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    bwahahahaha! i view riding a bike to be as...

    bwahahahaha!

    i view riding a bike to be as trivial as walking. imo, there is absolutely nothing special about cycling for transport. nor is it remotely dangerous (on a relative basis) for the vast...
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    what limits? the USA is one of the richest...

    what limits? the USA is one of the richest nations on this planet. we are, in fact, richer than the dutch or danes per capita.
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    So you acknowledge that I have standards? Bravo! ...

    So you acknowledge that I have standards? Bravo!
    And now it's just one small step to understanding that someone with standards that differ from societal norms might actually view laws and fiscal...
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    anarchist scofflaws or tree-hugging greenies?

    anarchist scofflaws or tree-hugging greenies?
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    :rolleyes: I freely admit to being incredibly...

    :rolleyes: I freely admit to being incredibly prejudiced against intolerance.
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    With all due respect, I deal with intolerance...

    With all due respect, I deal with intolerance frequently at public meetings in Portland. In fact, I've heard about as much outright vindictive and hateful speech at local government meetings as on...
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    One person's tolerance is another person's...

    One person's tolerance is another person's intolerance. That is my point.
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    Cognitive dissonance. in my experience, there...

    Cognitive dissonance.

    in my experience, there is an inherent assumption that the status quo is neutral in north america -- that reform of law and infrastructure in favor of pedestrians or...
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    I vehemently disagree...but lets just leave it at...

    I vehemently disagree...but lets just leave it at that since I'm not interested in non-bike related political debate.
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    Cycling and walking is a minority behavior in...

    Cycling and walking is a minority behavior in north america. And the lives and safety of cyclists and walkers is cheap in north america...very cheap.



    Sure do. I have no problem stereotyping,...
  11. Just ride... with woolen cycling pants, merino...

    Just ride...
    with woolen cycling pants, merino jersey, brass bell, leather grips, faux-pewter whiskey flask, brooks saddle, steel fenders etc.
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    And a pedestrian is the vulnerable party in any...

    And a pedestrian is the vulnerable party in any encounter with a motorist or cyclist. This is why I passionately believe pedestrians should always have the right of way...and I mean always.
  13. That sucks. The one currently on my B commuter...

    That sucks. The one currently on my B commuter works well. While not full coverage I do like the normal raceblades and many people recommend the crud mk2s.

    I should note that it's possible to cut...
  14. Two u-locks are probably ideal on a college...

    Two u-locks are probably ideal on a college campus with a theft problem. You'd need a very heavy chain to be much of an additional deterrent to a competent thief (and they exist).
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    I'm not surprised that it makes no sense....

    I'm not surprised that it makes no sense. Tolerance of minority behavior is not something north americans are known for.
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    It's even more arrogant to assume that our...

    It's even more arrogant to assume that our transportation decisions have no impact on others.



    By accepting the status quo you judge others.
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    Cool...for all my rhetoric here I do try to...

    Cool...for all my rhetoric here I do try to respect everyone's right of way.
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    If you put your safety above their convenience...

    If you put your safety above their convenience then you block cars on purpose. Stop apologizing for being a road user...especially a road user that, in aggregate, maims less, kills less, and pollutes...
  19. I own 3 carbon fiber bikes precisely because I am...

    I own 3 carbon fiber bikes precisely because I am afraid one will disintegrate at any moment.:innocent:
  20. It may not melt but an invisible scratch on the...

    It may not melt but an invisible scratch on the surface clear coat or brief exposure to sunlight can cause it to spontaneously disintegrate.
  21. Full coverage fenders for road bikes are...

    Full coverage fenders for road bikes are available:

    SKS Raceblade Long Fender Set - 23mm

    460 gms!

    I prefer these even though my two commuters have fender mounts because traditional fenders...
  22. Vehicular homicides are not only "no big deal"...

    Vehicular homicides are not only "no big deal" but are often celebrated by a particular political demographic (e.g. they had it coming). For examples see the comment section of any mainstream media...
  23. IMO, cycling is an increasingly important...

    IMO, cycling is an increasingly important political wedge issue. I expect we will see increasing sociopathy on the road as the dehumanization of cyclists is played for political benefit/votes.
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    If that is a typical bike path crossing in your...

    If that is a typical bike path crossing in your region then not only are the drivers who refuse to stop for vulnerable traffic pathetic, but your bike infrastructure is worse than pathetic. That is...
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    +1000 I find the OP and this entire thread to...

    +1000

    I find the OP and this entire thread to be sad.
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