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Old 10-03-07, 03:01 PM   #1
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Time for me to have a pity thread

Starting to lose my desire to commute. Have a guy at work that decided to start commuting also, and hes started to irritate me quite a bit, and checks 15 minutes before the end of the work day, every day, to find out when I'm leaving, if it's in 15 minutes, he's ready, if it's in 2 hours cause I have to stay late he'll find work to do and wait on me, so unless I lie, or just tell him he irritates me, I'm stuck riding home with him.

Anybody have any ideas besides just telling him that I want to ride alone?
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"I have to stop off somewhere on the way. You go ahead without me"

Or tell him that it's your "winding down" time before you get home and don't want anything that has to do with work on your mind. And if he doesn't get that, tell him you think of work when he's with you.
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Just say, nicely, that you prefer to ride alone because it's your "thinking time".


If he doesn't get it, whack him upside the head and say ride by yourself Blachenshtooglemeyer!!
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Starting to lose my desire to commute. Have a guy at work that decided to start commuting also, and hes started to irritate me quite a bit, and checks 15 minutes before the end of the work day, every day, to find out when I'm leaving, if it's in 15 minutes, he's ready, if it's in 2 hours cause I have to stay late he'll find work to do and wait on me, so unless I lie, or just tell him he irritates me, I'm stuck riding home with him.

Anybody have any ideas besides just telling him that I want to ride alone?
ride like a demon...you'll lose him in about 5 minutes.
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I would wreck him on the next couple of rides. Into soft stuff like bushes or piles of mulch at first, but each time you ride, wreck him into something harder. If after hitting a wall or deep pit, he still wants to ride with you, tell him next time it will be a bus.
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Take up eating chili/mexican food every day for lunch and then make him draft you.
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Yeah, drop his ass. He'll get pretty tired of that pretty quick.
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You could leave work 20 minutes early before he has time to ask you.
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Just tell him to leave you alone
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I would wreck him on the next couple of rides. Into soft stuff like bushes or piles of mulch at first, but each time you ride, wreck him into something harder. If after hitting a wall or deep pit, he still wants to ride with you, tell him next time it will be a bus.
I was thinking just stick a frame pump in his spokes and ride off, but your method clues him in more gently while still being fun. Go with that one.
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Old 10-03-07, 03:20 PM   #11
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Ha, thanks to everyone who said just drop him, it used to work, but not anymore.

When he first started, I wasn't annoyed because I could push him, so there was no forced attempts at conversation, just me crushing him. Now he can keep up, partially due to him being on a road bike and me being on my beater hybrid. So maybe the real answer here is, I should get a new, faster bike.
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I get along really well with my boss, so I asked him if I could shift my schedule up earlier, but he wasn't a huge fan of the idea, I'm already on an earlier schedule than most of the dev guys, and he didn't want to lose any more collaboration time.

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I would wreck him on the next couple of rides. Into soft stuff like bushes or piles of mulch at first, but each time you ride, wreck him into something harder. If after hitting a wall or deep pit, he still wants to ride with you, tell him next time it will be a bus.
I actually did that once just over a week ago, completely by accident (unless you count Freud)
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or you could go let the air out of his tires at lunch....then when leaving "Man I'm sorry I got to be someplace at 6:00 and can't be late. Catch you later".
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Holy Cow!!!! He left on his own, didn't want to wait around on me anymore, this has never happened before. Maybe he's a bf lurker and just found out the hard way.
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Then this thread worked for you, didn't it? AHHH HA HAHAH AHAH!
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Old 10-03-07, 03:40 PM   #15
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Holy Cow!!!! He left on his own, didn't want to wait around on me anymore, this has never happened before. Maybe he's a bf lurker and just found out the hard way.
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ride like a demon...you'll lose him in about 5 minutes.
+1 Crank it up to 400 watts, and drop him.

Let some air out of his tire if the drop plan isn't working.

Maybe you could recruit another commuter and push this guy off on them?

or... maybe the truth, or near-truth... Like Siu suggested...

<edit> dang I'm slow
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Yup. slow.
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Hmm. Slow. Ride really, really slow, see if he gets annoyed and rides off.

Or take a bunch of ridiculous detours.
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oh man. I had forgotten how much fun the commute home is. Just me, crushing it out, zenning out, relaxing my mind, pushing my body. Now I remember why I tell people the road is my church.
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Tell him you want to see him ride naked. He'll probably lose his enthusiasm for your companionship pretty quickly.
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I agree with KT. Tell him straight up. You want to ride alone
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Starting to lose my desire to commute. Have a guy at work that decided to start commuting also, and hes started to irritate me quite a bit, and checks 15 minutes before the end of the work day, every day, to find out when I'm leaving, if it's in 15 minutes, he's ready, if it's in 2 hours cause I have to stay late he'll find work to do and wait on me, so unless I lie, or just tell him he irritates me, I'm stuck riding home with him.

Anybody have any ideas besides just telling him that I want to ride alone?
Yeah thats how i am, i hate riding with people. Tell him, that time you ride is the time you need to be alone from everyone and everything. It's personal time .
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You could tell him you just want to be alone for a couple rides because of crap happening at home. I've done that when I just don't want to remain in "work mode" past the time it takes for me to type "xlock" and shamble out to the parking lot.
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