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Old 06-30-11, 07:27 PM
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I guess I'm the lucky one

Everybody at my work seems to be really encouraging about the fact that I commute by bicycle, including the ones who obviously don't ride bikes(you can tell by their waistline). I often get comments suck as "great day to ride your bike" or something along those lines. I once had somebody, jokingly, ask me "how many miles a gallon do you get with that thing?.

I remember one time, I'm standing in the parking lot of my work, with my bike, checking to make sure I have everything in order, so I can hop on and ride home. My boss pulls up behind me wanting to get by, so wanting to be polite, I move over to leave him enough a space to get through. As he's passing he leans out the window and actually apologizes to for making me move out of his way. I told it it was "no problem" since it really wasn't that big of a deal,and I knew he needed to get through.

Maybe I'm just one of the lucky ones.
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Old 06-30-11, 07:40 PM
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I would say your one of the lucky ones. Some folks just can't commute and want too.
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Old 06-30-11, 07:41 PM
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The OP is one of the lucky ones.
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Old 06-30-11, 07:44 PM
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Excellent work environment. Wish we all had it that good.
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Old 06-30-11, 09:49 PM
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Most people I know and meet think bicycling is cool and are totally courteous on the road and off. Very few people are jerks, but they stick out.
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Old 06-30-11, 09:52 PM
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Same here. And hopefully pallen will be along shortly; yesterday he told me a story similar to Trail Runner's... about the boss driving along behind him.
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Old 07-01-11, 01:34 AM
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Actually, I was also one of the "lucky ones" as well. When I was going to school at Erwin Vo-Tech in Tampa, as with a lot of students I was in the work study program. I was working with the Hillsborough Education Foundation, basically do "gofer" type work. I would ride my bike out to the bus stop and put it on the bike rack on the bus. Than would go to school, than I think that either the building management or those that I worked with had instructed the janitorial staff to install a LARGE ass eye-bolt into the wall for me to secure my bike in one of the stairwells.

So there are considerate employers out there who are willing to accommodate their cycling employees.

There is one thing that doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. That is why is it that the IRS only allows employers to give bike commuters only $20.00 per month for reasonable bicycle related expenses? I mean depending on what one needs to have done to their bicycle that $20.00 isn't going to go very far. As if I am not mistaken the Specialized Armadillo tires are $20.00 a piece at the LBS that I go to most often. Hell a couple of tubes can cost that much. Truing one wheel (and it's more the labor than the parts) can (depending on the LBS that one goes to) can cost $20.00 or more.

Doesn't the IRS realize that good quality parts can cost in excess of $20.00? By limiting it to $20.00 aren't they essentially telling us that we have to accept cheap low quality parts? A basic tune up at the LBS that I go to most often if I remember correctly starts at around $50.00. And of course works upwards.
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Old 07-01-11, 07:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
Actually, I was also one of the "lucky ones" as well. When I was going to school at Erwin Vo-Tech in Tampa, as with a lot of students I was in the work study program. I was working with the Hillsborough Education Foundation, basically do "gofer" type work. I would ride my bike out to the bus stop and put it on the bike rack on the bus. Than would go to school, than I think that either the building management or those that I worked with had instructed the janitorial staff to install a LARGE ass eye-bolt into the wall for me to secure my bike in one of the stairwells.

So there are considerate employers out there who are willing to accommodate their cycling employees.

There is one thing that doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. That is why is it that the IRS only allows employers to give bike commuters only $20.00 per month for reasonable bicycle related expenses? I mean depending on what one needs to have done to their bicycle that $20.00 isn't going to go very far. As if I am not mistaken the Specialized Armadillo tires are $20.00 a piece at the LBS that I go to most often. Hell a couple of tubes can cost that much. Truing one wheel (and it's more the labor than the parts) can (depending on the LBS that one goes to) can cost $20.00 or more.

Doesn't the IRS realize that good quality parts can cost in excess of $20.00? By limiting it to $20.00 aren't they essentially telling us that we have to accept cheap low quality parts? A basic tune up at the LBS that I go to most often if I remember correctly starts at around $50.00. And of course works upwards.

may i suggest taking the lead on learning bike maintenance and doing the work (and saving the $$) yourself ? i save a holy fortune doing all my own maintenance, right down to once/twice annual full disassemble and reassemble, new cables, housings, the works. personally, it's rewarding to know i can keep my bikes in perfect running order all the time, and for free labor. there are plenty of books/manuals out there on bike maintenance. like anything else, once you do it once or twice, you got it down.
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Old 07-01-11, 07:26 AM
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I get all that plus $10 for using alternative transportation.

Yay, me!
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Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
That is why is it that the IRS only allows employers to give bike commuters only $20.00 per month for reasonable bicycle related expenses?
Because they realize how much fun you're having?
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Old 07-01-11, 08:12 AM
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Because they realize how much fun you're having?
Or they know you're going to cost them more down the line on Social Security because you'll end up living longer?
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Old 07-01-11, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by adablduya View Post
may i suggest taking the lead on learning bike maintenance and doing the work (and saving the $$) yourself ? i save a holy fortune doing all my own maintenance, right down to once/twice annual full disassemble and reassemble, new cables, housings, the works. personally, it's rewarding to know i can keep my bikes in perfect running order all the time, and for free labor. there are plenty of books/manuals out there on bike maintenance. like anything else, once you do it once or twice, you got it down.
Actually the "irony" of your post is that I do have my own workstand, as well as having both the DK Bicycle Repair Manual, as well as the Bicycling magazine Bicycle Maintenance & Repair books. But there are still some repairs that I don't feel comfortable doing. And for those if the LBS "screws things up" they have to make it right. If I "screw things up" I've gotta make it "right."
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Old 07-01-11, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by mnemia View Post
Or they know you're going to cost them more down the line on Social Security because you'll end up living longer?
Ah, but isn't the IRS and Social Security two different "offices/agencies?"
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Old 07-01-11, 07:09 PM
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Another lucky one

Also a lucky guy in my work situation- I work at a large university and most of my co-workers on my floor commute by bike or multi-mode on bike and bus.

The luckiest break I ever got was being paid to ride my mountain bike every day for about two weeks, on a large network of forest roads owned by a large private timber company. My employer was looking for drilling sites for geophysical test wells, and the timber company had a time consuming permit process for access by non-company vehicles. They were quite happy not to have to deal with the paperwork and someone on a mountain bike was much less of a headache for them. Very few of my co-workers could assist me so I got to do most of the riding. It rained a lot, but was well worth it!

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Old 07-02-11, 07:28 AM
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I work at a small company (multiple offices scattered around state) where I am the only one in my office that bike commutes. My co-workers are supportive of me though. If I was especially late I know someone would drive out looking for me, or give me a car ride home if the weather was bad. My co-workers, all archaeologists, are no slouches, and spend most of the field season on survey, hiking many miles in the middle of nowhere (I'm a geologist and I do GIS mapping work for them).
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I worked until recently at an organization that had about 700 employees on site. I was the only bike commuter. At least half the employees came in by pickup truck. No public transportation was available. Few employees lived within 5 miles of the work site. Every time it rained or was bad weather I always had gratuitous generous offers of a ride home. I seldom took them up; only accepted when there was a significant snow accumulation during the day; always thanked them and did appreciate the offers.

I don't know what their impression was of my commuting mode because hunting, fishing and football were the principal topics of interest, nobody discussed commuting methods at work.
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Originally Posted by adablduya View Post
may i suggest taking the lead on learning bike maintenance and doing the work (and saving the $$) yourself ? i save a holy fortune doing all my own maintenance, right down to once/twice annual full disassemble and reassemble, new cables, housings, the works. personally, it's rewarding to know i can keep my bikes in perfect running order all the time, and for free labor. there are plenty of books/manuals out there on bike maintenance. like anything else, once you do it once or twice, you got it down.
Do you have any suggestions on where I can start learning about bike maintenance? Old posts, websites, books, etc. I am brand new to biking and feel clueless as how to do anything on my bike outside of removing my quick release tires. I would love to be able to dissemble my bike and do my own maintenance. And i bet it would be helpful as well when I get to the point where I want to start upgrading components.
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Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
Doesn't the IRS realize that good quality parts can cost in excess of $20.00? By limiting it to $20.00 aren't they essentially telling us that we have to accept cheap low quality parts? A basic tune up at the LBS that I go to most often if I remember correctly starts at around $50.00. And of course works upwards.
To be fair, that is $240 a year. While I might spend over that much on gear and bikes, basic necessities (tires, tubes, maintenance, etc) rarely exceeds $150 a year for me. Heck I don't get any subsidy at all, so I'd love $20 a month.
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Originally Posted by degnaw View Post
To be fair, that is $240 a year. While I might spend over that much on gear and bikes, basic necessities (tires, tubes, maintenance, etc) rarely exceeds $150 a year for me. Heck I don't get any subsidy at all, so I'd love $20 a month.
True, but still as I said good quality components can exceed even that yearly total. I realize that this is a start, but for people who ride good quality bikes with good quality components it is kind of an insult, don't ya think?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that this tax deductible "reward" should be used to totally rebuild a bike. BUT it should be enough to cover 1/2 - 2/3 of the cost of replacing damaged components.

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