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Friday Poll & Psych test: What would you do??(35 posts)

Friday Poll & Psych test: What would you do??lonefrontranger
Mar 28, 2003 12:48 PM
The weather's been lousy for weeks (if not months) but now spring is in the air, the days are getting longer and you've decided to dust off your bike and your legs to get some extra mileage out of your commute to work.

For your morning ride in it was GORGEOUS, 65*F calm and sunny with forecast for same all day when you left, so you took the nice roadie and dressed lightly. However, now it is getting close to quitting time (that would be Beer:30 to you J's Haiku) the temperature is plummeting, the wind is howling and it's spitting ice pellets. You:

a) Call your spouse to come pick you up
b) Grit your teeth and struggle home, freezing
c) Jump in the car you rarely drive that's left at the office for just these types of emergencies
d) Bum a ride off a co-worker, not because you are afraid of the cold, but because you refuse to ride your nice bike in ugly weather.
e) Grab extra layers and perhaps a taillight from the "holdout" bag full of you keep at work and ride home unconcerned
f) Sleep under your desk for the night
g) Laugh because you live in Florida (or similar) and this never happens.
h) Something I've not thought of.

For what it's worth, I'm an "E"
70% chance of B, 30% chance of E. commute distance? nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 28, 2003 12:54 PM
say 10-15 mileslonefrontranger
Mar 28, 2003 12:59 PM
'cos my commute is 11 miles and this actually happened to me yesterday.

I keep a bag full of emergency clothing with a spare set of backup lights under my desk for this kind of Colorado April Fool's weather.
probably a combination of the twoJS Haiku Shop
Mar 28, 2003 1:08 PM
because i'd sure like to have lights in nasty weather, plus with any chance of darkness. if you're close enough to home to make it in under an hour, sounds like a great chance to thicken the skin a little more. plus, if anything happened (major mechanical), you could call for extraction.

yep, beer:30. all my watch and clock alarms have been set for years. my timex ironman just went off. have a nice weekend.
Done both B and E.Gregory Taylor
Mar 28, 2003 2:10 PM
My commute is 29 miles round trip. My shoes are still wet from the dousing that I got on Wed.

I know that I'm paranoid, but it would take a lot to get me on the Washington DC subway.
Option E, B if I forget the emergency stuff nmMike Prince
Mar 28, 2003 12:55 PM
h. Go drink beer now, worry about getting back later. nmIamhoosier
Mar 28, 2003 12:58 PM
g for meDougSloan
Mar 28, 2003 12:59 PM
But, I'd ride home. You didn't say how far. 5 miles is a no brainer; 25 miles might be a concern. Nonetheless, we know you are tough as nails, so either e or b.

Doug
C (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Mar 28, 2003 1:01 PM
h) Jump on the bus and sleep for an hour. NMLowend
Mar 28, 2003 1:05 PM
B - but how far is it?mohair_chair
Mar 28, 2003 1:07 PM
I've had to ride home in rain several times, but never ice pellets. My commute was only 3 miles, though (now it's 5!). I could probably stand howling wind and ice pellets for three miles. I wouldn't like it, but I'd do it. It makes a great story later!
mine is 11 miles, hence the spare bag o' clothes (nm)lonefrontranger
Mar 28, 2003 1:22 PM
Mine's 9 miles and I run home when that happens. nmdzrider
Mar 28, 2003 1:38 PM
kinda b, kinda eshawndoggy
Mar 28, 2003 1:11 PM
Here in Reno, the same thing can happen. Moral of the story is to ALWAYS check the weather before leaving. I don't have an extra bag of junk with me at work, but I'd stuff it in my bag on the way in if need be.

During the several rainy/snowy/slick/windy/bitter evenings I've had to do this this season (my commute home is all uphill to add insult to injury), I tell myself "come June I'll be KICKIN' A$$...come June I'll be KICKIN' A$$...come June I'll be KICKIN' A$$...come June I'll be KICKIN' A$$..."

Don't know if that's true, but it seems to help.

Shawn
e (nm)ridleyrider
Mar 28, 2003 1:27 PM
LOL! mine seems like it's uphill in both directions some dayslonefrontranger
Mar 28, 2003 2:33 PM
My 11 mile commute involves not one, but two large mesa climbs: Davidson Mesa and Gunbarrel Hill. My house and office are at roughly the same altitude, so needless to say I have to climb *over* both these suckers in both directions. I am told that Gunbarrel Hill carries the quaint local cycling society nickname "The 3 B**ches", BTW, so you can just imagine....

When it's cold, windy, slick, snowy, etc... I sometimes can't decide which is worse: struggling up the climbs or shivering down the descents.
H: leave good bike in office, walk home, it's only a mile (nm)Scot_Gore
Mar 28, 2003 1:38 PM
the forecast can be wrong???velocity
Mar 28, 2003 1:48 PM
Number 1: I never take the nice roadie to work. Number 2: Although I check the weather forecast every morning, needless to say, it ain't always right. If nasty weather's predicted but not happening when I'm heading out, I stow rain gear in my bag. Unfortunately I've often had to deal with "unforeseen circumstances." Many times, though, I've been able to wait 15 minutes or so for the rain/ice pellets to let up, and then ride fairly comfy. This past Wednesday, the forecast said rain btwn 2-4pm. I thought no problem w/rain for the commute home. 2 came, 3 came, 4 came -- no rain, but it was getting awfully dark. Then, of course, rain started falling around 5, not hard but steady. I had my rain gear, took a long route home, and enjoyed every minute of it! Part of what I find great about cycling, about any outdoor exercise, is dealing with/being in the elements. Must admit, though, it wasn't so fun (having been too lazy to put on shoe covers) arriving home with very wet feet.
g) - San Diego!Rich_Racer
Mar 28, 2003 1:59 PM
probably B...must be a masochist (nm)ColnagoFE
Mar 28, 2003 2:20 PM
G) Santa Barbara nmbcm119
Mar 28, 2003 2:31 PM
E, but in SC it's 72 right now, so G!(nm)merckx56
Mar 28, 2003 2:33 PM
b) shouldn't happen, but e) should be a backupGeardaddy
Mar 28, 2003 2:54 PM
Yes, check the weather. Be prepared. Always have lights (with batteries charged of course!). It isn't that hard to commute with a pack that contains some bad weather essentials (e.g. lightweight jacket, headband or hat, shoe covers or waterproof socks, and gloves). Of course, the idea of having emergency stuff at the office is a smart backup.

Commuting year-round in MN, a few things I learned:

1) A cold rain is the worst. If you think it might rain,
at least protect your hands and feet. Plastic bread bags
as shoe covers secured with rubber bands around your
ankles is cheap, lightweight, and remarkably effective.
2) If you're getting really cold, you can always get off the
bike and run. That will warm you up!
3) Getting a flat in rain and/or snow truly sucks. Bring
a spare tube!
4) Don't wimp out and get a ride, as you'll just find
yourself not commuting at all eventually. The hardest
part is always the first mile!
E+ We would likely ride a few extra miles just because.nmMB1
Mar 28, 2003 3:09 PM
e nmvindicator
Mar 28, 2003 3:21 PM
No options: Bchar
Mar 28, 2003 3:21 PM
Your coworkers try to talk you out of this insanity (you are riding in that!?!?), your SO phones and relays the latest weather report but to no avail. Out the door you go.

I don't mind riding home in inclement weather, it's just riding in to work. I just don't like putting on wet cycling clothes for the return trip home. oNce you get going it doesn't matter but jeez its a little nippy to start out with. Of course I should bring a extra set but that would take all the fun out of it.

How do you dry the commute duds at work? Although I work in San Francisco, the location is away from stores, not too much in the way of walking distance and don't really want to take the bike cause then I would have to either change back into spandex man or pin the pants, loosen the tie and huffy it back UP the hill to the office.

May have to start new thread.
The Top Ten Ways to dry your cycling clothes at work:

10. What dot.com bust? I use the dryclean pickup/dropoff service.
09. Not a problem, I keep a spare Team Kit at work for these occasions.
08. Use a heatgun to "blow dry gently" from the building facilities manager (xcrossover Mtn Bike guy/gal.)
07. Drape over CRT Monitor, rotate hourly.

Ok, fill in the rest.

Oh, yeah, played hookey today and went for a very nice 5 hour Spring is Here in California ride. Chattin' it up with the emu and llamas along the whey.
Ride safe out there.
Charlie
best of all ossible worlds (e); most likely (b)Leroy
Mar 28, 2003 3:43 PM
The last time this happened it was (b) - rode home in a driving rainstorm. Oh, well.
I've done "B" several times.look271
Mar 28, 2003 4:04 PM
I now know to take extra stuff along in my backpack. BTW-I NEVER take the good roadie to work. =)
"H"...Crosstrain and run home...serbski
Mar 28, 2003 4:30 PM
...less chance of crashing and you don't get quite so cold! I am biased however as I am a runner and cycling is the big crosstraining thing for me. Mind you, I can heap on the cycling miles without getting so beat up as 100-mile running weeks though it *really* deadens the legs for running (I love this of course because that only makes one more able to handle the latter stages of an ultramarathon). So, in conclusion, my answer should probably be ignored!
Most likely B unlessB2
Mar 28, 2003 4:51 PM
it's really bad. Then a variation of "c" except it would be a combination of riding and a bus. Although I've never taken my bike on a bus before, they all seem to have bike racks around here so it's always an option.

Bryan
Never D; maybe A, E if I had a holdout bag.Silverback
Mar 28, 2003 5:07 PM
I called my wife just last week when a nice day turned into a 35mph headwind 15 miles from home. Too early in the season for that. But I hope I never have a bike I won't ride in all weather.
Grussw19
Mar 28, 2003 5:15 PM
But this same thing happened to me yesterday anyways...
It rained a monsoon with 30+ mph winds and actually hailed yesterday here in Florida. I have only seen hail one other time in Florida and it was in January. This is way late for hail. And it was over 80 degrees out yesterday before the rain fell.

Russ
Would say G, but I'm too nice. Probably C cause I'm a whimp. nmKen of Fresno
Mar 28, 2003 7:32 PM
Probably eh: pull on the extra layer I always carryTrent in WA
Mar 28, 2003 10:48 PM
Living in Seattle, we tend to have cool (if not cold) and unpredictable weather from October through June. I don't leave the house for a ride of twelve miles or longer unless I have a rain layer plus a warmth layer (if it's sufficiently cold). I was caught out on a quasi-training ride once that went from sunny and cool to bitterly cold with freezing rain, sans pullover. I was in the early stages of hypothermia when Melinda picked me up. Luckily, I was by a bike shop, so if worse had come to worse, I could've just bought more kit, but still.

Trent,
who usually carries too much clothes on brevets, too
100% "A" (nm)Spoke Wrench
Mar 29, 2003 4:37 AM