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Old 06-26-13, 04:08 PM
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No Commuting Guilt

Am I the only one who feels guilt if I take the car instead of the bike? Even if the weather is bad, I still have guilt.
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Old 06-26-13, 04:14 PM
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Not so much guilt as regret, especially when the weather isn't as bad as forecast.
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Old 06-26-13, 04:23 PM
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If I drive because I'm leaving town right from work, I'm fine.
If I drive because I have multiple cross-town appointments, then they are canceled, I'm annoyed.
If I drive because of weather, I feel like a wimp.

No guilt
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Old 06-26-13, 04:28 PM
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I used to feel guilty for riding to the bus stop and not riding all the way to the office, in bad weather.
I've gotten over it.
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Old 06-26-13, 04:41 PM
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I removed commuter's guilt from my life when I sold my last car...in 2004. My only alternative to pedaling is the bus. Since I'd rather have that money for food, getting on the bike is pretty easy.
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Old 06-26-13, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by groovestew View Post
Not so much guilt as regret, especially when the weather isn't as bad as forecast.
This is how I feel about it. Nothing is more frustrating that driving because forecasters are calling for severe or lousy weather that never materializes. But I don't feel guilty when I drive because my legs can usually use a rest day or two.
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Old 06-26-13, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by groovestew View Post
Not so much guilt as regret, especially when the weather isn't as bad as forecast.
Same here.
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Old 06-27-13, 05:37 AM
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Nope. It's just riding the bike to work, not a life saving situation.
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Old 06-27-13, 06:41 AM
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No guilt here. I drive because I split up commutes between days, and bring and take home supplies in between. I'd say 15 miles each day for 4 days out of the week is pretty good.
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Old 06-27-13, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by groovestew View Post
Not so much guilt as regret, especially when the weather isn't as bad as forecast.
+1. I mostly commute for fun, so I just try to ride when I can.
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Old 06-27-13, 07:52 AM
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I guess it depends on the reason for not biking, though. Out of necessity (terrible weather, need to give the muscles a breather, etc) no worries, mon. Ay'ting gon be ahright! Laziness - yyyyyeeaah. lol Disappointment and regret, yes. Guilt, not so much.
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Old 06-27-13, 07:58 AM
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I don't ride the bike only when I must take the car, so no guilt or regret.
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Old 06-27-13, 08:06 AM
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i don't have a car, so when i don't bike to work, i'm on the train. the train is ok, but it costs 8 bucks round-trip, so that part kinda sucks.

i rode the train yesterday because i woke up to a full-blown thunder storm raging outside my condo, so that made the decision not to ride pretty easy (i'm a little phobic about lightning).
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Old 06-27-13, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by groovestew View Post
Not so much guilt as regret, especially when the weather isn't as bad as forecast.
Hate to drive home when I could be biking
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Old 06-27-13, 02:27 PM
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I always feel a sense of defeat when I use a car, since I always aim to avoid them. Fortunately it doesn't happen very often.
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Old 06-27-13, 02:35 PM
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Driving a car is its own form of penance. I declare to you the entire forgiveness of your driving sins. Go in peace and enjoy the ride.
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Old 06-27-13, 03:57 PM
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It's really just between me and myself no one else cares. If I look for them there are plenty of other things to beat myself up about in my life. My commute is not one of them. I prefer to ride, but I take the car when I need to or feel like it. The emotions don't really enter into it.
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Old 06-28-13, 11:45 AM
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Annoyance is more accurate for me. Wednesday I drove to work with the bike in the back because I intended to do the local TT series and the start is just too far to ride to. My afternoon fell apart and I had to work later than planned, so I didn't get to do the race and just ended up driving home with my bike.

Lame.
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Old 06-28-13, 12:56 PM
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My afternoon fell apart and I had to work later than planned... Lame.
What do you do again? Sounds like what happens to me whenever I have plans to do something fun on a Friday afternoon.
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Old 06-28-13, 01:10 PM
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No guilt, but I am jealous when I see a cyclist when I'm driving.
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Old 06-28-13, 01:27 PM
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When it rains here, the major roads are all gridlocked, making cycling much more practical than driving.
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Old 06-28-13, 02:30 PM
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Not having a car makes a consistent guilt-free choice pretty easy for all but the most feeble intellect.
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Old 06-28-13, 04:13 PM
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I don't feel guilt. Maybe a bit like I've let myself down. It's weird to be riding a motorcycle, wishing I had ridden my bicycle. I like to take a day or two off cycling during the week anyway, though, either to go running after work, lift weights, or just have a rest day.
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Old 06-28-13, 06:04 PM
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I dont like driving at all but if i need to i can, i prefer biking alot more.
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