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Old 06-23-13, 05:40 AM
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State and local laws

Here's a possibly helpful suggestion: take a look at your state and local bicycling laws and by-laws or ordinances. I've seen a few threads on various forums where people were convinced that something was illegal and it wasn't.

Some laws make sense as to lighting and reflectors. Others must be carry overs from cyclings early days. For example in MA it is illegal to modify your fork by incresing the rake. Or that's how I read it. Bad news for lower trail enthusiasts. I guess if you reduce trai so you have negative trail the bike would be too unstable.

But anyway, it might be worth your while to look the laws up.
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Originally Posted by ironwood View Post
Here's a possibly helpful suggestion: take a look at your state and local bicycling laws and by-laws or ordinances. I've seen a few threads on various forums where people were convinced that something was illegal and it wasn't.

Some laws make sense as to lighting and reflectors. Others must be carry overs from cyclings early days. For example in MA it is illegal to modify your fork by incresing the rake. Or that's how I read it. Bad news for lower trail enthusiasts. I guess if you reduce trai so you have negative trail the bike would be too unstable.

But anyway, it might be worth your while to look the laws up.
To an extent yes, but also no. There is no way I would let some obscure law keep me from running whatever fork I wanted on my bike. I can't see a cop pulling out a protractor and ticketing a cyclist for the angle of his fork. For my own safety I run far more lighting at night than any law requires. Safety first, laws second.

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Old 06-23-13, 07:57 AM
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I looked it up: "(10) No bicycle shall be operated upon a way with handlebars so raised that the operator’s hands are above his shoulders while gripping them. Any alteration to extend the fork of a bicycle from the original design and construction of the bicycle manufacturer is prohibited."

Looks like back in the day somebody didn't like choppers.

How about this one? " (11) The operator of a bicycle shall report any accident involving either personal injury or property damage in excess of one hundred dollars, or both, to the police department in the city or town in which the accident occurred. "

Forget to unclip and skin your knee? Call the cops.
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Old 06-23-13, 09:39 AM
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In the Commonwealth there are laws going back to the early 1600s still causing mischief. Not concerning bicycles of course.

If I decide to go low trail, I guess I'll hve to go to NH or RI.
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Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
I looked it up: "(10) No bicycle shall be operated upon a way with handlebars so raised that the operatorís hands are above his shoulders while gripping them. Any alteration to extend the fork of a bicycle from the original design and construction of the bicycle manufacturer is prohibited."

Looks like back in the day somebody didn't like choppers.
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I looked up my town's bicycle ordinances a few weeks ago, to make sure I'm doing all the right things. The only things that really stood out for me are:

1) Riding on the sidewalk is legal, as long as the rider has a bell and alerts others to their presence.
2) No air horns allowed.
3) Bikes with coaster brakes must be able to skid for several feet on dry pavement when the brakes are applied hard (or something like that). That's the one that really caught my eye, as my bike has coaster brakes. However, as a 52-year-old, overweight beginner - sorry, but I'm not testing to make sure my brakes/bike do that. I'll probably end up breaking a hip.

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