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Old 04-01-13, 06:37 AM
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I suspect that "friendly" or "friend" are not labels that you don't have to not worry about.
On the contrary, I never don't not worry about nothing.
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I've gotten some strange looks when I pull up to work when it's 20F or there's light rain or sleet. But there are a few other occasional bike commuters at my office, so it's not too out of the ordinary.

@dinodon - I gained weight too. Went from 135 to 145 over 6 months (I know, not a problem). It's got to be my huge leg muscles. I have never been this strong. Aerobic fitness is greatly improved too. I play in an adult roller hocky league and my stamina is 3x what it was.
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I suspect they think I'm crazy, specially on days like today when it really was a nasty ride in. But they probably think a lot of things about me and it wont change things anyway.
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Old 04-01-13, 07:23 AM
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My coworkers think its impressive that I can commute 11 miles one way in all kinds of weather and traffic conditions. They would never attempt to do it themselves but then again they don't have the love of cycling that I do. They cannot understand how I get right into the lane in traffic and command my place as long as I can keep up the speed, then I move to the right. I try to commute at least 3 days a week. My coworkers are mostly all health concious and do other activities like the gym memberships etc. There are so few people that commute to work by bicycle because the general attitude is that it cannot be done. We do not see cycling lanes labeled as such although the nice wide paved shoulders serves as one. So the public is really not aware that it can be done. Most people think a commuter is a person without a license or a car.
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I don't think my co-workers know quite what to consider me. Aside from being a strict vegetarian and an avid recycler, I'm probably one of the most "normal" people at my place of business. Co-workers TRY to mock me for commuting to work by bicycle, but I'm just WAY too cool for any of their comments or tags to stick I think many of them secretly envy me for being a cyclist and a healthier-than-average 50-year-old. When people feel inferior to you, they will almost always try to drag you down to their level or below.
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Old 04-01-13, 03:41 PM
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I got a new boss a couple months ago, and he used to ride everywhere years ago before having multiple children - it actually felt strange NOT fielding all the regular questions new coworkers usually ask about commute times, riding in the winter, car ownership, etc.
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I ride most days unless the weather is really bad or I have to do errands. But there was a stretch of time I rode my bike to work for over a month straight. One day I was at a bar with co-workers and I showed the bartender my driver's license. Someone said that they thought my license was suspended.
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Old 04-02-13, 05:18 AM
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Yes. But it's not because I ride a bike to work, even though it's a long ride.
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Old 04-02-13, 06:29 AM
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I really only get strange looks and comments when it is really cold outside but most days, when I'm in my spandex, I get winks (some even from men!!!), LOL (hey, I'll take the compliments if they're willing to offer them!!).

I too have lost some weight although the biggest change has been in waist, etc., measurements which most people attribute as weight loss. I certainly can't claim the success of Tahoe_girl (great job!!!) but my coworkers have noticed and that certainly helps reduce the "crazy guy" comments.
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Old 04-02-13, 06:29 AM
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I get the crazy thing sometimes for riding my bicycle. I also get called crazy for owning 5 cars and 5 bicycles. What can I say I love mechanical things and hotrodding stuff. All my cars are fast and loud. My bikes are neither but the engine is fat and loud - LOL. People are just judgmental. I get just as many comments about lowering my truck or putting headers and exhaust on my family car as I do for doing a custom bike build for commuting and riding it to work.
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Old 04-02-13, 08:12 AM
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I'll be the first to admit that I'm a 'fair weather' bike commuter. If the temps are 40 or below, I drive the truck. If it's raining in the morning I drive the truck. But today, when it was 61 and foggy, I got on the bike and made the commute to work. I work with a bunch of guys that fight wild fires, with their main tool being a bulldozer with a big 'V' plow on the back, and EVERYONE of them has told me that "I'm crazy" for commuting to work on a bike when the weather is good. I mean, most of it is secondary roads, or bike lane on the highway, with one 3/4 mile stretch where I run on the shoulder of the highway up to the office. I mean really....I'm crazy, and you drive into a forest fire with a bulldozer????

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Old 04-02-13, 09:17 AM
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yes, and it gets worse when I ride to work. I remember thinking of the walk out at 4pm as running the gauntlet and worrying who or what will be said. I avoided others as much as possible. I developed techniques to be as invisible as possible, arriving well before anyone else and departing as quickly and as unobtrusively as possible. I hope to find a good fit with another company that is 1) within bike commuting distance and 2) bike commuter friendly (sensibilities, other bike commuters, shower & locker) Hey a guy can dream can't he?
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Old 04-02-13, 11:08 AM
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I got those questions for riding a motorcycle or walking instead of driving, eating healthy etc... that it's nothing new.
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Old 04-02-13, 11:24 AM
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I started putting on a fake smile and asking people if they drove today? how was your drive? are you cold? are you warm? are you wet? how could you drive today? Gas is $1.40 a litre! There's a snowstorm and a dozen vehicle collision on the highway! Are you crazy?
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I started putting on a fake smile and asking people if they drove today? how was your drive? are you cold? are you warm? are you wet? how could you drive today? Gas is $1.40 a litre! There's a snowstorm and a dozen vehicle collision on the highway! Are you crazy?
Did you convince anybody of anything other than you are crazy, or at least obnoxious? I doubt if anyone patted you on the back for your clever, ironic wit.
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I started riding to work a year and a half ago. Now three coworkers in my department ride to work too, and a fourth recently bought a bike to commute on. Crazy is contagious!

What's crazy is spending time and money to drive to work and then to a fitness center that you pay monthly fees for.
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Originally Posted by RGNY
i'm the only bike commuter at work.

they are all convinced i'll be killed on my bike, or freeze to death, etc, etc......

but they still look forward to seeing if my bike is locked up when they come in, almost like "if Rob rode his bike to work, everything is ok".

very strange.
+1, but no one says anything negative anymore. Now they ask how my ride was. Great maxim, what other people think of me is none of my business. Probably helps that I'm a boss!
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Old 04-02-13, 12:29 PM
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First, this is New York City. Second, this is a public library, so between the patrons and librarians, just about everyone around here is at least, well, um, eccentric. There's the guy with a museum exhibit of superhero action figures at his desk, and the guy with a collection of Happy Meal and novelty shop toys, and the woman whose desk is a shrine to Hello Kitty. So biking to work hardly rates even a mention. When I started, I did get a bit of conversation, no approbrium, just "huh, what is he up to?" Now, one coworker habitually asks, "How was the ride?" Otherwise nothing. One messy, slushy morning, I arrived to, "We took bets on whether you would ride the bike." (I had the bike with me, but alas, I took the train.) So yeah, I'm a little crazy, but so is everyone else.

And this being Midtown Manhattan, no one, but no one, drives to work; that would be truly nuts. Few people own cars (sure as heck not on a librarian's salary in the city; mostly just the suburbanites do, and they take the train in). A few don't even have drivers licenses, as is not unusual among life-long New Yorkers (and a couple of folks I know of, being New Yorkers, never learned to ride a bike).

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Did you convince anybody of anything other than you are crazy, or at least obnoxious? I doubt if anyone patted you on the back for your clever, ironic wit.
so you are implying that they were crazy and obnoxious to begin with for asking me the same thing? Because frankly, its pretty obnoxious. Obviously that was my intent.

I've been called elitist and snob, but never crazy. I agree with elitist snob though, that's accurate.
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They usually call me "El Guapo".
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
yes, and it gets worse when I ride to work. I remember thinking of the walk out at 4pm as running the gauntlet and worrying who or what will be said. I avoided others as much as possible. I developed techniques to be as invisible as possible, arriving well before anyone else and departing as quickly and as unobtrusively as possible. I hope to find a good fit with another company that is 1) within bike commuting distance and 2) bike commuter friendly (sensibilities, other bike commuters, shower & locker) Hey a guy can dream can't he?
i used to worry about walking past coworkers in full spandex.

but then i realized that to get to my office i have to walk through a crowd of about 400 prison inmates moving from morning chow to work/programs.

suddenly, my secretary looking askance at my zombie or beer themed cycling jersey while my clipless shoes clomp loudly didn't carry as much weight.
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Old 04-02-13, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by wilfried
First, this is New York City. Second, this is a public library, so between the patrons and librarians, just about everyone around here is at least, well, um, eccentric. There's the guy with a museum exhibit of superhero action figures at his desk, and the guy with a collection of Happy Meal and novelty shop toys, and the woman whose desk is a shrine to Hello Kitty. So biking to work hardly rates even a mention. When I started, I did get a bit of conversation, no approbrium, just "huh, what is he up to?" Now, one coworker habitually asks, "How was the ride?" Otherwise nothing. One messy, slushy morning, I arrived to, "We took bets on whether you would ride the bike." (I had the bike with me, but alas, I took the train.) So yeah, I'm a little crazy, but so is everyone else.

And this being Midtown Manhattan, no one, but no one, drives to work; that would be truly nuts. Few people own cars (sure as heck not on a librarian's salary in the city; mostly just the suburbanites do, and they take the train in). A few don't even have drivers licenses, as is not unusual among life-long New Yorkers (and a couple of folks I know of, being New Yorkers, never learned to ride a bike).
Good to see another New Yorker on this thread. I also ride to work in Midtown, on the Avenue I'm Taking You To, 42nd Street. I don't do it every day, just once or twice a week, and not in the inclement weather. My bosses boss also rides, races cyclocross even, so he's happy to see me ride in. Other people on my floor think I'm a little eccentric, but not very. They also saw me lose 20 pounds last summer and I'd always attribute it to cycling. When it is cold I'd get a few comments on how cold it was, although 34 is the lowest I've left my house. When it is hot and humid I also get comments, and for some reason people always back away from me. Hmmm, I wonder why???? I'm also the oldest person on the floor by far and the young ones look up to me for it.
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Some call me crazy, some say I'm a badass. Getting hit by a pick-up on the way to work kind of sucked, but it sort of cemented the crazy after i showed up on time, got patched up, and worked the full day road rash and all. Honestly I think my co-workers think it's a bit quirky that I ride all the time, but they know it's my choice and respect that I enjoy it.
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I don't take elevators
My workplace is three stories. I genuinely get confused when I see relatively young, non obese people who aren't hauling a load of crap with them take the elevator. Why?
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At first, I think some of my co-workers thought I was a little crazy. Then, after 4 months, when I donated my car to charity and committed to full-time bike commuting, I probably raised some additional questions (my wife still has her car, so we are "car-lite"). Now that I have made it through an entire winter (and lost 60 pounds over the last year), while there are still some that think I'm nuts, it's probably the same ones who thought I was nuts before the bicycling. For most, I think the baseline state of "normal" has been reset to some extent, and it would be unusual if I didn't roll in on two wheels in any weather. There is an adjustment period, though - for co-workers, family, everybody - when you first start bike commuting. Don't let it bother you if you believe you are doing the right thing.
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