Commuting: The strange. The Odd. And the FUN

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

  1. allowishish

    allowishish Boof Master

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    So I decided to take "the long way home" from work yesterday. As I was putting my helmet on one of the employees came out with a couple last minute questions. As I was standing there talking to her I was hot in all my gear.

    By the time I got home I was freezing, so cold that I had cut the ride short a little (cut one of the planed ride sections) and had slowed down in the turns because I had a slight case of the shakes going.

    So I checked the temps... 53 degrees in town, 23 where I was riding up in the mountains.

    (the worst part was I had my heated vest in my pannier but was to lazy to stop and put it on)
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  2. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin'

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    Took the R12R out for a ride today. No tailgaters — woot!

    Since this is basically my sons bike (to use) and his attention to very basic maintenance is lacking, I went to fill the tires today. Both down roughly 10lbs. :(

    I rode into a gas station to fill them but the pump was out of service, so ducked into a Les Schwab Tire Center and asked if I could use the air hose. One of the guys there just told me to sit on the bike and he filled the tires for me! Now that’s customer service, and why I buy my car tires there!
  3. greasyfatman

    greasyfatman Long timer

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    I parked my 500$ pickup about 2 inches from an escalade at a gas station. The escalade was double parked on an end space. I was going in to get coffee as the Cadillac owner was coming out. She and her man immediately started talking shit. Followed me into the gas station still talking shit. I slowly and deliberately fill my coffee and go to pay. The lady is getting really close to me and yelling. When she pauses in her rant i slowly say " ya I don't speak English." The lady at the cash register knew me, we had conversation when it was slow, had tears in her eyes from laughing."


    Now that i think back to who I was then it is odd. I was 7 years military, out for about 9 months. Was having a hard time adjusting, barely making rent. Driving a shitty car and living a shitty existence. I wanted violence to happen from the time I saw the Escalade double parked. I would have changed peoples lives as a reaction and not so much a decision.

    I no longer look for conflict or confrontation, especially on the bike.
  4. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short guy

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    I told my friend not to park close to the Escalade in her parking lot. The gangster owner was in the paper a few days later. He was not nice.
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  5. Chibiabos

    Chibiabos Undercover Mollusk

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    Almost had my rear end clipped by some guy who ran a metering light. If the gestures that he was making at my rear view mirror are any idnication then I'm not sure that he realizes that he as supposed to yield to traffic that's already on the freeway. Either way, he gave me a nice choice between zooming at the car in front of me or brake checking the cars in back of me in order to get him clear of my vehicle. It's a good thing that I religiously maintain a three second gap when I'm following other vehicles.

    At least there was cold beer at home...
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  6. Chibiabos

    Chibiabos Undercover Mollusk

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    I got a pinch flat on a front tire once. Fortunately I was going slow and didn't ride it long enough to fuck up the rims.

    Tell your son that some random guy on the internet told him to check his tire pressures every time that he's leaving home on his bike.
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  7. Veteran Noob

    Veteran Noob Astoundingly Unremarkable

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    Well, aren't we just a wee bit full of ourself!
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  8. Chibiabos

    Chibiabos Undercover Mollusk

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    I almost forgot!

    Traffic was backed up to a crawl for several miles, due to a towtruck stopped in the middle of the freeway. He wasn't pulling a car onto the bed of his truck nor did he have one on there. He was just stopped. Not the first time that I've seen something like that, but usually it involves two drivers who don't have the good sense to get the christ onto the shoulder after a minor collision. I saw people exchanging insurance info after (what looked to me like) a minor rear ender, in the apex of a sharp turn on Hwy 17 (coming from Santa Cruz).
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  9. Chibiabos

    Chibiabos Undercover Mollusk

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    Incidentally, I just found this. Totally fucking insane. People are too stupid to work things out, and I'm pretty sure that that's what my story was about. :fpalm
  10. VX Rider

    VX Rider Long timer

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    Actually that doesn't give you or that guy the
    Right of way....

    It's a merge situation and should be done with care by the merging party...but doesn't give right of way to either party.

    As I read the linked article
  11. Chibiabos

    Chibiabos Undercover Mollusk

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    That's sort of my point. Out of the two of us (me and that other guy), do you think that either one of us should be trusted to make our own rules of the road?
  12. Rippin209

    Rippin209 Long timer

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    Legally speaking, the person entering the freeway/highway/express way is supposed to match speed to merge with traffic, but yes logically it's a team effort.
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  13. VX Rider

    VX Rider Long timer

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    Also, the on ramp...it's ok to 'SPEED' thereon in one's efforts to make the merge...
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  14. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short guy

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    I doubt it.
  15. lkraus

    lkraus Been here awhile

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    "But in the case of a freeway on-ramp, “the moment you enter the ramp, you’re on a ‘highway’ already,” the lieutenant said. The ramp is, in effect, its own freeway lane, which in turn merges with the rightmost one at the end of the ramp, he said. So, the handbook’s reliance on this section for the freeway-merge opinion is shaky, Soubirous said."

    So if you are already on the highway, a merge is really just a type of lane change. Who has the right of way in a lane change? Assuming the cooperation of some random driver sounds pretty shaky. Visiting Virginia, most drivers seemed to be actively trying prevent merges at entrance ramps.

    The Ohio Revised Code is pretty specific:
    "5537-2-06 Entering traffic lanes.
    Upon entering a traffic lane from a service plaza, interchange, shoulder, or entrance ramp, the operator of a motor vehicle shall use the acceleration lane or and the operator shall enter the outer lane with caution so as not to interfere with or endanger traffic. The operator of a vehicle entering a traffic lane shall yield the right of way to vehicles already on the traffic lanes."
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  16. Chibiabos

    Chibiabos Undercover Mollusk

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    Not to mention that different drivers may have a different concept of what "cooperation" means.

    California has some really fucked up vehicle codes though. It turns out that you really aren't required to use your turn signals, for instance. The CA.VC might also allow you to turn into any lane that you want (I don't know what part of it covers that), regardless of what our DMV teaches.
  17. Veteran Noob

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    Are you suggesting that, when a potential merge situation is identified, all vehicles in the lane to which the mergeing vehicle wants to merge are NOT supposed to close ranks to prevent the merging opportunity? Huh, who knew?

    If you're correct and I do back off to allow a merge, do I still get to take umbrage and shift into road rage mode, since the car merged in front of me? Please don't take that away from me too.
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  18. Chibiabos

    Chibiabos Undercover Mollusk

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    I think that his point is that you're supposed to cooperate with other drivers, no matter what.
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  19. neanderthal

    neanderthal globeriding wannabe

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    This is one of my pet peeves. Especially when slow poke then makes a bee line for the fast lane.
  20. Macho Man2

    Macho Man2 Been here awhile

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    On Fridays ride on a curvy backroad I was riding behind 2 of my buddies when a guy comes up behind me in a new Chevy Silverado with his lights on bright, he gets maybe no more than 2 car links behind me and trying to stay around that close as we traverse the curvy road we were riding. He was so close to me, there was no way he could see the road well enough to follow it he was just following me. We were following a route pre-loaded on our GPS's and I saw a very sharp curve coming up, so I slowed a little before and as he closed I gapped it as he did behind me and went into the curve, I made the curve, he didn't! He hit the curve too hot and went into a gulley on the other side of the road,Thank God there was no car coming the other way. I have to believe he got what he deserved riding that close to me,what makes a person do this.....Damn I hate somebody tailgaiting me whether in a cage or a motorcycle.
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