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RE: The Bicycle Thread
Ironically, on my ride home today, I had a spirited 'discussion' with a cyclist I encountered. The short of it is that he was lecturing me on the laws that he accused me of violating, drawing on his decades of cycling experience... Except he was wrong about what the law said, I just double checked. Cycling skills =/= knowing cycling laws.

On that note, I recommend taking a class. I took one, and it was very instructive. At least as important as driver's education, given the stakes and slim margin for error. If you take a cycling class, you will know the laws better than most of the cyclists on the road, and be better equipped intellectually to ride safely, though your technical skills may still be lacking.

This link supposedly provides a map of classes, but it wasn't working on my phone: http://bikeleague.org/bfa/search/map?bfaq=

Buster, and CEO, thanks for the reps. Yeah, I'm almost never going to be drafting or club racing or any of that. To the extent that I would, I wouldn't want to compromise on my bike's utility as a commuter just so I can race once in a while - like that guy wrote, that's like buying a drag racer to drive to work.

I came across this video:





The road/hybrid dichotomy is bullshit. You can design a road bike that's just as upright, stable and comfortable as a hybrid, while being faster, but those bikes just are rarely sold. Why aren't they sold? I'm guessing the current road bike market customer has Lance Armstrong pretensions, and the current/future hybrid users (me included) feel uncomfortable on drop bars... Because they've never used them. And with drop bars only available on flimsy race road bikes, they'll definitely never get the hang of them. And even hybrid users are adventurous - a hybrid itself is a lot jauntier than a city bike.

CEO, just saw your questions in the other thread.
Are you hitting the streets on your bike in LA? Yes.

Are you concerned about traffic (cars)? Yes. But there's a lot you can do: know the laws and your rights, know how to ride defensively (stuff I covered/linked to earlier). In addition, you're not taking the same routes by bike as you would in a car. Every route is different, and there are many ways of getting between two given places. Google maps is a good start, but if you're going somewhere regularly, try taking different streets each time to find which one is best. Lots of roads that don't make sense for motorists are great for cyclists. Plus cycling isn't aggravating like driving is, so you have a higher tolerance for a route that isn't the absolute shortest possible.

Do you wear a helmet? Yes. When I was a casual cyclist, I generally didn't, but with my vastly increased cycling now, I use it virtually every time I ride. Still, it's technically only useful for slow speed falls, not auto collisions. The helmet alone is ultimately small fry.


Does anyone get issues from sitting down at work all day combined with cycling? Has the fixed path of clipless pedals given you issues? I'm troubleshooting a minor issue, lest it blow up into something bad.
(This post was last modified: 03-16-2015 08:43 PM by Basil Ransom.)
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