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Old 01-05-18, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by alan s View Post
I have a choice to ride or not each day, but Iím not a moron every day like you are.
Good one

I'm not adverse to ribbing. A guy I get a long with pops his head in my office every day to see if I rode. He always gives me grief when I don't. Then I make sure to notice when he takes the elevator instead of the stairs so I can give it back to him. It's fun. We laugh. It's good natured.

ON the same note of messing with people, on a weekly basis when I get in the elevator with my bike in the morning, helmet still on my head, sweat pouring off me....someone on the elevator will say "Did you ride your bike to work?". I respond with an obviously smiling face to clarify the sarcasm "Nope. I carry it. Much better work out." 4 out of 5 people laugh. 1 out of 5 thinks about it, trying to figure out if I'm serious.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
And after all, what fun would Internet discussion be if we always took the OP at face value, and never offered a contrary opinion?
I agree with that (or should I disagree, because it's more fun).

Although there is always a "best type of chain lube" or "which grease is best" thread around if you are spoiling for a fight, right?
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It's 0 degrees F where I live and weekly I have a customer that comes into the shop wearing shorts. I hope his car doesn't break down and he has to walk somewhere for help because if the temps don't get him the windchill will.
Sitting at McD's a few nights ago abusing the heck out of the free refill policy, there was a whole beaterload (a mid-90s Reliant K, IIRC) of none-too-bright women from a couple towns over who came running in wearing shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops. Among the 5 of them, there were two jackets, with temps in the low 40s. They were stocking up on junk food before the 60 miles of rural highway back home. The girl at the counter commented on the lack of winter clothing, and one of them said "the car's got a great heater." Apparently, they'd been at the mall in Fort Worth, 70 miles of mostly empty road the other direction, and were just passing through. Since they hadn't planned any outdoor activities, they just didn't see a need to bring coats, long pants, etc.

I used to keep a season-appropriate (erring on the side of too-cold rating) sleeping bag in the trunk of the car if I was going farther than the county line. Always carried rain gear, and took at least a warm jacket if it was expected to be under 50 any time in the next week. Even if you're on a heavily traveled road, it may take a while before someone with the skills, tools and/or vehicle you need stops, and there's just no point in freezing until then.
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He's not slow. He's one of the smartest people I know. He's just got the social grace and personality of a garden slug.
Well, then if you could just kill off about 80% of his brain cells, then you could invite him to A&S or LCF.
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Originally Posted by canuckjgc View Post
Relax, sounds like a bad attempt at humor to me.
Yup. That dude might be my mom, except that she never topped 130 lbs. Some people have a talent for putting the foot in the mouth. It means nothing. Relax. Smile. Ride your bike on Monday if you like, or not, it's your call. As for your moron.... Huh? I don't remember what that was about anyway.
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I don't ever get the "What? No bike today?" comment at work. Rather, on really lousy weather days, it's "You didn't bike in today... did you???" A lot of the time, the answer is yes, I did. Most of the bad weather here means really wet. I don't mind commuting in it... my biggest complaint about those days is putting on rain gear, taking it off... working... putting on rain gear, taking it off.

I don't have a goal of commuting by bike all the time. And I don't look at people and think, "you tub of lard, you shouldn't be eating that, you should be walking, running, or biking to work." I'm not in the most excellent shape either - in fact, most people would look at me and think, "there is no way that guy could ride a bike more than a few miles." I ride and commute on a bike because I think it's fun! I don't commute on a bike for fitness.

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For me it started with people being genuinely worried about my health. After a while, most had made peace with the fact that I'm crazy.
Though a few had started asking questions about bike, clothing etc and began bike-commuting all year long as well.

In the firm there's always joking and teasing and I like that. There's a colleague I wage a "cursing war" with - every morning we see each other, we start with the worst possible insults. "Oh, you idiot, not a gain!" "YOU?! ...And the day had started so fine until now..." It gets even funnier when there's people who don't know about the game present.

For both good and ill mannered comments about me being crazy for riding in bad weather, I usually confirm, but complain that no one wants to give me that in writing, so I can get an early retirement.

A funny situation was when a female colleague was teasing me about the cut-out saddle. "Is that for what I think it is? It's rather small". My reply was that "Well, the nature is very cruel to some of us" - and we all laughed.

One guy was really rude most of the time, we even got on a verge of fight once (on a football match after work), but later I realized he's always challenging the "top ones". Trying to outrun the fastest one. I was among the better footballers, so he'd always go provoking and fouling me at football (though the conflict was started by him, getting frustrated at me not giving a care). So I have no problems with that - having some challenge is OK IMO - keeps you sharp. It wouldn't work if all (or most) were the same, but a good combination can often bring the best out of most people - calm types, joking types, hard working types, and "problematic" types (if it's within some limits, of course).

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Originally Posted by davei1980 View Post
3. I, personally, reject "purists" who think you're not a "real" cyclist or whatever if you don't ride everyday.
I have a confession.

Where I'm living right now doesn't have trash service. Sometimes I take a day off commuting to throw my trash in the kitchen dumpster.

Forgive me, O Cycling Gods. I am not an adherent of the rules.

Originally Posted by Skipjacks View Post
Mmmmmmm....dooonnnuuutts.......
Not gonna lie. When I'm in civilization, a trip to the donut shop is a motivation to ride.

Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
This is beginning to read like an acidfast7 thread.

I'm sorry man, that's not where you want to be.
This comment was considerably more before I noticed who posted it.

Originally Posted by KD5NRH View Post
I used to keep a season-appropriate (erring on the side of too-cold rating) sleeping bag in the trunk of the car if I was going farther than the county line. Always carried rain gear, and took at least a warm jacket if it was expected to be under 50 any time in the next week. Even if you're on a heavily traveled road, it may take a while before someone with the skills, tools and/or vehicle you need stops, and there's just no point in freezing until then.
Don't forget a couple gallons of water. But that's probably more of a concern when you're driving across the desert or any arid landscape.

Yeah, I agree. It's probably overkill, but I've got a pannier packed with overnight gear, since my favorite loop is 30 miles of mostly unpaved road, with virtually no cell service in a rainforest with temperatures below 45 most of the time. There's a tour bus that comes at least every other day, so somebody will find me on the road, or somebody fishing or glassing/hunting. But even if I'm fine riding in shorts and a thick jersey with gloves-no way in hell I want to be stranded 8-48 hours in that clothing.

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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
Meh. You got to be a bit more thick-skinned than that.
+1 to that. It's not only morons who use words (sometimes poorly chosen) just to connect with other people. This co-worker probably doesn't know how else to become part of your world. Give him a break.

If you want to see how innocent remarks are constantly misinterpreted and turned into sh-t, just keep reading these forums.
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A woman I used to work with (now we gave Friday lunches) still asks me during bad weather "Did you ride today?"

I told her "You've asked the same question for three years. You know my answer."
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You would think a bike rider being asked if he rode a bike would be a fairly innocuous question for most people.

Seems that's not the case for some reason.

Man, if some people here can't handle the ribbing and general **** giving that goes along with being different than everyone...driving might be a better option.
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Originally Posted by Sullalto View Post
Don't forget a couple gallons of water. But that's probably more of a concern when you're driving across the desert or any arid landscape.
Usually a gallon of drinking water, plus either another gallon of water and a gallon of antifreeze or a gallon of premix. Even in cold weather, the car can still end up needing a drink.
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I just did a poll of lurkers viewing this discussion, and they all agree that it is in fact the Thread of the Year so far.
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You are me All DAY! Yes.This.

I give it right back. Play stupid games win stupid prizes.

Really bothers me how "comfortable" people can get....no boundaries. WE ARE NOT FRIENDS!
I've made lots of friends where I work and it's very cool working with people with whom you'd hang out anyway even if you weren't at work.
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Ugh. I can't stand those types of places to work. The team building, the let's party after work. Very demanding of inclusiveness and want everyone to be in the clique. So glad I work in a culture there is no pressure to be "best buds".
Took long enough. Some of us just want to come to work, work and go home to our families.
I know exactly what you mean. However, where I work it's not nearly that way. I've been friends for over 20 years with some people I work with, not so long with all, but the atmosphere is among the better I've worked at. That's not easy to achieve, even harder to keep, but well worth it IMO.

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Why does someone always have to bring up politics?

Is that what the world needs right now? More political discussion? Politics in a bike discussion?
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Ugh. I can't stand those types of places to work. The team building, the let's party after work. Very demanding of inclusiveness and want everyone to be in the clique. So glad I work in a culture there is no pressure to be "best buds".
Took long enough. Some of us just want to come to work, work and go home to our families.
Maybe work up to the teambuilding. Perhaps start with being pleasant to co-workers, instead of being snarky when people politely ask about your cycling habits?

Or, at the very least be open about everything. Wear a shirt that says "It's best if you just turn around. Conversation does not end well with me." Of course...people might take it as a joke. So I recommend just being polite
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Why does someone always have to bring up politics?

Is that what the world needs right now? More political discussion? Politics in a bike discussion?
If the post was intended for me, I didn't even get it.
#Europe

But I agree with your post.
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Ugh. I can't stand those types of places to work. The team building, the let's party after work. Very demanding of inclusiveness and want everyone to be in the clique. So glad I work in a culture there is no pressure to be "best buds".
Took long enough. Some of us just want to come to work, work and go home to our families.
I've got a large (>100people) offsite teambuilding event all afternoon today. I don't mind if it's on work time and there's free food, but otherwise, there's almost nobody at work I would ever consider getting together with outside work. I've been here over 15 years and I can think of maybe 2-3 people I've done something social with outside work (other than retirement lunches).

Then again, my "best friend" I see IRL maybe twice/year. I guess I'm just a jerk.
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Alternatively, respect differences and the fact though there is no "I" in team building there are I's in: individuality, independence, innovation, isolation.


The joiners never respect those of us not interested in joining. It is very disrespectful. I get sick of it actually. I don't want to wear matching t-shirts. I don't want you go see the Miami Heat on family night, I don't want to attend the holiday party.

I find the joiners too often to be slackers. Less time building personal relationships more time bring productive.

Alternatively, when someone asks you if you ride, you could just say, "yes I did."
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I've got a large (>100people) offsite teambuilding event all afternoon today. I don't mind if it's on work time and there's free food, but otherwise, there's almost nobody at work I would ever consider getting together with outside work. I've been here over 15 years and I can think of maybe 2-3 people I've done something social with outside work (other than retirement lunches).

Then again, my "best friend" I see IRL maybe twice/year. I guess I'm just a jerk.
If I'm being honest, I'm just not thet social of a person. I don't see the need to chit chat with people constantly, and I don't want to have weekly get togethers. However, I ALSO do not see any reason I can't be cordial with my co-workers. If one can't handle a bit of good natured ribbing, or even just normal day to day conversation without getting in a huff about it...a work from home job is probably the best option.
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