Bike or Bus?

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    Apr 27, 2013 6:34 AM GMT
    So Im gonna be applying for jobs soon, and the whole transportation issue starts rearing its ugly head. It'll take some time before i can get my own car, so it's either biking or the bus for me. A bike would cost about a third of a bus pass for a year. And it would take roughly the same amount of time to arrive at a location for either of the two. But arriving at an interview or work sweaty from the ride can make me appear unprofessional. I admit i dont know how to ride, nor do i know bike laws or maintenance, but saving a couple hundred bucks seems like a good tradeoff.

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    Anyone go through a similar period in their life?
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    Apr 27, 2013 6:38 AM GMT
    er... what? For interviews? If you don't have bike-fu, take the bus. But work on the bike-fu.

    And find a job within walking or short-biking distance. Commuting is a waste of life.
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    Apr 27, 2013 6:43 AM GMT
    you don't want to arrive sweaty ... unless you backpack it and clean up when you get there ... a lot of people where I work bike it and shower at work
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    Apr 27, 2013 6:47 AM GMT
    If it takes the same amount of time for both, then I would recommend taking the bus. If you're concerned about the cost of taking a bus, then wait till you get a car. It's going to cost even more.
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    Apr 27, 2013 6:47 AM GMT
    I strongly suggest you pick a place to work that is close by.

    If you can't then bus it for the time being. Once you get comfortable on a bike then start doing that....

    Don't make this harder than it should be....


    Plus biking is good exercise!!!!!!!!
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    Apr 27, 2013 7:01 AM GMT
    Bike. Great Excercise, fun, fresh air etc. .

    If you're worried about showing up to work sweaty then you should either leave earlier so you can ride your bike slowly (so you won't get sweaty) or just take the bus. I highly suggest you get a bike though, You'll enjoy it. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 27, 2013 7:02 AM GMT
    Though please use the bus for your first intital interviews. You don't want to show up hot and sweaty.

    Once you get a lay of the land, then start with the bike....
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    Apr 27, 2013 7:59 AM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidThough please use the bus for your first intital interviews. You don't want to show up hot and sweaty.

    Once you get a lay of the land, then start with the bike....


    This, exactly. Take transit to the interview.

    I would also recommend that you look into bicycling skills classes. I see that you live somewhere in California, which generally has great bicycling organizations, so I bet if you look up something like "{cityname} bicycle coalition" you will find quickly find some free opportunities. They may also steer you to a bike that suits your needs.

    Once you get comfortable on a bike, you may ultimately find out that you don't need the car after all.
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    Apr 28, 2013 2:17 AM GMT
    mindgarden saider... what? For interviews? If you don't have bike-fu, take the bus. But work on the bike-fu.

    And find a job within walking or short-biking distance. Commuting is a waste of life.


    Bike-fu? Like Kung-fu? icon_eek.gificon_lol.gif

    I'm definitely gonna try to keep it close, but I'm not sure what'll come my way.
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    Apr 28, 2013 2:17 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidyou don't want to arrive sweaty ... unless you backpack it and clean up when you get there ... a lot of people where I work bike it and shower at work


    I'm not gonna count on showers at work, but thanks for the interesting advice.
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    Apr 28, 2013 2:18 AM GMT
    xrichx saidIf it takes the same amount of time for both, then I would recommend taking the bus. If you're concerned about the cost of taking a bus, then wait till you get a car. It's going to cost even more.


    I can afford the bus, but I'd save a couple hundred by using the bike instead. A couple of hundred I could use to put towards a car, or other expense.
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    Apr 28, 2013 2:21 AM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidI strongly suggest you pick a place to work that is close by.

    If you can't then bus it for the time being. Once you get comfortable on a bike then start doing that....

    Don't make this harder than it should be....


    Plus biking is good exercise!!!!!!!!


    jmusmc85 saidThough please use the bus for your first intital interviews. You don't want to show up hot and sweaty.

    Once you get a lay of the land, then start with the bike....


    I'm gonna try getting a close job, but sometimes life isn't so kind. But you're right, I should bus it for interviews. I guess I can try both for a while and see which I like better. But I do like the idea of getting some exercise while getting to work.
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    Apr 28, 2013 2:23 AM GMT
    Slim2010 saidBike. Great Excercise, fun, fresh air etc. .

    If you're worried about showing up to work sweaty then you should either leave earlier so you can ride your bike slowly (so you won't get sweaty) or just take the bus. I highly suggest you get a bike though, You'll enjoy it. icon_biggrin.gif


    I'm not sure if the sun alone will make me sweat. Summers can be kinda cruel here. The last few have been bearable, but if it gets too hot, even if I take it slow, I'm gonna sweat. I'm definitely gonna get a bike though, even if it is just for fun.
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    Apr 28, 2013 2:25 AM GMT
    CFL_Oakland said
    jmusmc85 saidThough please use the bus for your first intital interviews. You don't want to show up hot and sweaty.

    Once you get a lay of the land, then start with the bike....


    This, exactly. Take transit to the interview.

    I would also recommend that you look into bicycling skills classes. I see that you live somewhere in California, which generally has great bicycling organizations, so I bet if you look up something like "{cityname} bicycle coalition" you will find quickly find some free opportunities. They may also steer you to a bike that suits your needs.

    Once you get comfortable on a bike, you may ultimately find out that you don't need the car after all.


    I definitely need the car, but the bike may be enough for most of my needs. And I'll look into the local organizations, thanks for bringing it up.
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    Apr 28, 2013 2:27 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidGet the job.. then decide!


    How do I get to the job though? I'd like to stick with one or the other, but I guess I could try both for awhile.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Apr 28, 2013 2:28 AM GMT
    i say buy the bike and a good bike. take the bus to your interview and if you get the job you can ride your bike to work. if i have a interview and its during the warmer times during the year than i take a cab or catch the metro bus or train
  • He_Man

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    Apr 28, 2013 2:28 AM GMT

    You can do both, really. I bike almost everywhere I go - to the gym, to work, school, etc. If I have to go somewhere long distance, i.e., more than a twenty minute bike ride, or if it is raining, then I put my bike on the bus. The buses here in South Florida have bike racks on the front of the bus, so I'm not sure how it is where you are from, but I would highly recommend getting a bike and then using a bus for emergency situations.

    You will get fit in no time riding your bike around.

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    Apr 28, 2013 2:42 AM GMT
    I'm in the same boat right now myself. I walk for the most part. Overland Park is relatively flat with a hill or incline here and there. And there are sidewalks all over the place. And car drivers are respectable for walkers, runners and bikers.

    For the interviews, if the company is within 2 miles or less, I will walk (because most right now are not early time and here the buses do not run after 9am and before 5pm) to the interview, get there at least 30 minutes before. If it is a little warm, I will have time to wash my face and redo the deodorant. I do have a bike and repairing it. As long as the weather is great, I will ride to the interview/work/bus stop until I get a car. If it rains, maybe a taxi.

    Since you are in California, use the bus to make sure you are not disheveled before the interview. Once you get the job, then you will know about the actual transportation, either walking, biking, bus or taxi sometimes. Maybe even carpooling. Good luck for the interviews! icon_wink.gif