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    No respect for a guy on a bike in a college town?

    Upstate NY is a very strange place. Very strange.

    I currently live in Albany, which is a serious college city. Four colleges, a law school, and medical school within 22 square miles. I ride everywhere because parking is a bear, and I'm constantly struggling to find places to hitch my bike safely because there isn't much cycling infrastructure around here... But I digress.

    The real issue amazingly is other college age people. With a few exceptions everyone seems to think my riding around is very strange. Expounding on the benefits of cycling here is sort of pointless, but really. My whole city is less than ten miles long. Almost everything I need to do besides work(which is 22 miles away) is within that little patch of land. Almost everyone I go to school with is the same way, but despite this they drive or take the bus for everything and look down on the lowly cyclist. Older people are fairly friendly to me, but college kids in cars will give me the finger and yell things at me for no reason in the middle of the afternoon.

    The worst is women. I was going to meet a girl from one of my classes at her place across town to watch a movie, and when I got there I asked if she'd prefer if I hitched my bike to her porch, or if I could put it in the entryway(which was sizable and tiled, and my bike was clean). Her whole mood changed RIGHT THEN, and there was no second date. That wasn't the first time this has happened. I don't get it.

    People are dumb, and I needed to rant. I'm assuming this happens to other people too, so share away...


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    Find a girl who rides a bike. She'll understand and possibly even let you decorate with them.
    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. - Jimi Hendrix

    Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans. - John Lennon


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    It's tough being the only cool guy in town.
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    Is a ukulele player in a mandolin town and banned from all bars by the chief of police unless he leaves his strings and gravy at the front door.

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    Put on a happy face and become the trend setter! Express to others how easily you got from point A to point B! Don't apologize, just ride!
    Sometimes when I'm out doing a shopping run, I'll be offered a free sample (cut of pizza, doughnut, cheezywiz thingy)...little do they know that behind every bite is my gasoline!

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    You're not different, you're just setting the trend

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    @1nterceptor, I'm all good with being different, but there is no reason for people to be ****** over something so simple as choosing to go from A to B by bike rather than by car.

    @Cyclomania, I'd love to be the trend setter! My school has exactly two bike racks. One never has more than 5-6 bikes on it, and the other seldom has even one. It'd make me so happy to have to hitch my bike to a signpost because the racks were too full for me to fit my bike. That has NEVER happened. I'll keep riding around with my happy face though, and leaning into corners like a superbike rider!

    @<3 2 Ride, You described a unicorn. I'm glad you found one, and I know Sixty Fiver did too, but they just don't show up 'round these parts!

    I like coming to these forums, such a positive place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BattleRabbit View Post
    @<3 2 Ride, You described a unicorn. I'm glad you found one, and I know Sixty Fiver did too, but they just don't show up 'round these parts!
    UA got over the emo and unicorn stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BattleRabbit View Post

    @<3 2 Ride, You described a unicorn. I'm glad you found one, and I know Sixty Fiver did too, but they just don't show up 'round these parts!

    I like coming to these forums, such a positive place.
    Correction...I am one. UA found me...on here...in Foo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BattleRabbit View Post
    @<3 2 Ride, You described a unicorn. I'm glad you found one, and I know Sixty Fiver did too, but they just don't show up 'round these parts!

    I like coming to these forums, such a positive place.
    <3 2 Ride is the legend. We should all be so lucky!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BattleRabbit View Post
    I was going to meet a girl from one of my classes at her place across town to watch a movie, and when I got there I asked if she'd prefer if I hitched my bike to her porch, or if I could put it in the entryway(which was sizable and tiled, and my bike was clean). Her whole mood changed RIGHT THEN, and there was no second date.
    Strange. I guess she never saw The Jane Austen Book Club

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    The answer is obvious, you can't have sex in the back of a bicycle.

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    ^^^I'm thinking you'll get some arguments on that in a moment...

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    Quote Originally Posted by robberry View Post
    The answer is obvious, you can't have sex in the back of a bicycle.
    You're not very creative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IntoTheWild View Post
    ^^^I'm thinking you'll get some arguments on that in a moment...
    You'd need a pretty sizable fairing to pull off "in the back of a bicycle."

    While straddling a bicycle is much more possible, it is kinda absurd...
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    Well, if you had a bakfiets... but then you'd be doing it in the FRONT of the bicycle.

    XtraCycle, perhaps?
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    You're a dork, get used to it.

    I mean that in the most kind and admiring way, but it is the curse of the cyclist to be somewhat of a social outcast.

    The only consolation you have is if you ride upright rather than recumbent. Once you go recumbent, it's all over and you just stop giving a crap...out of necessity.
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    She is obviously stupid. So no loss
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    There's also the possibility that it was just your bike in particular that turned her off.

    Perhaps you need a new style:


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    The *real* issue here is going unnoticed... op, HTFU and ride those 22 miles to work!
    "Hoy es un dia normal, pero yo voy a hacerlo intenso" ~ Juanes

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    Quote Originally Posted by robberry View Post
    The answer is obvious, you can't have sex in the back of a bicycle.
    You are forgetting about the need to take a shower when you arrive. Now which would you prefer, the back of a Honda Civic or the mutual lathering up and cool embrace as water cascades around you.

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    Here we have it from the authority on America and Apple Pie in a Chevrolet!

    Current GM ad..."Stop pedaling...Start Driving"

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    Quote Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
    The *real* issue here is going unnoticed... op, HTFU and ride those 22 miles to work!
    HTFU? I'd ride it if my schedule permitted. I only have like 35 minutes between work and class most days.
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    You're young, but you should realize that your bike is doing you a favor. Those gals who reject you because of the bike. Well, they quickly proved that they are not up to your standards. Dating is a rough affair, you are lucky you didn't waste more time with those women.

    Have you thought about looking for a more bicycle friendly campus? League of American Bicyclists likes these campuses.

    Stanford University 2011 PlatinumStanford, CA
    University of California, Davis 2011 Gold Davis, CA
    University of California, Santa Barbara 2011 Gold Santa Barbara, CA
    California State Long Beach 2011 Silver Long Beach, CA
    Colorado State University 2011 Silver Fort Collins, CO
    Portland State University 2011 Silver Portland, OR
    University of Arizona 2011 Silver Tucson, AZ
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    And these got Honorable Mention
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    If you choose to stay in Albany, check out the Albany Bicycle Coalition. At least you'll have good company and maybe help change things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BattleRabbit View Post
    HTFU? I'd ride it if my schedule permitted. I only have like 35 minutes between work and class most days.
    Like dude, did you hear that? That was my skull.

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    ^^^ I don't get it

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