Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Fifty Plus (50+)
Reload this Page >

What Bicycling Rules do you follow that Experience has taught you?

Notices
Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

What Bicycling Rules do you follow that Experience has taught you?

Old 02-22-21, 04:56 PM
  #1  
5 mph
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 283
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 174 Post(s)
Liked 64 Times in 49 Posts
What Bicycling Rules do you follow that Experience has taught you?

What Bicycling Rules do you follow that Experience has taught you? Maybe I can learn.
I have three of my own.:
  • When running parallel to traffic, never rely on a Mirror to try to cross the road (or highway) with a quick darting swoop , even if you are sure your Mirror says you are safe. Come to dead stop, turn your bike 90 degrees and get eyes on the Traffic.
  • In case the unthinkable happens, I hang an ID card with Emergency Information right on my handlebar and another on my Jacket. I don't even carry a wallet. That way, should I do the opposite of winning the Lottery, no one has to rifle through your layers of clothes to find out your Medical Information.
  • Never go down a steep hill in a Bike Lane facing oncoming Traffic, should you get caught in that circumstance. The oncoming traffic may unnerve you as you start your high speed run (unless you are Tom Cruise) and if its a tiny skinny bike lane you may even lose control.
  • Bring sneakers with you if you are using cleated bike shoes. Because I've walked or run some 17 miles this year when I didn't have the right tool or part.

Last edited by 5 mph; 02-22-21 at 04:59 PM.
5 mph is offline  
Old 02-22-21, 05:33 PM
  #2  
Speedway2
Senior Member
 
Speedway2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Thornhill, Canada
Posts: 593

Bikes: Specialized Langster, Giant OCR, Marin Muirwoods, Felt Cruiser. Globe Roll2, VROD:)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 175 Post(s)
Liked 280 Times in 179 Posts
Cross "train tracks" as perpendicular as possible....especially when wet. Man-hole covers and painted lines can take you down too when wet .....
Speedway2 is offline  
Likes For Speedway2:
Old 02-22-21, 05:42 PM
  #3  
GlennR
On Your Left
 
GlennR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Long Island, New York, USA
Posts: 8,264

Bikes: Trek Emonda SLR, Sram eTap, Zipp 303

Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2926 Post(s)
Liked 2,284 Times in 1,120 Posts
Never assume they see you, if you don't see their eyes you don't know for sure.

Ride 3' from parked cars since most people never look back before opening the door.

Right turn after stop doesn't mean much to most drivers.

Stop signs are just a suggestion for most drivers.

If an unleashed dog jumps in front of you, aim for the owner

Runners on a MUP will make a 180 without looking over their shoulder.
GlennR is offline  
Old 02-22-21, 06:43 PM
  #4  
freeranger
Senior Member
 
freeranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 2,104

Bikes: 06 Lemond Reno, 98 GT Timberline mtn.bike

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 272 Post(s)
Liked 415 Times in 265 Posts
Even though you may be on the main road, assume that every car on a side road with a stop sign is NOT going to stop. You'll probably be right over 50& of the time.
freeranger is offline  
Likes For freeranger:
Old 02-22-21, 07:06 PM
  #5  
Trakhak
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 2,832
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 966 Post(s)
Liked 768 Times in 447 Posts
Just because the last 6 sewer grates were oriented 90 degrees to your direction of travel, don't assume that the 7th will be.
Trakhak is offline  
Likes For Trakhak:
Old 02-22-21, 07:25 PM
  #6  
GlennR
On Your Left
 
GlennR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Long Island, New York, USA
Posts: 8,264

Bikes: Trek Emonda SLR, Sram eTap, Zipp 303

Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2926 Post(s)
Liked 2,284 Times in 1,120 Posts
Originally Posted by freeranger View Post
Even though you may be on the main road, assume that every car on a side road with a stop sign is NOT going to stop. You'll probably be right over 50& of the time.
More like 90%.

I hate tinted windows and tinting the front door windows is illegal in New York, but some how they these cars pass the yearly mandated safety inspection.
GlennR is offline  
Likes For GlennR:
Old 02-22-21, 08:13 PM
  #7  
masonv45
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 95
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Liked 41 Times in 22 Posts
Never ride close to the line on the side of the road. It "encourages" vehicles behind you to attempt to squeeze by without going into the opposing lane to pass.

Ride far enough away that a car passing you will be forced to go into the opposing lane of traffic. Hopefully, it will encourage the driver to make a safer pass - safer for you & safer for them.
masonv45 is offline  
Old 02-22-21, 09:52 PM
  #8  
big john
Senior Member
 
big john's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: In the foothills of Los Angeles County
Posts: 17,361
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3314 Post(s)
Liked 2,634 Times in 1,453 Posts
Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
More like 90%.

I hate tinted windows and tinting the front door windows is illegal in New York, but some how they these cars pass the yearly mandated safety inspection.
Here in California tinting front windows is forbidden but lots of people have them so dark you can't tell if anyone is in the car if you're standing right next to it. When I was working I didn't like driving those cars, it made me feel disconnected, or something, like I was in a video game.

We don't have vehicle inspections but an officer can issue a "fix it" ticket.
big john is offline  
Old 02-22-21, 10:04 PM
  #9  
big john
Senior Member
 
big john's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: In the foothills of Los Angeles County
Posts: 17,361
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3314 Post(s)
Liked 2,634 Times in 1,453 Posts
Originally Posted by masonv45 View Post
Never ride close to the line on the side of the road. It "encourages" vehicles behind you to attempt to squeeze by without going into the opposing lane to pass.

Ride far enough away that a car passing you will be forced to go into the opposing lane of traffic. Hopefully, it will encourage the driver to make a safer pass - safer for you & safer for them.
I don't subscribe to this and only "take the lane" under extreme conditions.
big john is offline  
Likes For big john:
Old 02-22-21, 10:30 PM
  #10  
79pmooney
A Roadie Forever
 
79pmooney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 9,674

Bikes: (2) ti TiCycles, 2007 w/ triple and 2011 fixed, 1979 Peter Mooney, ~1983 Trek 420 now fixed and ~1973 Raleigh Carlton Competition gravel grinder

Mentioned: 103 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2992 Post(s)
Liked 1,589 Times in 1,053 Posts
Originally Posted by Speedway2 View Post
Cross "train tracks" as perpendicular as possible....especially when wet. Man-hole covers and painted lines can take you down too when wet .....
Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
Never assume they see you, if you don't see their eyes you don't know for sure.

Ride 3' from parked cars since most people never look back before opening the door.

...

If an unleashed dog jumps in front of you, aim for the owner

...
+1 (Haven't tried the dog owner one yet.)

Mine: The right hand edge of the road is not my friend. I try to spend as little time there as possible. (Typically the most debris and glass, worst pavement, most camber, wettest. Also offers you the least both warning and maneuvering space for dogs and other animals, kids and balls. Cars are not looking for you, especially those ahead in driveways and sidestreets. In fact, nobody is looking for me there.
79pmooney is offline  
Old 02-22-21, 10:36 PM
  #11  
Ghazmh
Senior Member
 
Ghazmh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: The banks of the River Charles
Posts: 1,662

Bikes: 2020 Seven Evergreen, 2019 Honey Allroads Ti, 2018 Seven Redsky XX, 2017 Trek Boon 7, 2014 Trek 520, 2006 Gary Fisher Montare

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 519 Post(s)
Liked 501 Times in 292 Posts
Lots of good advice here. I always ensure my helmet, gloves, shoes are now face covering is color coordinated
Ghazmh is offline  
Likes For Ghazmh:
Old 02-22-21, 10:46 PM
  #12  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 40,339

Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Canyon Exceed, Specialized Transition, Ellsworth Roots, Ridley Excalibur

Mentioned: 66 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2729 Post(s)
Liked 2,449 Times in 1,135 Posts
I never ride in the door zone, no matter where they paint the bike lane line.
caloso is offline  
Old 02-22-21, 11:40 PM
  #13  
downhillmaster
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 1,431
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 827 Post(s)
Liked 614 Times in 319 Posts
Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
More like 90%.

I hate tinted windows and tinting the front door windows is illegal in New York, but some how they these cars pass the yearly mandated safety inspection.
90% of the vehicles you encounter on side roads donít stop at stop signs?
downhillmaster is offline  
Old 02-23-21, 12:06 AM
  #14  
5 mph
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 283
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 174 Post(s)
Liked 64 Times in 49 Posts
Originally Posted by Ghazmh View Post
Lots of good advice here. I always ensure my helmet, gloves, shoes are now face covering is color coordinated
Sarcasm? Wait till you have to carry your bike 8 miles someday.
Anyway if you make a bike or outfit configuration change..to be color coordinated..don't jump on the bike and head for a 30 mile ride. Got a new helmet. Damn, it hurt 10 miles out , felt like it was crushing my skull.
Change your seat position and I guarantee your seat will sink to the lowest point possible 15 miles out.
And I gaurentee absolutely that anyone in a 90's V8 beater truck will always pass you with it's right tires in the Bike Lane.See one in the mirror, head for cover.

Last edited by 5 mph; 02-23-21 at 01:12 AM.
5 mph is offline  
Old 02-23-21, 05:01 AM
  #15  
y0x8
Ups!
 
y0x8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Location: Kirovo-Chepetsk
Posts: 235

Bikes: SE, Polo&Bike, Forward Indie, New Fixed Gear

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 47 Post(s)
Liked 155 Times in 74 Posts
There are conspiracies on the car and amulets from the evil eye, accidents and breakdowns on the road.
Such things are present on almost every car, regardless of the faith of the motorist.

It is not clear why cyclists ignore these rules and feel safe at the same time.
This is very reckless.
I have a mascot on every bike.
They make me feel better.



y0x8 is offline  
Old 02-23-21, 05:51 AM
  #16  
Ghazmh
Senior Member
 
Ghazmh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: The banks of the River Charles
Posts: 1,662

Bikes: 2020 Seven Evergreen, 2019 Honey Allroads Ti, 2018 Seven Redsky XX, 2017 Trek Boon 7, 2014 Trek 520, 2006 Gary Fisher Montare

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 519 Post(s)
Liked 501 Times in 292 Posts
Originally Posted by 5 mph View Post
Sarcasm? Wait till you have to carry your bike 8 miles someday.
Anyway if you make a bike or outfit configuration change..to be color coordinated..don't jump on the bike and head for a 30 mile ride. Got a new helmet. Damn, it hurt 10 miles out , felt like it was crushing my skull.
Change your seat position and I guarantee your seat will sink to the lowest point possible 15 miles out.
And I gaurentee absolutely that anyone in a 90's V8 beater truck will always pass you with it's right tires in the Bike Lane.See one in the mirror, head for cover.
no sarcasm with this post. I canít say that for some of my others however.
Ghazmh is offline  
Old 02-23-21, 06:12 AM
  #17  
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Posts: 32,084

Bikes: 02 GTO, 2011 Magnum

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1049 Post(s)
Liked 588 Times in 297 Posts
I Ride to be Safe Not to be Legal.
__________________
Fred "The Real Fred"

10 Wheels is offline  
Likes For 10 Wheels:
Old 02-23-21, 06:26 AM
  #18  
bruce19
Senior Member
 
bruce19's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Lebanon (Liberty Hill), CT
Posts: 7,929

Bikes: CAAD 12, MASI Gran Criterium S, Colnago World Cup CX & Guru steel

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1498 Post(s)
Liked 929 Times in 552 Posts
You go where you look. First learned in my MSF Instructor days.
bruce19 is offline  
Likes For bruce19:
Old 02-23-21, 06:26 AM
  #19  
Deal4Fuji
minimalist cyclist
 
Deal4Fuji's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,476

Bikes: yes please

Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 935 Post(s)
Liked 899 Times in 593 Posts
Never ride into a setting or rising sun low on the horizon

Cars can't see you, the one time I've been hit (luckily just a truck mirror broken off by my hip) I was riding into a blinding sunset
Deal4Fuji is offline  
Likes For Deal4Fuji:
Old 02-23-21, 07:14 AM
  #20  
GlennR
On Your Left
 
GlennR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Long Island, New York, USA
Posts: 8,264

Bikes: Trek Emonda SLR, Sram eTap, Zipp 303

Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2926 Post(s)
Liked 2,284 Times in 1,120 Posts
Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
Never ride into a setting or rising sun low on the horizon

Cars can't see you, the one time I've been hit (luckily just a truck mirror broken off by my hip) I was riding into a blinding sunset
Winter is worse with a low sun angle. I have both front and rear lights that I use during the day to be visible.
GlennR is offline  
Likes For GlennR:
Old 02-23-21, 07:27 AM
  #21  
Deal4Fuji
minimalist cyclist
 
Deal4Fuji's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,476

Bikes: yes please

Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 935 Post(s)
Liked 899 Times in 593 Posts
Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
Winter is worse with a low sun angle. I have both front and rear lights that I use during the day to be visible.
I always run front & rear lights for all riding, but I wouldn't rely on them in this hi-glare situation.
Deal4Fuji is offline  
Old 02-23-21, 07:34 AM
  #22  
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Posts: 32,084

Bikes: 02 GTO, 2011 Magnum

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1049 Post(s)
Liked 588 Times in 297 Posts
Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
I always run front & rear lights for all riding, but I wouldn't rely on them in this hi-glare situation.
Dinotte's have worked in High Glare for me.
__________________
Fred "The Real Fred"


Last edited by 10 Wheels; 02-23-21 at 09:25 AM.
10 Wheels is offline  
Likes For 10 Wheels:
Old 02-23-21, 07:56 AM
  #23  
AlmostTrick
Tortoise Wins by a Hare!
 
AlmostTrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Looney Tunes, IL
Posts: 7,397

Bikes: Wabi Special FG, Raleigh Roper, Nashbar AL-1, Miyata One Hundred, '70 Schwinn Lemonator and More!!

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1546 Post(s)
Liked 919 Times in 496 Posts
Originally Posted by masonv45 View Post
Never ride close to the line on the side of the road. It "encourages" vehicles behind you to attempt to squeeze by without going into the opposing lane to pass.

Ride far enough away that a car passing you will be forced to go into the opposing lane of traffic. Hopefully, it will encourage the driver to make a safer pass - safer for you & safer for them.
Riding farther left also gives you and drivers better sight lines, enabling both to "see" each other sooner at crossings and in other situations. And of course being in the lane means you are more relevant than something that is not in the drivers path.
AlmostTrick is offline  
Old 02-23-21, 07:57 AM
  #24  
55murray
Senior Member
 
55murray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Lafayette, Indiana
Posts: 437

Bikes: 1955 20" Murray modified cruiser, 2007 Trek 7.3 FX, 1980 Miyata 610, several other vintage coaster brake machines

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 199 Post(s)
Liked 78 Times in 40 Posts
1. Assume you are invisible.
2. Have a ditch plan at all times.
3. Never think you are safe.
55murray is offline  
Likes For 55murray:
Old 02-23-21, 08:06 AM
  #25  
GlennR
On Your Left
 
GlennR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Long Island, New York, USA
Posts: 8,264

Bikes: Trek Emonda SLR, Sram eTap, Zipp 303

Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2926 Post(s)
Liked 2,284 Times in 1,120 Posts
Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
I always run front & rear lights for all riding, but I wouldn't rely on them in this hi-glare situation.
I only rely on myself.
GlennR is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.