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    Things You Hate to See While Commuting

    I saw two this week:
    • Roofing shingles
    • Driver with a neckbrace pulling out of a gas station

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    Another cyclist coming at you in the bike lane, against traffic because they think that somehow its "safer".

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    A logging truck passing by with all that debris flying around.

    Or

    City landscaping crews, they seem to always have mowers that can throw things right at you.
    De oppresso liber

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    Octogenarian in a Cadillac on a cell phone.

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    when I used to commute across San Francisco I had to ride through the Tenderloin, I hated to see puddles because I didn't want any of that stuff on me
    I'm sick of all the Irish stereotypes, as soon as I finish this beer I"m punching someone

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    Another cyclist coming at you in the bike lane, against traffic because they think that somehow its "safer".
    Another rider coming at you, when there's NO BIKE LANE because they somehow think it's safer. Sorry, buddy, I'm not moving for your sorry ass. I'm going to blast my horn at you and tell you you're going the wrong way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    Another cyclist coming at you in the bike lane, against traffic because they think that somehow its "safer".
    I actually do that for a 3 block section of my commute. Its cause the other side of the road is covered in goat thorns and i get a flat every single time i ride that side. But its at 4am so i never see anyone. So im guilty.

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    Another rider coming at you with obnoxious lights.
    Another rider coming at you from nowhere relying on their ears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    Another rider coming at you, when there's NO BIKE LANE because they somehow think it's safer. Sorry, buddy, I'm not moving for your sorry ass. I'm going to blast my horn at you and tell you you're going the wrong way.
    +1 ! Exactly! My Airzoundz isn't just for cars!

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    Dogs without a leash.

    Two nights ago I came across this dog who was just watching me as I approached. As I came nearer, I saw his eyes fixated on my ankle following it go round and round pedalling. At first I thought "Oh how cute is that..." and then the dog suddenly lunged at my ankle. I gave him my most authoritative Cesar Millan "Psssshhhttt!!!" and he stopped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    Another rider coming at you, when there's NO BIKE LANE because they somehow think it's safer. Sorry, buddy, I'm not moving for your sorry ass. I'm going to blast my horn at you and tell you you're going the wrong way.
    +2 that. There's two guys I see on my way in some times who do that, both dressed in dark blue or black, and no lights.
    The ridiculousness of cycling clothes increase exponentially in relation to the distance from your bicycle.

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    The 8 foot shoulder I ride along a 4 lane 55 mph road full of vehicles forcing me into the right lane. Legal but not comfortable. Good my lights are visible at a good half mile distance (30+ seconds) as they have about 40 mph on me.

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    Three drunk youths and one of them with a large stick.
    Guy beating his girl ( could of been a pimp beating his girl) hard to tell.
    Chances are .. You're full of !$@&?

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    A cyclist with no lights heading towards me even though
    I'm pointing to where he should be; AND we're on a 2 way st.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gumby. View Post
    Another rider coming at you with obnoxious lights.
    +1 ... I hate those strobo lights!

    Additionally, icy patches on the road/bike lane.

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    A dead skunk up ahead before you can smell it...
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    Sand on the trail on curves..... Always feel Im going to slip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    Another rider coming at you, when there's NO BIKE LANE because they somehow think it's safer.
    Since I'm usually being tail-gated by a truck, I rarely have this problem....
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    Geez that could be me...

    Oops for got to quote....riding the wrong way in a bike lane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    A dead skunk up ahead before you can smell it...
    Roadkill, of any kind, that I have to ride "through" because of traffic!
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    Things You Hate to See While Commuting

    The inside of an ambulance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    The inside of an ambulance.
    Too right!
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    Doesn't have anything on some of the posts in this thread, but I don't like to be passed by garbage trucks, especially when it's raining. The stench lingers far longer than it has any right to, and if it's wet it just soaks into you for the rest of your ride.

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    Ravens and squirrels on the MUP.

    Last summer I ran over a squirrel that decided to veer left under my front wheel instead off the trail into the grass.

    Last summer I also ran over a raven on the MUP that was standing around making noise with a buddy. I shouted at them a good 10 meters before I got to them. One of them flew off in time I expected the other to do the same thing. It had it's back to me and didn't notice me. Horrible crunching noises were the result...

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    Other people.


    Just me?
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    Gravel trucks from a specific local construction company. Their drivers have REPEATEDLY swerved AT me, even when there is nobody in the left lane that they are swerving away FROM. Might have to buy a GoPro and sue them out of business. Not for the money, but just to get these clowns off the road before they kill someone. Particularly me.
    Don't buy all the lies that they feed ya.

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    debris in the bike lane. I'll usually stop and clear the stuff out.

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    Freekin' canadian geese all over the bike path near the river. Hundreds of them, piles of green crap all over the path, and them blocking the path as well.
    Also, seeing that same raccoon road kill on day 5, now bloated and feet sticking up in the air, eewww.

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    Trying to cross a busy 4-lane road where 1 guy in the middle of a pack decides to stop his car and "let you cross". Sure, I'll ride right out into busy traffic just because you're the only one stopped and waving...

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    Re: Things You Hate to See While Commuting

    Elevated manhole covers.

    Broken glass in bike lane/shoulder.

    Gravel.

    Used condoms.

    Any kind of box truck/work truck/pickup truck with ladders and a business logo.

    Mothers with absurdly large baby strollers walking in the middle of the bike lane who think the whole world should stop for them and their precious offspring.

    Joggers jacked into their headphones who won't hear me coming now matter how loud I shout.

    Confused and wobbly old people meandering in the bike lane.

    Minivan/SUV filled with kids and mother driver yakking away on cellphone as she swerves all over the road.

    Old people in Lincolns wearing those ridiculous Amber vision sunglasses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    The inside of an ambulance.
    Actually seeing it from inside isn't as bad as passing out in one!

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    Those leaves that fall in the bike lane just right to look like a big sharp rock

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    Things You Hate to See While Commuting

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    Ignorant young woman driving a mustang while on a cell phone that looks you in the eye, hammers it to get ahead of you and INTO the bike lane. then double parks in the bike lane. causing you to swerve into traffic or be plastered across her bumper.

    then she got out and breathed through her mouth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agwan View Post
    then double parks in the bike lane.
    I have stopped, got of my bike, and told people to get out of the bikelane. It's only occurred with taxis and realtors (all the scum of the earth, which may be why I bothered to stop). Standing next to the window and yelling at someone to move does get surprising results.

    A couple of recent threads are making me realize that I'm apparently really confrontationy...

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    I got another one - I hate hopscotching with the city buses. riding in a bike lane, bus passes me, pulls over to a stop. They're sitting in the bike lane, so I go around. bus starts up again, passes me, and then pulls over for another stop. rinse and repeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    The inside of an ambulance.
    If in an ambulance, it is better to be able to see that you are than not, in my experience. Losing consciousness as you answer where you are as being in an ambulance is a bit disconcerting as in: Jeesh I'm f'd up.

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    The ground quickly approaching my face and a schoolbus mirror on the back of my head.

    Dead bodies.

    Unbootable tires.

    Sun just above the horizon and blind drivers.

    Trains

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShartRate View Post
    Those leaves that fall in the bike lane just right to look like a big sharp rock
    Leaves in the bike lane period! Not only are they slippery when wet, but then get slimy and always seem to be slippery, but you never know what is hiding under them either! Small pothole? Glass? Road debris? Sometimes I just take the lane, solely because of the drifts of leaves in the bike lane.

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    Rural highway, no shoulder, 71' Cadillac floating towards me 200 yds. out, mid 70's Chevy truck behind him peaking his left headlight out into my lane, and... going for it??! Hit the ditch and flipped the obligatory bird.

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    Octogenarian in a Cadillac on a cell phone.
    This. Geriatrics in a car at all are terrifying.
    The leg bone's connected to the Cash Bone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgw2jr View Post
    This. Geriatrics in a car at all are terrifying.
    Yeah. Nothing like looking over your shoulder to see a car barreling at you being driven by a gray haired scalp and some knuckles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    I got another one - I hate hopscotching with the city buses. riding in a bike lane, bus passes me, pulls over to a stop. They're sitting in the bike lane, so I go around. bus starts up again, passes me, and then pulls over for another stop. rinse and repeat.
    This is a really good one that brings to mind an issue that I have contemplated when observing buses...

    Why do the buses have to stop so often? There are entirely too many bus stops. Atleast where I live. There are generally stops at each end of every block, plus atleast one in the middle. And I'm not talking about some sort of super long block. It's really irritating dealing with them, whether on a bike or in a car. I don't like to think of the people taking the bus this way, but I really feel it breeds apathy and laziness when you're coddled so much you don't have to walk a block in order to catch a bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jochribs View Post
    This is a really good one that brings to mind an issue that I have contemplated when observing buses...

    Why do the buses have to stop so often? There are entirely too many bus stops. Atleast where I live. There are generally stops at each end of every block, plus atleast one in the middle. And I'm not talking about some sort of super long block. It's really irritating dealing with them, whether on a bike or in a car. I don't like to think of the people taking the bus this way, but I really feel it breeds apathy and laziness when you're coddled so much you don't have to walk a block in order to catch a bus.
    +1 ! Seriously! I lived in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle for a little while and took the bus pretty frequently (it was before I got back on the bike). When I commented that Magnolia seemed even worse than the rest of the city one of the bus drivers bragged to me that the guy designed the routes lived in Magnolia and set it up so none of his neighbors would have to walk more than a block between stops on those routes. It used to drive me nuts to take those buses, they spent most of the trip pulling over every block to pick up one person. It was like the mass transit equivalent of single occupancy vehicles!

    I've gotten to where I change my route where I can if it coincides with a bus route that I frequently play hopscotch with. Hard sometimes though, as often the bus route is the flattest and the options are much hillier, when their are options, given the lack of through streets here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jochribs View Post
    Why do the buses have to stop so often? There are entirely too many bus stops.
    You think they're gonna WALK their fat ass half a block down to the next one?
    Don't buy all the lies that they feed ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    The inside of an ambulance.
    THAT would be hands down the Number ONE spot on this Thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pauldelamancha View Post
    Sun just above the horizon and blind drivers.
    Riding directly towards the setting sun is about the only weather condition in which I will pull completely off the road when cars approach from behind. And if the road is wet, it's twice as bad.

    If there is a lot of overtaking traffic, being in the city I can often just re-route onto a road that's at a slightly different angle to the sunset.
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