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    • odd man out wrote:

      As a driver, I too wish bikers would own the turn lanes. It doesn't really slow down traffic much as a bike can accelerate off the light nearly as fast as a car. It's better than when the bikers pretend to be pedestrians. I also wish they would use hand signals to indicate turning.
      I'm big on hand signals. Left turn, right turn and then there's that very special one finger one that I use when someone in a car gets too close or almost backs over me coming out their driveway.
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    • jimmyjam wrote:

      odd man out wrote:

      As a driver, I too wish bikers would own the turn lanes. It doesn't really slow down traffic much as a bike can accelerate off the light nearly as fast as a car. It's better than when the bikers pretend to be pedestrians. I also wish they would use hand signals to indicate turning.
      I'm big on hand signals. Left turn, right turn and then there's that very special one finger one that I use when someone in a car gets too close or almost backs over me coming out their driveway.
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    • For clarification, I don't think the majority of drivers in Southeastern Idaho are jerks and I detest some of my fellow cyclists. I think most people are legitimately ignorant to the rules of the road and a good many are distracted. It happens when I'm on foot and in my car too.

      I almost hit a guy on a bike because he darted out in to the crosswalk as I was turning and he didn't have right of way. I was almost squished while on foot when I was in the middle of a crosswalk where I did have right of way because a lady was turning and didn't look up. By the time she did I was level with her door and a few inches from her car. She panic braked and her hands fles to her mouth as I gestured in an annoyed fashion for her to move since she was blocking all traffic at that point and I was still in the road.


      I have almost been doored and almost doored people. I've been on a city bus when the driver pulled right out in front of a bike that was keeping up with traffic so doing at least 25-30 mph and the bus driver never saw her.

      I hope that in time the greenbelt project here will be finished as that would alleviate some of the issues. However, that's a whole other set of issues with private property owners, in most cases rightly so not wanting to give up land for a trail system.
      “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” - T. S. Eliot
    • Ewok11 wrote:

      ...I almost hit a guy on a bike because he darted out in to the crosswalk as I was turning and he didn't have right of way....
      My daughter got pulled over by a cop about 30 seconds into her first session of driving with a learner's permit. He said she failed to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The "pedestrian" was a cyclist who was riding on the sidewalk and was half a block up the street when my daughter started her turn. The cyclist was going fast enough that he had to slow down slightly as he crossed the street to avoid hitting the side of our car. I asked the officer if cyclists were to be treated the same was cars. He said that every time there is a collision between cars, he needs to determine who was at fault. I asked if a car was driving down the sidewalk and collided with us, who would get the ticket. The officer didn't answer. I then asked if a cyclist is considered a pedestrian (I didn't get into the Latin origin of the word "pedestrian"). At this point the officer let us go with a "warning".
    • Ewok11. All of what you’ve described has happened to me...except I’ve never ‘almost doored’ anyone. I was 8 when riding in the street as the town had a strict policy on riding on the sidewalk when someone threw open a car door. My bike was totaled but it broke his car window. He moved the bike to the roadside, checked me for injury, and drove away. The police didn’t bother to report my family if he was charged.

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    • max.patch wrote:

      at stone mountain park in atlanta the speed limit is 25 mph. there are a couple good sized hills in the park. if ya speed ya get ticketed -- and that includes bicyclists. that's the only place i've personally seen a bicyclist ticketed for speeding.
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    • max.patch wrote:

      at stone mountain park in atlanta the speed limit is 25 mph. there are a couple good sized hills in the park. if ya speed ya get ticketed -- and that includes bicyclists. that's the only place i've personally seen a bicyclist ticketed for speeding.
      I think I would be too afraid to ride a bike at Stone Mountain. The last time I was there, the people I was with were just sure they knew a back way to get there faster. They didn't. We ended up having to park in Stone Mountain Village and walk aaaaalllll the way to the park and then all the way to the hill. There are indeed some serious hills there. I have a friend who goes SUPing at the lake/pond all the time.
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    • While the bike shop rebuilds the rear wheel of my new bike, the Surly Disc Trucker, I've been using my Trek hybrid to commute on. It's a totally different ride, more up-right seating and so I think drivers can see me a little better. It's also a little slower, but going to work I leave myself plenty of time and coming home time isn't critical.

      Soon I'll be changing the brake pads on Kathy's bike.
      I've never dealt with hydraulic, disc brakes on a bicycle.
      I've got new pads, with springs, and the proper bleeding kit so it shouldn't be too much of a problem.
      Right now I'm not sure what I'll have to do to get the back wheel off as it has a NuVinci hub which has more than 1 cable going to it that will have to be disconnected
    • chief wrote:

      Dan76 wrote:

      Does one have to bleed a hydraulic disk system when changing pads?
      nope, unless you screw up and open the pressure side. just think of them as tiny car brakes. there are about 8000 videos on youtube where a multitude of prissy bike mechanics tell us how to do it.
      Who knows, if you look hard enough you might even find one with a masculine mechanic. :D
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    • Astro wrote:

      chief wrote:

      Dan76 wrote:

      Does one have to bleed a hydraulic disk system when changing pads?
      nope, unless you screw up and open the pressure side. just think of them as tiny car brakes. there are about 8000 videos on youtube where a multitude of prissy bike mechanics tell us how to do it.
      Who knows, if you look hard enough you might even find one with a masculine mechanic. :D
      I did see one, trying way too hard to look macho. Alas he failed! His tiny little screw driver gave it away.
    • chief wrote:

      Dan76 wrote:

      Does one have to bleed a hydraulic disk system when changing pads?
      nope, unless you screw up and open the pressure side. just think of them as tiny car brakes. there are about 8000 videos on youtube where a multitude of prissy bike mechanics tell us how to do it.
      A rhetorical question as a bleeding kit was mentioned.

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    • Dan76 wrote:

      chief wrote:

      Dan76 wrote:

      Does one have to bleed a hydraulic disk system when changing pads?
      nope, unless you screw up and open the pressure side. just think of them as tiny car brakes. there are about 8000 videos on youtube where a multitude of prissy bike mechanics tell us how to do it.
      A rhetorical question as a bleeding kit was mentioned.
      damn, I must have missed the inflection in you voice.
    • Dan76 wrote:

      chief wrote:

      Dan76 wrote:

      Does one have to bleed a hydraulic disk system when changing pads?
      nope, unless you screw up and open the pressure side. just think of them as tiny car brakes. there are about 8000 videos on youtube where a multitude of prissy bike mechanics tell us how to do it.
      A rhetorical question as a bleeding kit was mentioned.
      I got the bleeding kit just in case I screw up and do something stupid.
      I've been known to do that from time to time.
    • LIhikers wrote:

      Dan76 wrote:

      chief wrote:

      Dan76 wrote:

      Does one have to bleed a hydraulic disk system when changing pads?
      nope, unless you screw up and open the pressure side. just think of them as tiny car brakes. there are about 8000 videos on youtube where a multitude of prissy bike mechanics tell us how to do it.
      A rhetorical question as a bleeding kit was mentioned.
      I got the bleeding kit just in case I screw up and do something stupid.I've been known to do that from time to time.
      But since you got it, I am sure everything will go fine. ;)
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    • Now that day time temps are in the 90s it's making bike commuting tough.
      The morning isn't much of a problem as I'm leaving home earlier to ride in lower temperatures.
      After a full day of work with temperatures in the 90s it's tough to throw my leg over the bike and ride home in the high 80s or the 90s.
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      Not the pano but it hints at the countryside. There were wildflowers all along the road with yellow finches flitting around.
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