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Old 10-11-11, 08:13 PM   #1
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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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Old 10-11-11, 08:28 PM   #2
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Find a girl who rides a bike. She'll understand and possibly even let you decorate with them.
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It's tough being the only cool guy in town.
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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!
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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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Old 10-11-11, 09:22 PM   #7
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@<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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@<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.

Give yourself time and keep on pedaling. She'll turn up eventually.
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@<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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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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The answer is obvious, you can't have sex in the back of a bicycle.
You're not very creative.
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Old 10-11-11, 09:51 PM   #14
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^^^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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Old 10-11-11, 09:58 PM   #15
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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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Old 10-11-11, 11:30 PM   #17
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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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Old 10-12-11, 02:07 AM   #19
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The *real* issue here is going unnoticed... op, HTFU and ride those 22 miles to work!
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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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Old 10-12-11, 05:02 AM   #22
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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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Old 10-12-11, 05:45 AM   #23
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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
University of California, Irvine 2011 Silver Irvine, CA
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 2011 Silver Twin Cities, MN
University of Oregon 2011 Silver Eugene, OR
University of Washington 2011 Silver Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin, Madison 2011 Silver Madison, WI
Boise State University 2011 Bronze Boise, ID
Cornell University 2011 Bronze Ithaca, NY
Emory University 2011 Bronze Atlanta, GA
Indiana University 2011 Bronze Bloomington, IN
Michigan State University 2011 Bronze East Lansing, MI
University of North Carolina, Greensboro 2011 Bronze Greensboro, NC
University of California Los Angeles 2011 Bronze Los Angeles, CA
University of Maryland 2011 Bronze College Park, MD
Chatham University 2011 Bronze Pittsburgh, PA
George Mason University 2011 Bronze Fairfax, VA
Ohio State University, Columbus 2011 Bronze Columbus, OH
University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign 2011 Bronze Champaign, IL
University of North Carolina, Wilmington 2011 Bronze Wilmington, NC
University of Vermont 2011 Bronze Burlington, VT

And these got Honorable Mention
Duke University Spring 2011
Macalester College Spring 2011
University of Central Oklahoma Spring 2011
University of Chicago Spring 2011
University of Cincinnati Spring 2011
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University of Missouri-Kansas City Spring 2011
University of Texas Austin Spring 2011
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California State University, Fullerton Fall 2011
Southwestern University Fall 2011
University of California Berkeley Fall 2011
University of Georgia Fall 2011

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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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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