We just had a cyclist murdered in DC over the weekend. He was found strangled not far off of a local trail. The police think this drugged-up guy they caught nearby might be the perp,but they aren't sure.
I haven't seen much posted in the forums about being wary,but I think it needs to be emphisised that in alot of the places we ride,we're on our own. Mechanical breakdown isn't the only thing to be concerned about. The trails here in DC aren't all that far off from some pretty rough areas. I got a little nervous just the other month when I took a side trail off of the C&O Canal trail. Went down a gully that leads to the Potomac river and saw a bunch of MS-13 graffiti. I decided maybe the main trail was more interesting afterall and beat feet.
Let's all be aware of our surroundings.