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Old 01-12-05, 01:16 PM   #1
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Need help deciding if I should accept offered ride or bike

Its 29F, anticipated 12mph crosswind (mid 20s windchill), with 6 of new snow. My commute is on a straight, narrow, I may be passed by 10-15 vehicles highway, in the open planes. I guy at work, whom drives an old suburban is going to swing by my place to borrow a trailer and offered me a ride. I am 13 miles from reaching 1000 and this is my last chance to ride before my 6 month bike commuting anniversary and its 13 miles to my house. I have good cell reception the whole way.

Do I ride or get a ride?
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Old 01-12-05, 01:18 PM   #2
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ride, to prove yourself you can.
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Old 01-12-05, 01:30 PM   #4
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Ride!

Of course I probably wouldn't if it snowed that much in Atlanta since most people here aren't used to the snow and I get passed by more than 300 cars each day.
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Old 01-12-05, 01:42 PM   #5
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Get a ride man, it's too cold out.

JUST KIDDING!

Ride.
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Ride.

It doesn't sound terrible. From what I'm hearing the traffic that comes upon you is not so heavy that they won't have the opportunity to pass in a reasonable amount of time and at a safe distance. Since you're in MN, I assume your bike is more or less outfitted to handle the snow that may be on the road.

20 degree w/ windchill's no big deal and a 12mph side wind isn't so bad either.

Go for it! Then celebrate your two-in-one accomplishment when you get home with a beer or similarly self-indulgent thing.
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I say ride your bike.
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13 miles from reaching 1000? GO FOR IT! RIDE!
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Old 01-12-05, 02:52 PM   #9
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You're asking the wrong folks if you want an objective answer. Ride.
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Old 01-12-05, 03:04 PM   #10
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Seems obvious to me. Here in DC, though, we get big traffic jams when it snows. If you lived here and had those conditions, you would arrive home at least an hour before your friend's truck.

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Ride even though it is sometimes difficult to explain to people why you want to. That is the whole point of bike commuting- doing it because you want to, not because you have to.
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DO NOT RIDE! You are tempting fate and asking for trouble. It's like the guy in 'Nam who went out on one last patrol before going home to get married then he got blown away. This fortuitous ride came along for a reason. (And I'm usually pretty rational and not very superstitious.)
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I've been in a meeting since I posted this. It's time to head home. 10:1 say ride... Time to put on the lycra. I'll post again this evening to let you know how it turns out.

Thanks for the input!
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I was leaning towards riding and your encouragement helped push me over the fence. I wrote this post because I anticipated your resounding push towards riding. Thanks!

As it turned out my 1 hour meeting turned into a 2 hour meeting and the guy that offered me a ride had already left. Working the extra hour ended up being in my favor as I followed the snow plow out of town so the road was essentially clean! I wasnt looking forward to the last mile on the gravel road as that would have the entire 6 of snow left on it. As I approached the gravel I saw the plow cresting the hill! I had to wait less than a minute for the plow to pass. My average speed was 13mph.

Since July 16th I have logged 1000.3 miles!

Thanks again for your encouragement!
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Now if it had been your spouse-- tough choices (well at least for me)

I"m thinking of the time my husband had to pick me up on our way home from work -- blizzard like conditions- confidence level was about 40%-- all family members were relieved There's hard core and then there's stupid.
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Old 01-12-05, 09:14 PM   #18
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What's this white stuff you talk of, I am not familiar with it Let's see it was 40C/104F on Tuesday and 34C/93F Thursday. I've only seen snow twice on skiing holidays. I'd get a lift and wait for Summer.

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Thank the trucker for his offer, then tell him what a great ride you had.
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