Bicycles on the road

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by ThatOtherGuy, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. KoolBreeze

    KoolBreeze Been here awhile

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    early 80's. it's been many years since... have recently acquired a frame and parts to build a new bike. then I got sidetracked by this whole motorcycle thing.... think I've gained like 10-15lbs in the last 6 months. really have to get my shit and bike put together and stop this trend. my area (san diego) has a club with a variety of brevet's, I hope to rekindle my fire and proceed from there. you have raced in the RAAM? you're my hero in that regards, I don't see such distances being in my future I am afraid. until perhaps after I retire (doubtful even then) in the meanwhile... couple/few hundred kilometers would be totally awesome. :D
  2. StoneAgeMan

    StoneAgeMan Wanderer

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    My sister lives in an area where there's glass, dog turds, and "bums" hanging out that get up, intersect her path, and try to "chat her up" when she goes by. Then there's the fumes and carbon chunks (diesel smoke) that one would breathe when running in the city.

    For running and shower privileges, what's a gym going to cost? Maybe as low as $30 a month (with a years pre-pay), maybe $50 a month? That's 2$ an hour if one runs only one hour every day. I can't imagine not spending $2 an hour and thus being able to run indoors (no pollution, no bums, no dog turds, no glass) and have a shower close by at any moment I wanted to stop (and be able to stop exactly when I wanted to!), assuming i actually wanted to run.

    Is $2 an hour too much for you for something you like to do? And you say you "don't get a lot of stuff". I think you're having problems visualizing what it's like to be in someone else's shoes, don't know what I can suggest for that.

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  3. Onederer

    Onederer Crunch Nugget

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    You give yourself far too much credit.

    I now see that you are the kid who attempts to get people to play an obscure game only to change the rules when things aren't going as you would like.

    I don't play games. You can play alone.
  4. Onederer

    Onederer Crunch Nugget

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  5. Homey

    Homey Been here awhile

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    Since 06 I've raced RAAM four times. It's kind of funny how things like that can get in your blood. I remember when I first started doing brevets hearing about a group in San Diego that was riding in the 80's. It seemed to be the hot spot back then. When I started the big groups were out of Davis. It interested me because I grew up in Kearny Mesa. There is a lot of ultra distance history in San Diego. A lot of very good long distance riders are in their 60's+ so you have a lot to look forward to when you retire. I am anyway!
  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Except it isn't funny. :nono

    You wanna stir up shit? Do it in Jo Momma. That's what its there for. :nod

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  7. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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  8. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Now THIS is funny:

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zBFFrsvgu1Y?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    You wanna poke fun at us cyclists, humor works better than hostility

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  9. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Admitting that you are trolling just got you a vacation. I have already warned you.
  10. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    I was going to remind him what happened to the last guy who was trolling here but thought he might like surprises better. :lol3
  11. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    That was pretty funny.
  12. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    It's fun, that's for sure, but man, I love riding road bikes. Nothing like a 45mph descent to put the thrill in your day.
  13. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    You know how you feel when people start accusing "you people" of leaving gates open, scaring cattle and riding on private property?

    That's exactly how us responsible cyclists feel when you say shit like this. Your actions are just like the ones people apply to restrict off road riding - a few jackasses have ruined it for all of us. It's quite amazing to me that you don't see the parallel or simply choose not to.
  14. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    Nailed it! I fookin' love riding 2 wheels, and playing leapfrog at 40+ down a mile long roller coaster is as good as it gets!:clap ( With people you trust, for sure!) PS: I love riding Mtn bikes too, but the speed rush on skinny bikes can't be beat....
  15. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    It's pretty cool when you're slingshotting each other down the hill with some drafting. :ricky
  16. ozmoses

    ozmoses Ride On

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    I've begun to dread road rides & have even opted for the trainer instead a few times these past few months. The passive-aggressive bullshit from motorists is too much and I'm in a rural, fairly low population density area. I have, however, lived and ridden in major cities as well. ( Your turf actually, kbasa)

    Been pedaling since I was 4 or 5, never stopped- bmx,mtb,road.

    I've tried the tough guy routine; you can't fight everybody.

    I've tried the friendly conversation approach which often results in a "fuck-off".

    I've tried the ignore it approach but it is still stressful.


    Really, it just amazes me that it is such a fucking imposition for a motorist to simply give a few feet to a cyclist or pedestrian-especially when there is no oncoming traffic or to slow down and lose what, all of several seconds, to pass after any oncoming. I do.

    Why am I deserving of less than human treatment because I'm pedaling a bike? Because I don't have a license plate on my bike? So, the fees from my work & personal vehicles as well as motor cycles don't count then?

    The only time I really enjoyed road was on group rides where sheer mass dictates respect. Inevitably though, guys would start riding 2,3 or 4 abreast, run stop signs,etc which causes problems.


    I truly don't recall when everybody became "the man" but it really has sucked the pleasure out of many things. Pedaling is one.
  17. kbasa

    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    No shit. We have 7 actively registered vehicles in our house. That's not enough?
  18. KoolBreeze

    KoolBreeze Been here awhile

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    the old "we car drivers own the roads" is old and busted. I don't have the stats but I'm guessing that the majority of road bike owners aren't exactly in an economic group that own a single old n busted beater or no street registered vehicle at all. not that there's anything wrong with that, by any account it really is irrelevant, but I'm just saying that I think the majority pay their fair share in "road tax".
  19. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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  20. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    AMS mom's kid carter - rail track is hot.

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