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Old 03-06-11, 12:50 AM   #1
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So few excuses for students...

This is less for the hardcore commuters and more for the students who either sometimes commute by bicycle or are considering it and are browsing this forum for that very purpose.

Seriously. Way too many advantages. For one, your morning schedule is probably more flexible than your average 8-5er. So instead of sleeping in until 9, you can wake up and get a good start to the day. Also, you should have some sort of gym on campus with showers. At my school, you can buy a towel card for 15 bucks a semester and get a clean towel every time without having to haul it yourself. Some schools might even offer this for free. Lockers are available for rental if you can't carry everything. Bike racks are everywhere and are usually well lit and in very public places.

Really, with minimal planning, the only thing standing in the way of you commuting to school is yourself. You don't even need a fancy bike or panniers. Just pick up your bike and throw on a backpack. Upgrade later if desired.

/end bike commuter proselytizing.
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Old 03-06-11, 01:14 AM   #2
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+1 on everything you said. I couldn't have made it through many impoverished years of college and grad school without a bike.

Anyone worried about maintenance and repair costs should check to see if their school has a bike co-op or student shop. Some do, and will let you have access to their tools for a nominal fee.

Student commuters should get a formidable lock or ride the crappiest bike they can find. Universities are often prime targets for bike thieves.
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Old 03-06-11, 01:17 AM   #3
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When I got to college, I sold my car after I realized how stupid it was for me to justify having one.

Haven't looked back since.
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Old 03-06-11, 01:44 AM   #4
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Ya, the combination of biking/train was fantastic for me.

I didn't even care how I smelled at class because I'm not used to not sweating or getting a good workout in.
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first I agree

when I was at Texas Tech I used my bike everyday to get from my dorm to my classes. That campus is crazy spread out. I would see students all the time using a bike. What baffled me though was that my roommate had no car, and also had no bike.

secondly though it is not always that simple. If you go to college in a city with a climate like mine (Houston) which is HOTT and > 90% Humidity then good luck getting to class and not being a dripping, sweaty, stinky person.

my least favorite thing is being sweaty when I don't want to be, and class is one of those places.

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Agreed. And with some competitively priced folders on the market nowadays, that's an option as well if thievery is a big issue or to make public transit use a bit easier...
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my car is being donated on March 31, and I will completely rely on train/bus and bike from now on. I cannot wait. I can't believe how much i've been paying in car insurance, gas, etc for no reason. I know getting to work will really be a hike once in a while, but luckily work and school are on the same train line, so I can mix and match when possible.
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This is less for the hardcore commuters and more for the students who either sometimes commute by bicycle or are considering it and are browsing this forum for that very purpose.

Seriously. Way too many advantages. For one, your morning schedule is probably more flexible than your average 8-5er. So instead of sleeping in until 9, you can wake up and get a good start to the day. Also, you should have some sort of gym on campus with showers. At my school, you can buy a towel card for 15 bucks a semester and get a clean towel every time without having to haul it yourself. Some schools might even offer this for free. Lockers are available for rental if you can't carry everything. Bike racks are everywhere and are usually well lit and in very public places.

Really, with minimal planning, the only thing standing in the way of you commuting to school is yourself. You don't even need a fancy bike or panniers. Just pick up your bike and throw on a backpack. Upgrade later if desired.

/end bike commuter proselytizing.
could you tell me more about these co-op things. I am starting a bike club at my school, and would love some things to fight towards. This already sounds like a great place to start. Could you provide some examples in schools you already know exist? Or even some schools that already have these?
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Old 03-06-11, 11:40 AM   #9
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I've been using a combination of bus/bike for YEARS now. Then again i live in a place where almost every bus has a bike rack on the front, that everyone can now use free. You used to have to buy tickets
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Plus, if I'm your professor I'll let you keep your bike in my graphics lab.
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Even better than the showers at the gym, a lot of lab buildings have showers in them, and not just the chemical showers. I don't know why, but all three of the new laboratory buildings on my campus have nice private shower rooms.

My commute isn't long enough to justify a shower, but I have used them after 'mid afternoon joy-rides'.
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I commuted to uni by bike in my 3rd and 4th years and spent so much time regretting that I hadn't started it earlier. Would have saved me so much money on travel.

Needless to say I have been commuting to work by bike since leaving uni and am loving it

Wish I had started when I was back at school too...
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