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Old 03-24-20, 01:38 PM
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I ride when it's not raining.
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Old 03-24-20, 02:55 PM
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I am still commuting to work and riding recreationally on the weekends...There is a lot less traffic because all the non-essential businesses and services were ordered to shut down.
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Old 03-24-20, 05:15 PM
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I live and ride in a rural area, so I'm not impacted at all. My riding is all solo, but my house is on a great riding road and I'm still seeing group rides pass by. Although I think the numbers may be smaller.
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I went for a ride this evening, and as I came up to one of the few lights where I wanted to turn, I realized how few cars I had seen---Just as I had that thought, a car blew by sort of close at high speed with a long, loud honk of the horn. So even if there are fewer cars, some of them still contain Darwin Award contenders.

Still .... I try not to design routes with left turns because often left turns require crossing multiple lanes of traffic, and drivers can be pretty oblivious, mega-bright bike lights nonwithstanding. At three left-turn lights tonight i had no problem .... there just weren't many people out driving.

Enjoy it while we can, I figure. Eventually this virus will be gone and roads will be the domain of automobiles once again.
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Occasionally, daytime traffic is starting to get annoying.

N.Y.C. looks like a great place to ride , or at least it was last Saturday night.

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Old 03-25-20, 04:48 AM
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i am riding as often as time and wearher permits. NWNJ area i rarelg come across people on road. the trails....rail trails are packed with zombie families...
most here are packed. safer on road. just lonely...miss my nyc rides

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Old 03-25-20, 08:11 AM
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Still ride to work and still ride for groceries. Well when the weather is decent. I've learned to deal with the cold, but I still don't like the rain and I wont ride in the snow. And when I'm not riding, I get my exercise by hiking the park trails around where I live.
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Old 03-25-20, 08:12 AM
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One thing for sure is more fully kitted roadies are out during the weekdays than usual. I saw several in the industrial areas I was driving through for work yesterday. Usually that doesn't happen until Sundays around here due to all the heavy truck traffic and regular vehicles. But traffic is very, very light.

Anyway, today's the first day of my county being "locked down". I'm kinda working at home, but will be taking a spin soon on one of the bikes.

For some reason these light traffic roadways are bringing out the crazy drivers. 90mph in a 60. 50mph in a 35. Wreckless maneuvering to go around other cars. They won't be able to stop if they have to. Plenty of car wrecks here as a result. Perhaps out of proportion to the amount of people actually on the road.

Watch yourselves out there.
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Old 03-25-20, 09:07 AM
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[QUOTE=FiftySix;21382777] For some reason these light traffic roadways are bringing out the crazy drivers. 90mph in a 60. 50mph in a 35. Wreckless maneuvering to go around other cars. {/quote} Well, so long as they stay wreck-less i guess it is okay.

Just kidding. My wife (who is essential personnel and forced to drive to work) remarked on the same thing. People see the wide-open roads and forget that speed limits are established based on how fast a crazy person can safely drive that section. A whole lot of speeders .... also a whole lot of happy cops writing huge tickets.

But I agree .... assuming that we are safe because there are fewer cars is not in itself safe.
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Old 03-25-20, 10:17 AM
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[QUOTE=Maelochs;21382846]
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For some reason these light traffic roadways are bringing out the crazy drivers. 90mph in a 60. 50mph in a 35. Wreckless maneuvering to go around other cars. {/quote} Well, so long as they stay wreck-less i guess it is okay.

That whole "almost an antonym" thing is why "wreckless" is one of my favorite common misspellings.

Spell check doesn't catch it because "wreckless" and "reckless" are both legitimate words. People need to be more reckful about which one they choose.
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I'm still riding to work and for the occasional grocery run. I haven't got out on recreational rides because a niple broke on my front wheel and it took me ages to find a LBS to fix it (finally tracked down a guy working from his home, conveniently close to my workplace, to have it repaired today, yay).
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Old 03-26-20, 08:33 AM
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No, I donít ride, Iím already paranoid, I donít want to take risks. I think for me a warning about the dangers of health means a lot more than a ride
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Old 03-26-20, 09:52 AM
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[QUOTE=livedarklions;21382958]
Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post


That whole "almost an antonym" thing is why "wreckless" is one of my favorite common misspellings.

Spell check doesn't catch it because "wreckless" and "reckless" are both legitimate words. People need to be more reckful about which one they choose.
Have a wreckless day!
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Old 03-26-20, 10:42 AM
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No, I donít ride, Iím already paranoid, I donít want to take risks. I think for me a warning about the dangers of health means a lot more than a ride
My 2011 bike crash resulted in a little broken neck and right clavicle and some other stuff, things still bothering me, so went out at 10:32pm last night for a little night ride. Had a total of 12 vehicles pass by. Hoping for my 70th birthday in July with a 140 mile birthday ride but have cancer and there ain't gonna be riding after I'm dead so here's today's Ride stats >>>

Distance

111.13 mi
Distance

Calories

6,824 C
Calories

Timing


6:28:54
Time
6:26:07
Moving Time
7:31:53
Elapsed Time
17.1 mph
Avg Speed
17.3 mph
Avg Moving Speed
24.9 mph
Max Speed

Elevation

115 ft
Elev Gain
131 ft
Elev Loss
33 ft
Min Elev
82 ft
Max Elev
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Old 03-26-20, 10:54 AM
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[QUOTE=livedarklions;21382958]
Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post


That whole "almost an antonym" thing is why "wreckless" is one of my favorite common misspellings.

Spell check doesn't catch it because "wreckless" and "reckless" are both legitimate words. People need to be more reckful about which one they choose.
I wreckon so!
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Old 03-26-20, 11:19 AM
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[QUOTE=curbtender;21384546]
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Have a wreckless day!

Reckless is one of those great words where the adjective survives after the root word has gone extinct.

"Once seemingly invincible, the word 'reck' has been thoroughly vinced."
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Old 03-26-20, 12:25 PM
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here's today's Ride stats >>>

Distance

111.13 mi
My hat's off to you, OTG. Keep riding while you can.
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Old 03-26-20, 12:31 PM
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I am riding every day, since I'm not working from home. I usually don't start my riding season this early, still chilly in Mass., so I consider these rides as bonus miles in building the base. I see other riders and far more walking folk than usual.
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Old 03-26-20, 02:36 PM
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CHICAGO (CBS) — Visibly frustrated with reports of gatherings throughout Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivered a stern warning to those who continue to get together during the COVID-19 pandemic: We will shut it down and you may be arrested.

“Stay at home. Only go out for essentials. You have to readjust your thinking. Be smart,” Lightfoot said. “Not only will our police be deployed to shut them down if you are not abiding by these orders we will be forced to shut down the parks and lakefront. The situation Is deadly serious and we need you take it deadly seriously.”

Lightfoot added that spending long periods of time outdoors, anywhere, is not allowed. And neither is going into closed spaces, like playgrounds.

You cannot go on long bike rides. Playgrounds are shut down. You must abide by the order. Outside, is for a brief respite, not for 5Ks. I can’t emphasize enough that we abide the rules.”
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Old 03-26-20, 06:36 PM
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Put panniers on your bike or wear a knapsack. Say you are going shopping. Unless the cops track you, they cannot know how far you are going.

The constitutionality of the rule is questionable anyway .... does the law define "long"? Lots of posters here call 25 miles a short ride. How far can you legally ride? And what basis is there for prohibiting long rides, walks, or runs? You don't get more exposed or expose more people just because you are outside for longer.

The ACLU needs a test case. Step up, and ride on!
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
Put panniers on your bike or wear a knapsack. Say you are going shopping. Unless the cops track you, they cannot know how far you are going.

The constitutionality of the rule is questionable anyway .... does the law define "long"? Lots of posters here call 25 miles a short ride. How far can you legally ride? And what basis is there for prohibiting long rides, walks, or runs? You don't get more exposed or expose more people just because you are outside for longer.

The ACLU needs a test case. Step up, and ride on!
For once Iím glad I left Chicago! In Michigan there seems to be no impediment to me restarting my long distance life. Been doing four mile walks with Mrs Road Fan about three times a week, getting ready to get out on two wheels!
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Old 03-27-20, 04:53 AM
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CHICAGO (CBS) — Visibly frustrated with reports of gatherings throughout Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivered a stern warning to those who continue to get together during the COVID-19 pandemic: We will shut it down and you may be arrested.

“Stay at home. Only go out for essentials. You have to readjust your thinking. Be smart,” Lightfoot said. “Not only will our police be deployed to shut them down if you are not abiding by these orders we will be forced to shut down the parks and lakefront. The situation Is deadly serious and we need you take it deadly seriously.”

Lightfoot added that spending long periods of time outdoors, anywhere, is not allowed. And neither is going into closed spaces, like playgrounds.

You cannot go on long bike rides. Playgrounds are shut down. You must abide by the order. Outside, is for a brief respite, not for 5Ks. I can’t emphasize enough that we abide the rules.”

I think the probability issue is quite different in Chicago than where I ride. Also Maelochs got it right, 25 miles is my after work short ride. No idea how long the mayor meant.
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I think the probability issue is quite different in Chicago than where I ride. Also Maelochs got it right, 25 miles is my after work short ride. No idea how long the mayor meant.
Chicago has shut down the lakefront.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coron...ed~curatedpage
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Chicago has shut down the lakefront.
https://www.chicagotribune.com/coron...ed~curatedpage
Bummer! I'm originally from the Chicago area, but I've been fortunate enough to be living in a rural area a few hours north of Chicago, and other than being a bit chilly, the riding has been incredible! On a normal day I typically see about a dozen cars on the roads I ride, but lately it's been about two or three. Pretty quiet! Hopefully Wisconsin won't tighten the restrictions on cycling, for IMO, this is the ultimate form of social distancing.
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I only recently started riding again. I live near a large, rural park and started biking trails I've often hiked. The park has gotten busy lately, however. Besides the need for distancing, riding through curvy, wooded trails risks surprising those on foot and their dogs, especially if they can't hear me over their earbuds/headphones. So if the parking lot has a lot of vehicles--which is anytime after early morning lately--I'll head to a rail trail a bit further away. I feel silly riding a mountain bike on a paved rail trail, but I can keep much more distance there.

I did attempt a mountain bike trail a few days ago. I got through much of it, although it was far muddier than expected, but I'm not nearly confident enough yet to attempt a narrow, banked, curving boardwalk over a nasty-looking drop--especially as hospitals are overwhelmed--so I chickened out. Maybe I should have gotten a commuter or gravel bike instead.
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