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Old 10-17-22, 07:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Gear_Admiral View Post
On a serious note, this is a touchy bunch, eh? "Luddite" is somehow the worst insult ever. Maybe they are thrown off by "kvetching."
Keep in mind that this discussion started first in Classic & Vintage, where "luddite" is frequently thrown around regarding many of us who refuse to accept modernization (along with "retrogrouch"). It's often a term used in jest. Sometimes less so when that forum turns into the lugged steel and friction shifting version of the 41; equity in cycling be dammed.

I find "kvetching" no different than "meshugana." Both are much more lightweight insults than what's commonly used in English. Neither is "kvetching" censored by the forum. The more popular - and generally outright disrespectful - "*****ing" is.


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Old 10-17-22, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Bad Lag View Post
I've been riding a lot recently and I have come away with the distinct impression things have changed.

Automobile drivers are noticeably less respectful of the vehicle code, "the rules of the road". Also, they are less respectful of other drivers, exhibiting behaviors that almost qualify as "predatory" - lane changes, passing on the right, accelerating from a red light,....

The other thing is, there seems to be a LOT of traffic, lots of cars on the road at all times of day.

I mean all of this in an absolute sense, not just relative to the reduced levels seen during the pandemic shut down.

One more thing I'm seeing is an ever-increasing number of ebikes. They are everywhere, all the time. People (kids and adults) are riding them at ever increasing speeds. They have morphed into and are driven like electric motorcycles not electically-assisted bicycles, yet they occupy the bike lanes and bike paths and are entirely disrespectful of the rules of the road. Oddly, these have added to the number of vehicles on the road, not reduced the number of cars.

Taken together, bike riding, especially at peak traffic times, feels distinctly more hazardous and a bit less fun. THAT is a BAD thing!

Thoughts, anyone?
It depends on where you ride. I for instance never ride main streets or arterials. I always ride a parallel street one block over, or a MUP.
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