Bicycle thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. Noreaster

    Noreaster Fat and Cuddly again

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    Dude! Was that you? What happened next? What was the excuse?
  2. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    Not me. This happened very recently in the Berkeley Hills. There's a concerted effort being made via the Interwebz find the car and its douchenozzle pilot.

    Edit: The car has been found, but the douchenozzle is still at large.
    http://sfist.com/2012/04/27/berkeley_hit-run_vehicle_turns_up_i.php

    Edit Pt. 2: Douchnozzle in custody.
    http://berkeley.patch.com/articles/arrest-in-tunnel-road-hit-and-run?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001
  3. FinlandThumper

    FinlandThumper Has Cake/Eats it Too Super Moderator

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    Man, that Florida video is scary. I remember piloting a Harley through Florida and feeling threatened. Biking must be an adventure.

    In America I lived in Madison Wisconsin and Seattle. Both very bike friendly in comparison to many other places. Helsinki is bicycling paradise. At a minimum we get our own lane in traffic, clearly marked, but on main routes they set us up on grade separated paths. My work commute is on a path nearly 1.5 car lanes wide for most of its lengh, limited cross path access, graded for speed and intended to allow two lanes of bike travel per direction with room for pedestrians. It's like heaven for bicycling. Of the 12 miles each way o work, I don't need to share lanes with cars and my only encounters with them are at cross walks. And car drivers are very courteous.

    I think overall thugh it's the best solution to build separate bike paths. I know some bicyclists who claim this is relegating bikes to second class status, but in my opinion a separate bike path allows us to attain better speeds in safety.
  4. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    According to the news last night, they've found the driver of that car. :clap

    I never ride my bike on the street, not just out of concern for my personal safety, but because these kinds of vehicles can't compete with motorized traffic. Bicycles get in everyone's way (especially when riding in groups), and they're too difficult to see. Adding to the danger/nuisance is the fact that bicyclists routinely ignore the rules of the road, which is the reason they're despised by everyone else who has to use public streets.
  5. GP640

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    To relegate bikes to their own path is to open the gate for a flood of
    bike/pedestrian conflict.

    A pair of seniors out for a stroll or a teen with earbuds can be unpredictable.
    I would rather take my chances on the road than run the risk of hitting a pedestrian.

    Also consider that some cities (Calgary for sure) try to enforce a speed limit on trails that see heavy
    commuter traffic.
  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Look up kvetches from walkers, etc on the Washington and Old Dominion trail here in DC.

    I can't tell you how many times I've been JRA on the W&OD coming up on a jogger only to have em stop, turn around, and start running back at me without checking to see what's coming. Pretty much every time you pass someone its a white-knuckle occasion because you just don't know what they're about to do. Even yelling 'passing!' or 'on your left' isn't a sure thing. If I see earbuds I generally don't bother. IME they aren't listening to anything outside their little world anyway. :norton

    Don't get me started on dog on leashes across the whole trail. ...or kids... or...

    Cars are at least semi-predictable. I'm with you. It seems that once people get on a MUT they turn off their brains because 'its safe.'

    Pretty much every MUT I've ever been on has a 15mph limit. That's less than my cruising speed. So again: I'll stick to the roads where its safer.

    M
  7. GP640

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    Funny thing, there is no law requiring a speedometer on a bicycle.
    I would contend that I have no idea what 15mph feels like as apparent wind etc are never
    constant. Stupid laws that can only really be forced on stupid people.
  8. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    As a teenager, I pedalled coast to coast from Seattle, WA to Washington, DC.

    As a bicycle messenger, I've workd in large metro areas such as SF, NYC, etc..

    I've received many "door prizes", "cold ones" and countless vehicles have cut me off in traffic.

    I feel that it should be part of the requirements for driver's license to have everyone ride a bicycle on public roads for a period of a month or 500 mile distance before receiving their driving privileges.
  9. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    Here, Here! :clap
    Then proceed to the motorcycle side of the planet for a year.
    They live through that they can drive.

    I was once run off a two lane, no shoulder road by a lowboy hauling a giant CAT. I Took to the ditch to avoid the overhanging blade. The road was 35 mph and I was only doing about 26, but he was only slightly faster, so I was able to get the plate off the trailer and the name off the CAT. I turned tail and pedaled the mile or so back to the small town, stopped the county Sheriff and made my complaint. Nothing ever came of it I'm sure, but I did notice when I rode back, (my only way home) The truck was stopped at the side of the freeway by the CHP.:evil
    They impoved another road with a slight shoulder so my route changed to that.

    Once had some high school kids toss a soda out their window on me as they passed. I caught up with them at the door to the school. In spite of the hill. And told them we would be talking to the principal. Their parents got to come to school and pick them up, and explain to the school officials and deputy what had gone on. I did not press charges as that probably have gone nowhere, but the school removed them from being able to drive to school. I'm sure mommies and daddies were pissed. They did not seem happy when they arrived.
    I worked just over the hill from the school.

  10. Aurelius

    Aurelius Long timer

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    Who says bicyclists have to obey the law?




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  11. GP640

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    Hey, I'm not a lawless rider and if the law said a speedometer was required equipment I would install one.
    My point is that the speed limit can't really be enforced and the people who pay the ticket are condoning
    an unfair law.
  12. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    No one is required to obey the law.

    But if you operate a vehicle, any vehicle, motorized or not, on public roads; you are to follow traffic laws.
  13. Jim Moore

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    Quick maintenance question. Since I'ma sissy I spend most of (all) my time on the middle chain ring. The middle ring accumulates a ton of dirt, but it's hard to clean because the big ring is in the way. As I was pondering that today, I noticed that the big ring appears to be held on by 5 simple hex bolts (Specialized Secteur with Shimano parts). Can I just pull that big ring off to clean the middle ring? If so, what torque shoudl I use when I put it back on? Hell, as long as I'm asking, does the middle ring come off too? The middle ring actually appears to be the base of the whole thing, so I'm not sure it will come off.

    Thanks,
  14. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Jim, there's a thread in JM that needs your immediate attention.
  15. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore Long timer

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    Link, my brother? I've been gone all weekend.
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    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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  17. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore Long timer

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    Now that's a funny one. :rofl
  18. yater

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    They're all replaceable. I just use a brush and dish soap on mine. I only tear the bike down about once/year. That includes new cable/housings, new bar tape, and pulling the crank. Tires, chains, rings, and cassettes are replaced as needed, but rings and cassettes last a LONG time if you keep a tight chain on there.

    In short, yes, you can pull the rings off.
  19. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore Long timer

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    Thanks. Off to the garage!
  20. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    Hey, how many traffic laws are there?