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post #2026 of 3583
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I like your idea of dealing with angry drivers, might have to try that next time I get the chance.  This morning some ass hole was trying to see how close he could drive along side me today and even when I slowed down he slowed with me, suffice to say his truck now has a nice imprint of my cleated shoe on the side door and if he wants to call the police on me I will be more than happy to talk to them, it's people like that that piss the hell out of me.

 

I learned not to ride my bike on the streets anymore.  There are just too many idiots on the road that don't pay attention and just don't care.  I live across from a bike trail and usually just ride that now.  Even then, just crossing the street with the light to get to the trail is crazy.  I've had to slam my brakes a few times to avoid getting run over.

post #2027 of 3583

I usually shout loudly, swear, and make angry gestures at poor drivers. But the worst was some idiot that drove past me in a flash new Audi, they went past so close that I had to steer off the road to not get hit, and this was on a wide, empty, straight road. Anyway, my shoe has a small piece of metal in it (someone put it there during metalwork in school a few years back) so their flash Audi now has a large scratch, along the passenger side doors, and side panel above the rear tire.
I swear people won't learn. they probably didn't even notice their car being scratched as they went by.

post #2028 of 3583

Your lucky you didn't get hit or fall on the road, I've seen that before and it ain't pretty.  I think part of the problem is that most drivers do not understand the laws for cyclists, I know when I took my driving lessons the instructors never even mentioned cyclists and I even taught one of my instructors about the road laws for cyclists because they thought they were the same as pedestrians.

post #2029 of 3583

I had a self-important SUV driver blast his/her horn several times, less than a mile from those Dinotte 300R pics posted earlier. 

 

This mountain pass is the only reason I use the 300R on this day ride, and I've always gotten a wide berth from vehicles behind. True its a 45mph highway where the legality of bicycling is questionable. I hit 45mph at the end of the first tunnel, and exit the second at 50mph. Traffic patterns are such that you can time it so no vehicles catch up till at least the second tunnel.

 

 

This is almost the exact start of the descent, where you can see the end of the first tunnel. This is also where I wait on the shoulder for a break in traffic. I'm at well over 120rpm pedal speed between tunnels.

 

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Second tunnels

 

 

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Edited by pigmode - 11/13/12 at 3:53pm
post #2030 of 3583

You should post a video riding through there, as it sounds amazing and crazy fast.  I don't get to enjoy descents to much riding a fixie on the road, but I love blasting down dirt roads in the mountains near me on my mountain bike.

post #2031 of 3583

pigmode and...the good life.

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x2 on a vid!!!

post #2032 of 3583

Thank god France is bicycle friendly!!

post #2033 of 3583
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Originally Posted by pigmode View Post

I had a self-important SUV driver blast his/her horn several times, less than a mile from those Dinotte 300R pics posted earlier. 

 

This mountain pass is the only reason I use the 300R on this day ride, and I've always gotten a wide berth from vehicles behind. True its a 45mph highway where the legality of bicycling is questionable. I hit 45mph at the end of the first tunnel, and exit the second at 50mph. Traffic patterns are such that you can time it so no vehicles catch up till at least the second tunnel.

 

 

This is almost the exact start of the descent, where you can see the end of the first tunnel. This is also where I wait on the shoulder for a break in traffic. I'm at well over 120rpm pedal speed between tunnels.

 

descent_pali

 

 

 

 

Second tunnels

 

 

Nuuanu_Pali_%281262%29

Wow!!  A dream for sure!!

post #2034 of 3583
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Originally Posted by bravo4588 View Post

Thank god France is bicycle friendly!!

 

France? Bicycle friendly? That made me LOL...

 

Come to the Netherlands, we have almost 35000KM of dedicated bikepaths/lanes...  Not bad eh? For a country that is just 41543 Square kilometers large (of which 18.41% is water)...

post #2035 of 3583

That's serious! Wish California - Southern California specifically - got that serious.

post #2036 of 3583
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Originally Posted by Coop View Post

 

France? Bicycle friendly? That made me LOL...

 

Come to the Netherlands, we have almost 35000KM of dedicated bikepaths/lanes...  Not bad eh? For a country that is just 41543 Square kilometers large (of which 18.41% is water)...

We have dedicated bike paths & more are being built in the Île-de-France region. We don't have to pay extra or need permission to bring bikes on regional trains(except in Metro lines).

Most of the cyclists obey road rules & we seldom get harassed by motorists. The public cycle renting program Velib is a huge success.

 

So what exectly made you LOL?

post #2037 of 3583

I stacked it last week on my bike cos a driver was being an idiot at a roundabout... almost slammed his van right into me but just kept going

post #2038 of 3583
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Originally Posted by bravo4588 View Post

 

Most of the cyclists obey road rules & we seldom get harassed by motorists.

 


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I cannot speak for Coop, but that made my day...

post #2039 of 3583
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Originally Posted by Icenine2 View Post
Wow!!  A dream for sure!!

 

Yup but imagine those tunnels at 1200', facing directly into the Northeastern trades that blow hard and gusty more often than not. If the sprint is ended at the opening of the second tunnel, where you get hit by a wall of wind, speed can drop 15mph in a second.

 

I'm a believer in good frames that tracks solid and straight. ;) 

post #2040 of 3583
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I cannot speak for Coop, but that made my day...

At least where I live.

Seems like your day is full of jumping the red lights!

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