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Old 04-02-13, 09:21 PM
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When you arrive at work on your bike and your co-workers can't make it in with their cars, you will no longer be viewed as crazy.
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Old 04-02-13, 09:40 PM
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I'm not really viewed as the crazy one but people always feel they wouldn't have the time to commute. I always agree a bit and say I don't commute full time as I coach and my kids have after school activities that I won't miss. Work load won't allow me to leave early enough to bike and do all that. Even with all that I can commute twice a week, sometimes three times a week, sometimes none, but I do it when I can.

I would say MOST people could do it on a part time basis at least. They just aren't willing to.
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Originally Posted by wphamilton
After three or four years everyone accepts it as the normal status quo. . .
Same here (~50 employees). I am the only one who rides regularly, though my manager rides occasionally. After seeing me drop 75 lbs in the last two years, I am not seen as that crazy, that is until I showed up last week on this.

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Originally Posted by tahoe_girl
I have been commuting every summer for 4 years now and have lost 100 lbs in the process. my co-workders definitely think I am obsessed with my bike, but being 100 lbs lighter, they can think whatever they want

woo! you go....and keep on going!
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Originally Posted by Artkansas
When you arrive at work on your bike and your co-workers can't make it in with their cars, you will no longer be viewed as crazy.
i differ there. they will resent you for making them look bad- and sometimes the boss, too.
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I dunno about "the crazy one", but even among the engineers at work, I'm different in lots of ways. /shrug
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Old 04-03-13, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by CommuteCommando
I am not seen as that crazy, that is until I showed up last week on this.

Track bike geometry for commuting? Check. Hey, Look-at-Me! color scheme? Check. No brakes for riding in the street? Check.

Crazy, man.
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Originally Posted by Artkansas
When you arrive at work on your bike and your co-workers can't make it in with their cars, you will no longer be viewed as crazy.
In the days after Hurricane Sandy, when lower Manhattan was blacked out, the trains weren't running, and it took people two and three hours to get anywhere by bus, I made it from Brooklyn Heights to Midtown Manhattan in 27 minutes flat. Riding through Manhattan with no traffic lights, especially after dark, was interesting, kind of surreal, actually. And then I crossed 32nd St., and there was light.

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I don't think so...I think I'm mostly known as 'that guy who rides his bike to work'.
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I'm sure many think I'm crazy, but I only hear that when it's really cold. Mostly I get compliments.
My favorite conversation: I'm loading my bike in the garage after work, and it is POURING rain. One of the top executives stops by and asks me how long I've been doing it, where I live, my route, etc. He mentions that he commuted by bike before he transferred here to St. Louis and wants to start again. He never mentions the rain.

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Crazy is relative, right? For example I commute when I can but when I see someone doing it when it is icy, snowy, etc. I think "Man, that guy is nuts!".
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Just to toss around stereotypes, being relatively young, an engineer, and asian, I was afforded at least 3 odd characteristic tokens. Given that I used them all up well before I started bike commuting, I was given more to spend as I needed them.

I don't think I am the topic of too many conversations behind my back, but then again, I'll never know. Of the people who may deride my actions, if they were not my colleague, we would probably not be acquaintances or friends in any other setting anyway.
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I'm currently looking for an office full of crazies and I'm not being shy about bringing it up in all 1st correspondences. I know what's important to me. if any new place is gonna be a good fit, it's gotta be bike commuter friendly.
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Originally Posted by tahoe_girl
I have been commuting every summer for 4 years now and have lost 100 lbs in the process. my co-workders definitely think I am obsessed with my bike, but being 100 lbs lighter, they can think whatever they want
Even though your avatar is tiny, the difference is visible! So proud of ya; keep it going! Anyone unhappy with your choice/progress is jealous at this point.
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Old 04-04-13, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Monnster
No, it doesn't affect my work negatively. Associates have told me about people saying I must be broke, or maybe I got a DUI. People have called me an Idiot for biking on snowy days. Just things like that.
I've been called a "saint."

Having a reputation as a year-round cyclist actually enhances my position at work. With many co-workers, we exchange pleasantries, not about the weather, but “How was the ride today?”. On really bad days, a motivation to ride is to confront that perennial question, “You didn't ride your bike today, did you?”

At some work-related swanky social affairs, even in black-tie, I usually get the good-natured question, “Did you ride your bike here?”
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I am the "weird guy" I guess at my work. I am the only one who bikes in, I park it in my cubicle and have already been confronted about my clothes when I first show up (violation of dress code). lol...I pointed out that I don't pick on people wearing flip flops or walking around barefoot. I clean up/change as soon as I get here.

I no longer get bothered with that one. I do get harassed though on my ride in. Once I am in the complex, there are a few cars that move right to make a left turn (trying to block me since there is no sidewalk or bike lane), they pass me then brake check, etc....funny thing is EVERY person that has done something like that is overweight...hmmm...jealous much?

I have lost over 40lbs and feel great (changed my eating habits and everything). I bike 15 miles round trip twice a week, work from home the other days and hit the gym on those days.

I really don't care anymore what anyone things, I love the exercise and I feel great. Yeah....its all about me lol.
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Some of my co-workers joke with me a bit in a fun way.

I hear that one tends to make off comments behind my back about spending time with his family being more important than commuting by bike. But, this same guy had a heart attack a couple of years ago at my age (48). So... I sadly laugh in amazement as he heads to the bar and out to eat while being smug about my exercise.

Besides, I ride when I can but it's not 100% of the time. I have the support of my wife and we ride together whenever possible. It is something we both enjoy very much. I hope to live a longer, healthy life and save money by biking as a one car family.

Feed a face, not a car.
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Originally Posted by DocsDad
Feed a face, not a car.
This! My truck we use for yard work, camping on the weekends, beach, etc....I was putting in $50 a week into that stupid thing driving into work.....what a waste of money that was...this is MUCH better.
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A lot of people at worth think I am crazy. And I also help others find the love of cycling and commuting. I have ridden to some of their houses and taken them on a bike ride to work and back and then I ride home.

I have lost around 100 pounds commuting and love it. Commuting clears my mind and brushes off the daily corporate bull$hit that goes on.

I also do not complain about gas prices, trafic, weather, or long commutes. Or parking for that matter.
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oh, yeah, both school and work, but it has nothing to do with bikes.....
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Love reading threads like this..

I used to be the crazy one - for the past two years (about 500-1000 people on site).

Now, we have a bike commuting crew of a solid 4 people - then there are two new "stragglers" who just pick up REI bikes and have made it in once or twice. We'll see if they last.

Haters no longer laugh. They are now jealous. BWAHAHAHA. I love zipping by them as they sit in the seat of there giant SUV - and are car payment slaves to that tin gas guzzling box !!! It's even sweeter that I got my bike off the barter section of craigslist.. lol
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And the most common excuse here for not riding: I need a better bike.
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I actually like being the "weird" one, so it's just another motivator for me After a while people stopped treating me like a leper and started to ask me about bike commuting. It's cool when you can inspire even one person to become healthier and more environmentally friendly.
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I've been told this last month of riding ~twice a week (3x this week!) means I'm finally riding like a normal rider (vs years and years of 5 days a week)
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
I've been called a "saint."

Having a reputation as a year-round cyclist actually enhances my position at work. With many co-workers, we exchange pleasantries, not about the weather, but “How was the ride today?”. On really bad days, a motivation to ride is to confront that perennial question, “You didn't ride your bike today, did you?”

At some work-related swanky social affairs, even in black-tie, I usually get the good-natured question, “Did you ride your bike here?”
Miss seeing you around Jim. How are you doing?
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