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09-18-09, 07:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,139
Posted By Pete Clark

"If a motorist almost kills me with his car can I...

"If a motorist almost kills me with his car can I punch him with my fist?"

Of course. But you would end up with the short end of the stick.

Too bad traffic laws can be far more lenient than...
Forum: Commuting
03-05-08, 10:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 14,219
Posted By Pete Clark

I'm not much for the flat bar, but I swapped my...

I'm not much for the flat bar, but I swapped my Trek 7.3 FX flat bar with a "trekking bar." Been very happy, and didn't have to spend an extra $300 - $500 for a touring bike. Carries the load very...
07-21-07, 10:09 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 4,481
Posted By Pete Clark

My attention span isn't that short.

My attention span isn't that short.
Forum: Commuting
10-01-03, 06:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,681
Posted By Pete Clark

It's at these times that I hope for the wind to...

It's at these times that I hope for the wind to be from the side.

The worst part is going up a long, steep hill with a tailwind when I pass one of these carcasses.

(I don't hate animals, but...
10-01-03, 06:19 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,628
Posted By Pete Clark

(Edited for illustrative purposes) September...

(Edited for illustrative purposes)

September 29, 2003



Thank you for your e-mail message regarding recent Fred and Barney morning show broadcasts on P103, the "happy station."

Our...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-03, 04:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 818
Posted By Pete Clark

Exercise can make you more disease resistant, or...

Exercise can make you more disease resistant, or it can make you more disease prone. Balance is the key.

If you overdo it too often, you can weaken your immune sysem. If you stay balanced, you...
10-01-03, 04:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,154
Posted By Pete Clark

Unfortunately, bikes are widely considered "toys"...

Unfortunately, bikes are widely considered "toys" in the US. So many of us get no usable safety instruction on how to operate a bicycle as a vehicle. Hence, our lack of lights, helmets, proper...
Forum: Commuting
09-30-03, 02:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,118
Posted By Pete Clark

...and the nose runs into the mustache (if nobody...

...and the nose runs into the mustache (if nobody notices, I won't tell them.)
09-28-03, 12:49 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 16,773
Posted By Pete Clark



Forum: Commuting
09-27-03, 11:14 PM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,795
Posted By Pete Clark

I still can't reckon why cyclists waste so many...

I still can't reckon why cyclists waste so many perfectly good cycling days!
09-27-03, 09:05 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 16,773
Posted By Pete Clark

This seems to be the most effective approach:...

This seems to be the most effective approach: zero tolerance.

A cab driver in Germany told my uncle that he would not have even a taste of beer, the consequences were too drastic if he were...
09-27-03, 08:57 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,617
Posted By Pete Clark

Me too. I think all of us are united on that...

Me too. I think all of us are united on that point.

:)
Forum: Commuting
09-27-03, 08:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,271
Posted By Pete Clark

I had a job in a plastic factory as a young man,...

I had a job in a plastic factory as a young man, grinding up reject bottles. I blew white snot every night.

I quit the job. I told the manager I was quitting because I was blowing white snot and...
09-27-03, 08:21 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,628
Posted By Pete Clark

I just saw a movie (based on a true story) about...

I just saw a movie (based on a true story) about a girl who was ****d by three men in a bar.

It started with one man, but onlookers cheered him and actively encouraged him and two more man to ****...
09-27-03, 07:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,919
Posted By Pete Clark

Me too. Since I've become a cyclist, I've...

Me too. Since I've become a cyclist, I've learned that speed between traffic stops means nothing.

Speeding in urban areas offers little advantage due to the short distances travelled and the...
09-27-03, 07:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,931
Posted By Pete Clark

There was a time when parents weren't afraid to...

There was a time when parents weren't afraid to correct neighbors' kids. Go ahead, they need someone to correct them. You've done your job--maybe some kid will listen.

You're right--it wasn't...
09-27-03, 12:01 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,617
Posted By Pete Clark



Forum: Commuting
09-26-03, 11:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 669
Posted By Pete Clark

The kids don't ask me, "Are you racing?" they...

The kids don't ask me, "Are you racing?" they just ask me, "Do you wanna race?"

:D
09-26-03, 11:09 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,617
Posted By Pete Clark

I'm not! I'm fed up with the dangers that...

I'm not!

I'm fed up with the dangers that careless, uneducated, mindless, blind, unthinking, I-will-live-forever-thinking motorists pose to good, caring, thoughtful indivuduals.

It's time to...
09-26-03, 05:58 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,628
Posted By Pete Clark

It's the age-old game of picking out a group that...

It's the age-old game of picking out a group that seems to be weak or unable to defend itself and pinning all people's pent-up frustrations on them. The motive is simple: to gather listeners. The...
09-25-03, 07:49 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,628
Posted By Pete Clark

I have a friend who remembers a confrontation...

I have a friend who remembers a confrontation with a bully in middle school (bullies are the same everywhere, right?) This guy threatened younger kids and basically screwed them for their lunch...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-03, 07:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,271
Posted By Pete Clark

Joe: Is the "respro" good for stopping ozone...

Joe:

Is the "respro" good for stopping ozone and other gasses? Or is it primarily good for stopping particulate matter, such as in forest fires?

I ask this because ozone is the principle...
09-25-03, 07:13 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,617
Posted By Pete Clark

I feel the same way :D

I feel the same way

:D
09-25-03, 02:52 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,617
Posted By Pete Clark

I'm glad we all have a sense of humor around...

I'm glad we all have a sense of humor around here!

Denver, I really value your friendship and I respect your convictions. Though we disagree on a few points, what we have in common far...
09-25-03, 11:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 783
Posted By Pete Clark

You know what I'm going to say-- "I use a...

You know what I'm going to say--

"I use a whistle, blah, blah..."

:D
09-25-03, 11:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 783
Posted By Pete Clark

Bells are a great tool for warning pedestrians. ...

Bells are a great tool for warning pedestrians.

They are useless for motorists. Sort of gives you an idea about where someone thinks we should be riding, doesn't it?
09-25-03, 09:39 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,919
Posted By Pete Clark

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw exactly...

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw exactly that the other day--a man (or kid, I'm not sure) doing a wheelie at what seemed like a very high speed in rush hour traffic.

About 20 minutes later,...
09-25-03, 09:15 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,617
Posted By Pete Clark

Of course, nobody disputes this. Yet...

Of course, nobody disputes this.

Yet belonging to a cycling advocacy organization does not put one squarely in the pro-path, anti-path or anything-in-between
camp.

But among experienced...
Forum: Commuting
09-25-03, 09:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 738
Posted By Pete Clark

Ah, so! This thread is appropriately...

Ah, so!

This thread is appropriately titled, "Live and learn," for I am certainly doing that!

Thanks for a very interesting addition to my rather small pool of knowledge!

:beer:
Forum: Commuting
09-25-03, 09:04 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 903,795
Posted By Pete Clark

What part of Mem. Drive?

What part of Mem. Drive?
09-25-03, 08:42 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,617
Posted By Pete Clark

If the written word is ineffective, then let's...

If the written word is ineffective, then let's burn all the history books.
09-25-03, 08:39 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,617
Posted By Pete Clark

You hold to the belief that talking about it is...

You hold to the belief that talking about it is fruitless, yet you persist doing exactly that.
09-25-03, 08:03 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,617
Posted By Pete Clark

I never said I wanted to change the law--quite...

I never said I wanted to change the law--quite the opposite. I said I was for enforcing existing laws.

You say that I as a single individual can do nothing. I don't accept that premise. If I...
09-25-03, 07:52 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,617
Posted By Pete Clark

I have a great deal of respect for your...

I have a great deal of respect for your positions, arguments, experience and insight, Rich. Your arguments alone are sufficient to convince me. Comments of the above type are overkill.
09-25-03, 07:07 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,617
Posted By Pete Clark

John, this is a good point. I have three points...

John, this is a good point. I have three points to make concerning yours.

Firstly if the fact that Ken was killed by a drunk driver discounted his position on road cycling safety, then the...
09-24-03, 11:59 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,617
Posted By Pete Clark

Denver, It is clear to me that you enjoy...

Denver,

It is clear to me that you enjoy your paths, and I expect I would enjoy them, too. I do not advocate removing your paths, nor prohibiting them from being built.

But I might advocate...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-03, 11:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 738
Posted By Pete Clark

Juha, I still don't get it. :confused: I am...

Juha, I still don't get it. :confused:

I am picturing myself cycling along, and suddenly someone starts to come out of a side street into my path. Unless I have a sign indicating "Stop" or...
09-24-03, 11:12 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,617
Posted By Pete Clark

No, it is like saying, "If you get caught...

No, it is like saying, "If you get caught stealing, you will be prosecuted."

My "plan" starts with the idea that convincing a few fellow cyclists (and motorists) that something should be done...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-03, 08:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 738
Posted By Pete Clark

As well you should have. A person coming...

As well you should have.

A person coming out of a driveway must yield to all traffic before entering the street. I guess some people think "right-of-way" means "their right to go first" in...
09-24-03, 08:08 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,617
Posted By Pete Clark

A good start would be to enforce the written...

A good start would be to enforce the written traffic code.

The beauty of the strategy of accomodating cyclists with motor traffic is that it requires primarily the enforcement of existing law.
...
09-24-03, 07:03 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,617
Posted By Pete Clark

I do not agree with the philosophy that, "The...

I do not agree with the philosophy that, "The roads are dangerous, and will always be dangerous. There is nothing we can do about it." I think that it's long overdue that our roads need to be made...
09-23-03, 12:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,919
Posted By Pete Clark

Socially acceptable

There is an unwritten law that controls most of us. We don't admit it, but even those of us who flaunt the written code will be afraid of breaking the law of "social acceptability."

For...
09-23-03, 09:10 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,617
Posted By Pete Clark

Again, I have to point out, Denver, that your...

Again, I have to point out, Denver, that your bike path network is not possible in most places, as fortunate as you are to have them.

The only way to achieve what you are advocating is to build...
Forum: Commuting
09-22-03, 11:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,543
Posted By Pete Clark

Gee whiz, Rich. I know whereof you speak. ...

Gee whiz, Rich. I know whereof you speak.

I've had wrong-way cyclists in the bike lane :confused: but motorized scooters?

Welcome to the "Twilight Zone."
09-22-03, 11:32 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,617
Posted By Pete Clark

I have seen pics of your bike paths. They are...

I have seen pics of your bike paths. They are simply beautiful.

Unfortunately for me, there is not any space left in urban Atlanta
to provide the kind of path you are talking about. Very few...
09-10-03, 08:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,317
Posted By Pete Clark

Music is wonderful. If you are new to...

Music is wonderful.

If you are new to riding on the road, there is enough to distract you. I'd avoid any distractions, no matter how wonderful. Once you get more experienced, you won't need...
09-10-03, 07:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 834
Posted By Pete Clark

I don't know about European cycle paths, but the...

I don't know about European cycle paths, but the ones I've seen here in my neck of the woods are designed like the playgrounds Bill Cosby used to joke about. He joked that playground builders
were...
Forum: Commuting
09-10-03, 02:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 903
Posted By Pete Clark

Thanks, Raymond!

Thanks, Raymond!
09-10-03, 09:42 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,657
Posted By Pete Clark

If signalling means taking your hands off the...

If signalling means taking your hands off the brakes or handlebars at an unsafe moment, then signalling becomes dangerous.

I believe in signalling a stop. I can't see any reason why it...
09-09-03, 09:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,097
Posted By Pete Clark

A quote by Dr. Arnie Baker: I myself enjoy...

A quote by Dr. Arnie Baker:

I myself enjoy riding, racing, and coaching. Iíve also taken care of hundreds, if not thousands, of injured cyclists over many years in a medical practice devoted to...
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