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11-26-11, 01:26 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,686
Posted By Pscyclepath

Just because there's a bike lane doesn't mean...

Just because there's a bike lane doesn't mean that you always have to stay in it. Treat the truck just like any other obstacle; scan and merge left into the traffic lane, and go around them.
10-23-11, 11:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 670
Posted By Pscyclepath

D00d: This not that kind of bikes... ...

D00d:

This not that kind of bikes...

Real bikers pedal.
09-12-11, 05:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 531
Posted By Pscyclepath

Smooth, fewer vent holes are less likely to snag...

Smooth, fewer vent holes are less likely to snag on the pavement or other impacted surfaces, lessening the likelihood of torsional injuries. Check out the recommendations at bike helmet safety...
08-30-11, 03:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,052
Posted By Pscyclepath

I was privileged to know Sam, at least distantly,...

I was privileged to know Sam, at least distantly, to to have ridden with him several times. He was riding only a couple of miles away from his home when he was struck and killed. Oddly, the woman...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-11, 04:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,225
Posted By Pscyclepath

Heavy-duty zip ties... If you're going to be...

Heavy-duty zip ties... If you're going to be taking the crate on and off the bike several times a day, then bungey cords may be a better solution, but they're not as secure as the zip ties.

One...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-11, 04:14 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,956
Posted By Pscyclepath

Cyclecomputers typically only track the time that...

Cyclecomputers typically only track the time that wheels are spinning... Not while you're stopped.

Riding in traffic, it's hard to keep a high speed average, what with stop signs, red lights,...
08-17-11, 07:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 573
Posted By Pscyclepath

A bike lane would not have helped in this case. ...

A bike lane would not have helped in this case.

A 7-year-old child, even if he is big for his age, doesn't have the physical or mental skills yet to ride alone in the streets. They don't have...
08-17-11, 07:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,012
Posted By Pscyclepath

The Association of American State Highway &...

The Association of American State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) publishes their "Green Book" of best practices for bicycle facilities on a regular basis, and there is also the Manual...
08-15-11, 03:10 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 11,593
Posted By Pscyclepath

The major impetus for building the interstate...

The major impetus for building the interstate highway system was Dwight Eisenhower's cross-country road trip with an Army convoy in the early 1920s, testing the movement of military material by road...
08-05-11, 07:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 660
Posted By Pscyclepath

Outside of K-Mart and their "blue light...

Outside of K-Mart and their "blue light specials," blue lights often have restricted use in most state vehicle codes, being restricted to specific law enforcement purposes.

Although, a goodly...
08-05-11, 07:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,079
Posted By Pscyclepath

There's a phenomenon commonly called "truck suck"...

There's a phenomenon commonly called "truck suck" that occurs after a semi-truck or other large vehicle passes you at speed... They're pushing a lot of air out of their way, and the initial wind...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-11, 01:27 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,868
Posted By Pscyclepath

Right-of-way in most of North America is based on...

Right-of-way in most of North America is based on "first come, first served." If a vehicle is in a traffic lane ahead of you, then they get to go first and you have to wait your turn. Likewise, if...
07-27-11, 07:19 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,273
Posted By Pscyclepath

A good point... In the LAB traffic skills...

A good point... In the LAB traffic skills classes we emphasize making eye contact with other drivers in order to establish that human connection.

One problem is that at speeds above 20 mph, we...
Forum: Triathlon
07-26-11, 08:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 560
Posted By Pscyclepath

Tri/time-trial bikes are made to go very fast in...

Tri/time-trial bikes are made to go very fast in a mostly straight line. If the road is all that twisty, hilly, and curvy, you'll be better off with the regular road bike.
07-22-11, 07:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,252
Posted By Pscyclepath

Me, I'd rather see Tom Voeckler find another...

Me, I'd rather see Tom Voeckler find another layer in his suitcase of courage, and ride into Paris in yellow this weekend. That would really make this Tour special...
07-19-11, 08:03 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,807
Posted By Pscyclepath

He's The World Champion for the UCI this year,...

He's The World Champion for the UCI this year, and is showing why he wears that jersey.

It's been a pretty blase' Tour so far this year. THe guys who have really made it come to life have been...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-11, 07:53 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,495
Posted By Pscyclepath

Surly Cross-Check is a good all-arounder... If...

Surly Cross-Check is a good all-arounder... If you have a lot of hills in the area, you'll likely be happier with the Long Haul Trucker. Both will range around $1100 for the complete bike, not...
07-18-11, 08:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,222
Posted By Pscyclepath

What you carry is going to depend on what kind of...

What you carry is going to depend on what kind of bike, and how you ride.

The essentials:

1. New spare tube. Keep it in an old sock or a zip-lock bag to keep your other stuff from wearing a...
07-18-11, 07:56 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,359
Posted By Pscyclepath

Among other things, John Forester covers this...

Among other things, John Forester covers this issue in Effective Cycling. It's a good, if somewhat thick read.
07-12-11, 07:01 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,407
Posted By Pscyclepath

Bells be good... I even have one tucked down in...

Bells be good... I even have one tucked down in the drops on my road/race bike, and of course, on my commuters. And an AirZounds stashed away for when the bell doesn't work ;-)
07-09-11, 04:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 459
Posted By Pscyclepath

When talking to our congressional delegation at...

When talking to our congressional delegation at the National Bike Summit last winter, I ran into this exact same issue. Just the word "recreational" inflames all the republicans and tea-partiers. ...
07-07-11, 04:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 459
Posted By Pscyclepath

What can YOU do for Bike Advocacy TODAY?

So what can you do for bike advocacy today? Read on...

This has been brewing over the past week, but came to a head today when Rep. John Mica revealed the general plan for his version of the...
Forum: Commuting
07-07-11, 07:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,017
Posted By Pscyclepath

Here's a demo video of pretty much the same sort...

Here's a demo video of pretty much the same sort of interchange.

http://youtu.be/XIr3mI96FZk
07-04-11, 02:25 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,441
Posted By Pscyclepath

The European pros are inhumanly talented. They...

The European pros are inhumanly talented. They quite often go 30 mph when they're just "pootling along" as we would say. On the flats, in the final sprints it's not uncommon to get into the mid- to...
06-28-11, 04:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 773
Posted By Pscyclepath

I've ridden it five times so far... The HH100 is...

I've ridden it five times so far... The HH100 is both. There's a pro/semi-pro road race on the same route that departs 30 minutes prior to the mass ride start. Usually somewhere around 200 racers...
06-28-11, 03:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,448
Posted By Pscyclepath

1. Behave like a driver of a vehicle; 2. ...

1. Behave like a driver of a vehicle;
2. Control the traffic lane until it's safe for me to yield that control, and
3. Never compromise my safety for someone else's convenience.

Brief...
06-27-11, 03:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,147
Posted By Pscyclepath

State laws concerning what's legal for bike...

State laws concerning what's legal for bike lights are tabulated here:
http://conspicuouscyclist.net/conspicuouscyclist/Light_Laws.html
06-24-11, 09:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 644
Posted By Pscyclepath

Look at some of the Lazer helmets in their large...

Look at some of the Lazer helmets in their large size. You should be able to get a fit there. Bells tend to fit better if your head is round, Giro is sized more for a long oval...
06-23-11, 07:28 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,913
Posted By Pscyclepath

Several of my friends carry pepper spray for...

Several of my friends carry pepper spray for sundry reasons. Those who have attempted to use it while riding either wound up spraying themselves with it (bad juju), or worse, spraying their riding...
06-22-11, 08:10 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 3,071
Posted By Pscyclepath

It's a lot better than it looks from the League...

It's a lot better than it looks from the League report. We do have a significant handicap in the state highways department, fondly known as the "Department of Cars & Trucks" in that they managed to...
06-21-11, 01:47 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 3,071
Posted By Pscyclepath

Arkansas is one of of the handful of states that...

Arkansas is one of of the handful of states that has no specific FRAP law for bikes or other slow-moving vehicles. Instead, state law (Arkansas Code of 1987, Annotated, or "A.C.A." Sect. 27-49-111...
06-21-11, 01:21 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,489
Posted By Pscyclepath

Your mind is already made up, so arguing with you...

Your mind is already made up, so arguing with you is just like wrassling with a pig...

Nonetheless... People ride on sidewalks because they think "cars don't go there." The truth is, that they...
06-16-11, 08:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 844
Posted By Pscyclepath

We have hills here (in Arkansas). So it's front...

We have hills here (in Arkansas). So it's front and back brakes both on my fixie. I rode it the first couple of weeks around the flat parts of town, but eventually wandered into the hilly part. ...
06-13-11, 10:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 746
Posted By Pscyclepath

Statistically, using the mid-70s Cross-Fisher...

Statistically, using the mid-70s Cross-Fisher data and the 1998 Moritz study, car/bike collisions are 50/50 motorist's fault vs. cyclist's fault. There's just about as many JACs out there on the...
Forum: Touring
06-08-11, 08:08 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,267
Posted By Pscyclepath

I started off with the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1,...

I started off with the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1, and after spending a couple evenings in it, I figured out that when they said one-person tent, they were pretty serious about it. So, I updgraded to...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-11, 07:09 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,131
Posted By Pscyclepath

It's not so much the bike, as it is the motor ;-)...

It's not so much the bike, as it is the motor ;-)

I use a 56cm, 700C LHT as my primary ride. Commuting, utility riding, group rides, out cruising with my sweetie, whatever. Even played polo...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-11, 08:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 769
Posted By Pscyclepath

As mentioned above, the "pedestrian left turn" is...

As mentioned above, the "pedestrian left turn" is one option to avoid getting hung out there waiting for oncoming traffic to clear; an alternative is the "box left turn" as shown here:
...
05-15-11, 06:04 PM
Replies: 601
Views: 71,612
Posted By Pscyclepath

145 fifth-graders, in shifts, each got half an...

145 fifth-graders, in shifts, each got half an hour of bike education and traffic safety. That evening, I taught what's probably the first "Motorist Education" workshop that's been done here in...
05-09-11, 12:32 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 5,385
Posted By Pscyclepath

But bicycles aren't motorcycles in Texas, or...

But bicycles aren't motorcycles in Texas, or anywhere else.

The answer is to get in line with the cars and wait your turn.
05-06-11, 01:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,157
Posted By Pscyclepath

Texarkana Arkansas, or Texarkana, Texas? The...

Texarkana Arkansas, or Texarkana, Texas? The state laws are a little different on either side of State Line Avenue. Arkansas actually has some fairly progressive laws, bicyclists are simply...
05-05-11, 07:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,337
Posted By Pscyclepath

I rode with one for a couple of years until the...

I rode with one for a couple of years until the battery died... by that time I was able to figure out pretty much on my own my RPE ("rate of perceived exertion") and where I was on my little...
05-05-11, 07:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 426
Posted By Pscyclepath

We kill 20 to 30 times the number of...

We kill 20 to 30 times the number of motorcyclists in this state than we do bicyclists. Of course that statistic is helped more than a little bit by erratic, speeding, and often inattentive...
05-05-11, 07:09 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,270
Posted By Pscyclepath

WTF are you doing riding in a door zone in the...

WTF are you doing riding in a door zone in the first place? Rule #2 (right after, "Control your bike") is, "Don't be where the Bad Things are."

When the bike lane is painted in a door zone,...
04-28-11, 03:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,991
Posted By Pscyclepath

Newton's laws dictate that a doubling in vehicle...

Newton's laws dictate that a doubling in vehicle speed results in a stopping distance four times as long and four times as much kinetic energy absorbed during an impact. Driver response times further...
04-28-11, 07:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,991
Posted By Pscyclepath

Considering all cycling accidents, roughly 59%...

Considering all cycling accidents, roughly 59% occur from the rider losing control of and falling from or crashing their bike... in other terms, single-bike crashes.

14% collide with a fixed...
04-27-11, 11:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 710
Posted By Pscyclepath

Quick turn or emergency stop are the two options...

Quick turn or emergency stop are the two options to get out of that situation. Both work on wet pavement, but you need to practice these in the first place. Neither are intuitive.
04-24-11, 04:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,371
Posted By Pscyclepath

It depends whether the traffic light is set up...

It depends whether the traffic light is set up for a vehicle detector or not. In many places not all of them are; they work on timers. Here in Little Rock (AR) one of their favorite tricks is to...
04-21-11, 03:14 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,653
Posted By Pscyclepath

You use rear view mirrors when driving your car...

You use rear view mirrors when driving your car or truck, so why not when you're driving your bike?

Being alert to the traffic conditions around you is one of the Three Big Deals (these being...
04-19-11, 07:49 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,129
Posted By Pscyclepath

How to defuse road rage: 1. Introduce...

How to defuse road rage:

1. Introduce yourself, and offer your hand to shake.
2. If you rolled through a stop sign, or did something even remotely wrong, apologize.
3. If the motorist cites...
04-18-11, 10:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 737
Posted By Pscyclepath

Where in hell are you riding, that you need to...

Where in hell are you riding, that you need to armor up like an M-1 Abrams?
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