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Objects in Mirror: May 13, 2009 Archive

Give MPR's Bob Collins your biking advice

Posted at 9:40 AM on May 13, 2009 by Julia Schrenkler

Not only is Bob Collins hosting a chat about biking Thursday, May 14 at 1 p.m. CT, he's actually biking to work today. No big deal, right? Plenty of people do it, but Collins has a particular perspective on this.

I like riding a bike around the neighborhood just fine. But I'm 55. I'm out of shape, and I abhor the thought of showing up to work sweaty. I don't ride in the road to make a point. I don't think it makes much sense to buy a several-thousand-dollar bike to save a few hundred dollars worth of gasoline. Last year I rode my bike from Woodbury to the South St. Paul airport each weekend. But saving $4 in gasoline cost me $5 in Gatorade.

Where other people look cool riding a bike, I look like a guy whose car is in the shop.

He's also "bored by the biker vs. motorist debate, which hasn't moved in any direction in years" but he did close the blog entry asking bike commuters to share tips and stories about their rides. This is where I perked up:
"While your truthful, fairly accurate description may very well sum up a portion of the bicyclists, it's just like anything...a few bad eggs spoil the reputation for the rest of us! Kudos to you for going through the 'hassle' of planning ahead and figuring out how to conquer your Wednesday bike commute! Maybe with practice, and a purchase of a roomy commute bag, you'll be back to packing your lunch.

If you're really lucky you'll find a hidden shower tucked away in some obscure bathroom. That way there'll be no obvious give away that you biked to work, until coworkers walk past your cubicle and see your sweaty cloths draped over the office furniture air-drying

It's a great way to start and end the work day, and for some reason you feel that much cooler cuz you left the lazy a*s car at home."
- Posted by Annie | May 12, 2009 9:09 PM

Ride safe and keep the rubber side down. Enjoy what Mother Nature presents you for your ride."
- Posted by Martin | May 12, 2009 10:34 PM

"Biking to work is not only good for you (great health benefits) but great for the environment (less dependence on oil and less pollution). That's why so many people are biking to work."
- Posted by kathryn | May 13, 2009 7:53 AM

Do you ride to work? Give Bob Collins your biking advice in the blog comments, and hope you'll join the live chat tomorrow on News Cut.

What was your path to military service?

Posted at 3:46 PM on May 13, 2009 by Julia Schrenkler

If you've served in the military, are currently enlisted or planning to enlist, share your story. The Public Insight Journalism team wants to know about your path to military service:

In 1973, the military draft ended and we now have an all-volunteer military. We want to explore the stories and experiences of the men and women who have chosen to serve.

Whether it was a person, a moment, an event or something else altogether that drove you to serve your country, we want to hear about it.

Share your story now and help us cover the news.

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