This is in the spirit of LittleBigMan's post on "Taking the Lane." I want to know how the experienced riders of this forum ride in different conditions which are relevent to them. No random hypotheticals here, no criticizing cycling technique or style, no extrapolating from studies, no value judgements allowed on this thread. Say your piece about what you do, ask questions to clarify another's post or ask them to expand on their explanation if you want, but no value judgements. I want this to be a "safe" area for people to explain exactly how they ride and how they came to ride in that manner.
In traffic cycling in particular, much of the learning process is through direct experience - very little beyond general ideas (i.e. destination lane positioning, vehicular cycling, etc.) are found in books, and direct classroom/instruction opportunities are few and far between (not to mention expensive in time and money). With this, I want to capture this experience from everyone who rides a bike in traffic.
This comes about because I am worried that many of the little tidbits about very specific cycling techniques which can be helpful to cyclists, new or experienced, are lost in amongst all the highly "theoretical" discussions in other threads. The loud people tend to drown out the not so loud in this forum, leaving us without their contribution to our collective knowledge. Also the conversations tend to focus on hypothetical roads, which may or may not have any relevence to a specific person here.
Everything which a person deems relevent to his or her cycling experience is allowed. If you don't have intersections between 6 lane arterials, don't feel the need to elaborate on how you would treat such a beast. If you only cycle for fitness on rural roads, feel free not to mention anything about the urban environment. You get the picture. I only ask you limit yourself to topics of cycling in traffic (as opposed to mountain biking or cyclocross, etc.)
BTW, in the interest of keeping this a value neutral discussion, if someone starts responding to a post in a "...you shouldn't do what you are suggesting..." type of way, DON'T REPLY IN RESPONSE. Simply let the unwelcome post die a lonely death. In particular, Helmet Head and Bekologist must restrain themselves or be restrained in this manner. Even if you disagree, hold your tongue. Just grimace and post your own thoughts about your own techniques and riding styles without expressing an opinion on another's.