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Old 06-05-05, 07:09 PM
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And so it begins...

About four months ago I walked into an interview at Burger King (real ritzy job lemme tell ya ^_^ ) and, at the end of the interview, asked the fateful question...
"I commute on a bicycle. Do you have anywhere on the premises I could safely park and lock it? Preferably somewhere at least partly sheltered?"
She smiled and said that in the dumpster and tool enclosure there was a ladder that was locked to the wall, to which I could lock my ride. Surrounded on all four sides by high brick walls, It's a pretty nice spot....no overhead protection but better than I"d dared hope for.

My poor Roadmaster waited alone for me every night for three months in that enclosure...

Imagine my suprise when I pulled in to work one night a few weeks ago and found that my Roadmaster seemed to have gotten a roommate...a shiny new Amerix something-or-other.

Since then, the Amerix has come and gone, as well as another Roadmaster, and a well-worn Mongoose BMX has made guest appearances.

All this at the same time I finally hook my fiancee once and for all on bike commuting on my rather battlescarred old Huffy Powerline.


I went out pleasure riding/errand running today and I saw at least fifty bikers out, from after-school loafers to people with the Trek frame and polymesh shirt and fancy helmet/sunglasses out cranking through the gears...

Summer has come to CT and suddenly I'm having some competition on the road!


Are any other year-round bike commuters finding that the numbers of bikes on the road are swelling as the weather turns fair?
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Old 06-05-05, 07:12 PM
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Well, around here, the cycling is year-round despite the dismal winter weather. However, as summer comes around things do pick up quite a bit.
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Old 06-05-05, 07:54 PM
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That's probably pretty much all of our experience. In fact, I think I have also encountered more cyclists this spring than previous springs, too. I passed a guy for the first time last week. Unfortunately, it wasn't exactly a commeraderie-filled moment, as he was wearing headphones and had no mirror, so probably didn't know I was passing him until I did, despite my ringing my bell. I had to slow down behind him until traffic was clear enough that I could pull out into the road sufficiently not to startle him.
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I love haivng more bikes on the road.

For one, I am a professional-grade oogler. And cars have very LITTLE ogle material...even convertibles, although they're better than anything with a fully enclosed cab.


But when I can check out the bike...then check out the gear...check out whatever cargo is beign transported...check out the person riding the bike...repeatedly, if needed...then I have something to amuse me on my ride.

Not to mention, alot of the bikers I see here are at least somewhat experienced, and often I can pick up useful tidbits of information about the roads off them. And people in cars are getting used to sharing the road, which means less horns blaring, less angry fists, more quietly making room for everyone. Safer, smoother, faster commuting for me.
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