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Old 09-18-07, 08:25 AM   #1
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Most dispiriting road signs?

There was a thread here a while ago about "Who used to compete" as a cyclist

I should have contributed, but I didn't

But when I was about 17, I sneaked into the national finals for the English Schools Cycling Association's circuit race. Three laps of a 3 mile circuit on an old disused USAF airfield in the East of England, then used as the test track for Lotus racing cars

I remember clearly grinding into a headwind towards signs showing the shape of a distant bend and the advice "Max 120 mph". One of those things that still figures in bad dreams!!
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Old 09-18-07, 08:28 AM   #2
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I feel the same way now when I see a sign that says slow to 20mph for a curve.
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Old 09-18-07, 08:37 AM   #3
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The best signs are when you're nearing the top of a long climb and you see the yellow diamond with the picture of the Semi-Truck heading downhill and the note: "12% grade Next 6 miles" . . . or something similar.

On the other hand, when you're climing something steep at 5 - 6 mph for hours on end, a simple "45 mph Speed Limit" sign can be pretty discouraging!

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You all ride slow enough that you can actually read signs? The signs I hate are the "Caution 1 Lane Bridge Ahead."
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Old 09-18-07, 09:20 AM   #5
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After it seems I'll never get to the top...............the truck on the hill sign.
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In San Diego, I used to ride on the freeway between Genessee and Sorrento Valley Rd. on my way to work. Inevitably, a highway patrol car would pull me over. I would explain the applicable vehicle code that allowed me to ride on the freeway, and promise that the officer would see a sign at the next exit saying that "bicycles must exit freeway". The officer would roll their eyes and escort me off the freeway. As we passed the sign, I would point to it and wave to them as they pulled away and I descended back to street level.

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Old 09-18-07, 09:33 AM   #7
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There was a thread here a while ago about "Who used to compete" as a cyclist

I should have contributed, but I didn't

But when I was about 17, I sneaked into the national finals for the English Schools Cycling Association's circuit race. Three laps of a 3 mile circuit on an old disused USAF airfield in the East of England, then used as the test track for Lotus racing cars

I remember clearly grinding into a headwind towards signs showing the shape of a distant bend and the advice "Max 120 mph". One of those things that still figures in bad dreams!!
Two signs I don't like:

http://historian2wheels.blogspot.com...o-comment.html

http://historian2wheels.blogspot.com...-mountain.html
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You all ride slow enough that you can actually read signs? The signs I hate are the "Caution 1 Lane Bridge Ahead."
Tell me about it. I'm surrounded by them. :-)
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Here's two right here!
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The worst two signs I ever saw on a ride was when I was on a long Distance offroad ride in one day- Eastbourne to Winchester in one day and 100 miles (The South Downs Way but in reverse.) The first one said Winchester- 34 miles- The second one an hour later said Winchester 38 miles- We got lost.
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