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Need Protection?

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If you need more protection or a protective tip here it is…..don’t ride on roads.  When riding a bike you are balancing on two thin wheels. They slip on ice, paint, leaves. The get stuck in cracks, hit potholes. Other than your helmet, you have no protection at all.  Why deny it? I’ve hurt myself walking, running, brushing my teeth, cleaning my ears, shaving, putting on my glasses, tying my shoes and playing basketball. I have yet to be injured in a bike to car accident.  You want to know why?  I will tell you.  I don’t put my bikes skinny little tires anywhere near an automobile.  That is silly.

Written by Dan

December 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Wikileaks Cables

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The wikileak cables are not going to be found on this site.  In fact, I am sick of hearing about them.  Back to biking…..No one rides as much as they drive/are driven. It is essentially impossible to compare two activities that share nothing in common, for example scuba diving and competitive running, without using a comparable metric. The miles driven vs. ridden are similar only in that they are distance miles, but they are not equivalent in terms of the danger level. Time of participation is a much better metric. While someone may dive ‘only’ 100 feet down, and spend about 45 minutes doing it, a runner can go about 4 miles in the same time (I don’t run much, but that seems about right). Yet, comparing distance travelled is like comparing a chainsaw to an air conditioner.

Written by Dan

December 9, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Posted in Bicycle, Bike, Cycling, Politics

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Sum of All Sense

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To sum it up, most cyclists go 15-20 miles an hour on average (frequently slower, rarely faster). Cars go 30-70 miles an hour on average, with most of the ‘100 million’ miles driven on highways, where it’s around 70 mph. Then the ratio for hours of equivalent participation is about 70/15 (taking the more realistic speeds) = 4.7. So, the more realistic comparison of injury rates per hours of participation is 390/4.7 = 83 injuries per approximately 1,430,000 hours of use. That is much more similar to the rates of injury while driving, and is a more fair metric of comparing activities.  Stay off the roads people!

Written by Dan

December 7, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Safely Overtake an Angry Cyclist

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If you drive on a road occupied by people on bicycles it is likely you have attacked or wanted to attack the cyclist.  Confrontations between drivers and cyclist may start out as relaxing, but can quickly take a turn for the worse.  Arm yourself with these tips and you can safely overtake a cyclist when the need arises. 

  • As the angry cyclist approaches you, be ready for action.  You must always assume they are approaching to do you harm.  Often the angry cyclist may approach you with the bicycle raised above their heads in a striking position.
  • Make sudden, fast, wild swinging movements.  Make a lot of noise.  If you have a can with rocks in it shake it loudly while shouting nonsense in the face of the cyclist. 
  • Move swiftly from side to side.  Don’t stand in one spot or you will get struck.
  • Move into the strike and grab the bicycle with your right hand. 
  • Spin the aggressor around where you are directly behind them.
  • Strike them hard in the center of the back with your fist.
  • As the cyclist goes down, deliver 3 strong strikes with the bicycle to the knee or back of the legs.
  • Throw the bicycle far out of reach of the injured cyclist.
  • Get in your car and drive to over the bicycle rendering it useless, and get ready for your next confrontation.

Written by Dan

December 6, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Unicycles on Roads

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I do NOT condone unicycling, bicycling or tricycling by adults on the road.  Kids either for that matter.  Unicycling – even by an expert – on the road is particularly dangerous.  What stupidity! If it’s dangerous with adults, then it’s dangerous with children too. You don’t have to look further than the recent lawsuit involving a 25-year old unicyclist who ran into an elderly lady, causing the lady to fall and break her hip. Unicycles move at even slower speeds than bicycles and adult tricycles.  Unicycles are not safe for road travel.  Yesterday while driving to the University, a man in a suit riding a unicycle pulled up beside me.  He was commuting to work on a unicycle.  How stupid!  Why in the world would he want to ride that thing on the road?  Take it to the park and enjoy your ride, but stay off my roads.

Written by Dan

December 4, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I Nearly hit a Bike this Morning

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On a busy 8 lane street I had a bicyclist pull up in between my truck and another car at the stoplight at one of the busiest intersections in the city like he was on a motorcycle or something. Ridiculous. Just an accident waiting to happen. He perfectly could’ve use the available bike lane and cross walk. But no, he uses a major throughfare as his preferred route of transportation. And guess who’s fault it is when they get hit?  Oh If I would have had the opportunity I might have taken a quick lane change.  Get off my roads and stick to the shoulder.  Your skinny little wheels belong at the park not on the road.

Written by Turner

December 3, 2010 at 12:24 am

Posted in Bicycle, Cycling, Politics

Why they Ride in Europe

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European countries recognize the enormous subisidies societies pay for fuel and infrastructure supporting motorized traffic and levy excise taxes accordingly. The lion’s share of the cost of fuel in those countries is tax. The cost of licensing and annual renewals is based on engine displacement and makes it prohibitively expensive for the average driver to operate a large, inefficient vehicle. For example, if a person in Norway, one of Europe’s top oil producers, wants to buy a new Camaro with a five liter V-8, by the time the car is registered and insured he will have spent more than $200,000.  It is not the same people.  They ride because they have to.  They can’t afford the damn cars.  We can.  Stick to the shoulder and stay off my roads.

Written by Dan

December 2, 2010 at 12:22 am