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11-29-09, 09:56 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,240
Posted By ChipSeal

However, if you choose to ride your bicycle on...

However, if you choose to ride your bicycle on the shoulder in Texas, you lose your status as "A person operating a bicycle [with] the rights and duties applicable to a driver operating a vehicle",...
11-27-09, 08:48 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,215
Posted By ChipSeal

There is no law in Texas regulating the use of...

There is no law in Texas regulating the use of earphones in public.
Forum: Commuting
10-19-09, 07:06 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,582
Posted By ChipSeal

First of all, best wishes and welcome! :) ...

First of all, best wishes and welcome! :)

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! Take it slow, build up your endurance. Don't feel like you have to commute the entire distance. Put your...
10-10-09, 02:33 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,629
Posted By ChipSeal

In Texas, things defined as "traffic" in our...

In Texas, things defined as "traffic" in our statutes includes "herded animals, either singly or in a group". How would your engineers design a road to accommodate cattle?

Outside of new...
Forum: Commuting
10-10-09, 02:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,522
Posted By ChipSeal

At my work it is against company policy to die...

At my work it is against company policy to die during regular work hours.

When I questioned this policy I was told that management was worried that they wouldn't notice that the employee was dead.
10-08-09, 11:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,850
Posted By ChipSeal

"Filigree" at Lovely bicycle!...

"Filigree" at Lovely bicycle! (http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/) is an advocate for vehicular cycling.
10-07-09, 08:58 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 5,708
Posted By ChipSeal

Ah yes, violating traffic laws is not really...

Ah yes, violating traffic laws is not really criminal behavior! We got rid of that quaint notion a long time ago.

So what are tickets anyway, some unevenly levied public road use tax?

A...
10-07-09, 08:43 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,368
Posted By ChipSeal

Slightly off topic- Those emergency vehicles...

Slightly off topic- Those emergency vehicles eventually get to where they are going. This is a reminder that stupid motorist behavior increases at those locations. Cyclist beware.
10-07-09, 04:10 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 5,708
Posted By ChipSeal

There are plenty of traffic laws that this killer...

There are plenty of traffic laws that this killer violated. Perhaps the law is not clear enough for Bexar County Sheriff's Office to understand. :twitchy:
10-07-09, 03:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 595
Posted By ChipSeal

All traffic calming devices are expensive,...

All traffic calming devices are expensive, useless and wrong-headed.

It is the equivalent of expecting to find a hardware solution to a software problem. This problem is due to scofflaw motoring....
Forum: Commuting
09-28-09, 04:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,848
Posted By ChipSeal

On a fork without lawyer lips, when the wheel is...

On a fork without lawyer lips, when the wheel is removed and replaced, a properly adjusted quick release skewer will not need much (if any) adjustment.

Lawyer lips make skewer re-adjustment...
Forum: Commuting
09-26-09, 01:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,024
Posted By ChipSeal

Ha! That is a great story! That was some lucky...

Ha! That is a great story! That was some lucky driver, eh?

Itsjustb, what a nice thing to do for your daughter. We're all a little nuts for our kids, aren't we? :thumb:
Forum: Commuting
09-26-09, 12:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,848
Posted By ChipSeal

And take a file to those stupid "lawyer lips"...

And take a file to those stupid "lawyer lips" that also defeat the purpose of quick release skewers.
Forum: Commuting
09-26-09, 12:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 898
Posted By ChipSeal

Thanks Joey! That was a good "war" story and I...

Thanks Joey! That was a good "war" story and I enjoyed your account of it.
Forum: Commuting
09-23-09, 02:58 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 5,034
Posted By ChipSeal

If your trip were so important, we would have...

If your trip were so important, we would have given you a red light and a siren.
09-18-09, 05:02 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,285
Posted By ChipSeal

I would like to point out that the BMW driver...

I would like to point out that the BMW driver committed multiple crimes. It is sad that such criminal behavior is so easily tolerated on our public roads
09-16-09, 08:15 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 4,572
Posted By ChipSeal

You have misunderstood my meaning. Nearly all of...

You have misunderstood my meaning. Nearly all of the roads in Texas have narrow lanes.

Because cyclists in Texas are unrestricted in where they may position themselves on any lane narrower than...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-09, 12:49 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,369
Posted By ChipSeal

This is a point I would emphasize. Americans seem...

This is a point I would emphasize. Americans seem to have a particularly bad grasp on how to asses risk.

At every opportunity, until she stops bugging you, I would tell her to be careful as she...
09-15-09, 12:06 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 4,572
Posted By ChipSeal

Here in Texas, we have deployed the 10 foot wide...

Here in Texas, we have deployed the 10 foot wide cycling lanes all over the state. They are never filled with debris, because automobiles are allowed to occupy them if they are no bicyclists in them....
Forum: Commuting
09-13-09, 10:09 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,324
Posted By ChipSeal

The law Governor Perry vetoed would not have...

The law Governor Perry vetoed would not have added any provision that is not already on the books, but it would have changed the status of cyclists by classifying bicycles with pedestrians.

Name...
09-11-09, 04:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,071
Posted By ChipSeal

So just take the lane single file.

So just take the lane single file.
08-24-09, 06:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,190
Posted By ChipSeal

Thanks for the clarification, [rec], but I still...

Thanks for the clarification, [rec], but I still have a few questions.

Did the other driver pass you in a no passing zone? Did he cross a solid yellow center-line?

Is it legal to overtake in an...
08-24-09, 01:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,337
Posted By ChipSeal

Perhaps you should take some time to test whether...

Perhaps you should take some time to test whether you "greater scatter theory" has merit.
08-23-09, 08:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,337
Posted By ChipSeal

Good point BarracksSi. LED lights (Which I use...

Good point BarracksSi. LED lights (Which I use exclusively) have made light and bright battery powered lights possible, and I like the flashing modes. But they tend to have very narrow beams, so...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-09, 10:43 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,250
Posted By ChipSeal

Riding lawfully within the rules of the road on...

Riding lawfully within the rules of the road on the public way is not discourteous. You have a funny way of defining courtesy, in my opinion.



When taking the lane is necessary for any reason,...
08-23-09, 09:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,337
Posted By ChipSeal

We agree, but there is much misinformation...

We agree, but there is much misinformation floating around because the Consumer Product Safety Commission ignored objections to their conclusions and made recommendations for bicycles assuming they...
08-22-09, 12:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,337
Posted By ChipSeal

Reflectors are cheap and simple, but they are not...

Reflectors are cheap and simple, but they are not effective. In fact, they are pretty much useless for conspicuity at night, and it is because of the nature of reflectors and how they work.

The...
08-21-09, 12:30 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,604
Posted By ChipSeal

I am very familiar with Texas traffic law as it...

I am very familiar with Texas traffic law as it applies to both bicycles and automobiles. As such, I have great confidence in my standing before the law. The police are generally just as ignorant of...
08-20-09, 02:10 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,604
Posted By ChipSeal

Police get to make up imaginary laws on the spot...

Police get to make up imaginary laws on the spot and then enforce them? :rolleyes: We used to live in a society organized by the rule of law, not by the capricious preferences of an elite class of...
08-18-09, 03:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 821
Posted By ChipSeal

Perhaps expecting responsible behavior from...

Perhaps expecting responsible behavior from motorists is a bridge too far?

Despite all the engineering applied to our streets and technology-fixes to our automobiles, the annual death rate remains...
08-11-09, 12:55 PM
Replies: 1,918
Views: 46,838
Posted By ChipSeal

Around here, mind you, we have a lot of motorists...

Around here, mind you, we have a lot of motorists often driving in peloton formation... hogging every lane... following too close... :D
08-07-09, 01:53 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,334
Posted By ChipSeal

Seat? If the lane is too narrow to share...

Seat?

If the lane is too narrow to share safely side by side, by definition the operator of an overtaking automobile must encroach into the next lane to pass in a safe manner. The risk to the...
08-06-09, 06:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 980
Posted By ChipSeal

Isn't this fellow guilty of reckless driving? ...

Isn't this fellow guilty of reckless driving?

Any person who drives any vehicle upon a public highway carelessly and heedlessly and in a willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of...
08-05-09, 08:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 973
Posted By ChipSeal

Gee whiz! A salmon motorist! Keep us...

Gee whiz! A salmon motorist!

Keep us informed of you progress please, as it will help us remember you in our prayers! :)
08-04-09, 05:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 811
Posted By ChipSeal

It is astonishing that with so many journalists...

It is astonishing that with so many journalists out of work today, that this sloppy writer, Shane Benjamin, is still working.
Forum: Commuting
08-03-09, 05:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 660
Posted By ChipSeal

Reflectors and tape has very limited utility for...

Reflectors and tape has very limited utility for cyclists, because they only work when light falls on them, and the motorist is in about a 20 degree angle behind the lights. For a more detailed...
Forum: Commuting
08-03-09, 02:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 660
Posted By ChipSeal

One of those lights you linked to one was yellow,...

One of those lights you linked to one was yellow, the rest were red.

I like the idea of yellow/amber blinkies that would attach to the fork, down low, that could be angled 20 or 30 degrees to the...
Forum: Commuting
08-03-09, 02:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 394
Posted By ChipSeal

Well, now you know! :thumb: You may want to...

Well, now you know! :thumb:

You may want to consider adding a presta/Schrader adapter to your patch kit so you can top the flatted wheel off next time.

60 PSI will get you home, won't it? I...
08-03-09, 02:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,266
Posted By ChipSeal

I would position myself in the center of the...

I would position myself in the center of the right-most lane going in the direction I am traveling. In this case, the middle lane.

But watch out for scofflaw motorists who may try to pass you on...
08-01-09, 10:24 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,741
Posted By ChipSeal

I would control the lane and I would not look...

I would control the lane and I would not look behind me. If the motorists don't like driving behind a bicycle, perhaps they should consider taking another route next time. (Please remember, when...
08-01-09, 10:14 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,842
Posted By ChipSeal

Perhaps I wasn't clear. Let me type it more...

Perhaps I wasn't clear. Let me type it more slowly for you:

We have an eyewitness account of the "incident". That is, in fact, an indication. It is also known as evidence. To imply that it did not...
08-01-09, 11:33 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,842
Posted By ChipSeal

There is eyewitness evidence that it happened....

There is eyewitness evidence that it happened. Are you calling bellweatherman a liar? Please stop with your slanderous comments! :mad:
Forum: Commuting
08-01-09, 11:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 660
Posted By ChipSeal

One of the common hazards with front lights is...

One of the common hazards with front lights is that they shine into your eyes. I have always had to "hood" my lights to some degree.

The reflective vest is of zero help for the OP's question....
07-31-09, 07:24 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,842
Posted By ChipSeal

I am definitely going to be using this law as an...

I am definitely going to be using this law as an example of scofflaw motorist behavior whenever the "cyclists never stop at stop signs" crap gets thrown at me.
07-31-09, 06:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 617
Posted By ChipSeal

From the linked story:

From the linked story:
07-30-09, 10:12 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,842
Posted By ChipSeal

This is from the Texas transportation code. The...

This is from the Texas transportation code. The OP is from Austin. I may be going out on a limb here (He may have been doing his grocery shopping in another state, after all!) but this should be the...
07-30-09, 11:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,228
Posted By ChipSeal

You automobile scofflaw you! :D

You automobile scofflaw you! :D
07-29-09, 10:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 825
Posted By ChipSeal

I do not hold the position you presume I have. I...

I do not hold the position you presume I have. I think that some motorists operate their vehicles carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others. In other...
Forum: Commuting
07-29-09, 10:19 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,722
Posted By ChipSeal

It is obvious that you ought to be taking the...

It is obvious that you ought to be taking the lane. Had the raccoon stayed out of the bike lane, he would be alive today! :D
07-29-09, 10:12 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,167
Posted By ChipSeal

Comments on “Asheville Firefighter Shot...

Comments on “Asheville Firefighter Shot Bicyclist”

This is a product of the belief that certain roads are too dangerous for cycling. Effective cyclists know we can operate safely on high speed...
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