted as a normal commute had more than doubled. To this day, I've never had to commute more than 10 miles to my job. (The Air Guard doesn't count, 2 days a month, '90-92........)
DX-MAN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-10, 09:00 PM   #4
aley
Goathead Magnet
 
aley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Bikes: Surly LHT, Cannondale Caffeine F3
Posts: 670
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It's too bad they didn't do a survey of various types of commuters (those who walk to work, those who bike, those who take the bus, those who drive, etc.) to see how alternatives affect the results. If I trade my 30-minute bike commute for a 45 minute bike ride, a 30 minute bus ride, or whatever, how does that correlate with health and happiness? That's probably a more involved study than Gallup would get involved in, though.
aley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-10, 09:25 PM   #5
B. Carfree
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Bikes:
Posts: 6,302
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 86 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by DX-MAN View Post
Not trying to flame you, but OF COURSE it's about cars only; as far as 99.9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of America is concerned, the car is the only way to travel. (Yes -- hyperbole -- it's part of my dubious charm.)

I did notice, after returning from 3 years overseas in the late 80's, that what was accepted as a normal commute had more than doubled. To this day, I've never had to commute more than 10 miles to my job. (The Air Guard doesn't count, 2 days a month, '90-92........)
It looks like you may have one or two extra numbers to the right of the decimal. Maybe.
B. Carfree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-10, 10:24 PM   #6
DX-MAN
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 4,789
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
B, I tried... I really TRIED... but it just got the better of me.
DX-MAN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-10, 10:35 PM   #7
aley
Goathead Magnet
 
aley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Bikes: Surly LHT, Cannondale Caffeine F3
Posts: 670
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by DX-MAN View Post
(Yes -- hyperbole -- it's part of my dubious charm.)
Hyperbole is the worst thing ever created, and people who use it should be hung up by their toenails.

( for those with limited senses of either humor or irony.)

Quote:
Originally Posted by DX-MAN View Post
I did notice, after returning from 3 years overseas in the late 80's, that what was accepted as a normal commute had more than doubled. To this day, I've never had to commute more than 10 miles to my job. (The Air Guard doesn't count, 2 days a month, '90-92........)
Not everyone has this luxury. I put up with an 85-mile commute (each way - 170 miles total) for a year after I switched jobs a number of years ago because of the time required to sell my house. Half of my department at my current job last week got laid off - if it's a choice between a 20 mile (or 60 mile) commute, and not having a job, I think I know what most of them will do. The more specialized you become in your job, the greater your risk of having to take a long commute to find a job.
aley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-10, 11:12 PM   #8
Spire
山馬鹿
 
Spire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan
Bikes: TREK 1000 and a junk bike with a basket on the front to go to the shops.
Posts: 1,398
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think a proper study of this sort of thing is in order, not a causal (but somewhat useful) study like presented here. It could make the case for more working from home, etc.
__________________
http://www.cyclistsroadmap.com/eng/ - Cyclists' road map. Checkout which roads are good for cycling and rate roads in your area.
Spire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-10, 12:00 AM   #9
gbcb
J3L 2404
Thread Starter
 
gbcb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Shanghai
Bikes: 2007 Jamis Nova
Posts: 1,075
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by DX-MAN View Post
Not trying to flame you, but OF COURSE it's about cars only; as far as 99.9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of America is concerned, the car is the only way to travel. (Yes -- hyperbole -- it's part of my dubious charm.)

I did notice, after returning from 3 years overseas in the late 80's, that what was accepted as a normal commute had more than doubled. To this day, I've never had to commute more than 10 miles to my job. (The Air Guard doesn't count, 2 days a month, '90-92........)
Yeah, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. Living in a place where I can count the number of car owners I know on one hand, it's easy to make the opposite assumption: OF COURSE you don't have to commute by car!
__________________
gbcb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-10, 01:42 AM   #10
acidfast7
http://www.538.nl
 
acidfast7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: England / CPH
Bikes: 2010 Cube Acid
Posts: 6,017
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by gbcb View Post
Yeah, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. Living in a place where I can count the number of car owners I know on one hand, it's easy to make the opposite assumption: OF COURSE you don't have to commute by car!
Where I live most people own cars and commute to work by bike. Sure, the bike paths are great, but what really makes it nice is that drivers are so aware (unlike my experience in the states.) I was actually looking out the window and realize that we only turn on our car once per month (when we travel somewhere and don't want to use the train).
acidfast7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-10, 02:00 AM   #11
gbcb
J3L 2404
Thread Starter
 
gbcb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Shanghai
Bikes: 2007 Jamis Nova
Posts: 1,075
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Awareness is a big thing here, too. The drivers are frequently terrible, but they're rarely surprised to see a bike and are usually pretty good about sharing the road. But the more expensive the car, the less likely they are to want to share!
__________________
gbcb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-10, 05:26 AM   #12
KD5NRH
Senior Member
 
KD5NRH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Stephenville TX
Bikes:
Posts: 2,551
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 110 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by aley View Post
Not everyone has this luxury. I put up with an 85-mile commute (each way - 170 miles total) for a year after I switched jobs a number of years ago because of the time required to sell my house.
Just think; if you rode that every day, you could pick which companies you wanted to sponsor your new job

And one of the perks would be getting to ride the latest and greatest bikes.
KD5NRH is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:09 AM.