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    The other kind of hybrid

    I was stopped at a traffic light on my hybrid when I heard what I thought was another bicycle pull up behind me. When the light turned green, the vehicle passed me, and I saw that it was a hybrid SUV, not a bike.

    It was nice to have a car behind me and not smell stinky exhaust or have the engine menacingly revving behind my back wheel. I think the car may have been quieter than my junky old bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveizdum View Post
    It was nice to have a car behind me and not smell stinky exhaust or have the engine menacingly revving behind my back wheel. I think the car may have been quieter than my junky old bike.
    Went for a ride on the road as opposed to the trail on Tuesday. I could not believe the exhaust fumes. I do not know how you do it every day. Couldn't wait to get back to the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coachgeorge View Post
    Went for a ride on the road as opposed to the trail on Tuesday. I could not believe the exhaust fumes. I do not know how you do it every day.
    I've been thinking about getting something like this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Respro-Techno-.../dp/B000OYJUUS

    I've seen a few cyclists around the city using them.

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    The only time I notice exhaust fumes is when an old diesel goes by or a oil burning car. And I live in the country, I notice darn near every funny smell.

    by the way, you city folk got nothing, I have been sprayed by agricultural chemicals more than once on a bike ride. Only good thing that came from that: no bugs bothered me either time I have been exposed to way more hazardous chemicals at my prior jobs. Unless your sucking on an exhaust pipe, you really don't have a lot to worry about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nymtber View Post
    I have been sprayed by agricultural chemicals more than once on a bike ride... I have been exposed to way more hazardous chemicals at my prior jobs.
    Do your kids have extra fingers or webbed toes?

    During occasional windows of time, Salt Lake City experiences what's called an inversion. Essentially, a bubble of pressure traps all of our pollution for a week or two. For a few days last winter, we were second only to Taiwan in terms of amount of particulate matter in the air. Lots of people had to call into work sick, because their immune systems were overreacting to the stuff. It's not toxic, like the stuff you've experienced, but it's very unpleasant.

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    I don't have kids. Don't really want any either, would not want to have kids go through the liberal agenda that is being pushed on our country, and just plain don't want any!

    I guess I luck out living in a fairly clean air environment. I do notice a difference when i visit my grandfather who lives off the east end of lake ontario here in NY (tug hill region) Much cleaner air up there! Or maybe its just...fresher? I dunno.

    I think that would be enough to get me out of your area.

    I never got sick from any of the chemicals ive worked around or been exposed to. If it shortens my life, oh well, them last 20 years are achy pill-consuming days, and I HATE taking pills.

    I used to smoke too, cigarettes contain more chemicals that are toxic than I have worked around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nymtber View Post
    I used to smoke too, cigarettes contain more chemicals that are toxic than I have worked around.
    No wonder you do not smell the exhaust.

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