Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Fun on the multi use trail...

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

Fun on the multi use trail...

Old 05-26-13, 08:54 AM
  #1  
SmellTheSmug
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 45

Bikes: 2013 Trek Domane 5.2, 2003 Specialized Allez Comp CrMo Ultegra

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Fun on the multi use trail...

I know better than to ride a road bike on the large trail around a city lake, but my wife asked me to go with her this morning, so I did. No speed trials going on, just a casual slow 15mph early morning ride.

Within 2 loops of 8 miles each, I encountered the following:

Unleashed dogs....of course
Leashed dogs on 20 foot leads completely out of control of the owner
Women running 4 side by side who collectively refused to make way for oncoming
Women on mountain bikes riding side by side blocking entire trail
Runner who threw an empty water bottle directly into my path
Geese...everywhere
Rabbits attempting to run through my wheels
"On your left" resulting in being flipped off
And the best...2 guys, on a blind curve, laying across the trail stretching

Now I remember why the open road is safer.
SmellTheSmug is offline  
Old 05-26-13, 09:04 AM
  #2  
coasting 
Still can't climb
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Limey in Taiwan
Posts: 23,024
Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
the mup is much better as a night riding venue.
__________________
coasting, few quotes are worthy of him, and of those, even fewer printable in a family forum......quote 3alarmer

No @coasting, you should stay 100% as you are right now, don't change a thing....quote Heathpack
coasting is offline  
Old 05-26-13, 09:07 AM
  #3  
CrankAndYank
Banned.
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 435

Bikes: 2 x 2012 GT Series 1, 2012 P2C

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
[h=2]Fun on the multi [strike]use[/strike] crash trail...[/h]

Fify
CrankAndYank is offline  
Old 05-26-13, 09:10 AM
  #4  
SmellTheSmug
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 45

Bikes: 2013 Trek Domane 5.2, 2003 Specialized Allez Comp CrMo Ultegra

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by CrankAndYank View Post
Fun on the multi [strike]use[/strike] crash trail...



Fify
I do wonder what the statistics would say about crash risks on a trail versus the road. It has to be orders of magnitude worse on a trial.
SmellTheSmug is offline  
Old 05-26-13, 09:15 AM
  #5  
rica rica
Senior Member
 
rica rica's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 80

Bikes: my bikes would not impress anyone

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The usual by me is women walking three abreast pushing strollers. Motorists are less trouble.
rica rica is offline  
Old 05-26-13, 09:47 AM
  #6  
simonaway427
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Fredericton, NB, Canada
Posts: 1,430

Bikes: 2010 S1, 2011 F75X

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
should have dialed it up to 400w and shown 'em all what the MUP is really for.
simonaway427 is offline  
Old 05-26-13, 09:55 AM
  #7  
clarkbre
Senior Member
 
clarkbre's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 304

Bikes: 1995 Giant Innova, 2012 Surly Pacer

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I bet the other trail users' lists include:
Cyclist thinking that he owned the trail.

Seriously, wherever you ride there are going to be people doing other activities that may interfere with your ride. You were on a multi use path right?

My list from yesterday's ride:
A tractor pulled out in the road to turn back into the field slowing me down and leaving rocks in the road.

I over came the absurtidy of the tractor driver's absolutely astonishingly rude behavior when I realized I was riding out in the country on a nice, 70º day.

Point is, adapt to your surroundings, relax, and enjoy the ride
clarkbre is offline  
Old 05-26-13, 09:58 AM
  #8  
2manybikes
Dog is my co-pilot
 
2manybikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 17,497

Bikes: 2 many

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 974 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by coasting View Post
the mup is much better as a night riding venue.
The walkers that block the whole trail.... Get less than ten feet away and scream passing as loud as you can, then the super loud bark of the dog almost at the same time. They will never be unaware of what's behind them again. It's also hilarious to see what people do. Don't tell anyone but I kind of like it. If a walker has the dog leash all the way across the path, yell and get Bailey to bark from a very long way away.
Most other dogs go nuts if he barks. Sometimes pulling the owner all over, once pulling a guy over. I don't want to actually get the owner hurt. But you should see what happens. I need to start getting the camera ready first.

Of course I'm only going 10 mph with the trike, it's not dangerous.
2manybikes is offline  
Old 05-26-13, 10:55 AM
  #9  
xuwol7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 431
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Early morning or after dark with plenty of lights always.
Inclement weather only myself and a few other hard cores are out but when it gets nice EVERYONE is out.

Some observations this week, 1 loop is exactly 20 miles:
* racing wanna bees on their expensive CF bikes, full kits on a sprint(most only go a few miles then pack it in their expensive cars and go home).

* overweight people walking slow, oblivious to everyone and taking up the whole trail, words of "on your left"
are met with shock and anger..lol

*flocks of geese and ducks camping out in the middle of the trail, most riders slow down and try to go around which promps them to attack and they have sharp little beaks and are mean (what works is to ride fast and hold on, they always get out of the way).

* dogs everywhere and rarely on a leash (once again ride fast, hold on and steer toward them, they always move).

*little rabbits, squirrels and muskrats (usually they are quick and haven't ran into one yet)

*Young couples with little kids running all over unsupervised ( I slow and usually have to stop, don't want to hit a little kid).

* almost got hit by 3 different deer (that's scary)

I go on my workout rides early am or late pm and use the nice part of the day for a recovery ride and of course there will always be some pretty girl having bike trouble which I stop and help
.

Never a dull moment...lol
xuwol7 is offline  
Old 05-26-13, 05:19 PM
  #10  
jmX
Senior Member
 
jmX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Orange, CA
Posts: 2,201

Bikes: Roubaix / Shiv

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Sounds like my multi-use path is awesome compared to what you guys have.
jmX is offline  
Old 05-26-13, 07:00 PM
  #11  
terrapin44
Senior Member
 
terrapin44's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: California
Posts: 390

Bikes: 2012 Civia Prospect, 2012 Specialized Sirrus Sport, 199x Canondale M800

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by SmellTheSmug View Post
I know better than to ride a road bike on the large trail around a city lake, but my wife asked me to go with her this morning, so I did. No speed trials going on, just a casual slow 15mph early morning ride.

<clip>
If your MUP is anything like mine, 15 mph is not a slow ride for the trail, even if it is a slow ride for a cyclist. It is actually too fast to be safe (for all of the reasons you pointed out).
terrapin44 is offline  
Old 05-26-13, 10:42 PM
  #12  
Camilo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 4,509
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 217 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
15mph? On a crowded trail? Why?
Camilo is offline  
Old 05-26-13, 11:26 PM
  #13  
Nagrom_
Fixie Infamous
 
Nagrom_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: SF
Posts: 10,474

Bikes: 2007 CAAD Optimo Track, 2012 Cannondale CAAD10, 1996 GT Force restomod, 2015 Cannondale CAADX

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 54 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I can smell it.
Nagrom_ is offline  
Old 05-27-13, 03:42 AM
  #14  
znomit
Zoom zoom zoom zoom bonk
 
znomit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 3,722

Bikes: Giant Defy, Trek 1.7c, BMC GF02, Scott Sub 35

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 158 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by jmX View Post
Sounds like my multi-use path is awesome compared to what you guys have.
Me too. Its usually quite friendly.
Biggest drama I've seen was a fully suss full sus MTBer screaming at walkers to get off the paved path (I was riding on the grass with my toddler).
znomit is offline  

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.