I commuted to work for 30 years. In those 30 years I had only one 
altercation, with a young aggressive boy in a pickup truck (a Southwest 
staple). Other than that everybody knew me. The secretaries would 
occasionally wave (with their perfume filling my nostrils as they drove by 
at 45mph). My commuter was a late 70's Holdsworth Mistral converted to 
fixed. British racing green, fenders, drop bars, saddlebag, knickers, 
sweater, wool cap. Every day was a tweed day for me. One morning a fella 
pulled alongside, very well dressed, gave me a thumbs up, and yelled "Rule 
Britannia." He was in a beautifully restored TR 6. Subsequently saw him in 
a gorgeous Austin Healey 3000. 
     I think your regular presence breeds acceptance. If the same people 
see you at the same time. Commuting is much more fun when it's not seen as 
a battle. 
     Also, I bought my Toyota pickup in 2002 with 30 thousand on it. It's 
got 130 thousand now. You can do the math. Most of those are camping miles 
from innumerable sojourns around the Southwest. Probably why the thing runs 
so well now...all those long distances at a constant speed.

Craig in Tucson 

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10:38:33 PM UTC-7, J Imler wrote:
> I do my best to ride my bike vs drive, mostly because riding is a lot of 
> fun along with personal and enviro benefits. In the last six months I've 
> put 2,000 miles on my car. I'm shooting for a sub 5k year. We'll see. 
> The thing that strikes me more and more is how few people ride in my town 
> and how enclosed everyone appears in their cars. I feel like I'm sticking 
> out like a sore thumb. There's a quote I like, the one that says be the 
> change you wish to see in the world. I feel I'm living that out when I 
> decide to ride vs drive.
> Today there was some enjoyment and connection between myself and the 
> drivers though. Several waved and smiled, like they wanted to be riding 
> too. That made me feel good. 
> I'm sure every place has a different cycling culture but can anyone relate 
> to what I'm talking about?

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