withdrawl symptoms...

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by jstinnett, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. jstinnett

    jstinnett Guest

    ....are setting in. In my gumpy 93 Volvo Wagon (snort, hrumph) back and
    forth to my modified work day, I am constantly looking for two wheelers to
    just look at. I have noticed there really aren't many of the daily
    hardcore commute riders that there should be. Considering the volume of
    traffic. high fuel prices and the lack of wet weather, it seems that there
    is a dearth of dedicated riders out making a difference for "alteranative"

    Then I heard from someone that a rider lost their life out on 101 this
    past week, another excuse for those not so sure about picking a bike as
    their next commute vehicle.

    Where is everyone?
    I know I forsook commuting by bike for a number of years, but mostly
    because I was a suit and tie guy, and made a number of outside meetings.
    There was also the perception that commute traffic had a tremendous
    potential for danger. A whole region suddenly overwhelmed by sociopathic,
    aggressive assholes, all yelling into their cellphones and traveling
    across several lanes at a time without the slightest nod to the actual
    traffic laws. Not the type of morning ride I usually looked forward to.

    Then again, it was a beautiful spring morning, with not a car in sight
    that landed me in the ditch.

    I am wondering how long it will be before the wrist/arm is ready for
    action. I have a long titianium plate that is clutching the distal (end)
    of my ulna, then screwed into the bone for more support. The three screws
    will come out next week, and a new cast fitted. Perhaps I the doctor will
    have some encoraging words ...
    like, "you want to know when you can expect to do WHAT again?"
    Jim Stinnett
    YZF R1
    jstinnett, Jun 10, 2006
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    muddy Guest

    Since taking the new job, it's almost impossible for me to ride the
    bike. I have to take all my tools with me and they just don't fit.

    There's a ton of bikes at the site[1] I'm working on now. Someone's
    having fun and it's not me.

    [1]Northern Telcom.
    muddy, Jun 10, 2006
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    Rich Guest

    Riding is more fun, but for commuting, a Prius gets better mileage than
    most bikes and the same HOV privileges. OK, you can't lanesplit, but you
    do get climate control and tunes to compensate.

    Been in a similar place when a torn ACL had me off the bike and into the
    surgeon's hands back in 1998-9. The physical therapist post-op was
    skeptical of my desire to ride again, but knowing how gymphobic I am,
    there was no question that getting well enough to ride was a major part
    of the motivation that drove my recovery. Six weeks post-op, I went to
    the PT with a cane strapped to my back to mount and dismount with. I
    even got caught in the rain riding home. It felt WONDERFUL!

    Rich, Urban Biker
    Rich, Jun 10, 2006
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    Timberwoof Guest

    Climate control: That's when the sky opens up and I hve to put my rain
    jacket on.

    Tunes: The sound of the blustery wind gusting on my helmet.

    Lanesplitting: Nuff said.
    Who needs climate control?

    Does your knee ache when it's about to rain? My knee just aches.
    Timberwoof, Jun 10, 2006
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    Timberwoof Guest

    Hmmm. Maybe there is a legitimate reason to get a trailer for a
    Timberwoof, Jun 10, 2006
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    Alan Moore Guest

    On Fri, 09 Jun 2006 20:35:22 -0700, Timberwoof

    Happens oftener up your way than down here in the South Bay.
    I'm deaf enough that I barely hear that stuff.
    Just another nice thing about living in California.

    A couple of years ago my wife and I were shopping for a new cage. I
    was astounded to discover that AC was not an option any more -- at
    least not at any of the dealers we visited. All the cars they had in
    stock had it installed. Some wouldn't even quote us a price for a car
    without it. Yagh!

    When I lived in Tucson, AZ for a couple of years, the natives told me
    that you had to have air conditioning in your home to survive, but I
    did OK without. My only complaint was that it was too cold in the
    Mine bothers me in cold weather. That's why I didn't care for Tucson's
    winter weather. The intellectual climate also left a bit to be

    Al Moore
    DoD 734
    Alan Moore, Jun 10, 2006
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    muddy Guest

    I considered that. But this way the bike is only ridden for fun, the
    truck signifies work.
    muddy, Jun 11, 2006
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    barbz Guest

    I sort of want a trailer too. People have been bugging me to take up
    camping. No dirtscrabble dome tent for me, I want a 3 room tent,
    inflatable furniture, and a full kitchen plus floor tarp.

    Yes...I need a trailer too...

    Chaplain, ARSCC

    "Comparing Scientology to a motorcycle gang is a gross, unpardonable
    insult to bikers everywhere. Even at our worst, we are never as bad as
    -ex-member, Thunderclouds motorcycle "club"
    barbz, Jun 11, 2006
  9. A friend of mine would recommend finding a bike you can sit on, be
    it a friend's, a shop bike, etc. Sit on it, close your eyes, and
    make vroom-vroom noises.

    Patti Beadles, Jun 11, 2006
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    Timberwoof Guest


    They have bigger ones, appropriate for my Civic, for instance.
    Timberwoof, Jun 11, 2006
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    jstinnett Guest

    Oh I still have plenty of bikes to sit on. :)

    Yzf R1

    jstinnett, Jun 11, 2006
  12. Well then... what are you waiting for? "Vroom vroom!"

    Patti Beadles, Jun 12, 2006
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    muddy Guest

    But then you have to ride 55.

    How much do trailers cost anyway?
    muddy, Jun 12, 2006
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    muddy Guest

    Too big for me then. I would want something that I could unhook and roll
    through a standard 36" door so I could take it inside a building and not
    have to unload my tools.
    muddy, Jun 12, 2006
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    barbz Guest

    Or (heh) sit on a bike with an ipod loaded with 60 minutes of motorcycle

    Chaplain, ARSCC

    "Comparing Scientology to a motorcycle gang is a gross, unpardonable
    insult to bikers everywhere. Even at our worst, we are never as bad as
    -ex-member, Thunderclouds motorcycle "club"
    barbz, Jun 12, 2006
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    barbz Guest

    What is this double nickel of which you speak? I am not familiar with
    the concept.

    Chaplain, ARSCC

    "Comparing Scientology to a motorcycle gang is a gross, unpardonable
    insult to bikers everywhere. Even at our worst, we are never as bad as
    -ex-member, Thunderclouds motorcycle "club"
    barbz, Jun 12, 2006
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    Dave Slavik Guest

    I can keep those bikes well exercised for ya!

    Dave Slavik, Jun 18, 2006
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