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Old 02-14-07, 09:08 PM   #1
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Name Your Cycling Technique

Okay, so it's time for those of us heretofore known as NON-VC to give a name to the way we ride.

Let's stop being a negative. Let's be something positive. I'm sick of the one party system here in A & S. I'm sick of being labeled by others. If I'm going to wear a label I'd rather that it be one that I chose for myself.

So here's your chance to "Name Your Cycling Technique". If John Forester can do it then certainly so can you!

Give it a name and a brief description. Or if you see one you like in this thread and feel you want to join that technique add your name to that list.

It's time for some diversity in here!

So here's mine:

IMPROVISATIONAL CYCLING:

I name this cycling style in honor of my teacher and mentor, Keith Johnstone- the inventor of Theatresports.

I ride because I love the freedom that a bicycle gives me. If I wanted to be locked in a linear world and to be wrapped in a steel cage I'd drive everywhere in a car. Bicycles are the most adaptable means of transport in the world. They can be strictly utilitarian or they can be just for fun. They can be ridden on mountain trails, on streets and highways, bike paths and bike lanes even occasionally on a sidewalk!

I've toured and mountain biked, raced and commuted. Sometimes I'm on a folder, sometimes a tandem, sometimes a heavy commuter with bags of groceries, sometimes a road bike.. and I love adapting the way I ride to various circumstances, locations, countries, cities. When in Rome I've ridden as the Romans do- yikes! Whether it's in Naples, Italy or Naples, FL on the cobblestoned, trolley tracked streets of Lisbon or the trolley tracked streets of Boston the only consistent rule is to stay positive, be alert (the world needs more Lerts!) and to say- "yes!".

Does this mean I break traffic laws?- no. Does it mean I ride vehiclularly?- when it suits the situation- absolutely. But as someone recently said in these threads anything I do that fits VC technique is purely conincidental.

But what's the technique you may ask? It's more a way of thinking (or not thinking but doing and responding) and seeing what's around you than a set of rules. Similar to what Robert Hurst refers to as an "art" in "The Art of Urban Cycling".

So that's mine. What's yours?
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Old 02-14-07, 09:17 PM   #2
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I'll have to think about mine. May I be the first,** however, to offer up "Armchair Cycling" for Helmet Head?














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Old 02-14-07, 09:19 PM   #3
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I would like to think that my style is "Observant" - always watching out for what other road might do. However I think that "Competitive" would be a more accurate description of my style - If I see a cyclist in front of me I always try to pass them. Unfortunately I have success much less in recent years and I have to struggle when other riders pass me.
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I practice bicyclular bicycling.
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I practice bicyclular bicycling.
I think that's my style, too!
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I do a modified alpha-dog non-VC transportational vehicular dynamic lateral lane positioning powerweave with a scufflaw twist.

But seriously.

There's no need to have a name for how you ride unless you're selling something. Labels are generally misleading or, like the labels in my first sentence, riduculous.

The principles/goals that govern how I ride are: common sense, safety (both my own and the safety of others), courtesy, enjoyment and efficiency (some of those things are inter-related).

I ride according to whatever rules apply. So, for example, if I ride in traffic, I ride according to the accepted rules of the road. If I ride on a trail, I ride according to the accepted rules of the trail. A novel concept, eh?

Caveat: accepted rules aren't necessarily the same as whatever written rules there may be, including the law-- (although they often are the same).

I'm not trying to
  • convert anybody to anything,
  • teach anybody anything,
  • set an example for anyone (I used to until I realised nobody really cares or even pays much attention),
  • set a world speed record,
  • make a fashion statement,
  • change society or
  • save the world.
I'm just riding my bike.

I'm as free as a breeze
And I ride where I please
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Old 02-15-07, 12:52 AM   #9
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caveman use butt wiggle, sign to fast cages-

cavemen inside cages not look happy.
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The one that works at that time.
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Same as JRA
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There's no need to have a name for how you ride unless you're selling something.
If you are referring to the same specific concept repeatedly in discussions and/or writing, whether you're selling it, criticizing it, or just discussing it, it is helpful to have a particular term to use to refer to it efficiently.
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Sometimes I love riding so much that I really wouldn't care if I got flattened.
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Old 02-15-07, 06:41 AM   #14
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I prefer to call mine survival oriented sensible riding!
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Enlightened Variation, Path of Least Resistance. If I can cut another cyclist or motorist some slack without compromising my personal safety, I do so.
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I call it riding a bike. I let HH and others worry about trying to put brands, labels and categories around it.
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Large, Loud and In-The-Way.

Large, because I am large.

Loud, because when riding in the pack I always call out approaching and overtaking traffic (I am usually the only one with a mirror).

In-The-Way because I stay out in the lane further than most other cyclists I observe. Since there are (thankfully) no bike lanes here and very few lanes > 12' wide I just hang out in the lane 3-4' and only move right to encourage a safe pass.
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Mine is "The Coast"

What you do is get on a big hill, place your feet on the pedals and get rolling, you'll start to go down the hill, going faster and faster. <WEEEEeeeeEEEEEEEeeeee!!!!!> When you get to the bottom, the ride is over.
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Okay, so it's time for those of us heretofore known as NON-VC to give a name to the way we ride.


So that's mine. What's yours?

I am a wussy cyclist. That is, I ride slowly, courteously, usually on the shoulder, walk across busy intersections especially if they have a right turn lane, and ride my brakes down steep hills.

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I never described mine.

Smooth.

The smoothest path: The smoothest pavement, the least intersections, the least friction from others, the quite routes, the bike paths, places where I can hear birds or crickets and frogs, shaded and oak-lined alternatives.

Smooth the way for others: Time the intersection so I don't have to slow myself or others, obey the rules so I'm predictable, wave others through, accept their waves for me to go through.

Be smooth: Hold a straight line, look 'em straight in the eye, adhere to my own sense of fashion, ride cool bikes that aren't cool to some people, blink and glow like a UFO in the dark, don't apologize for not having the perfect body. Just keep on keepin' on.
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Pedaling. I really don't know any other way to do it.
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actually, I'm a vehicular cyclist, and (unlike some of the posters to this forum) I also know how to use a bike lane. I like cities with accomodations as part of their street grids, because they facilitate cycling for the public.

i'm VC and I like bike lanes! neener neener neener!
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