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Old 02-07-11, 12:14 PM
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POLL: The most encouraging comment....

.... you've gotten (relating to you as a commuter) from anyone (friend/family/co-worker, stranger)?


And the most discouraging comment?
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Old 02-07-11, 12:25 PM
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Encouraging: "You are my hero" or some variant. I also enjoy the occassional friendly honk/fist pump with a "way to go" from passing car on really bad days.

Discouraging: Suggestions that I am a bad father for taking undue risks.

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Old 02-07-11, 12:49 PM
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What can be more encouraging than: "You're total nuts riding in this weather!"

No discouraging moments so far.
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Old 02-07-11, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by paul2432 View Post

Discouraging: Suggestions that I am a bad father for taking undue risks.

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Bloody hell someone actually said that???? What idiots!!

Pretty much only got encouraging comments myself, couple of "must be nuts to ride in the rain".
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Old 02-07-11, 01:17 PM
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One of the girls in a group shouted something out as I was passing by.
It was either

"Nice bike!"
or
"Nice butt!"

Either way, I like it.
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Old 02-07-11, 01:25 PM
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Encouraging: "Whoooooo!"

Discouraging: "...Accumulation of sleet and Northerly winds gusting to 42 mph..."
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Old 02-07-11, 01:37 PM
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Got a salute from the driver of a Rolls a couple years ago... I had signaled, taken the lane, then moved into a spot such that he and anyone behind could move past me to make a right turn onto the freeway ramp right after this stop light controlled intersection. This was all after making a fast descent on a 3 lane 50MPH road. The Rolls driver came up behind me about a 1/2 mile from the intersection and no doubt saw my signal and moves. It was a nice "tip-o-the-hat" type salute.

Worse thing was being yelled at from two different motorists for taking the lane on a 35 MPH road close to my home that is lined with parked cars. I did basically the same signal and merge over move, but held my lane position as we crossed the perpendicular street and went onto the parked car lined road ahead. This frightful woman with crazy hair in a '70s tan sedan just got all bent out of shape because she was behind me. She started bellowing out her car window in an awful voice... she looked like something out of the movie "Barfly." The driver to my left started yelling at me out of his passenger window... So now I have two PO'ed drivers, one behind me and one to my left... and the thing is I was about to make a merge and left turn. Just didn't seem like my day. I just ignored them and did my thing... but it sure was enough to make one wonder about my choice of transportation, with these sorts of idiots about.
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Most encouraging comment:

"I want to be just like her."

Spoken from a little girl pointing at me. She was just starting out learning how to ride a bike in a residential neighborhood which is part of my route.


Most discouraging comment:
"Get rid of that bike and get a SUV."
Spoken from a coworker who also a bike rider during the weekend. Go figure......
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Originally Posted by colleen c View Post
Most discouraging comment:
"Get rid of that bike and get a SUV."
Spoken from a coworker who also a bike rider during the weekend. Go figure......
Why would you find that discouraging? It was just dumb and annoying.
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Old 02-07-11, 02:02 PM
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POLL: The most encouraging comment....

Originally Posted by steve-in-kville View Post
.... you've gotten (relating to you as a commuter) from anyone (friend/family/co-worker, stranger)?

And the most discouraging comment?
This comment is not necessarily meant to be encouraging, but anticipation of hearing it gets me on the bike under the worst conditions: "You didn't ride your bike today, did you?". Other compliments lag far behind, including even being called a "Saint."

I've not been discouraged by any comments, including "You didn't ride your bike today, did you?". I have though been dismayed by a couple of admonishments when I was in the wrong; for example riding with a dim rear light and being told by a driver that he would suffer too if he hit me.
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Old 02-07-11, 02:08 PM
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Most encouraging thing was a co-worker who said "You're a f'in inspiration, man, look at you!" This is after I lost 40 pounds commuting by bike.

Most discouraging thing was... well, let's see. There was this guy who was behind me coming up to an intersection... stupid young punk, driving a big truck. He was only behind me for maybe 10 seconds, but felt the need to open the door and yell "You're supposed to ride on the side of the road!" on a road with no shoulder and narrow lanes.
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Old 02-07-11, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by AdamDZ View Post
Why would you find that discouraging? It was just dumb and annoying.
I really don't know why it hit me like it did, but I would think that being a coworker and someone who rides his bike with his girlfriend on the weekend will not be saying something like that to a commuter. This person is very not into commuting by bike and a firm beliver that they are for weekend pleasure only. I had a feeling he said that to discourage me from continuing my commute.
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Old 02-07-11, 02:27 PM
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Encouraging - How much weight have you lost since you started riding to work? You're looking good.

Discouraging - Police officer telling my family that we can ride on the sidewalk instead of the road when we were out for a ride this weekend. It was a facepalm moment - if this is how the police think, where is the rest of the motoring community?
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Old 02-07-11, 02:31 PM
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Best comment was my mom telling family and friends that were visiting that i'm a "cyclist".

Worst comment that sticks out was some guy behind me at a red light honking and saying things like "I should just run you over". It was a red light, and the guy only went a block away from where I was going.
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Originally Posted by pallen View Post
Encouraging - How much weight have you lost since you started riding to work? You're looking good.

Discouraging - Police officer telling my family that we can ride on the sidewalk instead of the road when we were out for a ride this weekend. It was a facepalm moment - if this is how the police think, where is the rest of the motoring community?
While everyone here can think of at least one encouraging moment... it is also easy to think of SEVERAL discouraging moments... brought on, in most cases, by that very "motoring community."
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Originally Posted by paul2432 View Post
Discouraging: Suggestions that I am a bad father for taking undue risks.
Feck that guy! What a low-blow. Why not wrap yourself up in bubblewrap and live in fear for the rest of your life. What a great message for our kids. Serious a-hole! I'm mad on your behalf.
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nice legs,

discouraging was from LBS, "new tires that last are going to be $40 each." I'm like really, I only spend 60 for truck tires. But dependable tires and gear keep riding fun and not a PITA.

I know, most of you spend way more than $40 a tire, but part of getting into this was to save money, I have since given up on that concept and ride to work for fun and fitness.
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Old 02-07-11, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by jdswitters View Post
nice legs,

discouraging was from LBS, "new tires that last are going to be $40 each." I'm like really, I only spend 60 for truck tires. But dependable tires and gear keep riding fun and not a PITA.

I know, most of you spend way more than $40 a tire, but part of getting into this was to save money, I have since given up on that concept and ride to work for fun and fitness.
Here is some encouragement... your total outlay for bike tires is going to be $80, and likely they will last you a few years. Those truck tires will cost you $240, plus mounting and disposal taxes.

$60 for truck tires... when I drive, it is a small old truck and they still cost me over $100 per tire... which tend to weather before I wear them down. @$60 you are getting some bargain truck tires.
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Most encouraging? about 10 years ago my employer relocated offices so my commute went from 35 to 60 miler per day round trip. One of my cyclist-hating hater co-workers took delight in saying to me "you can't ride that far on a bike!" ...yes, encouraging I never missed a day's commute for the remaining time I worked there.
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Originally Posted by newkie View Post
Feck that guy! What a low-blow. Why not wrap yourself up in bubblewrap and live in fear for the rest of your life. What a great message for our kids. Serious a-hole! I'm mad on your behalf.
Well, it was my father-in-law who is otherwise a pretty cool guy. He's just protective of his grandkids, and this was after I rode to work in an ice storm.

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Encouraging: Any comment from Kids =)

Discouraging: "Get a car!", "get on the sidewalk" and many more.
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Commuted to work about 16 years.
Fellow workers thought I was nuts, you're gonna get killed, that's slower than in a car . . . etc.
Proved I got to work just as fast as they did in commute traffic.
By the time I retired, had half dozen co-workers that now also commuted by bicycle.
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encouraging : I saw a car pull over at the top of this wicked steep hill while I was at the bottom. they watched me climb. as I passed the parked car I saw this cute girl giving me a golf clap.
discouraging: some unrecognizable shouting followed by A$$HOLE and a can of orange crush flying past my head!
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I've been getting some, " you're a brave man ", comments from people. It happened several times , from complete strangers.
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I don't find dumb comments from moronic cagers discouraging at all. Quite the opposite. I started enjoying to ignore them, it pisses them off more than if I shouted obscenities back at them. I look at them without a word and continue doing my thing.

They used to irritate and anger me but I never found them discouraging.

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