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Old 05-09-11, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by toddles View Post
Nothing really "keeps me" from commuting but there are some discouraging factors. If it's raining hard, I'll rethink it. If it's really windy, windy even, I usually won't do it. If it's below freezing, I typically won't do it. But I also live 23 miles from home and while this is a healthy and fun ride, it is time consuming -- about an hour and a half one way. So really it's the time factor for me. That's a fair chunk of time out of my day... especially for a work day. But I wouldn't say these "keep me from" doing it.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that sometimes I'm just too tired.
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Old 05-09-11, 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by toddles View Post
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that sometimes I'm just too tired.
I suffered from just that, both yesterday and today.

And I HATE using it as an excuse, because it's not like it's something that has to stop us from riding. We know the answer, and usually it involves getting to bed earlier.

My girlfriend has some uni assignments and is required to self-learn HTML and CSS. I'm not great at either of these things by any means, but I know a little more than she does, so we've been up late hacking away at a website, trying to get it just right. Due to this, for the second day in a row, I am taking the motorbike in to work.

The thing that annoys me about this the most is that prior to this, I have not taken motorised transport in to work for WEEKS. Pushbike every day, five days per week since February.

Gotta jump back on that horse...
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Old 05-09-11, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by adxdopefish View Post
I suffered from just that, both yesterday and today.

And I HATE using it as an excuse, because it's not like it's something that has to stop us from riding. We know the answer, and usually it involves getting to bed earlier.

My girlfriend has some uni assignments and is required to self-learn HTML and CSS. I'm not great at either of these things by any means, but I know a little more than she does, so we've been up late hacking away at a website, trying to get it just right. Due to this, for the second day in a row, I am taking the motorbike in to work.

The thing that annoys me about this the most is that prior to this, I have not taken motorised transport in to work for WEEKS. Pushbike every day, five days per week since February.

Gotta jump back on that horse...
Yes... I agree... it's typically due to lack of sleep... although sometimes my legs/body are just fatigued. You can fight through it only so many times.
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Old 05-09-11, 04:40 PM
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If I am too tired to ride I take the bus/train/taxi. No questions about it.
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Old 05-09-11, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by cyclist5 View Post
I know alot of you will say "nothing" but for those of us who are only car-lite or just started out bike commuting what are your excuses?
My office door is 10' from my backdoor! I barely get a walk in on the way to work! I did turn my GF into a daily bike commuter from a non-biker - so that's something!...
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Old 05-09-11, 05:52 PM
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I don't ride when it rains.. I can and have, I just don't like to, mostly because of L.A. traffic. If i'm feeling more sore/tired than usual, I might take a day off and drive in. Sometimes I have to bring my photo gear or other equipment to work, in which case i'd drive as well. Usually I get to ride though.
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Old 05-09-11, 06:11 PM
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I want to ride to work badly. The biggest problem is my family and my schedule. My commute is about 23 miles. Several of the miles are in very low light areas. I also work 12.5-13 hour work days too. So I would have to leave the house at 4am and I would not get back home until 9pm. My wife would have a big problem with that, as would my appetite.

I want to ride badly, just can't with my schedule. So I will just stick with my day-off commuting for now.

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Old 05-09-11, 06:42 PM
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I had a commute through a shaded forest path, only 2.5 miles to work. Now that was just about perfect - I don't think I missed a day, or was even late for two years. A better job ten miles away, I bought a used car because I knew that the occasional snow, ice and long days would stop me. We can't all be supermen.

Heavy rain or giving my knees a rest means driving - about one day a week.
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Old 05-10-11, 11:35 AM
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Reasons to not commute by bike:

Extreme weather- tornadoes, bad thunder and lightning, flooding, blinding blizzards or deep, unplowed snow over 2" on the roadway.

Transporting another person or more than 50 lbs of stuff or something over sized.

That said, I've ridden when tornado threats were active, during really bad storms, in blizzards and have transported huge things by bike BUT most of the time I'd rather not have to do that.
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Old 05-10-11, 12:38 PM
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I missed one day this past winter because of snow and I missed a day last week because I left my rain pants at work the day before and it was raining hard. Sometimes I cannot ride because I need to travel for my work. On average there are probably 5 days each year that I am not able to ride. I definitely do not like it when I can't ride to work.
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Old 05-10-11, 10:41 PM
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I mainly ride my motorcycle.

Generally I'm running late everywhere.
And even though I've only lived 2640 feet from campus for the last 3 years, lateness + speed + gas mileage + rockstar parking has me choosing the motorcycle over the car or the bike 99% of the time.

A backup reason - Now that I've graduated - Is that I will be working in an environment where a suit is required.
Not sure how to handle that one, though I'd really love to start biking to work!
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Old 05-11-11, 05:44 AM
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Originally Posted by willpower101 View Post
I mainly ride my motorcycle.

Generally I'm running late everywhere.
And even though I've only lived 2640 feet from campus for the last 3 years, lateness + speed + gas mileage + rockstar parking has me choosing the motorcycle over the car or the bike 99% of the time.

A backup reason - Now that I've graduated - Is that I will be working in an environment where a suit is required.
Not sure how to handle that one, though I'd really love to start biking to work!
someone with a username of "willpower" probably shouldn't be making excuses for not doing something, like commuting by bike, ya know?
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Originally Posted by buzzman View Post
Reasons to not commute by bike:

Extreme weather- tornadoes, bad thunder and lightning, flooding, blinding blizzards or deep, unplowed snow over 2" on the roadway.

Transporting another person or more than 50 lbs of stuff or something over sized.

That said, I've ridden when tornado threats were active, during really bad storms, in blizzards and have transported huge things by bike BUT most of the time I'd rather not have to do that.
I don't dare ride when there are tornado watches or warnings...I just KNOW that a house is going to fall on me and some bimbo is going to steal my ruby slippers.
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Originally Posted by willpower101 View Post
A backup reason - Now that I've graduated - Is that I will be working in an environment where a suit is required.
Not sure how to handle that one, though I'd really love to start biking to work!
That's my problem as well - plus I have to be at different places during the day. But when I'm at one place for the entire day, I can bring dress clothes in and keep them at the office.
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Old 05-11-11, 06:15 AM
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My main reason would be "too tired" since I have two young kids (< 3 y.o.).

Weather is the other big reason (too hot, too cold). I don't have easy access to a shower at work, so if I arrive sopping in sweat or rain, the best I can do is use a towel by the sink and put on fresh deodorant. (Ack.) And I'm not tough when it comes to cold weather. Anything less than about 45F is too darn cold especially if there's no morning sun.
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Old 05-11-11, 08:45 AM
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Right now my main reason is time. My schedule doesn't permit me enough time to get between work/school/home via bike and still have enough sleep. I don't have a problem pushing through the pain of sore legs, but not getting enough sleep is debilitating for my school and work performance. Thankfully my schedule will change very soon, and I planned more intelligently for this coming one since I wans't planning on commuting last year. This time I should be able to ride every day, and if I'm too tired I can just take the lightrail and do some homework while I ride.
I really feel for anyone who has to show up to work in formal clothes. Since customers don't have to see us, no one really cares so long as you meet a very minimal level of social appropriateness.
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Old 05-11-11, 09:00 AM
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There's days I wake up with a "Meh, I just don't feel like it." Usually they're days where it's cold or grey. This past winter just dragged on and on, and from about February on I just couldn't be bothered to ride my bike until the roads had dried enough to be safe on my summer bike.

On those days, I take the bus in and walk home. Maybe once a year I'll take the bus both ways.
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Today it is the "honey do" errand list from the Mrs.
That must be why God made her so cute.
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