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Old 11-12-08, 05:00 AM   #1
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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?

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Old 11-12-08, 05:12 AM   #2
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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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Old 11-12-08, 06:30 AM   #3
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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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Old 11-12-08, 06:41 AM   #4
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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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Old 11-12-08, 08:03 AM   #6
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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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Old 11-12-08, 08:50 AM   #7
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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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Old 11-12-08, 08:55 AM   #8
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Taint no ones business how you get to work.
Glad you are back riding.
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Old 11-12-08, 09:00 AM   #9
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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:

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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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Old 11-12-08, 09:32 AM   #11
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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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Old 11-12-08, 09:38 AM   #12
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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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Old 11-12-08, 10:06 AM   #13
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Has anyone else been advised not to commute to work?
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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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Old 11-12-08, 07:09 PM   #14
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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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Old 11-12-08, 11:04 PM   #15
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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 think I'd let it roll off my back as yet another comment from someone who's misinformed about cycling.
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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.
+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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Old 11-16-08, 12:27 AM   #20
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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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Old 11-16-08, 12:35 AM   #21
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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.
He got fighting mad, this rebel lad.
He packed his star as he wandered far
where the only law was a hook and draw.
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