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Old 03-02-09, 08:08 AM   #1
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The Guy Pulled a Bike Out of His Trunk

A foot of snow overnight and it's still coming down. It's the lead story on all the news. A Boston news crew came upon a car that had slid off the road. The driver tried in vain to free the vehicle, removed a bike from his trunk, and rode away.

Winter has been so so in the SouthCoast of Massachusetts. A decent mix of cold and not so cold, and not much snow. Today is the day we pay the fiddler with a really nasty mix of wind, cold, snow and painfull sleet. We'll be laughing about this in July.

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Old 03-02-09, 08:25 AM   #2
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A bike, when you positively,absolutely have to be there.
I used a sick day today as I have physical therapy on my left rotorcuff.
Since I gave my brother my snow thrower, it starts with shoveling out
my driveway and front porch. 8-10 inches today? yeehaaa!
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Old 03-02-09, 10:50 AM   #3
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I was on my way home from a long ride on the MUP (I had driven there, to avoid riding big hills on my fixie) and my upper radiator hose blew out.
I pulled over, got the mess under control, pulled my bike out and rode the rest of the way home. Then I took The Girl's car to the parts store (of course, the shop 0.5mi away didn't have one!) for a new hose and some coolant, dropped it off at my disabled Jeep on the way home, got back on my bike and rode back to my Jeep. Replaced the hose, refilled the coolant, tossed the bike in back and drove home.
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Bikes -- more handy than bailing wire!
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One June night a twister toppled a double trunk oak tree onto my driveway.
Killing my Dodge Dakota and bashing my motorbike.
I put the bashed front tire on the rear rack of my hybrid.
Pedaled the eight miles to the dealer who replaced the tire
and trued the rim. The 1,000cc Guzzi tire has a brake rotor
on each side of the rim. The hybrid handled it no problem.
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Bikes -- more handy than bailing wire!
I keep about 20ft of bailing wire in my jeep just in case hahahaha, have had to use it a few times.
I also keep a bike in the back of my jeep, i tell my friends and passengers its in case of emergencies, but i'm just too lazy to bring it inside after bike polo hahahaha
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Which station was the news crew from? I'd like to see the vid.
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I occasional get the bemused look when people see the bike stashed in the back of my dually crew cab...I tell them it is my dingy or lifeboat, depending on my inclination at the moment. I typically will drive my truck to my job site location then get around the area totally by bike when possible.

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Which station was the news crew from? I'd like to see the vid.
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A foot of snow overnight and it's still coming down. It's the lead story on all the news. A Boston news crew came upon a car that had slid off the road. The driver tried in vain to free the vehicle, removed a bike from his trunk, and rode away.
When I moved from California to Arkansas, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that my bike handled better in snow than most motor vehicles.

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I had a bike that was held together by baling wire once. The frame came apart a month before I graduated college. The downtube pulled out of the bottom bracket. I used baling wire and turnbuckles to pull things back together. It got me through to graduation and 3 days beyond.
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I always have my folding bike stashed in my car trunk for some "Oh, sh*t moments", like the situations on the above posts. Maybe I'm just too paranoid.
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My city bike resides in my car. You never know.
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Earlier this winter, I went out to start my car, and it wouldn't start. Just wouldn't move. I went back in, got my bike, and rode to work. Wind chill was in the teens and there was ice on the path, so I used the road.
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after a winter of cycling to work every day on my stock + fenders mountain bike through every kind of snow, I'm convinced that riding is safer than driving in the weather.

The funny part is I work at a car repair shop, so I'm always nearing stories about accidents, treacherous roads, heroic drives to the grocery store in a storm...I should tell people to just get bikes.
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Bikes are so much better than cars in snow.

When in Milwaukee...back in the day...I rode my Mtn bike (with knobbies not studs) easily up hills that cars were trying, but not succeeding in climbing. The cars would get about halfway up the hills and then would start to skid bacwards or sideways and slide back down to the bottom.

the only safety issue with riding a bike in snowy weather, is IF you lose traction with a wheel, and your weight isn't balanced properly, then you can (and probably will) fall. Well...that one issue plus worrying about cars skidding down hills into you. stupid cars.

It does get difficult to push the bike through reallly deep snow however.
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A foot of snow overnight and it's still coming down. It's the lead story on all the news. A Boston news crew came upon a car that had slid off the road. The driver tried in vain to free the vehicle, removed a bike from his trunk, and rode away.
I know exactly what the driver was thinking: damn this cage, I'm breaking out.
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