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Funny Story.....(20 posts)

Funny Story.....scary slow
Feb 11, 2003 10:18 AM
One of the big wigs of the company I work for was touring a potential client through our department this morning. This client is apprently worth a good deal of money to our company. Anyway they walk past my office and the big wig notices my bike in my office and makes some off handed comment about how professional it makes us look to have juvenile toys lying around the office. Well the potential client then starts to ask me questions about places to ride in the area and then proceeds to tell me all about his Colnago CT-1. Well said big wig is standing there in disbelief wondering how to get his foot out of his mouth. Just had to share this...
We have one guy here who thinks we should not have bikes ...Humma Hah
Feb 11, 2003 10:23 AM
... stashed here at work. He's mid-management.

Top management are mostly cyclists. The company was founded by the Daedelus human-powered aircraft team. I've used my boss's roadbike as a test vehicle for evaluating the performance of one of our products. I am a happy fellow here.
You are one lucky dog...hycobob
Feb 11, 2003 12:02 PM
I work for a French owned company "Air Liquide" and can hardly get permission to ride in my off hours. Back in 2001 only 2 days before the MS-150 I was told that I had to work the weekend. I was not a happy camper sitting on my butt all weekend after the whole 2 hours of work. To be Devil's advocate...They were a partial sponser for the "Texas Alamo Challenge" back in October. And I do get to ride a couple of svelt steel Workman bikes around the plant.

And isn't this just a beautiful place to ride? Sorry about the size...I tried to reduce it.
The US Navy maintains a fleet of Schwinn Excelsiors ...Humma Hah
Feb 11, 2003 2:52 PM
... dating back to WWII. They look about like the Workman bike in your picture. The bikes that Fisher and Breeze invented MTBing on, these old "klunkers" have caught the eye of a number of collectors, who would gladly trade the Navy two modern MTB's for each of the old Schwinns.

The guys who operate those bikes, the shipyard maintenance workers, won't part with 'em for anything.
Not much room to ride on a sub thoughhycobob
Feb 12, 2003 6:33 AM
We barely had room to jog (I still hate that word) in the missile compartment on the USS Thomas Jefferson...much less ride bikes. I wonder if any of today's Ti bikes are made with recycled Russian Ti hulls?

Folding bikes?Humma Hah
Feb 12, 2003 10:04 AM
Oh, that's right, you guys never come in to port, or even break the surface, once you leave home.

So much for joining the Navy to see the world. All looks about the same inside a sub.
Folding bikes?Bike Fool
Feb 12, 2003 11:50 AM
Yeah, those boomer dudes sure had it rough, waaahhh.... :-)
We had an exer-cycle in the forward sonar space, unfortunately since it was so loud you couldn't ride it during tracking ops, which for a fast-attack was about 70% of the time underway.

ex-ssn-bubblehead...
Useful acronym.Humma Hah
Feb 12, 2003 12:08 PM
LDM.

I used to test 'em.
Too sweet!eschelon
Feb 11, 2003 10:30 AM
That's an awesome story...it goes to show you how cyclists are an elite-minded group...I'm not talking about the whole hard-ass roadie vs the sunday cruiser roadie or whatever...just the fact that it seems cyclists seem to all understand what "it's all about"...especially how we all understand how our treasured bicycles are part of our souls.
motto:bartje
Feb 11, 2003 10:36 AM
cyclists motto : you want to go cycling and you have to go home !
Thanks, that made my day !!! [nm]Leroy
Feb 11, 2003 10:32 AM
re: Funny Story.....RedPat
Feb 11, 2003 10:40 AM
I was told by my boss, who was told by the building manager, that no bikes were allowed in the building because "they might stain the carpeting". This, with HUGE coffee stains everywhere. The building manager was afraid that all kinds of dirt would get tracked on the carpet from my tires. I told him to look at the bottom of his shoes - there was much more dirt there than on bicycle tires. Idiot. Now I have to "hide" my bike in another separate part of the building. First time in 20 years I've been told to keep my bike outside!
At my last jobColnagoFE
Feb 11, 2003 11:15 AM
We had just gotten a new CEO and were moving into a new building. At my old building we were able to bring bikes inside, but he sent out a memo saying that this would no longer be possible at the new place. I had been commuting for a while as had 4-5 others and we didn't want to resort to leaving our bikes out in the snow and rain each day--let alone that they had a good chance of being vandalized or stolen outside and some of these bikes were worth good $. ANyway I wrote up a proposal to include a bike storage area in our new place and all the reasons why a company would want to encourage bicycle commuting, etc. He eventually went for it after several of us pressured him to reconsider the bike ban and built a small room off the back stairs (so nobody could see bikes being taken in I guess) that had a linoleum floor so mud and such wouldn't bother it. We also had a shower so if you were really sweaty from a lunchtime ride you could get clean.
At my last jobscary slow
Feb 11, 2003 11:25 AM
Any chance I could get a copy of your write up? I have been pushing to get a shower put in here so that people could work out at lunch or commute in by bike. Today was the first time anyone has ever made a negative comment about me having my bike in my office. Usually people come in and want to know how much it cost, how fast it goes, are the tires solid...you know the usual non-bikie questions. I usually exagerrate the price on the low side. I have grown tired of people saying "you paid how much, jeez are you crazy". Usually I respond by saying that "I spent less that you did on 1 years worth of smokes".
I'd love to give it to you butColnagoFE
Feb 11, 2003 1:01 PM
It has been years and I have no idea where it even is anymore. I emphasized the importance of encouraging alternative transportation, the health benefits to the employees (less health insurance premiums cause we rarely get sick) and how it will act as a perk for future employees thinking about joining the company. I also assured him that we would not bring bikes into the building other than the back door and if anyone did bring their bikes inside further then all deals were off. It helped that there were 4-5 other regular commuters and that this is Boulder, CO where health issues and alternative ways of commuting are taken seriously. It also helped that the building we were leasing was still being roughed out and such modifications were not as expensive as remodeling an existing space.
copy of write upFender
Feb 11, 2003 11:34 AM
could I have a copy of the write up. On my floor alone there are four of us who commute to work on our bikes, one of them being a cat 1 women.
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thanks!!
me three, please!JS Haiku Shop
Feb 11, 2003 11:37 AM
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Thanksgregario
Feb 11, 2003 12:44 PM
That's the best story I've heard in months!
So did your company get the client, or did bossman blow it? nmfbg111
Feb 11, 2003 7:14 PM
So did your company get the client, or did bossman blow it? nmscary slow
Feb 12, 2003 5:36 AM
I think the client was happy to talk bike for a few minutes with me. I am sure that he has heard it all before, just the same as the rest of us. I am sure that it had little effect on the outcome of the meeting, but it sure made my day!