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Old 08-14-05, 09:57 AM
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-- Anybody here bike commute to your Sunday, or Saturday, worship service? I have found it to be a peaceful prelude to morning service.
Out here the Unitarian-Universalists and the Quakers have a small but growing contingent of cyclists.
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I do on Sunday on occasion, usually when I'll be there all day (so the social-running-about schedule is non-existent). But I also find Sunday a convenient day to combine driving-necessary errands and do them all after church, or to cruise into the woods with the g/f for a hike. There are a couple of guys who ride in on a more regular basis, but they live within a mile or so (I'm about 6.5mi away). Our church meets in an industrial space, so there's a shower/changing room, and I can stash the bike in my office (the church network closet).

It's more likely that I'll ride to church when I have other commitments (meetings, events, etc.) at the building during the week or on Sunday evenings. It's between my (real-job) office and my house, so that weekday-evening stuff is simple.
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Old 08-14-05, 10:37 AM
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not to church...... but early morning rides before church.

wakes you up and you feel more awake and alert.
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Old 08-14-05, 10:53 AM
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Bicycling -is- my church.
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Originally Posted by 77Univega
-- Anybody here bike commute to your Sunday, or Saturday, worship service? I have found it to be a peaceful prelude to morning service.
Out here the Unitarian-Universalists and the Quakers have a small but growing contingent of cyclists.
If there was a race between the U-U's and the Quakers, who would win?

Has anybody observed that the rudest motor traffic occurs about noon on Sunday? Is this caused by those going home from church, or by the other contingent, still hung over after a big Saturday night?
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Old 08-14-05, 12:44 PM
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UUs. Quakers find racing to be an affront to modesty.
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When I would go with my ex-gf to her church, I would bike 10 miles to her house and then walk to church with her, when we were dating. Only thing I miss is that 10 mile ride, 90% highway, all hills, that got me into shape.

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People just freak out! I cycle in from time to time but it seems best to park at the library across the street and walk over.
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Old 08-14-05, 02:19 PM
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I used to ride my bike to church when I sang in the chior. I was the only one, though.

Now I play bass on Sunday mornings, so I transport it in my car.
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Old 08-14-05, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by bostontrevor
UUs. Quakers find racing to be an affront to modesty.
I don't know about that. The U. of P. Quakers sometimes do a good job of racing up and down the B-Ball court. And back in the good ole days of Chuck Bednarik (the last real deal 60 minute man in the NFL) the Fighting Quakers were one of the best college football teams in the country and packed 80,000+ fans into Franklin Field. At least some of them must have been Quakers and I'm sure none were affronted when the Quakers raced into the end zone.
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Old 08-14-05, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by vrkelley
People just freak out! I cycle in from time to time but it seems best to park at the library across the street and walk over.
--- Whoa, let me get this straight. Ya mean to say that when you ride your bicycle to your place of worship, the folks there get so "freaked out" that you have to park your bike out of sight? Very interesting. Your profile thingie says you're in Seattle which I thought was a bicycle-enlightened town.
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Old 08-14-05, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by jim-bob
Bicycling -is- my church.

I agree with Jim Bob, except that is my synagogue.
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Old 08-14-05, 05:34 PM
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We regularly attend "St. Tandem" on Sundays. Am sure your diety will not object pedaling to house of worship.
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Old 08-14-05, 05:37 PM
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I have thought about it often, but my family of 4 will not be convinced so easily to ride 50 minutes to church twice on a Sunday. Even once will probably not work. I am thinking about this comming summer, perhaps we can do so occasionally. But I know it's going to be difficult.
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Originally Posted by jim-bob
Bicycling -is- my church.
Another member of the church of Jim-Bob.

Today I was having a great ride, low temps and low traffic. Then it got hot and I had a flat.
The lord giveth and the lord taketh away.
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Oh, here's an opportunity to tell my bike church stories. I took my car to the shop early one morning and rode my bike back towards the house. When I got to where our church was I realized that weekday Mass was about to begin and, since only a few older folks would be at Mass and I could sit well to the back of church where my sweaty clothes wouldn't offend, I stopped.

After Mass, our young new assistant pastor, Father Tom Guido, got into a conversation with me about mountain bikes. He had just bought one and was anxious to tell me about riding the Redbug Trail.

"You know that log right at the top of the trail right by the ball fields?"

"Yeah, I know it. I have never been able to clean it," I responded.

"Well," he said, "just yesterday I was riding up to it and I figured that if I could just approach it a little faster and move my weight forward more as I unweight my front wheel I could make it over."

"How'd that work for you?" I asked.

He pulled the alb over his head, grinned, and responded, "I busted my ass, just like every other time."

Palm Sunday was a few weeks later. Father Tom lashed his travelling Mass kit to his bike and a bunch of us riders celebrated Mass on a picnic table in the middle of Elinor Klapp Phipps park using native palmetto fronds.
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Bicycles and Church remind me of Jehovah's Witnesses...and that makes me sad...but I did bike to Church once. They didn't have a bike rack so I brought it into the reception hall and left it in the cloak room, I swear the Pastor was about to cuss me out for bringing the "dirty bike into his church"...almost made me want to slug him...I really think Jesus would have ridden a bike if he had the chance.
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I almost always bike to synagogue, never a problem. I go to a reconstructionist congreation, bike commuting is eco-kosher.
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Originally Posted by jim-bob
Bicycling -is- my church.
Whew! Glad I'm not the only one...

Seriously...I've figured out more while riding that any minister ever tried to tell me.
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We do! While not the only factor when looking for a church in our new town a few years ago, the fact that our present church is just a few blocks down the street from our house was one of the deciding factors. (Not just for bicycling, since the oldest was still on a trike at that point. Knowing people in the community is important too.)

Now that the kids are 5 and 7, being able to bike there (or walk, or scooter, or roller-blade) is one of the few things about going to church that they look forward to!

Sometimes we pull the bikes into the back entryway, and sometimes we just leave them outside in a secluded alcove. People seem fine with it, even encouraging. (The same old story: they love seeing us do it, but it doesn't occur to them to try it themselves.) I've thought about offering to buy the church a bike rack, but then sometimes I don't think it's really needed. I guess it would be a good advertisement for others, though. Frankly there are a few other families that live close enough to ride, too, but every week, there they are in their minivan or truck.
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Yeah, Jesus totally would have ridden a bike. I bet he'd be really good at it, too...
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Originally Posted by myates1980
...I really think Jesus would have ridden a bike if he had the chance.
Haha! You could start a "What Would Jesus Ride?" movement!
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I commute to church because I have to be there before my wife and we only have one car right now. It is only 1.3 miles.
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Haha! You could start a "What Would Jesus Ride?" movement!
As a recovering Catholic (who has ridden to church on occasion), I can tell you with absolutely no authority whatsoever that Jesus rides an old Trek 850 Mt Track (no suspension - Jesus doesn't dig suspension) with slicks. He changes tires when giving sermons on mountains, of course. The upright position is more comfortable, and allows Him to spread the word and perform miracles while breathing easily. Dude is fast, though.
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