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Road Riding Rant!

Old 08-31-05, 03:49 PM
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Road Riding Rant!

I just got back from my normal daily road ride which goes through our local university and around town. Now first of all, I am ejoying my town ride less and less. Too many stop lights and people cutting you off. But on that note, lets get to the main complaint I have. It's about those idiots in their cars! I can't stand it when you are treated like you are a pidestrian walking down the road. They just drive around you (even when it isn't safe) and then they stair at you like, "what the heck are you doing riding that thing on MY road?" That's just it. They act like they own the road. And I always feel like, "If you would just get off your FAT A$$ and ride a bike to work we would'nt have such a traffic problem, now would we?" Anyway, just needed to vent.
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Old 08-31-05, 03:52 PM
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Well, I understand the need to vent as much as the next guy.

My friendly suggestion: Take a deep breath, take a good look at your bike and be thankful it's not under 10 ft. of water.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=134904
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Old 08-31-05, 04:10 PM
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HAHAHA, I had the same feeling until I took charge.

Drive in the middle of the lane so they cant pass you within 3 inches. This makes them more upset and you safer. In the end, safety is what matters. Dont ride the curb, they seem to enter the lane and drive 4 inches from you.

On a side note, I was riding on the road(not the bike path which is right next to the road) and the guy dares to yell at me from his car and tells me to get on the bike path...I kindly told him that I ride over 20mph at times and it is dangerous to the kids on the path, he actually said "Sorry, I never thought of that" and drove off

I usually try to avoid engaging in conversations because it ends with their stupidity.

Just be safe and take the whole right lane, trust me it gets easier the more you do it...
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Old 08-31-05, 04:38 PM
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We wouldn't have a traffic problem.
We wouldn't have a pollution problem.
We wouldn't have a debt problem.
We wouldn't have obesity problems.
We wouldn't have a war.

But don't waste your breath because the majority wants all those things^^.
 
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There's no doubt that those along the gulf coast have it rough. I can't imagine.

When I ride through a congested area I often imagine what it would be like if all the cars were bikes. Don't get me wrong, you need a car for certain things but I know that many of those cars that are packed in there are being soloed and there is no doube the driver could use a little exercise.
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Old 08-31-05, 05:53 PM
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it wont be "their" road for long if the gas prices keep going up.
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Old 08-31-05, 05:53 PM
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Gas hit $2.99-$3.09 hit today. LOTS of folks on bikes today. Yeah, there's a large contingent of students and a smaller group of poor folk riding, but I saw a lot of professionals riding today. They're the ones wearing helmets and have a pannier slung over a rack. Pretty encouraging. The more our numbers grow, the more respect we'll get. A small amount of R-E-S-P-E-C-T, but some nonetheless.

I decided to top off today before it gets worse. I fill up about every other month. I paid $39 for 13 gallons. A girl in a big ass Tahoe next to me rang up $67!
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Old 08-31-05, 06:06 PM
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I'm addicted already.
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Originally Posted by DocRay
We wouldn't have a war.

But don't waste your breath because the majority wants all those things^^.

I didn't realize Canada had troops in Iraq.
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i ride primarily on alot of busy streets (well busy for me) and i do ride the curb, no ones ever really buzzed me that close, for the most part everyones very courteous...but you def. have to watch for morons turning when your riding past entrnaces to places. i had this guy pull out in front of me today, and even though its not very productive it made me feel better by projectile loogieing on his car and calling him an *******. i havent had to many big problems. a few close calls but nothing to keep me from riding where i ride.
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Hey Eric1508,

We probably pass each other cycling on Rugby Road, West Main or similar. Let's just hope the students are relatively sober.
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Originally Posted by gcasillo
I decided to top off today before it gets worse. I fill up about every other month. I paid $39 for 13 gallons. A girl in a big ass Tahoe next to me rang up $67!
$66 to fill up my Avalanche today and it wasn't even close to being empty. Good thing I only fill it up once a month. I saw For Sale written all over an Expedition today. It had the look of despair all over it.
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We wouldn't have a traffic problem.
We wouldn't have a pollution problem.
We wouldn't have a debt problem.
We wouldn't have obesity problems.
We wouldn't have a war.

But don't waste your breath because the majority wants all those things^^.
Try the politics forum a little further down...
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Old 08-31-05, 08:25 PM
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Blackberry, I live right off of Rugby Ave and ride through Rugby Road all the time.
Let's just hope the students are relatively sober.
Unfortunately, it's being under the influence of their cell phones that scares me more than anything. They'll be talking away as they just start crossing the street at random. They don't even look. They're all caught up in the land of "Oh my gosh, NO WAY!"
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Old 08-31-05, 08:35 PM
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There's gotta be some country roads near charlottlesville! Just gotta make it thru the strip malls to get out of town. Holy population explosion, 29 coming in from the east is out of control.
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After Ovoleg's rant it just made me remember a similar situation...

Once or twice a year during my training I ride up Cadilac Mountain near Bar Harbor, ME. It's a mountain that has a narrow, twisting, 5 mile road that tourists can drive up to see where America's day begins. I've never been able to ride up very fast, but I've always made it without stopping. Most of the people who drive up in automobiles have often given me an even break. They'd either blow by on straight stretches or would slow down to my creeping speed until we cleared the curves. As they passed some would wave to me or cheer me on as the trip up the mountain continued.

Unfortunately, I've encountered more idiots, ya-hoos, and budding psychopaths than I'm able to count.
Some would drive up and ride my tail while they had the chance to pass. Others would pass but would shout various profanities. Still others would pass leave me hardly any room at all....like the driver of the motor coach bus which blew by, nearly shoving me off a 700 foot cliff.

So back to the incident with the bus. When I got to the top of the mountain, I rode to the bus, minus its passengers, driver still aboard. Some of the various other unhelpful types of individuals that I had mentioned were there too, their vehicles parked in the lot. In the shouting match between the bus driver and myself, I came out second best. But then I had a better idea.

Everyone who goes up the mountain has to come down. When everyone was back in their respective vehicles, (including the bus driver) I moved up to the front of the line. As we proceeded down the mountain, I moved into the middle of the lane and coasted down at my own speed. There was NO way they could pass me. I LOVED pissing off everyone who had either been so rude or had put my life in danger. Oh, revenge can be so sweet.

At the bottom of the mountain, I escaped any further danger by pulling off the road and making my way back to Bar Harbor on a carriage trail through some woods.
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A guy brushed my elbow with his mirror, then flipped me off.
I noticed that he had Little Leaguers in his car, so I KNEW where he was going.
I rode there.
Saw his car.
Pulled up next to the baseball field and thought of all the things I could yell at him in front of the crowd, but then it occurred to me.... he just wouldn't get it.

Then it also occurred to me: he had to see me pull up the the field, so I hopefully sent him a message: this is a smaller town than you think.
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Old 09-01-05, 12:04 AM
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I take up the lane if I feel like the curb is too close to other cars. People expect you to ride the curb to the point where your pedals are hitting the bloody curb.

I dont care, Im not risking my safety just so someone can get somewhere .00005 seconds faster. I will ride in the lane if its safer. I guess the motorist don't understand the fact that we have just as much right as they do to be on the road

I drive fast in my car but if I see a cyclist( even before cycling) I always gave them plenty of room and went around. I would never dare yell stupid things at other people(only soccer moms that drop their kids off in the middle of the street).

People need to have some respect now adays. Sheesh
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