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Old 06-04-19, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by downwinded View Post
...I have wet dreams over a driver that would chase me to a dead end and then get out of their vehicle...
And as they get out, you catch a glimpse of their thigh-high stockings and garter belt, right? And then as she approaches, her freshly applied red lipstick accentuating the voluptuousness of her lips, she glances down and asks if you are transporting illegal contraband in your pants? And this of course means she has to push you up the against the wall and frisk you very thoroughly, no?

We have similar dreams!
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Old 06-04-19, 12:54 PM
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This thread has taken an interesting turn....

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Old 06-04-19, 01:15 PM
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I think I just found a Clif bar in my chamois!
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Old 06-04-19, 01:25 PM
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Geographic knowledge of how/where to ride for the least car conflicting route.

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The safest route is often not the quickest or shortest route.
But it is the less stressful, therefore, to me, the more enjoyable.
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Old 06-04-19, 01:41 PM
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I think I just found a Clif bar in my chamois!
Why is Clif's bar in your shorts?

Is this to trick the Russian spy into thinking her lipstick wont' work on you?
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Old 06-04-19, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by darktardis View Post
I live out in the country, and the one town I ride through is on a busy road where the average person goes about 5 over while texting on their phones. the road is lined with curbs so for the most part the only bailing would likely end with me crashing. I'm not looking to fight or anything, but if need be I would at least smack their car just to get their attention. I do ride with a camera so if anything does happen, its recorded.
Don't "smack" their car....honk!
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Old 06-04-19, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by oldgeezerjeff View Post
One of the things that bothers me most about drivers, riders, etc... is many think that once they have their license or can balance on two wheels, they no longer have anything to learn about their chosen form of conveyance. I endeavor to be a life-long learner, always attempting to improve my skills both behind the wheel and on the bike, (motorized or not), with the idea of staying out of those situations and placing my own safety squarely on my own shoulders.
I rode a motorcycle for many years too, and every spring would go out and practice my skills before riding too far. Most of my friends did too, and we were more prepared than most other motorcyclists we'd see, especially the outside noisy, inside empty types. When I resumed bicycling I took a similar approach, especially after feeling much more vulnerable on a bicycle when compared to my motorcycle. But it seems most bicyclists just aren't that worried about maintaining their skills with some not being concerned at all about others around them.
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Old 06-04-19, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Skipjacks View Post
It's not just drivers who want to hurt you. It's also drivers who are paying more attention to their phone than to the road you have to watch out for.

You should always know where you can bail out and be completely protected from the car.

It's better to know where that bail out option is in advance than to try and find out in a half second as a car is veering across the center into your lane.

This is just how my mind works. Where is a defensive position? I look for it everywhere I go. On a bike, in a car, walking, going into a restaurant. I see where escape routes are. I see where defensive positions are. I see where threats could come from and which direction I should be most alert towards. Marine Corps...years of urban warfare training. It was drilled into my head. I can't turn it off.
This is basically what I learned from martial arts and motorcycling - be aware of your surroundings and have an exit strategy in case it's needed. Most of the time this involves me stopping for someone walking on the bike path while staring at their phone who suddenly becomes aware of the 6" tall guy wearing bright yellow with flashing lights on his helmet and handlebars who is startled enough to start paying attention. It also helped when I got a flat in the dark a couple of months ago too, I just safely coasted to the side and figured out the problem.
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