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Old 02-03-15, 06:24 PM
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How Most Would It Take To Make You Stop Riding

Just curious, If your boss asked you what would it take (money wise) to stop bicycle commuting forever, would you take up the offer if the price was right?
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Sure, if it was enough money to retire--then I could just ride my bike recreationally all the time!
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nope.
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That seems like it would be unethical for a normal everyday job. You're supposed to be paid for the work you do.

But for sure, some things can creep into your private life. You may need to meet requirements for drug testing or security clearances. Most places have an item in your contract saying they can give you the axe if you reflect poorly on them.

I know some sports stars have contracts that state they can't engage in any other reckless behavior besides playing for their team. It would be stupid for the star quarterback to get a concussion in the skate park. I suppose bike commuting could fall under such a clause.
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Originally Posted by lostarchitect View Post
Sure, if it was enough money to retire--then I could just ride my bike recreationally all the time!
It's that 'forever' word that's going to cost him so much. Now if it was just as long as I worked for his company... $100k would be a nice sum to carry me over to a new job.
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
It's that 'forever' word that's going to cost him so much. Now if it was just as long as I worked for his company... $100k would be a nice sum to carry me over to a new job.
OP said "commuting" forever---not riding! If I don't have a job, I don't have a commute.
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Old 02-03-15, 08:47 PM
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Nope. There is no amount of money that can buy happiness. I know a lot of content and happy people who barely make enough to live on and a lot of quite miserable wealthy people. Riding makes me happy. That can't be bought.
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Just curious, If your boss asked you what would it take (money wise) to stop bicycle commuting forever, would you take up the offer if the price was right?
That's easy! Fly me from my front yard to work in a helicopter and back at the end of the day and I'll stop riding the bike to work. A helicopter is the only vehicle that would save me any time and aggravation on my city commute.
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In the MIlitary when your boss asks you to stop doing something you usually have to... Think that goes for wives too...

I feel lucky to still be riding...
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Old 02-04-15, 12:57 AM
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I'd know that the boss was an idiot, not to be trusted.
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That would be a pretty odd demand, but it might depend on the situation.
Perhaps the company would offer the employee full-time use of a company car, insurance, and gas.

I suppose each situation is different.
A pizza delivery place might do bicycle deliveries in a very small community (< 5 miles), but it would break down with 10+ mile deliveries, thus a car might be important for the longer deliveries.

When I was in St. Louis, I did support for multiple locations. I tried to bicycle commute, but there were times where I had to travel 20+ miles mid-day, and it just didn't seem reasonable to charge wages for riding my bicycle across St. Louis City mid-day. So, if I knew I often would have to visit multiple jobsites, I'd usually drive. If I expected to be in one location, I'd often bike. And, at times, I'd borrow a company vehicle to hop between jobsites.

And, the bike was usually out for my trips from St. Louis to Kansas City to Wichita.
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I tack an extra $20,000 / year onto my salary if I'm looking at a job that would require a car. I haven't switched jobs yet.
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It would depend on his reasoning. There are a number of legitimate reasons for an employer to ask someone not to ride to work, such as being able to go straight to a clients office for AM appointments, or because the condition someone arrives in, with no place to change.

If for a key employee, it might relate to safety/injury fears (I know people who have contractual provisions that prohibit flying in private aircraft and other specific dangerous activities).

So before talking money, I'd want to know the reason. Then if the reason makes sense, I'd give up the bike, if fully compensated for the expense (after allowing or taxes), and possible inconvenience factor. Of course, if this is an issue or becomes one, I'd also feel free to look for a new job.
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Assuming 'forever' is really just my current job.

1. The cost of a decent used car, in monthly car payment form (ie, 300 a month, not 10K upfront, that way when i need a new car the money is still there)
2. + the cost of car insurance
3. + the cost of gas and maintenance
4. + the cost of a gym membership
5. + the cost of enough beers over enough happy hours to talk me into this crazy idea.
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If he bought me a Harley, I'd take that to work and ride my bicycle on my time off.
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Enough $$ to afford a nice apartment within walking distance of my office. I'd still bike around to run errands though....
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I would have to find the cost of happiness. I would need a heckuva raise, have my benefits stay the same, and my work days reduced to 4 hours and have every friday off - but for all intents and purposes still be considered a full time empoylee.
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I'm going to change the question back to the subject line of the original post.

How much money would it take for me to give up riding (completely)?

I love my bike, but I have many other hobbies that give me good exercise and stress relief. It would be sad to give it up, but I would just spend more time jogging, trail running, and hiking. The trick would be to find a replacement hobby for my wife because we could no longer ride our tandem (the more I think about it the less sure I am that I could pull it off).

Commuting would be the hardest type of biking to stop because I would need to replace it with reliable transportation for the next 35+ years (I'm in education, so I'll probably retire way later than I would like to).

If pushed to it, my freedom to bike is probably worth $100,000 right now. But in a few decades when money is less of an issue I would probably look back at that decision with regret.
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To give up riding completely? Can't put a price on it.
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What I do on my own time is my own business. They always express some minor concern over my pedaling, then I remind them about the 4 times I got rear ended driving my car. My mt biking is much more extreme.
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Not sure if this was a real question asked or not. It's really odd if it is real. Like trying to alter the employee's freedom of choice. It would definitely make me think about changing jobs.

I do like the "buy me a home within walking distance" answer. But if he buys you a car to commute in and then that car has a problem, can you bike to work then? Or if gas spikes to $6 per gallon? Or whatever.
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With enough money to hire all my yard work and chores around the house done for me, I suppose then I could spend that time after work riding recreationally instead. I might even get more hours a day riding.

I've always said that I'd continue riding even if cars and gas were free. So probably not actually.
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I do like the "buy me a home within walking distance" answer.
Except that the State, in its infinite wisdom, situated our office in a part of town that is not really very desirable (no doubt due to lower lease costs). So unless I want to get in the habit of walking about 10 miles or so this option wouldn't do it for me.

On the other hand, if my boss provided my with a chauffeured car, reduction in hours (without a reduction in pay/benefits) to allow stopping by a nearby gym (while the car and driver wait outside), and membership in said gym, so I still get the health benefits I enjoy by bike commuting, then I might consider it. To be fair, since I don't commute by bike every day, they'd only have to provide these amenities on days I would normally bike.
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Enough to buy the company then fire him.
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For me, not doable. I will not drive a car for personal reasons, and I live a mile from the bus stop. So bike is the only realistic choice I have. Anyway, on average I miss fewer days of work due to transportation than any of my co-workers that drive.
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