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Finally riding like a messenger!

Old 11-14-07, 10:37 PM
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Finally riding like a messenger!

I'm finally riding fast, and between cars. I even found some alleyway shortcuts. I still have a light, and a helmet.

Now I don't like riding in the calmer/less traffic area.

I also like my road bike moar than my MTB.
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Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
I'm finally riding fast, and between cars. I even found some alleyway shortcuts. I still have a light, and a helmet.

Now I don't like riding in the calmer/less traffic area.

I also like my road bike moar than my MTB.
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Old 11-14-07, 10:52 PM
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If you have children, please make sure your affairs are in order. Life insurance, will, etc.
I'm 15!
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Old 11-14-07, 10:56 PM
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Excuse me, I think you need the "posing hipster ****" subforum over in SSFG. This is the "pretentious shiny carbon weight weenie" forum.

Be careful you don't get waylaid into the A&S forum as you may be wrapped in blinkies and reflecty tape and left to die strapped to a "yield to bicycles" sign.
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And you're breaking the law and giving the rest of us cyclists a bad name with drivers and the people who make laws. You have rights to the road--but also responsibilities to follow the rules of the road. I too ride in busy traffic, but as part of it, not through it and around it. Alleyways are fine and dandy, but when in traffic, be part of it, not nearly causing accidents (even if they don't involve you). However, I remember 15 as well, and I had a hard time thinking that life was more than just short term thrills.
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Originally Posted by soze View Post
Excuse me, I think you need the "posing hipster ****" subforum over in SSFG. This is the "pretentious shiny carbon weight weenie" forum.

Be careful you don't get waylaid into the A&S forum as you may be wrapped in blinkies and reflecty tape and left to die strapped to a "yield to bicycles" sign.
But my bike is a multi-speed, and I only have a helmet and a blinkie, but I'm getting a halogen light soon.
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"Be careful you don't get waylaid into the A&S forum as you may be wrapped in blinkies and reflecty tape and left to die strapped to a "yield to bicycles" sign."

That's one of the funniest things I have read all day and would love to put it in my sig except the A&S folks would track me down, wrap me in blinkies and reflective tape, and leave me to die strapped to a "yield to bicycles" sign.
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Old 11-15-07, 12:53 AM
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Old 11-15-07, 01:08 AM
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Originally Posted by koine2002 View Post
And you're breaking the law and giving the rest of us cyclists a bad name with drivers and the people who make laws. You have rights to the road--but also responsibilities to follow the rules of the road. I too ride in busy traffic, but as part of it, not through it and around it. Alleyways are fine and dandy, but when in traffic, be part of it, not nearly causing accidents (even if they don't involve you). However, I remember 15 as well, and I had a hard time thinking that life was more than just short term thrills.
This whole thread could be a troll, but I'm reacting to you, koine2002, specifically:
Great - we're all part of traffic. Yes, great. True, breaking laws is not something to be condoned... but...

Oh, wait, you know what the real beauty of traveling everywhere by bicycle is? You don't take up the space of a car. You ARE NOT stuck in traffic on a bicycle. You DON'T have to wait for the dip****s in front of you to figure out what to do (instead you can avoid them and go around them quickly in the safest method possible). You ARE faster than many cars on the road and you can move around the city very efficiently - why the hell would anyone, then, be PART of traffic?

So are you saying you just sit there, waiting behind a car jammed in traffic, taking the full lane instead of zip'ing by everyone (safely) and getting on with your life? Does the carbon monoxide from the idling cars get you high?

Must be a Texas thing where it is illegal to be efficient with space and mobility. Figures.

*(Apparently Austin is not included in Texas, so they're excepted in the image that Texas has been portraying by both its actions and peoples.)

(And yes, I can anticipate a whole bunch of people from Texas, not Austin, getting wound up over my statements - if that is the case, maybe you should be battling with people from your own state that mis-represent what you perceive to be Texans. Deal with your own PR agents before you go screaming at your audience.)
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Old 11-15-07, 03:55 AM
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Originally Posted by prendrefeu View Post

Must be a Texas thing where it is illegal to be efficient with space and mobility. Figures.
im from texas
and you're right there seems to be common rule that frowns upon economical cars. i see a crapload of 20feet suvs, and trucks(not work trucks) being occupied by the driver alone.

i will never commute in houston due to the distance everything is from me and too many suvs on the road
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Old 11-15-07, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by mista_chewey View Post
i will never commute in houston due to the distance everything is from me and too many suvs on the road
Yeah, houston sux!
Depends where you live/work though. I commute from spring branch to montrose without a problem. 11.5 miles each way. But i only do it once or twice a week now. If you live out in Katy or something, you are pretty much screwed. With everything so spread out that's once reason we will never see mass transportation like commuter trains.
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I cant honestly say that I'm faster than traffic in corpus. Most people are going 40+ mph 'round here. I'll stay as far to the right as I can, thanks. And I'll agree with the aversion people have to doing anything efficiently around here. I think its in the texas constitution to **** the environment. And to hate anyone who does anything for their health or for the benefit of others, like running or cycling.
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Originally Posted by prendrefeu View Post
This whole thread could be a troll, but I'm reacting to you, koine2002, specifically:
Great - we're all part of traffic. Yes, great. True, breaking laws is not something to be condoned... but...

Oh, wait, you know what the real beauty of traveling everywhere by bicycle is? You don't take up the space of a car. You ARE NOT stuck in traffic on a bicycle. You DON'T have to wait for the dip****s in front of you to figure out what to do (instead you can avoid them and go around them quickly in the safest method possible). You ARE faster than many cars on the road and you can move around the city very efficiently - why the hell would anyone, then, be PART of traffic?

So are you saying you just sit there, waiting behind a car jammed in traffic, taking the full lane instead of zip'ing by everyone (safely) and getting on with your life? Does the carbon monoxide from the idling cars get you high?

Must be a Texas thing where it is illegal to be efficient with space and mobility. Figures.

*(Apparently Austin is not included in Texas, so they're excepted in the image that Texas has been portraying by both its actions and peoples.)
(And yes, I can anticipate a whole bunch of people from Texas, not Austin, getting wound up over my statements - if that is the case, maybe you should be battling with people from your own state that mis-represent what you perceive to be Texans. Deal with your own PR agents before you go screaming at your audience.)
** Yep, there's a whole 3 block section of sanctuary in downtown Austin where you won't get pummeled for driving/ riding anything weighing less than 3 tons.
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All I'll say is that I love urban riding. When I have sprints on the agenda and am low on motivation, I head downtown and sprint into drafts and try to make lights.

Denver (downtown) was more fun with respect to traffic than Austin because of the higher traffic density and better light timing.
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All I'll say is that I love urban riding. When I have sprints on the agenda and am low on motivation, I head downtown and sprint into drafts and try to make lights.

Denver (downtown) was more fun with respect to traffic than Austin because of the higher traffic density and better light timing.
I absolutely love riding as close to "messenger style" as my uncoordinated arse will allow in downtown Denver from my apartment to the bike trail system. It's only about 4 or 5 blocks, but it's a good way to kickstart the ride w/ an adrenaline rush.
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Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
I'm finally riding fast, and between cars. I even found some alleyway shortcuts. I still have a light, and a helmet.

Now I don't like riding in the calmer/less traffic area.

I also like my road bike moar than my MTB.
Then why the heck are you still running gears and brakes???
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Originally Posted by soze View Post
Excuse me, I think you need the "posing hipster ****" subforum over in SSFG. This is the "pretentious shiny carbon weight weenie" forum.

Be careful you don't get waylaid into the A&S forum as you may be wrapped in blinkies and reflecty tape and left to die strapped to a "yield to bicycles" sign.
HAHAHAHA. I LOL'd.
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Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
I also like my road bike moar than my MTB.
awesome
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Then why the heck are you still running gears and brakes???
Because I can't afford to have a fixed gear right now.
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