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How aggressively do you ride?

Old 03-31-06, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Ken Cox
I live in a town of about 70,000 people that still has a small town atmosphere.
People I know professionally often remark about seeing me riding around town.
Politically and socially it seems smart, to me, to ride like a good neighbor.
I second this emotion. I try to ride fast enough so that I'm not an obstacle to cars, and since I'm in a pretty suburban environment, the cars go faster than they do in the city (what with the fewer lights and all). Plus, I ride the same routes to work every day, so it would make sense that I ride among the same cars every day. No need to cultivate bad blood there.
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Old 03-31-06, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Fugazi Dave
Depends on my mood, the conditions, what's going on, etc. Sometimes I'll go so far as to take alleys to avoid main roads because I don't feel like dealing with anyone. Other days I'll start slapping the sides of cars that get too close, bombing intersections, etc.
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Old 03-31-06, 07:35 AM
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When i go riding i try to use alot of sidestreets, alleys, etc. its fun also. but when im on the busy roads i ussually never stop at the redlights. just a slow coaster type deal, just incase something was to happen i could stop in time. but im always passing cars downtown, because they go so much slower. but when it comes to hills i always bomb them. and i ride either in the middle of the lane if im going fast enough, or when going slower i ride in the right of the lane.

are the bridges very fast in your city?? those are the most intense parts of my rides ussually
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Old 03-31-06, 08:15 AM
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Only thing I do is one way streets, I stay to the left. All else is game if the opening is there.
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Old 03-31-06, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by abeyance
I used to play in traffic drunk at Auburn football games, going for more beer and cigs for the people I was tailgating with. I don't do it anymore. Ahhh to be young and to have health insurance.....
I used to do the same when I lived on the loveliest village on the plains....
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Old 03-31-06, 08:32 AM
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I realized the other day that i've been a super passive rider lately. Ever since getting hit by a car on the 12 Monkeys race.

Maybe thats why?
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Old 03-31-06, 09:14 AM
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i'm pretty aggressive but i don't push my luck. in boston traffic is pretty slow in most parts. if the road doesnt have a shoulder i usually split the lane in heavy traffic. i'm not afraid to use the divider line on less busy streets. usually never use the sidewalk unless i'm coming up to the front of my building from a different direction (bc of one way streets). usually don't go the wrong way on a one way except for certain streets or if i dont know where i am. not afraid to push myself out into the next lane to slow down the car behind me if i see something in my lane. pass on the left a lot. roads that are split down the center by greenline tracks (huntington, beacon, commonwealth) are usually pretty entertaining. usually at least slow down for most lights, i'm not in the mood to get t-boned.

in the suburbs you are more likely to be caught off guard. 45mph on roads with no traffic lights = trouble no matter how you look at it. in the city at least people see you.
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Old 03-31-06, 09:25 AM
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In downtown Toronto I gots a nice mix of traffic to play in. I'm in and out of lanes just like the cars do. I draft cars but won't grab. In terms of aggresivenss I suppose it could be considered aggro by someone watching, but you know when you're in your groove, and the holes are all lining up perectly. I ride like I'm invisable basically and it works. I try to make it so that not a soul on the road has to alter their progress to accomidate me. Whipping past traffic is just so much fun.
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Old 03-31-06, 09:45 AM
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i ride as aggressively as i think i can survive
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Old 03-31-06, 09:59 AM
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Old 03-31-06, 10:20 AM
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I ride aggresive all the time. This is not to say I ride like an ashole all the time though. In the city agressive riding is the only way to survive. The dogs will attack anyone that shows fear. I live in the country now so on my commute I have a nice bike lane on a 45mph road. Then when I get to the small town I will certainly pass cars and squeeze through peds on side walks. There are only a few lights I will run. Most of them I just stop or practice track standing at. One way street crossings are easier to bomb through.
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Old 03-31-06, 10:32 AM
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I generally ride pretty conservatively, but when forced to ride aggressively, like, about to be late for work/class, then it gets funky. whenever an aggressive ride is over I'm like, wow, I want to do that all the time.

and yes, I ride funky. thats how I get down.
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Old 03-31-06, 10:41 AM
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won't you take me to .......Funky Town
Riding funky, yea... I like it.
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Old 03-31-06, 11:12 AM
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I stick to the sidewalks.
Dismount at all crossings.
Elbow pads and wrist guards the norm...

Not sure if i'm ready to take off the trainers.
We'll see what mummy says next week.
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Old 03-31-06, 11:58 AM
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I just try not to ride like a dick.
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Old 03-31-06, 12:24 PM
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I generally tend to ride aggressively, but am extremely courteous to motorists. I conciously signal my intentions and tend to take the centre-lane in urban areas, while the curb lane in suburban areas. In urban areas, I really don't like lane splitting because of my wider handlebars on my cyclocross.
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Old 03-31-06, 12:32 PM
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i think i'm pretty mellow. everyone else i normally ride with, they are pretty agressive. so i guess when i ride with them and try to keep up, that's about as agressive as i get.
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Old 03-31-06, 12:48 PM
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Agressive, but always in control. Unless, of course I'm riding my gearie and I lean it way too far over because I don't have to worry about pedal strike. Apparently, when you go over the plastic crosswalk markers, your tires can slip really easily! I laughed the whole way down, as I slid across the road, enjoying the sound of my bar and gloves on the pavement. I figure, if you're gonna eat it, might as well put on the accompanying grin.
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how agressively can i ride on the sidewalk?
 
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Originally Posted by noriel
I figure, if you're gonna eat it, might as well put on the accompanying grin.
Word.... throw in an extra tweak or twist for style points
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Old 03-31-06, 06:03 PM
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i try to be mellow, but then i hit walnut or 10th through chinatown, and fail miserably. wilding out is just too much fun.
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Originally Posted by sr20det
someone on BF once said:
red lights are merely suggestions.
red light = flashing yellow
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I ride pragmatically.
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Old 03-31-06, 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by TRaffic Jammer
I try to make it so that not a soul on the road has to alter their progress to accomidate me. Whipping past traffic is just so much fun.
this is a GREAt way to describe the ultimate urban rider. You do crazy ****, bomb lights, weave, and all of that stuff but you are never an inconvenience to a driver. After you zoom past them they might think you're a nutcase, but that's an after thought. Too be aggressive as hell but not be honked or yelled at by drivers is to efficiently ride your buns off in the city.

I loved today, I got off work at 5:30, heavy traffic. I got to do tons of weaving, that's the best part, especially when you have an open space to zoom across two or more lanes, through a gap in cars, into the leftmost lane to take a left turn.
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