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Old 06-30-08, 07:22 AM   #1
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Are Your Friends & Family Making Fun Of You?

I went car free a little over a month ago when I had to turn in my lease and was to fed up with gas prices to get a new vehicle. Plus I didn't want another $250/mo car payment.

Ever since then I keep hearing wisecracks from my friends and family and it's starting to drive me nuts. Almost to the point where I am going to tell them all where to go if they don't knock their crap off. It was ok at first but it's getting old now.

I left someone house one time and as I was pedaling down the driveway I hear "GO! GO! GO! GO PEDALING FOOL GO!" which inspired my screen name here...

I hear wisecracks like:

- Is it time for an oil change yet?
- You gonna take that to Bell Tire and get new tires soon?
- When winter comes are you going to get chains put on your tires?
- You're washing your bike? Are you going to wax it too?

I guess it will be poetic justice when they decide to get a bike too...
I rode past the gas station this morning by my house... $4.15/gallon!
I was hoping someone I knew would be filling up so I could yell "$0 Per Gallon Baby!!!!"

Soon I will also be able to give them my "fat" clothes to wear since I have dropped 20 pounds already and still going strong. I am almost under 200 pounds for the first time in over 10 years! I feel great!
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Old 06-30-08, 07:26 AM   #2
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My standard reply to folks that give me greif over my bike riding is;

I get 50 miles to the hamburger. How many miles per gallon do you get?

Also it is so nice to ride by a gas station and laugh at all the people there filling up.
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Old 06-30-08, 07:32 AM   #3
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50 miles per hamburger... LOL
I told one guy "keep laughing, when I am under 200 pounds and you are over 300 then we'll see who's laughing!"

He got offended pretty quick and he doesn't say anything to me anymore...
Sucks to have to be mean like that but if that's what it takes to shut people up...
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Old 06-30-08, 07:33 AM   #4
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I went car free a little over a month ago when I had to turn in my lease and was to fed up with gas prices to get a new vehicle. Plus I didn't want another $250/mo car payment.

Ever since then I keep hearing wisecracks from my friends and family and it's starting to drive me nuts. Almost to the point where I am going to tell them all where to go if they don't knock their crap off. It was ok at first but it's getting old now.

I left someone house one time and as I was pedaling down the driveway I hear "GO! GO! GO! GO PEDALING FOOL GO!" which inspired my screen name here...

I hear wisecracks like:

- Is it time for an oil change yet?
- You gonna take that to Bell Tire and get new tires soon?
- When winter comes are you going to get chains put on your tires?
- You're washing your bike? Are you going to wax it too?

I guess it will be poetic justice when they decide to get a bike too...
I rode past the gas station this morning by my house... $4.15/gallon!
I was hoping someone I knew would be filling up so I could yell "$0 Per Gallon Baby!!!!"

Soon I will also be able to give them my "fat" clothes to wear since I have dropped 20 pounds already and still going strong. I am almost under 200 pounds for the first time in over 10 years! I feel great!
They're just bitterly jealous that your mode of transport costs a fraction of what theirs does.

If they're not, then they will be soon.
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Old 06-30-08, 07:40 AM   #5
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I have heard others bring up to those who make fun of them, that at least when biking you aren't supporting "big oil" and "Islamic fundamentalists regimes". The conversation usually ends pretty abruptly and switches gears to something a bit lighter.
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Old 06-30-08, 07:49 AM   #6
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besides the "go go go go pedaling fool go" statement i dont see why the rest would offend you...
ill just answer those questions with a "hows the gas prices?"
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Old 06-30-08, 07:59 AM   #7
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It's not that they are offending me...
When you hear the same stuff over and over again from the same people it gets to the point where it's annoying and borderline disrespectful...
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Yeah I get the same old jokes from my coworkers time and time again, and it does get old. But I know they don't mean anything by it, so I try to chuckle and joke around with them. What does bother me a little is when my own mother snickers when I run into her and my dad on the MUP and I've got something strapped to my front rack, as if the idea that I would carry something on a bike is hilarious.
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yea youre right...you should definitely put them in an uncomfortable spot so they would stop bothering you. like youre washing your bike? are you gonna wax it too? just be like yea...then look over to his car and point out how dirty his car is then change the topic to gas prices and how thats affecting him...if you make him feel bad enough he wont start another bicycle topic again.
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How you like those speeding tickets?
How you like that 299 car payment?
Isn't it time for another oil change?
How much that new alternator (or other car part) cost ya?
I saved $X by not driving a car last week, now I can go drinkin!!! Hey how much did you sa...... oh, that's right...
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Old 06-30-08, 08:50 AM   #11
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you should upgrade to better friends and family.
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Old 06-30-08, 08:54 AM   #12
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you should upgrade to better friends and family.
LOL... you can pick your friends but you can't pick your family.
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Old 06-30-08, 08:55 AM   #13
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I like to think I get 50 mpg to a soy burger. They don't knock it off; To hell with them. who cares. Thought we are the land of the free.Try to humor them first.
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Well, the weight loss alone will keep you going. I think that the comments come from peoples's shock to the change in you that they cannot keep up with. This will fade. But peoples astonishment that you don't need a car may not. After decades of bicycle commuting and sometimes car-free living, people are still always offering rides and telling me to take care on the streets.

Just ride on. What you are hearing is just the sound of jealousy.
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Old 06-30-08, 09:29 AM   #15
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Answer truthefully.

"New tires" Na, most non-cyclists think their bald, but actually, their just normal road tires.. their supposed to look like that.

"gonna wax it?" Actually, there's not much paint on it, so it takes no time at all to use the Maguier's three step wax.

"Time for an oil change?" No oil, but I probably should degrease the chain and re-lube it.

"Chains on the tires?" If it gets bad enough, I'll grab a set of studded winter tires, but i think it'll be alright.
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Answer truthefully.

"New tires" Na, most non-cyclists think their bald, but actually, their just normal road tires.. their supposed to look like that.

"gonna wax it?" Actually, there's not much paint on it, so it takes no time at all to use the Maguier's three step wax.

"Time for an oil change?" No oil, but I probably should degrease the chain and re-lube it.

"Chains on the tires?" If it gets bad enough, I'll grab a set of studded winter tires, but i think it'll be alright.
LOL
Good stuff... if I was only so quick witted!
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Good stuff... if I was only so quick witted!
You are already a step ahead of them.

I would just laugh when they make a comment like that, then keep on laughing and point at the while you laugh... louder and louder until you are making a scene...

sweet !
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"Time for an oil change?"
-Yeah, it'll cost me about 30 cents in oil/grease to get my bike in tip-top shape. Probably more like 30 bucks for your car, though. Also my tires and all my other components will last just as long as any of yours and will probably just 1/10th the money to replace.

Your friends/family sound like ass holes. If they can't respect your lifestyle tell 'em where they can go!
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50 miles per hamburger... LOL
I told one guy "keep laughing, when I am under 200 pounds and you are over 300 then we'll see who's laughing!"

He got offended pretty quick and he doesn't say anything to me anymore...
Sucks to have to be mean like that but if that's what it takes to shut people up...
I'm originally from SE Michigan, and I hate to say it, but more people in your neck of the woods need to hear that. There's like this collective amnesia there (and other places, of course) about how lack of physical movement = major weight problems.

My quips:
  • Just keeping the Type 2 away...
  • What's your blood pressure?
  • Every time you fill a gas tank, a terrorist smiles.
  • I'm not into making charitible contributions to Al-Qaida.
  • When I look at my savings account balance, I want to hug my bike.
  • I was able to eliminate all my consumer debt after a year and a half of bike commuting. How's that working for you and your car(s)?
  • (One for Detroit especially) There's no American-made car with the kind of gas mileage I want. I've decided to wait until there is one available before I get a new one. (IMO, this is a safe declaration. )

If I were still living in Detroit, I'd focus mainly on the money and supporting terrorism, saving the weight statements for the really mean people.
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I'm originally from SE Michigan, and I hate to say it, but more people in your neck of the woods need to hear that. There's like this collective amnesia there (and other places, of course) about how lack of physical movement = major weight problems.
We have that in WV. I will remember your list.
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I'm going to go out on a limb here and say there are fat people everywhere.
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I'm going to go out on a limb here and say there are fat people everywhere.
You're absolutely right, but SE Michigan has a higher obesity rate than the US average and you will definitely notice it upon visiting.
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You're absolutely right, but SE Michigan has a higher obesity rate than the US average and you will definitely notice it upon visiting.
And WV is the second-fattest state in the union. (Thank DOYC for MS!)
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You're absolutely right, but SE Michigan has a higher obesity rate than the US average and you will definitely notice it upon visiting.
That's true... I seen it on the news here once not to long ago.
The bad thing is the people don't realize it and act like it's normal... I knew I was overweight and did something about it... I got a bike! LOL

You look in the online personal ads in this area and everyone says "Average" for their body type... you look at their picture and they don't even fit in the camera lens. What's wrong with this picture? (pun intended!)
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obesity has picked up dramatically to this observer. and not just overweight, but the kind where people are like 400-500 lbs or more. it used to be somewhat rare to see that, but i never go a day without seeing at least a couple of people like this now. it's sad to see so many people barely able to move around.
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