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Converting people bike? Ideas?

Old 01-02-17, 02:23 AM
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Converting people bike? Ideas?

Do you guys find ways to convert others to bike?

For me, I've been riding to work on my pimped out Xootr Swift.
People have remarked that it's like riding a fast marshmallow with a cute brass bell. I'll have patients/staffers try it out, and watch as they have a silly grin on their face.

Other times, I just bike to some place where there's no parking--like farmer's market, or my friend's sushi restaurant. Biking to work/town as one of my hugest luxuries, and I sorta indirectly rub it in my patient's/staffer's faces by offering them fresh organic fruit on Tuesdays.

How about you?
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Old 01-02-17, 06:00 AM
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I sorta indirectly rub it in my patient's/staffer's faces
Bet they love you for it!
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Old 01-02-17, 06:15 AM
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A friend has a '79 Raleigh Super Course stashed at my house (I don't think it's been ridden since the EVA foam bar wrap was slid on). Offered to help him fix it, offered to put tires on it. Offered to buy it. I don't get it. He likes the thing of the bike, but he doesn't like to ride it.
Becoming diabetic did scare him into losing some weight.
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Old 01-02-17, 06:17 AM
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If I could convert people into bikes i wouldn't need to buy bikes ... so that'd be better for sure. Unless they all turned into Wal-Mart bikes.
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Old 01-02-17, 06:27 AM
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If I could convert people into bikes i wouldn't need to buy bikes ... so that'd be better for sure. Unless they all turned into Wal-Mart bikes.
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I build people bikes to try to get them biking and even that doesn't often work. I do like going to aldi on my bike but most folks there just act like I am less fortunate than them. Rarely do they understand I am more fortunate because I get to ride home.
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Old 01-02-17, 09:28 AM
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I let others do whatever they want.
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I let others do whatever they want.
I certainly understand that sentiment and truthfully I usually feel the same way. Its just that once in a while I wish some of the rest of the world would wake up and see what we are doing to the planet. Plus I just feel so many folks would be happier if they just took a stab at self propelling.
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I do think that the world would be better if more people rode bicycles instead of driving. I also know I can't convince people to change, so I just do my thing. I figure all I can do is lead by example. Hopefully some people on the fence will get motivated when they see me towing groceries around on my trailer, but I don't hold my breath.
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Old 01-02-17, 10:35 AM
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Judges in Court do that by taking away drivers Licences, police by Impounding their Cars..

Usually repeat Offenders charged for DUI, these Convicts, are the ones putting gasoline motors on bicycles .
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Old 01-02-17, 10:37 AM
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I don't think it's possible to talk people into it. At best they'll try it a few times and give up, because you don't see the benefits until after a lot of rides and a lot of effort.

Maybe by seeing you on the bike, day after day, some people begin to suspect that there must be something to it.
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Old 01-02-17, 10:55 AM
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I do think that the world would be better if more people rode bicycles instead of driving. I also know I can't convince people to change, so I just do my thing. I figure all I can do is lead by example. Hopefully some people on the fence will get motivated when they see me towing groceries around on my trailer, but I don't hold my breath.
in season, I frequently post pictures of me and my wife on rides and post the pics on Facebook. For those thinking they are too old, or too slow to ride, I hope we can serve as an example that you don't have to be young or exceptionally athletic to ride.

That said, if you don't like riding, no amount of encouragement will work.
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Old 01-02-17, 11:03 AM
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I often share a picture of myself somewhere with my bike.... on social media. As many of my friends are also seniors like myself... I hope that my sharing helps to encourage other to get outside and enjoy themselves also.

A couple friends have mentioned to me that it has motivated them to also go to a festival or whatever. Even if they did drive there, they got outside and enjoyed themselves. More than a couple people have even dug out the old bikes and went for a ride.

To me... having fun and staying active is what it's all about. I myself find a lot of joy in cycling.
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I don't think it's possible to talk people into it. At best they'll try it a few times and give up, because you don't see the benefits until after a lot of rides and a lot of effort.

Maybe by seeing you on the bike, day after day, some people begin to suspect that there must be something to it.
This is true. Some folks just take to riding, others don't. Interestingly, it doesn't seem to matter if the person in question rode as a kid, or not. I thought the expression, like riding a bike, meant, if you learned to ride a bike as a kid, you never forget. I know at least one person for whom this appears not to be true.

My wife has a friend who has repeatedly expressed a desire to start riding. We even lent her a bike 2 summers ago after she met us at a cafe for lunch. We rode our bikes, 15 miles each way, while she drove. It inspired her to take up cycling again. Unfortunately, it just never took. We saw her on Christmas day last week and this time she brought up the idea of trying a tricycle. I suggested she give two wheels a try again before spending big bucks on an adult trike. Even offered my wife's step through bike to her if she wants to give it another go. We will see if she takes us up on the offer.
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Old 01-02-17, 11:04 AM
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None of my friends or family are interested in health, and too chicken to ride in the cold. I'm a lone wolf 😥
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First off ... even if everybody rode a bike, we're screwed ... and so are probably 90% of the species we haven't already managed to inadvertently eliminate through our blind, stupid quest for more of everything, all the time, over and over.

We are running out of water (most of the rest of the planet has already run out of clean, safe water—if they ever had it) and we are going to keep using fossil fuels until we cannot ... either because we run out or we die. While some countries might have alt-energy programs, about three-quarters of the world is buying our old technology (the stuff we said was too dangerous, too toxic, or too polluting to use ourselves) and will keep using it because it is all they can afford.

The world is full of people who have a lot and don’t care about anything else, and who don’t have enough and only care about getting what they need. None of those people give a care for anybody else.

And even among globally conscious, environmentally aware, fitness-oriented people of reasonable wealth ... bicycle commuting is often not practical (my spouse drives an hour to work 12-hour shifts ... biking is Not an option) and cycling as recreation is not appealing.

Nothing wrong with biking .. but nothing wrong with running, jogging, crossfit, weightlifting, whatever ... we happen to choose cycling, or just happen to have found cycling and found out we were cyclists. it just doesn’t work that way for everyone.

Imagine though, if you had a bunch of fitness-oriented friends and they were constantly trying to drag you to the gym to do their MMA workouts, crossfit, hot yoga, their running regimens ... wouldn‘t you eventually get a little annoyed? It’s not like you haven’t heard of running or crossfit or whatever ... it’s just cycling works for you a lot more and a lot better than any of those other disciplines.

Live your life, do your thing. Maybe people will learn that cycling can be a deep joy, or maybe they will learn that exercise can be a deep joy, or maybe they will simply learn that it is possible to be deeply happy doing something besides watching TV or texting or whatever.

Set an example, not as a cyclist, but as a good, caring, truthful, tolerant person who is always or at least often happy, and often riding a bike.

I don’t care if I am the only cyclist on the planet ... it everyone were truthful, kind, caring, and tolerant, I think we’d be Way ahead of the game ... even if No one cycled.
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Make gas $ 8-10.00 a gallon.
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Support Zero population growth and the incurable virus of your choice
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Old 01-03-17, 06:26 PM
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Make gas $ 8-10.00 a gallon.
Both good suggestions (actually gas is probably already that expensive, we just don't pay it at the pump, but in taxes and fees.)

Thing is, people are so scared and stupid and selfish and greedy, it doesn't matter if half of them died .... after all it only took 300 million Americans 100 years to do all this harm (though China has helped a Lot, it must be said.)

I think people have always lived in a world where individual action simply didn't matter much ... your basic hunter-gatherer couldn't kill enough or waste enough to have an observable impact, and since we also learned to think in terms of clans and tribes, we only cared about a small group of people and a small area of land.
Now we can produce/pollute/destroy enough to affect the regional and global environment ... but we cannot believe it no matter how much evidence we see.

It's like humankind is not Really capable of imagination and abstract thought. if we can't see a direct, concrete connection, we cannot really believe there is one .... "I keep crapping in the river, and all the fish in the river have e. coli .... I don't get it." (Sadly there are people living on pacific atolls who have crapped in the surf for millennia ... and now, population has increased enough that they are literally killing themselves by poisoning the fish they pull out of the shallows where they crap ... but they just can't change. But then, neither can the rest of us.... "It isn't My SUV that is causing pollution ... ")

If we all last another five generations, we might eventually raise a generation of people who actually understand that stuff matters, and that we need to care and cooperate and that greed really and literally kills, if indirectly.

I don't think our global civilization will last another five generations. We can joke about plagues and natural disasters .... but the people who actually think clearly for a living are seeing that as water becomes more scare and temperature rises, storms and plagues are just natural concomitants.

Whatever. I still like riding.
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Make gas $ 8-10.00 a gallon.
Apparently 8 (U.S. dollars per US gallon) = 2.92711415 Australian dollars per litre (google calculation).

Fuel prices went up to about $1.70/litre in Aussie dollars here, and I think over $2 in Europe at one point.

People still drove. I think they'd still drive if the price got up close to $3/litre.


Happily, right now we're at 1.25 (Australian dollars per litre) = 3.41633414 U.S. dollars per US gallon (google calculation)
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Originally Posted by PepeM View Post
I let others do whatever they want.
This!

Some of my coworkers walk, and so do I.
Some of my coworkers go on long hikes, and I will do that too once in a while.
Some of my coworkers run, and I do occasionally.
Some of my coworkers row, and I'll do a bit of that at the gym or paddling a canoe.
Some of my coworkers lift weights ... one is even into competitive bodybuilding. I do a bit of weight lifting too.
Some of my coworkers do other sports like cricket and golf and soccer and so on.

Some of my workers cycle ... and so do I.


But most people do something ... and if they're all doing something they enjoy, that's great!
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
First off ... even if everybody rode a bike, we're screwed ....
It is always nice to read about spiritual growth. It's true. We are screwed. All species die off sooner or later. We will be replaced in the food chain somewhere along the timeline. This big roundish collection of rust, rubbish, and water... is NOT dependent on people. The planet will be fine. Other species will come... and also die off. Sooner or later... even the Sun will burn out.

It would make some ponder why we're here anyway. What purpose do humans have... with our limited time here.
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It would make some ponder why we're here anyway. What purpose do humans have... with our limited time here.
To know, love and serve God.


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make gas $ 8-10.00 a gallon.

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