Originally Posted by kf5nd
How far out from the right-hand edge of the road do you ride??? Note... I'm in Texas, too. I ride all around Houston with relatively few problems... so I'm thinking it could be a technique thing you could work on.
Do you ride at night / dawn / dusk? If so, what kind of front/rear lights do you run?
What color of shirt or jersey do you wear?
Do you use a mirror?
FWIW, I would love to live in a town like Waco. It would be much quieter traffic than Houston, really.
its pretty hard to hug the curb because this is a very dirty city and there is a lot of broken glass along my route because i ride through the hood... past floyd casey stadium and around w. waco dr. where some of the worst neighborhoods are.
my shift is everyday at 4 pm until 10 pm. i a light on the front, and a reflector on the back, and on my backpack there is lime green paint in block patterns so people can see it better.
i normally wear the clothes that i wear everyday when going to school, or wherever else... which are generally dark pants (black), but i do have a variety of colored shirts i wear.
and no. i don't have a mirror. i just check behind me a lot, which doesn't really bother me at all.
and to that other guy from Cowtown, i would use the river trail from cameron park but to even get there would be a hassle because i would have to ride on yet another busy busy street through a just as equally ****ty and rough neighborhood.
for example, i just got home about 10 minutes ago. tonight while riding i passed not one, but two shady lookin' dudes. both of them walking slowly down the middle of the street. when i passed them they both jumped like i scared them but i didn't say a word and rode harder to speed up. but when i passed them both i noticed that they both had two 356 magnums in their hands.
okay now maybe i'm just big wuss, but guns scare the **** out of me. i hate riding through these parts of town!!!!
maybe i should move to china. people ride bikes there.