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Old 03-20-21, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by GlennR
Who told you i'm paranoid? Forget a crash, i'm worried about the NFL satellites reading my mind, 5G and the government putting microchips in the Corona vaccine.

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Old 03-20-21, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by northernjeep
Also the talking heads on the news like to report news that scares/panics people. As others have said exercise care and caution, above all pay attention to your surroundings when riding.
Definitely paying attention to my surroundings, but the driver paying attention to their cell phone is the scary part...
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Old 03-20-21, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by donheff
I would guess that accidents are up because more people are riding bikes and many of them are pandemic newbies. That said, I have become more cautious in recent years. I'm 72 and broke my hip in a bike crash a few years ago. With each passing year the likely consequences of a fall go up and so does my level of caution on turns, downhills, intersections, etc.
The take way here, you got back in the saddle..... Great!! The attitude I'm trying take these days is I luv riding so I'm not going to stop, be as careful as I can possibly be, and whatever happens. If an accidents happens get back in the saddle if able to...
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Old 03-20-21, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by gear64
Still riding is what I do. I pick my routes carefully, stay vigilant, and hope for the best.
Exactly!! At the end of the day that's all we can do. I really love riding my bike because it has so many other healthy benefits for me. So I'm not gonna stop riding either, but the thought is always in the back of mind.
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Old 03-20-21, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
WOW!!! I wonder what his bike size is. How can you not see him....
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Old 03-20-21, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Tiger Woods got jacked up. You paranoid about driving?
I hear you, however, if I was looking to purchase a new car a Hyundai Gensis SUV would not be on my short list until we hear more about what caused his accident.... IJS
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Old 03-20-21, 06:08 PM
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Old 03-21-21, 07:13 AM
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Continuing my rant of current driving trends. My subdivision was built in a time when most families had only one vehicle. On street parking was not a consideration, nor were sidewalks. Now with every family having 3 - 5 cars, the road is always clogged, especially during family/friend gatherings. The posted speed limit is 25. I'll eat my shorts if the average person drives 25 or less. My daughter was in town visiting this week. As she was existing the subdivision there is a significant dog leg. An Amazon van was obstructing the entrance to the dog leg in her direction. A parked vehicle was obstructing the dog leg in the opposite direction. A vehicle with the right of way by proximity was approaching the dog leg from opposite direction. My daughter slowed staying enough to the right for them to get through, only to have the vehicle behind her shoot the gap cutting off the person approaching from opposite direction. Sure maybe in this instance the speeder may have had obstructed vision, may have misinterpreted why my daughter stayed right; but similar occurrences are common. People always have a burr up there butt and can't wait 5 sec for anything. Even with the benefit of the doubt above, don't they have enough common sense to anticipate the possibilities of a blind dog leg? Pedestrians including families with strollers, toddlers, dogs get the same lack of respect and dangerously close passes at speed.

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Old 03-21-21, 07:26 AM
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While I haven’t changed my riding habits, several riders I know locally have either stopped riding or have changed to not riding on the road. They have moved to trails or trainers. I don’t recommend road riding to anyone who’s not comfortable with vehicles also being on the road with them. Riding is hard enough without it being something they take pleasure from doing. There’s always one vehicle per ride for me that passes me too closely and while I don’t like it I try and not let it ruin my ride. I do have cameras both front and rear now should anything serious happen.
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Originally Posted by dhender02
WOW!!! I wonder what his bike size is. How can you not see him....
Are you familiar with the details of the incident? I am not. Maybe he pulled out in front of the car at the last second. Sometimes cyclists are at fault.
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Old 03-21-21, 08:50 AM
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I’m lucky where I ride on the road. Back country paved and gravel road with no thru traffic and people are actually polite. I believe the factors are no one gives a flip about a bike rider and also most live in the area and if you are bike harasser you will eventually get identified. Many older folks walk for exercise on the roads as well. Overall walkers and bikers don’t evoke angry responses from local people.
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Paranoia doesn’t need a cause because it is based on a irrational belief. Being wary or nervous based on past experience is another thing. I had a box truck mirror wiz about 3 feet from my head at 55 MPH and it scared the s+++ out of me. I only ride that stretch of highway now if I really have to since it is a main corridor for for semis and double gravel/dump trucks. One close call may not be enough to discourage my hobby but was enough to keep me off that stretch of busy highway.
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Old 03-22-21, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Are you familiar with the details of the incident? I am not. Maybe he pulled out in front of the car at the last second. Sometimes cyclists are at fault.
I read anywhere what the details were. You, right it could have been his fault..
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Originally Posted by rsbob
Paranoia doesnít need a cause because it is based on a irrational belief. Being wary or nervous based on past experience is another thing. I had a box truck mirror wiz about 3 feet from my head at 55 MPH and it scared the s+++ out of me. I only ride that stretch of highway now if I really have to since it is a main corridor for for semis and double gravel/dump trucks. One close call may not be enough to discourage my hobby but was enough to keep me off that stretch of busy highway.
You described more accurately my concern, it's more nervous than paranoid...
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Old 03-22-21, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel
Iím lucky where I ride on the road. Back country paved and gravel road with no thru traffic and people are actually polite. I believe the factors are no one gives a flip about a bike rider and also most live in the area and if you are bike harasser you will eventually get identified. Many older folks walk for exercise on the roads as well. Overall walkers and bikers donít evoke angry responses from local people.
I ride on back roads mainly never had a real issue. Just a concern I have, cause it only takes one road rager, driver not paying attention, etc... Overall in general luckily no issues where I ride.
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You are sounding more and more paranoid.

What will it take to make you feel more secure? Do people at home know where your are going when your ride. Do they know when to expect you back? Have you shared your location with them with your cell phone? Do you have a crash sensor on your GPS device or helmet that alerts your contacts when it senses a crash?

Any of these might help give you some ease of mind when riding. But don't worry so much, as long as not worrying doesn't make you careless and do stupid things like play chicken with oncoming cars......... which I have done. <grin>
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But don't worry so much, as long as not worrying doesn't make you careless and do stupid things like play chicken with oncoming cars......... which I have done. <grin>
Stupid as that sounds, I think there are more than a few of us who've done it. I know I have when I've felt I had the right of way. But even then, I approach the situation with a bail out plan that ends with some idiot buying me a new bike. Yep, sounds like time for an 'upgrade'
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I've cranked up the lumens in my daytime lights. Seriously, if you get near me you'll have a seizure.
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Originally Posted by Iride01
You are sounding more and more paranoid.

What will it take to make you feel more secure? Do people at home know where your are going when your ride. Do they know when to expect you back? Have you shared your location with them with your cell phone? Do you have a crash sensor on your GPS device or helmet that alerts your contacts when it senses a crash?

Any of these might help give you some ease of mind when riding. But don't worry so much, as long as not worrying doesn't make you careless and do stupid things like play chicken with oncoming cars......... which I have done. <grin>
Yes, to all of the above....
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Originally Posted by Pinelander
I've cranked up the lumens in my daytime lights. Seriously, if you get near me you'll have a seizure.
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I am glad a few people mentioned distracted or inattentive motorists, because they the single greatest threat we face. The problem is not just cell phones, but also touch screen controls and navigation screens. I do tend to choose routes and times of day / weather conditions that are arguably less risky than others.
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During last few days there were two fatal, tragic accidents in the local news.

"MIAMI (WSVN) - A cyclist has died after, authorities said, he attempted to cross the South Miami Bridge as it was rising."
https://wsvn.com/news/local/cyclist-...ue-drawbridge/

"JUPITER — A 30-year-old man was killed Monday night when a vehicle struck him and another person as they rode bicycles along Jupiter's busiest street, authorities said. "
https://www.palmbeachpost.com/story/...er/6962661002/

One one hand, I can see many bikers disregarding basic rules of the road, go through red lights, flying through stops when the car is about to move through or suddenly turning on the crosswalk with no time left for cars stop. OTH, drivers are distracted, on phone, texting, speeding, underestimating the speed of the road bikes. The worst time of the day is when it is dark and limited visibility, I do not go on the local busy roads after dark.
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I've never altered where I wanted to ride until this week-IT'S SPRING BREAK and considering schools have been closed, no one got the memo to stay home. Yes, this week and probably next I am altering my normal 20+ mile daily route in favor of slower traffic routes. Not any less traffic, just slower speeds. I noticed also that lots of cars passing me are giving off a very organic odor out the windows. Very attentive drivers indeed...
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