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    Other employees interested in bicycling, bikes

    I've worked for my present employer for the past 7 yrs. It's govn't and many employees. Within my immediate workgroup (18 people), there was 1 person who got interested in cycling. Had her used bike fixed, started commuting several times /wk. after parking car at a lot, on bike to work. I would make some observations/tips on bike buying. Certainly I never tried to be expert --just obvious sensible advice and encouraged them to pummel bike shop with questions, etc.

    In the past 3 wks., more different employees asked me/talked about cycling:
    *A guy who wants to buy a bike so he can accompany his little son's growing competency on bike. He's sending kid to a summer bike camp. I told him he might not be able to catch up with son unless he's willing to jog along. Child is 4 yrs. old.

    *A woman, mother of 2, who has longingly 1/2 yr. ago told me about wanting to bike. Just this wk. after trying to ride her son' bike (she is under 5 ' tall), she can hesitantly ride without the training wheels. We talked about bike fit, use of brakes, safe places to learn cycling if one falls. Her cycling son is 8 yrs. He and mother simultaneously have just learned to bike..of course son is flying off around the playground.

    *another woman tells me she rides with her store bought drone above. I gently told her there are a lot of restrictions flying drones. I didn't quite understand of how she was using the drone..

    *still another woman on maternity leave, bought a Chariot bike trailer and is eager to try it out. Might be more time before this happens...baby is only 4 months old. She invited me to go cycling with her and baby one day. I'll have to figure that one out since it's way over in south end of city ...an area I don't know at all. I have confidence that she will rapidly adjust to baby trailer, since...she used to be a bike courier long ago.
    Last edited by shootingstar; 07-04-2017 at 07:18 PM.
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    Very cool. My fellow employees also cycle, but they are roadies with a lot of experience, so it is 'still' more me asking them. I do know a lot more about bike specs and gear than they do, though.

    Drone? ... um. You have to find out exactly what she is doing with this. A video would be cool.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 07-05-2017 at 04:57 AM.
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    I didn't quite understand her...drone flying near /over her...which is illegal.

    By the way, our employer has a larger drone for specific uses....to do surveying work over huge landfill piles etc. Anyway, it crashed and currently sent away for repair. It was controlled by a trained technician according to federal law requirements. ...so stuff happens...easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shootingstar View Post
    I didn't quite understand her...drone flying near /over her...which is illegal.

    By the way, our employer has a larger drone for specific uses....to do surveying work over huge landfill piles etc. Anyway, it crashed and currently sent away for repair. It was controlled by a trained technician according to federal law requirements. ...so stuff happens...easily.
    That was the point, the drone is bizarre, but hysterically funny, to be honest. I can imagine a youtube video....
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    Can't comment on the drone thing. They're a rare bird, up here.

    When I worked in suburban Chicago, I did get a lot of comments on my bikes, because I commuted with them, eventually going all bike and selling my car. Most of the comments were positive, but, interestingly, a few were not. One guy, in particular resented the way I demolished his fanatical belief that a car was an absolute must to survive in the Chicago area. How dare I suggest otherwise?

    My boss was very concerned about my safety and my ability to get to work in the winter, so I made extra sure that I didn't miss a day due to snow or cold. I did it, though, and in the end, he was actually proud of me for doing it and even bragged about it, at times. He was also very accommodating and found a place where I could safely keep the bike inside, given that bike theft in Chicago is rampant.

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    Are you still Car-Free?
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