Tuesday, April 20, 2010

First Commute

It's that time of the year when my co-workers get to see me in my super hero outfit and I get to answer all kinds of cycling related questions during the day. Most commonly asked question- "how much does your bike cost?" I remember Fatty writing about this and recommended the following:

The solution? Tell non-cyclists you paid $499.99 for your bike, no matter how much you really paid for it. This number has been scientifically formulated to sound like more than a non-cyclist would pay for a bike, without otherwise drawing attention to itself.

It's solid advice. Now if I could come up with a way for people to stop flicking my bike or touching my saddle. Actually, I really like it when they touch the saddle. Especially just before lunch time.


Ski Bike Junkie said...

"$499.99" sounds a lot better than "two week's salary." You know cycling is more than just a hobby when "two week's salary" sounds perfectly reasonable.

South County Ciclista said...

I did my bike commute today as well. Nice morning. So did you leave your SS in the office to ride the dirt?

Miles: said...

$499 - That's how much my wife thinks my bikes cost.

bjchild said...

I'm going to have to try the $499.99 response.

I hate it when they want to lift it up to see how light it is compared to their Walmart bike.

Dave said...

Brannen, don't make fun of my Wal-Mart bike. Rick, is it cool if I come by and smell your saddle???

KanyonKris said...

"Actually, I really like it when they touch the saddle. Especially just before lunch time."

I don't know what that means exactly, and I'm pretty sure I don't want to know.