Bicycles on the road

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

  1. fallingoff

    fallingoff Banned

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    we could all learn from this
  2. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    We have many riders using the sidewalks on streets where riding is legal but obviously a very bad idea. The police don't bother these guys. I suppose the police have more sense than the 'take the lane' bullies preferring to keep fast and slow traffic separated rather than have the anger, injuries and deaths mixing them would cause.
  3. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    On the road outside my house you will virtually never see a bicycle, they/we always use the sidewalk even though it is technically illegal. The road had no shoulder and a 4" curb. Way too dangerous to ride in the heavy four lane traffic we have.

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    A rare moment with no cars.

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  4. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    I find my greatest displeasure in riding a bicycle are the nasty bullies who also ride and who therefore, become associated with me.
  5. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    My buddy the cop sez I got the plate wrong. :baldy

    Can't be too many silver Bajas with personalized plates in Warrenton. :nah

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  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    So please explain to me how I'm supposed to cruise down a sidewalk at 20mph. :ear

    What constitutes 'riding a bike' is evidently open to interpretation.

    :dunno

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  7. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Dood! You're on a 4-lane road! LOTS of room. :nod That's a super highway compared to roads around here.

    ...now, if there're other roads that go roughly the same place without dealing with traffic, I'll take those. I don't intentionally go looking for problems, but somehow they sure seem to find me! :norton See the post about the lady in the Baja for example. :confused

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  8. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    You don't go 20 mph. You proceed as conditions permit which means not doing 20 mph in the midst of high speed traffic or among peds.

    It's a difficult thing to face but sometimes you can't get your way. The world won't accommodate all your needs. I don't like it either, but that's the way of things.
  9. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    You're serious aren't you? :norton

    I think you and I have completely different ideas of what constitutes 'riding a bike.' :nod You and Grainbelt and El Guero would get along.

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  10. slide

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    Yes, I think living in peace with my fellow citizens more important than having my own way on the roads all the time.
  11. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    just new to bicycles myself & I used to wonder why bicyclists come off as (occasionally) angry.. I'm never angry on my m/c...

    Now I know. Drivers, in New England at least, are completely clueless around bicycles (in the best case) and down right rude / dangerous (in the worst case).

    wtf is wrong w/ people in cars not being willing to share the road?

    I guess no "culture" of bicycles in the US leads to an attitude of if it isn't powered by gas, it doesn't belong?

    :dunno
  12. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    No, the cager argument where I am is that fuel taxes pay for the roads so they are the domain of the engine powered vehicle.
  13. JimVonBaden

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    Four very narrow lanes with high speed traffic, and lots of it, and no shoulders. I am not a wimp, but no way I am riding on this road. I live on it, so I have to go a minimum of 2 blocks to get to side roads where it is reasonably safe to ride.

    Jim :brow
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    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    No worries man.

    When are y'all coming out here to the cow-fields to go toodle around with me? :ear

    I've got a very flat hour-long loop at 'recovery day' speeds that y'all would probably do fine on. :nod

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  15. JimVonBaden

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    Soon, we have been getting back up to speed theses last couple weeks. My wife hates the cold.:evil

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    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    Fuel taxes don't come close to paying the cost of roads. Your google-fu must be weak today since there are dozens of studies that say essentially the same.
  18. slide

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    &*#&^W#QQ& you people! Can't you *#*#*#8 read?

    I said the cager argument you dumb shit. I didn't say it was mine nor do I need your snide *#*# comments to that end.
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    :rofl Feexed!

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    Feexed again! :lol3