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Old 05-21-22, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Digger Goreman View Post
You want to start a fight with a motorist, don't use the F-bomb, just say W A I T !

If it were 75 of anything else larger than a bike, they'd suck it up.... There are no secondary citizens (or road users). There are only inconvenienced motor heads acting privileged....

Oh, cyclists aren't "holding up" traffic, they ARE traffic!!!
I suggest you acquaint yourself with section 21656 of the California Vehicle Code.
https://law.justia.com/codes/califor...50-21664/21656
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Old 05-22-22, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by TLit View Post
Bicyclists need to hug the side of the road, I always have when traffic dictates that.
Look I like trees I don't think we should cut them down and destroy them for dumb reasons but I don't believe in hugging them, roads I don't really care for in the same way so I definitely wouldn't hug them. I will hug my friends and family but inanimate objects NO WAY!
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Old 05-22-22, 06:10 PM
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It's interesting that in this day and age where people have a camera in their hand or within immediate reach, so many accounts of bicyclist misbehavior go unrecorded. There's a reason for that.
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Old 05-22-22, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
It's interesting that in this day and age where people have a camera in their hand or within immediate reach, so many accounts of bicyclist misbehavior go unrecorded. There's a reason for that.
The highways around here are full of billboards with motorcycle lawyers looking for injured motorcyclists, I guess there are a lot fewer bicycle riders injured.
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Old 05-23-22, 04:46 AM
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Only in California would 75 like-minded dipsticks get together to pull this kind of crap
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Old 05-23-22, 07:32 AM
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This sounds more like a critical mass, which I'm all for if you have a purpose and everyone is on board.
But this really just sounds like a logistical nightmare. No reason you can't break the ride up into groups of 10-15, spread a mile or so apart.
Aside from bad planning, cyclists are just as much "traffic" as any car and we have the same rights to the road as anyone else (depending on local laws). It might be "obnoxious" but it's generally within your rights as cyclists to take the lane. Constantly feeling guilty and ceding to cars is what gives them their privilege and causes dangerous conditions. If you're gonna own the road, just own it.
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Old 05-24-22, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
You were on a single speed doing hills?
I do a lot of gravel racing in Northwestern PA, WV, Eastern Ohio -- very hilly places. Some races have >100ft of climbing per mile. And there are always some people on SS gravel bikes.
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Old 05-24-22, 07:03 PM
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I've never understood the mentality of group bicyclists or motorcyclists, etc.. I'm not really a loner but don't want to be held up by the slower crowd. When I was in my early teens I did plenty of century rides south to north of Danbury and back.
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Old 05-25-22, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
Well, the inevitable pile-up will be entertaining as hell.
I'd follow their Instagram if they would film those.
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Old 05-28-22, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre View Post
I recommend two solutions to this potential catastrophe: 1.) All riders should stay single-file, and as far to the right (or left, in Britain) as they can. There is no excuse for being out in the middle of the road, off of the shoulder. If, during times of no motor traffic, the group does spread out, laterally, then the command "Car Back", from the rear-most rider in the group or group section, should prompt an immediate response from all riders to assume a single-file as far to the right (or left) as they can. If you re not capable of this level of courtesy or control, you shouldn't be on a group ride. 2.) The ride leader should choose a route/time-of-day that is most-likely to minimize the risk inherent in obstructing motor traffic. Share the road.
I would add one thing: contact whatever stupid club is organizing or sanctioning this sort of ride. 75 people is ridiculous unless it's an event (as opposed to a ride). Choosing a route like that compounds the stupidity. The club needs to be called on it and just stop doing it.

Oh, I guess another thing to add: quit participating in such a stupid ride!
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Old 05-28-22, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
I do a lot of gravel racing in Northwestern PA, WV, Eastern Ohio -- very hilly places. Some races have >100ft of climbing per mile. And there are always some people on SS gravel bikes.
Where I live and ride (but don't race), 100 feet per mile would be on the mild side of hilly. More typical would be 150 or 1500+ feet in 10 miles. Yeah, I need lots of gears! But I do love going downhill.
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Old 05-28-22, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
cycling doesn't have to be a dangerous sport
Cycling doesn't have to be a sport at all, it can just be a recreational activity.
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Old 05-28-22, 07:08 PM
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It's been more than two weeks. Is traffic moving yet or is the group ride still there?
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