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Old 08-25-08, 08:35 PM   #1
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Cell phone in a pace line...

Yep, saw it today; ended up doing a double take to make sure my eyes weren't playing tricks on me. Six guys riding in a pace line with the guy in the next to last spot talking on his cell phone.
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I would not be comfortable to continue riding if someone in my group was making a phone call at paceline speed. I would probably go off the front or just get out.
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What a maroon!
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Bluetooth headset or riding one handed?

Either way it's just plain wrong.... just for different reasons.....
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I would not be comfortable to continue riding if someone in my group was making a phone call at paceline speed. I would probably go off the front or just get out.
+1, If they were behind me I'd ask them to hang up. If they were in front, I'd fall back. That's really stupid. Almost as dumb as the idiot I saw riding an MTB on a technical single track trail........while talking on a cell phone. The advantage of that scenerio is the only person he could hurt was himself, well maybe some poor squirrel too.
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I think I'd be tempted to avoid that person, paceline or not...bike or not.
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The human circus clatters and rattles along even in a pace line.........................................dumb and amusing all at the same time.
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Bluetooth headset or riding one handed?

Either way it's just plain wrong.... just for different reasons.....
One handed.
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Darwin will catch up to him evenutally - Unfortunately Darwin will also catch up to his associates dumb enough to ride with him.

My two riding buddies are Docs - many times we ride when they are on call. Both specialize in the kind of thing that getting to the ER on time is crucial. We sometimes don't stop if the phone rings but we do slow down a lot - no pace line. We will pull off the road at the most convienient spot. On days like this we are never more than 8 miles from the Hospital.

On a side note - on one occassion I was out with one of them, we had just pulled over because I had a flat tire. I also had no pump as I forgot it at home. Mt friend got the call and needed to get to the hospital right away and we both decided he was to go WITH his pump leaving me w/o the ability to repair the tire. Just as he pulled off and I was thinking about my next move a van pulled up, guy got out and said - "need to borrow a floor pump, got one in the back". Was the nicest Topeak floor pump I had ever used, I ordered one just like it the next day to replace my old Blackburn. Sometimes there is justice in this world.
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JUst gotta say, FOOL! I cannot imagine what could have been that important, even considering the above
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JUst gotta say, FOOL! I cannot imagine what could have been that important, even considering the above

How about a person in the ER with a ruptured aorta - survival is measured in minutes.
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Why would paceline riders be any different from normal traffic? The ratio seems about right with my observations. I don't expect people to sprout wings and a halo just because they have become a "cyclist".
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Why would paceline riders be any different from normal traffic? The ratio seems about right with my observations. I don't expect people to sprout wings and a halo just because they have become a "cyclist".
In the paceline's I ride, we are moving 22 to 26 mph and riding about 1' apart. All it takes is someone to miss what is going on ahead and the potential for a pileup is there. It's usually the guy behind the guy not paying attention who ends up crashing. If a guy wants to take risks on his own, then so be it, but he shouldn't put others in a position due to his inattentive actions.

A couple of years ago I was doing a Sunday ride with my two boys. One son who was leading got a cell phone call and when he reached into his pocket to grab his phone he dropped it. I missed it but my other son, who was directly behind me, ran over the phone. I think that was a lesson learned.
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In the paceline's I ride, we are moving 22 to 26 mph and riding about 1' apart. All it takes is someone to miss what is going on ahead and the potential for a pileup is there. It's usually the guy behind the guy not paying attention who ends up crashing. If a guy wants to take risks on his own, then so be it, but he shouldn't put others in a position due to his inattentive actions.

A couple of years ago I was doing a Sunday ride with my two boys. One son who was leading got a cell phone call and when he reached into his pocket to grab his phone he dropped it. I missed it but my other son, who was directly behind me, ran over the phone. I think that was a lesson learned.
So if someone needs to talk, they should drop the the back of the paceline.
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So if someone needs to talk, they should drop the the back of the paceline.
That might work if the call lasted 30 seconds or less, any longer and they are not "back". The best place would be OTB.
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Sometimes I'm on call. I will answer, but I'm riding alone, and usually not on a busy road. My choices are ride and answer the phone when on call, or don't ride. I prefer to ride.

What's fun is when I'm texting and riding about 30 Mph! Im kidding of course :-)
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Yes it would be much smarter to wait until he's behind the wheel of his car doing 60mph before he makes that phone call.
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The guy talking on his phone ia a paceline is an idiot. But the other guys in the paceline are bigger idiots if they didn't tell him to stop that and never pull such a stupid stunt again if he didn't want to be banned from the group.
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On a side note - on one occassion I was out with one of them, we had just pulled over because I had a flat tire. I also had no pump as I forgot it at home. Mt friend got the call and needed to get to the hospital right away and we both decided he was to go WITH his pump leaving me w/o the ability to repair the tire. Just as he pulled off and I was thinking about my next move a van pulled up, guy got out and said - "need to borrow a floor pump, got one in the back". Was the nicest Topeak floor pump I had ever used, I ordered one just like it the next day to replace my old Blackburn. Sometimes there is justice in this world.
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I was out on the Platte bike path a few weeks ago, and some ---"n idiot who was talk'in and riding toward me with one hand swerved right at me just as we passed, just missed. I was going fast enough that by the time I recovered and got pizzed, it was to far to go back and yell...
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Old 08-26-08, 04:19 PM   #22
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What a maroon!
Uhh.....is that worse than say,blue?...I'm not quite up on the different colors
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Old 08-26-08, 05:45 PM   #23
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Actually, the Maroons is the name of the athletic teams for the University of Chicago (and no not an alumnus). Nobody from that institution would ever be STUPID enough to pull such a boneheaded stunt. Recently wrote about other stupid pet trick that caused me to be involved in an accident in a paceline. Know who thou ridest with...
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Not to cast aspersions on people of colour (how PC is that?) but my dictionary defines maroon as a "fugitve slave in the West Indies". I think this guy just escaped from the asylum ! Either that that's what should happen to him to some deserted island in the high Artic.

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Next: a waterproof cellphone so we can talk while diving into the pool . . . banzaiiiiiiiiiii!
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