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Old 06-11-20, 11:00 AM
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From our tours around the midwest and general riding in Chicago my girlfriend and I agree the most annoying are:
1. BMWs for the reasons given above
2. Ford Crown Victorias as they are generally driven by old half-blind people whose "awareness bubble" doesn't seem to extend past the front seat
3. Jeeps (Wrangler model especially)
4. Vehicles towing trailers
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Old 06-11-20, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
My A-hole of the day award almost always goes to a full size GMC/Chevy pickup or SUV driver.
Plus one!
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Old 06-11-20, 02:42 PM
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In my area the most dangerous vehicles are:

#1 . E-BIKES on the rail trails or on the pathways in parks. High speed + blind curves = interesting things happening
#2 . Tandem trailer gravel trucks on the roads. The first unit passes you and the rid starts to pull back over but that second trailer that's a fair distance from the first unit often means you have to bail.

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Old 06-11-20, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by SurferCyclist View Post
Around here it's tractors. Think they own the road.
Many of the tractors move locally, and at less than 20 MPH, so one should be able to keep ahead of them.

But... are we limiting this to the road? Springtime they're spraying crops, and fall they're plowing. Nice country ride, and one is either breathing poisons, or getting a mouth full of dirt.
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Old 06-11-20, 03:02 PM
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landscapers, package delivery trucks, trash truck, debri truck
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Old 06-11-20, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Many of the tractors move locally, and at less than 20 MPH, so one should be able to keep ahead of them.

But... are we limiting this to the road? Springtime they're spraying crops, and fall they're plowing. Nice country ride, and one is either breathing poisons, or getting a mouth full of dirt.
It's more of a case when going down a single track road with a tractor coming towards me they often don't slow down or move over at all so many times I've had to take evasive action to avoid getting hit/squashed as they go on their merry way.
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Old 06-11-20, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by nbseer View Post
1/ Pickup trucks with huge side-view mirrors (that could clip you)
2/ BMWs (aggresive fast drivers that blast past you)
3/ Mercedes (ditto)
4/ Landscaping trucks pulling trailers loaded with equipment (you think you're safe when the truck passes, but don't forget that trailer)
5/ Parked running vehicles on right shoulder (getting doored... )
This conversation is about as helpful as the one where drivers band together to rant about cyclists, with our spandex and rolling-stops. I would not indict all trucks anymore than I would want to be indicted for the actions of other cyclists.

Trucks, BMWs, Mercedes, Landscaping trucks/trailers, and parked vehicles are not the problem. Intolerance, lack of care, negligence..... but individuals are the problem. Individuals act individually in ways that are easily blamed on a group if we don't think dispassionately.
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Old 06-11-20, 03:16 PM
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I'll go with the landscaping trucks with trailers, they block the path
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Old 06-11-20, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by SurferCyclist View Post
Around here it's tractors. Think they own the road.

Good thing it wasn't hauling 'newer.
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Old 06-11-20, 07:45 PM
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Top of the list for annoying drivers are mountain bikers with their bikes mounted on the back of their giant 4x4. Second most annoying are people driving with their hybrids on the back of their SUV driving to a MUP. I swear I have suffered more close passes from these two groups than from audis.
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Old 06-11-20, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Good thing it wasn't hauling 'newer.
Don't you guys have manure guns?

When I was younger, I used to regularly pass a dairy. Oh, one could tell when they were fertilizing.
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Old 06-11-20, 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by SurferCyclist View Post
It's more of a case when going down a single track road with a tractor coming towards me they often don't slow down or move over at all so many times I've had to take evasive action to avoid getting hit/squashed as they go on their merry way.
In much of the US those narrow rural roads and highways often are -- or were -- designated Farm to Market roads, hence the FM designation. They literally were built to accommodate farmers and ranchers doing business.

For years there was relatively little traffic on those roads. That doesn't mean everyone "drove friendly," as the Texas highway dept signs urged folks to do. There were always a few antisocial jerks.

The problem is that over the years and generations, many farms and ranches were consolidated or vanished.

In its place, Texans began pillaging the land for gravel to build roads and infrastructure for some other towns. Gravel trucks were the main menace here for about 20 years before the state highway dept finally cracked down on driver safety and vehicle inspections. For a long time lax vehicle inspections for in-state commercial vehicles encouraged operation of trucks with defective brakes, etc, which would never have been permitted for interstate use.

That land was abandoned, sold off and eventually developed into shake and bake homes and McMansions. Cheap gasoline and white flight from urban centers made it affordable to commute longer distances.

But infrastructure is always the last thing to change. So where we once had a few dozen cars at day, at most, we now have hundreds or thousands on the same narrow roads.

I've limited my rides to a few routes where the old two-lane farm to market roads run parallel with interstate highways. Most drivers, including the recently transplanted city folks who bought rural McMansions, eventually shift over to the main highways. So for now those old FM roads and access roads are safe.

But another 10-20 years, there won't be many safe places to ride other than parking lots of abandoned commercial buildings and warehouses.
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Old 06-11-20, 08:49 PM
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Garbage trucks
School buses
Pickup trucks with a boat in tow
Delivery trucks
Silent electric cars that come out of nowhere

Though any vehicle with a yahoo behind it can be dangerous
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Coal rollers. I live in the heart of oil country where many households own trucks. Most drivers here are decent and typically share the road with cyclists but breathing in the black, noxious fumes of these belching behemoths is just over the top.
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Old 06-11-20, 09:12 PM
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Motorcycles (when riding two-abreast on en echelon). My experience the bike on the outside won't move over an inch for a bicycle. My other problem is pickups (mainly) with large/aggressive tread tires. They are very hard on my hearing. I would actually love to have some sort of hearing protection that attenuates that tire noise but still allows you to hear other stuff. The other PITA is 2-stroke mopeds that stink to high heaven after going past you. I have a route with a 4 mile hill about 6% ave and some big guys on those mopeds those things are full throttle. Or a pack of kids on modified ones that scream. (But they like to pull wheelies and what-not which is entertaining.)

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Old 06-11-20, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Don't you guys have manure guns?
I was riding once and somehow got behind a tractor towing the biggest manure spreader I have ever seen. I kept my distance.
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Old 06-11-20, 09:28 PM
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Coal rollers. I live in the heart of oil country where many households own trucks. Most drivers here are decent and typically share the road with cyclists but breathing in the black, noxious fumes of these belching behemoths is just over the top.
Modern diesel pickups do not smoke at all, at least in the US. In order to make them able to "coal roll" they need to be modified. That's some next level sadism there.
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Old 06-11-20, 10:00 PM
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Lowboy carrying a 15' wide Dozer.

I almost got taken out by one of those- the memory is still vivid

of looking back & seeing the corner of the blade a foot or two behind my head.
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Old 06-11-20, 10:31 PM
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I almost got taken out by one of those- the memory is still vivid

of looking back & seeing the corner of the blade a foot or two behind my head.
Mine honked. I moved right, but didn't particularly look back until after it was past, and might not have noticed the load anyway. Fortunately the truck moved left, but it is hard to say what would have happened if the traffic patterns had been different. I don't think it had a lead vehicle, just a sign on the back.
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Old 06-11-20, 10:35 PM
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Did we have drunk rednecks that seem to think they need to hang out the window and yell some kind of insult (which fortunately I can never quite understand what they're yelling).

I did have a bag of garbage whiz past my head once.
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Old 06-12-20, 07:55 AM
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Police cars pulling you over..
I would love to get pulled on my bike.
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Police cars pulling you over..
I would love to get pulled on my bike.
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Old 06-12-20, 08:13 AM
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Pretty much what I meant by lifted pickup, also the occupants of older american sedans with stereo wort 10x the vehicle have been relatively similar in their tendency to yell random indistinguishable words

Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Did we have drunk rednecks that seem to think they need to hang out the window and yell some kind of insult (which fortunately I can never quite understand what they're yelling).

I did have a bag of garbage whiz past my head once.
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Old 06-12-20, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by SammyJ View Post
I would love to get pulled on my bike.
As a teenager NYPD pulled me over for rolling a stop light and in another instance threatened to take my bike for riding on the walking trails in Central park.
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Old 06-12-20, 08:42 AM
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Young diesel truck drivers "rolling coal", and expensive foreign cars driven by young women. On my ride yesterday a young girl in her high priced japanese car went thru a red light at a cross walk. She was just too important to stop for a trike that had the green light.
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