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Old 08-27-11, 03:02 AM   #176
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When you secretly wouldn't be terribly upset if someone stole your car because you've already been plotting a way to be free of the damned thing for years.
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Old 08-27-11, 10:51 AM   #177
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...when you drive to work one day and your wife calls in a panic because she thinks somebody stole your car.
If I had been drinking milk you'd have owed me a new keyboard right now!

When you ride home from a Craigslist sale through pre-hurricane traffic in north Jersey with a frame across your body like a messenger bag, just so you can start building up another vintage commuter.
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Old 08-28-11, 10:31 AM   #178
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...if you've inadvertently punched the window instead of reaching for the turn signal lever when you do end up driving.
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Old 08-29-11, 06:48 PM   #179
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You ride your bike to work 16 miles roundtrip for a week with a foot that is broken, that you don't know is broken, because it's easier than walking and taking the train. On the day you finally see a doctor who confirms it's broken and orders you to wear a boot and use crutches immediately, you had already ridden your bike to work. So, you buy some bungees for 99 cents at the hardware store, and strap the crutches to your bike, figuring one last easy ride, favoring the broken foot, in order to get your bike home. With 6 miles to go, you get a flat, and don't have a proper repair kit. You then uses your handlebars and good front tire as a crutch to hobble over to the nearest train. People look at you like you're crazy hopping down the subway steps on one foot with a bike and crutches over your shoulder.
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Old 08-29-11, 09:34 PM   #180
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when, once you get to work, this is what you spend your time doing:

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Old 08-30-11, 01:29 AM   #181
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When you're soaking wet you get a grin on your face when you see all the cars in the traffic jam. And since you're already wet, it doesn't really matter anymore and you ride the rest of the route at a relaxed pace.
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Old 08-30-11, 02:24 AM   #182
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it's been so long since you have driven your truck, you find yourself trying to unclip your left foot from the clutch pedal when coming up to red lights.
The other night, I had to stop myself from driving through a stoplight that was red. I had stopped, looked both ways, waited the customary dead-red time, then started to drive through it... whoops... not a stop sign, silly, a stop LIGHT, I told myself. For the rest of the trip, I was all panicky- trying to remember the rules for driving car-style.
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Old 08-30-11, 04:20 AM   #183
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If you select your accomodation so it is a good commuting distance from work

I used GoogleEarth to draw a 10 km radius circle around work, and then a 12 km circle. I deleted most of the doughnut as I didnt want to live in those parts, and went looking for and found a great apartment there. It is a 12.5 km ride Perfect distance for me on the flat.

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It hurricane here.

Eh, headwinds of up to 90mph. Motorcycles go 120 easy. No big deal.
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Old 08-30-11, 03:49 PM   #185
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... you get out of the navy and start cycling to your new job, then one day your neighbour (who you haven't crossed paths with in a while) sees you and asks how long you've been at sea (because he hasn't seen the car move in a few months).
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Old 08-30-11, 07:12 PM   #186
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I'm stealing that idea for when the next time I move. Best way to choose housing I've heard yet!
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Old 08-30-11, 07:42 PM   #187
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When you look forward to riding in the rainy weather
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Old 08-31-11, 07:24 AM   #188
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When you have successfully conditioned your wife not to ask you to run errands on the way home from work because "Oh that's right, you're riding tomorrow."
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When you have successfully conditioned your wife not to ask you to run errands on the way home from work because "Oh that's right, you're riding tomorrow."
Doesn't stop my wife as long as it's small enough for my pannier. It's just an excuse to ride more on the way home.
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Old 08-31-11, 09:47 AM   #190
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Doesn't stop my wife as long as it's small enough for my pannier. It's just an excuse to ride more on the way home.
At this point she underestimates my cargo carrying capacity.
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When even walking sucks
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When off-the-shelf isn't good enough anymore and you have to start rigging up your own accessories on your commuter rig.

(Last night I turned a crosstop lever and spare cabling into a remote trigger for my Airzound, so I could mount it on an R&E light mount on my randonneur rack. The mount point is also a rigged bit, using an 89 cent drilled out PVC fitting instead of a $25.00 Paul Gino mount.)
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The other night, I had to stop myself from driving through a stoplight that was red. I had stopped, looked both ways, waited the customary dead-red time, then started to drive through it... whoops... not a stop sign, silly, a stop LIGHT, I told myself. For the rest of the trip, I was all panicky- trying to remember the rules for driving car-style.
Sunday afternoon I drove and came to a stop light close to the house that I know wont activate with my bike, so I Idaho stopped and moved on before I realized I just ran a red light in the truck.
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You have a dozen different routes to work, varying mileage and scenery. . . and you're bored with all of them.
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You know where exactly where all the open sewers, bad septic tanks, and/or waste treatment pump stations are and based upon wind direction, know exactly how long to hold your breath when passing these areas.
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When your locking up your bike in the morning after riding to work and someone walks by and asks if you ever get tired of riding and think about turning around some mornings and driving your car and you think that is the stupidest idea you have ever heard.
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You need to buy supplies for work, but the store is too far by bicycle. So you decide to order them from the internet and wait another week for them to arrive.

Meanwhile, you could have gone to the store for the supplies, there and back, with your car within an hour, but didn't want to.
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..get really pissed when the boss asks you to bring your car tomorrow so you can use it to run company errands. I'm really pissed.
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..get really pissed when the boss asks you to bring your car tomorrow so you can use it to run company errands. I'm really pissed.
Fortunately my boss knows I don't own a car. We also have a company vehicle that I've used when driving to training. It's one of the many reasons why even though my job isn't my dream job from a work perspective, it supports the rest of my life.
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You need to buy supplies for work, but the store is too far by bicycle. So you decide to order them from the internet and wait another week for them to arrive.
There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
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