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Old 11-04-20, 03:55 PM
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Ducking under branches

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My favorite was riding on the bicycle lane on the side of the road, there was overhanging branches with heavy green leaves in the spring, I ducked my head enough to just brush the leaves and there was a 3" diameter branch under there that stopped me at 15 mph. This was some 15 feet from the tree planted along the road out to the bike lane where I was. At least this is one reason for wearing a helmet.
I don't do that any more. I was in the habit of riding under hanging-down leaf-heavy branches, figuring my helmet would brush them away. And then I did that and a branch in exactly the right orientation stabbed inside my helmet vent holes and jerked my head back … Luckily the branch was small and it broke off. But I could easily imagine being de-horsed, or having a branch stab into my skull, or worse, having that stab eliminate my one working brain-cell. I try not to be that cool any more. I fail, unfortunately. I can't help being cool.

As if.
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T-17 Everyone looks dorky in spandex and bike kit. But that’s OK.
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Old 11-06-20, 09:59 AM
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Toadmeister: If they only look dorky in spandex, I consider it a blessing. More often they look obscenely grotesque.

But at least they're exercising. And I can't say I have moral highground on the grotesquerie.
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Old 11-06-20, 10:28 AM
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[QUOTE=Elbeinlaw;21777845 moral highground on the grotesquerie.[/QUOTE]

Now there’s a phrase I just don’t see enough of these days.
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T 18:
Every good downhill has a stop sign at the bottom.

Or a blind T-intersection, with or without a guardrail (whichever is worse) between you and a sheer cliff/river/pile of broken rock/swamp.
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T 19:
Brakes only fail when you need them the most.
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That four wheeler that just accelerated past you like a bat out of hell will brake hard and turn right into the driveway ahead, making you slam on your brakes if you didn't anticipate this bonehead maneuver.
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T-20. The colder it gets the slower you go.

1. Cold air has increased density, therefore higher drag
2. Increased clothing increases drag, unless you have some abnormal thing about suffering in the cold. Not judging
3. Cold tires have increased rolling resistance due to loss of compression rebound.
4. Needing to do the farmer blow of your nose because it is running like a faucet. (Ok, made one up)
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T-21. The hotter it gets, the slower you go. This is true for rides lasting longer than 20 minutes. The definition of hotter, are temperatures beyond your comfort zone. Yeah looked this stuff up. So sue me.
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Corollary T7(A): Headwinds

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T7: When you ride that bike into a headwind you wish it would stop. But when you are home again, you wish to be out there instead.
Corrollary T7(A) If you're riding into a headwind on the way out, when you head for home ... you'll also be riding into a headwind.
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T-22: If you can't figure out what a random part, tool or doohickey is for, just throw it out. The need for that particular thing will suddenly reappear after the trash is emptied.
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