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I love this! So much more effective than a small sign on the side of the road. (Now, if only all bus drivers passed cyclists safely!!)

I love this! So much more effective than a small sign on the side of the road. (Now, if only all bus drivers passed cyclists safely!!)

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Squats??

I’m doing a 30 day squat-athon, (whaaaaat!!) which totally slipped my mind the last 2 days. It’s now 2:22am & time for bed, but I’m now faced with 65 squats to complete before retiring for the night. I think I’m supposed to do them all at once, or it would be too easy. The chart has me doing 100 by Christmas Day (if I remember to do them!!) 

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I live in a suburb. If I worked downtown in my neighboring ‘big’ city, I would have a fairly safe commute by bike, albeit 60-70 minutes of hard sweaty riding. But I don’t work downtown; I work 10km (6 miles) away in the next suburb over from me. This is a distance I could easily cover without barely breaking a sweat, as the one hill has an easy detour around it.
But I can’t (or won’t). At some point I must choose between 2 highways for a small portion of the route. One has no shoulder at all and is notorious for many deaths from MVA’s. No one cycles on it. Average speed is 90km/h. The other had an extremely narrow shoulder with average speeds of 100km/h. It’s also been under construction for the last 2 years while a major bridge and overpass get built. I’m hoping when it’s finally finished (next spring) there is an acceptable bike route to get me to work.
My point is this: the suburbs need bike lanes too!

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b-interesting:

theurbancyclist:

b-interesting:

daniniowa:

Interesting perspective!  Although coming back from work this morning, I realized how hard I was to see for those east bound drivers. I chose the side streets.  I may have the right of way, but I could also be “dead” right. 

I’m torn on this issue.  It’s part of why I’ve laid off my commute right now.  I do believe in the share-the-road philosophy of, “I’m not taking my life in my hands, I’m putting it in yours.”  That said, I’m not always trusting enough to put that to the test in questionable situations.

I ride in all conditions, or have so far.  I can’t imagine not riding because of unfavorable sunlight.  A driver, on realizing he’s having trouble seeing, can slow down.  Telling the people who might be in his way to be more careful because HE can’t see is arrogant, period. 

The problem is that so many drivers are arrogant.  And pride goeth before the fall.  Unfortunately, the fall won’t be theirs.

I’m thinking that if this happened to me I would be grateful for the info. 

b-interesting:

theurbancyclist:

b-interesting:

daniniowa:

Interesting perspective!  Although coming back from work this morning, I realized how hard I was to see for those east bound drivers. I chose the side streets.  I may have the right of way, but I could also be “dead” right. 

I’m torn on this issue.  It’s part of why I’ve laid off my commute right now.  I do believe in the share-the-road philosophy of, “I’m not taking my life in my hands, I’m putting it in yours.”  That said, I’m not always trusting enough to put that to the test in questionable situations.

I ride in all conditions, or have so far.  I can’t imagine not riding because of unfavorable sunlight.  A driver, on realizing he’s having trouble seeing, can slow down.  Telling the people who might be in his way to be more careful because HE can’t see is arrogant, period. 

The problem is that so many drivers are arrogant.  And pride goeth before the fall.  Unfortunately, the fall won’t be theirs.

I’m thinking that if this happened to me I would be grateful for the info. 

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Got a message from Strava that Jasmin Glaesser stole my QOM on Coast Meridian. That’s Olympic Bronze Medalist Jasmin Glaesser, so I guess I’ll let her have it.

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I want to get a rack for my MTB, with some sort of basket so I can make utilitarian trips to the grocery store. Something that will easily hold a gallon of milk and a case of beer (we have 12 pack cases in Canada). Not sure if I should go with a front or rear system. I also don’t want to bungee my cargo. Just drop my purchases in a basket and go. Any suggestions?

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