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Title: Cycling
Post by: Encino Man on June 03, 2008, 02:37:15 PM
Cyclist for life. Nothing but hate for assholes in their 2 ton rolling phone booths.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jC7kDSj_MJ-NbOCh7cYYYKYrOOjQD912BQRG3

(http://img119.imageshack.us/img119/5706/cycliststandalone03nw1ic9.jpg)


A car collides with cyclists participating in a race in Mexico's northern border city of Matamoros. At least one person was killed and 10 injured. Police said the car driver was apparently drunk and had fallen asleep.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: feffer on June 03, 2008, 02:38:44 PM
Jesus.  Amazing picture, though.  How do you time that?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Encino Man on June 03, 2008, 02:40:17 PM
Jesus.  Amazing picture, though.  How do you time that?

Follow around drunk Americans in Mexico apparently.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: BizB on June 03, 2008, 04:01:34 PM
When I went to Prince Edward Island at the tender age of 12, we got stopped on a long causeway (http://www.gov.ns.ca/tran/webcam/secure/images/rwis_cam/pictou_1.jpg) by... something.  We had been sitting there for what seemed like hours. My mom got tired of hearing me ask if I could walk around a bit since we weren't moving and she let me out.  I walked forward about 10 cars or so and I saw what had happened.  I quickly returned to the car, climbed into the back seat, closed my eyes and cried.

What I saw was bikes crushed, a car in the water, and bodies covered in yellow sheets lined up along the roadside.

That night, the accident was all over the news.  I don't recall how many died, but in my mind it was dozens.  Though, I'm sure it wasn't more than a couple.  The driver of the car was un-hurt.  Drunk fucker.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: whidB on June 03, 2008, 04:50:35 PM
Your causeway incident reminds me of this pic which I took at great physical risk and injury:

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/182/399158093_08fe2dfef9.jpg)

Of course I made sure you can't see the road. I should have taken another pic for comparison. Yeah, I'm on the wrong side of the road...

Full of cars. In what's mostly a rural area. The worst traffic, I've found. It turns up the hill and there's virtually no shoulder or line of sight. Someone could have easily plowed into me.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: random axe on June 04, 2008, 12:33:23 PM
In my experience, the percentage of irresponsible cyclists is almost as bad as irresponsible drivers, but it's so rare that a guy on a bike slides into a family of five and kills them.  You know?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 04, 2008, 01:55:07 PM
That will all change, axe, if my proposal to allow cyclists to carry concealed weapons passes.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: whidB on June 04, 2008, 02:15:18 PM
Word. Every cyclist should be allowed to carry a concealed Howitzer, if necessary.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Hedaira on June 04, 2008, 02:32:33 PM
Why conceal it?

If I was carrying, I'd advertise one and keep the other at the ready for the punchline.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 04, 2008, 02:35:33 PM
I forget who it was, but someone suggested printing "PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER" on my reflective vest when I thought of carrying my shotgun on my shoulder while riding.

I liked that one, but it wouldn't be true. ;)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Encino Man on June 04, 2008, 02:55:59 PM
Earlier this year I whipped my full water bottle at this fat fuck through his open passenger window and hit him in his fat fucking face. He was tailgating, and when he overtook me he called out some gurgled fat fuck obscenity.

So I had to go buy a new water bottle, but I felt good about it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: whidB on June 04, 2008, 03:23:05 PM
God, man. That would never go over here. People give me funny looks if I yell at anyone.

But again, it's almost always the cyclists who are being the assholes in Seattle. It's one thing for people to lose it in rainy weather and forget how to drive, but there are some seriously dickbite-quality choads thinking they're above it all, weaving in and out of traffic and whizzing by like it's the farking Tour de Seattle...:soapbox:

The really experienced cyclists play it cool. I think it's the testically-challenged worrying about penis size that are the problem. And it's only going to intensify the more that we become a bike commuter city.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: the other andrea on June 04, 2008, 04:41:04 PM
Earlier this year I whipped my full water bottle at this fat fuck through his open passenger window and hit him in his fat fucking face. He was tailgating, and when he overtook me he called out some gurgled fat fuck obscenity.

So I had to go buy a new water bottle, but I felt good about it.

That's awesome dude.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Encino Man on June 25, 2008, 10:31:00 AM
What's fucking pathetic here is that they do a 'blitz' and then don't revisit the subject for another couple of years. It's a trend. A cyclist is murdered by some oblivious car-driving executioner and the police do a one week PR blitz then it's back to business as usual. Fuckers. They should be 'blitzing' every fucking day. Isn't that the police's job?

http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/449111
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on June 25, 2008, 12:03:35 PM
Also you notice that the "blitz" was directed at the victims, i.e. the cyclists.

"Blitz" is a perfect word to use here. "Hey all you Jews behave, or there'll be another Holocaust!"

 :dugahole:
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: dogbone on June 26, 2008, 06:30:37 AM
Why conceal it?

If I was carrying, I'd advertise one and keep the other at the ready for the punchline.

Hell, mount it on the handlebars. Bell my ass.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Encino Man on June 30, 2008, 06:50:26 PM
Two things that have made me angry in recent days:

http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/451983

The 27-year-old driver of the car that hit the cyclists was not injured in the collision near Virden, a town about 290 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

Under the Highway Traffic Act, cyclists are required to ride single file, on the right-hand side of the road, Karpish said. Technically, cyclists can use the entire right lane and motorists should move into the passing lane.

"Sometimes that doesn't happen," said Karpish.





http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/toronto/archive/2008/06/27/woman-charged-in-toronto-cyclist-s-death.aspx

Cost of a human life (as long as they are riding a bike) is $110.
I got my tax refund recently - $1500. I'm going on a murder spree.... Old bitches in SUVs - Kill 'em when they step out of their trucks, then position a bicycle next to the body and tell the cops they were riding the bikes. We could clear the roads of 14 SUV driving assholes for $1500!!!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: feffer on June 30, 2008, 07:23:07 PM
My hairdresser was bitching on Saturday about the cyclists on a busy, winding 2 lane road.  "They act like they have the right-of-way!"

 :whatever:
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: the other andrea on July 02, 2008, 02:49:05 PM
Quote
Under the Highway Traffic Act, cyclists are required to ride single file, on the right-hand side of the road, Karpish said. Technically, cyclists can use the entire right lane and motorists should move into the passing lane.

OK, that confuses me. When they say right-hand side of the road, do they mean the shoulder or the traffic lane? Or whichever is available?

And what if there's no passing lane? Are you supposed to drive behind the cyclist at 15 mph for miles?

Can a cyclist be ticketed for holding up five or more vehicles on a highway, just like a car can?

Don't get me wrong, I love biking, but I guess I am a recreationalist -- I prefer to ride my bike in places where there are no cars. I find it more stressful to ride my bike on a road with cars than I do commuting to work 70 miles round trip every day in my car.

Lately there have been a lot of motorcycle wrecks and fatalities out here, due of course to the inattention of people driving motor vehicles -- and the problem is just going to get worse as more people start using their motorcycles for commuting to work. I'm sure if there were more bike riders on the roads up here, we'd probably be seeing more accidents.

So until someone comes up with a better way to separate car and bicycle traffic, I'm sticking to rails-to-trails grades.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 02, 2008, 02:56:30 PM
Motorists getting all high and mighty about bicylists not obeying the traffic laws cracks me the hell up. It's like listening to a Bush press conference.

I try to do little surveys when I'm driving or biking. Admittedly my scope is not universal. But these numbers are pretty solid. Percentage of automobiles obeying the 25 mph speed limit in residential areas? ZERO. Percentage of automobiles coming to a full stop at stop signs? ZERO. Percentage of automobiles stopping behind the crosswalk at traffic signals? ZERO. Percentage of automobiles driving 65 on the freeway? ZERO. (it seems to be 80 or 50). Percentage of motorists talking on the cell phone since it became illegal yesterday? UNCHANGED.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: stormneedle on July 02, 2008, 03:28:03 PM
I notice bad skills on the parts of bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. And that's without even looking past my own two feet.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: NexR on July 02, 2008, 04:19:46 PM
Around here we have bike lanes and there are cyclists (and pedestrians) everywhere, so there's a pretty good awareness.  The result is different numbers:


Percentage of automobiles obeying the 25 mph speed limit in residential areas? ZERO.  Traffic goes as fast as traffic will allow with probably a top speed of 40 mph.
Percentage of automobiles coming to a full stop at stop signs? 65.  Depends on whether they need to or not, but most people seem to stop around here.
Percentage of automobiles stopping behind the crosswalk at traffic signals? 80.  Depends on pedestrians being around.
Percentage of automobiles driving 65 on the freeway? ZERO.  Why would you go the speed limit on the freeway?  Actually, there are a fair amount of people who go the speed limit, and they endanger everyone else.
Percentage of motorists talking on the cell phone since it became illegal yesterday? UNCHANGED.  Is that just local or did I miss something?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: stormneedle on July 02, 2008, 04:54:25 PM
In California, it became illegal yesterday for adults to use a cell phone while driving unless there was a "hands free" device. Minors can't use a phone or send text messages while driving. Despite parallel advertising blitzes from suppliers and various departments of transportation there didn't seem to be much difference.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: the other andrea on July 02, 2008, 04:58:59 PM
That started here for us yesterday and I haven't noticed a change, either.  Every day I lose count of how many idiots are yakking it up on their stupid phones while driving 50 MPH and driving in the fast lane (which is also technically the passing lane -- they changed the law about that not too long ago).  :eyeroll:

Since it's a "secondary offense," the cops can't/won't pull you over unless something else about you got their attention. So basically a pretty gutless law. 
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: whidB on July 03, 2008, 03:05:55 AM
 I rode from Lynnwood park-and-ride to Mukilteo (http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&rtp=pos.47.821209077944_-122.314975229513_near%206091%20196th%20St%20SW%2C%20Lynnwood%2C%20WA%2098036-5981__~pos.47.947855991698_-122.304610785054_near%20Mukilteo%20Speedway%20%26%202nd%20St%2C%20Mukilteo%2C%20WA%2098275__&rtop=0~0~0&encType=1) on Tuesday, and I've noticed Snohomish County is surprisingly savvy about bike lanes. That is, once I got off 99 at Lincoln Way...at least there was a sidewalk for a good portion of it, and riding under the 525 bridge was fucking scary. No bike-friendly infrastructure there, just a wing and a prayer. The Speedway itself was well marked practically all the rest of the way to the ferry except for a stretch near Paine Field.

And yes, I know most of you have no idear what I'm talking about. But it was fun. It was about 9 miles.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Encino Man on July 16, 2008, 03:42:56 PM
Classic pic in this article.

http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/461380
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 16, 2008, 04:45:49 PM
It cracks me up that 30C is considered hot (even with humidity). :evil:
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: hajen on July 16, 2008, 05:01:19 PM
Don't discount the humidity, dude. Now I'm talking from a depression (our city is in a sort of valley, is what I mean), but when we hit the summer it's effin' sludgy baking hot.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: whidB on July 16, 2008, 05:23:41 PM
Anything above 22C is. Especially up here. You feel it. And you will get sunburned no matter what.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: random axe on July 16, 2008, 06:05:29 PM
Dude, I get sunburned in the winter.

At night, if it's a full moon.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 16, 2008, 06:26:07 PM
I don't care, I'm not giving up the garlic. Or my grandmother's rosary.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: random axe on July 16, 2008, 06:27:50 PM
I'm fine with garlic.  It's cilantro that effin' paralyzes me.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 16, 2008, 06:29:42 PM
Oh right. You're from Vermont, not Transylvania
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: whidB on July 16, 2008, 06:46:28 PM
I get sunburned in the winter, too. It's usually one of those 40F+ heat waves, and the concept of sunscreen escapes me, even on the beach.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Hedaira on July 16, 2008, 08:49:25 PM
Oh right. You're from Vermont, not Transylvania

 :whatever:
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: random axe on July 17, 2008, 09:21:21 AM
I come from the land of the ice and snow.  Actually, when I found out there was a region called Transcaucasia, I thought that must be where we were from.  Hey, man, we're transcaucasian.  It's moreso.  But Gurdjieff disabused me of the notion.  Apparently it's in Kurdistan, or something.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Encino Man on July 18, 2008, 11:01:52 AM
Hang 'em high. This guy is a legendary motherfucker.

http://www.nationalpost.com/related/topics/story.html?id=663896



Bicycle shop owner charged after police witness alleged lock cutting attempt

Zosia Bielski, National Post  Published: Friday, July 18, 2008


Toronto police raided a notorious downtown bicycle shop yesterday after undercover officers watched its owner directing another man to use bolt cutters to cut the locks off two bikes secured near his shop late on Wednesday. Igor Kenk, 49, was arrested outside his Queen Street West pawnshop, The Bicycle Clinic. He and Jean Laveau have been charged with one count of theft under $5,000, one count of attempted theft under $5,000, and one count of possession of property obtained by crime. "I think every officer that's worked down there has been involved with this guy. It's not just bikes with this guy, it's any type of property, but bikes are his claim to fame," Constable Scott Mills said of the owner, who has run his pawnshop for 13 years. Const. Mills says police have had trouble shutting Mr. Kenk down because not enough bicycle owners are registering their bikes with police after buying them. "It's tough to trace something that's stolen when the person that lawfully owns it doesn't report it stolen."
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 18, 2008, 11:10:25 AM
I hate biking this time of year. When the Tour is on the TV all the assholes get their lycra suits and racing bikes out of storage and whiz around wildly, irritating the usual riders, motorists, and anyone unfortunate enough to have to share the road or path with them.

Hate.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Encino Man on July 18, 2008, 11:32:10 AM
I hate biking this time of year. When the Tour is on the TV all the assholes get their lycra suits and racing bikes out of storage and whiz around wildly, irritating the usual riders, motorists, and anyone unfortunate enough to have to share the road or path with them.

Hate.

Well, the cyclists have a right to the road. The description "whiz around wildly, irritating the usual riders, motorists, and anyone unfortunate enough to have to share the road or path with them" applies to almost every car driver in Toronto 365 days a year.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: whidB on July 18, 2008, 11:57:34 AM
Man, I've noticed an influx of commuting cyclists here far greater than previous years, even more than last year. Maybe it's the gas crunch. It really doesn't make sense to me to drive a car just a few miles just to get to work, and the parking's around 10-12 bucks now downtown...

The bus went up a quarter to 1.75 during peak times, too, so that might be a factor, the fact that folks can save almost 20 bucks a week. More beer money.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 18, 2008, 12:18:51 PM
Man, I've noticed an influx of commuting cyclists here far greater than previous years, even more than last year. Maybe it's the gas crunch. It really doesn't make sense to me to drive a car just a few miles just to get to work, and the parking's around 10-12 bucks now downtown...

The bus went up a quarter to 1.75 during peak times, too, so that might be a factor, the fact that folks can save almost 20 bucks a week. More beer money.

Yeah, this is documented. VTA and CalTrain in the South Bay are reporting the bike racks are full and some riders are getting turned away.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Hedaira on July 18, 2008, 03:39:32 PM
Mikey and I noted today that we've been seeing a lot more scooters. Yeah, they still need gas to run - but they use a lot less of it.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: whidB on July 18, 2008, 03:52:16 PM
I'm surprised that hasn't caught on here so much. I could picture some exec type tooling around on his Vespa with all the mirrors...

But no, usually it's some dork with an whining overloaded smoking two-wheeled contraption that sounds like a lawnmower engine. Not much of an improvement IMUNSHO...
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: vox8 on July 18, 2008, 04:05:36 PM
I'm surprised that hasn't caught on here so much. I could picture some exec type tooling around on his Vespa with all the mirrors...

Ciao!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: mo on July 18, 2008, 04:50:18 PM
Mikey and I noted today that we've been seeing a lot more scooters. Yeah, they still need gas to run - but they use a lot less of it.

I've noticed more people in work traffic riding motorcycles, and the bad part is you can tell a lot of them are not used to riding a bike in heavy traffic, they're just weekend bikers who don't understand that it's not a good idea to pace the car next to you in their blind spot.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: mrcookieface on July 18, 2008, 04:55:29 PM
Here too.  I've been seeing twice as many scooters as usual this summer.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 18, 2008, 04:56:58 PM
Here too.  I've been seeing twice as many scooters as usual this summer.

OK. That does it for me, my week is over. I can no longer function.

/Seeing the same number of cooters as always
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: flipper on July 18, 2008, 09:02:54 PM
Scooter's neck is so small that the collar says cooter because the 's' is underneath the tightener thingamawhoosit.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: whidB on July 18, 2008, 09:04:26 PM
Too bad people aren't riding those scooters we had in gym class...

(http://guestofaguest.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/gmsfitness.jpg)
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: flipper on July 18, 2008, 09:05:27 PM
We've been chauffering Ian around in the bike trailer.  We got a Burley and the thing is kick ass :detta:
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: vox8 on July 18, 2008, 09:20:26 PM
We've been chauffering Ian around in the bike trailer.  We got a Burley and the thing is kick ass :detta:

I have been doing the research trying to decide between one of those that you pull behind and one of the ones that mount just behind the handlebars.

How did you decide on the trailer?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: hajen on July 18, 2008, 09:48:47 PM
I want one of these SO BAD but it's 3K  :cry:
http://www.bakfiets.nl/eng/
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 18, 2008, 11:54:55 PM
We had Burley trailers. They were the bees knees. 100 lb capy, which was both toddlers and two full grocery sacks. Also, suppose you fell off your bike -- universal joint on hitch meant the trailer would not tip. I hated the balance of a bike with a seat on the back.

I did tip the trailer once. I took a corner too fast and the inboard wheel went up a handicap ramp. U1 was scared but intact.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: unclejessie on July 19, 2008, 12:18:24 AM
have been doing the research trying to decide between one of those that you pull behind and one of the ones that mount just behind the handlebars.

How did you decide on the trailer?


I  dig the handlebar one because I think in terms of what the kid would get to see.  My ass...not as exciting as it sounds.  However, I do tug a trailer around from time to time and I seem to get more respect from drivers.  Cars seem to stop at intersections and drive the speed limit around me when I'm hitched up.  Little do they know that there isn't a toddler in the trailer.  It's usually a 12 pack and a wiener dog.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: random axe on July 19, 2008, 09:53:56 AM
I'm in favor of bicycles, but one thing that pisses me off and is going to get a cyclist killed pretty soon (though not by me):

There's a major intersection that I go through on my way to work.  Traffic turning left has a blinking red light.  OK, most drivers in this state don't understand the difference between a blinking red and a blinking yellow.  (No, seriously.  It's not that they ignore it -- they literally don't know that they mean different things.  I've asked around.)

Pedestrians going the same way as principle traffic have walklights.  In other words, the walklight gives them a green light parallel to the traffic signal's green light.  Pretty standard.  If you're riding a bicycle, though, you're a vehicle, not a pedestrian, and this goes treble if you're moving much faster than a pedestrian.  You shouldn't even be on the sidewalk.  Especially since this stretch of road actually has a bicycle lane, which is pretty damned rare around here.

BUT.  Every.  Single.  Morning.  I go to make a left turn, actually stop at the blinking red light, and see a bike whipping up the lefthand sidewalk, from behind me, and zip across the crosswalk.  If I didn't expect this kind of asinine shitheadedness, I'd start to make my turn and then almost hit the biker, or the biker would almost hit me.  This occurs with most other drivers who make that left turn.

The cyclist is the one making the illegal maneuver in this case.  You can be a pedestrian, or you can be operating a vehicle, but you can't do both.  Not even on an effing Segway.  If you go pedestrian-speed and exercise appropriate care, I honestly don't mind you riding your bike on the sidewalk.  Often the road is a deathtrap, and it's simply irrational to try to share it with cars.  But if you're going 20 MPH down the sidewalk, you're an asshole, and if you then cross the street on the wrong side at speed without taking into account that two-ton machines are making legal turns through that space, you're just an idiot.

And we have a lot of those particular idiots around here.  I don't know how they survive.  Most days that I'm not first in line at that intersection, I see some other driver either slam on their brakes or see a biker slam on theirs.  Fortunately, I haven't seen a collision yet.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Encino Man on July 19, 2008, 09:54:09 AM
I've heard horror stories from a cyclist friend who works at a hospital about careless drivers (are there any other kind?) swerving in behind cyclists and running over the kiddie trailers. The trailers are low enough to the ground that inattentive drivers (again, are there any other kind?) sometimes don't see them.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: random axe on July 19, 2008, 09:55:43 AM
In a lot of states, there's a minimum height for road-going vehicles, and if it's shorter than that it has to have a flag.  Here, those low recumbent bikes have to have flags.  It's just a good idea for bike trailers to have them, too.

Don't rely on other people's good sense to keep you alive.

Ever see the old Warner Bros deer-hunting cartoon where they demonstrated the I Am Not A Deer So Don't Shoot Me suit?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 19, 2008, 11:01:07 AM
(are there any other kind?)

No.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: hajen on July 19, 2008, 11:36:16 AM
That's why I want a bakfiets. I don't like the seat on the back - what if I fall over? I don't like the trailer because I don't like having the kids behind me and low to the ground.

I  dig the handlebar one because I think in terms of what the kid would get to see.  My ass...not as exciting as it sounds.  However, I do tug a trailer around from time to time and I seem to get more respect from drivers.  Cars seem to stop at intersections and drive the speed limit around me when I'm hitched up.  Little do they know that there isn't a toddler in the trailer.  It's usually a 12 pack and a wiener dog.

 :lol: :rollin:
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: the other andrea on July 22, 2008, 02:28:11 PM
Husband nearly got in an accident yesterday when the car in front of him was confronted by an older man riding his bicycle against traffic, coming right at them in the middle of their lane. The guy in front of him swerved to the right to avoid the guy, Steve had to swerve to the left... fortunately there was no traffic in the oncoming lane.  :trance:

He looked in his rearview mirror and the guy hadn't even skipped a beat -- good thing there was no one behind them for a block or so.

Husband can't decide which is worse, elderly people driving cars or elderly people riding bikes. We hadn't contemplated the latter before.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: whidB on July 22, 2008, 02:32:08 PM
Elderly or not, that scene happens a lot more than I'd care to see.

What is it with people riding on the wrong side of the road? I used to call out "the bike lane's on the OTHER SIDE, DUDE!" but on the whole, I'm getting sick of being snarky any more about people's stupidity.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Encino Man on July 22, 2008, 02:32:40 PM
Elderly people doing anything.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: stormneedle on July 22, 2008, 11:20:10 PM
There's one point when I get onto Santa Monica ( :knotty: ) there is no bike lane, and sidewalk is fairly narrow with a pole in the middle, and there's three lanes of traffic going each direction.

I go past there every evening, waiting for somebody to slip on the sidewalk, step into the street, knock over a bicyclist, and then add a car into the mix.

Not my favorite part of the ride.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: flipper on July 24, 2008, 01:26:23 PM
We've been chauffering Ian around in the bike trailer.  We got a Burley and the thing is kick ass :detta:

I have been doing the research trying to decide between one of those that you pull behind and one of the ones that mount just behind the handlebars.

How did you decide on the trailer?

We got a used Burley trailer.  They normally retail for about $700, but we got it from Craig's List for $225.  It can be swapped between our bikes in less than three minutes.  It has straps, room for two kids plus storage in the back for gear, tons of safety features (if you take a spill, the linkage will keep the trailer upright), it has a flipdown wheel in the front which can turn it into a stroller/jogger, plus when he gets too old we can use it for grocery store runs or taking the dogs to the dog park.  I have no complaints whatsoever.  The Burley is the best we've researched by far and buying it used made no difference.  Our model is I think three years old.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on July 24, 2008, 03:55:37 PM
I just stopped missing the trailer (http://www.xtracycle.com/conversion.php). This is fan-freaking-tastic! I have got to get one. I'll never drive to the grocery store again!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!

!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: whidB on July 24, 2008, 04:07:30 PM
I'm a pannier man, myself.

(http://img176.imageshack.us/img176/4116/18594bq3.jpg)

(http://img126.imageshack.us/img126/7097/img4393ef0.jpg)

I was very happy to have a good friend dissuade me from getting a trailer.

The good thing about REI is that I can just exchange them, paying the difference in price.

Mine are totally beat up and one of the zippers has come loose on the side pocket...

Unbelievably light even when weighted down with camping gear.

And yeah, I do my grocery shopping with them. Usually just one.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: random axe on July 25, 2008, 11:48:52 AM
Most bike panniers are really expensive (to me) and not what I actually want in a pannier.  I've bought various military bags that I considered turning into panniers, but then I loaned my bike to someone who still needs it, so I either have to buy a new bike or buy her a bike, apparently.

The Free Radical trailer looks interesting, but I really can't tell from the pictures on the site how much of a difference it would really make, and I'm not going to bother with a goddamned PDF file.  I'd rather build something myself than bother with a PDF.  Their kit is probably more than I'd pay, anyway.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: whidB on July 25, 2008, 12:09:11 PM
Nonshense, you can find bags dirt cheap on the Internets. Wait, it sounds like I'm talking about something else...:facepalm:

I really didn't mind throwing down 150 or so for them brand new. Highly durable, pockets aplenty, good quality shit. And I don't have to worry about an extra set of wheels zigzagging behind me. The bottom line is that they've stood up wonderfully to my abuse. And plus, I can exchange them at REI which is probably also true of their bike trailers. They've replaced my previous set for practically nothing, and I'm going to find out about getting a third set in a week or so. I more than got my money's worth.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: random axe on July 25, 2008, 12:16:41 PM
:huh: 

I suspect your idea of "dirt cheap" and mine are probably different.  I can nigh-indefuckingstructable military-surplus bags for $5-$15 each, in various sizes, and rig them so they're lockable, they keep contents dry in a hurricane, and fold flat automatically when they're empty.  Ideally, I should be able to remove them and wear 'em like a backpack, although I haven't bothered with that yet, what with not having an actual bicycle at the moment.  I don't care much about pockets -- I can always put other containers and restraints inside, and it simplifies security and waterproofing if there's just the one main opening.

But, yeah, $50 for the pair would already be too expensive for me, and I haven't seen anything I'd actually want to use for less than that, among the professional panniers.  When I get my bike back, I have to figure out how I want to make a cargo rack that will work with the dumb rear suspension.  Or maybe I will just get another bike, and get one without a rear suspension, although I appreciate the front fork suspension on mine, I admit.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: whidB on July 25, 2008, 12:53:07 PM
I like the DIY approach. I've run into a few sites where people make their own panniers, it doesn't look that hard to do. I'd probably get one of those Swedish packs and sew a panel into the flap with a spring suspension armature that fits onto the bike rack. I've got an old pair or REI panniers where they use a cedar board that fits into a pocket, and they've replaced that with heavy-duty bendable plastic on the new ones.

I don't mind shelling out the extra bucks. I rarely make such investments. And for me, it is you get what you pay for.

The seriously heavy-duty Topeak (http://www.rei.com/gear/feature/search/Google/Topeak?cm_mmc=ps_google-_-Category%20-%20Cycling-_-Cycling_Brand_Topeak-_-topeak&gclid=CIrTjIzM25QCFSEragodImWSkw) rack I've got right now is compatible with some bags they make that can be worn as a backpack They slide right onto the rack. Perfect for those camping trips where I would have to stash the bike and hike up a trail to camp.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: NexR on July 25, 2008, 12:57:27 PM
The seriously heavy-duty Topeak (http://www.rei.com/gear/feature/search/Google/Topeak?cm_mmc=ps_google-_-Category%20-%20Cycling-_-Cycling_Brand_Topeak-_-topeak&gclid=CIrTjIzM25QCFSEragodImWSkw) rack I've got right now....

(http://p-userpic.livejournal.com/16470030/664992)

Toepick?
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: whidB on July 25, 2008, 01:03:41 PM
(http://faqsmedia.ign.com/faqs/image/article/739/739691/al_bundy_vs_chobot.jpg)

Three days of footpickin' fun!
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 26, 2008, 08:53:55 AM
BUSTED! (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7581764.stm)

Mood I'm in, I'm gonna recommend the death penalty.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Hedaira on August 26, 2008, 09:32:43 AM
Looks like Kenk's got a kink in his caperz.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: NexR on August 26, 2008, 10:32:03 AM
Sounds like he's either pathological or he wanted to get caught.  That's just crazy.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on August 26, 2008, 10:34:17 AM
No, he deals. Watson said he's notorious.
Basically the authorities haven't hitherto given a shit. Stealing bikes? Yeah, okay, give him a wedgie, all's even.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: hajen on August 26, 2008, 11:01:40 AM
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATSON!!

Do we have a Watson signal?  :hmm:

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: First Post on August 26, 2008, 11:22:51 AM
WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATSON!!

Do we have a Watson signal?  :hmm:

I was wondering that myself. There's a guy in town that's started a MMA gym and he's affiliated with a couple of people that are apparently well known UFC types and I figured he'd know what was up w/their histories and all that.

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on September 15, 2009, 03:25:25 PM
My new favorite blog (http://fiftycarpileup.blogspot.com/).
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: whidB on September 15, 2009, 03:29:41 PM
:detta:
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: random axe on September 15, 2009, 05:34:09 PM
Bicycle women are hot.

Also, I totally agree with her about the helmets.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Encino Man on September 16, 2009, 11:26:43 AM
http://www.yourhome.ca/homes/newsfeatures/article/696394

City bureaucrats tried to block the building of a condo tower in the downtown core because it is going to be built without dedicated parking spots underground.

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"To assume a residential development of the project's scale might be totally car-free runs counter to expert study and experience," the staff report stated. "Although there are many households in the downtown (area) without cars, it would be highly unlikely to find 315 of them permanently concentrated in one building."

It also stated that, "exempting the project from the city's parking standards would create a negative precedent that undermines the integrity of the parking provisions of the zoning bylaw."

This is the dumbest excuse ever. The people who move there will be people who don't own cars - that's how you get 315 people without cars living in one place. It's not even a rational argument. There are lots of people living downtown who don't own cars and who live in condos and opt not to buy $25,000 parking spots with their units...
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: random axe on September 16, 2009, 12:57:57 PM
I dunno -- this kind of planning without taking cars into account is one of the things that massively screws up a lot of urban areas.

I'd say it's OK if they add a stipulation that all leases and deeds REQUIRE the condo dwellers to not register motor vehicles at that address.  You can't really require that they not own a motor vehicle, but you can require that they register it somewhere else and then tell them to park it there.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: stormneedle on September 16, 2009, 01:11:13 PM
Moving trucks. Friends visiting. Various deliveries.

Having a single car free building is nice. On it's own, though, it's an anomaly. I'd love to see a whole neighborhood where cars are severely limited if not disallowed. Imagine what you could do with all that ground area that's normally covered in asphalt.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: NexR on September 16, 2009, 01:37:21 PM
All along Lake Shore Drive here in Chicago are a series of high-rises for people wanting lakefront condos.  I live a block from Lake Shore, and parking is a complete bitch for two miles inland because of all the people in those high-rises who want to park on the street rather than pay for parking under their buildings.  Even with the option, tall buildings result in parking hell for everyone around them.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: random axe on September 16, 2009, 02:23:28 PM
Small cities, in particular, often set aside 'prestige' shopping areas where motor traffic isn't allowed.  They're often paved with brick, etc, etc.  If they're set up with any intelligence, they usually work fine.  There's no reason why you can't create living spaces that are the same.  You could even put parking for them at the periphery.

But if you just build housing that doesn't have parking and hope people without cars will move in, you know that sooner or later you'll get some loud bastard who wants to live there, knows his rights, and has a Hummer.  Eventually you'll have three of them, and then five of them, and they'll ruin it for everyone.

You gotta make a clear delineation, cater to the pedestrians, and discourage the traditional motorists.  You can't just hope people will go along with your good idea.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: the other andrea on September 16, 2009, 07:40:18 PM
Imagine what you could do with all that ground area that's normally covered in asphalt.

Coming this Friday: Park(ing) Day (http://www.parkingday.org/)

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Originally created by Rebar, San Francisco art and design collective, PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: unclejessie on September 29, 2009, 09:29:22 PM
Looking to get some tights for winter cycling.  That's right...tights.  :knotty:
Any recommendations?  15F is about my threshold so don't need anything that'll keep my boys sweatin' on Everest.

I'm thinking about these.
http://www.rei.com/product/739098




Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Encino Man on September 29, 2009, 09:36:16 PM
Looking to get some tights for winter cycling.  That's right...tights.  :knotty:
Any recommendations?  15F is about my threshold so don't need anything that'll keep my boys sweatin' on Everest.

I'm thinking about these.
http://www.rei.com/product/739098



Where you living these days? I ride in the winter and I know of some good places to shop for this stuff....
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: unclejessie on September 29, 2009, 09:40:47 PM
Northern Colorado.
Not up in the hills though so not as much snow.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Encino Man on September 29, 2009, 09:42:21 PM
Aye. I remember that. You guys who live near the US/Canada border probably know about the MEC. That's where I get my stuff. I'll bet they mail order down to you in CO. It's a co-op so you always get a decent deal...

www.mec.ca
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: whidB on September 29, 2009, 10:29:23 PM
Or try REI (http://www.rei.com/search?query=cycling+tights&button.x=0&button.y=0). They're a co-op as well.

*cough*--corporate co-op...

:US:

Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: feffer on September 29, 2009, 10:39:54 PM
www.mec.ca

OMG MUZLIMS
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: the other andrea on September 30, 2009, 01:06:52 AM
 :lol:
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: mrcookieface on September 30, 2009, 11:50:24 PM
 :lol:
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: random axe on October 28, 2009, 09:48:17 PM
Car back in garage today (long story; no big deal), so I hauled my bike out of the basement.

Um.  Man, it's in even worse shape than I thought.

(1 working brake + 1 good tire + two working gears) x 3.2 miles x 40 years old = I nearly threw up

Ugh.  Also, I forgot the bike lock, which I left sitting next to the door so I wouldn't forget it, but then, naturally, I didn't take the bike out through the kitchen, so I didn't see the lock.  That was some good plan, you betcha.

Naturally, this makes me want to spend a bunch of time and money to get the bike into proper working condition, but of course we may have snow here as soon as this weekend, so I'll probably wait until spring.  And possibly just get a newer, better bike.  I dunno.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: whidB on October 29, 2009, 07:51:04 PM
Newer better bike would be the way to go. Maybe you could trade your old bike in somewhere...I saw that a bike shop here in Ballard was doing that...
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: random axe on October 29, 2009, 08:00:14 PM
I've never traded a bike in, but my bike is basically worth whatever the frame and kickstand are worth.  Everything else on it is gone to shit.

What I'd really like to do is build a bike from specific parts this spring, but after the last two computers I tried to assemble I'm afraid I've lost my confidence in the hobby process.  I feel like I'd probably wind up ordering six different chains and not be able to get any of them to fit, or something.  But we'll see.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: NexR on October 30, 2009, 10:21:41 AM
Oh hey, speaking of cycling... I was driving the other day and a cyclist waved thanks to me for paying attention to him.  So that's definitely a step up from the middle finger.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: flipper on October 30, 2009, 04:25:17 PM
He was probably just waving because he'd never seen a Diamante before.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: mrcookieface on October 30, 2009, 04:28:25 PM
 :lol:

I'd wave.
Title: Re: Cycling
Post by: Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on October 30, 2009, 04:35:11 PM
A Diamante? I've never heard of that.