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Well, now I went and did it...(7 posts)

Well, now I went and did it...moneyman
Feb 10, 2003 2:42 PM
After years of threats and blusters, I did it. I commuted to work on my bike.

For some of you, this is not a big deal, as you do it all the time. For me, however, it’s a different story. This was all precipitated by two events occurring simultaneously: One; we sold our 1987 Dodge Van last Monday, and Two; The mechanic called on Tuesday and told me that the head gasket in my 1993 Ford Aerostar was non-functional, rendering it to the category of junk. That left us with two vehicles and several options, of which we chose to not replace either van and for me to ride to work.

After several days of planning, today was D-Day. It was cold, snow and ice on the ground, winds gusting to 40 mph. In other words, perfect. I have come to the determination that riding my bike in seriously crappy weather is better than driving any time.

Several years ago, I worked in a bank that was undergoing major renovations. Because of all the dirt that was flying around, the bank president declared that every day was a casual day. In addition to that, they were reconfiguring the parking lot, eliminating my parking spot. I decided to ride my bike to work, and it proved to have tremendous benefits to me. I got in the most miles and best shape of my adult life, and I had a great time laughing at those fools in their steel coffins plowing along the road.

I am riding my mountain bike for now, but when the roads clear and the weather warms up I will probably ride the roadie. Until then, if you are tooling around Cheyenne at drive time, watch out for the fat old guy on the silver Zaskar.

re: Well, now I went and did it...Bike Bum
Feb 10, 2003 2:48 PM
More Power to Ya.......
Keep it up........
"You go Boy!" nmMrDan
Feb 10, 2003 5:39 PM
Wow, I was sure that Moneyman. . .js5280
Feb 10, 2003 7:21 PM
would be tooling around in a late model BMW >=540 or maybe since he is in Wyoming, a Lincoln Blackwood. No disrepect, actually I'm impressed. Also now I know you are completely nuts. I can't imagine riding in WY on a summery day let alone now! I hate driving any where to the west in my car! Sure everything's okay? ;-)

Glad you found your passion again. Just watch out for frostbite and flying livestock! Smart money says invests in aerobars ;-)
Feb 11, 2003 6:43 AM
Was not lost, just lay sleeping under the winter snows. You are welcome to come up here and join me any day. I'd come to Colorado, but its just like Wyoming without the wind, i.e., too easy. ;)

Please don't mention this to czardonic. I'd hate for him to believe that I have a sense of responsibility to the Earth and humanity.

Start training...Brooks
Feb 11, 2003 8:35 AM
for the Kamas to Evanston "Over the Top" race in mid June. Get away from those flat, windswept plains and head west to the Uintahs or other mountains of choice.

We'll have to meet up one of these days. . .js5280
Feb 11, 2003 12:38 PM
Don't get up that way much. Be great to meet down in Austin in October since we both head down that way for the RftR.