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Old 09-01-2013, 00:10   #26
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Are bikers really that bad in your area? The only time I recall bikers (other then motorcycles) disrupting traffic is when I was in Iowa "LaMars???" and they had a some kind of a bike week. Vans and busses of bikers. RIding everywhere in huge groups. Not on a course but along lines of "Hey guys I am going to ride to other side of town to get coffee" and 20 other decide to go along. Meanwhile someone else decides to check out mall (and 20 more go along) so they are spread out 2 blocks long weaving thru traffic.
Otherwise I have always found bikers (other then messenger) a pita on road. Yep they may not be going 15mph over speed limit...
The problem here is on Saturdays and Sundays.
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Old 09-01-2013, 00:11   #27
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We have no problem around here with our locals on the country roads. Most of them are also auto drivers and understand their position in the scheme of things. We do, however, have MAJOR problem because of our wonderful scenic beauty that draws in large groups, clubs and whatever, during the summer. They are a PITA.
It can be like driving the clean up wagon at the back of the annual "Spandex Day Parade".

Those that come from the big cities seem to think they are finally free to own all of the road they can see.
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Old 09-01-2013, 00:15   #28
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Old 09-01-2013, 00:29   #29
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Years ago I worked a car vs. Bike accident no serious injury. When I got there I saw the car and the bike and asked where the bike rider was.
The driver of the car pointed to a guy setting in the passenger side of his car and said, "thats him".

I asked if he was ok and the driver said, "seems to be". I asked "so you just let him have a seat in your car?"

Driver- "no that is where he landed after he cut in front of me and I hit him."

ME- what??

Driver-" yeah when i hit him he went up in the air and came through the open sunroof into the car. "

Me- oooook.

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Old 09-01-2013, 00:39   #30
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Absolutely awful when im up at school. Back at home is in the middle of the no where so it ain't a problem.

Funny story. I drive a F150. That puts the mirrors at about head hight if your on a bike. Well im up in chicago stopped at a light minding my own. Then suddenly there was a loud bang and my passenger side mirror is spun around.

It took me a second to realize what had happened. I jump out of my truck and there is some hipster looking ass hat face down a few feet from my truck. He thought that it would be prudent to fly through the red light. His idea was to cut between my trunk and the curb. Problem was he miss judged my mirror.

I was a little pissed because he cracked the glass but his busted noes and black eye made the whole thing worth it.

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Old 09-01-2013, 01:24   #31
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Some asshat almost hit me yesterday on campus. I'm walking in the cross walk and I look right and see this guy on a bike coming toward me. I make eye contact with him and instead of slowing down he starts to kinda swerve back and forth like he's trying to figure out if I'm going to stop. He finally slowed down a little but I don't think he even realized he was required to yield.
But that's kinda turning the tables on this thread.

A pedestrian always has the right of way. But they still need to have common sense.

I mean,... if a F150 tries to run me over when I got the right of way,...
I'm comin' through the windshield to kick some ass.
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:39   #32
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My pet peeve is the story that they are allowed the same lane and rights as a vehicle. If that's the case they should be paying the same as I do for the use of that lane and have license plates plus insurance. Why do they get off with all the bennies and none of the financial responsibilities? And I agree with the above posters that they seldom obey the traffic laws...continually running red lights and splitting traffic lanes. I was lucky a couple weeks ago when I had just left the gas station with a 44 ounce Pepsi. One of those spandex wearing asshats tried to spit the lane and just happened to run into the whole glass of soda that I decided I didn't need. Soaked from head to toe and then tried to cuss me out. Drive on steroid boy.
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:57   #33
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It is not just on roads, but trails as well. A while back I was walking down a very long community trail that is popular with joggers, bicyclists and day walk people. The bikes like to more or less treat it as if you are a pylon and zip around you doing 20-30 mph. My ankle had been broken and a rod inserted and I was trying to get back into shape.

A bike clipped me from behind and knocked me down a grade into some blackberry bushes. The rider it seems didn't even slow much just kept going. A guy walking his dog saw it and helped me up the slope. I was laid up another week because of it.
I complained to the city but they said they are " not supposed to ride like that". Gee...you think ?
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:02   #34
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For most of the year it's not too bad here, the typical running through stop signs and blasting through crosswalks with out looking for traffic. Now October is a whole different ball game, Ironman brings all the idiots to the Big Island for a few weeks of free for all cycling. Most of these fools pay no attention to vehicles or pedestrians, they love to ride 3 + wide instead of single file, pay no attention to any signs, and a few of them get in major accidents serious enough to side line them on race day.

I'm happy they pump a bunch of money into the local economy but I silently rejoice the day after the race that driving will go back to normal for another year. They have a huge "share the road" campaign here every year that does little to curb the insanity, 9 out of 10 times it's the cyclists that do something to earn a hand gesture or slew of colorful words from a driver.
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:16   #35
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I'm a cyclist, I tend to agree with most of what has been said though...too many roadies tend to get a little wrapped up in the culture of what they think makes them cool vs using some common sense and courtesy.
For me, I live in an area with plentiful bike lanes and rail/trails that generally keep me out of traffic. Whatever wild hair I need to indulge is reserved for the dirt, riding in traffic tends to be my last option , since for all the bed wetting here about cyclist, an assclown behind the wheel is 10x worse.
Fortunately, those folks tend to hurt themselves and other motorist much more often than cyclist.
Still, bikes are fast becoming the better way to get around in the city, so the same cross section of morons we encounter with autos will inevitably show up on bicycles, and they will screw up for the rest, just as they do driving.
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:47   #36
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This is a huge problem here in the Nova/DC area......huge.

The greenie-weenies are trying to push for more people commuting on their bicycles, especially to work and back. Just more tree-hugger, politically correct b.s.

There was even a media promoted "ride to work" day in DC.....I believe it got rained out.

There's nothing like heading down Columbia Pike towards the Pentagon, and having some ass-hat on a bicycle blocking one of the two available lanes, creating a jam.

Yes, I yell at them as I pass them. Yes, I cycle.....on the proper trail in the area.

Roads are for motorized vehicles. Cyclists need to stay the hell off them.
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:21   #37
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meanwhile there's a sidewalk perfectly open for them to use.
Funny enough, biked aren't allowed on the sidewalk. and it's even more dangerous to ride there cause drivers pay NO attention pulling in and out.
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:37   #38
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I see more D-Bag antics from boys in big trucks than I do with people on bikes.
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:53   #39
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I'm a sixty-one year old cyclist, 83% of the replies in this post have been made by knuckle dragging morons.
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I'm a sixty-one year old cyclist, 83% of the replies in this post have been made by knuckle dragging morons.
Your math is off. There's only been a few people claiming to be cyclist.
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:47   #41
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I see more D-Bag antics from boys in big trucks than I do with people on bikes.
Agreed. I've also noticed those that complain about cyclists are usually overweight and smoke. I feel safe in saying that since most poster here are stereotyping.

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Old 09-01-2013, 06:49   #42
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Get an air horn.

I'm a 58 year old cyclist and I see guys/gals riding three abreast and hogging the road all the time when I am out West.

Get an air horn.

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Old 09-01-2013, 07:06   #43
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Since texting became popular, I no longer ride my bike in traffic. I'm just a casual neighborhood rider anyway. I do NOT trust that the driver comng up behind me does not have their head buried in their cell phone texting. I do not plan on dying because some dopey 'stoner' is texting his buddy, "Sup Dude?"!
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:39   #44
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There are rude people everywhere, some happen to ride bikes.
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:47   #45
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Well, I spend a lot of time driving, and definitely know i hate bikes. The people on the have the "same road same rights same rules" or "share the road" stickers. Then they go 20 below the speed limit since there on a bike and too stubborn to go to the bike lane, they disregard all red lights and stop sighns, and cut in and out of traffic doing dangerous stuff since they feel entitled to having you yield for every dumb move they make. I recently got a smile on my face when i found out someone on a bike got a speeding ticket for going downhill about 40 through a school zone. If you say you want to follow the same law and rights then stop breaking them.

Are people on bikes bad around you?
We had a local heart surgeon killed by an unaware mommy in a van (really) a few years ago. He was biking on a winding mountain road with no margin for error. I figuratively shook my head at what I would have thought a smart person doing such a dumb thing and how sad he lost his life. IMO he had no common sense regarding choosing such a dangerous road to do something he did not have to do.

I share your bewilderment of the stupidity of man (and woman) for their over appreciation of the driving abilities/awareness of complete strangers on our roads.
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:49   #46
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I have plenty of stories about idiots on the road, but most of it's been covered.

Roadies are arrogant toolbags with no real skill. Plus spandex is for girls.

Freeride and Downhill MTB is what the men do.

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Well, I spend a lot of time driving, and definitely know i hate bikes. The people on the have the "same road same rights same rules" or "share the road" stickers. Then they go 20 below the speed limit since there on a bike and too stubborn to go to the bike lane, they disregard all red lights and stop sighns, and cut in and out of traffic doing dangerous stuff since they feel entitled to having you yield for every dumb move they make. I recently got a smile on my face when i found out someone on a bike got a speeding ticket for going downhill about 40 through a school zone. If you say you want to follow the same law and rights then stop breaking them.

Are people on bikes bad around you?
you name fits you quite well. you might want to read up on you state's drivers handbook when you get a chance. also read up on road bikes. those things that has skinny tires with 120 psi of pressure. *hint* they dont go on the sidewalk. thats where your walmart huffy bikes go.


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In Vermont we are covered up in them. Many of our roads are barley two lanes as it is. When you ride 2 and 3 wide you are forcing me into the oncoming lane. When you do it at 30 below the speed limit and are in a blind corner you just have a death wish.


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you name fits you quite well. you might want to read up on you state's drivers handbook when you get a chance. also read up on road bikes. those things that has skinny tires with 120 psi of pressure. *hint* they dont go on the sidewalk. thats where your walmart huffy bikes go.
Regardless, many of his points are valid.
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Old 09-01-2013, 08:03   #50
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The nice thing about bicycles is they tip over easily if you give their riders a slight shove.........
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