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Old 11-06-09, 03:55 PM
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OT, I was reminded today why I hate driving...

in to work.

I've been driving to work all week this week because of a concussion I suffered last week.

First off, a block away from where I live, another car passes me in a 2 lane residential streets with solid double lines, cuts me off and slows the heck down to slow me down. I guess I was going too slow for him. I was only going the speed limit. I let it go.

I get on the highway and as I'm merging in to traffic a car accelerates to prevent me from getting in front of him then proceeds to go slower than the speed limit and traffic flow. A few miles later a car cuts me off and immediately steps on his brakes because there was another car in front of me only 2 car lengths ahead.

A few miles to my workplace another car was zig-zagging between us who are going the speed limit, 25 mph, and almost caused an accident ahead of me. Sigh.

I can't wait until I get back on my bike next week.
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Old 11-06-09, 04:03 PM
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I' happy to be on bike last two days:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/get...wprss=getthere

Breakthrough in Montgomery County traffic signal problem
As Montgomery County commuters suffered through their fourth nightmarish rush hour Thursday, county officials said computer experts finally had isolated the central computer problem that caused the traffic signal system to meltdown.

"Engineers have isolated the problem and have been successful in reestablishing the connection between the computer and the traffic signals, with the result that most of the intersection signals are now responding to our commands," said County Executive Isiah Leggett.

County traffic engineers and outside consultants had been vexed by the problem for 40 hours, unable to manage the county's more than 750 traffic signals, whose daily timing patterns normally are changed throughout the day to accommodate the ebb and flow of traffic. A few signals still were balking at commands from the revived central computer, Leggett said, but most were responding.

"We will continue to monitor it throughout the evening and overnight but we anticipate that tomorrow morning's rush hour will be much smoother," he said.
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Concussion details? Bike crash/road rash? Helmet? Bike condition?
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Old 11-06-09, 04:33 PM
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I had to drive the last two days. Yesterday, the brake light switch failed, so I have to get that fixed. Today I had to get the wife's car smogged. Yea it passed, only to have it over heat a while later on the freeway. Probably a bad h2o pump. It's so hard to swallow that a water pump repair will be twice what my bike cost.

I can't wait to get on my trouble free bike again.
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Old 11-06-09, 04:45 PM
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on long island the drivers drive just the same. very hazardly. i guess it is a national pandemic.
i feel safer riding a bike. you have more freedom to regulate the safety factor. i don't know why the police don't enforce the traffic laws, its like the movie mad max.
well hope the op can get back on his bike real soon.
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Old 11-06-09, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by drjava View Post
I had to drIt's so hard to swallow that a water pump repair will be twice what my bike cost.
Must be a Japanese car. For some reason they think a water pump should cost hundreds of bucks.

Almost makes one wish for the days when a Chevy water pump cost $20, and took 10 minutes with a socket set in the driveway to install.
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Hey OP, you just need one of those steering wheel desks.
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I found that riding a bike makes me a safer driver when I do drive. You know, those little things like going the speed limit, signaling lane changes, coming to a complete stop, not texting, eating, reading, talking on the phone while driving. I think motorists must hate me when I drive .
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Originally Posted by bike_boy View Post
Concussion details? Bike crash/road rash? Helmet? Bike condition?
Here are the details of my concussion, LINK.
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I found that riding a bike makes me a safer driver when I do drive. You know, those little things like going the speed limit, signaling lane changes, coming to a complete stop, not texting, eating, reading, talking on the phone while driving. I think motorists must hate me when I drive .
+1, I drive like the slow drivers I used to hate.
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At the moment, i drive for a living. it was an accident, I took over the job when the other jerk couldn't get out of bed in the morning, for 2 weeks in a row. i did too good a job.

Soon I'm moving inside again. in the mean time, today was brutal, I'm just starting, after 3 hours, some alcohol, a bit of vegging out, to start losing the tension in my neck muscles.

What really bites is that it's keeping me off the bike. The hours and physical workload mean I'm not riding into work, can't get there in early enough on the bike, ( and get the bare minimum of sleep ) and wouldn't be able to ride home again after. I mean, I'm seriously fatigued after the last week.

Driving sucks.

And now to bed.
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Old 11-07-09, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by drjava View Post
I had to drive the last two days. Yesterday, the brake light switch failed, so I have to get that fixed. Today I had to get the wife's car smogged. Yea it passed, only to have it over heat a while later on the freeway. Probably a bad h2o pump. It's so hard to swallow that a water pump repair will be twice what my bike cost.

I can't wait to get on my trouble free bike again.
I know the feeling. I just replaced the radiator in my Jeep, and when I was writing the check all I could think was how nice of a new frame that amount of money could buy.
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Old 11-07-09, 06:26 PM
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It's so hard to swallow that a water pump repair will be twice what my bike cost.
Did you know that there are junkyards that have their inventory online and if you request a 2003 Nissan Altima water pump (or whatever) they can have it with you overnight? It's much less than new, and new OEM even more so. Of course, you do gamble a little bit with reliability, obviously.
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Originally Posted by whatsmyname View Post
Did you know that there are junkyards that have their inventory online and if you request a 2003 Nissan Altima water pump (or whatever) they can have it with you overnight? It's much less than new, and new OEM even more so. Of course, you do gamble a little bit with reliability, obviously.
Its a good idea but I find that most of the price is in the labor anyways so you might as well buy a new one so as not to have to do it all over again in the future.
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Old 11-08-09, 12:23 AM
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True - water pump is a degree of messing around. It's not anything that can be just attached or removed on its own. I suppose it depends on the part.
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Must be a Japanese car. For some reason they think a water pump should cost hundreds of bucks.

Almost makes one wish for the days when a Chevy water pump cost $20, and took 10 minutes with a socket set in the driveway to install.
my wife's Pontiac has a waterpump that can be changed in minutes, and the last one I bought cost about $20. The thing has its problems, but that is one thing that GM does right. On my Ford with a Japanese engine, changing the water pump cost $1500, but that was because the Ford dealer didn't know how to do it. I could get it changed in a few hours.
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