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Old 03-23-2017, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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LOL report back after the first month of commuting.
Exactly. It's not even the weather that worries me the most. There are no routes in accept for some very dangerous interstates. I think he's imagining something that isn't there. This is not a condensed east coast city.
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Old 03-23-2017, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Clovis Strong, NM
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Exactly. It's not even the weather that worries me the most. There are no routes in accept for some very dangerous interstates. I think he's imagining something that isn't there. This is not a condensed east coast city.
Since when did I ever say I live in a condensed, east coast city? I'll take the risks and make it work. A bike commute in bad traffic is a lot better than having my license suspended and pickup truck impounded due to a road-rage incident(bye bye livelihood). But for now, I'm not even finding any work worth going for down in that area. Just like a majority of these cities, they all seem to be strict, tech hubs with some other white collar and service employment sprinkled about.
Us truck drivers seem to get boned out to the rural sticks. And sadly, most other truckers I talk to prefer the "wide open spaces" garbage as opposed to some actual, decent living in the city.

New Mexico, Texas, a few nice urban cores with an overabundance of podunks!! That's what I get from living in these areas for the past, several years.
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Old 03-23-2017, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Austin, Merry Old land of Oz
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I love Austin, but biking from a burb into downtown Austin is just a bad idea. It won't work.
Yes. I don't like to dwell on negativity -- even tho' I do here, about Austin anyway, since it already has so many shills -- but honestly, bike riders get killed dead here way too often as it is, just normal biking on city streets. It's a problem but there isn't any solution, seemingly. Our roads are just too crowded, in bad condition many of them, and not build for sharing; and Austin drivers are heedless.
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Old 03-23-2017, 02:39 PM
 
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I don't think you can legally bike on I-35. And even if you could, it would be quite the extreme sport.
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Old 03-23-2017, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Clovis Strong, NM
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and Austin drivers are heedless.
That's everywhere though. I don't know what it is about car commuting, but the uptick in dashcam road rage videos I've been seeing makes me think the problem isn't going away any time soon. Hours cooped up in that box and one little mistake could have you ending up with a record, and a small blurb on the 10'o'Clock news.
I give cyclists plenty of space whenever I'm driving my pickup, don't know what's so hard about it for other drivers.
As far as making the move down there is concerned, can't really find any work for myself. Seems like I'm either stuck out here fending off the yokel herds in the 575, or taking one of the many bites I've been getting in the 303
So much for trying to move back towards a warm weather area.

Life in general blows and there's not much you could do about it, except swish it down.
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Old 03-23-2017, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Since when did I ever say I live in a condensed, east coast city? I'll take the risks and make it work. A bike commute in bad traffic is a lot better than having my license suspended and pickup truck impounded due to a road-rage incident(bye bye livelihood). But for now, I'm not even finding any work worth going for down in that area. Just like a majority of these cities, they all seem to be strict, tech hubs with some other white collar and service employment sprinkled about.
Us truck drivers seem to get boned out to the rural sticks. And sadly, most other truckers I talk to prefer the "wide open spaces" garbage as opposed to some actual, decent living in the city.

New Mexico, Texas, a few nice urban cores with an overabundance of podunks!! That's what I get from living in these areas for the past, several years.
Sounds like you need help bud.
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Old 03-23-2017, 04:21 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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Charlotte. Charlotte has a relatively loose, rapidly growing job market (lots of financial services companies, which seems to match your occupation - Raleigh has a lot of healthcare, education, software, etc.) and because the municipal and local governments don't have draconian land use and urban growth policies, rent/land costs are moderated, like in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, etc. I used to be anal and elitist about the whole suburban sprawl thing but honestly you get used to it. The suburbs really aren't so bad.
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Old 03-23-2017, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Clovis Strong, NM
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Sounds like you need help bud.
Great comeback. Unfortunately, I've burned too many bridges with past therapists so there is none.(and paying them with bad checks doesn't exactly help either)
Thanks for trying though.
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Old 03-23-2017, 08:42 PM
 
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I find a way to get around. After having dealt with owning a vehicle again for the past, four years, I'm more than willing to kick it to the curb once it's paid off. Heat and humidity is no problem. Yes, drivers do have a tendency to run one off the road, but it's a hazard I'm prepared to put up with.

This overblown idea of dying if you bike commute in a certain area is getting kind of tired. We're all going to go at some point in time. Pick your poison.
That and I drive semis as a job, so sitting behind a steering wheel is getting quite tiring for me.

Plenty of other affordable areas in Texas, if you really want to deal with true Texan experience. Get enough of that country drawl here in eastern NM to the point where it's getting harder each day to not hit the bottle
I've actually done the bike ride from Round Rock to N. Austin (Mopac/Parmer) a few times before the tollway was built....Don't do it bro!
I almost got splattered trying to navigate through La Frontera parking lot and nearly ran off the road by rock haulers in another attempt to take McNeil.

But if you still are going to attempt it, PM me for the best route and I'll try to help!
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Old 03-23-2017, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Great comeback. Unfortunately, I've burned too many bridges with past therapists so there is none.(and paying them with bad checks doesn't exactly help either)
Thanks for trying though.
For the sake of public safety, maybe you shouldn't be driving trucks anymore? For your safety, don't ride a bike either.
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