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Old 07-14-19, 07:06 PM
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Cycling in a freeway?! Video

Hello,
Just thought to share this, I actually have a number of videos in my channel, but this might be different with the beat, and the changes between night and day,
My commute using this road is around once a week or so,

I also subtitled the text if you are interested, even though not really important to the action,
Please enjoy

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Old 07-14-19, 07:48 PM
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Thanks for posting. Your rides look quite calm and uneventful. Proof that cycling in traffic, even busy high speed traffic, is not instant death like some imagine it to be.
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Old 07-15-19, 01:52 AM
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I love the music.

"The Baldness is aerodynamic." (minute 5 of subtitle)

Is the rider smoking shisha while at it? Nuts.
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Old 07-15-19, 07:05 AM
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@RoadSurfer

Very cool video, but I don't agree with riding on that type of road in the manner that you are.

I commute to work 3-4 days a week with weekend rides as well and I am very comfortable riding in traffic especially with a simple, painted bike lane. But riding in the inner lanes of a fast, limited access road strikes me as nearly suicidal. The drivers in Dharahn and Khobar seem much more courteous and patient than anywhere I've ever ridden.

Your average speed is 29.2kph, about 18 mph. Traffic on those roads looks to be traveling more than double that speed.

My other issue is how low the velomobile sits. It's not as low as some recumbent trikes, and it does have more visibility to it, but it still seems dangerous.

I don't know if I'm getting old and I'm becoming more risk-adverse, or if I'm just jealous because, to be honest, your ride looks like a complete blast and traffic seems to accept you.

Two questions...
Do you have mirrors?
What kind of lighting do you employ, if any?

Anyway, thanks for posting your video.
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Old 07-15-19, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
@RoadSurfer

Very cool video, but I don't agree with riding on that type of road in the manner that you are.

I commute to work 3-4 days a week with weekend rides as well and I am very comfortable riding in traffic especially with a simple, painted bike lane. But riding in the inner lanes of a fast, limited access road strikes me as nearly suicidal. The drivers in Dharahn and Khobar seem much more courteous and patient than anywhere I've ever ridden.

Your average speed is 29.2kph, about 18 mph. Traffic on those roads looks to be traveling more than double that speed.

My other issue is how low the velomobile sits. It's not as low as some recumbent trikes, and it does have more visibility to it, but it still seems dangerous.

I don't know if I'm getting old and I'm becoming more risk-adverse, or if I'm just jealous because, to be honest, your ride looks like a complete blast and traffic seems to accept you.

Two questions...
Do you have mirrors?
What kind of lighting do you employ, if any?

Anyway, thanks for posting your video.
The subtitles say "Mirrors and lights" so I assume that's a yes.
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Old 07-15-19, 01:09 PM
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Most velomobiles I've seen run about 30" high at the hood, maybe 3' at the 'turtle deck' behind the rider's head.

I believe that is a Rotovelo.


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Old 07-15-19, 01:31 PM
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Around here, there is a minimum speed limit for freeways and interstate highways. Typically 40 mph (65 kph).

That pretty much eliminates the possibility of pedal power on those roadways here.

I wish that minimum speed limit would keep the oversized taco trucks with their "drag brakes" extended off those same roadways, but nooooo.
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Old 07-15-19, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
@RoadSurfer

Very cool video, but I don't agree with riding on that type of road in the manner that you are.

I commute to work 3-4 days a week with weekend rides as well and I am very comfortable riding in traffic especially with a simple, painted bike lane. But riding in the inner lanes of a fast, limited access road strikes me as nearly suicidal. The drivers in Dharahn and Khobar seem much more courteous and patient than anywhere I've ever ridden.

Your average speed is 29.2kph, about 18 mph. Traffic on those roads looks to be traveling more than double that speed.

My other issue is how low the velomobile sits. It's not as low as some recumbent trikes, and it does have more visibility to it, but it still seems dangerous.

I don't know if I'm getting old and I'm becoming more risk-adverse, or if I'm just jealous because, to be honest, your ride looks like a complete blast and traffic seems to accept you.

Two questions...
Do you have mirrors?
What kind of lighting do you employ, if any?

Anyway, thanks for posting your video.
I am guessing you are getting old,
But seriously, this has been a regular commute for me for years, check this black and white old video of me going through the same road , it will even look different before building the new bridges, using a bent


This is also a night ride on the same road, very old videos
same ride divided into two videos, before youtube allowed more than 10min of stream

I will try to subtitle these videos also, as they are more educational regarding how to ride.

regarding speed, according to my knowledge and experience, If speeds of vehicles around are 80KM\H or less, then driving your bike should not be an issue on such a road traffic wise, easy to maneuver and change lanes, easy to see, easy to bypass.
My choice of my lanes are according to my reception and intuition on what is the best lane to use for me, I tend to use the right most lane 5% of the time, the majority would be the 2nd from the right and even the 3rd depending on traffic,
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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
Around here, there is a minimum speed limit for freeways and interstate highways. Typically 40 mph (65 kph).

That pretty much eliminates the possibility of pedal power on those roadways here.

I wish that minimum speed limit would keep the oversized taco trucks with their "drag brakes" extended off those same roadways, but nooooo.
Sorry to hear that, I am guessing it might only be a limitation on motor traffic, not human powered.
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Old 07-15-19, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by RoadSurfer View Post
I am guessing you are getting old,
But seriously, this has been a regular commute for me for years, check this black and white old video of me going through the same road , it will even look different before building the new bridges, using a bent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19LlEYK_t2s

This is also a night ride on the same road, very old videos
same ride divided into two videos, before youtube allowed more than 10min of stream
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ3_ApO3DgY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=064am4bRi9o

I will try to subtitle these videos also, as they are more educational regarding how to ride.

regarding speed, according to my knowledge and experience, If speeds of vehicles around are 80KM\H or less, then driving your bike should not be an issue on such a road traffic wise, easy to maneuver and change lanes, easy to see, easy to bypass.
My choice of my lanes are according to my reception and intuition on what is the best lane to use for me, I tend to use the right most lane 5% of the time, the majority would be the 2nd from the right and even the 3rd depending on traffic,
It sounds and looks like you are not a reckless rider after all, and your local traffic seems different than mine.

However, the next time a non-biking friend or family member tells me my ride videos look dangerous, I will still show them yours.

But the worse thing about your videos is that they make me feel old.
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Old 07-15-19, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
It sounds and looks like you are not a reckless rider after all, and your local traffic seems different than mine.

However, the next time a non-biking friend or family member tells me my ride videos look dangerous, I will still show them yours.

But the worse thing about your videos is that they make me feel old.
Well, if you want to feel young and comfortable about yourself, This video explains how to ride around BIG roundabouts, I use a cheap 50$ bike, without bike fitting, riding normal speed 15 times around, It is English Subtitled, You will also see clumsy drivers honking , the idea is just ride confidently, and predictably,

Of course I teach the Wrong way to do it also,

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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Most velomobiles I've seen run about 30" high at the hood, maybe 3' at the 'turtle deck' behind the rider's head.

I believe that is a Rotovelo.

You seem to be from bentrideronline, I recognize your avatar, nickname, I am green speed over there, here is the same topic at that end,
You are being redirected...

And yes I am using my wife's Rotovelo in that video
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Originally Posted by AlmostTrick View Post
Thanks for posting. Your rides look quite calm and uneventful. Proof that cycling in traffic, even busy high speed traffic, is not instant death like some imagine it to be.
Enjoy, it is not Proof, but evidence,
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Originally Posted by RoadSurfer View Post
Enjoy, it is not Proof, but evidence,
Originally Posted by RoadSurfer View Post
But seriously, this has been a regular commute for me for years, check this black and white old video of me going through the same road , it will even look different before building the new bridges, using a bent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19LlEYK_t2s

This is also a night ride on the same road, very old videos
same ride divided into two videos, before youtube allowed more than 10min of stream
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ3_ApO3DgY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=064am4bRi9o
Right, quite a bit of evidence, I'd say. Good job on the training videos.
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Pretty cool. Good speed in some places, which is safer since the overtake speed of motor vehicles is within reasonable reaction time.

Probably safer than the two-lane rural Texas highways I often ride.

Best wishes and safe travels!
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I guess there aren't any drunk drivers in your country. On some highways in parts of the US, you would be lucky to survive five minutes.
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