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Old 05-17-13, 06:43 PM   #1
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Biking to work healthy until you hit a pothole.. NPR story

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013...hit-a-pothole?

I imagine this story will get some flames since even I disagreed with a good bit of it.
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Old 05-17-13, 06:56 PM   #2
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Driving to work healthy until you develop cardiovascular disease and erectile dysfunction.
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What worries me most is encountering a pothole, seam, or otherwise sudden change of road surface just as a heavy/long truck is passing me closely.
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A very unscientific survey on the NPR "science" desk found that almost all of the bike commuters have been injured at least once, with most of the injuries involving broken ribs and collarbones.
emphasis and "air quotes" mine.

These guys are often mislabeled as "the liberal media", but they are just as sensationalistic as the worst of the corporate media.
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http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013...hit-a-pothole?

I imagine this story will get some flames since even I disagreed with a good bit of it.
Not the first foolish NPR cycling story.
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Old 05-18-13, 12:41 AM   #6
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It seems like most stories that aren't written by bikers are foolish - and some of those are too.
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The blog is all over the place. No point in reading it because it really doesn't say anything meaningful to anyone.
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As typical of the news media in general very little of the story actually matched the headline used for it. Accidents related to road surface flaws were only a minor part of the discussion and worst of all they didn't even put forward a solution to that problem specifically.

Long story short, ride the type of bike appropriate for the road conditions you encounter on your commute and learn how to ride without crashing, at least single vehicle crashes that are your fault. If the road surface conditions on your commute are such that the only safe and dependable bike is a mountain bike with puncture resistant tires because the roads are full of potholes and broken glass and you choose to ride a road bike with skinny little racing tubby tires and you get wiped out by a pothole that is your fault because you didn't have the brains to equip your ride for the expected conditions (commuting after all involves repeat travel over the same terrain).
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Okay, pretty much all my talking points were covered already -- seriously, good job, folks, you eviscerated this garbage article well. Now, who has HG Wells' number, so I can get the minutes back I wasted reading that treacle?
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This reads like someone had a deadline to fill. Open with clear evidence of improved health, head to, "but does it really???", cite some unrelated stats that look scary out of context, conclude that no one really knows.
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What kind of cyclist hits a pothole on a route they ride every day? Well 5 out of 7 days!

Sorry not a major risk. It is the downhill you have not been on for 6 months that will get you.

Or for the commuter the time you take an alternate route to avoid construction.
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Or your commute includes roads with so many potholes that it is not a matter of not hitting any but being sure to hit as few as possible and not hit the really big and deep ones (yes, I know all about this).

Or you have a choice of riding through the pothole or having your path cross paths with a larger, heavier, faster moving object (yes, I know all about this too).
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contrarianism has really become a sickness. Writing a story along the lines of "X healthy thing will actually kill you" should be a firing offense
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I really like NPR and consider most of their stuff high quality. This story was not.
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