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  1. I generally detest the idea that any cyclist is a...

    I generally detest the idea that any cyclist is a proxy for all of us, any more than a coal-runner spewing toxic smoke on a cyclist is a proxy for all drivers. This is just a ridiculous idea. And the...
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    What do you mean, "exceedingly unsafe"? In fact,...

    What do you mean, "exceedingly unsafe"? In fact, in the US at least, cycling is about as dangerous as driving a car. It's far less dangerous than giving up exercise all together. Actually, the more...
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    From everything I've read, this was just a normal...

    From everything I've read, this was just a normal group ride. At least a dozen times I've been riding along and noticed that my wheel was about 1 inch away from the wheel in front of me. Just a...
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    It appears they have an excellent media ally with...

    It appears they have an excellent media ally with the Ventura County Star.
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    And here's another part of the problem -- the way...

    And here's another part of the problem -- the way some of the media report incidents like this: Ventura County Star: Bicyclist Dies After Crashing Into Patrol Car [url]

    In this typical piece of...
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    I think some people...

    I think some people would beg to differ with you.
  7. I saw the photos from the video system on the...

    I saw the photos from the video system on the bus. It sure looked like there was no attempt whatsoever to avoid the cyclists. He just plowed right into them. Tragically, there are only 4 or 5 places...
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    Read this...

    Read this before you take the statin coolaid.
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    Strava's Estimated 25W Power Distribution Graph

    I was just looking at mine from my ride today. I've never really looked at it before, so I had some questions.
    1) It shows an average of 173 watts. How accurate do you think this is without a power...
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    I was on statins for 15 years, and 5 years ago...

    I was on statins for 15 years, and 5 years ago quit cold turkey. In the last year of statins, my cramping was so severe that I couldn't sleep at night. My muscles were constantly sore. I was losing...
  11. I used these wedges to eliminate severe foot pain...

    I used these wedges to eliminate severe foot pain on rides longer than 70 miles or so. The way it was explained to me was like this. I have wider hips, the way my feet were placed on the pedals...
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    I have to admit, I'm conflicted over the right...

    I have to admit, I'm conflicted over the right answer to this. I do believe that the kind of motorist who honks and yells at you to "get on the sidewalk" is the sort of person who is oblivious to...
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    This question has been addressed multiple times....

    This question has been addressed multiple times. Have you tried searching the forums?
    Bottom line: with few exceptions, stay OFF the sidewalks!
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    I started the year with a serious case of liver...

    I started the year with a serious case of liver poisoning (very rare - toxic reaction to the antibiotic, Augmentin) that left me so weak I couldn't climb a flight of stairs without assistance. On...
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    And if I were a business along 101, I would be...

    And if I were a business along 101, I would be tremendously pissed off. Bicyclists bring in a lot of business, and many studies have shown that bike friendly infrastructure actually improves business...
  16. I'm reluctant to respond, because there appears...

    I'm reluctant to respond, because there appears to be two camps about this question, with little liklihood of one side convincing the other of anything. I am of the opinion that while there are rude...
  17. How you can watch that video and write something...

    How you can watch that video and write something like this kind of boggles my mind.
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    I would like every member of this forum who has...

    I would like every member of this forum who has the position that we never should blow a stop sign or a light to go to some motorist forum and start proselytizing there. A similar argument would be...
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    Exactly. This whole issue is a red herring...

    Exactly.
    This whole issue is a red herring thrown out there by a small but vocal minority of motorists who don't want any attention given to their deficient driving skills.
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    This is what it really boils down to, isn't it?

    This is what it really boils down to, isn't it?
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    Have you joined the group? We need some more...

    Have you joined the group? We need some more peers !
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    Absolutely. And since motorists are in the huge...

    Absolutely. And since motorists are in the huge majority, these outrageous acts are viewed as individual aberrations. Since bicyclists are in the tiny minority, every misstep is viewed (by many...
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    It's really nice to read a column in a national...

    It's really nice to read a column in a national newspaper that doesn't repeat the tired mantra of "running stop signs casts a shadow over all cyclists". I like this part especially: "A fundamental...
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    I give unsolicited advice under 2 circumstances:...

    I give unsolicited advice under 2 circumstances:
    1) when someone is salmoning and heading right toward me, I yell, "Please don't ride against traffic. You'll hurt yourself or someone else!"
    2) When...
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    Finishing your first century in 5:11 with 5600...

    Finishing your first century in 5:11 with 5600 feet of climbing? Wow, that's pretty darned good. Probably better than 95% of all recreational cyclists, and better than 99% of cyclists in my age...
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