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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 03-18-08, 10:51 PM   #1
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What do you guys do about bad roads and bad drivers?

I've looked through the pics thread and I see a lot of track bikes, but I know most of you guys ride fixie road bikes around town or whatever. Do you all live in places with awesome roads and good drivers, or what? How many of you ride on the sidewalk?

I have to ride a singlespeed mountain bike unless the streets are dead otherwise I'll get ran off the road, and into the shoulder which is usually covered in gravel or leaves.
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Old 03-18-08, 10:54 PM   #2
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yell alot. at the road and drivers.
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If you have a brake, a fixed gear bike is just as easy to ride as any other bike. The stopping feature of the rear wheel is actually a lot like an antilock brake, especially if you never learned to skid.

Where do you live? It seems like the roads and drivers are really crappy.
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To be honest I tend to ride fixed where I know the roads and can see where the hell I'm going. I commute singlespeed most of the time.
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>>>commuter<<<

Being that I am in urban Canada, I predominantly ride my road bikes (fixed and geared) through the nicer months (May-Oct) and my fixed mtb or 3 speed mtb through the winter.

I have adopted a blended style of riding as in many situations I will take the lane (vehicular), in others I use the MUTS and bike paths, and when there is room to do so I will ride the shoulder.

I live by that 3 foot rule which puts me well out from the curb and usually in the lane if I am passing parked cars and can only recall being nearly run off the road ince... that was last fall when I was riding the lane on a 4 lane road and a car overtook me, swung into my lane (forcing me right) and then slammed on the brakes.

For the most part our drivers are pretty good and being run off the road is less of a concern for methan being cut off or right hooked at intersections and again, taking the lane in those areas and slowing down a little really cuts down on that.

I am also pretty attentive to being as visible as possible and do use daytime running lights and wear a reflective jacket which really helps.
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I'd probably get really bored in a place with good roads and courteous drivers.

I look at bad roads and bad drivers like an off road rider looks at a technical trail, or a roadie looks at a long climb. I've got particular sections of road over here where the traffic or surface is bad. Whenever I ride them, I'm trying to do it faster and cleaner. On one section, I've got to merge into a 5 lane wide one way street and get to the other side within about a block. The problem is that the larger flow is merging in on the other side trying to get to my side in the same space. And the people continuing straight are trying to maintain 40kph. I try to be as smooth as I can and maintain speed while trying not to cause the drivers to hit their brakes or move around me. It's really fun. And in Thailand no one cares that I ride like this. Because everyone else is doing the same thing but on a motorbike or in a car.
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sometimes it give me adrenaline sometimes it gives me a headache

sometimes i yell and flip them off sometimes i just shake my head
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Old 03-18-08, 11:28 PM   #10
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bad drivers? I yell.

bad roads? 32c.
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I ride a cyclocross conversion with 28mm tires, it's just fine over cobblestones.

As for bad drivers, I just try and predict their stupid moves and act accordingly. If someone is being a really dangerous prick (usually a black BMW with tinted windows) I'll just pull over and let them pass.
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If you have a brake, a fixed gear bike is just as easy to ride as any other bike. The stopping feature of the rear wheel is actually a lot like an antilock brake, especially if you never learned to skid.

Where do you live? It seems like the roads and drivers are really crappy.
I don't necessarily mean fixed, but that too and track style bikes with tiny tires and aggressive geometry. Right now I live in Pullman, WA (college town). If you're lucky the road has lines painted on it and the potholes are far enough apart that you can swerve to avoid them. One road that I know if has a bike lane, and most of it runs through the sidewalk. There are a lot of students from other countries as well as just general ****** bags that speed a lot around here, oh and it's all on a hill. I don't really think there are many places that are worse to ride bikes...
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There are a lot of students from other countries as well as just general ****** bags that speed a lot around here, oh and it's all on a hill. I don't really think there are many places that are worse to ride bikes...
What does that have to do with anything?
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bad roads and bad drivers just means you gotta ride extra fast to keep ahead of the idiots and out of the potholes.
no matter what, don't ride on the sidewalk.
you need to be confident that bikes belong on the road an fight to defend your place.

with that said: there's nothing i hate more than an idiot on a bike who can't hold a line or even attempt to keep up with traffic at a decent speed. mid-aged couples on comfort bikes are most often the character i associate with this behavior, but i've also seen hipsters who can't handle a bike.

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What does that have to do with anything?
Maybe he lives in a country that is more difficult to drive in -- or has higher driving standards -- than many other countries.
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In my case it means you ****ing get hit by some moron taking an illegal turn and not bothering to watch for cyclists in the bike lane.
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Step 1. Yell and bang on the hood of their cars
Step 2. Take off down the sidewalk when they try to run you over

(People seem to have issues with others touching their cars.)
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Maybe he lives in a country that is more difficult to drive in -- or has higher driving standards -- than many other countries.
Considering he most likely lives in the US is highly unlikely.
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This is why I got a singlespeed cyclocross with 35s and knobs. Biking is just so much more relaxing when you don't have to worry about every pothole and seam in the road (and changing gears.)
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You just keep riding. Take your lane, don't take **** from drivers. Don't ride on the ****ing sidewalk though, for Christ's sake.
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