Commuting: The strange. The Odd. And the FUN

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

  1. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    I really have to give credit to Los Angeles drivers for their courtesy. They aren't required to give you space when you lane split, but they can't block you. Important distinction.

    I ride everyday. I lane split, at some point, every day. I normally flash my high beam when splitting and they definitely make room. Not all. But some. And I appreciate those that do.
    I always try to acknowledge them with a wave.

    The ones who don't move over, i motion that they could move over just an inch, a lot of them do. And many may not see you, but they see the car behind them move over a bit, and they move over a bit too. It might be my bright ass headlight though.
  2. allowishish

    allowishish Boof Master

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    I was on I-25 south of downtown Denver yesterday and traffic was being held up in the left lane by a CDOT truck going below the speed limit with everybody passing him to the right.
    As I rode past I looked over and he was on his phone texting.
    Honestly if I was on 4 wheels I would have taken a picture (hypocrisy noted) and sent it to CDOT
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  3. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    My camp axe/tent stake driver/pedestrian persuader.

    [​IMG]
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  4. docwyte

    docwyte Long timer

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    Allowish, I had my heated grips on "moderate" that morning...
  5. Steve in Golden

    Steve in Golden Been here awhile

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    Ah yes, a device similar to a hammer.
  6. Rippin209

    Rippin209 Long timer

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    Damn bro, where you from, Russia?
  7. allowishish

    allowishish Boof Master

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    id love to see you "persuade" somebody off your cars roof with that and see you NOT be the one getting arrested.

    Reminds me of this James Nacthwey photo or the other of people killed with machetes during war.
    [​IMG]
  8. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    The local hardware store sells it as a drywall tool. I saw it as the perfect combination of kindling gatherer/tent stake driver & remover.


    ADV Rider. A place where riffing on a fellow member's post isn't misunderstood. Sometimes. :lol3
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  9. Willius

    Willius Been here awhile

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    You totally should have called that in. I commute to downtown Seattle on a motorbike and had a guy flash a knife at me after passing me in my lane. He was in a late model Chevy Impala. I dropped in behind him, memorized his plate number, and phoned him in when I got to work. State Patrol was very interested and followed up with me after making contact with him. It was very entertaining.
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  10. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    Recently, as I proceeded after the light turned green, I noticed a compact Ford sedan following [too] closely behind me. I was going through the gears neither slowly nor frantically. It was regular acceleration appropriate to the location. A few seconds later, I heard the complaint of a straining four cylinder engine as the driver passed me, using most of my lane and a bit of the shoulder.

    I don't know why the driver bothered to pass in that manner, since they came to a stop in the left turn lane (we had a red light) at an intersection not 600' after the illegal and dangerous pass. I came a stop on the passenger side and hit the window hard, twice. The driver, a young woman, looked up from her smartphone at me and shrugged as if to wordlessly suggest, what was I to do back there?

    It was her apparent frustration [that I had the temerity to be riding in front of her] that actually left me more gobsmacked than did her passing maneuver.

    Never before in my riding career have I stopped to engage another driver in the foregoing manner, in response to demonstrably unsafe driving behavior. I hope I go just as long before finding cause to do so again.
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  11. Rider2

    Rider2 Been here awhile

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    You'd think that with all the whizbang electronics these days the car manufacturers could program "wipers on = lights on". Yes, I understand those who say why coddle people - it just makes them even less responsible for their actions. OTOH cars I can't see are a hazard to me. Same with twilight and fog, sure the driver can see but it's not about them seeing me, it's about me seeing them.

    Lately I've been thinking about the license renewal process. My state now issues 8-year licenses. The drill is: show up at DMV, confirm personal information, get new picture, pay fee, get new license. No need to demonstrate you know anything about driving, or what's changed since you got your license back in the stone age. For example, I've started to see highway markings that weren't covered in Driver's Ed back in 1969, and have no idea what they mean (short lines perpendicular to the fog and center lines?) How about a handout of what's changed in the last 10 years, or even a written test?
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  12. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    Alas where I assumed tech had me covered I found the helmet top GoPro had moved downward and not only did I not get the incident I didn't so much as get a plate. First time ever that it wasn't aimed right. Sigh.
  13. andykeck

    andykeck Been here awhile

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    Stan's Grease Pit! They can cover up the old sign with the weed shop logos, but they can’t fool me.

    I used to work across the street and would eat at Stan's whenever I got concerned that I was too healthy or that my cholesterol was too low. Ah, the good old days, back when I was young and stupid. As opposed to old and stupid like now.
  14. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    Can't be too stupid and live in Santa Barbara....
  15. Rippin209

    Rippin209 Long timer

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    luck can cover an awful lot. ;)
  16. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    I relate. :D
  17. markinthailand

    markinthailand Been here awhile

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    WTF was up with 25 yesterday? I drove (in a car) from Denver to Colorado Springs and it was just nuts at 3 in the afternoon. Slow down in front for no apparent reason almost to a stop, hard on the brakes and just about got rear ended from the inattentive driver behind me at one point. The usual bumper riding at high speeds, etc.

    I swear driving back home in Thailand is safer.
  18. ivantheterrible

    ivantheterrible Been here awhile

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    strange ride in this morning. It had rained last night, but so lightly that the road was dry where trees hung over the road. So lightly that the oil and leaves turned into a slippery slurry instead of being washed away. The sky was heavily overcast, but rain wasn't in the forecast. I realized about halfway to work that I should have listened to the voice telling me to take the car instead of riding, when I made the decision between the two this morning. Not because of the leaden sky, or the road conditions, but because I just wasn't feeling it.
    It didn't make any sense to turn around, being halfway to work, so I powered through, feeling oddly scared and tense.
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  19. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler n00b

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    34F today. Not too cold to ride yet but looks like I have about another month before the bike goes in the shed.
  20. andykeck

    andykeck Been here awhile

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    Luck and a wife that makes good decisions.