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Old 09-24-14, 09:01 AM
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I read this forum from time to time. Seems that there's a lot of complaining going on. Some of you should take pause to reflect on how fortunate you are to be able to commute by bike. I wish I was in a situation where I had the opportunity to commute by bike. Back when I could, I arrived at my destination feeling alive, focused and invigorated. The level of connection I feel when experiencing my world on two wheels is unlike anything else I have enjoyed in this life. After 100 miles and 2 hours of commuting in my motorized cage, adding in an 8 hour work day, I struggle to find time to exercise. When I arrive at my destination, I am nearly brain dead. Consider yourselves blessed!
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There are lots of threads where people talk about how they love to commute by bicycle and all the reasons they do. But you have to realize that it's quite natural to have a lot more to say about problems than non-problems. The non-problems may be activities like bicycling that you enjoy immensely. But that doesn't mean that you'll have volumes to say about it on BF. Talking about what you enjoy is not as enjoyable as enjoying what you enjoy! So just spend your time riding rather than posting.
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I talk about the problems because I enjoy them. (Related: I'm an engineer.)
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Uh, just about every subforum has some complaining threads. A lot of the time, we complain so we can ask for advice for how to overcome some sort of problem. Sometimes, we just need to vent. If all we talked about was how great and terrific riding a bike was, this would just be a giant circle jerk.
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How Was Your Commute Today?

Horrible, miserable. My bike wouldn't go unless I pushed down on those pedals. Ridiculous. Who invented this machine anyway?
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Today was a great day on the bike,a wonderful day to commute in L.A......

Like most mornings,I gaze to the north where the 8000 ft mountains,15 miles from my house reside,alas,they are nowhere to be seen...I'm sure they are lovely this time of year....

I wave at the thousands of parents dropping of their kids at high school,as they whip in and out of driveways and run red lights in order to get home in time to watch Dr.Phil.....

We're in the worst drought in many years and I must dodge all of the construction on the main road into work,so that we can have palm trees in the middle of the road.....

Nothing gets my heart beating like the morning sunrise thru the smog....It's the most beautiful brownish orange you've ever seen....Makes for stunning sunsets also....

And the occasional stop by local police for obstructing traffic if I happen to take the lane during rush hour traffic or take the lane on trash day.....

Luckily,we just passed a 3 foot law,so when I get hit again,the driver faces up to a $250 fine....That alone makes me sleep better at night
.just knowing that the powers that be are looking after me so well....

Dunkin Donuts just opened a new store in town...It's as if nobody has ever seen a donut before.....What are they selling in there? Crack filled donuts?

Every time I must stop,somebody is asking for change or a smoke or buy a candybar to help drug addicts....something.

People yelling who knows what out the window of their cars,like I can understand them....Chances are they're cursing me in spanish.....

Oh how I love my commute,let me count the ways....I'm not complaining.... I remember sitting in traffic on the 405 freeway for an hour to go 1 mile many many times.....

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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard
I read this forum from time to time. Seems that there's a lot of complaining going on. Some of you should take pause to reflect on how fortunate you are to be able to commute by bike. I wish I was in a situation where I had the opportunity to commute by bike. Back when I could, I arrived at my destination feeling alive, focused and invigorated. The level of connection I feel when experiencing my world on two wheels is unlike anything else I have enjoyed in this life. After 100 miles and 2 hours of commuting in my motorized cage, adding in an 8 hour work day, I struggle to find time to exercise. When I arrive at my destination, I am nearly brain dead. Consider yourselves blessed!
Yikes! You should move closer to work.
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Irony: A post complaining about alleged complainers.
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Can you ride or run at lunch? With a 200 mile round trip commute, I would be looking at options for renting a room near the office during the week. I did this when I was based out of an office about 120 miles from my house. I rented a room from a co-worker for about $300 a month. Right now I am working for a customer about 500 miles away, so I fly home on Fridays and back on Sundays.
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Originally Posted by Booger1
Today was a great day on the bike,a wonderful day to commute in L.A......

Like most mornings,I gaze to the north where the 8000 ft mountains,15 miles from my house reside,alas,they are nowhere to be seen...I'm sure they are lovely this time of year....

I wave at the thousands of parents dropping of their kids at high school,as they whip in and out of driveways and run red lights in order to get home in time to watch Dr.Phil.....

We're in the worst drought in many years and I must dodge all of the construction on the main road into work,so that we can have palm trees in the middle of the road.....

Nothing gets my heart beating like the morning sunrise thru the smog....It's the most beautiful brownish orange you've ever seen....Makes for stunning sunsets also....

And the occasional stop by local police for obstructing traffic if I happen to take the lane during rush hour traffic or take the lane on trash day.....

Luckily,we just passed a 3 foot law,so when I get hit again,the driver faces up to a $250 fine....That alone makes me sleep better at night
.just knowing that the powers that be are looking after me so well....

Dunkin Donuts just opened a new store in town...It's as if nobody has ever seen a donut before.....What are they selling in there? Crack filled donuts?

Every time I must stop,somebody is asking for change or a smoke or buy a candybar to help drug addicts....something.

People yelling who knows what out the window of their cars,like I can understand them....Chances are they're cursing me in spanish.....

Oh how I love my commute,let me count the ways....I'm not complaining.... I remember sitting in traffic on the 405 freeway for an hour to go 1 mile many many times.....
Here is someone who appreciates the essence of commuting on a bike!
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Originally Posted by RunForTheHills
Can you ride or run at lunch? With a 200 mile round trip commute, I would be looking at options for renting a room near the office during the week. I did this when I was based out of an office about 120 miles from my house. I rented a room from a co-worker for about $300 a month. Right now I am working for a customer about 500 miles away, so I fly home on Fridays and back on Sundays.
Oh, it's 100 mile total. An hour there and an hour back. We live close to the school where my wife teaches and her kids attend. When they graduate in a few years and we can get away with one round trip a day vice the 2-3 we have now, I'll look to improve my commute situation. I actually talked to my boss about riding on my lunch break and he is cool with it. BUT, with my job I am rarely in the office. I am on the road at lunch time about 90% of the time in the government vehicle.
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I recently quoted a bumper sticker, and I'll quote it again: A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work.

To interpolate, a bad day bike commuting is better than a good day car commuting, at least most of the time. We complain, but yes, we are lucky to be able to commute by bike.

I've had some minor health problems lately, which require some visits to a cardiologist. They are not as bad as you would think by the sound of it. I'm fine, really. I had my stress test yesterday, and of course, I did extremely well. The doctor and technologist were impressed with how well I did. I don't set aside any time to exercise whatsoever. All I do is go where I'm going, and I get exercise incidentally. In fact, I've hardly even gotten on my bike once for fun this year, as I already have enough fun going places I need to go.
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Originally Posted by noglider
I recently quoted a bumper sticker, and I'll quote it again: A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work.

To interpolate, a bad day bike commuting is better than a good day car commuting, at least most of the time. We complain, but yes, we are lucky to be able to commute by bike.

I've had some minor health problems lately, which require some visits to a cardiologist. They are not as bad as you would think by the sound of it. I'm fine, really. I had my stress test yesterday, and of course, I did extremely well. The doctor and technologist were impressed with how well I did. I don't set aside any time to exercise whatsoever. All I do is go where I'm going, and I get exercise incidentally. In fact, I've hardly even gotten on my bike once for fun this year, as I already have enough fun going places I need to go.
I really wish I could do it that way!
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard
Oh, it's 100 mile total. An hour there and an hour back.
I had one of those for one summer internship where I worked at {redacted**. No worthwhile place to live that was closer; even the worthless places that seemed closer would become further when they closed the back gate.

@Booger1 you have my sympathy on the 405, too. The big black German cars in the left lane driven by a giant guy with a cell phone glued to his ear, the white Stanzas swerving. And the jams. I don't know how anyone in LA gets around without a motorcycle to ride between the endless stopped cars.
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Man! Why don't they make ride through's for bikes so I can get coffee without locking up??? Grumble...
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2 hours per day! That's more than I drive in a month.
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Commuting 100 miles by car everyday must be hell. Yikes !!
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Here's a complaint:
I was too tired and wussy to ride in this week. Took the car instead. No one and nothing to blame but myself.
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I agree with the OP. who are we to complain/share about the events of our commutes? what we should be complaining about is how we used to commute, but are no longer able to.

in short, the OP did exactly what they appear to have issue with...log into a bicycle commuting blog and complain.
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard
Oh, it's 100 mile total. An hour there and an hour back. We live close to the school where my wife teaches and her kids attend. When they graduate in a few years and we can get away with one round trip a day vice the 2-3 we have now, I'll look to improve my commute situation. I actually talked to my boss about riding on my lunch break and he is cool with it. BUT, with my job I am rarely in the office. I am on the road at lunch time about 90% of the time in the government vehicle.
So you drive 50 miles? What about hauling your bicycle x miles, unloading it and riding it the rest of the y miles? That's what I do, though I live only 30 miles from work and so when I feel spunky I ride the bike the whole way. It takes nearly 2 hours and so I think I couldn't do more. In fact, I can't do it too much in a given week. So normally I drive 11 and ride 19.

Could you drive 30 and ride 20, or drive 35 and ride 15, etc How about that?

Then you could join us and post your complaints!!!
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Originally Posted by scroca
So you drive 50 miles? What about hauling your bicycle x miles, unloading it and riding it the rest of the y miles? That's what I do, though I live only 30 miles from work and so when I feel spunky I ride the bike the whole way. It takes nearly 2 hours and so I think I couldn't do more. In fact, I can't do it too much in a given week. So normally I drive 11 and ride 19.

Could you drive 30 and ride 20, or drive 35 and ride 15, etc How about that?

Then you could join us and post your complaints!!!
I drive 11 miles and ride 15 each way. I never complain about bike commuting, just the peds, peds with dogs, peds with headphones, double/triple wide peds, peds that do sudden u-turns, salmoning peds, ninja peds. OK, admittedly once is a while about the stupid moves by other bike riders. If I was on the roads, I'd be complaining about the cars.

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The commuting sub-forum does seem to have a victim mentality thing going on from time to time, but it all depends on what threads you choose to read.

Commuting can be a challenge. It's a commitment, and some find encouragement here and need somewhere to vent. And yes, there are some drama queens, too.
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Originally Posted by mgw4jc
How Was Your Commute Today?

Horrible, miserable. My bike wouldn't go unless I pushed down on those pedals. Ridiculous. Who invented this machine anyway?
Glad to know I'm not the only one...
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Originally Posted by scroca
So you drive 50 miles? What about hauling your bicycle x miles, unloading it and riding it the rest of the y miles? That's what I do, though I live only 30 miles from work and so when I feel spunky I ride the bike the whole way. It takes nearly 2 hours and so I think I couldn't do more. In fact, I can't do it too much in a given week. So normally I drive 11 and ride 19.

Could you drive 30 and ride 20, or drive 35 and ride 15, etc How about that?

Then you could join us and post your complaints!!!
Given the lay of the land here, that's unfortunately not a good option.
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