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Old 12-11-2012, 01:30 AM   #1171
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You WILL come off a bike if you ride enough.. For you, wear the right kit and for the bike fit crash bars. BE PREPARED !

Even if you are not generally mechanical, try and get into the habit of working on the bike yourself rather than relying on others; it's cheaper, you are self reliant, and it will give you pride.

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Old 12-11-2012, 11:05 AM   #1172
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If you are not competing then riding is not a sport.
This thread is for "noobs" so I realy don't want to get into a semantic discussion however: -
1) Depending upon one's interpretation, "sport" does not have to be a competition (Scuba diving? Mountaineering?).
2) I compete with the traffic most days.
3) I don't measure my manhood by the size of the bike that throbs between my legs.
4) I have been around long enough not to feel the need to prove myself over and over again - my ego just isn't that dominant.
5) Enjoy your "sport" - whatever it may be, but get a life.
Have a nice day..
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:19 AM   #1173
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Use your mirrors. Glance in them every few minutes - more frequently in traffic. What is behind you can be more dangerous than what is up front.
Before overtaking or changing lane, always double-check (as suggesed above) by actually taking a quick look back to cover the blind spot that the mirror does not.
Maintain a minimum of 2 seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you - more when the road surface or visibility is less than ideal.
Enjoy the ride.
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:37 PM   #1174
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"only a fool breaks the two-second rule". Leave a two second gap in good conditions, 4 seconds in rain and anything up to 10 seconds in snow or ice...
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:21 PM   #1175
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"only a fool breaks the two-second rule". Leave a two second gap in good conditions, 4 seconds in rain and anything up to 10 seconds in snow or ice...

In snow and ice I prefer to leave a day or two :)
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:40 AM   #1176
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In snow and ice I prefer to leave a day or two :)
Ditto. Hell I won't even drive a cage, even a 4WD one, in snow/ice if I can avoid it.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:37 AM   #1177
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Ditto. Hell I won't even drive a cage, even a 4WD one, in snow/ice if I can avoid it.
Its amazing how many people here just seem to be able to decide not to go to work just because its snowing... I'm expected in even if it were ten feet deep in water snow and ice! Slave drivers...
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:59 AM   #1178
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Its amazing how many people here just seem to be able to decide not to go to work just because its snowing... I'm expected in even if it were ten feet deep in water snow and ice! Slave drivers...
When I worked in NYC I had a Land Rover discovery as a company vehicle. It was my job to go fetch the accounting department if their normal cars were snowed in.

They loved seeing me show up when they thought they were going to have a snow day...not!
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:59 AM   #1179
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If you are not competing then riding is not a sport.
I disagree. The most dangerous way to ride is casually. The most important thing for beginners to learn and veterans to remember is that you have to be fully engaged, enjoying the sport every time you swing a leg over the thing.

If it's on a bike, it's not a commute... it's a ride, even if it leads to work or school and back. As soon as you get on the bike in a flustered mood, or in a hurry, or with a bunch of pressing concerns, you are fucking up.

source: >100,000 miles, >$10,000 in tickets >$260,000 in medical bills

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Old 01-01-2013, 03:51 PM   #1180
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The most dangerous way to ride is casually. The most important thing for beginners to learn and veterans to remember is that you have to be fully engaged,
-Ian
I agree.

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enjoying the sport every time you swing a leg over the thing.

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If you are racing then it is a sport. I commute every day.

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source: >100,000 miles, >$10,000 in tickets >$260,000 in medical bills

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You don't sound like someone that should be giving advice to n00bs.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:39 AM   #1181
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Buy gear before the bike. Otherwise you will be tempted to ride while not adequately protected.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:25 AM   #1182
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Buy gear before the bike. Otherwise you will be tempted to ride while not adequately protected.
+1...

Wear your gear around the house for a while to get used to it. Your helmet might be tight brand new, and you don't want to be riding while trying to fiddle with it.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:15 AM   #1183
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Thank you, fixed..
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:45 PM   #1184
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+1...

Wear your gear around the house for a while to get used to it. Your helmet might be tight brand new, and you don't want to be riding while trying to fiddle with it.

Be prepared to spend half the value of your first bike on good protective gear and waterproofs :-) ...that is unless you're buying a ten grand bike on finance ;-)
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:48 PM   #1185
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In snow and ice I prefer to leave a day or two :)
My thoughts exactly. Yesterday I caught a ride to a band rehearsal from a fellow band member in his two-wheel drive van. About 4 km from my place we see a scooter riding along in the opposing lane. Can't tell you the sex of of the rider or whether the scooter was gas or electric powered, but I can tell you I was absolutely astonished that anyone would be out on two wheels after a 3" dump of new snow, not totally plowed off, with patches of ice under the snow.

Can't imagine the rationale for this ride, but hope he/she made it home safely.Definitely not my cup of tea.
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