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Old 06-21-05, 07:53 AM   #1
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Have You Ever Been Asked If You Want a Ride?

ONe thing about cycling is that every ride usually brings a new occurance, no matter how much you ride. This morning, I was out in the country on a gravel road on my mountain bike. I was several miles from town, with nothing but rolling hills surrounding me.

A flat bed pickup came down the road from behind me. I could see him in my helmet mirror. He pulled up along side of me and said, "you wanna throw that bike on back and ride for awhile?" WTF? I am clad in cycling gear, complete with helmet, shoes, and shorts. What does this guy think i am doing out there? He surely doesn't think i am heading to Walmart considering the nearest paved road is about 10 miles away.

I told him no thanks, and that i was having a good time. He looked a bit bewildered as to why i wouldn't want a ride. I figure he was either:

1. Attracted to men in spandex.

2. Looking to chop me up into pieces by running me through his combine.

3. Just being nice and figuring that it was a plight to be using a bike as transportation.

It was just so funny, because i kept thinking, how much effort i go to every day to be able to ride. I have to coordinate schedules with the wife so the kids are supervised, get up early so i can make it to work on time, get all of my cycling stuff on, and then go ride. Then someone stops to ask me if I would like a ride in a vehicle! Amazing!
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Farmers can be Gay, too.
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Old 06-21-05, 08:18 AM   #3
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Farmers can be Gay, too.
Trust me. I thought of that.
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Old 06-21-05, 08:36 AM   #4
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LMFAOOO ... Woohoo spandex ( do you think he was wearing those knee high rubber boots )
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Lawl.
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I'm guessing door #2 from above.
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One time I could have sworn a tree was asking me if I needed a nap. Almost took the guy up on his offer until my buddies came back to get me from my dehydrated concussed state and drag me home haha

I don't really run into people besides cyclists
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Old 06-21-05, 09:27 AM   #8
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Jeez, what is it with you guys?

He was just trying to be considerate.
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Well, Lordopie and I have been asked before, We were riding in Boulder, Colorado and it was so windy that we had to get off of our bikes cause the wind was blowing us into traffic, this nice, kind lady stopped and she said hey I have bike racks I can give you a ride into town. I asked Lordopie how much longer of the ride we had left, he said 10 miles, I said nope, we are ok. Come to find out later that day, we were riding in 51mph wind. IT SUCKED. But the ride was awesome, we did 58miles that day. I told myself if I can ride in rain, hail, wind then I can ride anything.
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I've been asked a few times over the years. It always seems to happen when I'm climbing a giant, endless hill in a pouring rain on the way home from work. So far I've not accepted but maybe next time.

Sounds like the guy was a farmer and probably grew up doing physical work for a living. If you do physical work all day any opportunity to rest is welcome and unnecessary exercise is hard to understand. Also, if he was older or you're in the sticks, most people on bikes are on bikes because they don't have an easier way to get around.
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I get asked by co-workers on rare occasion. Usually late in the afternoon when it's snowing or pouring rain. I decline. They mean well. They just don't get why we ride.
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I get asked by co-workers on rare occasion. Usually late in the afternoon when it's snowing or pouring rain. I decline. They mean well. They just don't get why we ride.
I hate their next repely. "are you sure you don't need a ride"


I would like to say, If I need a ride I'll ask.
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I've been asked if I wanted a ride twice. Both were by operators of pick-up trucks. Both were acquaintences. Both rides were greatfully accepted. I was on the down hill leg headed home and on both occasions had a flat. I'd much rather change a flat on my patio than while standing along side the road.

Never been asked while actually pedaling though. Farmer would probably make the same offer to a runner or walker though.
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I hate their next repely. "are you sure you don't need a ride"
Ha - Yeah, they make sure I really really don't need a ride too.

I've had people come straight to my cube the next morning and say, "I had to make sure you were okay."
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A couple of years ago I am at a stoplight on the PCL in Newport Beach and there's a little old lady in a MB convertible next to me.

Me: Excuse me, Ma'am. Is this the way back to Irvine?
LOL: Irvine!?! That must be TEN miles from here! Would you like a ride? You could put your bike in the back seat.
Me: No thanks. That's where I rode from, I just don't want to miss the turn. Thanks again.
LOL: Are you sure? It's so far!
Me: No, really. Thanks.

She was just amazed that someone might ride TEN whole miles on a bicycle!
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Old 06-21-05, 01:44 PM   #16
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woah...

I'm inclined to think that guy was being nice. I mean, afterall, that probably was a distance that teh driver wasn't willing to negotiate himself on a bike...
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A couple of years ago I was riding home from work. My commute goes through San Juan Capistrano, which is kind of touristy. Anyway, I was riding along when a young guy in an expensive car drove along side me and said, "Are you OK? Would you like something to eat? Do you need a ride somewhere?" I was too dumbfounded to answer at first, but I managed to say, "I'm fine, thanks". Luckily he had to stop for traffic while I went on. That's the only time it ever happened, and the last, I hope.
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pfft, I'd be like "no thanks, but do you need a ride?", and just kinda veer off.

then again, if you're in the middle of nowhere on a 2 lane road... uhh, I hope you have some knobbies to get off the road to really put emphasis on the "leave me alone" signal :B *snicker*

Okay, I need to align my wheel >:O I've been procrastinating long enough >
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I've had people come straight to my cube the next morning and say, "I had to make sure you were okay."
Yeah, as though if you were NOT ok, the next morning would still be in time to do something about it . They mean well, but...
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