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Old 06-15-05, 12:55 PM   #1
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The Suburbs

I'm bike-only but I live and work in the city, so it's fairly easy.

I've lived in this town for 6 years, though, and there are still suburbs I've never seen/heard of. It's kind of odd since several of my coworkers drive in from just these suburbs every day, and look at me like I'm crazy when I say things like "where's linthicum?"

Anyway, now a coworker has invited me to an event at her house, a good 40 mi from here. I'm willing to ride it, but I get this terrible chill through my spine any time I ride outside the beltway, and I don't really trust suburban drivers-- they don't know how to deal with us.

Any of you all suburbanites? How do you do it? Tips?
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Old 06-15-05, 01:02 PM   #2
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I can see if you're going 40 miles in suburban Virginia, the roads are narrow, crooked, and twisted that's a true pain. Man, i'm not sure I'd do it.

Here it's flat, roads are straight, so as long as you have a bike lane, shoulder, or wide outside lane you generally do OK.

You just gotta have really bright clothing, rear blinky even during the day, mirror, and pull over once in a while to let traffic pass you.
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Old 06-15-05, 01:15 PM   #3
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Linthicum is where the BWI airport is. If you look at the bikewashington website, there is a nice cue sheet for DC-Baltimore. It goes past the airport by running partly on the BWI paved trail.

Its actually not bad at all. The roads on the cue sheet are pretty sedate. I especially like race road.
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