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Old 05-04-2011, 07:14 AM   #21
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This is an excellent illustration of a fallacious dichotomy. We all do it. As if bicycling on public roads were the only alternative to sitting on the couch all the time, or that anyone who was energetic enough to bicycle would choose to sit on a couch all the time if he decided that cycling were in fact too dangerous for him.

But this is the way our brains frame it.

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Good observation. I have some friends who are masters of this. They seem to have a huge need to re-enforce their decisions (which may not really be in need of re-enforcement).

Maybe I'll spend the day trying to identify where I do this myself - it's probably tough to self-identify.

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Old 05-04-2011, 07:27 AM   #22
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Congrats on the century - was this your first? My Dad really enjoyed that century a few years ago - I think he has downgraded his distance rides these days. Hope you and your bike heal properly soon!
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Congrats on the century - was this your first?
I did a few in the 70s, and one around 1999.

The healing is going well; today I got dressed all by myself (couldn't do pants or socks for a few days).
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today I got dressed all by myself (couldn't do pants or socks for a few days).
So all you wore was a t-shirt?
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ABSTRACT and CONCRETE

One often thinks "Bicycling can be dangerous. I could be hit by a car or have a bad crash, but, hey, you can't just sit on the couch all the time!"

But the concept of a crash is abstract until it happens. As soon as it's concrete, the balance between doing something somewhat dangerous and just sitting at home is viewed a little differently.
There have been a lot more people killed (600-800/year) riding bicycles the last decade than died in foreign wars. The bike on bike, bike on road hazard, collisions are more frequent, but the car and bike collision are the killers.
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My helmet cracked slightly, so it probably saved me.
I hate helmets, but good thing you wore one...

Get well soon!
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