What questions do people ask you about Bike Pittsburgh or biking in general?

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StuInMcCandless
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“What do you do about ” { wet | cold | snow | dark | hills } ?

I am fond of answering with a line I got from someone on this board a while back: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate equipment.”

Really, though.

– Wet? Fenders and mudflaps on the bike, change of socks and shoes at work

– Cold? Gloves, windbreakers, ear covering

– Dark? Bright lights fore and aft, reflectors every direction

– Snow? Proper tires, just like on a car

– Hills? “That’s why they put lots of gears on bikes.”

Properly equipped, I can ride in anything I care to. The next part of that is the “that I care to”. Might be common sense, might be a lack of HTFU, but I often just take a bus. The main thing is, I am not holding up traffic as much as another car would be!


Bikelove2010
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“why don’t you have a car”

“where’d you get that” – when riding the Yuba with my sister on the back

“how much does your bike cost?”

“why do you have suck a big lock?” – i use a u-lock

“why do you need a helmet?”

“how are you riding in a skirt/dress?”


Pseudacris
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Rode your bike again, huh? or Where’s your bike today?


rsprake
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While driving I was asked about a cyclist riding to the very left of the downhill Liberty bike lane, “Why does he need to be all the way out in the lane like that?” I answered and he got it. Sometimes it looks like we are being selfish and not sharing the road, but we are protecting ourselves. People who don’t ride don’t get it until you tell them. Even then they sometimes don’t get it. ;)


ieverhart
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I usually stash my helmet in my locker, but I was running late for class the other day, and brought my helmet in with me as I sat down. The guy next to me said “Ride your bike today?” and I was like “I ride my bike every day.” He seemed impressed.


sprite
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I pretty much just get questions about my bike, since it’s a folder. The only one that might be even slightly faqable is “where to get one” (they’re hoping for local maybe… I got it online and don’t know anywhere else.)

People at work sometimes ask how far I ride.


Bikelove2010
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my husbad get this a lot when people see his helmet

“you ride a motorcycle!?”

“uh, no, a bicycle”

“oh” in a very confused manner.

he also gets “do you need a ride” a lot too


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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I’ve decided that everything I am asked, or that is directed at me from a car or the sidewalk is going to register in my brain as “have a nice day!” What do I care what people shout out at me on my bike, and being pissed-off is such a bummer.


dooftram
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“Where do you put it?”

“Have you ever had your bike stolen?”

“Rust?”

For some reason where/how you store/lock your bike when you’re not on it befuddles some people. When I explain the Ulock and cable I use they say stuff like, “Yeah, but doesn’t it get all scratched up?”. Those excuses/questions about it “getting scratched up” or “rust” always come from some fairly affluent fool who claims to have (or have had) a nice shiny bike in their garage but wouldn’t want to ride it to work and have to lock it up outside. I tell them to buy an old beater at a garage sale so they can commute free of such concerns. I even offer to fix it up for them. They turn their nose up and say, “Well yeah, but if nobody else wants to ride it, why would I?”


caitlin
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“How do you carry XXXXX home with you?”

“Are you sure you don’t need a ride?”

“it’s not safe for you to ride home right now” (when its dark)

and like others said

“what kind of bike should I get? Where can i get it? I dont want to spend more than $150”

and then i tell them i have 3 bikes (“you have how many bikes?! why??”) and that i haven spent less than $1000 on all three.


Erica
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My roommate never understood why I wanted both a mountain bike and a road bike. I had to explain to her that the mountian bike is for winter and the road bike is for spring and summer.

Then again, my roommate also thought that cars should be allowed to drive in bus lanes and bikes should be allowed on sidewalks, because “it’s not fair.”


Mary
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“Is it legal for bikes to pass cars on the right?”

Generally this question comes from people who want to drive more safely around bikes and are looking for clarification of the rules.

Drivers are accustomed to vehicles passing them on the left, so I think they are surprised when a bike passes them on the right.

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