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Old 06-19-15, 07:26 PM
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Worst things during a commute or ride?

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?
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Riding into a headwind
Being near a garbage truck
Being "punish passed"
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I ride past a riding (horse) academy. There's a small steep climb right near where they keep their manure/compost pile. No fun at all when the wind in in the wrong direction.
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Ha, I drive a garbage truck, and as the old saying goes...I expect the day to stink. Haven't been able to bike commute since I changed to an earlier start time. I guess that would be my worst thing.
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Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
Ha, I drive a garbage truck, and as the old saying goes...I expect the day to stink. Haven't been able to bike commute since I changed to an earlier start time. I guess that would be my worst thing.
Yeah. But you're in the front of the truck. Think about the bicyclists following behind.

Actually one nice thing about the early AM shifts is that you get home in time to get in a decent afternoon/early evening ride. I'd conider that a good trade for not being able to commute by bike.
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Something like this caused me to alter my route. One of the MUPs goes by the township compost piles. I could tolerate the passing odor, but one day after raining all night I spashed through the run off from that pile the next morning. The odor stuck with me for the next 12 miles.
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I ride past a riding (horse) academy. There's a small steep climb right near where they keep their manure/compost pile. No fun at all when the wind in in the wrong direction.
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Old 06-19-15, 08:18 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?
Realizing after you've almost gotten to work (or home) that you've forgotten something you had to do or bring.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
Yeah. But you're in the front of the truck. Think about the bicyclists following behind.

Actually one nice thing about the early AM shifts is that you get home in time to get in a decent afternoon/early evening ride. I'd conider that a good trade for not being able to commute by bike.
That I do. And the new route is a commercial rear loader so I get my dose. Probably the worst smell I have now is servicing the refineries.
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Hearing that loud hissing sound from one of my tires...
Bugs in the face
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Originally Posted by ShortLegCyclist View Post
Realizing after you've almost gotten to work (or home) that you've forgotten something you had to do or bring.
For me it's usually when I'm running behind schedule, just leaving my house on my way to work, I get about two blocks down the street and realize I forgot something...the next half block I ride I'm agonizing in a sort of high speed freak-out mode of whether I should risk the time to turn around and get it or not.
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I left my laptop in my car after dropping the car at the garage, and realized it after I reached office. What should have been an easy 4 mile ride ended up a warm 12 mile ride and a late start to the day.
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Traffic signals that don't recognize that I'm there

I've got two that are real offenders, one crossing a 5-lane road and the other a left turn at a high school (so lots of cross traffic when school's in session). Getting off the lane to hit the crosswalk can be problematic, as well
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Worst thing for me is seeing other cyclists riding like idiots and getting into conflicts with motorists. Ruins my enjoyment of the ride. Nobody gains, it feeds anti-cyclist sentiment, and it just makes the road more dangerous for all of us.

Airborne "stuff" is ruining my commutes at the moment and triggering my hayfever - I could do without having to wear goggles on a sunny day.
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I ride past a dump sometimes. The smell doesn't bother me much.

Riding country roads after some of the farm fields have been 'fertilized', that's gag territory for me. Can't ride fast enough to get away from that stench.

Flat tire. That's a good ten minutes gone.

Seeing lightning half way home, no shelter in sight. Nothing else scares me more.
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Road kill on ascents rotting in the Texas summer heat. Past that, I'm okay with most stuff.
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Getting stuck at a train crossing when late for work...and trying to figure out whether it'll be quicker to ride 1/2 mile over to the next crossing or just wait it out.
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Having a freewheel fail and having to call for a ride on a sunny fri afternoon cutting my commute home short.
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Originally Posted by gregf83 View Post
Having a freewheel fail and having to call for a ride on a sunny fri afternoon cutting my commute home short.
Okay, that's happened to me once. Thought I was going to have to call for a ride home, but got it to catch and then just continuously pedalled, non-stop for 5k all the way home. So that's what riding a fixie is like. Drove to work that day.
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Okay, that's happened to me once. Thought I was going to have to call for a ride home, but got it to catch and then just continuously pedalled, non-stop for 5k all the way home. So that's what riding a fixie is like. Drove to work that day.
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.
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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.
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Five years ago, after a particularly challenging day at work I was taking my frustrations out on my bike with a very aggressive ride. I was waited impatiently at a traffic light and when the green came on I stomped on the pedals. Halfway across the street a steel bear-trap clamped onto my upper-left chest with a heart-stopping urgency and pain...at least that's what it felt like. Funny how time slows down in an emergency and what you think about. Age? 48. Sweating? No. Shortness of breath? No. I was only a mile from the office. Pain radiating down my left arm? No...Oh-crap, YES!!! AND IT HURTS!! OK, Now I'm sweating and short of breath! I continue on to the other side of the street. dismount and stand up and the pain went away immediately. Turns out I had a bulging disc in my neck and had to take a year off cycling. I no longer take out my frustration and aggression on my bikes.

So other than symptoms of a heart-attack...gnats, headwinds both ways on my commute, flats and snapped cables. But even the worst bike day is better than the best car day!
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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.
Yikes! Seems like a compelling argument for a fixed gear on the other side a flip-flop hub.
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1. Headwinds.
2. An eyeful of sweat just as I'm starting up my last hill going home.

A couple of weeks ago, I had to run over a 2 or 3 day old road kill raccoon that was stretched out across the bike lane. The smell wasn't bad enough to make me toss my cookies, but it was close.
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