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Old 04-05-2010, 10:03 AM   #100
dwoodward
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All due respect for Sink for bringing them up- but some examples of what I meant by "generalize" follow. A few broad rules are a lot easier to remember than a bunch of specific ones.

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If your behind a car at a red light don't be on the bumper of the car in front. Stay a bit behind and to the side. Keep an eye on your mirrors. If someone is coming up fast you can move around the car in front of you and let him hit that

Always have an escape route.

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On the interstate don't ride the right lane. Idiots that aren't paying attention will say, wow thats my exit and cut across the lanes sometimes,and people getting on usually just pull on withoutlooking, figuring other drivers will make way
Maintain a space cushion.

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When raining don't ride in the middle of the lane. Thats where all the oil is.
Avoid surface hazards

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When turning tightly at low speeds lightly ride the rear brake.
Know your machine. Not all bikes are graceful about this (think linked brakes)
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