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So who's Biking To Work on Friday??(23 posts)

So who's Biking To Work on Friday??bikenbo
May 12, 2003 8:32 AM
Is anyone taking part in this:

Do you believe first statement "Bicycle commuters are creating a better community through bicycling." is true??

I'll do my part and ride on Friday.
You should mention its a local eventKristin
May 12, 2003 8:39 AM
This is only for Oregonites...does not apply to the whole world. Not that biking to work on Friday is ever a bad idea...But there is no special day for it here in Chicago.
No...Friday IS Bike-To-Work day, everywherebikenbo
May 12, 2003 8:44 AM
Friday is the official bike to work day of the official bike to work month.

Oh, I didn't see that. Hmmmm.Kristin
May 12, 2003 8:51 AM
I thought about taking this to my fitness group (we have a fitness center at the office), but I don't live on a safe route. A couple people do commute by bike, and I have done so myself. However, I'm comfortable riding in traffic and have learned to be agressive. I would worry about some of my co-workers if I knew they were riding on Warrenville Road under the I88 overpass, or down Finely Ave. Not to mention, the event is not being publicized around here. I bet only a few dedicated cyclists have any clue that its national bicycle month.
Curious, the big, organized, bike-to-work day in DC,djg
May 12, 2003 11:24 AM
which is part of the nation, was the week before last.

I try to ride in to work 4 days a week. We'll see about Friday.
It's Thursday heremoschika
May 12, 2003 3:21 PM
i rode in today and might be able to ride in everyday i work this week except friday because i'm not working friday but will most likely bike that day anyway, somewhere.
re: So who's Biking To Work on Friday??Hardtail
May 12, 2003 9:04 AM
I was gonna ride every day this week instead of my usual 3 but I had to bring some stuff in this morn. so it's gonna be 4 days this week. I did manage to talk my wife into riding on Friday (its the only day she can with casual friday and all)
Not memohair_chair
May 12, 2003 9:13 AM
I'm not going to work on Friday! I'm driving down to Monterey with my bike to do the 24 Hour race at Laguna Seca.

I do not believe the statement "Bicycle commuters are creating a better community through bicycling." That's absurd. It's a bike, not a panacea.

As a part time bike commuter, I have no interest in creating a better community through bicycling. Partly that's because I'm not at all sure what the hell that means! Better the community??? Huh?

When I commute, it's mostly on an MUT, and it's for personal reasons. I like to ride, I like the fresh air, and I like not paying for gas. If that betters the community, great, but I really give the community no thought. If the community is waiting for me to save them by riding my bike, I'm afraid they are in for a big surprise!
I'm riding there toolaffeaux
May 12, 2003 10:07 AM
I'm doing the race at Laguna Seca too, so Friday I'll be drivign to work and heading down to Monterey in the afternoon. Otherwise, I'll commute by bike 3 days this week (today, Wednesday, and Thursday).

We did a pre-ride on Saturday and the course is in good shape. I give it a try on my 'cross bike thinking that I might be faster, but there are so many washboards on the downhills that the MTB is definitely the way to go.
May 12, 2003 10:54 AM
I haven't ridden the course yet, but I've seen pictures. Do you think semi-slicks are the ideal tire for conditions?
should work finelaffeaux
May 12, 2003 12:36 PM
I think that semi slicks will work fine. It's mostly hard pack with a few short sandy sections.

I rode two laps one on the CX bike with 32mm Ritchey Speed Max tires, and one on my hardtail with full knobbies (2.1" front / 1.9" rear). The only section that I had trouble with traction was the last climb. If you've ridden the Sea Otter, they share the same final two miles of climbing up the wide gravel fire road. Out of the saddle on both bikes I could not get traction. Otherwise it was fine on both bikes. I climbed Hurl Hill (twice on the CX and once on the MTB) out of the saddle and did not slip once.

I've thought about semi slicks, but I'll probably stick with the knobbies. I'll ride the hardtail in the daylight, and FS at night.
I bike to work everyday.onespeed
May 12, 2003 9:39 AM
Invisible inverted recumbant?Kristin
May 12, 2003 9:51 AM
Going for all week....slide13
May 12, 2003 9:48 AM
I work Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Friday this week so I'm going to try to ride to work all week. Its a real short 4mi commute for me, and I work at a bike shop so I ride to work often unless I have something I need to do afterwards that will require me to use the car or if the weather is bad.

This is actually National Bike to Work week, with Friday being the big Bike To Work day. I hope a lot of people will participate. I don't think my boss is allowing any employee cars in the parking lot on Friday.
May 12, 2003 9:52 AM
I bike to work everyday anyway so I feel funny going to an event as if this was something special! I think I get a free t-shirt though so that might push me into it! ;)
me as usual. will i see anyone new? I doubt itclimbo
May 12, 2003 9:58 AM
especially with rain in the forecast, nobody gives a rat's arse in suburban NJ about riding to work.

As for a better community - sure it does. Anything to make less cars/noise/roads/taxes/pollution/congestion and a safer place for tham and their kids is what most people think makes a better community.
I bike to work every day (warning: I get on a soapbox)velocity
May 12, 2003 10:30 AM
When I'm locking up my bike in the parking garage, I see too many grossly overweight people struggling out of their driver's seats. Although it may not save the world, anything that decreases automobile gridlock & pollution is a good thing. If more people incorporated exercise as an integral part of their daily lives, we'd have a much healthier & fit society. The longer lives we're living would be healthier. And it would help too if we had a cleaner, more efficient mass transit system too!
re: So who's Biking To Work on Friday??yellowspox
May 12, 2003 11:57 AM
I saw an article in our local paper last week about this being bike to work week and made a few plans. It was still too windy this AM to ride but I did throw the bike in my company car and plan to ride home tonight and as much of the week as the weather permits. The weather channel says winds to 30 out of the N/W and I've got about 19 mostly west to get home. I hope they're wrong!
Yes it is Bike to work day on Friday in Seattle too.shamelessgearwhore
May 12, 2003 12:05 PM
We've got some kind of challenge month kind of thing going on where I work. Very Cool.
I'd never commute where I liveContinental
May 12, 2003 12:43 PM
I occasionally see cyclists who hold up trafic on busy roads with narrow or non-existent shoulders. They must endure the wrath and scorn of drivers and literally put life an limb at risk. I wish there was an acceptable commuting route, but there's no way I'd battle the cars and trucks on a 25 lb bike powered by my feeble legs. Frankly, I think the few that try to cycle under these bad conditions are a little foolish, and self rightous.
lobby for bike paths? (nm)velocity
May 12, 2003 12:52 PM
where do you live?climbo
May 12, 2003 1:11 PM
seems unresonable that there is no other route to take than a major road.
St. Louis (West County) MOContinental
May 12, 2003 1:42 PM
East-West travel is the big problem. There are only 2 roads running east and west that I could take. The better of the two is a terrible place to ride a bike, unless it's early Sunday morning.