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Old 10-18-11, 09:52 AM   #1
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How maximum heart rate can be achieved

About 20 miles into my B'day ride yesterday (62, thank you) I was cycling along on what passes for a country road around here when I heard what was clearly a large dog start barking behind me. Not a problem, it was quite a distance behind me. Except...it was getting louder and louder and closer and closer at an unbelievably fast rate. My split second thought was that "I am a dead man. That sucker is MOTIVATED, and there is no way I'm going to outrun it." As soon as I started cranking at my max, a Prius with a very vocal Rottweiler sticking its head out the window passed me by. The dog was clearly having a great day, and in a few minutes my heart rate subsided to normal. I am rethinking electric cars.
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Old 10-18-11, 09:57 AM   #2
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Wonder what the Rottweilers heart rate was.
A mirror would help you.
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Old 10-18-11, 10:44 AM   #3
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So what pushed the HR up?--Physical effort



Or Fear.
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That sucks. Just another example of careless inconsiderate motorist. Glad your OK and HR is back to normal.

How was the rest of the BD ride and did you finish?
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OK, thats funny!
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That sucks. Just another example of careless inconsiderate motorist. Glad your OK and HR is back to normal.
What did the motorist do wrong?

In any event, I also think it is funny!

And, I read about some sort of task force studying what to do about "silent" cars and pedestrians and bicyclists, as much of our info is gained from hearing.

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Old 10-18-11, 02:26 PM   #7
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[Politically insensitive post follows. Ignore if you're sensitive.]

Funniest dog that ever came after me was on a suburban street. Dumb dog (German shepherd, IIRC) was barking his fool head off as a car came towards me, with the window down. As I passed the car, I heard scrabbling sounds, a thump and woof, then yelping. I looked back and the dog had jumped out the window. Poor dumb doggie didn't realize the car was going 30 mph! He looked dazed and confused as the car screeched to a halt, the driver jumped out, and I rode off into the sunset.
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Those "Silent" electric cars. Saw a program on TV last year and one of the manufacturers has set a speaker system to the throttle so it makes a sound as the car goes along. All sorts of sounds were tried and the one that worked best was the sound of a conventional cars exhaust.
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Years ago I almost launched off the side of a narrow runway down a hill in our Citabria (taildragger). My HR hit max in about a nanosecond.

The easiest way to hit max however is to wait until your in the proverbial ground at which time your min and max reset to zero.
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Those "Silent" electric cars. Saw a program on TV last year and one of the manufacturers has set a speaker system to the throttle so it makes a sound as the car goes along. All sorts of sounds were tried and the one that worked best was the sound of a conventional cars exhaust.
Funny Ten Alternative Engine Sounds for Hybrid Cars (youtube) So ice cream trucks play the same tune in England as in the U.S.?

based on this serious version.

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Those "Silent" electric cars. Saw a program on TV last year and one of the manufacturers has set a speaker system to the throttle so it makes a sound as the car goes along. All sorts of sounds were tried and the one that worked best was the sound of a conventional cars exhaust.
The quotes around "silent" are appropriate. Except at extremely low speeds the tire noise from our hybrids announces them well.
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Hmmm. The dog was a whole lot louder than the tire noise. Must have been going at an EXTREMELY slow speed and still passing me! Yes, I finished the ride, it was an amazingly beautiful day and I loved almost every minute of it. While this was posted mostly for the humor in the paradigm shift, silent or near silent cars can pose a real hazard and will (I hope) be seriously addressed. I was kvetching to a coworker who rides Harleys about their noise factor and he explained to me that it is a genuine safety feature that tells the cars on the highway that the bike is beside them. Knowing how invisible cyclists, pedestrians and bikers are on the road, I have to concede him the point. The loudest things about the bicycles I ride are the clothes I wear and I'm still invisible.
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Funny story... and add another vote for the benefits of a good mirror.
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Great story!

I've had a few dogs bark at me out of car windows, and it has never yet failed to scare the #### out of me.
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The quotes around "silent" are appropriate. Except at extremely low speeds the tire noise from our hybrids announces them well.
Early 70's and I was into Vintage car rallies. Viewing the cars at a rest point and the car I thought was just parked that I was looking at from the front- moved off. The indication to me was the tyre noise on the "Solid" rubber tyres as they moved across the Tarmac. There was NO engine noise whatsoever. The Car?--An early Rolls Royce. Must have been early as the "RR" motif on the rad was in red.
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That is funny. I had a similar experience on a indian reservation near here. Only no car was involved. The dog just lost interest. Good thing as I was just about to pass out from oxygen deprivation.
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