Bicycle thread

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

  1. k7

    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    :deal

    We had a car hit a school bus here last week. A freakin' school bus. What chance does a cyclist or motorcyclist have these days?
  2. Mr Head

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    Cars hit trains too. And if they survive the driver usually says they didn't see it.


  3. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I've had buddies that were driving fire trucks say that regardless of lights, sirens, etc cars don't see them either.

    :norton

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  4. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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  5. Mr Head

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    I have a second cousin who was a fireman and the truck he was driving head-oned a car as they both turned a corner for a fire.
    The car was a cop car.

    Driven by his brother.

    Small town...


    Fire turned out was a small grease fire on a stove and was out before they got there.

    Fireman was on the back of the hook and ladder truck went over the truck, bounced off the car, broke a hip and ribs.
    Policeman broke stuff on the car, pre-airbags, late fifties.
    Walked a beat checking meters for a couple of years.

    I have been grazed by big trucks, cars, and motorcycles.
    Pushed off the road once by a lowboy with a huge cat on it and the blade overhanging about 6 feet probably less. I took to the ditch and didn't fall or hit cactus. (Old Morrison Road in Colorado).
    No cars coming the other way or they would have been in the other ditch. I called the cops when I got home about a mile and a half later. Noting was done.
    Heck I had two OC sherrifs on BMW RTP's nearly run me off the bike path along the river a year or so ago. They were riding side by side up the path at about 30 and I was headed inland at about 18.
    Yes, I swore at them and yelled. They didn't stop.
    I considered calling it in, and just gave up.
    I'd rather have them there as we get a few bandits along parts.

  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    If you follow the 'buy straw hats in the winter' style of buying, keep an eye on www.gearscan.com. I just got some Castelli bib knickers for over half off. No, I don't need em right now, but sure as shootin they're NOT going to be on sale when I do!

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  7. Mr Head

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    You know after reading that the guy on the bike did decide to let the dog and its owners manage his safety.
    The river trail bike path I use quite often has lots of everybody.

    I've had to avoid squirrels, dogs, ducks geese turtles and one un-identified large fourlegged mammal in the dark/dusk/dawn. Along with waddling tipsy walkers/stumblers, runners, fallers, cops on bikes, motorcycles, horses and cars.
    One fire truck. Guy hit a telephone pole that is right at the apex of a curve and only about 18-inches in diameter. Nice direct full speed hit. So much for riding a bicycle like you operate an SUV.

    No airbag.
    My favorites are the bouncing dogs on those reel leashes, let out in toll mode.
    We call this trolling here in the OC, because there are things out there in the brush that will eat a dog. And those things are not homeless this is in fact their home. several people lose dogs this way ignoring the 5-6 foot leash rules posted and explaining how that skin and bones coyote will easily eat your big tough terrier/whatever.

    What I have had to avoid the most are dog walkers/runners with the reel leashes who tend to let out a little more than ten fifteen feet of line; I suppose that keeps the bait from under foot.
    sometimes they reel in when they happen to notice other people in their world. Sometimes not. When faced with a dog on a long leash, I slow down move to the side of the path and sometimes stop well ahead of the meeting point. This also gives me time to get some of that plastic bike between me and the bait, just in case the bait is not happy about others in his world.
    Yes, this can put a bind on my Strava time, but I can always ride it again another day. And it saves a face plant. I'm old and have actually learned a few things over the years. One of those is that it is far easier to avoid this sort of thing than to attempt to sort it all out after. And more importantly I hjave figured out that at my advanced age, I no longer bounce so good.
    I've checked. Nope still not that great at bouncing, (checked last weekend but that was beach sand so more of a dead-blow than any chance at bouncing.:lol3.)

    Still how a court can decide a dogs owners clearly not in control of the dog are somehow not responsible for any damage the uncontrolled dog may cause is a bit much. So if the uncontrolled dog jumps on the hood of certain appellate court judges car and scratches the hell out of it the owners are not responsible.
    It's on the judge to fix the hood of his Ferrari.
    I think I see a judge that needs a boot in the ass from the common sense side of the aisle.

    I'm surprised the courts decision didn't read: "Dude the dog was just doing what dogs do man."

    the dog abides.

  8. k7

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    "Neither side disputes that 46-year-old Wolfgang Doerr was biking in the loop when Julie Smith began slapping her thighs and calling for her shepherd mix, Lena, who was being held by Smith's boyfriend. Sensing that the dog was going to bolt out in front of him, Doerr yelled "Watch your dog!" to no avail. Lena suffered only a few bruises, but Doerr broke his jaw and several teeth."

    I started twitching a little when the bicyclist admitted that he saw the dog and was concerned. If that were me, I'd be covering the brakes already and prepping for the worst case scenario.

    Riding a motorcycle and cycling teaches you that very early on. :deal
  9. wd4o

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    gravel is good.
    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/51515607" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" width="500"></iframe> Pandale to Langtry and back from Horseshack on Vimeo.
  10. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Managed to find the hole in my Tufo. Nope. Not fixable. There goes $50 :bluduh

    ...and if that's auto-running, you may want to link to it. Otherwise people'll get their panties in a wad. I've got script blockers going so I can't tell. :augie

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  11. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    After riding a motorcycle for several years, bike commuting didn't intimidate me much. Not being able to outrun cars kinda sucked, but keeping my eyes moving and looking for cars/obstacles was pretty natural.

    Riding with my wife has presented a problem though, as she can't look around to say live her life (and that could be literal one of these days! :baldy)
  12. TheNedster

    TheNedster Lurkapotamus

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    Nope, no auto-play. Nice vid, looks like a good ride. :thumb

    I'm getting set for the Honey Badger on Sunday. I put new tires (Clement LAS) on the cross bike yesterday. The Small Block Eights were still useable, but I've had to patch sidewall cuts on both. No SAG on this ride, not gonna tempt fate. :nono No SAG also means I'll be strapping on the Revelate Tangle frame bag to carry victuals, clothing, etc. (Wonder if I can stuff an extra pair of legs in there... :hmmmmm)
  13. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Girlfriend does the same thing on the road with her bike, and it scares the shit out of me. Few weeks ago she crossed the double line on a downhill blind curve to get around a parked truck doing about 30mph. Had there been a car coming the other way, she would have been a hood ornament. I try to not be an asshole, but when my heart jumps out of my chest at a completely stupid and preventable move pulled by a borderline brilliant loved one, it's hard to be polite. I've put the cabosh on motorcycle license for her if I'm in the picture, she's just not careful enough.
  14. El Guero

    El Guero V4 Whore

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    Sounds about right... I'm considering that I'm going to have to slow down just to stick close to her until she can gain some situational awareness.
  15. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Who's up for a mixed surface century Sun AM? :ear

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  16. manfromthestix

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    Must be nice to ride where the roads actually have shoulders!

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    When I lived in Wyoming I used to ride all over the State as I travelled for work and always took that nice wide escape strip for granted. Even the roads in Grand Teton and Yellowstone had great shoulders (still dangerous, though, because the tourons were looking at the critters or scenery and not the roads). Now I live in rural Virginia where there really are no shoulders, period, on any roads except the busiest two-lanes and the Interstate. Even the Blue Ridge Parkway, an absolutely glorious place to ride, has zero shoulders - cross the white line and you're in the ditch. The really rural roads are like 1.5 lanes wide with not even a center line. Gets a little hairy at times...

    FWIW, I've found that the most dangerous time to ride out here is around noon on Sundays when all the old folks are out in their cars for the weekly trip to church (there are churches EVERYWHERE out here!) and lunch with their friends. It gets downright scary being on a 1.5 lane wide twisty hilly road with a bunch of deaf and blind 90 year olds driving their 1970's American Heavy Metal tanks around.

    Doug
  17. k7

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    It can be. If you look between the first bike in the picture and the second bike, you can see the rumble strips that line the shoulder. They aren't built to national specs so if you have to dive off the road, you get quite a jar. Beyond them on the other side is road debris.
  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    They do that shit in AL too. Found it out when I went to visit a friend from HS that moved down there.

    :bluduh

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  19. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

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    New sled! :clap

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    The 520 steel Jamis couldn't take any more of it. Time for an upgrade.
  20. Aurelius

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    What an inspiring photograph. In Florida, those riders would be all over the road, blocking traffic for miles. :bluduh