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Resisting the lazy urge

Old 10-24-12, 02:29 PM
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Resisting the lazy urge

To get to work, I can either bike or take public transit. Both take approximately the same amount of time, and my transit pass is free.

Biking is more flexible (I can leave whenever I want), more pleasant, and leaves me more satisfied. However, I still find myself taking transit a couple times a week, particularly on mornings when I can't quite face the hill, or when I want to drink coffee en route... and then I kick myself for not having my bike at the end of the day.

Do you have a free and easy lazy route? Any tricks for resisting it?
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Old 10-24-12, 03:00 PM
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Old 10-24-12, 06:52 PM
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This is a great problem to have. If you are tired or not feeling up to it, why not take the bus?

For myself, the morning ride is the most fun, so I riding the bus is definitely second best... besides, we can't drink coffee on the bus.
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Old 10-24-12, 07:00 PM
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Well my commute involves taking a bus and subway going to work. However, I like public transit and it allows me to an extra hour of sleep in the morning! I used to bike commute and take public transit but now that I'm older, it's just too much work. I don't feel guilty at all and it makes me appreciate the weekend riding much more!
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What about getting a folding bike? It will give you even more flexibility. What about having a second bike and leave it at work?

I do have those lazy days that I don't feel like biking and take transit or walk.
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Old 10-24-12, 11:11 PM
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Old 10-25-12, 02:13 PM
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I suppose you guys are right... no need to be guilty! Somehow I feel guilty, but there's no shame in transit. Especially when it works... sometimes it can be a bit quicker than biking, though sometimes (like last night!) it can be much longer.

ubringliten: ooh, a folding bike... I really shouldn't get another bike! I do have an old ugly 5-speed that I can lock up at the train station, and I do that a fair bit in the summertime. In the winter though, the brakes do not work at all, so I don't feel comfortable riding that bike when it's wet/snowy/frozen out. Similarly, I can't imagine trying to fold up a folding bike that's caked in ice while it's -10 and my fingers are rapidly freezing.
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Originally Posted by charbucks View Post
Similarly, I can't imagine trying to fold up a folding bike that's caked in ice while it's -10 and my fingers are rapidly freezing.
Pfft, you dare call yourself from Alberta. You must be one of those corporate office job people.... At -10C your just starting to 'feel alive' (and wishing for a tropical beach)
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Old 10-27-12, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by charbucks View Post
To get to work, I can either bike or take public transit. Both take approximately the same amount of time, and my transit pass is free.

Biking is more flexible (I can leave whenever I want), more pleasant, and leaves me more satisfied. However, I still find myself taking transit a couple times a week, particularly on mornings when I can't quite face the hill, or when I want to drink coffee en route... and then I kick myself for not having my bike at the end of the day.

Do you have a free and easy lazy route? Any tricks for resisting it?
Don't your buses have bike racks? If so ride tongue stop and just "throw" your bike on the bus.
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Old 10-27-12, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
Don't your buses have bike racks? If so ride tongue stop and just "throw" your bike on the bus.
Beat me to it.

Back when I was working, my bike would ride on the rack at the front of the bus and on the way home I could use the bike to get to the a bus stop on another route heading in the right direction if my normal bus had already left or the rack was full. Once at the main station downtown, I would forego the second bus and just ride the bike the rest of the way.
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Our buses have a half hour headway, and the racks are always full. I live 20 miles from my parents house, I can drive it in 30 minutes, cycle it in 1.25 hours or try to make it a multimodal commute using bike and bus....that would take over 2 hours. Unfortunately there are more areas in the US without viable mass transit than there are places with it. FWIW I live in an area with close to 500,000 people but they are pretty spread out.

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the only shame to riding the bus is that you didn't ride your bike , though i doubt any body would blame you during the winter months.
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Originally Posted by charbucks View Post
To get to work, I can either bike or take public transit. Both take approximately the same amount of time, and my transit pass is free.

Biking is more flexible (I can leave whenever I want), more pleasant, and leaves me more satisfied. However, I still find myself taking transit a couple times a week, particularly on mornings when I can't quite face the hill, or when I want to drink coffee en route... and then I kick myself for not having my bike at the end of the day.

Do you have a free and easy lazy route? Any tricks for resisting it?
When I'm feeling a bit lazy, I look at my gut. It's still relatively flat, and I want to keep it that way, so I get on the bike instead of taking the car. But if physical fitness is your primary goal, you're going to have to do more than just bicycle. We've all seen our share of middle-aged, pot-bellied men riding the hell out of a road bike.
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Old 10-30-12, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by SparkyGA View Post
Pfft, you dare call yourself from Alberta. You must be one of those corporate office job people.... At -10C your just starting to 'feel alive' (and wishing for a tropical beach)
Actually, I'm from the BC coast... this cold is relatively new to me . Also, I'm a grad student, so no corporate office for me! But hardly manual labour either.

Digital_Cowboy and nomad: I can take my bike on the train, but not during rush hour, and the busses I take don't have racks. Not that I could lift my 40 lbs of bike + fenders + racks onto a bus anyways

bragi: I should definitely consider the fitness aspect! I'm also pretty active with a still satisfactory body, but I consider bike commuting a "free" (time-wise) workout.

I took the lazy route again this morning, mainly because my legs are sore from a cross-country ski workout last night. Of course, I'm regretting it again as downhill home time approaches...
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