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Old 11-23-05, 12:01 PM
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"So *you're* the guy..."

Ever get that when someone finally sees the guy who rides his bike to work? It happened to me today. On my way into work on MWF, I stop off at Masters swim practice which is held from 6-7:30am at a Jr High. Today there was a large group of teachers in the hallway as I was leaving the locker room after swimming and one of the teachers said this to me... and then stopped. I was pretty sure he meant "the guy who rides his bike" so I finished the sentence for him. One of the other teachers then "scolded" him saying, "he always starts conversations that way." It was kind of humorous.
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Old 11-23-05, 12:27 PM
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Happened to me at work- I get in first, and can wheel my bike right next to my cube, which is tucked in the rear. one of my co-workers said one day, "my god that is YOU!" He had been talking how he had been seeing this "guy on a bike with all kinds of blinking lights and reflectors and headlights " on his way to work. I have to admit I do use a lot of lights. My route is mostly rural and DARK.
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Old 11-23-05, 12:46 PM
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My employer recently put out a newsletter with a story about bike commuting that had a picture of me heading home. I often get recognized for that now and people always want to know more about my commute.
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Old 11-23-05, 01:38 PM
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We were recently bought out by the weather chan. company. Someone had us go around the room and say something that, "no one knew", about us. I said, "I commute 80-100 miles to work by bike each week". Then, the big boss / owner said, "well done, your make me feel guilty for not riding my bike." Still waiting for that extra vacation day for using alternative transportation.
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Old 11-23-05, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Gonzo Bob
Ever get that when someone finally sees the guy who rides his bike to work?
Happens frequently. On a typical day I see zero cyclists, so it's extremely rare that I'm not the guy they thought I saw if it was on my route.

This is not a bad thing -- it makes the drivers feel like they know you. That makes them play nicer and I know I could get help if I really needed it. I've never needed it yet, but it's touching what people will do. I always turn down help, but there have been several instances when people actually insisted on holding their lights on my bike and waiting until they saw me riding before they would leave.
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Old 11-23-05, 04:14 PM
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I get noticed by the faculty for being the guy that weaves through traffic.

Gotta love the control at low speeds on the fixed
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Old 08-06-11, 01:44 AM
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All the time! I work at a local small town pizza parlor and ride to work in the day time, and then back at night. I have really bright lights and a lime green reflective vest. Whenever somebody who is ordering at the counter asks about my bike and my commute the conversation almost always ends with them recognizing me as "the guy" who rides his bike in the rural roads at 11 P.M.
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Old 08-06-11, 02:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Gonzo Bob View Post
Ever get that when someone finally sees the guy who rides his bike to work?
Yeah, it used to happen to me in high school, too, when I was one of the only two kids who rode to school (both of us from the country)... only it always ended, "Oh... I thought you were a guy" (I'm not). I blame my super teeny ponytail and my huge calves. I'm pretty sure you can tell from the side, but probably not from the back. Especially since most women/girls I know wouldn't dream of wearing a helmet. So my pride at being recognized is usually tempered with the fact that I know the second half of the statement is coming.
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Old 08-06-11, 05:06 AM
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Happened to me last at a LBS of all places. Some guy who was dropping his bike in to get a tune up said "You're the guy who rides on 17C with the green backpack and flashing lights"

I guess the green backpack I was wearing gave it away. Or maybe it was that I brought my bike in and leaned it against the counter.
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Old 08-06-11, 05:44 AM
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The guy

The local newspaper did an article about for Bike to Work week one year, so I get that all the time. Usually they ask me during really nasty weather: Are you still biking to work? Yes.

The funny thing about the newspaper article was the reporter was supposed to ride my commute route with me but he wimped out because it looked like it might rain, but it didn't. The photographer showed up tho.
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Old 08-06-11, 06:15 AM
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Originally Posted by huhenio View Post
I get noticed by the faculty for being the guy that weaves through traffic.

Gotta love the control at low speeds on the fixed
uh, just curious, but how is low speed control better on a fixed?
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Old 08-06-11, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by imi View Post
uh, just curious, but how is low speed control better on a fixed?
Good question.
The low speed control on my short wheelbase recumbent is excellent. (Even tho I can't trackstand.)
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Old 08-06-11, 07:31 AM
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I have been reported as "some guy riding through the factory" to security, to which the HR guys just laughed and said "I figured that was you."
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Old 08-06-11, 07:45 AM
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I haven't heard that line in over 20 years, I can only guess that commuter cyclists aren't quite the novelty in our area as in earlier years.
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Old 08-06-11, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by huhenio View Post
I get noticed by the faculty for being the guy that weaves through traffic.

Gotta love the control at low speeds on the fixed
I agree r.e. the low speed control, but find that weaving through traffic on a fixed is harder due to not being able to put one foot down and just let the other foot coast on the pedals as you push the bike through the tighter spots.
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Old 08-06-11, 11:17 AM
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I wonder what someone around here would have to do to be that guy... we got tons of cyclists of all stripes.
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Old 08-06-11, 05:49 PM
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I have heard the same thing many times around here, I think I am the only year round commuter in the area.
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Old 08-06-11, 07:56 PM
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I've been 1 of 2 twice, but mainly just 1 of 1 at my work. Have heard "Was that you this morning, lit up like a Christmas tree?" to "Yeah, that's him. He rides, like, all kinds of miles. So, that doughnut ain't gonna kill him anytime soon."
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used to have that happen in high school, my teachers would say are u the kid i saw flying down the road this morning, that was a few years ago lol
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Not exactly, but I did mention it to my CIO once. He said something like "Trying to cool off?" to me when I'd just arrived and was sweating in front of a fan, before I washed up, so I told him I rode my bike in. We then proceeded to scour Google Maps for routes.
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