Bicycles on the road

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

  1. Warin

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    Wave. :wave

    From behind - slow, pass with plenty of room and safety - then wave.

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    Tell' em what to do... and they'll do that.

    Never tell 'em what not to do ... before telling 'em what to do - and checking that they know it. Ed Psych 101.

    Horns in most places are used to warn off danger, in some places using them otherwise is an offense.

    In some places (Asia) the horn is used to tell of your presence, use as per the local custom.
  2. JimVonBaden

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    A little over 14 miles for the wife and I today, thanks Mike. Not on the road, but the C&O Canal.

    Great day for a ride!

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  3. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Its ALWAYS a great day for a ride. :nod

    We did 53mi of mixed surface roads yesterday. 3:22 or so of moving time. 2 flats: mine ($50 tubular) and a buddy's ($3 tube). :bluduh In the defense of the tubulars, he's had half a dozen flats already where I've had one.

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  4. bwalsh

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    What, you don't appreciate your fan club? :lol3

    I've ridden multiple sections of the C&O quite a few times between Harper's Ferry and West to Cumberland on the Stump Jumper. Did an overnight trip with the Boy Scouts back in the day on a 10 speed road bike. :huh
    Riding thru the Paw Paw tunnel is interesting. :D Make sure you take a light for that one. :deal
  5. NYTrainer

    NYTrainer Been here awhile

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    As a Bicyclist as well as a motorcyclist, I can speak from both perspectives.

    When on the bicycle, I always try to stay as far to the right as I can.

    On the motorcycle, I always give as much room to the bicyclist as I am able, usually moving to the left lane when possible.

    Remember what happened to T. E. Lawrence!
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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  8. Warin

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    And that is why 'we' all have more effective helmets available now. :1drink The doctor trying to save Lawrence's life made it his job to see about better helmets.
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    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    Thanks a lot. Just started 12 hour night shift and will now be able to think of nothing else but that f'ing Valley Girl movie....... :bluduh
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    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Back then, nobody wore helmets on the street, and very few racers did, either. Helmets that existed weren't much better than nothing at all. We never had anything effective until Bell-Toptex brought out their helmets in the 1950s.
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    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    k7 Ancien cyclist

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    That would never happen to me....no way they'll get me up on their shoulders. :lol3
  13. Gummee!

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  14. TwoWheeldTerror

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    If that is the case then what is the counter argument?

    My problem is that we do not let people walk on roads for a reason, speed differential mostly.

    So why do we allow a bicycle that might be going 15-20 miles an hour (not talking downhill) on a 45-55 mph road? What, because it has two wheels?
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    People walk on roads all the time where there are no sidewalks. What rock have you been living under? We're not talking about highways or interstates.
    If you have to ask why they are allowed then you have no clue as to what you're talking about. Look up the definition of "road". :deal

    Don't know where you're from but where I live(in the country) there are no sidewalks, only "roads".

    Guess where folks who want to take a walk(or ride their bikes), go to the store or to their neighbors house from their house walk? :ear

    Guess where people are from who bitch the most about crap like this. :ear



    It isn't an issue for 99.9% of motorized road users...just the few self involved, self entitled assholes who make it an issue by being dicks about it. I'm sure you've seen them...they're the ones who've been dicks to you out on the road, and everyone else here complaining about bicycles. Just not over the same issue(s).
  16. SilkMoneyLove

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    You are thinking these rules are for safety? interesting.

    The counter argument is that our taxes are pooled and spent by our elected officials. Road taxes are spent just as fast as any others and not necessarily on roads. the fact that some say they pay more in taxes ( and how would they know what others pay?) really doesn't matter as it is the VOTES that decide who gets to spend the government money and on what.
    But really roads are there for people to travel. A 45mph speed limit simply means the upper limit. When someone on a scooter or a combine is in front of me going 20 mph, I do not have the right to bump them out of my way. People walk on roads all the time. Even in the city and in some places, even on the interstate. Out in Wyoming I remember seeing farm equipment, bicycles and pedestrians on the interstate because there really is no "other" road.

    Would I say having such a difference in speed a safe thing? No. I agree that it is not that safe, however, how far down the safety road do we motorcyclists want to travel? They could ban 2 wheelers pretty easily I think.
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    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    In MI, there's a 45 mph minimum speed restriction on limited-access highways. It's felt that slower traffic is a hazard and should travel on alternate routes.

    Over the years, a few communities here have tried to exclude motorcycles and found out in court that any street that has been built and/or maintained with public tax dollars can't be closed to any licensed passenger vehicle that pays road and fuel taxes.
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    On limited access/high speed roads, I can see preventing bicycles, scooters, mopeds, etc. In fact, if you watch the entry ramps to *most* freeways, there's a sign that says just that.

    We're not discussing limited-access roadways here tho. We're discussing pretty much everything *but* because *most* cyclists don't want the BS involved in dealing with the cars.

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    While I don't agree with these guys, it just goes to show that *in the right conditions,* riding a bike is faster than driving. (and why lane sharing should be a nationwide thing, not just relegated to CA)

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