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Old 08-01-19, 03:14 PM
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I did mention that they were “standing in the road” that slowed me down. No need to kick over any bikes, all those Lime bikes have disappeared. I wonder where they went?
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Old 08-01-19, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe Bikerider View Post
I'm pretty slow and the streets are wide
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I did mention that they were “standing in the road” that slowed me down. No need to kick over any bikes, all those Lime bikes have disappeared. I wonder where they went?
So in your own words you are slow and the streets are wide but somehow 3 riders still got in your way? I can't imagine they were in your way for more than a few seconds.

Too bad those lime bikes went away since you are now taking out your displaced anger on people around you rather than on inanimate objects.
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Old 08-01-19, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by literal trope View Post
It seems that "Joe Bikerider" frequently has a great deal of difficulty simply riding around other people that he encounters.
Maybe a few months of therapy would be more useful for him rather than continually complaining about the people he encounters in life? We can only hope.
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Old 08-01-19, 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
best to know where you are going and equally important is how to get home.

What aids you may need are rider dependent, and really unimportant.
I have previously posted:
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I also really enjoy looking at maps and figuring out the best places to go and how to get there. IMO the best cycling maps, for example in the Boston area in my experience, are the AAA metropolitan maps. They have a small enough scale to identify lesser traveled roads, yet cover a pretty wide area for long rides.

When my son was younger and would ask those questions like, "How far?" and "When are we going to get there?," I would answer: "A road warrior doesn't ask questions like that. All a road warrior wants to know is where are we going and how are we going to get there?".
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Old 08-01-19, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by literal trope View Post
It seems that "Joe Bikerider" frequently has a great deal of difficulty simply riding around other people that he encounters.
Hey, come on, this is General Cycling - the place to vent all First World Problems, unless you are a 'real' cyclist which requires one to spout FWPs loudly on the 41.

And Walnut Creek is kinda a privileged place, or at least, it used to be.
He didn't: Call the cops, draw his weapon, run them over, air-horn 'em or bear spray 'em, etc.

If this was the 50+ Forum, i'd tell you to get off his lawn.

edit: Mods - isn't there a rule against sliming people before achieving 10 posts?

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Old 08-02-19, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by literal trope View Post
How is telling the truth and quoting someone "sliming people"?

Post count does not necessarily correlate to wisdom, relevance, or couth. Just look at your post for a prime example of that fact.
It depends on one's point of view. Eh?

I may not have wisdom, but always try to have couth.
for to become uncouth would become unconscionable.


edit: maybe people took me too literally, I put a smiley in the post initially.

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Old 08-02-19, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe Bikerider View Post
On Sunday I was taking my usual loop through the East Bay town of Walnut Creek. I like to cross Ygnacio Valley Road at San Carlos and cruise through the neighborhoods. I'm pretty slow and the streets are wide and traffic very light, typical suburban area built in the 1950's. I know that because the swim club, Rancho San Miguel is celebrating their founding in 1959. A group of three riders passed me but then I soon caught up to them standing in the road looking at a map, they seemed to be deciding to turn left. I asked where they are going and got the reply "Diablo". My reply "you're going the wrong way". So I continued on, I could see the locally famous mountain straight ahead. After getting through the neighborhoods I came out on Walnut Ave and turned right heading up. Looking back to the left I could see those three riders. They came by and I said "told you so". I hope they had a nice ride but they could have done better and learned something by just looking around them and following the obvious route. I'm a fan of keeping the map in my pocket and figuring it out on my own, it's way more fun. Even worse is slavishly following some computerized route.
I bet they wish they were you.
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Old 08-03-19, 07:47 AM
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I love maps. I am never lost, and they dont need batteries or Wifi.
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Old 08-03-19, 07:02 PM
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Kind of OT, but it seems like every good hike is on the intersection of 4 7.5' quads.

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Old 08-05-19, 12:26 PM
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Hah, I once did exactly as the OP espoused while riding in New Castle, Australia. Big mountain off in the distance just bugged me so I rode at it. Had to break out the phone a few times to make sure I wasn't heading down a veritable dead-end, which I did a few times. Took a few roads I probably shouldn't have (was there for a while on business travel.) and ran out of water at one point but climbed the big hill that day.
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Old 08-05-19, 05:16 PM
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Why didn't you ask if they needed directions, or better yet, offer to show them a "shortcut". Unless you just wanted to be a jerk haha
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Old 08-05-19, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by literal trope View Post
My guess would be envy.

The OP is trapped in the flatlands and inhabits the MUPs. He is unable to actually ride Diablo (a frisky climb that tops out at 3849’) and the bitterness associated with his limitations colored his response.
Ouch...and assumptive...but possibly true in some fashion

I live in the SF Bay area (specifically south bay near Mtn. View/Sunnyvale) and I can see Diablo fairly easy from here....
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Old 08-06-19, 12:08 AM
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What’s the point of carrying a map if you’re not going to whip it out to irritate fellow riders from time to time?

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Old 08-06-19, 06:29 PM
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OP was very rude, both times he encountered them.
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