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Old 09-15-23, 09:20 AM
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I talk to myself a lot. Or to the wildlife as I pass by. Maybe it's because I don't listen to music or anything...it's just me and the bike and my strange, strange brain.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
A new habit I just started recently: pointing and laughing at the new Tesla Cybertrucks.

Those things look ridiculous.
They're actually building those rolling doorstop things? I had thought it was an elaborate, silly joke. My bad.
Speaking of elaborate and ginormous jokes, encountered my first electric Hummer. It's big as a big thing. Competes with F-250s jacked up to where you need a stepstool to climb in. Those are fun.
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Originally Posted by Fahrenheit531
I talk to myself a lot. Or to the wildlife as I pass by. Maybe it's because I don't listen to music or anything...it's just me and the bike and my strange, strange brain.
Same. I say "Hi" to geese, magpies, turkeys, quail, the occasional deer, definitely cows.

In part it's practical--startling geese can lead to them taking off in a panic and I had one actually brush my face with a wing when passing in front of me. Do not want to collide with a multi-pound bird.
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Originally Posted by downtube42
Is this optional?
Horses demand it, too. Or so I understand.
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Old 09-15-23, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Rick_D
Same. I say "Hi" to geese, magpies, turkeys, quail, the occasional deer, definitely cows.

In part it's practical--startling geese can lead to them taking off in a panic and I had one actually brush my face with a wing when passing in front of me. Do not want to collide with a multi-pound bird.
I sometimes yell at squirrels on the path to encourage them to move out of the way. Not colliding is better for both of us. 👍

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Originally Posted by Rick_D
They're actually building those rolling doorstop things? I had thought it was an elaborate, silly joke. My bad.
Speaking of elaborate and ginormous jokes, encountered my first electric Hummer. It's big as a big thing. Competes with F-250s jacked up to where you need a stepstool to climb in. Those are fun.
Someone I work with told me the electric Hummer weighs 8,000 lbs. and costs over $110,000.00
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Despite having many different roads to choose from, from which I could make dozens of different routes, I tend to ride the same 2 routes - one for weekday after-work rides, and one for long Sunday rides. I may add bits to the Sunday ride to increase the distance, but generally it's the same 59 mile route. And I don't get bored.
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if I'm alone, I vocalize profanity directed at leg cramps, essentially mocking them for their failed attempt to stop my ride. They get nothing from me.
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Originally Posted by Fahrenheit531
I talk to myself a lot. Or to the wildlife as I pass by. Maybe it's because I don't listen to music or anything...it's just me and the bike and my strange, strange brain.
I often do the same, especially when riding in rural areas. I said “Hello” to this bugger when he stopped to check me out.


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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Someone I work with told me the electric Hummer weighs 8,000 lbs. and costs over $110,000.00
2023 GMC HUMMER EV is around $98k USd, weighs over 9,000lbs
2024 goes up on both.
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Originally Posted by Fahrenheit531
I talk to myself a lot. Or to the wildlife as I pass by. Maybe it's because I don't listen to music or anything...it's just me and the bike and my strange, strange brain.
On my bike I talk to animals, wild and domestic, that I pass. Also to myself, and to God. When I'm hiking or running with my dog, I talk to her in addition to all of the above.
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I don't wear gloves or glasses. It's not weird, but it's unusual on the group rides I'm in.
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Originally Posted by Troul
2023 GMC HUMMER EV is around $98k USd, weighs over 9,000lbs
2024 goes up on both.
Sweet mother of god, if the pavement weren't suffering enough already!
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Originally Posted by Rick_D
Sweet mother of god, if the pavement weren't suffering enough already!
Recently, I was wondering how the Dodge/Chrysler/Ram/Jeep group gets away with selling so many big, heavy, fuel-thirsty trucks decades after CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency) regulations were enacted. I thought, "There's no way they are meeting the CAFE standards, because they sell so few small cars." Then, by coincidence, I heard or read something that answered this puzzle for me. The CAFE laws have a loophole for big vehicles. Because we need some big trucks as well as little ones and cars, there is an exception tied to the vehicles' size (or maybe their weight, not sure on this). Hence, the auto makers can dodge CAFE averages by skewing their model lineup to larger trucks. And bingo! Government regulation backfires, resulting in the opposite of its intended effect.

I now return you to our original thread topic.
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I yell at the clouds when I ride.
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Originally Posted by wolfchild
I yell at the clouds when I ride.
I encourage them, especially in summertime.
FIGHT, CLOUDS! FIGHT! Don't let that sun break you!
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Originally Posted by Broctoon
Recently, I was wondering how the Dodge/Chrysler/Ram/Jeep group gets away with selling so many big, heavy, fuel-thirsty trucks decades after CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency) regulations were enacted. I thought, "There's no way they are meeting the CAFE standards, because they sell so few small cars." Then, by coincidence, I heard or read something that answered this puzzle for me. The CAFE laws have a loophole for big vehicles. Because we need some big trucks as well as little ones and cars, there is an exception tied to the vehicles' size (or maybe their weight, not sure on this). Hence, the auto makers can dodge CAFE averages by skewing their model lineup to larger trucks. And bingo! Government regulation backfires, resulting in the opposite of its intended effect.

I now return you to our original thread topic.
for "tax" write-offs, business owners can leverage on an old tax clause that, IIRC, stemmed from back in the day when U.S. farming was a ramping up.
I often wonder how many businesses are being honest with the % of usage?

https://www.fool.com/the-ascent/smal...179-deduction/
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Originally Posted by streetsurfer
If this counts, I usually make a rolling mount onto the bike when starting out.

I'll put left foot on the pedal at about 10:00, push off with right foot and the left's downstroke, then throw my right leg over the saddle.
That's my normal mount. I don't know if there's a name for it, but the same technique in reverse, to stop, is called a cyclocross dismount.
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Originally Posted by Broctoon
Recently, I was wondering how the Dodge/Chrysler/Ram/Jeep group gets away with selling so many big, heavy, fuel-thirsty trucks decades after CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency) regulations were enacted. I thought, "There's no way they are meeting the CAFE standards, because they sell so few small cars." Then, by coincidence, I heard or read something that answered this puzzle for me. The CAFE laws have a loophole for big vehicles. Because we need some big trucks as well as little ones and cars, there is an exception tied to the vehicles' size (or maybe their weight, not sure on this). Hence, the auto makers can dodge CAFE averages by skewing their model lineup to larger trucks. And bingo! Government regulation backfires, resulting in the opposite of its intended effect.

I now return you to our original thread topic.
There's a very good short film about that very thing. The author is Dutch and he's lamenting the spread of big SUVs in the Netherlands, following the trend of what happened here in the US and elsewhere. He provides the history and explains why the automakers pushed for the exceptions and how they marketed these large vehicles, all in the name of higher profits.

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Originally Posted by ofajen
I sometimes yell at squirrels.
I hiss, like a racoon. They hate raccoons. At least, I hope they do. I do, anyway.
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Originally Posted by Iride01
I won't cross at a intersection or trail crossing if a car stops for me when they have the right-of-way. I wait for them to continue on. Some get really mad.
They are doing you a favor here. You should repay them by kindly accepting it.
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Originally Posted by George Mann
They are doing you a favor here. You should repay them by kindly accepting it.
Maybe if they got out of their car and could somehow block the three other lanes they'd be doing me a favor. Otherwise, they are just creating a dangerous situation. And pissing off all the other drivers that us cyclist need to be coddled and not follow the right of way laws. If I'm not in the crossing already, there is no obligation for the other vehicles to stop.

Usually it's the last car in a group of cars that does this. I'm already stopped and if they'd just kept going, then I'd get to go in the gap between them and the cars in the next group. Sometimes the vehicle that stops is of a size that I can't safely see the other traffic that might be coming in the other lanes.

Denver area has some special laws for such, but I've not familiarized myself with them as I probably should since I do ride there when I visit my son. But most everywhere else the laws are written in a way that vehicular traffic on the road just needs to slow down and be aware of cyclists that feel entitled to burst through the crossing with total disregard for traffic on the more major road.

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Originally Posted by Iride01
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Safety first of course.
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Originally Posted by Rick_D
Sweet mother of god, if the pavement weren't suffering enough already!
Maybe one day there will be smart gas pumps. A sensor will identify the make and model of the vehicle and automatically adjust the gas tax based on vehicle weight.

You heard it here first!
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I try not to do (don't likie...) rides with under 500 ft gain... I've been know to do some local loops with groceries in the saddle bags, to get in my 500 ft....
one trip up Ferren rd does the job... LOL!
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