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I *@%#^@&* Hate MUPs

Old 04-22-07, 01:25 PM
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I *@%#^@&* Hate MUPs

Now that the nice weather is here it means that the MUPS are packed with mindless idiots who assume they're the only ones who use it. I normally avoid using them but today decided to try a new route which meant i had to use an MUP along the lake. After getting through the usual obstacle course of people i get a bit of open space and speed up a bit.....thats when i see bonehead A throw a football to bonehead B. Bonehead B then decides to run backwards right into the MUP. Before i can do anything i run right into the back of bonehead B. Being a little stunned i'm just sitting there while the two boneheads say 'sorry dude' and walk off. Thankfully there wasn't any serious damage, i got off with a scrape on the arm and a bit of a bruised knee. Now instead of riding i'm going to be truing wheels, fixing brifters and replacing bar tape......oh joy.
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Old 04-22-07, 01:29 PM
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What is a MUP?
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DVP I presume?
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Old 04-22-07, 01:31 PM
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Multiple Use Path. I'm about to head off on one myself actually.

Sorry to hear about the accident, I hope you gave the Bro a piece of your mind before taking off. I've noticed that people are more prone to acting like idiots on MUP's in the beginning of the spring than later on in the summer. Seems like there's a learning curve at the start of every season.
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Don't ride them.
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Originally Posted by ratebeer
Don't ride them.
+1. Really, when they are crowded, ride slow or stay off of them.
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Old 04-22-07, 03:57 PM
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ride early before the boneheads wake up from their alcohol induced coma the night before.
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I once unclipped and stopped a soccer, in one smooth motion, before said ball got under my folder's cranks. Could've been ugly. Was on an MUP, of course.
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Originally Posted by crazyb
+1. Really, when they are crowded, ride slow or stay off of them.
+1 again. They're called multi use for a reason. You need to go slow or avoid them. If they're along a park, you have to expect and predict encroachment by people playing in the park and go slow enough to stop quickly. JMHO, of course.
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Old 04-22-07, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by simplyred
DVP I presume?
nope, along the humber......i refuse to go in the Don or along the lakeshore anymore, now i'll be adding the humber trail to that list.

Originally Posted by Camilo
+1 again. They're called multi use for a reason. You need to go slow or avoid them. If they're along a park, you have to expect and predict encroachment by people playing in the park and go slow enough to stop quickly. JMHO, of course.
i agree....which is why i do like to avoid using them....in this case the guy ran from adjacent grass onto the MUP, running backwards, and i might add at the last possible second. I don't use MUPs to go fast rather as a means to get to another part of the city and avoid some of the busier streets....so i'm always keeping an eye out at whats going on around me.....problem is most people aren't. they assume they can walk out on the path without looking, or rollerblade whilst taking up both lanes....anyway...lesson learnt i shan't be setting foot on an MUP again......now i have idiots in cars to look forward too......oh joy!
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Take your MUP complaints to the Family and Rec sub-forum. We don't care about your stinking MUP issues.

Check the header...this is the 'Road Cycling' sub-forum.
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Old 04-22-07, 07:16 PM
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A couple of knuckleheads were hitting golf balls along ours yesterday morning. The joys of cycling.
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Originally Posted by oboeguy
I once unclipped and stopped a soccer, in one smooth motion, before said ball got under my folder's cranks. Could've been ugly. Was on an MUP, of course.
Did you pop the ball with your chainring?
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While I am sympathetic, I don't see the point in complaining about the MUP. It is a multi-use path, and when I have to be on one I am resigned to being slow and passing with care. In fact, I find the roadies that tear down the things at break neck speed to be a bit dangerous and unreasonable given the traffic that frequents the path.
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Originally Posted by barba
In fact, I find the roadies that tear down the things at break neck speed to be a bit dangerous and unreasonable given the traffic that frequents the path.
They are not 'roadies', they are poseur dweebs......
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Originally Posted by ratebeer
Don't ride them.
Then the boneheads in autos tell me to get on the path. What you gonna do?
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Barba, that's true, but people who jump onto the path from out of nowhere are just irresponsible. Funny, I find a stray soccerball more acceptable than a person walking backwards. But I do agree, my speed on the MUP is determined completely by the risks nearby, and sometimes that means I crawl at 3 mph.
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Originally Posted by byte_speed
Then the boneheads in autos tell me to get on the path. What you gonna do?
Pretend you don't hear the drivers, just like the boneheads on the MUP pretend to not notice anyone else on the planet.
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Originally Posted by byte_speed
Then the boneheads in autos tell me to get on the path. What you gonna do?
It's called the one-finger salute....
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Originally Posted by byte_speed
Then the boneheads in autos tell me to get on the path. What you gonna do?
I'm sure I get told this from time to time but no one in Michigan seems to understand that I can't hear them when there is a difference in speed of ~20 mph...

Some of the really smart ones try shouting at me while going in the opposite direction
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Originally Posted by pcates
thats when i see bonehead A throw a football to bonehead B. Bonehead B then decides to run backwards right into the MUP. Before i can do anything i run right into the back of bonehead B.
I only see one bonehead in the story.
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Hey its a MUP what can you do. Personally, living in T.O. sucks for road cycling, cause to get fancy back country roads mean cycling a century just to get there, otherwise you're constantly in "interval" mode running after green lights. MUPs are the only way to get some smooth non-stop road so ya live with it.

Last year, I was riding on a MUP through Humber River park area and a 12year old kid rides out of the bushes on his little BMX bike. I was going downhill. Yelled at the kid, jammed on the brakes, skidded the rear, and missed the kid by hair. Kid froze in the middle of the MUP, which kinda was a good thing. From that, I slow down when riding a MUP through any parks, otherwise, MUPs arne't half bad.
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Originally Posted by byte_speed
Then the boneheads in autos tell me to get on the path. What you gonna do?
Tap your cleat lightly on the window in front of their face, smile and blow them a kiss.
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Originally Posted by Camilo
+1 again. They're called multi use for a reason. You need to go slow or avoid them. If they're along a park, you have to expect and predict encroachment by people playing in the park and go slow enough to stop quickly. JMHO, of course.
+2 I've given up on lecturing the wandering couples holding hands, the dog walkers with the extended leashes, and the packs of runners taking up both sides of the path. The most I'll say now is 'stay to the right'.

Here in Manhattan (and probably every other city) the paths are magnets for tourists, sunday walkers, etc. For the city & the path's sake that's probably not a bad thing. But for bikers wanting to maintain any kind of pace, it's pretty frustrating.

A couple of weeks ago I was on the West Side Greenway on a crowded Sunday afternoon. The path runs through a park for a few blocks and is always crowded with walkers & kids on trikes. As a passed that section & started to speed up, another roadie came up behind me and yelled "F@#K!" I looked at him quizzically & he said "I... F@#%ING... HATE... KIDS!"

I had to laugh. You want to go fast? Find a quiet road with few traffic lights. If you use the MUP, expect to stop/slow/and dodge the adults/kids/& animals wandering on it.
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