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(Gaston Gazette)   Woman applies for a job by traveling 26 miles by bike. Tells employer she needs the job even if she's two tired   (gastongazette.com) divider line 72
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2012-09-20 05:52:18 AM  
so? i have done that, and i never got on fark.
 
2012-09-20 06:13:55 AM  
Women?
 
2012-09-20 06:18:47 AM  
I ride a bike everywhere I go, except (shudder) sometimes the bus. It's not exactly that amazing. Lots more fun than driving a car anyway even in the rain.
 
2012-09-20 06:26:03 AM  
Tsk-tsk-tsk


...or whatever that sound is the drummer makes when one tells a shiatty joke to inform the audience to laugh
 
2012-09-20 07:04:38 AM  
26 miles in three hours on a bike sounds a little leisurely. If she really wanted that job, I bet she could do it in two.
 
2012-09-20 07:12:27 AM  
She's one of those worthless lazy 47%'ers who Romney doesn't care about. She probably thinks she's entitled to get a job that pays more than the $2.00/day people are willing to work for in China.
 
2012-09-20 07:29:00 AM  

cman: Tsk-tsk-tsk
...or whatever that sound is the drummer makes when one tells a shiatty joke to inform the audience to laugh


Two snare drums and a cymbal fall off a cliff.

Ba-doom-TISH!
 
2012-09-20 07:32:53 AM  

cman: Tsk-tsk-tsk


...or whatever that sound is the drummer makes when one tells a shiatty joke to inform the audience to laugh


I know what the sound is that the audience makes:

*GROAN*
 
2012-09-20 07:34:25 AM  
Maybe the job creator could have sent a car to pick her up, since he may eventually profit handsomely from her work. Haha, what am I thinking?
 
2012-09-20 07:47:39 AM  
Came here to complain about how a 26 mile bike ride supposedly counts as newsworthy. Almost blew a gasket when I saw the words "round trip".

This woman has been unemployed because she's lazy. Seriously, 3 hours? We have vice presidential candidates who can run that far faster than that....
 
2012-09-20 08:10:39 AM  
"I do not feel that riding my bike was too much to ask," White said. "God can't move a parked car. You've got to put it in drive. You can't do the same thing and get a different result. You get creative when you get poor."

So God can put Jesus on a piece of toast, but he can't actually do something that would help you. Sounds like a pretty farking worthless god to me.
 
2012-09-20 08:34:33 AM  

wingnut396: "I do not feel that riding my bike was too much to ask," White said. "God can't move a parked car. You've got to put it in drive. You can't do the same thing and get a different result. You get creative when you get poor."

So God can put Jesus on a piece of toast, but he can't actually do something that would help you. Sounds like a pretty farking worthless god to me.


He's too busy helping rich people get richer.
 
2012-09-20 08:47:58 AM  
images.politico.com
This is what makes America great, today we're all Mexican, or Chinese. Look at me, I'm proof.
 
2012-09-20 08:55:15 AM  
I can ride 26 miles in 26 minutes...
 
2012-09-20 09:10:18 AM  
Came looking for more bike puns.... I guess its still too early
 
2012-09-20 09:36:39 AM  
Why the strange tag? At least she is doing something. May not be newsworthy, but it is better than Krystal Lynn or Shakeesha or whatever.

And for those who wonder why it took 3 hours for 13 miles, Gastonia is a pretty hilly area.
 
2012-09-20 09:38:25 AM  
This is what stems from the unemployed having a deflated sense of worth. Sometimes you have to just adjust your headset, grab life by the handlebars to get back in that wage earning saddle. If you want to make it to the top tube, and eat those fancy meals with a carbon fork, then you can't stay chained to the ground, or remain fixed in a single gear. If things are going downhill, and life seems derailuered, pull on the center pull brakes, make sure you're clipped in, and get ready to crank out what is needed.
 
2012-09-20 09:39:58 AM  
That's some fine wordplay there.
 
2012-09-20 09:42:48 AM  
Good for her.
 
2012-09-20 09:51:56 AM  
I'd rather bike 26 miles than wait around to take 2 trains and a bus, which I did several times to get to interviews in the suburbs, but biking and wearing a suit and winter don't mix well.
 
2012-09-20 10:10:15 AM  

serial_crusher: Came here to complain about how a 26 mile bike ride supposedly counts as newsworthy. Almost blew a gasket when I saw the words "round trip".

This woman has been unemployed because she's lazy. Seriously, 3 hours? We have vice presidential candidates who can run that far faster than that....


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2012-09-20 10:22:42 AM  

DrewCurtisJr: I'd rather bike 26 miles than wait around to take 2 trains and a bus, which I did several times to get to interviews in the suburbs, but biking and wearing a suit and winter don't mix well.


Try the deep south in summer. Hell, waiting for the bus is almost as bad as riding a bike.
 
2012-09-20 10:24:27 AM  
Its quite easy to maintain 15-18mph on a mountain bike (with a little training behind you). Beyond those speeds you probably want to get a roadbike. But 3 hours on an MTB is really slow unless it was mountainous where she was riding.
 
2012-09-20 10:35:46 AM  
Yikes. Maybe if she wasn't riding a 35 lb junk FS Walmart mountain bike she could do it in less than three hours. I know places where I can get a free bike that'd be better for a 26 miles road ride than that.
 
2012-09-20 10:40:46 AM  

Elzar: Its quite easy to maintain 15-18mph on a mountain bike (with a little training behind you). Beyond those speeds you probably want to get a roadbike. But 3 hours on an MTB is really slow unless it was mountainous where she was riding.


Your speed may well depend on fitness, but it also depends a lot on terrain, the route length, the wind, the weather, how tired you are, if you're riding with anyone, etc. etc.

I've done a sub 5 hour century that was extremely flat in a group of 6 other fit cyclists, a sub 25 minute 10 mile TT, and yet in the hill country around my house I can hammer for 20 miles alone and be happy to crack 18 mph.
 
2012-09-20 10:44:08 AM  

Confabulat: I ride a bike everywhere I go, except (shudder) sometimes the bus. It's not exactly that amazing. Lots more fun than driving a car anyway even in the rain.


I agree, up to the point about the rain. Riding in the rain bothers me because cars tend to see me less. Even with two rear facing Planet Bike Super Flashes. That and it just means more $$ for maintenances and replacement parts, especially in today's world of basically non serviceable bearings. You also get more flats, and there's nothing better than changing a tube in the pouring rain.
 
2012-09-20 11:16:51 AM  

Mose: Yikes. Maybe if she wasn't riding a 35 lb junk FS Walmart mountain bike she could do it in less than three hours. I know places where I can get a free bike that'd be better for a 26 miles road ride than that.


Yeah. Not to be totally godawful snobby about it, but I'd be dead-dog tired after riding that cast-iron-drainpipe monster for 26 miles, too. Suspension parts on any bike under $500 do nothing but suck energy from you. Props to her for making it. I'm not saying she needs a carbon fiber whip or anything either. I've just seen the delighted look enough times when I've moved someone from that kind of 'bike' (utterly unsuited for roads, if it's suited for anything) to, say, a 15-year-old 21-speed steel hybrid frame with 100psi (700x32-35) semislick tires (a ride which should cost about the same as the Walmart bike). Night and day.
 
2012-09-20 11:49:19 AM  
Meh. Call me when someone completes a century just to drop off an application.

Sure her bike is heavy, and she's probably not in great shape. But there's plenty of people who commute 26 miles by bike on a daily basis. Thinking someone would ride 26 to land a job shouldn't blow anyone's mind.
 
2012-09-20 11:52:25 AM  
I'd personally blame the 2 new mothers chit chatting side by side with their superdeluxe strollers taking up the entire goddamn path, yielding to nobody, sharing with only themselves in any direction. I'd make extra effort to speed up, and yell 'Passing on the right, thanks for sharing!"
 
2012-09-20 11:55:13 AM  
Back in the late 90's and early 2000's I would ride a road/mountain bike to work, 12 miles each way. I had a shower facility and kept clothes there so that made it easier. At my most fittest, I could cover the distance in about 45 minutes. It took 20-25 to drive it.
 
2012-09-20 12:13:37 PM  

DemDave: Meh. Call me when someone completes a century just to drop off an application.

Sure her bike is heavy, and she's probably not in great shape. But there's plenty of people who commute 26 miles by bike on a daily basis. Thinking someone would ride 26 to land a job shouldn't blow anyone's mind.


I ride 24 miles a day after work for fun. Give me a jorb!
 
2012-09-20 12:15:46 PM  
And question to the Fark bike experts:

My old '98 Schwinn Homegrown mtb is just starting to show its age. Would something like a new Rockhopper Comp 29 or other comparable Trek like ride be worth it? I see LX, XT and XTR changed a bit. I'd use it for fitness and fun, mostly path riding with my then 5yr old, and the occasional singletrack blast. I don't do anything too dumb as the Rockshox Judy and Mavic x221 wheels have survived my 270ish lbs nicely even through a few real good 'oopsies'.
 
2012-09-20 12:27:45 PM  

angry_scientist: And question to the Fark bike experts:

My old '98 Schwinn Homegrown mtb is just starting to show its age. Would something like a new Rockhopper Comp 29 or other comparable Trek like ride be worth it? I see LX, XT and XTR changed a bit. I'd use it for fitness and fun, mostly path riding with my then 5yr old, and the occasional singletrack blast. I don't do anything too dumb as the Rockshox Judy and Mavic x221 wheels have survived my 270ish lbs nicely even through a few real good 'oopsies'.


What are you wanting to do with it now?
 
2012-09-20 12:35:14 PM  

angry_scientist: And question to the Fark bike experts:

My old '98 Schwinn Homegrown mtb is just starting to show its age. Would something like a new Rockhopper Comp 29 or other comparable Trek like ride be worth it? I see LX, XT and XTR changed a bit. I'd use it for fitness and fun, mostly path riding with my then 5yr old, and the occasional singletrack blast. I don't do anything too dumb as the Rockshox Judy and Mavic x221 wheels have survived my 270ish lbs nicely even through a few real good 'oopsies'.


I may get yelled at a lot by 29er disciples but I'd be a little wary of 29 inch mtb wheels at 270 lbs (no offense). Although you may not have much choice soon. Almost the entire XC/AM line up from Specialized is 29er this year. If you go that route, get beefy 29ers.

Hard to say if it'd be worth it. Is your fork worn out? Judys were pretty nice forks. Not as nice as Marzocchis of the same era, and probably not a lot of travel (70mm?) but... is your drivetrain in working order?

New cables/housing, brake pads, chain, chainrings and a casette would probably be enough to make your bike feel like new again, provided your fork has any damping left.
 
2012-09-20 12:46:50 PM  
You people are missing the whole point of the story. It's aimed at the lazy, dependent 47%, telling them to STFU and grab their bootstraps.
 
kab
2012-09-20 01:20:37 PM  
This article is the very definition of "how the fark is this shiat newsworthy", and subby should feel bad for even bothering with it to begin with.
 
2012-09-20 01:23:47 PM  
But riding a bike to work is good for the environment. Hopefully she will stay poor in order to prevent global warming.
 
2012-09-20 01:31:20 PM  

weave: She's one of those worthless lazy 47%'ers who Romney doesn't care about. She probably thinks she's entitled to get a job that pays more than the $2.00/day people are willing to work for in China.


Wow. I can't believe there are people this stupid.
 
2012-09-20 01:32:07 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: You people are missing the whole point of the story. It's aimed at the lazy, dependent 47%, telling them to STFU and grab their bootstraps.


You too.
 
2012-09-20 02:07:36 PM  

robbiex0r: What are you wanting to do with it now?


Mose: I may get yelled at a lot by 29er disciples


Yeah, I'd prefer a non 29er, but I just want it to be comparable to the Homegrown and basically put up with my general use and abuse another 10ish years while I ride, and with my kids. Also, the lhs's are mostly Trek family shops.

/fun fact: first good bike I bought at age 16 was a Fisher Yahoo back in the day from Mike Wolfe on American Pickers
 
2012-09-20 02:27:01 PM  
18 months of unemployment checks later, she decides to look for a job.
 
2012-09-20 02:36:15 PM  

Mose: I may get yelled at a lot by 29er disciples but I'd be a little wary of 29 inch mtb wheels at 270 lbs (no offense). Although you may not have much choice soon. Almost the entire XC/AM line up from Specialized is 29er this year. If you go that route, get beefy 29ers.


It's particularly funny that so many suspension MTBs are going 29er, meanwhile one of the better selling road-oriented bikes here (Surly Long Haul Trucker) sells mostly in 26" wheels these days and does just fine. With beefy tires on a 29er or 120psi slicks on a 26" drop-bar road bike, the distinctions are... um... yeah... whatever really. At over 250 pounds and any kind of abuse, I guess I'd give a slight advantage to 26" wheels, but build quality is more important than the couple of inches.

I think I agree with mose that, unless there's something specific broken and hard-to-replace (suspension fork is on the 'maybe' line, although if that's all you're doing it's still cheaper than a new bike), you haven't given much real reason to switch. I rode a 1985 bike to work today.
 
2012-09-20 02:46:25 PM  
The closest I ever lived to work was 8 miles. And I sure as hell wouldnt bike to work around the DC burbs. Right now Im 40 miles from home. They better open them closer offices soon
 
2012-09-20 02:49:17 PM  

8 inches: weave: She's one of those worthless lazy 47%'ers who Romney doesn't care about. She probably thinks she's entitled to get a job that pays more than the $2.00/day people are willing to work for in China.

Wow. I can't believe there are people this stupid.



Yes, it was a pretty stupid thing for Romney to say.
 
2012-09-20 03:19:37 PM  

hugram: I can ride 26 miles in 26 minutes...


You must be going to the gym.
 
2012-09-20 03:31:42 PM  
The comments on that side depress me...

She has a broken car - I have no car.
She left at 9am - I leave at 6:45am.
She did it once for an interview - I do it *everyday* (M-F) for my job.
She rode 26 miles - I ride....okay...I won't lie - I ride just shy of 25 miles - but I'm in high traffic area. It sucks
She just collected unemployment for 18 months - I'm not even eligible for such benefits.

//The life of an immigrant sucks....
 
2012-09-20 03:33:09 PM  

Another Government Employee: Why the strange tag? At least she is doing something. May not be newsworthy, but it is better than Krystal Lynn or Shakeesha or whatever.

And for those who wonder why it took 3 hours for 13 miles, Gastonia is a pretty hilly area.


To be fair - it'd be better if she'd done it 18 months ago....
 
2012-09-20 04:54:12 PM  

angry_scientist: robbiex0r: What are you wanting to do with it now?

Mose: I may get yelled at a lot by 29er disciples

Yeah, I'd prefer a non 29er, but I just want it to be comparable to the Homegrown and basically put up with my general use and abuse another 10ish years while I ride, and with my kids. Also, the lhs's are mostly Trek family shops.

/fun fact: first good bike I bought at age 16 was a Fisher Yahoo back in the day from Mike Wolfe on American Pickers


a new Trek or Specialized seems overkill for your use, you're paying a lot for those names. See if you can find someone selling RedLine mountain bikes or watch Craigslist for a used Surly 1x1 or something.
 
2012-09-20 05:19:03 PM  
Paging Uchiha_Cycliste to the thread....
 
2012-09-20 06:25:29 PM  

BigEd: Back in the late 90's and early 2000's I would ride a road/mountain bike to work, 12 miles each way. I had a shower facility and kept clothes there so that made it easier. At my most fittest, I could cover the distance in about 45 minutes. It took 20-25 to drive it.


That's about my speed. 16 miles each way, takes just about an hour to bike, half an hour to drive. I usually bike three days a week, drive the other two, which puts me over a hundred miles each week just biking around weekends. When I have to explain it to people, I say it's a choice to do something I enjoy (biking) for two hours over something I don't enjoy (driving during rush hour) for an hour. And it keeps me in shape.

And now I'm looking even more forward to my ride home in an hour.
 
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