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Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by jjustj, Nov 6, 2017.
I suppose you are right about that.
Just bought this "visibility" gear from Triumph of Seattle - It glows! Even if it is not clean, you can turn on the LEDs.
Hi Viz for day, Reflective for night, LEDs for DARK.
lewis and clarke were dumbshits!
Geez, we coulda stayed on the coast in the warmer wet and gotten greasy fat and well fed on all that salmon with the Tribe,,,
but NO!,,we went back inland and froze our asses so we could nearly starve to death to have dog meat instead .
Lighten up on dumbshits will ya! And incredible amount of important stuff has happened because of a dumbshit or two.
Don't expect cage drivers to see you on a bike, at night, in the rain, and fog, when / if they are fogged or not.
There are times when it just makes sense to be in a cage also.
I know from experience that I would have traded two wheels for four in a heart beat.
I think we scared off the OP. He hasn't posted since Monday.
He probably decided to stay in Colorado.
I just now checked, and cannot find a reference saying it is so, but I do remember news reports saying Portland had approved it.
The media wouldn't get anything wrong, right?
im still here just drying out! LOL
I was just wondering because there was a bill that was moving through the legislature but it was for both bikes and motorcycles at red lights, that you could go through the intersection (on a red) if it was safe. I couldn't remember if it passed.
It passed here. If you are setting in a turn lane and you can't trigger the light. You are allowed to proceed through the red when safe.
the left turn lane trap.
I have actually gotten off my bike and walked back to clue cage drivers,,,"we are all gonna just sit here if you don't pull up and trip the damned switch!",,'splain it to 'em that the bike ain't heavy enuff, and it's okay to get closer,,you are not docking the USS Enterprise, it'sa frikken minivan! Pull the fuck up!
A vast number of drivers have no idea about the circles in the street at each intersection,,"Those are switches!?",,,No STUPID,,the lights change by frikken magic because you are an Orygun Duck supporter,,gawd!
I'm so glad they changed that rule for bikes, sit through a cycle and no change?,,go after the next cycle when it is safe to do so.
Whether they changed it or not I always rode though when it didn't trip.
I happily go for blocks out of my way to avoid a traffic signal intersection. That's why they make alleys!
14th to 8th between D and E streets.SPFLD, dirt blast!
the alley between 10th and 11th in eugene,,,puddles, pavement, slick leaves, and skeered cats!
We have had that law in Idaho for a while now, had to do use it several times, and if I am in a hurry I don't have to wait, as long as the cop didn't see when I stopped at the intersection, if he was to stop me for going through, I would just say I was there 2 cycles, I had to go I was trapped.
If someone is not pulling up close enough it is usually because they don't want to crowd me.
I just turn and give them the "come here little girl" gesture (you know, like when you're driving around in a van with a bag full of candy). If they don't respond then F-em. I'll go and leave them at the red light. "Tree falls in a forest" and all that.
Pinlock is mandatory gear, sorry I didn't mention that.
My commute is 36 miles each way. Use of the bike in the carpool lane saves me at least an hour per day and allows me to park near the building I work in. If I drive my car the closest parking spot is almost a 3/4 mile walk (in the rain).
Someone earlier mentioned testing out your gear. I used committing to prove out my gear for trips. I've learned that Klim gear is worth the money.
Specifically Gore Tex is worth the money and non Gore substitutes might work but might not and won't come with the secondary (and very serious) backing from Gore. The thin bag type membranes used in most non Gore boots and gloves SUCKS and will fail 100% and pretty soon.
And screw layered jackets for commuting. The thin bag at the base of your sodden outer layers is an idea that might work in different geographic locations but not the PNW.
I also use a heated jacket liner and gloves.
I used to give the guy holding the cardboard sign some cash to hit the crosswalk button.
Unavoidable, sometimes. Thanks for all the input.
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Triggering stop light switches.
Not recommended for all to do, but, you can trip these switches with your kick stand.
Was sitting in a traffic line a few years ago on the Hood River Road...35 ?
About a 1/4 mile stack up...WTF ? ?
They were working on the road and had it down to single lane.
Well, I got tired of the line so I passed all the cages sloooowly on the right.
I got up to the front of the line and a land yacht was about 10 feet away from the trip wire.
I got the pilots attention...after much waving.....and pointed to the wire in the road, and motioned him to pull up.
He did, tripped the switch , got a green light, and away we went...with me getting smaller and smaller in the pilots wind screen field of view, out front.