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    Biking it and Liking It



    I rode seventeen miles yesterday. I am over forty years old and 250 pounds. I have a theory that I get more exercise now, than when I was younger, because I'm pedalling an extra hundred pounds up every hill.

    I actually did two rides yesterday, July 21st, 2007.

    I first rode a 21 speed MTB , put it on a train, and took the train ten miles. Then I rode home. Sorry , I don't have a picture of the 21 speed MTB, but it has BMX handlebars. Here is a picture of the train that I took my bike on:


    The railroad surveyed the passengers and asked them what they wanted on the new trains. A whopping 43% said they wanted a fiberglass nose. I wonder if my campaining helped.



    I am considering painting this bike black. I have added even more lights to it. This bike is known as the NFA Vehicles Type 10. The banana seat and it's support are fiberglass. The support on the front is fiberglass and carrries the 12 volt battery and a 1982 Suzuki GS fairing. The new lights added thios past week are directionals (blinkers). Yellow on the front and BLUE bullet tailights on the rear. The front blinkers are mounted on a 2 foot by 6 inch piece of 1/4 inch aircraft plywood, which also serves to reinforce the floor of the battery compartment. The headlights are 50 watts each, the right one is street legal, the left is a halogen track light with a wide beam, excellent for shooting video. That was the bike I rode on a seven mile loop last night.

    I also have this recumbent, or semi-recumbent.The"Type 7". I'm not sure if it's a semi recumbent because it's semi upright, or if the fairing is based of a semi truck spoiler:


    This is the Type 9, which my Daughter Mellisa designed. I would describe it as a Fiberglass Ladies Bicycle, or Electric Moped prototype:

    Because I was offered twelve hundred dollars for this bike , I sold it. The buyer was an automobile detailler and he wanted it unpainted. I let him tap on it with a hammer to show him it was structurally sound.

    I also have a pair of Lafree electric bicycles, here's one of them, also rigged with lights:

    I bought this E-Bike in 2004. I love it , but I don't ride it as much now as when I got it. It seems I am getting my stamina back, and I can ride further on a bicycle without a motor. I thank the E-bike for being like a coach, and pacing me, so I learnt not to waste effort pedalling over 20 MPH.

    THE END

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    I rode 19.5 miles yesterday, here's a map:

    http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=2736462

    I've been getting some good milage everyday, now that Spring is here.

    Here is a map of an almost twelve mile route, that I rode last week:

    http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=2699624

    Perhaps I will combine these two routes, but I took a side trip yesterday. It's not much longer.

    I carried two bottles of water, and two coffee-cans full of popcorn . The panniers are wonderful.
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    17.8 miles today. I met up with the "C" division of the Long Island Bicycle Club at two miles, and rode with them for five miles. Then they stopped and ate lunch. I watched their bikes .

    http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=2740320

    The Route I took. The Club took me on a leg-burner. They went down a private road that led to the water, Long Island Sound. Then we climbed back uphill. They all had 120 pounds of air in their tires, I only had 90. Only me and Charley on the recumbent were wearing shorts. I waited while they ate lunch, but I didn't eat on account I had my own food in my panniers.

    I had to leave the group because I wanted to carry out my plan to trim vegetation along Chicken Valley Road. Someone could get poked in the eye by the branches. The LIBC "C" group was not going on Chicken Valley.

    I got onto Chicken Valley Road and I was passed by about two hundred other cyclists. Some said yes when I asked if they were with LIBC. (but they were either "A" or "B", not "C") Others said "New York City".

    Anyway, I stopped and ate and smoked by a Horse Farm. Altogether, my ride took four hours.

    I am riding 26"x2.125" slicks, and I have BMX handlebars on the bike. Combined with the handlebar basket and the rear panniers, I am not being aerodynamic.
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    Nice report.
    The train pic was nice.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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    In response to the situation in Colorado:

    "It's the sheriff's job to keep the road-ragers under control. It's virtual anarchy on the roads.
    As for myself, I have a car and five bikes. All of my bikes are insured on the same policy that covers my car. There is no need to register the bikes, since the make, model, color and serial number are already on file with the insurance company. This system saves the Government money, because the DMV doesn't need to hire personnel to keep *duplicate* paperwork."

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    I rode 15 miles today.
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    I wrote this today also, in response to an article about choosing the right bike:

    "Weight of the bike is not the only issue. The author sounds like she got her information from a 'Roadie', who rides lightweight racing bikes.
    Choosing the right bike involves more decisions. First, the bike has to be the right size for the rider, and handlebars and seat have to be adjusted for the best fit.
    Second, there is no one bike that is right for all uses or rides. I would suggest getting more than one bike, example:
    a. Comfort or Hybrid bike
    b. Mountain bike
    c. Recumbent bike
    d. Cargo "utility" bike
    e. An Electric Bicycle

    This amounts to a "stable" full of bikes (to use horse jargon) . Choose the right one for the job. The bikes I listed are the donkeys, mules and oxen of the bike world. The racing road bikes are the thoroughbreds and are more expensive, perhaps too expensive for the novice."
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    Todays letter to the Editor:

    http://www.redbluffdailynews.com/ci_12253116

    "Cars kill more pedestrians than bicyclists, even though the bicyclist spends more time in the road. Why is that?

    I think in addition to helmets, the Police should distribute free tail lights and rear view mirrors to bicyclists. These items are much better than they were when I was a kid. The tail lights of today have LED's instead of incandescent bulbs, so they can run up to three hundred hours on two AA batteries.
    And there are rear-view mirrors today that attach to the end of the handlebar with a Velcro strap - which is a great thing, because one doesn't need tools to install it, and it can be re-adjusted without tools if it gets bumped. Also, the Velcro strap mirror can be switched from one bike to another, which is good for cyclists who have more than one bike.

    Would the motorists please be more careful ? Remember, there are certain motorists who "buzz" bicyclists on purpose, trying to run them off the road. You don't want to be mistaken for a road-rager, you might get cussed at. Or you might end up in jail facing Aggravated Vehicular Assault charges. Do you really want to stand in front of a Judge explaining that you were just inattentive or absent minded?"
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    I rode twelve miles yesterday, but today I did not ride on account of rain. I made a pound cake last night, and slathered the slices with black cherry jelly before eating them. Good source of calories.

    It looks like I started this blog two years ago, and forgot about it. Then I got back to it recently. So today I want to spew out a few thoughts.

    I have been riding slower than I used to. I think it is a myth that speed will make the problem of passing motorists disappear. I am trying to get back to covering milage, without trying to go to fast. Yes , I was probably going about 40 yesterday when I was going downhill. But the limit was 30MPH. A line of cars started to pass while I was cresting the hill, but I was up-shifting , and the third car was a Harley Davidson. After him , I moved over and took-the-lane. I did hold traffic back , but by the time we reached the bottom of the hill, we caught up with the Harley, which was making a left turn.

    But I haven't had any bad experience with motorists lately (15 years). Maybe it's because I weigh 265 pounds now, and they aren't looking for a fight with someone as big as me. Maybe it's because I'm a Gulf War Veteran, and I told one of them I'd kill him if he came close to hitting my bike again...
    Maybe it's the reflective vest I wear. Maybe the Blinkies , blinking even in the daytime, gets their attention. Maybe it's on account of the roads being repaved. Maybe it's because I wear a Polo shirt, with a collar, so I look respectable enough. But I haven't had any near miss (or near collision) in years.

    What I wanted to say was; we need to promote bicycling as a sport for the wealthy, and not as a means of transportation for the poor. We'd get more respect that way. We need to tell people "I have a Car Too."
    Really , it amazes me, I've been dropping the phrase "I have a Car Too" , and people are astonished!
    They seem to think we ride bikes , like we don't have a choice?
    "I have a Car and Five Bikes" and "All my Bikes are Insured by the same Company that Insures my Car"
    Which really knocks them back, because they drive, but they don't have insurance.
    Drop a hint.
    Let the people know that we have cars. They seem to be laboring under the delusion that we are riding bikes because we don't have cars.

    There may be some people who can't afford both. Do I spend $7,000.00 on a new Colnago, or on a used Lexus? I think it's best to have both bikes and cars . I had two cars in the early nineties, I shouldn't have sold the Buick . I kept the Ford F-150. I have a Dodge Caravan now.

    Bicycle Racing? I have a stopwatch and a coaches whistle, and I've measured out two "Drag Strips" , 300 feet or a hundred yards long. One's in Sea Cliff, and one's in Locust Valley. But I have no volunteers for the race.
    I chose the hundred yard drag race because I was never sucsesful finding riders for the 200 meter sprint. But I doubt I'll find volunteers to race.
    So if your in Sea Cliff , NY, and you can find Sea Cliff Beach , hint; the Lamp Posts on the Boardwalk are 70 feet apart, so passing two of them is 140 feet, and four is 280 feet. bring some chalk.
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    I rode 17.5 miles today. Rode 12 miles on Saturday. Took Sunday off. Monday I had to ride because my van went to get an inspection, but I was cold, wearing shorts and a short-sleeve shirt.
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    Letter of the Day:

    http://voices.kansascity.com/node/4584#comment-24073

    darroby85,
    There are a few flaws in your logic. One, ninety nine percent of bicyclists in the United States have a car or truck and a license , they already passed the DMV test. Two, many bicyclists already have their bicycles insured. I have my bikes insured on the same policy that covers my van. Three, Bicycle inspections? Bicycles are very simple devices, and if anything was wrong with a bicycle, it would be immediately visible and obvious. Brakes are the only thing I can imagine would need testing.
    Four, any requirement for the bicyclist to PAY, would involve a *contract* between the state and the bicyclist. The state would then be liable for any death or injury resulting from anything, including, bad pavement, substandard width lanes, potholes , storm-water grates or death-traps like the one described in the preceding article. This is a well known fact and is why no state requires bicyclists to pay for non-existent or dead-end bicycle lanes.
    Finally, I think you just need to accept the fact that bicycle move faster than cars in downtown areas.
    You should get a bike and lead by example. YOU show others how to ride by setting a good example. I think you will learn something when the bike lane disappears and leaves you in the middle of a highway cloverleaf.
    I'm not saying the bicyclist is free of responsibility. Indeed, bicyclists should have lights on their bikes, rear-view mirrors, a horn or bell and they should wear reflective vests. Eventually, I believe, every car and bike will have a GPS system which will ping or light-up when another vehicle comes within five hundred feet.
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    Letter of the day:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/featur...,5613310.story

    Good advice, Mr. Williams.
    I've only bicycled 140,000 miles in 37 years of riding. I've never been knocked off my bike by a car, though.
    One thing I have learned is ; Don't make an effort to go the speed limit. Motorists don't appreciate the effort, and would much rather be speeding than traveling at a mere speed limit.
    In addition to your recommendations :
    I use my blinking lights in the middle of the day! Often , my bike is in shade, created by trees or multi-story buildings, and cloud cover can come in at any time of the day.
    I always wear a reflective vest, so I don't have to wear bright colored shirts.
    I ride my Daughter's bike, because at my age, it's easier to dismount. If I'm at a red light, and a car is approaching at 45, I dismount and walk the bike. I've also added BMX handlebars to this ladies mountain bike, so I sit more upright. I don't care about aerodynamics anymore.(If you want to talk about aerodynamics, email me off-list.)
    I also have found a rear-view mirror that works! This new mirror attaches to the end of the handlebar with a velcro strap, so it is easy to readjust if it gets bumped. The mirror is convex, which gives a wide angle field of view.
    Thanks again for bringing this subject to public attention!
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    I rode 25 miles in the past two days.
    But I wrote another editorial opinion today:

    http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/139275

    An official, sanctioned , protest ride , like this one, is a good idea. It's not a race.
    I'd participate, but I'm in New York at this moment.
    Motorists need to become more aware. There is a law that say cars must leave at least three feet of space between their car and the bike they are passing. That means a bicyclist can't reach your car with an outstretched arm, approximately one yard, or three feet.
    Ninety nine percent of bicyclists have a car (including myself). It's easy for the cyclist to see the situation from the motorists point of view. Most truck drivers have a bike, but the average motorist may or may not have a bike. Bicycling is an expensive sport. We cyclists have more money than the average motorist. What I'd like to vent about is those drivers who can't afford to keep a bicycle, had to choose a car OR a bike, but couldn't afford both, and then they treat cyclists like second-class citizens! The state pays millions to build bicycle lanes and put up signs to tell motorists what would be common sense, IF they had a bicycle.
    Most roads are wide enough for a car to pass a bicycle safely. If a particular stretch of road is too narrow for a car to pass, it's the fault of the civil engineer who designed the road. It's not the cyclist's fault. Motorists should be patient, and courteous, and NOT harbor a grudge against the cyclists.
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    I witnessed a road-rage incident on Monday. The driver of a white SUV was driving a little erratically; driving 15 MPH at first, then speeding up in a School Zone. When the SUV got to "downtown", he stopped short, almost hitting a pedestrian in the crosswalk. The pedestrian pointed to the overhead sign, which reads "STATE LAW: DRIVERS MUST YEILD TO PEDESTRIANS IN CROSSWALK" and has flashing yellow lights.
    The driver then jumped out of his SUV, went up to the pedestrian and grabbed him, and started shaking him .
    I made a left turn at that point in time. My Mother was in the car and we had to get somewhere. I forgot to bring my cell phone, but I would've called the cops. Someone else had also blocked the SUV with a stretch-cab pickup truck, to prevent him from leaving.
    That's all I saw.

    ++++++++++++++++

    Yesterday I did some more RVM. (Roadside Vegetation Management). I trimmed some hedges that were intruding over West Shore Road in Oyster Bay. I used hedge trimming shears and was able to trim the hedges about a foot back. I went about thirty feet, drank all my water, and called it quits.
    I used the yellow bike, aka the Type 10 (photo above). I have added a second battery to this bike, so the blinkers are on their own battery, and the headlights, tail lights and markers are on the other battery. I had parked the bike with the lights on so drivers would see me as I trimmed the hedges.

    Last night, I went grocery shopping with the mountain bike, and I put the new panniers to the test.
    I bought: 1 box of salt, a box of saltine *******, a box of 'sweet&low', a 24 ounce bag of Organic Sugar, a half gallon of milk, a package of 6 English Muffins, a large box of Rice Krispies, and two 8oz cans of Tomato sauce.
    I really filled the panniers, and I had to put some items in the handlebar basket.

    I had Mozzarella cheese at home, so I made "English Muffin Pizzas". I don't know if anyone knows how to make English Muffin Pizza outside of New York (or Bagel Pizza for that matter).
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    Check out this route:

    http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=2841316

    I'm almost finished riding, I'm at my Mother's house, near the 24 mile mark.
    Started at noon, it is now 16:00. The Service Road of the Long Island Expressway is a wonderful route for bicycling, wide, has shoulders, very little traffic.

    Now, I have an appetite , I could really go for some pizza.
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    Rumor has it that Yahoo is shutting down Yahoo 360' , the bloggers forum at Yahoo.
    So I will now copy and paste my blogs from there over here:

    Folks,
    I'd like to tell you all about the Fiberglass Ladies Bicycle.
    http://mywilson.homestead.com/gallery69.html



    The text with the link tells you a little about the styling.
    I depended on bikes when I was young because my Mother didn't drive. (She still doesn't.) I thought the bikes I had when I was a kid were inferior products. I saw room for improvement in their design and construction.I set about building a prototype of a new bike in 1986, while I was still in Engineering school.The bike had a Kevlar fairing. I wanted to get to work on a step-thru, or "Ladies" bicycle, but none of the women I was dating were into bicycles, so no one wanted to draw up plans. "I wanna go in a car." was pretty much all they had to say.
    Finally, in 1991, Mellisa asked me to adopt her. Mellisa didn't have a dad, she had been living aboard her Uncle's tractor trailer truck from May thru September '91.
    Mellisa had a chance to actually drive the Kenworth with a big refrigerated trailer that said "Pork- The Other White Meat".
    Mellisa does not believe that 4 wheelers (cars) are very smart. She'd seen a lot of cars wrecked by the side of the road in her travel through 38 of the 48 Contiguous United States. One day she asked her Uncle why the cars get so smushed up but nothing happens to the truck. He let her look under the truck to see where the frame rails meet the front bumper. It's easy to see why a car is a death trap after you've had a look.
    Just remember you have to hold the trucks' keys in one hand (so the truck doesn't start up and run you over while you're looking)and a flashlight in the other hand (because it's dark under a truck).
    Mellisa designed the fiberglass ladies bicycle with those frame rails in mind, so instead of one inch diameter pipe (tube), we have a fiberglass 4" by 6" with a quarter inch wall thickness. Qarter inch thickness is standard in fiberglass throughout the trucking industry (Mack, Peterbuilt, and Kenworth) It can withstand being sideswiped by another truck.
    Mellisa'a Grandfather worked at Grumman building aircraft for the Navy, including the TBA Avenger, and the Hellcat. He taught Mellisa to design fiberglass parts, because she had a few ideas for improving the fiberglass camper attached to the trucks cab.
    After trying to find an investor who would beleve me when I said there's a lot of demand for an electric bicycle, I sold the prototype for $1,200.oo in 1999. About a year later electric bicycles went into full scale production in China. To date about 4 million electric bicycles have been produced in China, but most of them are staying in China because Chinese people love them and there aren't enough to fill the worldwide demand.
    Electric bicycle prices have acually been increasing in the U.S. because of the law of supply and demand.

    For non motorized ladies bicycles, I would suggest a web search under the key words "Women's bicycles"

    2.

    The Fiberglass Ladies Bicycle is a unique item.
    Previously, the only fiberglass bicycle was the Bowden Spacelander.
    The Spacelander went into production in 1960. When it became a sucess, Mr. Bowden, the company president, sought to produce a ladies version of the Fiberglass Bicycle.
    Every bicycle company builds ladies bikes.Ladies bicycles were introduced to the market in 1886, the same year chain drive appeared. (Before that, all bicycles were high-wheelers. The rider had to straddle the huge front wheel in order to reach the pedals, which were on the front axle.)
    1886 was a great year for women's rights. The ladies bicycle was introduced, giving women freedom and mobility they never had before.
    Anyway, Mr. Bowden could not get funding to put the fiberglass ladies bicycle into production. Mr. Bowden gave up and stopped making fiberglass bicycles.
    So my Daughter and myself built a fiberglass ladies bicycle in 1991. I displayed it as a prototype, but there are still no investors.
    Do the math:
    Selling price of a fiberglass ladies bicycle= $1200
    Cost of materials= $300
    That's a 400% profit.
    There is no reason for a bank or anyone else to refuse to loan us money. There is plenty of profit to pay the loan back.
    I submit this as proof that the bankers are trying to subjugate women.
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    I wanted to blog again today so I could post this photo of another bike, the Type 7.
    The fiberglass fairing is really more of a fiberglass box. What is a fairing? People ask me that all the time. There is a website just to answer that question, www.whatisafairing.com.
    Very simply, a fairing is a windshield for a motorcycle. Why is a motorcycle windshield called a fairing? If you ride a motorcycle, you will have a very strong wind blowing in your face, you put a windshield on the motorcycle and the wind is much less, a FAIR wind, that's why it's called a fairing.
    I've ridden on bicycle for more than 135,000 miles since 1972. I wanted to get a windshield for my bicycle early on. But nobody made such a thing. I asked around, and people said it was impossible, they said it couldn't be done. I was still in school. I came up with a better question, "If Yamaha can put a windshield on a motorcycle, how can it be impossible to put a windshield on a bicycle?" Everyone got really mad and had hissy fits, but they could NOT answer the question. Someone said the windshield is the motor, but I said "No it's not, you can't make an engine out of plastic", and then he started crying that he wanted his mommy and he left the room.
    That was just grammar school. High school was a waste of time, because I went to a Catholic high school, and they didn't believe in using tools, so they had no shop class. (I thought it was Jews who didn't believe in using tools, But it was really Catholics).
    I got good grades in science, earth science, chemistry, physics as well as biology, and I went to an Engineering school. Then I went to work. I wanted to build the first electric motorcycle in America. But I really just wanted a dam, I mean air-dam, windshield for my bicycle.
    I got opposition everywhere I turned.
    While doing math on my Apple Macintosh computer, it became apparent that the Wright Brothers were right. If a bicycle can be turned into an airplane, then an electric motorcycle can become a Nuclear Fueled Aerospace Vehicle. So I named the company "NFA Vehicles".
    This was during the Cold War with the USSR, so there was a great deal of interest from the Pentagon. I decided to study aboard an Aircraft Carrier, and I joined the United States Navy .
    Then the Soviet Union collapsed.

    To be continued...
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    Entry for July 11, 2008
    I'd like to start by pointing out that there are no bicycle "riders".
    People on bicycles (bicyclists, cyclists, bikers, whatever you want to call them)either drive their bicycle like it's a car, or they race their bicycle, like they are headed for the Tour de France.

    It's important to remember that the racers are practicing a sport which has been around since before the invention of the automobile. The cyclists are still on the same roads, trying to compete against someone who biked ten miles in nineteen minutes, who left a record time, based on the stopwatch back in 1879. Those who race against the clock in such a fasion will look left and right at an intersection, but unless there is a truck coming, they will not stop.

    These cyclists have an interesting legal argument; they've been riding these roads since 1879, and the stop signs and traffic lights did not appear until 1917, at the earliest. The traffic lights were intended for automobiles.

    Let's now discuss "driving" a bicycle. Suppose I want to drive my bicycle into town to get a quart of milk and a loaf of bread. I have no need to set a record time, this "milk run" will not go down in sports history. I will drive my bike to the end of the driveway and stop. I will look both ways, and let the cars go by. When there is a break in traffic, then I pull out. Likewise, I stop at the stop sign, and I stop again for any lights that are red. I can not cover the ten miles in nineteen minutes, like that bicycle racer did in 1879. It will take longer , chalk it up to "progress". I will even check my rear-view mirror and pull over to let truck-traffic go by.

    Make sure you (and your kids) know the difference between racing and driving. Too many amature cyclists are learning by example, doing what the racers do. Stop your bike and yield for traffic, especially trucks. It's better to let the motor vehicle operator go first and live , that for you to go first on your bike and get killed. Don't argue about who has the right-of-way, that's for a Judge to decide after you're dead. Just be courteous. Courtesy is contagious.

    Racers have a legitimate gripe too; there aren't enough velodromes (bicycle race tracks) to practice on to stay in shape. So their racing has to be done on public roads. The paths in the parks are only designed for eighteen miles per hour, and they are crowded with walkers.
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    Entry for December 11, 2008
    I have some Safety Tips to share with the bicyclists:

    1) You should have a bell on your bike to warn pedestrians. Shouting 'on your left!' is what the racers do when they leave the bell off to save weight.

    2) Buy a rear view mirror for your bike. They have new mirrors now that mount to the handlebars with a Velcro strap, so you don't need to carry a wrench to keep it adjusted. When you see a car in your mirror, move as far right as possible.

    3) Wear a reflective vest

    4) Buy lights for your bike. Even in daytime, lights add visibility, especially if you are riding in tree shade or if the sky is overcast. Blinking lights are better for daytime use, steady light at night.

    5) Buy a basket for your handlebars. Even if you don't carry anything, a basket will absorb impact if you crash. And you shouldn't carry a bag in one hand while riding a bike.

    6) Stop and look both ways before crossing any street, even if there is no stop sign.

    7) Stop and wait for cars and trucks to go by before pulling out at any intersection or driveway.

    8) Do NOT exceed 25MPH. If you go faster than 25MPH, you are racing your bike, and if you still have the owners manual that came with your bike, the warranty says 'warranty void if the bike is raced'.

    9) Wear Gloves. Cycling gloves are fingerless gloves to protect your palms if you fall off your bike. If you fall, you can break your fall by putting your palms down on the pavement.

    10) Wear a helmet. I don't put wearing a helmet #1 on the list, because it's your last ditch protection after you fall from the bike. These other tips I gave prevent an accident, so you might not have to use your helmet.

    11) Make sure the bike is the right size for the rider, and handlebars and seat are adjusted properly.

    12) Make sure the bike has working brakes.

    Note to motorists: You should give at least three to five feet of room between the side of your car and the bicycle you are passing. If you motorists were more careful, we wouldn't need these bike lanes. Bike lanes cost taxpayers money, and ninety nine plus percent of motorists don't pass close enough to bikes to warrant building bike lanes.
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    http://www.summitdaily.com/article/2...=1055&_ic=true

    "I don't advocate blowing past stop signs, but there are some reasons why a bicyclist doesn't make a full stop. If a bicycle stops, the cyclist must put one foot on the ground. If the seat is adjusted to the right height, the cyclist can only touch down on on tippy-toes. Unless it's a lowrider, or recumbent bicycle, the cyclist can not put both *heels* on the ground. Okay, buy your kid a lowrider bike, that would be fine.
    Also, when a bicycle stops, it can take more than ten seconds to get going again. During this time, the bike is a "sitting duck", which could be creamed by the next car that comes along.
    Bicycles are not heavy enough to trip the detectors that activate the traffic lights.
    Bicyclists are not confined to a *cage*,their view is not obstructed by roof pillars. Also, a cyclist can hear cars coming.
    Yes, cyclists must look both ways, but there is enough time to look both ways, even if the cyclist just slows down-Rolling Stop.
    6/2/2009 12:53:07 PM on summitdaily.com"
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    I'm in the video of the local Saint Patrick's day parade!
    At 16:00 into the video, I'm in front of the camera:

    http://vimeo.com/3817076

    This is the yellow bike with the Suzuki fairing. I'm right behind the motorcycles.
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    I'm an avid bicyclist, and I don't think money should be wasted building bike lanes. Instead, the Police should be handing out tickets to careless and aggressive drivers.
    I ride my bike, and 999 out of a thousand motorists pass safely, with five to ten feet of room. It's that one in a thousand who almost sideswipes the bike , that is causing the problem.
    Some cyclists have equipped themselves with video cameras on their helmets, so they can get some evidence and a tag number when they report these drivers to the Police. That works, but it's expensive. Maybe the Police could set up a "sting" operation with a camcorder on a bicycle.
    Speeding, tailgating, cursing and throwing things at cyclists-all add fuel to the fire. Then when someone suggests that cars should have a tiny, quarter horsepower electric motor and a top speed of twelve MPH, these motorists don't get the point. The idea isn't to save gas, it's to make your car weak and incapable of hurting anyone.
    If you do want bike lanes, make sure it's just bike lanes. We don't need "plantings", or trees or bushes or "arborvitae's", the plants create a sight obstruction.

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    This is a link to an editorial reply I wrote today. If you'll forgive me, it railroad related:

    http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index...ilderness.html
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    Rain. Every day this month it rained.
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