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Old 01-28-12, 11:17 AM
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I liked it better when people thought I was nuts.

I've been commuting year round since about 2004. During the winter months I've heard many comments like:

"You're crazy", "Don't you freeze?", You're going to get arthritis in your hands", "Doesn't breathing all that cold air cause respiratory problems?", etc., etc.

I do still hear comments like that from time to time but there's been a definite change. After some below zero temps last week and a little (very little) snow early this week, it's been pretty easy riding (for winter) with temps in the twenties.

So several times in the elevator this week, instead of "You're nuts!", I hear: "Nice day to be on a bike, I bet." or "Good ride this morning?".

What happened? !!!

It was still only in the 20's and yeah, there's not a lot of snow, but there is SOME for cripes sakes. My reputation as a bad ass, hard core cyclist is in serious jeopardy. Now people are starting to think it's normal, or even worse, possibly enjoyable to ride in the winter, at least some times.

sigh...

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Old 01-28-12, 11:27 AM
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Satisfaction must come from within!
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Satisfaction must come from within!
Screw that!

I need validation.
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Old 01-28-12, 11:31 AM
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Well... just imagine that for every person that says something, there are probably a handful of others that are biting their tongues whilst thinking you're nuts.

I commute to campus where nobody bats an eye.
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Well... just imagine that for every person that says something, there are probably a handful of others that are biting their tongues whilst thinking you're nuts.
Thanks for that. I feel better now.
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Or you could move somewhere colder and snowier...
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Old 01-28-12, 12:34 PM
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You need a wider audience of non-cyclists at work who don't know you was well and will give you the affirmation you seek. Time to transfer to a larger department, or change jobs.
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Some are still pretty clueless. The morning temp was 30F or so this past Thursday and a co-worker was so shocked I'd ridden in. She's been in my work group for four years so I have no idea where she's mentally been the past few winters when I've biked in under normal January conditions.

What seems to attract the most attention on the elevator is that everyone else is bundled up from walking in from the parking lot, and I'm in a short sleeve shirt after having changed on the ground floor. "You walked in like that????" "Nope, I biked in." Usually, followed by silence...
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Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post
I've been commuting year round since about 2004. During the winter months I've heard many comments like:

"You're crazy", "Don't you freeze?", You're going to get arthritis in your hands", "Doesn't breathing all that cold air cause respiratory problems?", etc., etc.

I do still hear comments like that from time to time but there's been a definite change. After some below zero temps last week and a little (very little) snow early this week, it's been pretty easy riding (for winter) with temps in the twenties.

So several times in the elevator this week, instead of "You're nuts!", I hear: "Nice day to be on a bike, I bet." or "Good ride this morning?".

What happened? !!!

It was still only in the 20's and yeah, there's not a lot of snow, but there is SOME for cripes sakes. My reputation as a bad ass, hard core cyclist is in serious jeopardy. Now people are starting to think it's normal, or even worse, possibly enjoyable to ride in the winter, at least some times.

sigh...
Can't help you. I haven't gotten any comments this year that suggest riding in the winter is normal. If it's any consolation, I live in a city where bike commuting is almost unknown, except among people who can't afford to drive. That pushes up the coefficient of perceived craziness.
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The solution is simple- relocate to an area that the local economy revolves around something other than the cycling culture. Or ditch one of your wheels...
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Just look at it as advocacy, the more they think a normal person can do what they once though of as insane might get one of them to give in and try commuting by bike one day...maybe
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Screw that!

I need validation.
Same here. A main motivation to ride in cold/wet weather is that I anticipate that perennial question, “You didn't ride your bike in today, did you?”.

But Boston has been balmy too. Two weeks ago, I rode my 14 mile commute at 10° F. Prior to dressing I took a photograph of my full winter riding ensemble laid out on the floor. Yesterday I was carrying that photo, and I encountered the CEO of the organization who knows, and compliments me as a cyclist. I showed him the picture, and his response was, “This winter must be a peach to ride in.”
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You were... carrying around a photo of your 'riding ensemble'?
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Ride naked.
Or unicycle.
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I think they only comment if they think you're a potentially normal person, and after a while they just give up.
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..... My reputation as a bad ass, hard core cyclist is in serious jeopardy. .
Have you considered a tatoo??
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LOL. They don't call me crazy here until June. Different strokes...
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I've been riding to the same work place for ten years now. It seems now that people just know I do it and don't think much about it. Any comments like, "Did you ride your bike today?" are just greetings or conversation starters.
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heh...

I've been planning out the 3 mile commute to take my 10 yr old to middle school next fall, which is not too big a detour from my commute (but a measurable one) and now we started looking at a science/tech program at a middle school on the other side of town that he could still bike to but my wife or I just could not bike it with him and keep a straight face while filling out our time sheets. I really don't see trusting him in the traffic circles involved until he's high-school age so that would mean 3 yrs of bus which would be new for him.
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I work in a bike shop, so on the rare days I do not ride, even if it is well below zero, I instead get "why didn't you ride today?"
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"WOW YOU RODE YOUR BIKE IN TODAY..... YOU MUST BE NUTS"

Do you feel better?

I have a security guard at work and when I see her, she looks outside and asks if I rode in. If I say no, she looks outside and calls me a *****. She is an old lady and I love her for that.

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I've been commuting year round since about 2004. During the winter months I've heard many comments like:

"You're crazy", "Don't you freeze?", You're going to get arthritis in your hands", "Doesn't breathing all that cold air cause respiratory problems?", etc., etc.

I do still hear comments like that from time to time but there's been a definite change. After some below zero temps last week and a little (very little) snow early this week, it's been pretty easy riding (for winter) with temps in the twenties.

So several times in the elevator this week, instead of "You're nuts!", I hear: "Nice day to be on a bike, I bet." or "Good ride this morning?".

What happened? !!!

It was still only in the 20's and yeah, there's not a lot of snow, but there is SOME for cripes sakes. My reputation as a bad ass, hard core cyclist is in serious jeopardy. Now people are starting to think it's normal, or even worse, possibly enjoyable to ride in the winter, at least some times.

sigh...
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Old 01-28-12, 06:32 PM
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Have you considered a tatoo??
Sounds painful.
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I'll third that. The shock and disbelief of my co-workers is also great motivation for me. My usual politically incorrect reply to the perennial question is "can't be a skirt". If we're having a deluge of rain in the afternoon and my coworkers ask how I'm going to get home, I usually tell them "No problem, I've got towels at home"!

Despite the mild winter, we did have a night about a week ago that dipped to about 0F. I was really looking forward to getting the perennial question at work the next day and even went out the night before and picked up a balaclava at Dick's Sporting Goods. However, when the alarm went off at 5:20am, my wife was already awake and in a cuddly mood. Now I like riding my bike, but that was a no brainer. I got up at 6:30 and took the car. Several coworkers popped their heads into my cube to give me a hard time about NOT riding my bike and I when I told them why, I got a couple of high fives and fist bumps!
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