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Old 05-09-08, 06:24 PM   #1
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dealing with the car exhaust fumes

So i'm thinking of migrating back to the sidewalk. The problem is that I enjoy being on the road I like not having to cross the curb at the intersections.

I just can't take the exhaust fumes anymore. It's getting really bad, im inhaling the diesel gas and I absolutely hate it.

Anyone else feel the same way at all?
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Old 05-09-08, 09:23 PM   #2
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So i'm thinking of migrating back to the sidewalk. The problem is that I enjoy being on the road I like not having to cross the curb at the intersections.

I just can't take the exhaust fumes anymore. It's getting really bad, im inhaling the diesel gas and I absolutely hate it.

Anyone else feel the same way at all?
Breath through your nose. I hate it as well, but it beats the sidewalk!
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Old 05-09-08, 09:43 PM   #3
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Ride in the middle of the road so you don't get the blast of exhaust when cars pass you?

Besides that... you could get a face mask like they do in asia. You could try finding emptier roads.

Personally, I usually ride in empty enough roads that exhaust isn't a problem. When there is a car, they pass me in a few seconds and then they are long gone. And exhaust doesn't bother me that much over all.... harden up?
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Old 05-09-08, 11:17 PM   #4
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There are masks you can get for road fumes and pollution. MEC sells them in the bicycling section.
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Old 05-09-08, 11:36 PM   #5
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Oh ... I've been behind some freaking oil burners that have left me in a cloud of oily smoke that lasted all the way down the street and I'm sure I wore it as I've cleaned some cars that have had a veil of oil splatters across the front. Ugh. Stinky, smelly POS's!!!

I try to breathe thru my mouth and not try to inhale deeply. And have been known to say a foul word or two and changed my route at the next street to get rid of the foul polluter stink bomb vehicle that will most likely die in a year anyway due to neglect and overuse.

Stinkpots!!!!
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um, sidewalk riding is illegal
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+1 on the masks, I use one when I'm slicing up heavy, stopped traffic, and I feel (no numbers, just feel) that it makes a difference.
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Old 05-10-08, 10:22 AM   #8
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um, sidewalk riding is illegal

I'll make sure to tell that to the bike cops the next time I see them on the sidewalk.. besides, this isn't city sidewalks....i'm talking about suburbian sidewalks..the kind that are 2 meters wide along with another 3 meters of grass that nobody ever uses.
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