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Old 12-19-18, 11:27 AM
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I honestly haven't thought about how I will use the title. I think it has an impact, though. The paperwork isn't even official yet and I've already been asked about serving as vice moderator on my church's board.

Changing jobs will very likely diminish the bicycle commute opportunities, so there's that...
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I honestly haven't thought about how I will use the title. I think it has an impact, though. The paperwork isn't even official yet and I've already been asked about serving as vice moderator on my church's board.

Changing jobs will very likely diminish the bicycle commute opportunities, so there's that...
I last looked at the doctoral or higher degree status in the US census when I was finishing ('07) up the PhD in the states and needed a little boost of motivation. I believe that the percentage of people in the US with a PhD or higher doctorate was only 1.1%. Don't remember which census that was.

Thus, I say use it if you can. PhDs are often surrounded by other PhDs and often forget how much work it takes to finish (and the shedloads of transferrable skills that come with it!)
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Maybe I should use it to open a cut-rate surgical clinic on the side.
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Maybe I should use it to open a cut-rate surgical clinic on the side.
In America, anything goes as long as it's profitable!

glad i left!
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Maybe I should use it to open a cut-rate surgical clinic on the side.
You mean like this? Wave of the future, I hope.
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You mean like this? Wave of the future, I hope.
I was thinking like this:

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Don't know whether this will help or not,

but I ride because I love to ride. I would have a hard time riding if I did it to stay in shape. I'm just not that disciplined. There's something about the rhythm, about depending on my body, getting back to being a creature. As a pastor, I spend way too much time in my head. Getting on the bike moves me back down into my body. And, interestingly, I'm then in my head differently. Sounds like you might benefit from some creatureliness.
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I don't ride in the winter. Only in the 3 other seasons
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I ride because I love to ride.
This is pretty much it. I never regret riding, even if getting on the bike takes a bit of self-convincing. If you donít love riding, no amount of gear or new bikes will make you want to ride.
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Hmm... So, you're still getting to work somehow, but not riding the bike? That is, there's a better way to get to work, better than riding the bike? If that's the case, you either have to go with it, or change it. For example: if the problem is that you have a car, the solution is: get rid of the car.
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I feel like I need an e-assist for my motivation. I commuted a LOT in 2009-2012. Got away from it more and more as my graduate work got more and more involved and my kids became teens in need of transport.

I've defended my dissertation and it's time to get back on the bike. But I can't seem to find the motivation. My first go-round included all the excitement of learning about clothing, gear, multimodal commutes, etc. Now it's just effort. I have all the gear.... :/
First, congrats on the accomplishment of grad school!! I can't even imagine. I put in my 4-years, got a piece of paper and ran like Hell. I know that was a ton of hard work, discipline, and just plain stubbornness to get through.

As far as cycling goes, or most anything else in life, just go with the flow man. Some hobbies stick, some don't. Others come and go. If I owned a car (and worked somewhere with parking) I would probably never ride a bike. My bikes are just tools. I don't play with my power drill unless something needs drilling. Same with bikes.

Maybe join a gym? Ride the stationary bike now and then? Make some friends.

I have no idea really. This is what I would do if not married to bicycles for getting around. Hope it helps. Hobbies are like old girlfriends/boyfriends. Sometimes you go back, sometimes you don't.

Now go live your life! Woohoo! School's out!
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First, congrats on the accomplishment of grad school!! I can't even imagine. I put in my 4-years, got a piece of paper and ran like Hell. I know that was a ton of hard work, discipline, and just plain stubbornness to get through.

As far as cycling goes, or most anything else in life, just go with the flow man. Some hobbies stick, some don't. Others come and go. If I owned a car (and worked somewhere with parking) I would probably never ride a bike. My bikes are just tools. I don't play with my power drill unless something needs drilling. Same with bikes.

Maybe join a gym? Ride the stationary bike now and then? Make some friends.

I have no idea really. This is what I would do if not married to bicycles for getting around. Hope it helps. Hobbies are like old girlfriends/boyfriends. Sometimes you go back, sometimes you don't.

Now go live your life! Woohoo! School's out!
Thanks, man. I managed to replace the bottom bracket in my commuter and should be reasonably ready to go, even though it's the wrong size and my chainline is off now... but it's good enough to get to work!
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but I ride because I love to ride. I would have a hard time riding if I did it to stay in shape. I'm just not that disciplined. There's something about the rhythm, about depending on my body, getting back to being a creature. As a pastor, I spend way too much time in my head. Getting on the bike moves me back down into my body. And, interestingly, I'm then in my head differently. Sounds like you might benefit from some creatureliness.
I was just talking about this with my wife, for similar reasons -- I'm an urban public school educator in a particularly challenged district, and am always in my head (and all over the place). You express very well what riding does. It's about rebalancing more than remotivating...
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Originally Posted by Standalone View Post
It's about rebalancing more than remotivating...
I'm not through that PhD thing yet, but it's exactly the way I feel, too.
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Hi Tom,

It's 16 miles one way. But only 3 or 4 if I use the train with my folding bike. There really is no barrier but my own motivation.
Congrats on the PhD. Thatís a pretty major life accomplishment.
You have described my commute. I ride about 4.5-5 miles on a Brompton and the rest by train. Initially, I was also hesitant to do this commute, more based on a lack of knowledge of the logistics. I gave it a try on a day I only had to be on campus for mid day meetings. All went smoothly so I set a goal to commute that way at least once a week. As the job market heated back up in the bay area, I found that I was stuck in traffic for part of the commute by car. Now I believe it takes almost as long by car as it does by bike and train. Once you figure that out, it became a no-brainer. Now I hate the days I have to drive to work.
Additional benefits of bike train commuting:
-The fresh air and scenery during the start and end of my commute is fantastic. We live near lakes and a river and my ride takes me along that route. I get to see deer and wild birds and beautiful sunrises almost every day. Even got to watch a bald eagle swoop down to the lake to pluck a fish out of the water. Amazing!
- I feel better at least getting a little exercise to and from work. It motivates me to ride more often because I see the health benefits. Iím 55 and still weigh what I weighed when I was 35. The only time my weight (and blood test numbers) went up was when I wasnít riding regularly. If you donít do this for yourself, do it for your partner and kids.
- Itís much better for the environment. Do that one for your kids.
- As long as I dress properly for the weather, the comfort does not become an issue. This took a while to get dialed in.
- The students seem to appreciate (are amused?) that I show up on a Brompton to unlock the classroom. They are Industrial Design students and many have never seen a Brompton.
- The bikes (both Brompton and Rivendell) have served as a class example for subjects such as ergonomics, mechanics, structural design, aesthetics, etc.
- The train commute is about 20 mins so I get a little reading or podcast listening done on the way.
- I occasionally get into some interesting conversations with people on the train. Once you are a regular, this tends to happen more often.
- The commute home is always a nice wind down to a long day. My wife has even taken to tracking my location with the Find Friends app so she can walk the dogs up to meet me near the tail end. The end of my commute has become a crazy dog greeting in the meadow followed by a walk with my wife and dogs the rest of the way home. Not a bad way to transitition from work to home.

Of course you will find your own benefits once you get in to it. As to the metaphorical ďe-assist to motivationĒ I would suggest reading Just Ride by Grant Peterson or the books or blog of Eben Weiss (Bike Snob NYC). Light hearted, fun reading that takes the competitiveness out of the equation. I ride in my work clothes and used to be intimidated by all the people in their full race kits on the train. Now I see that through a more humorous lens. There are other podcasts and books, but I usually use my commute time to read on other topics I enjoy.

Good luck with the commute. Just ride and enjoy it.

john

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... Also, my commute is 19-20 miles one way which is a decent ride. Iíve taken to bringing riding clothes and riding all the way home at least once a week. Nice way to get some extra exercise. Doesnít matter if I show up sweaty at home. The dogs will still love me. My wife may hold off until after I take a shower!

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BAAM, this is what it is about, for me, to a T: Having a totally "in-body" moment at the beginning and end of my workday, enhanced by riding through a slice of urban life. There is nothing like it.

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