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What Bicycling Rules do you follow that Experience has taught you?

Old 03-09-21, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider View Post
agree 100% about those puddles

you know this is a thread that new cyclist could learn a ton in one place. Great thread whomever started it (forgot to look
The first time I went to Tijuana my friend warned me to never step in a puddle, no matter how shallow it looks.

Oh, and the OP of this thread quit the forum.
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Old 03-10-21, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
The first time I went to Tijuana my friend warned me to never step in a puddle, no matter how shallow it looks.

Oh, and the OP of this thread quit the forum.
Shame about the quitting
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Old 03-10-21, 02:53 PM
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Shame about the quitting
Yeah, I didn't understand why, just some guys were teasing him a little. Maybe he'll come back, it's happened before with others.
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Old 03-10-21, 04:13 PM
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Don't try to pound in your bar end plug with your hand while riding. Don't ask me how I know.

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Old 03-11-21, 03:32 AM
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Don't try to pound in your bar end plug with your hand while riding. Don't ask me how I know.

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Never ride without an end cap or grips. I once tore my ear against a bare steering wheel.
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Old 03-11-21, 11:35 AM
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Never ride without an end cap or grips. I once tore my ear against a bare steering wheel.
Sounds like an interesting story here.
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Old 03-11-21, 10:52 PM
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My addition to the list: "Always watch out for skateboarders!!" This comes from a very close call that just happened this afternoon on my commute home from work, I was inches from being T-boned by a girl on a long board. Just a few inches closer and she would have collided with me and my bike, as it was she saw me at the last moment, jumped off and the board sailed under my bike...very close call, lesson learned!!
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Old 03-21-21, 05:41 AM
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Originally Posted by scott967 View Post
Don't try to pound in your bar end plug with your hand while riding. Don't ask me how I know.
On a "paper route" bike with heavily-filled bag, don't take a big swing when tossing the paper over Mr. Johnson's yard to his porch. Don't ask me how I know this.*

* No, Mr. Johnson didn't actually order 40 copies of the paper today.

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Old 03-21-21, 09:39 AM
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Another reason to replace a bar end plug is a friend took an inadvertent core sample of his quad during a fall. Not pretty.
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Old 03-21-21, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
Yeah, I didn't understand why, just some guys were teasing him a little. Maybe he'll come back, it's happened before with others.
At one time he had 20+ threads on the first page of 50+. I don't know what set him off but perhaps he ran out of questions.
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Old 03-21-21, 02:44 PM
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#1 for me since I ride mostly off-road: Look where you want to go, not at the obstacle you're trying to avoid.
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Old 03-21-21, 07:13 PM
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Never try to bunny hop a dead skiunk on a road bike after drinking a few PBRs..
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Old 03-21-21, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by 5 mph View Post
What Bicycling Rules do you follow that Experience has taught you? Maybe I can learn.
I have three of my own.:
  • When running parallel to traffic, never rely on a Mirror to try to cross the road (or highway) with a quick darting swoop , even if you are sure your Mirror says you are safe. Come to dead stop, turn your bike 90 degrees and get eyes on the Traffic.
  • In case the unthinkable happens, I hang an ID card with Emergency Information right on my handlebar and another on my Jacket. I don't even carry a wallet. That way, should I do the opposite of winning the Lottery, no one has to rifle through your layers of clothes to find out your Medical Information.
  • Never go down a steep hill in a Bike Lane facing oncoming Traffic, should you get caught in that circumstance. The oncoming traffic may unnerve you as you start your high speed run (unless you are Tom Cruise) and if its a tiny skinny bike lane you may even lose control.
  • Bring sneakers with you if you are using cleated bike shoes. Because I've walked or run some 17 miles this year when I didn't have the right tool or part.
  • Avoid the door zone. I had a shoe torn open by the corner of a door that opened as I rode past. Could have been a lot worse.
  • Expect to be right-hooked.
  • For night riding, in addition to a quality headlight and tail-light, side lights help avoid cross-traffic not seeing me. (Planet Bike Bottle Blinky, or BrightSide Side Light; I have one of each.)
  • Keep a Blackburn 2'Fer in the saddle bag in case a headlight or tail light fails. (2'Fer has a white mode for front, and a red mode for rear, both steady or flashing).
  • Carry an energy bar and some gummy bears in the saddle bag.
  • A usable pump > CO2. Carry one spare tube, plus a patch kit. My worst ride ever I had five flats. Nobody carries five CO2 cartridges.
  • Bike commuting may drain fitness-ride ambition. On a given day pick one or the other.
  • Bike commuting may help you to ride on days where you wouldn't have time for a fitness ride.
  • A Tubus Fly and appropriately sized Ortlieb pannier is a fantastic bike-commute combination.
  • You need more than one bike if you're a commuter. One for pleasure and fitness, and one for commuting.
  • When planning routes, avoid roads where traffic is flying along at 50mph and there's no bike lane or shoulder. Yes, I can take the lane legally. But I can also get rear-ended by the car behind the car that dodged around me. (hasn't happened to me, but it's an accident wanting to happen sometimes).
  • Ride more.
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Old 03-25-21, 05:14 PM
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Thanking car drivers for stopping at stop signs and red lights.
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Old 03-25-21, 09:38 PM
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I always give a wave to drivers that cross the line to give me room. Call it reinforcement
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Old 03-25-21, 10:17 PM
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Es mejor ser amable! Always. It's better to be nice!
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Old 12-01-22, 08:41 PM
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  1. Legs (that move) should be high vis and reflective (the lack of high viz pants is my pet peeve. I have to add padding to yoga pants) Jerseys are high viz.
  2. Cracks, rails and grooves perpendicular to my direction are little problem but even small cracks, grooves, rails parallel or within 20 degrees of parallel to my direction are killers.
  3. Cars come in convoys.
  4. Shout when in danger or fear
  5. Chant (or otherwise make a noise) as you ride -- I do a lot of the time but this may not be for everyone. I also have a cow bell. I experimented with electrical sounders. I wish there were more such always bleeping sounder products.
  6. Carry patches and a spare tube (assuming you are using tubes) and a pump
  7. Carry a spare tyre (sometimes it is difficult to find the thing poking through your tire, so it can puncture a spare tube. When in doubt change both tube and tyre. Generally, I patch, but if that fails, I change tyre and tube)
  8. Find out which taxi companies will let you put your car in the boot (only one of about 5 I phoned)
  9. Avoid metal in the wet. Preferably avoid the wet. Ice and < Zero (Celsius) only if you can't avoid it.
  10. Helmet and bike mounted lights (the former can be directed at incalcitrant high/main beam users. In Japan, bikes are sometimes considered pedestrians, at whom cars are encouraged to use main beam, so this may be a grey area. )
  11. Bolt prescription lenses high on helmet visors.
  12. Use ear muffs even in summer to lower wind noise and improve audio-radar especially in high hybrid/electric car density areas. This may be more important for those with enlarging Dumbo old-person ears.
  13. Use hand signals (thanks) even for indicating the intention to proceed forwards at a junction to discourage cars cutting in front. I find a sort of charge of the light brigade sabre hand to help. This is new. Recommended. (But come to think of it, a raised right
    hand is the signal for turning left! Damn. Use with caution)
  14. Only hands and feet get cold (to minus 5?). Use PET bottle covers as shoe covers, and motorbike fairings on your handlebars.
Thanks to this thread, I may look into amber and blue rear lights (great idea), and on another thread, flappy things trailing my bike, like streamers from the rear or handlebars, since flappiness seems to make cars keep away.

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Old 12-01-22, 09:19 PM
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[QUOTE=GlennR;....Ride 3' from parked cars since most people never look back before opening the door....[/QUOTE]
I saw first hand a car doored rider in Adelaide Australia in 2006 and will never forget it, horrific! Violators of your advice are living very dangerously.
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Old 12-02-22, 02:26 PM
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Ride as if you are invisible.
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Don't ride on the first rainy day of the season.
  1. The roads are slick AF
  2. The motorists are especially freaky
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just ride?
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When approaching a traffic light controlled intersection where the cars are just starting to roll, never pass them on the shoulder, but hang back/slow down so that you don’t get right hooked by someone not looking or using their turn signal. I like to position myself slightly ahead of a vehicle that can see me that may or may not be turning but never parallel to.
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When doing a fast descent on an unfamiliar curvy road, hang back a bit rather than over cook a corner and either risk going off the embankment or into oncoming traffic. Not that I have ever done this.
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my personal rules:
1. Safety in numbers: try to ride with others on the road.
2. Blinkies are our fiend, even in daylight.
3. When MTB'ing by myself, don't be a hero. No one will see me walk the techinical stuff - at least I'm getting back to trailhead intact.
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