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Old 06-20-15, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
Oh, you mean it just happened?

Mine happened in the winter when it was -10C.

I got mine to work by using a hair dryer and blowing on it to clean out the grease and dirt built up inside. Then flushed it with WD40. It worked fine. But perhaps it was time to for a new freewheel.
Fortunately mine happened while it was warm and sunny. Sat by the side of the road listening to music while I waited for my ride. Found 3 broken springs this morning.
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Old 06-20-15, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by gregf83 View Post
When it first happened I managed to get it to catch by spinning the crank quickly. I was able to get over the bridge and keep pedaling. I would brake while still pedaling on corners but had to stop at a light and then I was done. If I had made it through that light I would have had another 35 min of uninterrupted riding but unfortunately my day was done. I'll take it apart this morning and see what happened.
This actually would be epically sucky!...but since it didn't happen to me, kind of makes me chuckle.
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Old 06-20-15, 11:13 AM
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Seeing people cycling road rage at people cycling
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Old 06-20-15, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by davidallenxyz View Post
it feeds anti-cyclist sentiment, and it just makes the road more dangerous for all of us.

There is little I dislike more than seeing people call other cyclists out because "it makes us look bad". In my experience, this behavior often stems from "car head" rather than any real concern for cycling advocacy.
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Old 06-20-15, 02:31 PM
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getting there late and being sacked because of it.
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Old 06-20-15, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
getting there late and being sacked because of it.
Sacked as in fired?
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Old 06-20-15, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
getting there late and being sacked because of it.
During my last 8 years of daily bicycle commuting I've never been late for work. My strategy is get up early, leave early and give myself some extra time in case of some emergency.
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Old 06-20-15, 06:12 PM
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Worst things for me are getting caught at long red lights on hot, sunny afternoons with sweat pouring into my eyes and dodging thunderstorms in summer.
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Old 06-20-15, 08:00 PM
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The worst thing is having to stop riding at work.

Second worst is meeting touring riders along the way (Adventure Cycling's Northern Tier route uses much of my route) knowing I can't ride off into the sunset with them.
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Old 06-21-15, 05:19 AM
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The morning I rode up to the house with the pit bull. This was a regular feature of my ride. He was always fenced in, raging at me every time I would pass by. This one morning though the gate was open and here he came. He didn't want to play fetch. He had the angle, outrunning it was out of the question. Time seemed to slow as I dismounted, grabbed the HALT! and sprayed it in the face. He broke off the attack instantly. The stuff saved my butt that morning of that there is no doubt. Later after calling animal control I thought of what would have happened had it been a child going by that house.

P/S animal control did their job and removed the dog for good.

Passed by a buzzing rattlesnake on a mountain bike trail last week, that pretty much sucked too!
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Old 06-21-15, 06:07 AM
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On my "short route", i.e. the one I take when the weather is particularly nasty or when I am in a hurry, there is a bridge over a freeway. Because of the terrain, gusty winds are funneled across the bridge almost perpendicular to travel. I expect to be buffeted but that doesn't make it much less frightening.
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Old 06-21-15, 10:04 AM
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Excessive head or cross wind
Rain
Extreme cold
Getting buzzed by a car when there are multiple lanes for the car to take to pass
Being hooked, left or right
Seeing people riding on the sidewalk as I pass them in the really nice bike lane that is provided.
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Old 06-21-15, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by spare_wheel View Post
There is little I dislike more than seeing people call other cyclists out because "it makes us look bad". In my experience, this behavior often stems from "car head" rather than any real concern for cycling advocacy.
So......what you're saying is......you don't like it when other cyclists scold you for how you ride.....







Sorry, just busting your chops, couldn't resist.
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Old 06-21-15, 03:04 PM
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To work:
Having to pass by a number of local beaches full of people having fun while on my way to the office.



From work:
Having to confront those same people, now dazed from spending all the day in the sun, and sometimes drunk scampering around trying to drive and failing at it; especially bad luck when they stumble in front of me and suddenly freeze like rabbits in front of headlights!
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Old 06-21-15, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Telly View Post
To work:
Having to pass by a number of local beaches full of people having fun while on my way to the office.



From work:
Having to confront those same people, now dazed from spending all the day in the sun, and sometimes drunk scampering around trying to drive and failing at it; especially bad luck when they stumble in front of me and suddenly freeze like rabbits in front of headlights!
Yah, why is it some pedestrians do not understand that stopping when they see me coming just makes me have to recalculate the entire scene. and it would be best for everyone if they just continued at a steady, predictable pace...
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Old 06-21-15, 06:20 PM
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I would say 'near misses' with cars. I usually get 1 or 2 a week of those.
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Old 06-21-15, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by SouthFLpix View Post
I would say 'near misses' with cars. I usually get 1 or 2 a week of those.
I was going to say the times when a car will whip a right and try to beat you around the corner but it never works out. I end up hard stopping, the driver ends up hard stopping then we have this awkward look at each other like...go already... This is probably my worst thing during my commutes. Happens at least once a week.
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Old 06-21-15, 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by kickstart View Post
So......what you're saying is......you don't like it when other cyclists scold you for how you ride.....
Sorry, just busting your chops, couldn't resist.

Not busting my chops at all. In fact, about 8 years ago I was the type of cyclist that almost always stopped at a stop sign. I began Idaho stopping, in part, as a reaction to seeing cyclists verbally assault others for not following *THE LAW*. Basically, the behavior of the "scolds" caused me to question why I am religiously coming to a full stop when doing so has little impact on safety or the right of way of others.

PS: I'm scolded very rarely because I tend to flow through traffic fast enough that there is little time for scolding.

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Old 06-21-15, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Wolf Dust View Post
For me it's riding through endless gnat clouds... Or when your huffing up a long hill in a neighborhood on a warm day and take a huge deep breath of someone's dog poop infested yard. Makes me almost gag!

So what are some of yours?

Two words: Hard Rain
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Old 06-21-15, 10:20 PM
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Originally Posted by ShortLegCyclist View Post
Yah, why is it some pedestrians do not understand that stopping when they see me coming just makes me have to recalculate the entire scene. and it would be best for everyone if they just continued at a steady, predictable pace...
Haha, this is exactly what rabbits do on singletrack....I hear they have one of the smallest brains.
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Old 06-21-15, 10:28 PM
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Haha, this is exactly what rabbits do on singletrack....I hear they have one of the smallest brains.
Actually rabbits stop dead still to fool predators who are much more able to see them when they're in motion against the background.

We could all learn something from those dumb bunnies, because when we're riding straight at someone (say, driving a car) we're like the stationary rabbit and tend not to be seen or registered. Even when they do see us, people have a hard time gauging our speed and distance. So while the rabbit is trying to hide in plain sight, our objective is just the opposite. We therefore need to act unrabbitlike, by making an adjustment and riding across the background a bit to let our predator know where we are.
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The thing that irritates me the most is making a mistake. I know I'm the exception here, but I'm not perfect, and every now and again I goof. I also HATE doing it. I made one a few weeks ago that could have ended badly had it not been for some luck and good reaction by a driver.

Unused trolley tracks are a pet peeve. Just, why!?! It's not charming to have track for the sake of having track. Pedestrians playing frogger when they don't have right of way tends to bug me. Joggers on streets/lanes with headphones. Other urban riders might understand this - dirt bike riders, most of whom are under age, unlicensed, riding stolen vehicles and totally incapable of making risk assessments appropriate to motor vehicle use. I've had fantasies about using rope across streets for my little dirt bike friends.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
Actually rabbits stop dead still to fool predators who are much more able to see them when they're in motion against the background.

We could all learn something from those dumb bunnies, because when we're riding straight at someone (say, driving a car) we're like the stationary rabbit and tend not to be seen or registered. Even when they do see us, people have a hard time gauging our speed and distance. So while the rabbit is trying to hide in plain sight, our objective is just the opposite. We therefore need to act unrabbitlike, by making an adjustment and riding across the background a bit to let our predator know where we are.
I just swerve around constantly like a drunk. Something I learned from watching drunkards riding bikes...they never seem to get hit! ???

.....Just kidding

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Headwind and hard rian.
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Clouds of gnats only bother me when I breathe one in. That hurts!

I'm with the people who don't like having a flat or breaking down. Especially when you find out you can't fix it.
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