Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Southern Maine
Bikes: 2006 Giant Cypress EX (7-speed internal hub)
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First, congrats on your first week!
I don't usually advocate riding further to the right, but from your description, I wonder if you might be taking the full lane more than you need to? Even on a narrow two-lane road with no shoulder, if the traffic is only semi-heavy, with opportunities for overtaking vehicles to pull partially into the other lane to pass, I tend to ride just a foot or two into the lane, to make sure they see me and have to take me into account, but not in the very center. I like to think that this says "I'm here and be careful, you'll have to move over a bit to pass", between the extremes of "I'm in the middle of the road, deal with it" and "I'll just ride meekly over here in the 6-inch shoulder, pay no attention to me." But I don't know your road, so I could be FOS. I also hardly ever get honked at, but that could be the different road OR the relatively friendly motorists we have here in Maine.
I do always take the full lane at controlled intersections, however. (See my comments in this thread