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post #76 of 94
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Originally Posted by Allen View Post
Unless you are a streroom clerk, you shouldn't do it. A Taxi would be better if you don't have a car.

Cities where cycling are unfashionable are universally second rate. You're a slave to the car my friend. Liberate.
post #77 of 94
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Originally Posted by 020-banker View Post
Cities where cycling are unfashionable are universally second rate. You're a slave to the car my friend. Liberate.
I don't drive. I do own a bike, but only for R&R. I'd rather walk to most places that would be accessible by bike, I use taxis if I have to travel a long distance in my town or to the villages around or public transport for long journeys.
post #78 of 94
I think in general bikes are very "trendy" right now. In New York it is ridiculous how many you see. In general I like them better than cars, but it seems like all of the terrible drivers in the world now own bikes and think that traffic laws don't apply to them. I have been hit, and have seen people get hit by so many bikes. The rider always screams at you too, as if you are supposed to watch out for them as they come tearing through a red light. They are such dicks.

I will never own a bike, or a car. It gets you somewhere too fast. I enjoy walking and taking things in slowly.
post #79 of 94
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post
I think in general bikes are very "trendy" right now. In New York it is ridiculous how many you see. In general I like them better than cars, but it seems like all of the terrible drivers in the world now own bikes and think that traffic laws don't apply to them.
Obviously, the ability to break traffic laws with impunity is the best reason to bike to work. I break some every day right in front of a police station, the only thing cops have ever yelled at me about was going the wrong way down a one-way street. Never got a ticket or been arrested. As long as you don't get into any wrecks with cars that are serious enough that the cops show up, you're fine.

I'm sure it varies by city, but if I had to obey traffic laws then I might as well buy a car.
post #80 of 94
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Originally Posted by dsmolken View Post
Obviously, the ability to break traffic laws with impunity is the best reason to bike to work. I break some every day right in front of a police station, the only thing cops have ever yelled at me about was going the wrong way down a one-way street. Never got a ticket or been arrested. As long as you don't get into any wrecks with cars that are serious enough that the cops show up, you're fine.

I'm sure it varies by city, but if I had to obey traffic laws then I might as well buy a car.

On behalf of all drivers everywhere that hate snot-nosed know-it-all-bikers, I hope you get hit when you're running a red light cause you're too cool to wait.
post #81 of 94
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Originally Posted by bigbris1 View Post
For those of you who take to cycling in suits, I'd like to know how often you do, and what (if any) damage has your suit(s) sustained directly because of riding in it?

I don't bike in the rain or when it's too wet, so probably my wear and tear data are biased. But one thing that makes biking better than walking for my suits is the fact that I have big (read: "muscular", or "fat" depending on your temperament) thighs that make the inner sides of my suit trousers rub against each other, which over time, creates a hole in the crotch.

Riding a bike minimizes the amount of time I spend walking throughout the day, minimizes rubbing and thus help preserves my trousers better. Otherwise, I would say that there is little difference on the wear and tear of the suit between biking and walking. This is especially true if you ride a vintage or vintage-style bike that allows you to sit more or less normally (i.e. with your back straight) with minimal bending and leaning of the body and the arms that create stress on your clothes.
post #82 of 94
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Originally Posted by deadly7 View Post
On behalf of all drivers everywhere that hate snot-nosed know-it-all-bikers, I hope you get hit when you're running a red light cause you're too cool to wait.
I'm sure you do, hahaha.
post #83 of 94
Hey deadly7 relax on that tough talk big fella. I am sure you do more than your fair share of crappy driving, double parking and merging with out blinking. Don't even get me started on pedestrians who constantly walk on red and use the bike path as some sort of side walk extension. So yea talk about pot calling kettle black.
post #84 of 94
I don't drive, or ride a bike. Personally I feel that everybody who rides on something with wheels in New York City does so like a jerk off. Cars are the worst though. I mean, it is New York City, walk you morons, if you want to drive around move to L.A.
post #85 of 94
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post
I think in general bikes are very "trendy" right now. In New York it is ridiculous how many you see. In general I like them better than cars, but it seems like all of the terrible drivers in the world now own bikes and think that traffic laws don't apply to them. I have been hit, and have seen people get hit by so many bikes. The rider always screams at you too, as if you are supposed to watch out for them as they come tearing through a red light. They are such dicks.
As a old street cyclist things have gotten worse here too. I had an elderly bicyclist mouth "fuck you" at me yesterday as I apparently pulled into the crosswalk slightly (to get a better view) slowing up his 20mph rampage down a sidewalk in a business district. (illegal here) He only had 10 seconds to react! When I am biking they aren't much better. Fanboys pretending they are in the Tour de France regularly swear at small children and whip by in pace lines getting pissed at anyone not going 30mph. Joggers are the most dangerous. Have hit 5 of them in my life. They get so into the groove, and with their i-walkdiscpods they fail to notice they are bounding into a bike lane. The last one I honked at sent out an adrenaline swear storm so powerful it is hovering somewhere in Lake Superior to this day.
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I will never own a bike, or a car. It gets you somewhere too fast. I enjoy walking and taking things in slowly.
I wish I could ditch the car.
post #86 of 94
Another view here. I'm London-based, and use the Boris Bikes to travel between the City and West End regularly, or from the centre of town to one of the mainline rail stations.

It works fine, I notice no undue wear to my clothing as a result, and thus far I've not noticed that anyone takes umbrage to me cycling in a suit - presumably because hundreds of other people do it.

I've also cycled around Paris in a suit whilst travelling between meetings, though I'll confess that seemed to be a little less conventional.
post #87 of 94
Only works if it's a close commute. Put velcro straps around the trouser legs. Maybe pack the dress shoes.

I occasionally ride a bicycle 7 to 9 miles one-way to work. I dress in bicycle gear, and then need a shower to be presentable. I store a blazer or two at work and pack pants, shirt, tie, shoes, etc. in panniers.

MinnMD
post #88 of 94
Just to resurrect this - a couple of really rough cameraphone shots taken whilst cycling down Jermyn St this afternoon. Vest and trousers on, with the jacket draped over the bars. No cycling paraphernalia (helmet, trouser clips, shoes) whatsoever:





post #89 of 94
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Originally Posted by SimonC View Post
Just to resurrect this - a couple of really rough cameraphone shots taken whilst cycling down Jermyn St this afternoon. Vest and trousers on, with the jacket draped over the bars. No cycling paraphernalia (helmet, trouser clips, shoes) whatsoever:






In Mayfair , you will look interesting...

I like the 3 piece suit...
post #90 of 94
Having done it myself but I love this photo from the Sartorialist.
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