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    Question "You Ride Your Bike In Today"

    Not to hijack another thread (and this one can stand on its own anyway). Why in your opinion do people say this when it's obvious that you did?

    I'll start.

    1) They are immensely jealous about how much fun (or percieved fun) you had getting to work. (While they sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic )

    2) They ride themselves and wish like hell they had riden in. Again jealousy.

    3) They see you smiling after your morning commute and again see you smiling on the way out the door at the end of the day.

    How about some others -

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    Wet spot

    They are wondering if you are the one that left the puddle of water in the lobby or was it your cube mate that brought their dog to work.

    It's wet here no way I'm going to ride home in the dark with oblivious cagers dialing their phones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 41077
    They are wondering if you are the one that left the puddle of water in the lobby or was it your cube mate that brought their dog to work.


    Yeah it's raining bad up here too - I'm driving until the puddles go away
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    i'm trying to secure myself a locker down in the loading dock near the maintence office so i don't have to answer this question day in, day out. hide all the gear as soon as i arrive!

    although i'm sure the helmet hair will give me away

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    I Used to Be Someone sheridesabeemer's Avatar
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    I think it's people's awkward way of saying:
    ‘«£Wow, you rode your motorcycle to work today, that's cool. I wish I could break free from the artificial barriers that I‘«÷ve set for myself and get myself a bike and feel the freedom that comes with riding. Please say something that will encourage me to follow your path. ‘«£
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    I've been getting this a lot, myself. When I answer that I did, they usually tell me that I'm "crazy". It's hard to NOT know I rode in, since I've been wearing my high-viz jacket. I also park right in front of the employee entrance. I used to park at a door close to my desk (near where all the executives park), and I was told I couldn't park my bike there because "We don't see the bike and almost hit it pulling into a spot". Apparently, the other employees don't have a problem seeing it, as this has never happened. I fought that one for a while, though. It's always nice working for someone who is discriminatory against motorcycles, which is exactly what I told the H.R. person. She told me we are not a "protected class". I considered holding a protest rally, but decided it wasn't worth my effort. Anyhow, back on topic (not that I'm bitter, or anything):

    Everyone sees my bike. You can't miss it, nor can you miss my jacket. Asking "did you ride in today" just shows me that they don't understand (and can't comprehend) how much I enjoy riding, how I can still feel safe riding through rush hour traffic, how much better I feel when I get stressed out and go for a short ride over lunch, and how much better gas mileage I get on the bike, compared to my truck. I don't worry about it. I always tell them "Of course!". Since it's cold now, I follow that with a wave of the plug, attached to my heated vest.

    The only person I never get this from? A woman who rides with her husband, on their Honda. She always tells me it's cool that I'm still riding in when it's 28 degrees. Even when the sportbiker gives me attitude about "dangerous black ice", she still knows why I'm smiling!



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    Quote Originally Posted by SheRidesABeemer
    I think it's people's awkward way of saying:
    ‘«£Wow, you rode your motorcycle to work today, that's cool. I wish I could break free from the artificial barriers that I‘«÷ve set for myself and get myself a bike and feel the freedom that comes with riding. Please say something that will encourage me to follow your path. ‘«£
    Almost perfection!!!

    I always say something positive or have a heart stopping story about someone trying to kill me on the way in. So I don't know how that would help?

    But mostly "It's All Good!"
    Russ
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    Q: You Ride Your Bike In Today?
    A: No, I just pushed it 30 miles.
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    I have this posetd on my cubicle wall (thanks to Ride To Work)

    I have ridden my motorcycle to work today because:

     Riding to work is fun
     Riding to work reduces traffic and parking congestion
     Riding to work uses less fuel than an automobile
     Riding to work leaves me alert and energized
     Riding to work results in less pollution than commuting in a larger vehicle
     Riding to work is less destructive to road surfaces, bridges, etc.
     Riding to work gets me to work (and back home) faster
     Riding to work demonstrates motorcycling as a social good

    BEWARE: MOTORCYLES ARE EVERYWHERE!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnszilla
    Q: You Ride Your Bike In Today?
    A: No, I just pushed it 30 miles.

    You ride a Harley, or something?







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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmetzger
    You ride a Harley, or something?



    If I rode a HD they would have heard me come in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SFDOC
    3) They see you smiling after your morning commute and again see you smiling on the way out the door at the end of the day.


    Quote Originally Posted by Statdawg
    I do have a cage for icy days but I take my gear with me to throw people off. great laugh.

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    I even shop with my bike, my groceries fit into my panniers
    Me too. Being a childless bachelor, I can usually get my groceries in the tankbag since I tend to make more small trips than fewer big runs...of course if I want a frozen pizza, then the bags are necessary no matter how small the run. I've bungeed 12-packs onto the seat, and I even did this last week:


    I've run all sorts of errands with the bike. The one thing I can't do with it is commute, for several reasons. Oh well.
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    you ride

    Russ:

    They're just making conversation; it gives them an alternative to using weather as the opener.

    Or they may be intrigued when you ride in during a gully washer.

    Rinty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnszilla
    Q: You Ride Your Bike In Today?
    A: No, I just pushed it 30 miles.
    HERE'S YOUR SIGN!!!

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