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Old 03-13-06, 11:15 PM
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Maybe I'm just not as dedicated as everyone else, but my first ride in the slush/snow/sludge was an awful enough experience that I have little desire to replicate it. Cold is no problem (well, not zero problem, but a little willpower to take that first step out the door is all it takes), and dark is no problem...but the sludge! There's no way to get to work for me that at least at some point doesn't have a fair amount of fairly fast traffic. And while they do give me a decent amount of space, I got fragged with enough cold and dirty street snow to really start to make me think twice about that. If there was a way to keep the cars off the road, well, that would be a neat ride!
Call me unmotivated, but it was not pleasant.
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Old 03-13-06, 11:18 PM
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Rule #1 of commuting for me: No slick surfaces
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Old 03-13-06, 11:19 PM
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I was home for dinner and playtime with the kids but I had to come back to the office. On my way out the door my wife called after me "You're going to take the car, right?"

Are you kidding? This is perfect weather, I've got my blinkies and light. I'll be fine.

"If you break down, I'm not coming to pick you up!" (Half in jest, I hope)

Okay. I'll walk. Sheesh.
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Old 03-14-06, 04:51 AM
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Only if the weather is really bad...like gale force winds or flooding....I've rode in both...but would rather not.
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Old 03-14-06, 05:42 AM
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I'm the only one who has talked me out of biking.
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Originally Posted by banerjek
How often do you let people talk you out of a ride (if ever). I really hate missing my ride, but I'm trying to gauge where the line between holding out to do the right thing and being an obstinate jerk is.
Seems I had the same ongoing battle with my wife, and even opposed the "advice" of coworkers. Being an obstinate jerk is what caused them to give up the fight.

Actually, I'm not too much of an obstinate jerk to recognize good advice on it's own merits. The way I see it, if I don't talk myself out of riding, nobody else has a chance!
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Old 03-14-06, 08:06 AM
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I'm the only one who has talked me out of biking.
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Old 03-14-06, 08:08 AM
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Originally Posted by caloso
I was home for dinner and playtime with the kids but I had to come back to the office. On my way out the door my wife called after me "You're going to take the car, right?"

Are you kidding? This is perfect weather, I've got my blinkies and light. I'll be fine.

"If you break down, I'm not coming to pick you up!"
My wife hasn't tried this on me since she had a flat about 5 miles from home and I came to her rescue on my bike!
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Old 03-14-06, 09:57 AM
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NO... The other night we had a store meeting. I got off at 7:00 pm. The meeting went from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. I had two guys tell me that I could put my bike in the back of their trucks and ride home with them. I told them that I did not need a ride and that I was not staying for the meet. Because if I did it would stay it would be to late for me to ride home. It work, the Manager told me to get to paddleing and have a safe ride home.

So I got to ride and got to miss the meet. Life is good.
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Old 03-14-06, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by banerjek
It occurred to me that had I caved in like that in the past, I'd have no commute. My route was the subject of several arguments as was the topic of riding along said route at night. My wife has gotten used to my commute with time and normally worries just about the right amount (i.e. not enough to raise a stink about the commute, but enough to think that getting me an HID headlight is a good idea and that I should have the best tail lights available).
My wife has put up with my commuting but still occasionally argues that I should drive. I just don't let others influence what I do. I enjoy riding too much to stop.
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Old 03-14-06, 01:22 PM
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I think my wife has taken a large life insurance policy out on me. She never disagrees with me riding.
Plus, I tend to abort when I determine the weather is a hazard to my health. Mainly snow and ice = bus or car.
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Old 03-14-06, 01:29 PM
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Today I talked myself out of riding. I'd gotten home about 11:30 last night and it was pouring rain when I got up. I guess I'm not as hardcore as I'd like to think.
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Old 03-14-06, 01:42 PM
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My wife was a real pain until she realized our gas bill was cut by 1/3, the $20 oil changes are less frequent and my insurance lowered our rates because one of our cars is listed as below 10,000 miles/year. Now she only occasionally puts up a fuss but it's all drama and ceremony. She likes saving the money.

I don't let co-workers or family harass me about commuting. In the past my main obstacle to a daily bike commute was myself. I only rode 1-2 days a week and always had to psyche myself up for the morning ride. Never seriously considered myself a bike commuter or my bike as reliable tranportation. Then one day after a marathon of reading BF Commuting threads I resolved to alter my perception and view my bike as primary transport and riding to work as the norm. My car now sits in the garage and I ride to work, supermarket, Home Depot, anywhere.
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Old 03-14-06, 02:09 PM
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So, I actually had the chance to ride in the snow (yeah, it snowed in Boulder City on Saturday) and my wife asked if I wanted to take the car.. I think she already knew the answer, but I said, "No way! I can't miss this opportunity, I need to ride in the snow so that I can write about it on the BF!" She just rolled her eyes, it has become an addiction...
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