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    Nah. I think you are a generally well-meaning...

    Nah.

    I think you are a generally well-meaning person who is overly concerned with the hypothetical emotions of a subset of motorists (and leos). As a consequence of your attempts to *understand*...
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    I visit SF many times a year and your image of...

    I visit SF many times a year and your image of the ease of travel by car in SF is silly. Congestion during peak hours in central SF is quite high. Even on a major bike route like Market bikes flow...
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    bollocks. stop sign non-compliance is just used...

    bollocks. stop sign non-compliance is just used as an excuse to rage about the weird "outsider" who is able to flow through traffic with ease while motorists are stuck in congestion. in fact, many of...
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    Track standing is a relatively harmless trick...

    Track standing is a relatively harmless trick that can tremendously improve balancing skills (reflexive motor learning). Riding on rollers is another similar skill -- albeit one with less real world...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRR4paQnUsQ ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRR4paQnUsQ

    you can track stand/sit on any kind of bike:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSH59xuy8iY

    generally the wider the tire the easier it is to track...
  6. nope. treadless slicks are better on wet concrete.

    nope. treadless slicks are better on wet concrete.
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    this is exactly the kind of accident that...

    this is exactly the kind of accident that learning how to track stand can help prevent. a slide out at low speed is completely preventable for anyone who has basic bike balancing skills.
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    please cite evidence that treating stops or reds...

    please cite evidence that treating stops or reds as yields decreases public safety.

    *crickets*
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    one of my favorite situations is encountering a...

    one of my favorite situations is encountering a VC fred plodding along right smack in the middle of an 11-12 foot vehicle lane. passing them *safely* and *legally* with 4+ foot clearance on the right...
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    Disc brakes should not make noise if properly...

    Disc brakes should not make noise if properly adjusted.

    Assuming your brake caliper is properly positioned here are some things that may help:

    1. Make sure your wheel is properly seated and...
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    if i were stuck in a cage and had to watch...

    if i were stuck in a cage and had to watch cyclists flowing past me with ease i would also likely rant a bit.
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    i imagine that when your wrote that there was a...

    i imagine that when your wrote that there was a *clap of thunder*.

    please unclench your scranus and just ride.
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    *sigh* of course some "laws" are unimportant...

    *sigh*


    of course some "laws" are unimportant enough to not follow. this is why they are:

    1) not enforced
    and/or
    2) classified as "infractions" (e.g. not even a lowly misdemeanor)
    and/or...
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    i tend to avoid blatant light running around...

    i tend to avoid blatant light running around other motorists but will frequently jump a light when the coast is clear (gets me out of their way). i almost always roll stop signs and right turns....
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    meh. i've been enthusiastically violating...

    meh.

    i've been enthusiastically violating motorvehicle-centric traffic statutes for almost 30 years. i typically violate at least 3-4 statutes on every ride (often multiple times). despite doing...
  16. I'll remember that the next time I visit GA (e.g....

    I'll remember that the next time I visit GA (e.g. never).
  17. honking pisses people off too. and...

    honking pisses people off too. and yet...somehow...i almost never hear scary stories about someone having a gun pointed at them because they honked at someone who drove in a dangerous manner.


    if...
  18. If I were going to buy a non-custom built steel...

    If I were going to buy a non-custom built steel bike it would be a waterford:

    14-Series Vision OS2
  19. Over the years I've started protesting more, not...

    Over the years I've started protesting more, not less. I think it's very important to let motorists know that it's not acceptable to intentionally or unintentionally endanger cyclists. I also think...
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    the fact that you wrenched a few disc brakes...

    the fact that you wrenched a few disc brakes gives you no special authority when it comes to judging performance.

    imo, auto adjusting pistons, one finger braking, linear modulation, and rapid...
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    get back to me when you descend hundreds...

    get back to me when you descend hundreds thousands of feet each year on gritty wet pnw streets.
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    ime, having two hydraulic pistons (often designed...

    ime, having two hydraulic pistons (often designed with set back) definitely provides better clearance and power.

    people have been racing hydraulics in winter downhill for a long time:
    ...
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    They simply said they did not need them. And as...

    They simply said they did not need them. And as proof they brought a huge box full of disk brakes including multiple bb7s that were in better condition (mine were quite scuffed and worn). There is a...
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    Nonsense.

    http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2010/03/middlefinger.pdf

    The digitus impudicus is protected speech. In fact, the easiest way to 50-100 grand of free cash is to be...
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    i did a little happy dance when i junked my bb7s...

    i did a little happy dance when i junked my bb7s and switched to deore lx hydraulics (now multiple upgrades later i'm running 775s). the local co-op did not even want the bb7s because they had a...
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