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    Got hit today.

    Trying to do a Michigan left. Totally my fault but I ****ing hate this place for riding. I'm ok, just a little banged up, bruised, and sore. Bike is rideable although it may need a new front wheel, we'll just have to see.

    I can say, however, that cars are much softer than trees.

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    Damn man...be careful will you. I don't want to hear of you getting hurt.

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    What the hell is a Michigan Left? How bad is the bike? Did you get any blood on it?
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Michigan left ?
    Too bad about the wheel, glad to hear your ok. Take some advil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
    Damn man...be careful will you. I don't want to hear of you getting hurt.
    Yeah, I'm just not used to this place. Bicycles be damned seems to be the motto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    What the hell is a Michigan Left? How bad is the bike? Did you get any blood on it?
    This is a Michigan left.

    No blood, but on the plus side, I still managed to make it to class and then back home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    Yeah, I'm just not used to this place. Bicycles be damned seems to be the motto.
    Okay - but you also said it was your fault. What exactly did you do??



    Good luck with the healing.

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    wow, could they come up with a more senseless way to turn left? They should call that a Foo turn.
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    That 'll teach ya to curse Grandma.
    "Never send a monkey to do a man's job." ~ Captain Leo Davidson ~

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    Quote Originally Posted by edbikebabe View Post
    Okay - but you also said it was your fault. What exactly did you do??



    Good luck with the healing.
    It's very confusing unless you understand the concept of the Michigan left. It's essentially a u-turn to turn left rather than a normal intersection. This place has a Michigan left for northbound traffic and one for south bound. The problem is that the southbound one lies just north of the northbound so it's really confusing to try and figure out if southbounders are making a left or if they're going straight and then I have to cross three lanes of traffic to get to my turn. It's very confusing, stressful, atypical, and unless you're on your toes, dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redirekib View Post
    That 'll teach ya to curse Grandma.
    ****! You're right! I actually flipped off some old guy about 20 minutes before that because he passed me in a freakin' turn lane! Damn Karma!

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    Funny how the only other time I came across "Michigan Left" was also on FOO....

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    I'm glad you're not injured. Here's hoping your wheel pulls through.
    It's all downhill from here. Except the parts that are uphill.

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    I freakin' forgot to pack my truing stand, too. I wonder if someone around here has one I can borrow. This wheel may take some serious surgery.

    Oh, and I can't chew right now, so that's fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    I freakin' forgot to pack my truing stand, too. I wonder if someone around here has one I can borrow. This wheel may take some serious surgery.

    Oh, and I can't chew right now, so that's fun.
    Can you use some zip ties and your fork to do this?

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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    This is a Michigan left.

    No blood, but on the plus side, I still managed to make it to class and then back home.
    Damn...MI's as bad at designing roads as they are at designing cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Can you use some zip ties and your fork to do this?
    Not a bad solution. I might give that a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    It's very confusing unless you understand the concept of the Michigan left. It's essentially a u-turn to turn left rather than a normal intersection. This place has a Michigan left for northbound traffic and one for south bound. The problem is that the southbound one lies just north of the northbound so it's really confusing to try and figure out if southbounders are making a left or if they're going straight and then I have to cross three lanes of traffic to get to my turn. It's very confusing, stressful, atypical, and unless you're on your toes, dangerous.

    You win - I'm confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edbikebabe View Post
    You win - I'm confused.
    yeah, that's how I feel every time I come up to that intersection.

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    That's how I feel every time I try do do a michigan left in traffic. On the surface they seem a decent idea, until you have any real amount of traffic, and then everything gets all screwed up, and is eventually replaced by a light.
    Good luck with your front wheel and jaw.

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    I had no idea there was anything bizarre in the auto universe that hadn't been fully maximized in Massachusetts. But the Michigan Left is one of them for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    Got hit today.
    Stop wearing that Target t-shirt when you ride. You're just asking for trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    Trying to do a Michigan left. Totally my fault but I ****ing hate this place for riding. I'm ok, just a little banged up, bruised, and sore. Bike is rideable although it may need a new front wheel, we'll just have to see.

    I can say, however, that cars are much softer than trees.
    Dude, your a future scientist, why don't you just punch in the info and find out why these things happen so you can keep it from happening in the future? Glad your OK.
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    reminds me of a left I make regularly:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...02068&t=h&z=19

    I make a left on Worcester road (from the bottom of the screen).
    Opposing traffic can also make a left (from top of screen)
    Consequently opposing traffic (me included) literally sheer each other off as we pass in our cock-eyed pass and opposing turns.
    In addition (see white car) the opposing traffic has the option of going straight (maybe)
    Gotta Love Route 9 in the Natick, MA area. Well, no maybe we don't.
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    Those Michigan lefts are entirely way too strange. Glad I've never ever had to deal with them.

    Good to hear that you're a-ok.
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