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

Old 12-16-22, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by tkamd73
1. Preflight your bike
2. Trust no one

I know preflight is not really the appropriate terminology, but pre-ride sounds stupid, so maybe, check-over your bike pre-ride, nah too many words.
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Pre-ride check sounds fine to me? It's pre-flight that sounds stupid in this context, lol
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1. use common sense
2. stay alert
3. ride defensively
4. have fun
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Old 12-16-22, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
Pre-ride check sounds fine to me? It's pre-flight that sounds stupid in this context, lol
Yeah, just pre ride check, does sound better, although I have flown, or more correctly been airborne for short distances, on a few of my bikes. Not good.
cheers, Tim
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Old 12-16-22, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by tkamd73
Yeah, just pre ride check, does sound better, although I have flown, or more correctly been airborne for short distances, on a few of my bikes. Not good.
cheers, Tim
My bike related flights were not great either!
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Old 12-18-22, 11:44 AM
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Make sure all your USB charged devices have a good amount of charge or are topped off before heading out. Good idea to check tire pressure too.
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Try to hit the squirrels. They know how to avoid a predator who's headed straight for them.

Where there's one deer running across the road in front of you, there's likely to be another.

Keep your mouth shut and zip up your jersey when riding past an orchard with bee boxes.

Don't wear dark glasses at dawn or dusk; too hard to tell the skunks from the house cats.

Those flies that torture you on long slow climbs have a maximum speed that is just above the speed at which you are riding.

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not a cycling rule necessarily but something I have to remind myself to do. listen to my intuition. meaning: if something feels wrong or dangerous, don't do it anyway. seems like common sense. but also seems like I lack that, or I'm too much of a risk taker. which is ironic, because I often tell my kids "it's never a mistake, to make a safe decision"

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Old 12-20-22, 12:40 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
not a cycling rule necessarily but something I have to reminds myself to do. listen to my intuition. meaning: if something feels wrong or dangerous, don't do it anyway. seems like common sense. but also seems like I lack that, or I'm too much of a risk taker. which is ironic, because I often tell my kids "it's never a mistake, to make a safe decision"
You are so right. When I was single track mtbing when I approached a questionable drop, or too tight a turn on a ledge or a dangerous stunt, I would get off the bike and walk it around. Mountain biking is a sport, for those that arenít familiar, where you have to attack obstacles and go in fully committed. To hesitate can lead to a crash. When I approached a dicey situation, intuition would tell me to Ďdo the safest thingí (a quote from my high school ancient history teacher, Mr. Gates) and walk it.

Road biking is similar but different. Intuition tells you not to take a corner too hot, or to trust a driver, but you donít push through loose gravel or over small logs or though small creeks.
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Eye Contact does NOT Work.
Watch The Front Tires on a Vehicle.
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Old 12-20-22, 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted by rsbob
You are so right. When I was single track mtbing when I approached a questionable drop, or too tight a turn on a ledge or a dangerous stunt, I would get off the bike and walk it around. Mountain biking is a sport, for those that arenít familiar, where you have to attack obstacles and go in fully committed. To hesitate can lead to a crash. When I approached a dicey situation, intuition would tell me to Ďdo the safest thingí (a quote from my high school ancient history teacher, Mr. Gates) and walk it.

Road biking is similar but different. Intuition tells you not to take a corner too hot, or to trust a driver, but you donít push through loose gravel or over small logs or though small creeks.
it's a tricky balance between confidence & bravery vs being sensible. since I also off-road, over sand, near the ocean, Sister often advised me: "don't take any UN-necessary risks". it's still a judgement call, but it has helped me stay out of the ocean, w/ the truck ... hehe
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If you have to remove and replace the rear wheel on the road and don’t carry hand wipes or gloves and you get greasy, wipe your hands on your black cycling shorts. Remember to wash them separately (the shorts and your hands
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Taking the lane annoys drivers but you won't get side swiped or get caught riding through all the hazards at the edge.

A driver that honks at you sees you.

When riding straight through and you see a motorist trying to turn into your path, keep your finger on your horn.

Carry a wire hook in your tool kit for when the chain falls off the sprocket.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
If you have to remove and replace the rear wheel on the road and donít carry hand wipes or gloves and you get greasy, wipe your hands on your black cycling shorts. Remember to wash them separately (the shorts and your hands
If you have grassy shoulders along the road, you can wipe your hands on the grass and remove at least half of the chain lube that way. I think I had to watch a friend do this before I started doing it.
I carry little alcohol wipes to clean out minor injuries, and have used them for cleaning chain crud off the hands. The actual injuries are few and far between, and sometimes the alcohol wipes dry out before getting used... so no harm in using them for chain crud.

Steve in Peoria
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Old 01-13-23, 06:41 AM
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It's not worth fighting traffic or expecting drivers to change. People don't like or respect cyclists.
Riding on bike paths has risks - dogs, kids, unpredictable riders - but you won't get hit by a dump truck.
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I look over my shoulder when a car is approaching from behind. I read somewhere that when the motorist knows you know they're there, it results in a safer situation. True or not I've been doing it for decades.
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Old 01-13-23, 10:49 AM
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Whatever the League of American Bicycle BOZOS says, I DON'T do it.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
Eye Contact does NOT Work.
Watch The Front Tires on a Vehicle.
+1 I had full eye contact with a woman as she waited at a stop sign to enter the main street. (50 years ago.) She pulled out anyway. That scenario has happened again from time to time. I now "look" at drivers but don't pay attention or value their response.
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Originally Posted by rsbob
If you have to remove and replace the rear wheel on the road and donít carry hand wipes or gloves and you get greasy, wipe your hands on your black cycling shorts. Remember to wash them separately (the shorts and your hands
Originally Posted by steelbikeguy
If you have grassy shoulders along the road, you can wipe your hands on the grass and remove at least half of the chain lube that way. I think I had to watch a friend do this before I started doing it.
I carry little alcohol wipes to clean out minor injuries, and have used them for cleaning chain crud off the hands. The actual injuries are few and far between, and sometimes the alcohol wipes dry out before getting used... so no harm in using them for chain crud.

Steve in Peoria
Yup. I look for the grass or non-stinging leaves. If, no, the shorts. (I raced BITD when black shorts were required and the word was they were black for exactly that reason. The post flat tire or chain incident rider with black shorts was a better promo for the sport than the rider in (previously) white shorts.

And related tip - spit makes a decent wash to loosen dirt and oil.
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Old 01-13-23, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney
+1 I had full eye contact with a woman as she waited at a stop sign to enter the main street. (50 years ago.) She pulled out anyway. That scenario has happened again from time to time. I now "look" at drivers but don't pay attention or value their response.
Yep. You've described my only bike-car collision to date, exactly (except the driver was male).

He got out the car, ran over to my crumpled body, and shouted, "Where did you come from?!"
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rules to ride by

1. The Squirrel will always dart back after crossing the road. 2. no matter how visibly you are dressed the drivers of cars will not see you. 3. Run front and rear flashing lights at all times. 4. always carry an emergency tool bag with replacement parts. 5.do not worry about having too much water or snacks, you can't have too much. 6. Aim to have fun, knowing that every driver of a car passing you envies not being you.
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Look far enough down the road and the periphery so that you can anticipate hazards.
In recent months I have had close encounters with Mule Deer and Coyotes.
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Old 01-14-23, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by jack forman
1. The Squirrel will always dart back after crossing the road.
That's what tree squirrels do. They're the ones with the bushy tails. Tiny little monsters.



Tree squirrel - an evil little maniac

The ground squirrels (less showy tail), on the other hand, will make a beeline towards its nearest burrow. Even if that means running right into your path.



Ground squirrel - slightly less evil, more predictable
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A driver that honks at you sees you.
truer words rarely spoken
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