Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

I smell like crap.

Old 06-17-09, 12:15 PM
  #1  
bratton
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: ridley, pa
Posts: 291

Bikes: felt f85

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I smell like crap.

Seriously. I don't know what was going on today. Between counting garbage trucks and dump trucks I gave up after being passed by 20 of them. Sometimes I couldn't help but hold my breath for extended periods after they blew past me. And I was only out for 35mi/2hrs!
bratton is offline  
Old 06-17-09, 12:23 PM
  #2  
riff
Senior Member
 
riff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: TO
Posts: 432
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts


Kind of how I felt - seeing the expression on my husband's face, after coming home from a long early season ride - past the freshly laid manure in the fields!
riff is offline  
Old 06-17-09, 12:26 PM
  #3  
kayakdiver
ah.... sure.
 
kayakdiver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Whidbey Island WA
Posts: 4,107

Bikes: Specialized.... schwinn..... enough to fill my needs..

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
kayakdiver is offline  
Old 06-17-09, 12:37 PM
  #4  
coasting 
Still can't climb
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Limey in Taiwan
Posts: 23,024
Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
try getting stuck behind a manure spreader flinging poo everywhere.
coasting is offline  
Old 06-17-09, 12:39 PM
  #5  
bratton
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: ridley, pa
Posts: 291

Bikes: felt f85

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by coasting View Post
try getting stuck behind a manure spreader flinging poo everywhere.
That is not anecdotal, I hope?
bratton is offline  
Old 06-17-09, 01:01 PM
  #6  
coasting 
Still can't climb
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Limey in Taiwan
Posts: 23,024
Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by bratton View Post
That is not anecdotal, I hope?
unfortunately, yes it is. for at least a mile, poo droplets blowing off the truck, smeared all over the road and flicking up from my front wheel. my throat felt like it was burning and the taste of the air was appalling. i do not recommend it.
coasting is offline  
Old 06-17-09, 01:10 PM
  #7  
adam
Senior Member
 
adam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Toronto area
Posts: 1,124

Bikes: Cervelo, Pinarello, Specialized

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by coasting View Post
unfortunately, yes it is. for at least a mile, poo droplets blowing off the truck, smeared all over the road and flicking up from my front wheel. my throat felt like it was burning and the taste of the air was appalling. i do not recommend it.
Have been there once myself and was able to stop quite quickly and run the other way... but it did get me for a short while. Horrendous.
adam is offline  
Old 06-17-09, 04:05 PM
  #8  
the_drain
Senior Member
 
the_drain's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 368
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
dude.

if i was riding behind a truck and getting sprayed with crap...i would've stopped and took a break.

way to keep at it. :-)
the_drain is offline  
Old 06-17-09, 04:44 PM
  #9  
KiddSisko
Has coddling tendencies.
 
KiddSisko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Topanga Canyon
Posts: 8,352

Bikes: 2008 Blue RC8 w/ '09 Rival

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A few years back, a weekly gig had me driving home around midnight every Friday night. The route was along a major freeway west of Los Angeles (405), up the Sepulveda Pass and down into the San Fernando Valley. Almost without exception, I would be driving along with trucks hauling what smelled like raw sewage. Possibly it was sewage sludge from a local water treatment plant being transferred to another processing facility. We were obviously on the same schedule. It was just awful, and I couldn't do a thing about it because many of them continued driving that route for at least an hour.

And now, my life tip of the day: As I've gotten older, I tend to tolerate more of the aesthetic inconveniences that used to irritate me to no end while driving. Slow moving trucks and buses, plus the smell of deisel exhaust no longer sends me into a fit of disdain. Not that I enjoy it, but I now see them as services without which our lives would be less convenient.
KiddSisko is offline  
Old 06-17-09, 04:55 PM
  #10  
coasting 
Still can't climb
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Limey in Taiwan
Posts: 23,024
Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by the_drain View Post
dude.

if i was riding behind a truck and getting sprayed with crap...i would've stopped and took a break.

way to keep at it. :-)

either it is grit and determination or obsessive compulsive disorder.
coasting is offline  
Old 06-17-09, 05:58 PM
  #11  
kyriefurro
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Aurora, CO
Posts: 215
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by coasting View Post
either it is grit and determination or obsessive compulsive disorder.
The two are not mutually exclusive .
kyriefurro is offline  
Old 06-17-09, 06:02 PM
  #12  
rusto
Corrosive Attitude
 
rusto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Maynard, MA
Posts: 207

Bikes: 2007 LeMond Alpe D'Huez

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Nothing worse than accidentally traversing a freshly dropped trail of garbage truck "juice".
rusto is offline  
Old 06-17-09, 06:54 PM
  #13  
DScott
It's ALL base...
 
DScott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 6,716
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by KiddSisko View Post
A few years back, a weekly gig had me driving home around midnight every Friday night. The route was along a major freeway west of Los Angeles (405), up the Sepulveda Pass and down into the San Fernando Valley. Almost without exception, I would be driving along with trucks hauling what smelled like raw sewage. Possibly it was sewage sludge from a local water treatment plant being transferred to another processing facility. We were obviously on the same schedule. It was just awful, and I couldn't do a thing about it because many of them continued driving that route for at least an hour.

And now, my life tip of the day: As I've gotten older, I tend to tolerate more of the aesthetic inconveniences that used to irritate me to no end while driving. Slow moving trucks and buses, plus the smell of deisel exhaust no longer sends me into a fit of disdain. Not that I enjoy it, but I now see them as services without which our lives would be less convenient.
And I thought the tip of the day was going to be that you rolled up your windows.


Maybe you guys ought to talk with these folks, then: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=552882
DScott is offline  
Old 06-17-09, 06:56 PM
  #14  
Grumpy McTrumpy
gmt
 
Grumpy McTrumpy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Binghamton, NY
Posts: 12,509
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 45 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'd rather swallow bugs. I often do anyway.
Grumpy McTrumpy is offline  
Old 06-17-09, 08:34 PM
  #15  
big john
Senior Member
 
big john's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: In the foothills of Los Angeles County
Posts: 12,191
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 281 Post(s)
Liked 29 Times in 25 Posts
In 1990 I was touring with some friends and we went to a place called Cave-in-Rock on the Ohio River. On the road into 'town' we were passed by many coal trucks. By the time we stopped we were covered in coal dust and looked like minstrals, or something.
big john is online now  
Old 06-17-09, 09:57 PM
  #16  
KiddSisko
Has coddling tendencies.
 
KiddSisko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Topanga Canyon
Posts: 8,352

Bikes: 2008 Blue RC8 w/ '09 Rival

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by DScott View Post
And I thought the tip of the day was going to be that you rolled up your windows.


Maybe you guys ought to talk with these folks, then: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=552882
I so wish that worked. Nothing seemed to work. It was just a really shttiy drive every week.
KiddSisko is offline  
Old 06-17-09, 10:04 PM
  #17  
DScott
It's ALL base...
 
DScott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 6,716
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by KiddSisko View Post
I so wish that worked. Nothing seemed to work. It was just a really shttiy drive every week.
What a way to end the day!

Maybe you stumbled onto a secret night-soil factory?
DScott is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Eres
Bicycle Mechanics
14
10-22-10 10:35 AM
hesperus
Folding Bikes
9
02-14-10 04:32 AM
DnvrFox
Training & Nutrition
17
06-10-04 05:37 AM
jkoman
Road Cycling
1
09-13-03 12:28 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.