Commuting…The strange. The Odd… And the FUN

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DAKEZ, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Bill_Z

    Bill_Z Dude! chill,...

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    How do you get into the turn lane "early?" I will get into the turn lane as soon as it opens so I can get through my turn. If you're just day-dreamin' and forget that your supposed to be in the turn lane when it opens, and attempt to enter halfway up the lane, to bad for you. Maybe you should be paying closer attention.
  2. CZP01

    CZP01 Been here awhile

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    No, I know exactly what he's talking about -- maybe the lanes are painted differently in your AO, but where I live people tend to dive over into the left turn lane before it's even open. They just HAVE to be the first ones in line so they illegally cut over before the left turn lane even begins.
  3. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    And sometimes traffic is so heavy that the lane backs up way before the "entrance". This is just a matter of using good judgment and doing what's necessary. Look back before you take the lane, and be alert for someone in front suddenly deciding to pull into the lane in front of you.
  4. shaddix

    shaddix Banned

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    Get into it early yourself? No big deal
  5. Mister D

    Mister D Long timer

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    I'd say that it's fine if you want to hit the turn lane early, before it's even a turn lane, but you're rude if you do that and then pass the guy on your right who may be waiting to legally enter the turn lane. Usually he will have to wait for you and enter the lane late, at a higher speed than he would like, or he may have to miss the turn. He's not going to put on the brakes while he's still in the traffic lane (if he's a responsible driver or rider), so you're kind of forcing his hand unless you give him a chance to get in.
  6. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    People around here don't wait in the through lane until they get down to the "entrance" to the left turn lane. They merge over as needed so as not to block traffic in the through lane, which is the reason left turn lanes were put there in the first place.
  7. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    Here they will drive in the Median for 500ft before the turn lane so they can pass the honest ones.
  8. Conedodger

    Conedodger Wanna Ride

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    I almost got clobbered that way on the bike last year. Traffic was crawling along at 10-15 mph. I'm not one to cross the yellow line, so I waited my turn to enter the turn lane. When I did, there was an idiot cruising down no man's land heading for the turn lane at about 45 mph. I didn't anticipate this as I probably should have.
  9. Conedodger

    Conedodger Wanna Ride

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    Same ones that pop up on to a one lane bridge, without looking to see that I'm 1/2 way across it, and then expect me to be the one to back up. :jerko

    It is a shame that we've lost respect for each other in this world. A little common courtesy goes a long way to making it a better place.
  10. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    Common Courtesy is Like Common Sense. There just isnt much of it around anymore
  11. SomethingClever

    SomethingClever sick life

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    The whole "getting into the turn lane early" thing takes a little finesse and judgment. There are often times when the official "opening" is ridiculously far forward, which practically necessitates an early entrance. But you have to then watch for people who have been waiting to reach the official opening and make sure they don't slam into you. And of course you have to double check to make sure nobody got into the lane even earlier than you and is zooming past.

    To be fair, it was a legal passing zone. Their move was still illegal, however, as they were running approximately double the speed limit once we hit the 25 zone (which was about 2 seconds after they passed me).
  12. HairBear

    HairBear I'm a Grandpa

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    On the way to work a little after 6 in the AM. I catch a whiff of something, but ignore it. A few moments later I smell it stronger, "Is that an electrical smell or a rubber smell? Is it coming from me?!" A little worried I slowed down some, not sure what was happening. Up ahead on the opposite side of the 5 lane I see something, a tire, "Damn, people should be more careful securing stuff and they apparently didn't notice they dropped it."
    I continue on maybe a few hundred yards or so & there's a car up ahead, "Cars sitting low. Wonder if it busted a shock or something." It pulls into the fast lane & I go past it in the slow lane & look down. The right rear tire is gone. Riding on just the rim:huh. A bit stunned I didn't notice the driver, but it looked like they where turning into the gas station. Hope their morning improved! I was glad the smell wasn't coming from my bike & sped up.
  13. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Burning rubber smell can mean some truck has a flat and the driver's ignoring it and continuing to drive. If you ever smell it on the road, be prepared to dodge a whole tire tread that has come off and is lying in the road.
  14. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    It is always a good idea to make sure a space you want to occupy is indeed able to be occupied. :1drink
  15. acesandeights

    acesandeights Asperger

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    Had a Harley owner (dressed like an outlaw) lane split between me and a car Friday morning on the way to work. I knew he was behind me, but didnt' realize his speed. Lane splitting isn't legal here, so I was a bit surprised when I heard his pipes on acceleration and he went down the left side of my lane (the slow lane) between me and traffic in the left lane. He pretty much blew by me and the adjacent car and made an immediate lane change in front of the car as he zigged and zagged down the highway. I guess he was late for his road captain meeting or something. I haven't had that happen, being passed in my own lane. It made me laugh though.
  16. alii1959

    alii1959 Been here awhile

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    Has anyone else noticed that some days it seems that you have more close calls than others? I nearly got taken out by a guy pulling a trailer across 5 lanes of traffic....saw him, slowed, eased around him; then some lady came flying out of a parking lot (the wrong way)....stopped to let her pass; then some guy cut through a gas station, I suppose to get ahead of me as I was turn right onto another street, came screeching out to get ahead of me, nearly clipped me...and so it went for 7 miles 'til I got to work. Sheesh.

    Then again, Friday was an easy commute both ways....nice and peaceful.

    Maybe it was the full moon....but, wasn't it over by then?
  17. Tip Over

    Tip Over Whoopsie!

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    Fridays are always the worst for me.

    I had a guy cut over at the last second right in front of me, getting two wheels airborne, and then looking at me like "why were you in that lane in the first place?"

    First time I've locked up the rear wheel on the Goldwing...
  18. ultrachrome

    ultrachrome Poser

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    I've been commuting daily for about 5yrs and I can count on one hand the number of close calls caused by other drivers. Plenty caused by me.

    Anyhoo, I had a day a couple of weeks ago where I had two pucker moments 5 miles apart.

    Lady merged into my lane while riding up a two lane on-ramp and I froze only managing to honk the horn. This lack of reaction on my part unsettled me. It was enough to avoid a collision but I should have not let myself fixate on the car in front of me who was refusing to accelerate.

    It's raining and five miles later in the HOV lane I clip the painted HOV symbol in the middle of the lane and the handle bars almost tore themselves from my hands.

    I usually avoid the marker in that particular location but it's actually really hard to see until the last moment due to the curve in the road and the fact the lane is narrow with no shoulder and stop and go traffic on the left.

    I've clipped it before with and it only caused a slight shimmy to the bike. Not fun but not crap-your-pants either.

    It was not a ride home I enjoyed.
  19. shaddix

    shaddix Banned

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    I've only been riding for a month and a half, but I have yet to have anyone cut me off, pull out in front of me, or do anything that has made me have to take any action so far.


    How can paint cause this? Is it like an object? Or just painted asphalt?
  20. Mister D

    Mister D Long timer

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    The paint gets slick in the rain. You need to learn to spot it.