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    Sticky: This is my feeling too. We cyclists don't mix...

    This is my feeling too. We cyclists don't mix well with pedestrians, and motorists really don't want us to mix with them, either. I think that where there's a will, there's a way, and there's not...
  2. Sometimes it's just plain safer to use the whole...

    Sometimes it's just plain safer to use the whole lane. Other times, just a part.

    Flexibility is the key.

    Just remember that if you use any part of the lane, make your intentions clear. ...
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    I suppose that since John Forester is the OP of...

    I suppose that since John Forester is the OP of this thread, the responders will reply with typical political correctness, regardless of their respective polarities.

    It would be refreshing if...
  4. I guess I have a quirk, always have, even when I...

    I guess I have a quirk, always have, even when I drove a car. I liked to take alternative routes to avoid boredom.

    :)

    (The neat thing on a bicycle is that you have so many options, since...
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    I'm in the, "cyclist-turned-motorcyclist" crowd. ...

    I'm in the, "cyclist-turned-motorcyclist" crowd. I'm loving it, and lots of cycling instincts transferred to motorcycling.

    But the power is something else, something to be respected. There...
  6. I feel that cyclists are not all the same (just...

    I feel that cyclists are not all the same (just take a look at this website!) So any attempt to put all cyclists into one box is futile.

    But VC expanded my horizons in daily commuting. I'm...
  7. Thread: New bike

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    Thank you.

    Thank you.
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    For you open-minded commuters of long experience,...

    For you open-minded commuters of long experience, I have a sort of off-topic post which might be interesting to you.

    A long-time bike commuter of long distance, I recently bought a motorcycle for...
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    Back to original

    Back in Oct. 2007, I bought a new Trek 7.3 FX, a flat-bar road bike. I love it, added a Brooks saddle and trekking bars.

    But after some routine maintenance and a test ride by a local mechanic,...
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    Try it when you don't have a schedule to keep. ...

    Try it when you don't have a schedule to keep. That will give you an idea about how you will handle it. Use the same bike and load that you would carry on the commute. Have a backup plan in case...
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    I covered my baby's ears when you said that. ...

    I covered my baby's ears when you said that. :eek:

    But she is doing me fine, even with only 500cc. Supposed to be a "small bike," but that's ok, lots of people prefer 1100cc or more.

    I'm...
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    It's not your fault. That said, it's your...

    It's not your fault.

    That said, it's your responsibility to look out for these idiots. :mad:
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    :D Ya, s'true. Mine will get about 50 - 60...

    :D

    Ya, s'true. Mine will get about 50 - 60 mpg, vs. unlimited mileage "per gallon," on a bicycle. :p I figure I've save enough gallons over the last decade to justify it. :)

    But I've...
  14. Thread: New bike

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    New bike

    Who can resist a new bike? :D

    I mean, no matter what your preference, a new bike has a certain allure. Even as you mount your new wheels, your old bike just smiles and winks. ;) She knows she...
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    As a driver of a car for so many years, when...

    As a driver of a car for so many years, when turning left on a bicycle I tend to hog the whole left turn lane and act as if I'm a car. I'm just careful about merging left into that lane, I look...
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    No problem. If you really want to try...

    No problem.

    If you really want to try commuting, that great. Just take a step back and think about the differences.

    1) You're going to work. ;)
    2) Your route may be different, and you might...
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    :roflmao:
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    Here's wishing you many more years of bike...

    Here's wishing you many more years of bike commuting/riding to come.

    :beer:
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    I agree on the culture part. America as a whole...

    I agree on the culture part. America as a whole does not foster cycling culture.

    But I can't use his recommendations. For example, trying to make a chain last 10 years is "stretching it" a bit....
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    My commute is pleasant

    I ride the same stretch of road day after day. Sometimes I change up, but usually I'm on the same part of the road at about the same time, morning and afternoon.

    I get a rare bad reaction from a...
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    Republican Congressman Blasts Bicycles ...

    Republican Congressman Blasts Bicycles

    :roflmao:

    He might benefit from riding a bike now and then...

    ;)
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    I guess you're already halfway through your shift...

    I guess you're already halfway through your shift by now.

    Let us all know about your adventure. ;)
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    I try not to make overgeneralizations about...

    I try not to make overgeneralizations about people who ride in Iowa, since I don't live there. Neither should people from Europe decide what's best for me in the Southern US.

    A rather silly...
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    How long have you been riding? Muscle soreness...

    How long have you been riding? Muscle soreness is only a sign that you have stressed your muscles and they need to rest. When they recover, you will be stronger.

    Are you spinning easily in a...
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    Might work for you. Won't work for me. My...

    Might work for you. Won't work for me.

    My chainring, cassette, and chain will not survive my 150 mile-per-week Atlanta commute following your advice.

    Laugh if you want, but you don't know...
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