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Old 02-09-11, 03:32 PM
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"So... when do you get your license back??"

My apologies in advance to those here who "have " to commute by bicycle!

I remember when I started riding a lot. First around the block, for fitness. Then as a commuter. All the nieghbors (not to my face, mind you!) wondered when I was getting my license back.

The same thing happened at work. One dork in the office even tried to find the county court records online and see if I was recently arrested for DUI. He just so happens to be 50+ pounds overweight. I think I smell jealousy....

Seriously....
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Old 02-09-11, 03:35 PM
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"So do you have your license yet?" "No." "Got your permit?" "No." "I bet you can't WAIT to get your license!" "Haha, nope!" is more common for me since I'm 17.
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Old 02-09-11, 03:57 PM
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i've never been the target of this stereotype, and i suspect it's because i live in an urban city like chicago where choosing to eschew automobile ownership and get around via a combination of foot, bike, transit, & cabs is not viewed as some foreign, communist plot against america. granted, i'm still in the minority for sure, but thousands upon thousands of people voluntarily choose to get around on bikes everyday in chicago, so we're a known element to the population at large, and assumptions about poverty or DUIs can't be made so readily.

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Old 02-09-11, 04:13 PM
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haha, that's great. You should go around asking everyone if they want to go get a drink at odd times of the day.
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Old 02-09-11, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by MijnWraak View Post
"So do you have your license yet?" "No." "Got your permit?" "No." "I bet you can't WAIT to get your license!" "Haha, nope!" is more common for me since I'm 17.
When I was your age I took a break from bicycling with the attitude that cars were so much cooler.
You have considerably more brains than I did at your age.
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Old 02-09-11, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
i've never been the target of this stereotype, and i suspect it's because i live in an urban city like chicago where choosing to eschew automobile ownership and get around via a combination of foot, bike, transit, & cabs is not viewed as some foreign, communist plot against america. granted, i'm still in the minority for sure, but thousands upon thousands of people voluntarily choose to get around on bikes everyday in chicago, so we're a known element to the population at large, and assumptions about poverty or DUIs can't be made so readily.
s/Chicago/Denver/

Same thing. It's not entirely uncommon in Denver to be car-free or car-lite.
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Old 02-09-11, 04:46 PM
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I don't think my neighbors know since I ride to work before any of them are awake. When I come back I'm all dressed up in lycra making it seem like I just came from a "ride".

But even if they did I generally don't care enough to care about what other people think anyway.
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Old 02-09-11, 05:23 PM
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I just bought a brand new car last year but commuted most of all last year. It takes me fifteen minutes later if I ride but $40 richer every two weeks instead of filling up my tank. People still wonder why I ride. Because I enjoy it and not just for the health part.
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Old 02-09-11, 06:56 PM
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Last month, someone I know asked me if I even own a car.
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I had a coworker make a comment that seemed to imply that I'm anti-car. I'm not anti-anything. I'm pro-bike and pro-efficiency.
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Old 02-09-11, 07:11 PM
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I fantasize saying (but probably never will) that I'll get my license back, along with my concealed-carry permit, when I have completed my anger-management class.
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Old 02-09-11, 07:18 PM
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Slightly off-topic, sometimes it is interesting to wonder what it might mean if everything we think is true is not. What if we are actually meant to get vastly more exercise than we do. If that were true, we are harming ourselves by going everywhere by car, and we are helping ourselves by moving around by foot or bike. The people who are driving are the crazy ones, because they are ruining their health.

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Old 02-09-11, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Henry III View Post
I just bought a brand new car last year but commuted most of all last year. It takes me fifteen minutes later if I ride but $40 richer every two weeks instead of filling up my tank. People still wonder why I ride. Because I enjoy it and not just for the health part.
It makes me about $400 poorer every two weeks when I'm riding full time, because if I'm not riding, I work an extra hour a day and get paid for it. But even so, it's worth it. I'm off right now because I've decided not to ride if the shoulders of the 55 MPH 2 lane road are not clear, but I'll be back soon. The longest stretch I've gone without driving to work was close to 2 years, but that was back when I rode regardless of the conditions, including some days where it was absolutely miserable, -25*F, or 6" of new wet snow and having to pedal hard to go DOWN hill, and walk up hills.
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Old 02-09-11, 08:02 PM
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I rode this past monday and worked half a day after getting sick from not eatting anything before hand and not actually riding since fall. I'm still not giving up on this winter commuting thing. I just have to give myself more time and eat a meal before hand.
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Old 02-09-11, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by swwhite View Post
I fantasize saying (but probably never will) that I'll get my license back, along with my concealed-carry permit, when I have completed my anger-management class.
Love it!
I might want to say things like, "About the time you get your brain back", but more likely just give them a stare with eyebrow raised.
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Old 02-09-11, 09:39 PM
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I fantasize saying (but probably never will) that I'll get my license back, along with my concealed-carry permit, when I have completed my anger-management class.
How about "Never. I killed a busload of orphans in the crash, didn't you hear about that?"
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Old 02-09-11, 09:52 PM
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around here, I think the drunks just keep driving after they lose their license. They certainly aren't riding bikes.
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Old 02-09-11, 11:33 PM
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around here, I think the drunks just keep driving after they lose their license. They certainly aren't riding bikes.
spot on... same goes on here!
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Old 02-09-11, 11:37 PM
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around here, I think the drunks just keep driving after they lose their license. They certainly aren't riding bikes.
When our local cops find the time to do a bit of traffic enforcement about half the folks who get cited are also driving on suspended. They have to be pretty stupid to get cited for that since in OR a suspended license is good for going to work and shopping. I guess the trip home from the bar (drunk) doesn't count as shopping in some cops' eyes. Go figure.
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Originally Posted by MijnWraak
"So do you have your license yet?" "No." "Got your permit?" "No." "I bet you can't WAIT to get your license!" "Haha, nope!" is more common for me since I'm 17.
If you live at all out in the country - and perhaps even in the city - you may be better off that way. As soon as you do get a license the requests will start to come in. "Would you do the errand run today?", "Would you take [younger sibling] to the foo?", etc. This I know from personal experience, having gotten my license just before they changed the law in these parts to have an interim restricted license.

I don't recall being asked the question of the thread title, but perhaps that's because I end up driving a fair amount as well. Errands at the same time as something that I must do and might otherwise do by bus or bike.

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around here, I think the drunks just keep driving after they lose their license. They certainly aren't riding bikes.
+1. I keep running into many of them.
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But even if they did I generally don't care enough to care about what other people think anyway.
This.
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Nobody has ever asked, or even mentioned it directly; but, a couple years ago....

I transferred to another location with my employer; after I was gone, a co-worker I was never really all that friendly with or close to was going around the old location, telling anyone who would listen that I had confessed to her that I was an alcoholic, had lost my license, and that's why I really was riding a bike. (I was always pretty vocal about loving the ride, and I rode the same $2K bike I ride now)

Three friends told me about it after I returned, but she never copped to doing it.
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Last month, someone I know asked me if I even own a car.
I would ask if you even NEED a car on Oahu. 2 hours drive gets you to the far side dead end, turn around and come home. Never cold there.
By bike, I guess I could at least go to the far side by days end. The other islands have, at least, a hard mountain climb.

There are thousands who lose their licences every year. I think I've worked with a few of them.
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Originally Posted by Chris_in_Miami View Post
How about "Never. I killed a busload of orphans in the crash, didn't you hear about that?"
I usually make it orphans and nuns
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