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Old 05-08-09, 09:55 AM
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You know it's really Bike Month when...

... you get a free bagel at the "bike commuter breakfast" table on your route. Back when I was dropping nickels every week (five commutes per week) I'd never miss the free commuter breakfasts. Apparently this year, according to the NYC Bike Month calendar, it's every Friday and I missed out last Friday by not riding.

So, any other signs, BF, of Bike Month?
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Old 05-08-09, 11:39 AM
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You mean besides the people riding on the wrong side of the road, in the dark, without lights and without helmets? Oh, and the people who absolutely have to blast by you but shoot their wad doing so with the result that you pass them on the next hill and never see them again?

Nope. Nothing special.
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Let's not be too hard on those making the attempt, and offer up some encouragement. We all started somewhere. I know when I started getting into cycling I was as big an idiot as there ever was, including getting out on a "long" ride 10-15 miles away from home and getting a flat. No tube, no pump, no patch kit.... nada.... at least 3 or 4 miles from the nearest bike shop. A nice lady stopped, and offered assistance (leaving major bruises on my male ego). My education had begun. Pass along your wisdom (if they'll listen) and by the end of the summer, there'll be another handful of year-round commuters to ride/suffer with.

That said, I will admit, every year I am amused at what I see.

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Old 05-08-09, 12:27 PM
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I kinda like B2WM. I enjoy seeing more riders out, even if many of them aren't going to stick with it when the rain starts up again in the fall.
So, there's more riders on the sidewalk. And without proper lighting (it's light by 5:30am here now, so it's less of a concern). And doing sketchy stuff on the roads.

Each one of them represents one less car we have to deal with on our commute. Sure, I give big props to the other lone soul crunching through the snow and ice when it's 15 degrees out; but I give just as much credit to the dude who waits until it's May and rides the 4 miles to work in his coveralls and workboots on the bike he hasn't touched since last October.
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Originally Posted by Kojak View Post
Let's not be too hard on those making the attempt, and offer up some encouragement. We all started somewhere.

Well said, well said!
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They are having a free breakfast for bike commuters in my city next Friday, but I would have to ride 10 miles out of my way to get it. Plus it would make me at least 2 hours late to work. Think I'll pass.
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I know it's bike to work week because I actually saw another commuter today. Weird.

I saw a bunch (like, as many as 3 or 4 a day) last year, but only when gas was > $4/gal.
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I am with Clifton and Kojak, I am enjoying the show. I am hearing a lot more bikes with squeaky chains, and shifts that need to be trimmed. I passed three riders this morning that were wearing bluejeans - one had his white socks pulled over the pant legs of his bluejeans, knickers-style, presumably to keep the jeans out of the chain. Looked a little funny, but effective. I am just happy to see them out on their bikes, even if it's only for a few weeks.
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I am hearing a lot more bikes with squeaky chains, and shifts that need to be trimmed.
Don't just want to flag them down and ask if you can oil their chain? So much improvement for so little effort...if only they knew...
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Man, all the free breakfasts are at 7 AM. I'm not even awake then.
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Wait, this is every Friday in NYC?
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