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Old 02-02-11, 06:47 AM
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Is bike commuting our Fight Club?

Watching the movie last week I couldn't help but draw some parallels between Fight Club and bike commuting. Thoughts?
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Old 02-02-11, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by BiketoFeel View Post
Watching the movie last week I couldn't help but draw some parallels between Fight Club and bike commuting. Thoughts?
Absolutely! Friends and colleagues of mine who commute have alluded to this as well. "The first rule of bike commuting..."

Except when you're here, of course.
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Old 02-02-11, 05:56 PM
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I'm operating at a disadvantage here, I have never seen the movie. I am familiar with commuting though.
I am at a loss to understand the parallels to which the OP alludes.
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Old 02-02-11, 06:03 PM
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Well, the first time I commuted I was riding mysel......wait....
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Yes. Minus the paranoid guy with the man boobs.
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Old 02-02-11, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by xtrajack View Post
I'm operating at a disadvantage here, I have never seen the movie. I am familiar with commuting though.
I am at a loss to understand the parallels to which the OP alludes.
I've read the book and seen the film many times, and I don't get it either.
Fight Club is about an MPD insomniac who reconciles his sociopathic alter-personality through violence.
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Old 02-02-11, 08:52 PM
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Thank you.
I've seen the movie twice and don't get the parallel. Curious where this thread would go.
Thankfully, I won't have to kick the s*** out of anyone on my ride tomorrow.
Especially since I would lose.
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Old 02-02-11, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by coolio View Post
Yes. Minus the paranoid guy with the man boobs.
I recently learned that paranoid guy with man boobs is the rock singer Meatloaf. I knew he was fat, but not THAT fat, especially in his breast area. Maybe it was just fake???
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Originally Posted by 531phile View Post
I recently learned that paranoid guy with man boobs is the rock singer Meatloaf. I knew he was fat, but not THAT fat, especially in his breast area. Maybe it was just fake???
He was wearing a fatsuit for the movie.

I've also read the book and seen the movie.

I'd elaborate on the parallels, but that would be breaking rules #1 and #2.
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Old 02-02-11, 09:14 PM
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Okay, let me break this down: Tyler's tirade about "Is that what a man is supposed to look like?" and "The things you own end up owning you" kind of mimics the way people worship at the altar of Lance and spend $4000 on "Crabon Fibre" steeds, when in reality, it's just a bike. You ride it from one place to another. We're part of the club that even other cyclists think are crazy.

It's not what kind of bike you have, but what you do with the bike that determines who and what you are. You determine your own level of involvement.

LOL, I could go on for quite a while like this...
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Old 02-02-11, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by FunkyStickman View Post
He was wearing a fatsuit for the movie.
The part you guys are leaving out is how magnificent that "paranoid fat guy with man boobs"'s music is
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Originally Posted by FunkyStickman View Post
it's just a bike
None of my bikes are "just a bike". Each one is unique and special. They are not the same as every other bike.
Doesn't matter if it's my $3000 randonneur bike or my $100-worth-of-parts-on-a-salvaged-frame singlespeed beater.
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It could be... yes.
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I don't know about the whole movie but sometimes I feel like Tyler Durden, when "Lou" the bar owner beats the crap out of him. He is obviously going through some physical pain, but he seems to get a kick out of it, and just laughs in his face as if he is inviting Lou to keep beating him up. I love commuting, but I really get excited about commuting on difficult days. I anticipate the challenge, and possibly the pain. It's like a good pain, you know?
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I haven't seen Fight Club in a few years.

I'm so fast I'd compare my commute with The Fast and the Furious. "I live my life one commute at a time."
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this reminds me, I need to go make some soap.
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Well, nobody else has done it, so I will...
"the first rule of bike commuting is, you don't talk about bike commuting"
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
None of my bikes are "just a bike". Each one is unique and special. They are not the same as every other bike.
Doesn't matter if it's my $3000 randonneur bike or my $100-worth-of-parts-on-a-salvaged-frame singlespeed beater.
Ah, that's where you're wrong. They are valuable to you because you assign them sentimental value. A thug would come along, steal your rando bike, paint it black, and turn around and sell it for $100 for a quick hit.

To quote Chuck (edited for the BF crew):
You buy bicycles. You tell yourself, this is the last bike I will ever need in my life. Buy the bike, then for a couple years you're satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you've got your bike issue handled. Then the right mountain bike. Then the perfect commuter. The CX bike. The carbon race bike. Then you're trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.


(I hope you guys know I'm just being goofy, not trying to actually start a fight...)

Nice avatar pic, by the way... I think Watterson would approve.

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OK, first, try not to spoil the movie for the 2 people on earth who haven't seen it (fantastic film, by the way).

Second, it's a damn fine point about our stuff owning us. But this is just like any hobby, we're always looking for improvements. I commute now with a Schwinn Sierra GS, perfectly fine bike, cost me about $350 or so. My commutes are short compared to a lot of yours. So the Schwinn should be fine and I should be happy for eternity and evermore, but I wanted something lighter, something different.

So I mail-ordered a Jamis Coda Comp. It's gonna become my primary commuting bike, with the Schwinn as a backup. Did I need the Jamis? God no. Did I want it? Yup. I can try to rationalize it all I want by saying "but it's lighter, but it's this and that and the other," but when it came right down to it, I bought a bike to replace a perfectly fine, working bike. My stuff's owning me.

But people get better equipment to improve performance in any hobby, from bowling to golf to darts. You can play golf with the cheapest set of clubs from Walmart, but you will most likely do better with a custom graphite set. How much better vs. the money you spend and whether that's worth it is entirely your call.

When I started, I said the Schwinn would be all I'd ever need. Then I got a road bike. Then I got a hybrid. Having zero desire to mountain bike or cyclocross, I can fairly safely say that this may be it. But I can also definitely say "never say never."
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OK, first, try not to spoil the movie for the 2 people on earth who haven't seen it (fantastic film, by the way).
Heh, folks shouldn't read threads about movies they haven't seen if they don't want to spoil them.

The cycling industry is a consumer's paradise... it's a mature, developed product that gets the hell marketed out of it and back.
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OK, first, try not to spoil the movie for the 2 people on earth who haven't seen it (fantastic film, by the way).

Second, it's a damn fine point about our stuff owning us. But this is just like any hobby, we're always looking for improvements.
The house owns me.
The cars own me.

The bike sets me free.
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I don't know about the whole movie but sometimes I feel like Tyler Durden, when "Lou" the bar owner beats the crap out of him. He is obviously going through some physical pain, but he seems to get a kick out of it, and just laughs in his face as if he is inviting Lou to keep beating him up. I love commuting, but I really get excited about commuting on difficult days. I anticipate the challenge, and possibly the pain. It's like a good pain, you know?
Have you ever thought about trying cyclocross?
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OK, first, try not to spoil the movie for the 2 people on earth who haven't seen it (fantastic film, by the way).
There are only two of us? Me and Xtrajack?
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Originally Posted by FunkyStickman View Post
Ah, that's where you're wrong. They are valuable to you because you assign them sentimental value. A thug would come along, steal your rando bike, paint it black, and turn around and sell it for $100 for a quick hit.
My rando bike is already black. Shoots that plan down, eh?
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My rando bike is already black. Shoots that plan down, eh?
You know, I did think about that... they'd probably still spray paint it.
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