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Old 07-22-2014, 05:43 PM   #2311
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occasionally, my commute is pleasant. This past Monday was just one of those magical, crystal clear days. It was a few fleeting moments of bliss before being chucked into the worst traffic on the continent....

but it sure was nice for a moment

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Old 07-22-2014, 05:45 PM   #2312
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Let me dumb it down for you:
Lots of traffic.
Moving 35ish on average.
Sometimes one lane moves faster than the other.
I was anywhere between 25 mph and 45 mph (speed limit) depending upon other traffic's ability to move.
I made legal/safe lane changes.

Other rider was riding illegally/recklessly weaving in/out of traffic and using turning lanes to pass vehicles.




Turn around is fair play... it's "there are two sides"....

Yes, you're right (see, proper spelling this time ), there are two sides. But, seeing someone riding like an trying to catch up to me in heavy-ish traffic.... yeah, I don't want to ride with you... period. I don't want to be associated with you... period. I don't want to be anywhere near you. Clear? He made the choice to ride the way he did. I didn't force him to.

I'll never understand why someone would want to ride right next to a stranger. For all he knew, I could've been a complete newb who would've crashed into him at the next stop light. If I don't know you or your riding style, I give you plenty of room to make your mistakes in.
I can identify with this. I don't want to be near any rider I don't know well. My experience is that most of them are incompetent or borderline. This is also why I don't do group rides. I have my own way of dealing with traffic, and it works very well.

Reading the threads here, I'm amazed at how many people post up their continuing problems with car drivers and their close calls, things I personally don't have very often. I finally figured out that it's because I don't put myself in situations where they can occur, and this can't be done in traffic while riding with anyone else. Sound familiar?

On the open road it's a bit different, and there are a few close friends who I will ride with because we are enough alike to get along.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:12 PM   #2313
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occasionally, my commute is pleasant. This past Monday was just one of those magical, crystal clear days. It was a few fleeting moments of bliss before being chucked into the worst traffic on the continent....
Your commute takes you to mexico city?
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:13 PM   #2314
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Your commute takes you to mexico city?
*second worst

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Old 07-22-2014, 06:22 PM   #2315
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Some dude on a noisy sport bike scared the piss out of me. I saw him come up behind me and figured he was going to pass me. I stretched out my back a little just as he passed me with a racket. I jumped like a little girl who got a frog thrown in her lap. I'm just glad I didn't wreck.

Just for clarity the other rider didn't do anything wrong, I just didn't realize he was going to pass me right then, or how loud his pipes were until he went by me.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:23 PM   #2316
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*second worst

I think these guys forgot about it too:
http://www.businessinsider.com/20-no...ic-2013-1?op=1

But not them:
http://gizmodo.com/5838333/the-most-...e-entire-world

That part of your commute in the photo sure looks nice.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:15 AM   #2317
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Sitting in stop-and-go traffic leading up to a long red light. A young girl in a pickup truck drove past me on the shoulder and clipped a metal mailbox with her passenger side mirror.

Mailbox 1
Mirror 0

She had a rather dejected look on her face as she made the walk of shame back down the road to retrieve her mirror.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:43 AM   #2318
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Hmm, if he was speeding....and you weren't...how come you still managed to end up "several cars ahead of him"?
Were you there, jackass?

...'cause she was.
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:39 AM   #2319
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Were you there, jackass?

...'cause she was.
How gallant of you. But from what I've seen of her responses she can look after herself, at least on here.

You on the other hand....nah. You need help.
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:32 PM   #2320
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How gallant of you. But from what I've seen of her responses she can look after herself, at least on here.

You on the other hand....nah. You need help.
You would be amazed at how poorly most "speeders" actually do. I've managed to pass (or keep ahead of) quite a few that were doing similar things to what was posted, without speeding up. All it takes is planning and being aware of your surroundings, which is something everyone should be doing while riding in the first place! Speeders and weavers tend to only pay attention to others nearby, not those farther ahead which is more useful for getting through a jam.
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:01 PM   #2321
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Sitting in stop-and-go traffic leading up to a long red light. A young girl in a pickup truck drove past me on the shoulder and clipped a metal mailbox with her passenger side mirror.

Mailbox 1
Mirror 0
Tommysmothers' shoulder and/or head: 1,000,000

I'm glad she clipped the mailbox and not you, man!
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Old 07-26-2014, 03:07 PM   #2322
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occasionally, my commute is pleasant. This past Monday was just one of those magical, crystal clear days. It was a few fleeting moments of bliss before being chucked into the worst traffic on the continent....

but it sure was nice for a moment

My commute may not have that bad of traffic, but you definitely have better scenery and weather. If I could feel the ocean breeze, and see the waves over my right shoulder, and mountains over my left, being stuck in traffic might not be so bad.
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Old 07-26-2014, 04:41 PM   #2323
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How gallant of you. But from what I've seen of her responses she can look after herself, at least on here.

You on the other hand....nah. You need help.
I simply don't understand how you can be so incredibly obstinate regarding first-person, factual reporting of an event that you were not privy to.
I have no reason not to take her word on exactly what happened, nor do you.
But since that's your modus operandi, I guess I should just ignore it like everybody else.
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Old 07-26-2014, 04:50 PM   #2324
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My Friday afternoon commute to my BRC was fairly uneventful... except for meeting Gummee! when I popped into his work on my way out.
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Old 07-26-2014, 05:02 PM   #2325
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My Friday afternoon commute to my BRC was fairly uneventful... except for meeting Gummee! when I popped into his work on my way out.
No. I need proof. I don't believe you.

(Just having fun at wesasel's expense)
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