This is a discussion on We need some common sense bicycle control... within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by Mike1956 I'm fortunate to live on a lightly-traveled township road surrounded by township and county roads in all four directions. If I ...
My nicer road bike is a Trek carbon frame with Campy Chorus that I built myself (about 15 years ago).
Last year (August) I had a flat 1.5 mile from home, inflator wouldn't work, couldn't get the tire fixed decided to just walk the bike back home, only 1.5 mile.
Thing is I was wearing clipless pedal shoes, so I was "walking funny" for that 1.5 mile.
Next day my knee "popped" literally made a sound and then something felt loose, lots of pain; I could walk on it but it hurt. My wife said you need to see a doctor, I said if it gets worse I'll see a doctor. It took months but the knee slowly healed. In July (11 months had passed) I decided to see if I could bike ride. Got new Kevlar tires, new tubes, inflator, mini-pump. That first 16 mile ride was tough, after so long of not riding, plus the heat index was over 100; but, I survived, I was back into rod bike riding. Over the next month I did 6 more 16 mile rides. At the end of ride 7 I put the bike back on its rack and was taking off shoes when BANG sounded like a gun went off. The rear tire had blew, I had never seen a tire pop rather than deflate. I'd checked tire pressure prior to the ride, don't know why that tire blew. Only 7 rides since the knee injury and now I'd just made it home, had that tire blew a couple minutes sooner don't know if I would have wrecked because of it. Maybe it was a friendly nudge from God to quit riding the road bike; perhaps if I continued to ride there would be an accident or serious injury and the good lord was trying to help me avoid it. I eventually tossed all the road bike shorts, jerseys, ect... and will sell the road bikes in the spring when people are thinking about starting to ride after winter. I'm keeping my mt bike, regular pedals, fat tires, easy to control if a tire goes down. I've had that bike for 20 years, never ride it here, its my Florida bike, take it on trips to FL, humor myself by riding to the store on it, or to a restaurant (something I can't do out here where I live now). In less than 4 years that old mt. bike will get rode frequently, perhaps daily.
I'm not inclined to disarm for a concert, game, (entertainment) and I ain't going on a plane or cruise.
"Wouldn't want to or Nobody volunteer to" get shot by _____ is not indicative of quickly incapacitating.
"Stop being dangerous, and you become edible." William Aprill
Dedicated bike trails, lanes, and the like are for the wealthy politically connected and politically vocal subgroups that throw their pocketbooks and political acumen around for selfish purposes. Bicycling advocacy groups abound, and act like they support a constitutional right.
Economic disasters with limited payback of any type, be it financial, environmental, or recreational in any broad based measurement, they cater to the woke crowd living out their dreams with OPM ("Other People's Money") riding $1,000-$25,000 bikes with dreams of superiority and elitism.
Prove me wrong. Change my mind.
As a humorous aside (yes, even I want to laugh occassionally), our horses freaked out the first time a bicycle rode past them in their new environs! Totally freaked! Rodeo time!
Bicycles were silent, fast and obviously carnivores.
Now? They yawn.
I used to race BMX bikes when I was a kid. The bike culture has changed so much since then, and not for the better.
It's like the culture at the gym nowadays, a lot of inexperienced, self important, entitled azzhats waltzing in and getting in the way.
Plus how about all the spandex outfits on fat guys who think they are in the Tour de France? They say the outfit helps their riding. You know what will help your riding even more? Dropping about 50lbs
Bicycles on the highways here in Wyoming are almost universally hated and taken as a sign that progressives are moving in. Who else has time or desire to ride a bicycle wearing stretchy pants? The good news is its fairly hot in the summer and not doable in the winter. We don't have wide shoulders and there is a lot of truck traffic and farm traffic. I have never seen a bicycle on the road in this county yet. I really don't mind them if they aren't the arrogant "this is my highway" types I saw in progressive parts of Montana. 4 wide blocking the whole lane and going along at 15 MPH in a 70 MPH highway. Unfortunately many of them are entitled pious brats and those are the ones that make it tough for others.
You want to ride in the middle of the street? Fine, just get over immediately when a car comes up behind you.
Look at this guy, probably a barista at star bucks
In the final seconds of your life, just before your killer is about to dispatch you to that great eternal darkness, what would you rather have in your hand? A cell phone or a gun?
I don't want to come off as some kind of anti-bike nut here. I own three bikes still, although I don't ride them as mush as I would like.
My main complaint is the total lack of respect for cars and the rules of the road nowadays from the current crop of bike riders.
It's like a whiny minority group, consider me equal, but treat me special
My wife and I used to ride GOBA, a week-like bicycle tour around Ohio. Seeing fat and otherwise unshapely people in spandex was in and of itself enough to discourage me from continued participation. I've never, nor will I ever own or wear spandex "athletic" wear.
PS-I've already dropped twenty of that extra fifty you mentioned.
"Stop being dangerous, and you become edible." William Aprill
Attack Squadron 65 "Tigers", USS Eisenhower '80 - '83, peackeeping w/Iran, Libya, Lebanon and E. Europe
When raising my family in Wichita, Kansas we rode the extensive "River Walk" paths for years, all on bikes that were $100 or less.
We have mountain bike meccas around here, and those folks, and their advocacy and trade groups have some serious bitchiness built in. Those folks have a lot of disposable income and some are not about to not flaunt it or abuse it.
I'll exclude you. You are too level headed.
Life is so much more complicated that it use to be. Back in the olden days, the 1970’s, well all we had to do was stand about an arms length from the road and stick our thumbs out and “woo La” our chariots would arrive
hitch-hike now days either nonbody would pick you up, or if they do they are the one’s that ask you to “rub the lotion on the skin”! Yikes! 😲
On regarding the bike spandex outfits, good grief eat some ice cream and put some meat on those bones...and get that bike horn out of your behind yes we all can see where it’s going - that’s nasty! 🤮
What would happen if you put the same amount of trust in God that you do in the brakes on what your driving on the highways?
Think about it.