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  • Less than or up to 1 hour

    14 32.56%
  • Up to 2 hours

    4 9.30%
  • Up to 5 hours

    1 2.33%
  • Up to 8 hours

    9 20.93%
  • Up to 10 hours

    9 20.93%
  • Up to 18 hours

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  • Greater than 24 hours!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    my bike lives outside. it's a bike, not a family member.
    Your family must be better than mine.

    My bikes spend their idle time indoors in a decent neighborhood, locked to an old iron door in my office, in a house with a burglar alarm. Yes, locked to a secure object INSIDE my house.

    Once long ago my wife mentioned the bikes in the house. I told her to pretend they were her cats. Or her shoes. No more bike (or shoe) discussions after that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post

    sorry man, didn't realize you guys get the shaft.
    liar.

    socialist nations in europe have done a far better job of promoting a free market in telecom than the U. S. of A. who would have thought that regulations and monopoly busting might actually lead to free markets???

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    Quote Originally Posted by spare_wheel View Post
    liar.

    socialist nations in europe have done a far better job of promoting a free market in telecom than the U. S. of A. who would have thought that regulations and monopoly busting might actually lead to free markets???
    whatutalkingbout:

    just because i get:

    16/1 DSL
    landline free to Germany
    500 minutes to Europe and USA
    and 4 prepaid SIM cards for free

    for €19.99 per month

    bump it to 50/1 for €24.99/mo but I don't cause I'm cheap ... that's two extra days of eating for commuting
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    I went to school at Michigan Tech. There's basically zero crime there after the first 2 or 3 weeks of class - that's how long it takes for incoming freshmen from the big city to realize that people will not put up with their **** around there, and their roommates will turn them in (and also, there's only 5000 people on campus, if you steal a bike, the owner WILL see it again.

    A friend of mine once left his bike outside the student union, unlocked. He forgot to get it before going home for the summer. It was still there in the fall (rusty and with flat tires).
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    Define public. One of my bikes is parked outdoors (attached to the fence at the back of a parking lot) from November to April. I ride it sometimes, but depending on the weather and my mood, it can go two-three weeks without attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOTAL CONTROL View Post
    Hey Aznman, this is an interesting poll/topic. Sorry if I'm not remembering you, but I started a bike register thread in the Gen dis board, feel free to check it out.

    Next, I can't help but point out that your thread title conflicts with your poll title. One ask for an average & the other ask for an exact max time. Either way I answered more than 24.
    I am interested in both. I apologize for choosing the wrong title.

    Quote Originally Posted by neil View Post
    Define public. One of my bikes is parked outdoors (attached to the fence at the back of a parking lot) from November to April. I ride it sometimes, but depending on the weather and my mood, it can go two-three weeks without attention.
    Yes, I would say that your scenario is public.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    also: the beer on tap in the fast train is better than the beer on tap on my bike
    Someone say beer? That could come in handy on the trip home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    Why don't you do a poll and determine how much money the average person spends on BF per year cycling? Or the average cost of all of their commuting bikes, I would wager that 300 USD is really low for a used bike, tune-up, new tires, helmet, clothes, lights and water bottles (all the stuff that would be needed versus the bus.)

    In addition, cycling to work every day (800kcals/day), requires greater food consumption (probably 2-3USD/day) ... so 20 days commuting = 40+ extra USD/month, while sitting on the bus requires 0 extra dollars in food. I've done this calculation on the forum multiple times.
    Good points on not spending too much for something that gets stollen. But even in that case, I'd do all I can to keep it from getting stolen. While I lived in the inner city, I always carried my bike home, ustairs. Made my bike safer and my muscles stronger! It feels really stupid when I go to get my bike and realize it is gone. Sold for five minutes of fear, to some thief.


    As far as calories go: my job is mostly office job. If I didn't cycle to work, I'd cycle after work for excercise anyway. Plus I enjoy eating, so no problem burining more calories for me. Not to mention the zen benefit bicycle (and motorcycle) give me, compared to buses and cars (cages).


    My usual locking time is around 10 hours (at work). It is in a safe place. Locked to the doorman's watch window. It's not a bike parking place, but the doormen know I'm "that lunatic that rides even in snow with a ski mask" and for some reason take special care of keeping my bike safe. This enables me to ride even the expensive bike to work. However, when doing shopping (or pub) stops on the way home, I have to take the ugly commuter mule (which is also expensive, so I lock it really good - cost around 500 euros new, now 3 years old).

    Inner city bus ticket is some 20 euros per month, while my current suburban line would cost around 40 euros p/m. Buses work well, on time, every 10 minutes in city, every 30-45 minutes for the suburbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    edit: you could always pick up a 4G laptop for the bus/train.
    Awesome idea, and join the ranks of the irritating people who are apparently unable to function unless they are wired to the latest twitface feed or some such.

    Thanks, but I still prefer to ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    I said 12 months in the US, 6 months in the EU because the EU has reasonable, albeit more expensive, unemployment insurance (in Germany it's 80% of salary for 12 months.)
    You're still the only person I've come across who suggests not buying anything until they've got X months salary in the bank, whatever quibbling over X you want to do.

    And it still makes more sense to spend £500 for a bike to get to work than it does to spend £5000 for a car. That £4500 difference is quite significant, you know, when you're thinking about what happens if you lose your job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by contango View Post
    Awesome idea, and join the ranks of the irritating people who are apparently unable to function unless they are wired to the latest twitface feed or some such.

    Thanks, but I still prefer to ride.
    or people that optimize time spent on public transport to get work done. whatever floats your boat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    also: the beer on tap in the fast train is better than the beer on tap on my bike
    Don't know about you, but beer tastes better while cycling. Even if it is canned or bottled beer poured into an opaque non-breakable covered container with a handle. Provides fuel and enjoyment in one simple package. Of course, in moderation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    or people that optimize time spent on public transport to get work done. whatever floats your boat.
    Hope you can bill your client or employer for those hours spent "working."

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    I remember being at this one bar. I was only there for about 2 or 3 hours (pretty short for a bar visit). Well I had been givin this old beat up Huffy MTB that was about 3 frame sizes too small for my 6'3" body. I had locked it to one of thoes "NO PARKING" signs. You know, there about the size of an open school binder. It was a cable lock & the pole was about 8 1/2 ft tall. The bloody bike was a total POS & didn't feel going to great effort to secure it was nessarry.

    Well......I was wrong! When my buzzed ass came out the pub & saw my ride was gone......I almost bust a gut laughing so damn hard LMAO. I mean who in their right mind would go thru all the effort to take & HAUL a box story Huffy all the way up & over a street sign LOL.

    No lie.....if the turd had just asked real nice I would have givin it to him every bit as freely as it was givin to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aznman View Post
    Going to college, I often lock up my bicycle on an outside parking area for about 7 hours. By the time I am about to go home, there are only a few bicycles left that is parking next to mine. Often times, my bicycle is the only one left in the area.

    Some of you might have already realized from my post history that I am quite paranoid about thieves and vandals. It does not help knowing that my bicycle is a lone potential target for several hours (even when the parking area is quite nice).

    It would comfort me a bit if I know that I am not the only who have to park this long.
    How long do you usually leave your bicycle(s) locked up and parked in a public area?
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    I voted up to 10 hrs. I park at work in a modern, hi tech business park. It is pretty secure, and on more than one occasion I have walked off and left the key in the lock.

    Depends on the location really. In high school in the '70's I left my Nishiki 10 speed locked up at school overnight (in the "safe" suburban town of Carlsbad CA) and it was gone the next morning. My dad was PO'd. That bike cost over a hundred bucks!
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