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Old 03-23-10, 09:42 AM   #1
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Biking Scarier When You Are at Home?

Because of our location, we are forced to ride on highways with 55 - 65 MPH speed limits. In most places the shoulder is plenty wide.

While riding, I'm only somewhat concerned about this. But when I'm home or lying in bed at night, I can't help but think about how dangerous it is. I think about how it's only a matter of time before my wife or I are seriously injured by an inattentive or drunk driver.

Same for you?

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Old 03-23-10, 09:46 AM   #2
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No. I'm more likely to be scared when I'm out there and the trucks and busses are breathing fire down on me.
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Old 03-23-10, 09:52 AM   #3
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You can get use to it:
Busy Highway Ride:

http://s256.photobucket.com/albums/h...view=slideshow
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If your talking about the highway that's in the picture, I wouldn't worry about it at all. In fact if we had that kind of riding around here, I couldn't wait to go riding. I think when the man wants you he's going to take you, where ever you are.
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You should try riding it at night.

We did for 12 morning to beat the afternoon heat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNL16...eature=related
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You can get use to it:
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Hey Fred, how much do you want for the Schwinn.
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Not 100%sure but in Md. I believe it is against the law to ride on a rode where the speed limit is over 55.

I ride on some roads where it is 55 and as is it is everywhere they are going over that on a regular basis. I don't think about it too much to be honest. I don't think I would want to ride on a road where the limit is 60 or higher though. It is sketchy at 55 at times but as long as there is a good wide shoulder as I said I don't pay too much mind to it.
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You should try riding it at night.

We did for 12 morning to beat the afternoon heat.

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No thanks! That looks scary to me.
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No thanks! That looks scary to me.
Would you ride this road?

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Hey Fred, how much do you want for the Schwinn.
Could you ride with that seat?
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If it's over 1K, those Christmas lights had better be included.
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I don't worry about it when I'm out there and I sure don't worry about it at night. I don't even worry about it when I'm riding at night!

Doesn't look or seem scary to me. Plus, I kinda agree with George (above), i.e. when your time is up, it's up.

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I don't worry about it when I'm out there and I sure don't worry about it at night.

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But if riding meant spending a lot of time on highways like what 10 wheels shows in his photobucket link, I would probably do a lot more mountain biking and a lot less road riding. Thanfully, that is not the case.
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I'm with you in feeling uncomfortable with high speed traffic even with an adequate shoulder. I'd be tempted to move house to a friendlier locale. That said, I consider the dangers of the couch or recliner much greater than anything we encounter on the road.
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To answer TromboneAl's question - yes, at times I DO feel somewhat afraid of riding. I've been living with PTSD for years, and it has affected my cycling.

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I never give it a moment's thought. I started riding Highway 41 in Florida at about age 8, unsupervised, and in all those years, I've only been run over once; while waiting to make a left turn.
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Old 03-23-10, 02:13 PM   #17
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Well, that makes me feel a little better. Here is what I consider the most dangerous part of my rides:

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TromboneAl, sorry I called you by the wrong username in my above post.

Just fixed it.
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Well, that makes me feel a little better. Here is what I consider the most dangerous part of my rides:

Yep - logging trucks, we gottem here too and they scare the crap out of me, cause these guys usually are running an illegal rig weighing 200 tons. They can't avoid you and they can't stop.
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Yep - logging trucks, we gottem here too and they scare the crap out of me, cause these guys usually are running an illegal rig weighing 200 tons. They can't avoid you and they can't stop.
Well, the log truck wouldn't bother me as much as the log truck + narrow road + no shoulder as depicted.

But with respect to the OP, I don't usually worry about the rides at home.
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Yep - logging trucks, we gottem here too and they scare the crap out of me, cause these guys usually are running an illegal rig weighing 200 tons. They can't avoid you and they can't stop.
If you see a truck that is obviously illegally overloaded, report it to the Department of Transport for your state, over weight trucks cause severe road damage, along with being unsafe, anyone who has driven anything larger then a pickup knows that your far more wary of DOT inspectors then police. Police will check your licence and insurance, a DOT inspector will check every scrap of paper in the truck, and if anything isn't correct and up to date, they can levy a large fine and take your plates. If they suspect overweight loads, they will sometimes use a portable scale, and fines can run the price of a new truck. 200 tons is 400,000lbs, IIRC the maximum for a quad (4 sets of wheels under the trailer) is about 120,000lbs, so that's over 3 times the legal limit, and at a minimum double what the truck is designed for, I doubt it would even move with that size load.
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. . . Here is what I consider the most dangerous part of my rides. [/IMG]
Please give me time to check underwear supply before posting that pic again.

I never ever hit the weeds. I would been ten feet into the weeds. Or maybe twenty.
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I'm just the opposite with log truck and chip truck drivers (actually most truck drivers). They are professionals that drive into some amazing places when they leave the highway to pick up their loads. I feel a lot better on the road with those guys than grandpa in his 40' motor home or someone in a rented U-haul! FWIW--Standard configuration log truck in Oregon are limited to 80 or 88,000 lbs. which is about 40 tons.
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By far, the scariest roads to me are "fast" suburban 4-lane streets with no shoulders and high curbs. Drivers are packed in on them, and are typically doing 5 to 15 mph over the speed limit. So much traffic they can't see past the next car so they don't see you until they are up on you, and they don't have room to swing out to avoid you.

I got brushed on the elbow by a FedEx truck two or three weeks ago on a road like that. Not good.

Highways rarely bother me as much.
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Yeah I would. Looks like a lot of traffic but doable. I would not ride two abreast like I saw though.
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