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Old 05-17-07, 09:17 AM   #26
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Oh, yeah, at times I pass stopped or slow traffic by crossing the double yellow. I bet that's legal.

Automobile traffic does it when they pass me, I'm assuming it's legal to cross a double yellow to pass slow traffic in my state

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Old 05-17-07, 09:44 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by Bekologist
that you find commuting in cotton clothing a 'punishment' is telling, steve. hmmm. 'serious' cycle clothing only, eh?

Do you disparage other cyclists that commute in street clothes in your community? just asking. not really related to the topic at hand.
I bike commuted in cotton all through school. In hot weather, the resulting dampness stays with you all day, which isn't comfortable or good for your skin.

When I started using non-cotton bicycle-specific clothing, I felt much more comfortable, and had fewer skin issues. I also smelled better.

I frequently ride wearing casual street clothing, but I stick to non-cotton garments as much as I can when doing this. Most of this stuff I buy from REI.

I also ride on errands or family outings where I try not to sweat, especially when I hop on the bike without planning for it. But those are short rides, not my cross-town commute, which I do as fast as I can manage, in order to save commuting time. My wife starts watching the clock while I'm on the way home from work, waiting to hand off the kid to me and/or to have dinner. She doesn't care if I'm saving the planet by cycling if it makes me late getting home.
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Old 05-17-07, 10:13 AM   #28
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I roll through red lights and stop signs, if no other traffic close to the intersection.
I don't think this makes it any safer for me.

I don't like to filter forward through traffic at a red light. I instead take my place in line.
It seems to make people a little upset, if they have to pass me multiple times.
I feel I am safer and drivers tend to treat me more like a regular vehicle.
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