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    "Did you ride your bike today?" fatigue

    I'm sure everyone who posts here has heard it. Lately here the question has been coming up a lot more than usual, with morning temps hovering in the 5 degree F mark, along with icy roads.

    It's strange to me that no matter how many times I explain that it's not as bad as you think- along with discussing proper gear and attire, that people don't get it. If they understand but don't agree it's fine... different strokes and all...

    But when the same people hit you with the question time and again? One guy at my place of work is almost comical in his questioning. Notable quotes: "Why do you DO that?" and just yesterday, "Dude, your LUNGS will freeze!"

    To the above I explained about Winter sports in general, and that I don't think anyone has suffered a case of frozen lungs during the Winter Olympics... or during really cold football games. This seems to have satisfied him for now!


    So I was just wondering about other posters' attitudes towards "The Question"? Does it get under your skin after the umpteenth time? Or are you able to approach it with a good sense of humor?
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    I just tell them it was too cold to ride so I just took the bike for a walk instead.

    That eliminates futher and future questions.

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    It stops after the 2nd or 3rd winter for the most part.

    But I always found it fun that people were so amazed.
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    "Found this bike in the parking lot, watch for the email asking the owner to come forward and collect it"
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    I relate ice fishing, snowshoeing, skiing and the like. Some people get it, some never will.

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    "It makes me feel macho".
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    My cow-orker said she's impressed that I ride to work, because it's almost 14 miles each way. This was not in the context of winter cycling. I think a big hurdle for noncyclists to understand is what cycling for transportation is like. I'm sure many people have played a one-hour game of squash or basketball or hiked for an hour or done something vigorous for an hour. I try to explain that that's what it's like. It is not a herculean feat. But it's hard for them to imagine.

    And I only ride to work approximately two days a week. Now that I've been at this job for a year, I've started to enjoy the commute more, so when the weather warms up, I might do it more than twice a week.
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    "Did you ride your bike today?" fatigue

    Quote Originally Posted by Motolegs View Post
    I'm sure everyone who posts here has heard it. Lately here the question has been coming up a lot more than usual, with morning temps hovering in the 5 degree F mark, along with icy roads.…

    So I was just wondering about other posters' attitudes towards "The Question"? Does it get under your skin after the umpteenth time? Or are you able to approach it with a good sense of humor?

    Quote Originally Posted by intransit1217 View Post
    "It makes me feel macho".
    Boston rarely suffer the extremes of Winter for extended periods, but nonetheless Winter cycling here is viewed as dangerous and/or crazy. For me, its an adventure, and dressing in the morning is likely getting ready for a space shot.

    That Question is usually phrased to me in the negative, “You didn’t ride your bike today, did you?,” and asked with amusement and respect. For me it’s a motivation and enhances my reputation. A frequent reply to them is is,“Well, asking that Question encourages me to ride.”

    There is a dark side though to that Question. Some people are hostile to Winter cyclists, partly for cyclists exposing themselves to road hazards, but also imagining that they themselves as drivers might hit a cyclist on the road. I tread lightly and respectfully around them, with a serious reply that my routes are pretty safe, and I’m careful. Also cycling appears more dangerous to the auto driver ensconced in the vehicle than to the exposed cyclist. My best answer, IMO is that I’m Hardcore, not Stupid.

    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    Hardcore becomes stupid when it becomes dangerous.

    Hardcore becomes stupid when anything going wrong becomes a safety problem instead of an inconvenience….

    Hardcore becomes stupid when minor errors in judgment become safety issues…

    Hardcore has clearly become completely stupid when you lose any fingers or toes to frostbite.

    In each case, it's not just the weather that makes it hardcore or stupid, it's the degree of preparation and knowledge used in dealing with the weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    cow-orker
    *giggle*

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    I usually reply "sure did" cause it's a well known fact around where I work, even amongst those I don't know, that I ride a bike to work. Heck, earlier this week I even rode in/through winter storm kayla and was called things ranging from crazy to a beast and even abominable snow man!

    I was once asked the stupid question "Why do you lock your bike up?" to which I asked "You locked your car didn't you?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    "Did you ride your bike today?" fatigue


    For me, its an adventure, and dressing in the morning is likely getting ready for a space shot.
    I really dug this quote!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    "Did you ride your bike today?" fatigue

    For me, its an adventure, and dressing in the morning is likely getting ready for a space shot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Motolegs View Post
    I really dug this quote!
    To embellish that quote, paraphrasing the Navy recruiting commercial ("It’s not a job, but an adventure”):

    “Its not a Ride, but an Adventure, and dressing in the morning is likely getting ready for a space shot.”

    When I arrive at work and walk down the corridor in my helmeted “spacesuit,” full of the rush of the ride, I recall this scene from The Right Stuff (beginning at 2:58 in this trailer). Play it with the sound on.

    PS: The quote was originally intended to be"...dressing in the morning is like getting ready for a space shot...; two different meanings, I think.
    Last edited by Jim from Boston; 02-05-16 at 01:38 PM. Reason: Added PS

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    After I got rid of my truck, I got to say:

    "If I didn't ride, I'd have to walk."
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr geeker View Post
    I was once asked the stupid question "Why do you lock your bike up?" to which I asked "You locked your car didn't you?"
    I don't understand what the premise of that question is (the one posed to you).
    Quote Originally Posted by Papa Tom View Post
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    The guy who said it noticed I was locking my beat up huffy (and yes, my huffy is fairly beat up looking) up at work while he was heading in to the building. I figure he thought it wasn't worth locking up and that's why he asked.
    Last edited by mr geeker; 02-05-16 at 05:02 PM.
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    People pass my bicycle on the way into work and still ask, "Did you ride your bike today?" Yes, yes I did.

    My hat is off to all you hard-core winter commuters. If there is snow, ice, or winds, I'm trucking it instead.

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