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What’s your fav Commuter Rule?

Old 12-03-17, 03:23 PM
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What’s your fav Commuter Rule?

E.g.

#1: Love your bike. Even when having a bad day:
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Old 12-03-17, 07:33 PM
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DON'T ride like you're invisible...ride like they CAN see you and WANT to KILL you!
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Old 12-03-17, 09:53 PM
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DON'T ride like you're invisible...ride like they CAN see you and WANT to KILL you!
Always be evaluating what could have gone wrong and improve on your defensive riding.
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Old 12-04-17, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by a1penguin View Post
Always be evaluating what could have gone wrong and improve on your defensive riding.
Yours is my #2 rule.
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Old 12-04-17, 10:01 AM
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Lights 24/7. Have a plan B that works. Pavement is very hard, avoid smackdowns.
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  1. It's sometimes hard to make myself start a ride, but I've never regretted having ridden.
  2. Be Prepared.
  3. Ride Defensively. That guy is wrapped in 2,000 lbs of steel, and I have a styrofoam helmet.
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Ride predictably; show drivers that you're in control of your bike, you know where you're going, and you're not going to suddenly dart in front of them. (Also, don't suddenly dart out in front of cars!)
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Originally Posted by a1penguin View Post
Always be evaluating what could have gone wrong and improve on your defensive riding.
I think this is key.

I always try hard to evaluate each commute I make with respect to improvements for safety. Did I put myself in any danger as the result of a bad decision? I accidentally passed that car on the right as he was fixing to make a right hand turn, replay that event in my head and learn from it. Some bike paths I ride on are MUP -- did I put any pedestrian in danger? Did I pass too closely?

It all adds up to keeping us more safe.
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Don't throw your bike at passing SUVs
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Old 12-05-17, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
Be ready for the unexpected
+1 I don't know where this rule is on my list, but it's in the top 5.
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Originally Posted by TheCharm View Post
I think this is key.

I always try hard to evaluate each commute I make with respect to improvements for safety. Did I put myself in any danger as the result of a bad decision? I accidentally passed that car on the right as he was fixing to make a right hand turn, replay that event in my head and learn from it. Some bike paths I ride on are MUP -- did I put any pedestrian in danger? Did I pass too closely?

It all adds up to keeping us more safe.
I used to just sit and think about my ride, what could/should be better/safer for the future when I rode a motorcycle. My cat wants my attention when I return now, and she's not too interested in hearing me talk about those things and sure doesn't like me just sitting there when I could be paying attention to her.
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Don't forget your lunch.
Check!



Well, not as frugal as brown bagging it. But I don't have to worry about spillage or squished sandwich in the backpack.
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