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10,000 Things You Hate About Your Ride

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Old 10-08-09, 05:26 PM
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10,000 Things You Hate About Your Ride

1. SF Muni Metro rails on normal roads

2. Falling over trying to trackstand at a red light

3. Climbing hills here with a big asss chainring
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Old 10-08-09, 05:44 PM
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1. nothing. all of my rides are fun.

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Old 10-08-09, 05:51 PM
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Uh, that's only 3...
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Lol I thought this would be implied...
so I start counting off 1, 2, 3
then each additional post continues...4, 5, 6....11, 12, 13...
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I linger on the good portions, not the bad.
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1-No one to ride with.
To be fair I must say I don't ride like most do, I like to ride fairly slow but don't mind longer rides as long as there's good company and nice scenery.
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Well, this thread is sure progressing like I thought...
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i thought riding a bike was supposed to be fun?
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Well, like everything else, there's nothing out there that's exactly how you'd like it to be 100% of the time.
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So, why be upset at it? Accept it for what it is and find workarounds.

You do not need more wrinkles in your forehead.
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I guess you're right Thanks
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Yeah, man...I enjoy riding my bike. In fact, I ******** LOVE it. I may get cut off by some dumbass in a car every now and again (I actually got sideswiped by an impatient idiot in a U-Haul truck just this morning...brushed my shoulder and elbow), hit a gnarly pothole or ride home from a long day at work tired, but that's not enough to make me hate my ride.

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you guys suck.

4. People that text and walk on campus, and almost walk into you because they aren't paying attention.

5. The big chunk of bike lane on my ride home that just got busted up and has a huge pile of gravel on it.

I'll think of more later.
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I have been riding fixed for a little more than a month and I have:
-crashed 4 times (2 front flips/face-to-ground) working with my front brake or trying to skid
-crashed twice b/c my wheels got caught in the stupid ****ing metro rails
-hit by a car (thank god it was at a stop-sign intersection)
^^and that would be my lovely track record I am very proud of

Don't get me wrong, I don't hate riding. I love biking, especially fixed. I love the speed and raw muscle feeling, and people with the look "What the **** was that?!"

It's just sometimes I'm so fed up with things that happen in life combined with my fail biking that I have to vent somewhere. I hope you guys can understand.
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for some reason over the last few weeks the number of dead, rotting squirells on my commute has tripled, they smell bad.
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^^^^LOL!! fun
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I have been riding fixed since last March, and I was in two accidents so far, in the same week, last month. Both were my fault, though.

The second accident involved a pothole, but I was riding around with no light, around midnight, and the pothole happen to be the perfect size to catch my wheel.

First accident was me going way too fast and leaning way too far over during a corner I knew had a hump on the inside.

I do not let it ruin my day, **** happens.
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I have been riding fixed for a little more than a month and I have:
-crashed 4 times (2 front flips/face-to-ground) working with my front brake or trying to skid
-crashed twice b/c my wheels got caught in the stupid ****ing metro rails
-hit by a car (thank god it was at a stop-sign intersection)
^^and that would be my lovely track record I am very proud of

Don't get me wrong, I don't hate riding. I love biking, especially fixed. I love the speed and raw muscle feeling, and people with the look "What the **** was that?!"

It's just sometimes I'm so fed up with things that happen in life combined with my fail biking that I have to vent somewhere. I hope you guys can understand.
well there's your problem.. you've been riding for a month and already you've been in several accidents. i think you oughta take a few spins around your neighborhood before you start commuting. that way you can be one of the hundreds who will actually follow the rules. we'll all be that much closer to being respected by vehicles.
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7. 2 offset Metal barriers, like a chicane, along a cycleway (!) which are nigh on impossible to get through.

8. A massive bridge they're building over where I ride and row, thus being a pain in my ass at least 20 times a week, just so they can add 2 more lanes of traffic going into the city which will save, according to the developers "approximately 30 seconds" from people's journeys at peak times. grrr.

gee, this thread makes me angry!

everything else is great, though!
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The smell of rotting produce that covers farmland in the off season. I lost count of how many this is supposed to be
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1)Families that will spread out and literally use the entire road up and won't get out of the way, forcing me to force the issue where I will nine times out of ten get an earfull of how I endangered their kids. When in truth they are putting everyone at risk by blocking the entire road. Fortunately this one usually only happens in mid may to late september.

2)The general incompetence of the road departments here. Yeah the roads need to be repaved, let's put up a couple playgrounds instead with the tax money. And when they do get around to patching sections of road, one of the road departments(cough, clinton township, cough) uses an old worn out road grater to patch the roads with. They have since upgraded to a small, old worn out roller that should only be used for driveway use.

3)Landscapers/lawncare. Yes park in the road and use up 2/3rds of the road.

4)Mid aged couple who ride their comfort bikes on the wrong side of the road.

5)Train tracks. During the process of my road rides I go over the same railroad(different sections) 8 times.

6) The prick who cuts his yard when it's wet/raining and leaves the clippings in the road, making it almost seem like an ice rink.

7) The occasional soccer mom who only gives you less than 2" of room because their oversized suv is so wide it takes up a big chunk of the road.

8) The horse farms in a downwind. Going past them makes you want to hurl.
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1)Families that will spread out and literally use the entire road up and won't get out of the way, forcing me to force the issue where I will nine times out of ten get an earfull of how I endangered their kids. When in truth they are putting everyone at risk by blocking the entire road. Fortunately this one usually only happens in mid may to late september.

2)The general incompetence of the road departments here. Yeah the roads need to be repaved, let's put up a couple playgrounds instead with the tax money. And when they do get around to patching sections of road, one of the road departments(cough, clinton township, cough) uses an old worn out road grater to patch the roads with. They have since upgraded to a small, old worn out roller that should only be used for driveway use.

3)Landscapers/lawncare. Yes park in the road and use up 2/3rds of the road.

4)Mid aged couple who ride their comfort bikes on the wrong side of the road.

5)Train tracks. During the process of my road rides I go over the same railroad(different sections) 8 times.

6) The prick who cuts his yard when it's wet/raining and leaves the clippings in the road, making it almost seem like an ice rink.

7) The occasional soccer mom who only gives you less than 2" of room because their oversized suv is so wide it takes up a big chunk of the road.

8) The horse farms in a downwind. Going past them makes you want to hurl.



I can relate to all but the horse farm, it's a clean natural smell, even if it is coming out the ass end of a horse.
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9) broken glass all over the ground at the glass shop I work at. I don't hate it, just simply annoyed.
10) ipod out of juice for the ride home
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