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Old 03-08-10, 08:43 AM   #1
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Got my license back!

It is sad to say that in this day and age, having a license almost equates to being fat and lazy in this country. However, being without one for the last three years has only made me realize how fantastic cycling is and for me, this will only enhance my riding opportunities. I always wanted to do some out of state events and rides (aside from touring) and I could never do it because I would be wiped out by the time I got there.

I took the touring bike out yesterday to start getting it ready for this year and I am going to ride the road bike for a medium ride as well today.

Anybody here not had their license for quite a while and then get it back? How did it affect your cycling? Did it make it obsolete and null or did it increase your availability to ride with groups and such?

What is the first thing you would do in regards to cycling when getting your car/license back? Ride in another state, an event you could not get to before, or start planning your route for cycling in all the best and most beautiful parts of the country this year?

Also, I realize I am a MUCH better/safer driver now than previously, not that I was bad before, just uninsured. What do you guys think?

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Old 03-08-10, 02:24 PM   #2
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I drive to a lot of the rides I do. There's not enough time after work to get to the ride start otherwise. Or, I could ride alone; but what fun would there be in that?
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Old 03-08-10, 02:47 PM   #3
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It is sad to say that in this day and age, having a license almost equates to being fat and lazy in this country.
That's the most ridiculous comment I've read in a long time. It's right up there with all the people that think bike commuters and utility cyclists lost their license due to DUI.
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Old 03-08-10, 03:16 PM   #4
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That's the most ridiculous comment I've read in a long time. It's right up there with all the people that think bike commuters and utility cyclists lost their license due to DUI.
LOL - True, I think my wording was not quite what I wanted it to be but, nevertheless it's not so untrue. That is the first thing everybody asked me though when i said, no license. "DUI"?
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in all the best and most beautiful parts of the country this year?

Also, I realize I am a MUCH better/safer driver now than previously, not that I was bad before, just uninsured. What do you guys think?

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Yep. At least in regard to cyclists, I am a much better driver for my experience of riding on the street. I am also probably a safer cyclist because of driving experience. Almost daily, though, I observe that some lessons haven't been learned by every one who rides a bike.
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Old 03-09-10, 02:11 AM   #6
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I've logged 126,570 km in the past 20 years ... and I've had my driver's licence the whole time.
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Old 03-09-10, 04:42 AM   #7
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I drove a semi for years and have over 1,000,000 miles under me and I would never give up my license for any reason. I bicycle commute 30 miles a day to work & rarely drive semi's these days but it does happen. I think it is fine to live car free if it fits into your lifestyle but that is not realistic for most people. I work in the trucking industry & own a small farm & living without a license is not possible.
Fat & Lazy hardly paint a picture of people that maintain a drivers license. A comment like that is just as foolish as saying people that ride bikes are too poor to afford a car or there drunks that have lost there license for driving intoxicated. I could not exactly pick up 30 bales of hay on a bicycle.
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Old 03-09-10, 08:11 AM   #8
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Obviously the gross generalization comments never work out well on the forums (ie - my fat and lazy comment) but my point in that comment was to see how many people use their vehicles to help out their cycling. Not what people do rather than riding a bike. I was trying to get at, that it doesn't have to be that way, but it is easy to think it could be. I think it was more of a fear of mine to get my license back and just stop riding or something. But it did not happen, and like I was saying in the OP, I think it will only help my cycling experiences and opportunities.

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Old 03-10-10, 12:50 PM   #9
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Never had a license - the parents don't own a car and having just gotten out of college, I have never been able to afford one of my own, so I haven't needed it.

I'll get around to it eventually, I guess.
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Yeah In Philly there is really no need. More of a nuisance than anything with parking and garaging and everything. It's very easy to get away without one here in the Lehigh Valley as well, but where I grew up in Jersey, if you didn't have a car you didn't have a life. I'm much older now either way and with cycling have definitely come to find and enjoy the alternative to the motors. I will say though, this sure as hell makes it easier to get to the bike shop and buy some stuff or get something repaired. Trying to bike a bike or parts like wheels was a pain in the ass b4.
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Here ... it's onto its 5th page now ...

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-drive-to-ride
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