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    Once a rebel, always a rebel

    After taking a few rides over the past week I believe my back or leg,
    which ever was injured, has finally healed. (well mostly anyway)
    So now Iím back to commuting back and forth by bike. Working
    12.5 hr. shifts at this time of the year Iím riding in the dark both directions
    on the day shift and on the ride home during the night shift.

    Yesterday I was informed at work that I really shouldnít ride my bike
    in the dark because itís too dangerous. Thanks for the added incentive to
    ride every day throughout the entire Winter. Has anyone else been
    advised not to commute to work?

    Happy Trails

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    I wonder why they advised you so. You might want to find out if there was a complaint by some busybody or if someone who doesn't know any better thought you should be "informed".

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    The most common cause of accidental death is motor vehicle crashes. How does the person who advised you not to ride a bike to work (because its unsafe), get there?

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    Glad to hear you're healed and back on the bike, Cranky

    Many people who don't cycle think it can be dangerous - especially in the dark.
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    Who informed you and what possible business is it of theirs?
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    The thought was probably well-intentioned, if ill-informed and lacking in appreciation of your skill and familiarity with the risk and how to manage/minimise it

    Don't get too rebellious as a response. I don't want to think your rebellion will go "I'll show 'em - matt black, no lights, face the traffic and run the red lights!

    Don't be a pirate, now!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
    Who informed you and what possible business is it of theirs?
    Just my immediate supervisor, nobody really important (except in his
    own mind). I've never responded well to dictatorial lunacy and true to
    form I'm now more commited than ever to ride. I can't wait to hear him
    once the snows come.

    This is the same clown who tried to tell me I couldn't disconnect my land
    line because he might need to call me for overtime....Yep, I disconnected
    and rarely turn on my cell!!!!

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    Taint no ones business how you get to work.
    Glad you are back riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
    I've never responded well to dictatorial lunacy and true to
    form I'm now more commited than ever to ride. I can't wait to hear him
    once the snows come.

    Cranky Old Dude when he was a Cranky YOUNG Dude:

    Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand

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    Your supervisor is probably one of those guys who got PV'd because passing your bike on cost him 3 to 7 seconds of his valuable free time.

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    From The Wild One:

    Mildred
    : What're you rebelling against, Johnny?
    Johnny: Whaddya got?

    and later:
    Johnny: Nobody tells me what to do. You keep needlin' me, if I want to, I'm gonna take this joint apart and you're not gonna know what hit you

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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
    Just my immediate supervisor, nobody really important (except in his
    own mind).
    Doesn't he know the "Mother Yellow" mentality disappeared back in the 80s?
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    Lucky for me, I work at a library and bike to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
    Has anyone else been advised not to commute to work?
    Happy Trails
    Well Yes, actually!

    I've commuted to work by bike to all of my previous jobs. But not this one. Here is South Los Angeles I would have to ride through at least two (really three) gang controlled "territories" to get from home to work.

    Everyone, and that means Everyone (even the commuter guy at Roadbiker.com) has told me "Don't do it!" A local police officer tried it, but they shot him (he killed one of the gang guys and wounded another before he died from blood loss due to gunshot wounds).

    Both my boss and the owner of the company told me not to ride my bike to work. Plus my wife, all of my cycling friends, and everyone (without exception) that I've asked.

    Plus, I am a rebel, and I may try it someday regardless. My cycling club is OCRR (for Orange Country Rebel Riders) so it wouldn't be out of context (once I've decided I've lived long enough anyway!).

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    Well, when i was working i was union, so the guy would probably have half my bike up his #$%@#,but im retired now and much more mellow,i would just say don't worry bou it and leave it go!

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    He's way out of line on this. Perhaps his boss should assign him more important duties than telling a grown man how to get to work. They can hire a high school kid part time for things that unimportant.
    Or they could always cut his pay.

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    "I am a loner, Dottie, a rebel..." -- Peewee Herman
    Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW! WHAT A RIDE!"

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    I think I'd let it roll off my back as yet another comment from someone who's misinformed about cycling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yen View Post
    I think I'd let it roll off my back as yet another comment from someone who's misinformed about cycling.
    +1 unless the individual were interested and open to education and that does not seem to be the case here.
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    You and Johnny Yuma, rebels

    Johnny Yuma, was a rebel. He roamed, through the west.
    And Johnny Yuma, was a rebel, he wandered alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cranky old dude View Post
    This is the same clown who tried to tell me I couldn't disconnect my land
    line because he might need to call me for overtime....Yep, I disconnected
    and rarely turn on my cell!!!!
    If the phone is a work requirement, have them pay the basic charges on the bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garfield Cat View Post
    You and Johnny Yuma, rebels

    Johnny Yuma, was a rebel. He roamed, through the west.
    And Johnny Yuma, was a rebel, he wandered alone.
    He got fighting mad, this rebel lad.
    He packed his star as he wandered far
    where the only law was a hook and draw.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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