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Old 03-27-13, 02:04 PM
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it is designed for automobiles. if you are in your car and get hit by another car you are protected and there is appropriate insurance to handle damages. if you are on foot or bike you are not protected from harm. hmmm what about motorcycles?

I'm always telling my kids. that's not what it was designed for whenever they attempt to do something stupid like use a couch as a trampoline. just watch an episode of "ridiculousness" and you'll see what I mean.
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Old 03-27-13, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Commodus View Post
Also, private companies get to make their own rules, for the most part. If you don't like them, feel free to go some place else. I went to a McDonald's two years ago before a cross race and just parked my bike in the bike rack, seemed simple enough.
THANK YOU! Finally someone without an exorbitant amount of sense of entitlement!
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Old 03-27-13, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by GregTR View Post
THANK YOU! Finally someone without an exorbitant amount of sense of entitlement!
I'm mad that they won't let me park my car in the bike rack. UNFAIR!
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Old 03-27-13, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by GregTR View Post
THANK YOU! Finally someone without an exorbitant amount of sense of entitlement!
Lol. Greg you make a good troll.
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Old 03-27-13, 03:06 PM
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Bikes and garbage trucks, what's the deal? What good is 24 hour service if they can't feed people who don't conform to thier lanes? (as mentioned: probably a good thing)
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Old 03-27-13, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by GregTR View Post
From the UK McDonald's site:



Sounds like a pretty straightforward policy. And who are you to question it?
Why not? Burgerville allows it. Cars and bikes mix just fine in the drive thru.
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Old 03-27-13, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Commodus View Post
I worked at a McDonald's to pay my tuition when I was in university. I would have served a cyclist at the drive thru, sadly I never got the chance. I too saw many accidents, often involving trailer hitches that could not be seen by the following driver. I devised a variety of techniques to warn drivers of this hazard, but was never completely successful...for some reason, "hey watch out for that trailer hitch" tended to elicit blank stares in my direction as their vehicle drifted forward into a collision.

Also, private companies get to make their own rules, for the most part. If you don't like them, feel free to go some place else. I went to a McDonald's two years ago before a cross race and just parked my bike in the bike rack, seemed simple enough.
Sounds like a great pre-race meal.
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Old 03-27-13, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by agent pombero View Post
Why not? Burgerville allows it. Cars and bikes mix just fine in the drive thru.
I said it sounded like a pretty straightforward policy. I didn't say it was a sound one.
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Old 03-29-13, 08:30 AM
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Originally Posted by downwinded View Post
If, after a long period of time of not eating fast food, you do stop in for a sandwich, or whatever, it will not taste very good. At least that has been my experience. Reminds you of why you stopped eating there in the first place.
This has been my experience, as well: I stopped eating fast food for a period of two years to minimize my salt intake, and a few months ago when I decided to 'indulge' every once in a while, I found that every joint I tried was serving tasteless food. There are a couple of old favorites I haven't tried yet -- Arby's and Wendy's -- but I have no interest in getting back into eating from the chains.

I've never tried cycling through a drive-through: all the drive through joints in town are on the same big strip, and I have no interest in taking my bike on it. Six lanes of through traffic and nothing but box stores on either side, for eight miles? No thank you.

I wonder if Vespa-style scooters are heavy enough to trigger those sensors....
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Old 03-29-13, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by degnaw View Post
I worked at a BK back in high school. There's an underground sensor at the menu that detects when a car is present, which 'beeps' the employees' headsets AND turns on the menu microphone. If you're on a bike, you're probably not triggering that sensor. As for serving you once you get to the window, I certainly understand if some employees are hesitant to violate company policy and possibly get fired.

Now it doesn't make sense to deny service to a legal road vehicle in a drive through, but that's an issue for corporate.
+1 - I worked in BK's during HS too - the only times our store was robbed was when people opened the drivethrough window for pedestrians. I was also going to mention the sensor - sometimes my '94 Sentra wouldn't trigger it, so a bicycle definitely won't.
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Old 03-29-13, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
So it does make sense, really. I did make a deposit at my bank drive-thru just a couple weeks ago while out on my lunch ride, but that doesn't require triggering any detector loops.
Ha ha, I did that last week - the drive-through teller opens 2 hours earlier than the lobby. The young man was nice enough to come out from behind his bulletproof glass cage to give me my $30 in quarters too.
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Old 03-29-13, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by ottawa_adam View Post
Sounds like a great pre-race meal.
In his book "Marathon" Hal Higdon recommends a Pepsi as a pre-race boost. I'd be spewing 10 minutes in.
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Old 03-29-13, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
it is designed for automobiles. if you are in your car and get hit by another car you are protected and there is appropriate insurance to handle damages. if you are on foot or bike you are not protected from harm. hmmm what about motorcycles?

I'm always telling my kids. that's not what it was designed for whenever they attempt to do something stupid like use a couch as a trampoline. just watch an episode of "ridiculousness" and you'll see what I mean.
I gone through the drive up lanes at the bank many times on my motorcycle, and never had a problem with it. I did switch banks once when they told me it was against company policy to serve me on my bicycle in the drive up lane at the bank. My new bank said I wouldn't have a problem with that at their bank, and they had another customer that did that regularly. They didn't mind it when I brought my bike inside either.
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Old 03-29-13, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
I gone through the drive up lanes at the bank many times on my motorcycle, and never had a problem with it.
The issue isn't whether cyclists have a problem using drive-ins, the issue seems to be some cyclists inability to understand the establishment's right to set policy on drive-ins on their property, regardless if it displeases a few cyclists.
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Old 03-29-13, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by kookaburra1701 View Post
In his book "Marathon" Hal Higdon recommends a Pepsi as a pre-race boost. I'd be spewing 10 minutes in.
Actually he recommends it as a carb loading pre-race drink with your pasta dinner. And he is not specific to Pepsi, just simply a sugar laden soft drink will suffice. He does not condone carbonated drinks 10 minutes before you toe the line.
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Old 03-29-13, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
The issue isn't whether cyclists have a problem using drive-ins, the issue seems to be some cyclists inability to understand the establishment's right to set policy on drive-ins on their property, regardless if it displeases a few cyclists.
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Old 03-29-13, 11:04 AM
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A while back I tried to use the drive through window at a Burger King, and they said they couldn't serve me too. When I asked why, supposedly it had to do with them being afraid of some idiot trying to attack them through the window. When I mentioned that I could still do the same thing from a car (more easily, even) or just walk through the front door the girl at the window was pretty apologetic about it. It would have been nice if they had a sign posted, considering the number of people I saw trying to do that with skateboards etc. (It was pretty close to a university.)


I went back home and went through with a moped, and for some reason that was considered "safer" for them I guess.
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Old 03-29-13, 11:11 AM
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I guess it all depends on the drive-thru. The McD's at Wood River is a mad-house, with those ridiculous two to one lane traffic-jams. I wouldn't want to be in that mess even when I'm in a car. The other drive-thru's are much more laid-back, compared to the McD's cattle-drive efficiency-overkill methods.
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hmm don't think I would be using "McDonald's" and "efficient" in the same sentence lol
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Originally Posted by kookaburra1701 View Post
Ha ha, I did that last week - the drive-through teller opens 2 hours earlier than the lobby. The young man was nice enough to come out from behind his bulletproof glass cage to give me my $30 in quarters too.
Banks around here don't even use the lane closest to the window anymore. All drive-thru teller services are remote using the vacuum tubes and canisters, with little cameras and monitors mounted next to them. Usually the ATM is in the lane nearest the building so that the actual ATM machine sits inside the building instead of out there by itself where a truck can throw a chain around it and yank it off down the street.

I just pulled up to the drive-thru lane on my bike, stuck my deposit in the canister and pushed the button to send it on inside. Waited and then got my receipt a couple minutes later and I was off. I have gone inside on a couple of occasions, leaving my bike in the air-lock lobby while I made my deposit, but the drive-thru is definitely easier.
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Old 03-29-13, 07:51 PM
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I do the bank all the time, never an issue there. The first time I pulled up with my winter facemask on it crossed my mind that maybe that wasn't a good idea. I figured they know who I am.
I went through Dunkin Donuts yesterday with no problems.
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