Where do you do most of your cycling? In the city/town (urban setting) or in the country (rural setting)?
Half & Half
I live smack in the middle of a metro area with 3m people so I've little choice. I prefer country, though. Someday...
I live in Virginia Beach, formaly Princess Anne County (1969 ) still very rural in the southern part.
I live in small town, southern Wisconsin. Most of my riding is done on County and Township rural roads. There is a nice rail trail nearby, also.
We still have plenty of traffic to deal with on Saturday morning pie rides. Sometimes on our 42+ mile round trip to Irma's, we'll see as many as 30 cars and trucks. And the occasional tractor drawn manure spreader.
Live in the city, work in the city, ride in the city. I avoid suburbs except to ride straight through get to occasional rural rides.
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Lucky for me, I work at a library and bike to work.
I would think there would be a pretty strong motivation to stay ahead of the manure spreader.Originally Posted by Skipper
Living in an urban area most of my miles are there. But I enjoy the back rural roads when I can get to them. There is one ride that takes me out to farm land and I stop by the Missouri river before heading back. That is one of my favorite rides.
Enjoy the ride.
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This reminded me of a thread a year or two ago. The topic of that thread was snot rockets, and several of us were giving each other pointers on how to do it etc., when someone came on and expressed horror at the idea that she might have to watch where she walked in case she happened to step on a snot rocket ... and I posted that watching for snot rockets would be least of her worries if she walked where I cycled.Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
I mostly cycle in very rural areas, and I, too, encounter my share of manure spreaders ... as well as the sources of the manure!!
Most of my miles are VERY rural. I ride mainly unpaved gravel and dirt backroads here in Kansas. Often I can go an hour or more without seeing a car. I ride the road bike on the highway more this time of year but most of my miles are on mountain bikes on backroads.
I live near the Western edge of the Denver metro area... I do a lot of miles in the city, but it's not too far to go west and ride the rural roads. I wouldn't mind more rural miles, though.
Living here in central Florida I ride mostly in and around town. But I also commute every day to work and back, and that takes me out of town into the country. I would say its mostly urban though, with a sprinkle of country.
its all fun
Mostly all urban, although when I can find rural-like roads in the city (service roads, some odd roads that for some reason have no intersections for long stretches), I often take those. But mostly it's cutting through traffic jams if I head downtown or fighting for survival on multilaners if I head towards the 'burbs...
Yup. And, unless you have a front fender with a mud flap, it is sometimes a good idea to avoid the same part of the road they have been using.Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
I have a story about an encounter with a liquid manure spreader that was operating about a hundred yards south of a highway on a windy day. Guess which way the wind was blowing. Other details of the story are probably better left untold.
I live out in the county, work in the city. Half and half for my commuting.
Weekend rides are all country roads, even the town of Rutledge, my preferred destination, can barely be called a town.
Originally Posted by unterhausen
For me its a little bit of both. Some days I will ride the bike paths in the city, other days I will ride the trails.
One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand on the battlefield.
- The Buddha
in regards to manure. Skipper prefers to call it "special mud". This in light of an incident where he was reeling a spreader in and not only had no mud flap-he had no front fender as well! He assures me that "special mud" really dosen't taste nearly as bad as manure(no matter how fresh)
My daily commute is city/suburb. Weekend rides are countrified.
98% city. I would rather ride in the country more but most of my miles are from commuting.
I like to ride in the country, but if the speed limit is not posted the limit is 55 MPH. This makes riding on narrow hilly country roads more dangerous than city riding.
I ride close to 50% city and 50% country.
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My rural rides on the edge of the Chicago 'burbs will be city rides all too soon...
Around 75% rural according to my calculations. I live right on the edge of the city, with rural roads just around the corner. City riding when I commute to school and when going through the city on longer rides in that direction.