Bicycles on the road

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

  1. Offcamber

    Offcamber Long timer

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    Although this isn't directly the bicyclists fault...one thing that pisses me off as a motorist is the idiots that feel they need to give the bicyclist so much room when they pass they cross completely into the on coming lane regardless of traffic!

    I nearly got run off the road the other day on my bike because some geriatric driving and Oldsmabuick decided the bicyclist needed three car width of space to ride along the shoulder...then when I blow the horn....I get looked like I'm the asshole...I guess I was expected to ride in the ditch.

    :ear
  2. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Only roads w shoulders here outside NoVA aren't for cycling. The roads w shoulders are 55mph + roads.

    I'm riding roads that are usually the same or narrower than the pic I posted earlier. IOW they used to be farm roads before Suburbia encroached on em.

    M
  3. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    There are assholes in all vehicles. Some are in trucks, cars, and yes...even bicycles. We've got a couple in our group.

    Why do some folks think it's alright to pass a cyclist in a corner? Happened twice this week. One curve had a fair amount of sight distance. The other was completely blind. There's a difference between: "there is not a car coming" and "I don't see a car coming".

    :norton
  4. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Ask Rekd. He seems to think it never happens.

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  5. nwdub

    nwdub Banned

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    Why can't you just take a second and let people pass if they're in such a rush?
  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    How am I supposed to determine that? Am I supposed to stop before every hill and corner?

    People catch up to me in all kinds of places. I can't control where they catch me up

    M
  7. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    That's a great question!

    Many motorists judge the passing opportunity based on a few assumptions (usually)...one of them is that the cyclist will maintain a constant speed.

    Imagine the surprise if I was to slow down unexpectedly! That would be drama I don't need.

    I assume a road position that offers maximum visibility with a fair dose of prudence and act predictably.

    My cycling commandments: Practice Active visibility (lights 24/7!), Assume a road position of maximum visibility, act predictably...and always, always Honor the rule of lugnuts.

    I can't help what other road users do...most of the time.
  8. Rekd

    Rekd Bitter Clinger

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    Just curious if this includes putting yourself off the shoulder and out in traffic lanes as it does with gummy? :deal
  9. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    Bait cast. Nothings biting.

    Better luck next time.
  10. Rekd

    Rekd Bitter Clinger

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    I'll take that as a yes. :rofl

    Do you honestly wonder why people are pissed at you when you do that? Or do you know damned well and not care?
  11. BrandonR

    BrandonR Been here awhile

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    What shoulder? The example he gave doesn't even have marked lanes.
  12. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    And, another cast. Are you on the BASS tour?
  13. Rekd

    Rekd Bitter Clinger

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    Denial. It's not just a river in Egypt. :rofl

    Why are you so afraid to answer? Will it shine you in a bad light? :deal

    It's ok. Your silence speaks louder than words.
  14. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    And so it goes. You assume so much.

    I'm riding to survive.

    Maybe we can meet in the middle?
  15. Rekd

    Rekd Bitter Clinger

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    The middle of the road where you're holding up traffic?

    Newp. I'll stay as far away from that powder-keg scenario as I can. You guys keep imposing your will on cagers and I'll ride behind or around and LOL while you get what you ask for. :jack
  16. filmfan

    filmfan Been here awhile

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    So, now that we've beat the horse down to the last scrap of fur, how about a new topic?

    Let's say that you're on your bicycle, and a couple of inmates are approaching on their motorized bikes, and you'd like to warn them that the town cop is checking out his radar?

    The sign used to be the "V for victory", meaning that smokey's got ears.
    But that might be misconstrued in varous ways, and no one under about 50 seems to understand it.
    No lights, so a double flash won't work...

    So is there a newer signal?
  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Pat your head or twirl you hand in the air mimicking the whirly lights.

    ...and get a VERY confused look from the moto.

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  18. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Pat your head. I've only seen a few guys who looked like they wondered what the hell I was on about.
  19. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Along those lines: If I'm waving at you, don'tcha think I ride (motos) too?!

    Don't look at me like I've got a hand growing out of my forehead

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  20. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    :dunno

    I wave at everyone who waves at me -- no matter what they are doing.