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Old 11-11-05, 12:28 AM
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i got the "crazy" comment from a colleague this week

i feel like i've arrived
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Old 11-11-05, 12:52 AM
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Now you have to top yourself Make sure to ride to work under some especially absurd conditions, and arrive making cheerful comments about how it was bracing to ride in __________ (high winds, extreme cold, sleet, floods, whatever).
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Old 11-11-05, 07:27 AM
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Welcome.

Now you can look forward to constant harrasment by rednecks for wearing tight clothes. At least that has been my experience in the Denver suburbs.

That is if you are male.
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Old 11-11-05, 07:37 AM
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Ha... Yeah, yesterday a co-worker saw me leaving and said, "At least you don't have to deal with any snow!"

I said, "You say that like it's a good thing."
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Old 11-11-05, 08:02 AM
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Congrats Toki.

While I never admit it to the others, I think that they are crazy for spending 19 full days a year in rush hour. (230 US american work days/year) X (2 hrs/day commuting) / (24 hrs in a day). That is more time in cars commuting, then vacation hours for your average US working stiff. Not to mention the gas cost, the environment, the lack of exercise, etc.
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You're not over the top until you have a situation like this at work....

http://www.cartoonbank.com/product_d...sortBy=popular
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This morning I got "Man you're bright. Hey, the city called, they're missing a traffic light." (I was wearing my neon orange sweatshirt with my neon yellow shirt sticking out the bottom. All I was missing was green tights instead of black.)
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Old 11-11-05, 07:04 PM
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Include; rains of IRS agents, small dogs, excessive drivers and tornados and you've got the weather conditions I've seen... ;P
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Old 11-11-05, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Eggplant Jeff
This morning I got "Man you're bright. Hey, the city called, they're missing a traffic light." (I was wearing my neon orange sweatshirt with my neon yellow shirt sticking out the bottom. All I was missing was green tights instead of black.)
heh. and you thought everyone would notice if you showed up in tights. seems like you've found the solution to that.

now about them tights . . . it's been colder than my body (especially the knees) is happy with around here recently, so last week i picked up a few spandexy things, based partly on your rhapsodies. are you sure they're so warm, or is there some kind of special bikers-tights that have the secret? i'm wearing under the regular stuff more often than not, but really just because my knees love the death-grip feeling they give. i'm thinking i might be better off just going back to the old convent-girl wool.
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Old 11-11-05, 07:45 PM
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Are you sure they were talking about your bike riding?
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Old 11-11-05, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Dchiefransom
Are you sure they were talking about your bike riding?
ahem. i'll assume you were talking to jeff we all know he's also bright when he's not on the bike.
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Speaking of crazy, it was raining pretty good today. So, to rest the legs, I opted to drive instead. Halfway to work, I got stuck in traffic, and arrived 35min late......


I should've rode my bike.
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My favourite comment is those who see you in lycra and say, "So, you ride a bike do you?"

My favourite answer? "No. I have a lycra fetish."
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I'm at work right now. I just asked a co-worker if they thought I'm crazy. He said, "Well yeah, but it has nothing to do with the fact you ride a bicycle in the winter."

If you don't ask, you won't know!
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Mind you, here in Kansas City, we've been having unseasonably warm and pleasant weather lately (and no I am NOT complaining) but yet my co-workers are often saying things like, "girl, you're tough!"

We'll see how tough I am when the weather starts to get serious. I have a lot of clothes I can wear when I need to
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Originally Posted by tokolosh
heh. and you thought everyone would notice if you showed up in tights. seems like you've found the solution to that.

now about them tights . . . it's been colder than my body (especially the knees) is happy with around here recently, so last week i picked up a few spandexy things, based partly on your rhapsodies. are you sure they're so warm, or is there some kind of special bikers-tights that have the secret? i'm wearing under the regular stuff more often than not, but really just because my knees love the death-grip feeling they give. i'm thinking i might be better off just going back to the old convent-girl wool.

I go for Craft tights over regular bike shorts. Hey ! I hate cold,wet and so does my knees.
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The best is when your boss says "Steve (that's me!), I'm worried that you prefer biking here over driving..." 'yeah boss, so....' "dude, the drivers are nuts out there" 'I think everyone's nuts...so what's the deal? (huge grin)' "Steve....you worry me sometimes...."

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Originally Posted by mechBgon
Now you have to top yourself Make sure to ride to work under some especially absurd conditions, and arrive making cheerful comments about how it was bracing to ride in __________ (high winds, extreme cold, sleet, floods, whatever).
Better yet, say nothing and laugh inside while they whine about driving in the same conditions....
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Originally Posted by Marge
I go for Craft tights over regular bike shorts. Hey ! I hate cold,wet and so does my knees.
what are craft tights? i'm really thinking of just getting just plain old woolly ribbing ones from the ordinary-person's side of the store, under my waterproof pants. or regular winter longjohns from the guy's-undies shelf. i can't figure out the point of spandex, unless it's:

a) the only kind of tights men are allowed to wear in public without getting more aggro than they'd be worth, or
b) easier to deal with once it gets wet

neither restriction applies to me, so eh.

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rains of IRS agents
beats 'worried about moose' as the #1 Unusual Reason To Avoid Bike Commuting, imo
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
Welcome.

Now you can look forward to constant harrasment by rednecks for wearing tight clothes. At least that has been my experience in the Denver suburbs.

That is if you are male.
a polite reference to the commenter's body fat/weight can put an end to that conversation.

hey if you look good in tight clothes - by all means wear them...
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Originally Posted by jamesdenver
a polite reference to the commenter's body fat/weight can put an end to that conversation.

hey if you look good in tight clothes - by all means wear them...
If they're implying something about your sexuality, you might think about mentioning another class of athelete that wears lycra tights and helmets. They're the big burly ones that run around big fields on Thanksgiving weekend.
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Old 11-12-05, 08:43 PM
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Me look good in tight clothes? um.... well I'm getting there. Give me a few months.
However, my lower half is the fit half.

I've actually used the football example with a few coworkers discussing various sport clothes.

I am usually deaf to the world. However, narrowminded fools eventually get the best of me. Hearing two certain 3 letter words in reference to ones sexual preference gets annoying. I guess I need a thicker skin.
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My experience is, when you bike in nice weather, people just figure you're doing it for fun and consider you lucky to be able to. When it gets a little more challenging, they see you're serious and start to really admire you. Keep pushing it, though, and sooner or later you start getting the feeling that they just think you're weird, and then you lose all credibility.

But it's still fun seeing their reaction.
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Originally Posted by JohnBrooking
Keep pushing it, though, and sooner or later you start getting the feeling that they just think you're weird, and then you lose all credibility.
lol. i think this woman went from 0 to this phase in the space of ten minutes' talk. mind you, she picked the day with the insanity weather to initiate the conversation, so . . . i got the impression she was slightly p.o.'d, actually.

i have been getting the strangest reactions from other people lately. i'm not sure i'm too nuts about it. it ends up being necessary for me to mention it far more often than i'd really choose to, since there are all these slight differences it brings to my life. actually, a lot of those differences are things i'd probably show anyway, and bike commuting just becomes a lazy way to 'explain' the places where i don't quite trudge to the same drum as everyone else. part of me is having dangerous fun seeing just how off-the-wall a 'connection' i can make, and still see them nod doubtfully as if that explains everything. 'oh, well, see. i completely rewrote your entire project process because i don't drive to work, see. yeah. i bike. yeah. that's the reason. want half a clif bar?'
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Originally Posted by As You Like It
Mind you, here in Kansas City, we've been having unseasonably warm and pleasant weather lately (and no I am NOT complaining) but yet my co-workers are often saying things like, "girl, you're tough!"

We'll see how tough I am when the weather starts to get serious. I have a lot of clothes I can wear when I need to
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