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Old 10-21-08, 11:38 AM
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WSJ discusses bike commuting

Short WSJ video about commuting in London...

http://online.wsj.com/video/commutin...83EC3BBE6.html


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Old 10-21-08, 12:11 PM
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Helmet hair and perspiration are the top two concerns about bike commuting? I would have thought it would be all those drivers coming at you on the right...
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Old 10-22-08, 05:15 AM
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Hey, that's my LBS on that video! Not really "LBS" as it's part of a chain, but the bike shop that's two minute's walk from my office. I think they make most of their money from charging 15 (US$25) to change a puncture for bankers and lawyers who don't want to get their hands dirty.
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Hey, that's my LBS on that video! Not really "LBS" as it's part of a chain, but the bike shop that's two minute's walk from my office. I think they make most of their money from charging 15 (US$25) to change a puncture for bankers and lawyers who don't want to get their hands dirty.
Sounds like a good business to me!
If people are willing to pay it then i wouldn't feel too bad about charging it, especially to bankers and lawyers.
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Helmet hair and perspiration are the top two concerns about bike commuting? I would have thought it would be all those drivers coming at you on the right...
Yeah, those friggin' people are nuts!
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Old 10-22-08, 05:06 PM
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Hey watch it. I'm in law school. Of course, I can't remember the last time I DIDN'T have grease under my nails.
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I noticed a lot of cyclists wore helmets. In earlier posts people claim that it's mostly an American practice.
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Hah, I've just started commuting and I love that I am a bit sweaty and have helmet hair. I think people who dress up for class are idiots, but then I'm going back to school. I guess I'm just not 18 anymore!
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Did you catch that near the start? 28 million people, all trying to get into one city.
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My bike shop charges $20 for changing a flat also.
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Yes that is what happens in Alpha cities.
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Originally Posted by pinkrobe View Post
Helmet hair and perspiration are the top two concerns about bike commuting? I would have thought it would be all those drivers coming at you on the right...
Actually, sweat was a major concern of mine before I started commuting. Arriving a work sweating (and potentially stinking -- no showers at work) kept me from even thinking about commuting. It wasn't until I read about how to deal with it on various forums that I realized how easy it is to clean up quickly and get through the day without stinking!

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Interesting piece. But I did laugh at the helmet hair concerns, hehe.
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Yes that is what happens in Alpha cities.
I'm not familiar with that term. What is an 'alpha city' ?
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I rode a bit in London last year, and didnt have and trouble with drivers (including bus and taxi drivers). The only thing I didnt like was narrow bike lanes in car door zones.
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