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Old 01-04-21, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by work4bike View Post
Reducing your bike riding because of covid concerns is just people making excuses to drive in their cars. Just admit it, you're too lazy and want to drive.
I ride for exercise and experience. I cant get either of those driving a car. If I am going to be lazy, Ill just sit at home and watch some TV while I reply to poorly thought out comments on BikeForums.
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Old 01-04-21, 12:35 PM
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I am riding more carefully but COVID is only part of it. Aging also. Routine crashes hurt more, now and after. I re-injure old injuries. Bone break that wouldn't have 20 years ago.

The COVID side of it: Being a good citizen means not over-burdening our health care system. I talk to ambulance drivers. (Been doing that for years. First getting to know the crews who join us for the week long Cycle Oregon then the crews who take their breaks awaiting calls at the Saturday morning Farmers Market 1/2 mile form two on Portland's major hospitals.) Now those crews are looking run ragged at 11:30 in the morning and 90% of their runs are COVID. Yes, scraping me off the pavement would be a welcome break to "the old usual" but I really don't need to make their day harder.

I now ride less at night. Less in the rain. Don't push myself stupid like I used to. (Yeah, age there too.) Don't take corners as fast. Have altered some of my routes. Mileage is down a lot. I think it is important that I look like I am taking this COVID stuff seriously as an example. The simple concept of civic duty.
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Old 01-05-21, 12:39 AM
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Speaking for myself, I have had enough traumatic injuries to know that you can wind up needing intensive care in an instant. Those five dead guys in Las Vegas just thought they were going on a bike ride. No matter how careful I am, a car can cancel my ticket at any time. Your mileage may vary, but I am in L.A. where the hospitals, ICUs and EMS are at 100%. More and more, Iím thinking Iím not going to put extra stress on the system.
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Old 01-05-21, 12:42 AM
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Originally Posted by stevel610 View Post
When's the last time you had a bike crash that required icu level of care?
I was in an ER with a severe concussion after a bike crash three years ago. That could have easily been a stay in ICU or worse. I am very mortal.
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Old 01-05-21, 01:49 AM
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I'm unininsured, can't afford hospital bills. So really don't care about the state of hospitals nor gonna pull back on riding.
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Old 01-05-21, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Interesting concept on reducing "risky activities" that can land a person in the hospital.

Fortunately, around here our hospitals aren't full, and I think they've been generally good at preventing spread of COVID within the facilities.

However, I really don't want a lengthy stay in a COVID ward. It would be both a physical hardship and a financial hardship.
..... some hospitals are setting up ER tents here in SE Tex
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Old 01-05-21, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by jack pot View Post
..... some hospitals are setting up ER tents here in SE Tex
Perhaps erecting tents around our hospital would be a good way to convince people to be more cautious... otherwise one gets to camp outside in the rain at 30į to 50į F.

Fortunately not real cold here, but it could change.
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Old 01-05-21, 05:54 PM
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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/05/u...necessary.html
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Old 01-05-21, 06:22 PM
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No change.
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Old 01-05-21, 11:07 PM
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It is definitely a consideration everyone should make.

One that should also be made for non essential motoring.
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Old 01-06-21, 01:30 AM
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I decided not to get on the roof to paint some side boards until this covid is over. I have no neighbors that can see it so I don’t care .. The previously owner fell off the roof or slid off it since it’s metal and broke both arms. His wife had to wipe his butt for few months literally. I should hire someone to do it but I’m a DYI person and the savings can go into biking etc etc. Then again if I fall it would cost more than hiring somebody. Hospitals being full I will stay off the roof.
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Old 01-06-21, 10:13 AM
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Not a fan of colder weather, so no need to cut back on rides. I am taking appropriate precautions to (hopefully) avoid needing to go to a hospital. Just found out that a neighbor across the street just recently recovered from covid. Another up the street has been in the hospital for a couple of weeks, and isn't doing so well. Hoping he recovers--really good guy that is liked by everyone. Those who think covid is some kind of "hoax" or is some kind of political conspiracy, and refusing to take precautions really irk me! Please be cautious, as we know, this virus is nothing to be taken lightly!
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Old 01-06-21, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
The previously owner fell off the roof or slid off it since itís metal and broke both arms. His wife had to wipe his butt for few months literally. I should hire someone to do it but Iím a DIY person.
I would also like to hire someone to wipe mine. Where do you go to find such a service?
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Old 01-06-21, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
I would also like to hire someone to wipe mine. Where do you go to find such a service?
No I’m not going to hire you I don’t plan on breaking both of my arms anytime soon or ever.
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Old 01-06-21, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
I decided not to get on the roof to paint some side boards until this covid is over. I have no neighbors that can see it so I donít care .. The previously owner fell off the roof or slid off it since itís metal and broke both arms. His wife had to wipe his butt for few months literally. I should hire someone to do it but Iím a DYI person and the savings can go into biking etc etc. Then again if I fall it would cost more than hiring somebody. Hospitals being full I will stay off the roof.
Do they have ropes in Texas? Time to read up on your OSHA?
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Old 01-06-21, 11:24 AM
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The apocalypse must be upon us when Los Angeles runs out of oxygen.
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Old 01-06-21, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Do they have ropes in Texas? Time to read up on your OSHA?
OSHA didnít make the college playoff Yes I will eventually get on the roof with a harness and a rope just making excuses not to do it until spring.
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OSHA didnít make the college playoff Yes I will eventually get on the roof with a harness and a rope just making excuses not to do it until spring.
Move to Oregon. This time of year everything is slicker'n snot. It makes a great excuse to wait.
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Hospitals are full! Are you pulling back on your motor-vehicle driving?
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Hospitals are full! Are you pulling back on your motor-vehicle driving?
I wear a helmet when I drive
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Originally Posted by raceboy View Post
I was in an ER with a severe concussion after a bike crash three years ago. That could have easily been a stay in ICU or worse. I am very mortal.
I might try to stay away from the hospital too.
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