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05-31-18, 04:21 PM
Replies: 503
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Posted By Widsith

You sound just like me in 2008, except it was my...

You sound just like me in 2008, except it was my left radius. It's the only real injury I've had since I started riding around 1960. The ordinary "rules of the road" that drivers are supposed to...
06-03-14, 08:08 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 51,658
Posted By Widsith

It would be great to see a picture of the bike in...

It would be great to see a picture of the bike in its perfected glory! powerband, I know her mom wanted complete privacy during Velocity's illness, but now that things have turned out so well, do...
05-26-14, 05:27 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 51,658
Posted By Widsith

Thank you so much for the update! This is the...

Thank you so much for the update! This is the best ending to a story that I've heard in a long, long time.
04-27-12, 02:33 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 51,658
Posted By Widsith

Will we ever get another update on how Velocity...

Will we ever get another update on how Velocity is doing? I'd love to know whether she ever got to ride Atrocity Jones.
03-23-11, 09:52 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 51,658
Posted By Widsith

I really wish powerband would give us an update...

I really wish powerband would give us an update on this. For over two and a half years I've been wondering if that sweet little girl is doing OK.
09-22-10, 10:56 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,921
Posted By Widsith

I rarely signal when stopping (because I usually...

I rarely signal when stopping (because I usually forget and because I doubt most people recognize that signal anyway), but I always try to signal turns. My usual practice is to do "two-stage"...
10-18-09, 08:38 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 27,249
Posted By Widsith

Mos6502 is an interesting name. Did you by any...

Mos6502 is an interesting name. Did you by any chance work for MOS during the heyday of the 6502, or are you just a fan of that processor? I'm the latter; I have fond memories myself of writing...
10-05-09, 08:49 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 10,325
Posted By Widsith

That pretty well sums it up for me, too. I...

That pretty well sums it up for me, too. I started cycling somewhere around 1960 and have never yet had a head injury, nor known anyone else who did, either. In fact, I've never even hit my head in...
10-05-09, 08:35 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 10,325
Posted By Widsith

If America is being "dumbed down," then we were...

If America is being "dumbed down," then we were smarter in the past -- e.g., forty years ago, when nobody wore helmets for normal, everyday cycling. Sounds right to me!
10-04-09, 05:26 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,173
Posted By Widsith

It means "less than or greater than," or in other...

It means "less than or greater than," or in other words, "not equal to."
10-03-09, 10:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,284
Posted By Widsith

I can second this from my own experience. A...

I can second this from my own experience. A brand-new, $20 Bell floor pump I tried last year couldn't get above about 80 psi no matter how much I tried. By that point, I could feel air blowing up...
10-02-09, 02:36 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 27,249
Posted By Widsith

I have a fairly steep driveway and have to be...

I have a fairly steep driveway and have to be very careful when applying the brakes while riding my road bike down it. Even when moving slowly, more than a light touch on the front brake causes the...
10-02-09, 02:28 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 27,249
Posted By Widsith

My house is on a corner, and the front yard isn't...

My house is on a corner, and the front yard isn't fenced in, so kids often take a short cut across my yard (biking or walking) when they go around that corner. Last fall I found a bicycle brake pad...
10-01-09, 08:34 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 10,325
Posted By Widsith

Where I live, only children under sixteen are...

Where I live, only children under sixteen are required to to wear helmets. That said, I don't think I've ever seen a kid wearing a helmet around here. Certainly the ones who tear up and down my...
10-01-09, 08:23 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 27,249
Posted By Widsith

I never had a problem with a chain derailing on...

I never had a problem with a chain derailing on any of my coaster brake equipped bikes. That's only happened to me on multi-gear bikes, and even then, only when the front derailleur was out of...
10-01-09, 08:07 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,816
Posted By Widsith

I guess I'm fortunate in that all the sensors in...

I guess I'm fortunate in that all the sensors in my area have been installed only in the last few years. So far I haven't encountered one that I couldn't trip, provided that I'm careful always to...
10-01-09, 07:59 PM
Replies: 1,918
Views: 45,968
Posted By Widsith

The "freeways and motorist/motorist phenomena" is...

The "freeways and motorist/motorist phenomena" is more convincing to me than anything else I've read in this thread. Statistics are too easy to slant and manipulate. I don't really trust data that...
10-01-09, 06:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 715
Posted By Widsith

You should have made your intentions more...

You should have made your intentions more obvious, perhaps by titling it "To Those Who Ride Both Motorcycles & Bicycles." As it was, it could be interpreted as "those who ride either bicycles or...
09-30-09, 04:43 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 10,325
Posted By Widsith

No thanks, that would conflict with my Fred...

No thanks, that would conflict with my Fred image. I have to stick to my old-school '80s road bike and street clothes. :50:
09-30-09, 02:56 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 10,325
Posted By Widsith

That is absolutely insane. I love it and I want...

That is absolutely insane. I love it and I want one :lol:
09-30-09, 02:36 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 10,325
Posted By Widsith

I've tried to back pedal from time to time, but...

I've tried to back pedal from time to time, but the freewheel just makes a clicking sound and nothing else happens. :D
09-30-09, 02:30 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,816
Posted By Widsith

Most of the drivers I encounter are very...

Most of the drivers I encounter are very courteous, giving me plenty of clearance when they pass, passing only when it's safe, not blowing the horn or yelling at me, etc. But many of the otherwise...
09-30-09, 02:22 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,816
Posted By Widsith

Some drivers just can't seem to stand to have...

Some drivers just can't seem to stand to have anything in front of them. I've seen some work their way up to the heads of long lines of cars, one at a time, then slow down and get passed by the...
09-30-09, 02:17 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,816
Posted By Widsith

He probably spotted one parked in somebody's back...

He probably spotted one parked in somebody's back yard and it traumatized him too much to drive responsibly. It's always the bike's fault, right? :rolleyes:
09-30-09, 02:12 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,816
Posted By Widsith

Thanks. I remember being extremely grateful at...

Thanks. I remember being extremely grateful at the time that the drivers he was passing were paying attention and chose to make more room by pulling over on the shoulder on their side, too. If they...
09-30-09, 09:24 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,816
Posted By Widsith

The worst example I've seen of this happened to...

The worst example I've seen of this happened to me about thirty years ago. I was driving in a rural area on a long, straight two-lane highway that was elevated above the surrounding countryside. ...
09-30-09, 08:57 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,816
Posted By Widsith

I've heard many times over the years (but never...

I've heard many times over the years (but never seen it written down anywhere) that the double yellow line is meant only to prohibit passing vehicles that are moving at or near the normal speed of...
09-30-09, 08:28 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,173
Posted By Widsith

Here's perhaps the stupidest statement of all in...

Here's perhaps the stupidest statement of all in this story: "Tochterman's biggest recommendation is helmets, "If you don't do anything else where a helmet if you fall off that bike a mirror is not...
09-29-09, 10:04 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 10,325
Posted By Widsith

Since there is a much, much larger percentage of...

Since there is a much, much larger percentage of the population riding bikes than pole vaulting, it stands to reason that the potential risk of being struck by a meteor is going to be higher riding a...
09-28-09, 10:57 PM
Replies: 1,918
Views: 45,968
Posted By Widsith

For me, the relevant question is not "How much...

For me, the relevant question is not "How much closer do motorists pass with a stripe?" but rather, "Do more actual collisions occur with a stripe?" Personally, I don't care if a car passes me with...
09-28-09, 08:19 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 10,325
Posted By Widsith

Now that you've reduced your claim for "bicycle...

Now that you've reduced your claim for "bicycle neuro cases" from the rather unbelievable level of "a daily/hourly basis" (implying a new bicycle-related case every hour of every day) to the more...
09-28-09, 07:02 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 27,249
Posted By Widsith

That's right. I never hit my head in a fall, and...

That's right. I never hit my head in a fall, and neither did anyone else I knew. There were lots of sc****d knees and elbows, and the occasional broken bone, but no head injuries. If anyone had...
09-28-09, 06:53 PM
Replies: 1,918
Views: 45,968
Posted By Widsith

I've noticed this effect myself. On wide...

I've noticed this effect myself. On wide residential streets without any lines in the center or on the edge, drivers position themselves anywhere from the center of the road to the edge of the...
09-28-09, 06:38 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 27,249
Posted By Widsith

I don't know that pre-teens in my childhood (I...

I don't know that pre-teens in my childhood (I was born in 1955) were any brighter than they are now, especially considering some of the other stunts we did (like diving off our bikes at full speed...
09-28-09, 02:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,711
Posted By Widsith

I've had a Specialized Air Tool Comp for about a...

I've had a Specialized Air Tool Comp for about a year and so far it's the best floor pump I've ever owned. It's also rebuildable (though of course it hasn't needed rebuilding yet!).
09-28-09, 02:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,708
Posted By Widsith

Back in the late '70s I frequently drove past...

Back in the late '70s I frequently drove past this shot tower (http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM65N0) at the Remington Arms plant on I-40 in Lonoke, Arkansas.
09-28-09, 02:07 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 27,249
Posted By Widsith

As I recall, we quickly "trained" ourselves, as...

As I recall, we quickly "trained" ourselves, as riding fast and slamming on the coaster brake to cause deliberate fishtailing was a favorite pastime among my friends and myself. With a little...
09-28-09, 01:59 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 27,249
Posted By Widsith

I don't recall ever getting my shoelaces caught...

I don't recall ever getting my shoelaces caught on any of my bikes. I did shred a few pants cuffs on my first road bike (first bike I had without a chainguard) before I started using bicycle clips,...
09-22-09, 04:12 PM
Replies: 1,918
Views: 45,968
Posted By Widsith

A few weeks ago, as I was coming out of a bank in...

A few weeks ago, as I was coming out of a bank in downtown Birmingham, I had to dodge a wrong-way cyclist coming from my right on the sidewalk.
09-22-09, 04:10 PM
Replies: 1,918
Views: 45,968
Posted By Widsith

Bike lanes are rare in my area. The only one I...

Bike lanes are rare in my area. The only one I know about exists on only one side of the road and has bike and pedestrian symbols painted on it. Both cyclists and pedestrians (myself included) use...
09-22-09, 01:19 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,604
Posted By Widsith

I don't have a problem with them as guidelines,...

I don't have a problem with them as guidelines, published or not. However, I would object to the use of the "please read and comply" statement as "comply" implies that these are rules that must be...
09-22-09, 01:01 PM
Replies: 1,918
Views: 45,968
Posted By Widsith

You can count me as one American who agrees with...

You can count me as one American who agrees with what Ed said above.
09-22-09, 12:41 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,604
Posted By Widsith

All good guidelines -- and all things that should...

All good guidelines -- and all things that should be the responsibility of the individual participants, not written down as official club "rules." The proper response to someone violating one of...
09-22-09, 12:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,204
Posted By Widsith

I wear metal bicycle clips on my pant cuffs for...

I wear metal bicycle clips on my pant cuffs for daylight rides, and reflective ankle bands in place of the metal clips at night.
09-22-09, 12:09 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,604
Posted By Widsith

That sort of thing is one of the major reasons I...

That sort of thing is one of the major reasons I will not join a club and do not take part in group rides. I would never want to be part of a group with any rule more restrictive than "Don't run...
09-21-09, 10:27 PM
Replies: 1,918
Views: 45,968
Posted By Widsith

I think this is the only message in this entire...

I think this is the only message in this entire thread with which I agree without reservation.
09-21-09, 02:44 PM
Replies: 1,918
Views: 45,968
Posted By Widsith

That's what I do sometimes, too. Other times I...

That's what I do sometimes, too. Other times I turn right, find a safe place to stop, cross the road and turn around, then come back to the intersection and go straight through.
09-20-09, 02:15 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 10,325
Posted By Widsith

That's right -- and they got along just fine...

That's right -- and they got along just fine without them. They weren't needed then, and they aren't needed now.
09-20-09, 12:22 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 10,325
Posted By Widsith

Please point out Einstein's helmet in this...

Please point out Einstein's helmet in this picture:
09-19-09, 02:25 PM
Replies: 1,918
Views: 45,968
Posted By Widsith

I agree with genec on this one. Just about...

I agree with genec on this one. Just about anyone -- the average "man in the street" -- should be able to recognize "serious and competent" cyclists, dog owners, horseback riders and practitioners...
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