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Old 11-15-11, 12:22 PM
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I suck

For various reasons, I am rarely riding to work anymore. But enough about me.


Driving out of the parking lot yesterday afternoon, I spotted a guy on a bicycle also leaving my building. He turned out of the parking lot, onto the rush-hour four-lane and proceeded to take the lane. Then he threw out an arm signal, waited for traffic behind to slow down, and changed into the left lane, then into the left turn lane. He turned left where I go straight, so I never caught up to him, but I loved seeing someone else take the lane.

Yeah, I know... Cool Story, Bro.... right?
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Old 11-15-11, 12:47 PM
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Hey, it's all good... I don't get to ride to work anymore either, but I still get excited seeing other people riding to get somewhere (as opposed to riding in circles for fun)
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It's not uncommon to have to make adjustments for work, finances and other reasons; sometimes we just can't ride our bikes.

Now, this would have only been worthy of the front page if you did the following (things):
Honk and irately slam around in your car behind him, making him look nervously over his shoulder. Intermittently squeak the tires, and lock on the brakes.
Pull up next to him and scream (you have to really work yourself up on this for it to get the proper effect - so turn off the a/c and let yourself saute for a few minutes in a pre-cooked car with the windows up) with projectiles shooting from your gaping maw. Common acceptable encouragement can only be found in these words GET ON THE SIDEWALK - THAT IS WHERE YOU BELONG. If you feel like encouraging further with profanity, this is applauded.
At the light, get out and walk toward him like you saw a small fire on his back. Rage in your face tells him that you're not a threat - and intend to put out that fire. Waving with closed fists is key here. Then, just before you get to him, turn back and strut back to your car. If you feel like making another shorter version of this "catwalk of appreciation" toward the commuter, you'll earn even more cool points.
Slam your door and sprint away.
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Old 11-15-11, 02:20 PM
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I'm a little concerned about this winter. My wife's work schedule changed so now I have to drop the kids off at school 3 days a week. Not that big of deal in good weather but it means that I can't leave for work as early as I'd like and winter adds a good 10 to 15 minutes to my commute plus the extra time it takes to change.

On top of that my normal route has been detoured for the foreseeable future and plowing is going to be a real issue on part of it.

I end up driving 1 day during the week for most of the winter anyway. That leaves two days where I'm likely to get to work on the late side. I may end up riding to the train station on those days and riding the full distance the other two. Workable, but if I'm only riding the full distance in the mornings two days a week, there will be a temptation to not do it all.

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Old 11-15-11, 09:54 PM
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Since I've had pneumonia around this time for the last three years, I've been less inclined to ride to work when rain is predicted.
Of course half the time it doesn't happen (which winds up pissing me off)...but hey! Better safe than sorry at this stage of my life.
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Sometimes circumstances or just plain lack of planning force me to drive. And some of those times I'll find myself sitting in traffic, stuck 50 cars and three light cycles back from an intersection, and I'll watch a cyclist cruise by on the sidewalk or filtering up the right side. At that moment I usually feel like an absolute idiot for having driven, even if I had no choice in the matter.

As long as you ride when you can, then you're doing it right. Hope you get to ride more in the future, Doohickie.
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As long as you ride when you can, then you're doing it right. Hope you get to ride more in the future, Doohickie.
+1. With the decreased daylight, other things coming up in my life, and a general proclivity toward getting up late, I've been commuting a lot less than I'd like. I plan to make up for that with a 75-mile ride this weekend.
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Old 11-16-11, 09:09 AM
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Doohickie I feel the love too when I see someone else on a bike. It seems infectious.

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I'm a little concerned about this winter. My wife's work schedule changed so now I have to drop the kids off at school 3 days a week. Not that big of deal in good weather but it means that I can't leave for work as early as I'd like and winter adds a good 10 to 15 minutes to my commute plus the extra time it takes to change.
This is exactly the same for me which is why I can only manage to commute once a week. No commute for me until the spring though due to the dark nights.
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Old 11-16-11, 10:28 AM
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When I'm driving (I typically go multi-modal esp in the cold/dark), I love seeing other cyclists, esp on the roads (not the MUP) around my neighbourhood, because there's generally less of them in the 'burbs commuting. Occasionally I'll see a group of serious amateurs on morning training rides too.
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I love it when I see 'good' confident cyclists while I'm driving. Probably because it is relatively rare. I spend so much time pointing out ninjas, salmon and other 'offenders' to my wife and kids, they think I'm bike obsessed or something (of course that could have something to do with all the times I point out sexy road bikes with Italian names, and the like).
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Old 11-16-11, 01:35 PM
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yes, seeing another cyclists, especially a commuter taking the lane, is a somewhat rare and welcome sight in Ft Worth.

Whenever I'm driving and I see a cyclist I know, I like to pull up and roll the window down and yell "GET ON THE SIDEWALK", then wait for them to recognize me I've had a few people do the same to me as well.

As for riding to work, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. If I remember right, Doohickie, your commute isn't exactly short.
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Old 11-16-11, 01:37 PM
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17 miles one way. Thinking about trying to commute on the bike more regularly again.
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How does the multi modal commute work out in Ft Worth?
takes a chunk out of that 17 miles, that way.
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Old 11-16-11, 02:22 PM
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Not in my case, unless part of the mode is driving my car. The transit system is based on hub and spokes concept, my commute doesn't go through the hub (downtown).
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Doochickie, sounds to me like seeing that commuter evoked a twinge of jealousy. No?
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Maybe.
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I usually drive one day a week and inevitably pass a boy (probably about 8 years old) riding his bike on the sidewalk to the neighborhood elementary school. He rides even when the weather is lousy. That always makes me feel guilty and glad at the same time and provides additional motivation to ride on mornings when I'm tempted to sleep in.
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I have a lot of people ask me why I ride my pedal bikes to work if I have motorcycles to ride, especially when it is raining outside. I tell them I like the exercise, plus, I've been feeling younger than my current age of 35. I live in the Durham/Chapel Hill area here in the state of North Carolina and the weather hasn't been all that cold at all, even in this month of November.
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I suck less this morning than earlier in the week. Rode the bike to work One of the colder mornings so far this year, too (about 40). I was toasty (almost too toasty) in my bike shorts, leg warmers, merino wool long sleeve jersey and windbreaker.
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Awesome!

I suck because while today's weather looked good, I slept in too late to commute by bike.
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That was the other part of it.... getting up at o-dark-thirty.

I actually prefer to ride in the dark. Kind of peaceful and quiet. The ride in was entirely, totally uneventful. A nice way to settle into the day.

Daybreak is nice, too:
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