Georgia state law stating that bicyclists ďMay Use Full LaneĒ when lane widths are not wide enough for motorists to safely pass cyclists and stay completely within the travel lane. (now all I have to do is convince GA drivers to read the law).
Cannondale Synapse 6.
Well done, once he got past the slightly too long neurotic intro. 30mph may seem unrealistic to a flatlander, but I rarely do a ride where I don't exceed that at some point, usually while coasting.
The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.
I routinely go over 30mph even in the city > http://connect.garmin.com/activity/117323775
With all the hills we have in San Francisco it is hard to avoid.
Wow just realized this is my first post here. I've spent most of my time at the Velonews forum, Paceline (formerly Serotta forum), Weight Weenies and Road Bike Review.
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We have little in the way of hills here and I routinely hit 34 on almost every ride. Not hard to do. Didn't get past his first two paragraphs. Dork-writing.
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Summaries help others decide whether to bother reading. It is an entertaining piece about a typical guy neurotically waking up in the night with various fears - mostly trivial - and plagued by worries during the day. The only time he is anxious is while on the bike in NYC traffic. Here is his conclusion:
"...Your brainís glad to finally have a real job to do, instead of all that trivial busywork. You are all action, no deliberation.You are forced, under pain of death, to quit all that silly ideation and pay attention. Itís meditation at gunpoint.Iím convinced these are the conditions in which we evolved to thrive: under moderate threat of death at all times, brain and body fully integrated, senses on high alert, completely engaged with our environment..."
Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler. -- Samuel Johnson
I couldn't finish the second paragraph. That guy needs therapy. A lot of it. I guess the neurotic intro is an attempt to connect with his audience, but I think it's a polarizer: if a person can empathize his neuroses, there's a connection. If not, it alienates the reader. I fell into the second group. If I want to read stuff like that, I open a Pcad thread.
EDIT: Thanks, donheff, for pulling the best nugget out of the piece. I can certainly identify with that snippet. It is kind of exhilarating to herd cars.
I didn't read past the second paragraph either, the whole Woody Allen, neurotic self-examination thing is so not my style.
It is true. Cyclists are smarter than the average person.
Terrible writer but good message, once I could dig through to get it.
It is better to smell the flowers than taste the roots.
Typical baby-boomer navel-gazing neurotic BS.
I thought the writing was good. Sometimes how you say it is more important than what you say..
IMO, FWIW, CFM, YMMV, E PLURIBUS UNUM
I enjoyed the writing, I liked the message, I thought it was all good. But then I like Woody Allen too. Well, I like Diane Keaton better, but still . . . I don't have all those worries he has but it was fun reading about them!
Rick / OCRR
The description of going into a medative state because of all the things you are processing is spot on.
De gustibus non est dispudandum.
It was a well-written article, one with which I have a great deal of sympathy.
The thought of drowning really creeps me out, as does the Zombie Apocalypse. Be ready.
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