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(WTOP)   Douchebag cyclist runs red lights and stop signs, rides on sidewalks and roads where cyclists are not allowed, and is completely indifferent to the traffic congestion he is causing. It's okay though, because he is the mayor of Washington DC   (wtop.com) divider line 138
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2009-11-10 12:03:04 AM
He sounds like one of those Critical Mass pricks over in Austin.

I purposefully avoid driving around downtown there on weekends; not because I want to avoid the horrible traffic problems they cause (though that is a secondary reason), but because I know I wouldn't stop when one of them crossed illegally into my lane.
 
2009-11-10 12:03:25 AM
tehbeermang: Got some planet bike speedez "shorty" fenders for the fall rainy season, as full size fenders won't fit under the brake bridge or fork crown.

They strap on. Neat design, really. I'll be taking them and the 28s off when the racing season starts.

Nobody makes snow spikes for road bikes.


Can you fit 35's? I have a set of Hakkapeliittas in 700x35 that have treated me well.

Next best choice is the Schwalbe Marathon. Great little all-season tire. You can get them in 25's too.

I'm currently rolling around on Soma Everwears because I was riding in Schenectady. For anything outside of a post-industrial wasteland I wouldn't choose them, honestly. I miss my Speedblends, those were silky wonderful on the road and cornered like heaven.
 
2009-11-10 12:04:02 AM
To be fair, that mayor looks like a massive douche and corrupt asshole who is completely abusing taxpayer trust.
 
2009-11-10 12:13:41 AM
My favorite are the bike riders that ride side by side so that the one on the left is basically right in the middle of the car lane and when you try to get around them they look at you like you are the asshole. I imagine that these are the same people that display the "share the road with a cyclist" stickers. I have no proof only suspicion.

/live near the beach where this is a big problem.
 
2009-11-10 12:14:22 AM
FTA: The mayor trains with his competitive cycling team, D.C. Velo

As in Velodrome? There's lots of tracks and parks for legit crit racing for that shiat douchebag. Get off the street.

/cyclist
 
2009-11-10 12:17:34 AM
titwrench: My favorite are the bike riders that ride side by side so that the one on the left is basically right in the middle of the car lane and when you try to get around them they look at you like you are the asshole. I imagine that these are the same people that display the "share the road with a cyclist" stickers. I have no proof only suspicion.

Don't know about CA law but in NYS two abreast is legal and not douchey.
 
2009-11-10 12:18:25 AM
soze: Don't know about CA law but in NYS two abreast is legal and not douchey.

If it makes it difficult for a car to pass you, its definately douchey.
 
2009-11-10 12:18:31 AM
tehbeermang: Got some planet bike speedez "shorty" fenders for the fall rainy season, as full size fenders won't fit under the brake bridge or fork crown.

They strap on. Neat design, really. I'll be taking them and the 28s off when the racing season starts.

Nobody makes snow spikes for road bikes.


Why not just ride down a hillside of butter? That and no clearance.
 
2009-11-10 12:19:37 AM
belowner: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Adrian Fenty in many ways has proven to be two or three times the douchebag that Marrion Barry was. That's a real accomplishment.

It really is. I miss Williams.

Fenty seems to have missed the "mayor isn't God" lesson that Barry proved time and time again. He's acting like he's the new Mayor Daley without any background, family connections, or money to justify it.


People tend to get the government they deserve. Look at the citizens of our nation's capital and look at the people they elect. No surprise.
 
2009-11-10 12:21:24 AM
The 700x28 are siped Specialized All Condition road tires (rec pressure = 115-125psi), I would be lucky to get my pinky between the tire and seat tube. It's that tight. (2007 Specialized Allez Elite, designed with 23mm tires in mind)

I'm going to assume that with the 28mm tire I should be able to handle an inch of snow, more if it's "fluffy". As long as I'm not racing a clock, I should be able to keep the rubber side down and the fleshy side up.
 
2009-11-10 12:21:43 AM
If you can't go the speed limit on a road using whatever vehicle you're on, you need to get the fark off.

All it's going to take is one accident.
 
2009-11-10 12:23:13 AM
Are we even sure the bike is his?
 
2009-11-10 12:23:56 AM
Most days: I bike through intersections when nobody else is using them with little regard for the hue of light nor shape of sign.

Today: One of the half-dozen or so idle USCP officers at 3rd & Penn SE reminded me I must stop at lights too.

So as an experiment I did just that - and more. I turned on my lights, used my hand signals, and continued across Capitol Hill to my office. And I rode in the center of my lane. And selected that lane to move around other slower vehicles - just as if I were driving. And (even though it's legal for me to do so) I didn't even filter forward at lights. I stopped right there in line with all the others.

And the sun broke through the clouds, the vast rows of steel chariots parted to allow me past, and it was as if a host of heavenly angels serenaded me all the way to work...

Or something like that. I know I saw headlights flashing at me, heard horns tootling, and choked in clouds of exhaust as cars, cabs, buses and trucks gunned throttles to pass me within a foot or two. Nobody hit me, and I didn't hit nobody.

This was most unusual, because when I ride with the mission and quest to "get as far the fark out of their way as I can" from drivers I hear nary a toot, see hardly a spark, and I move through jammed traffic so quickly that even angry glares and upraised fingers only happen a block or two behind me.

Lesson learned: They may SAY they want me to follow the same rules they do, but what they REALLY want is for me to have as little impact on their trip as possible. When I fly on ahead they may think less of me as a road user but, probably only because they hardly think of me at all, but when I'm right there with them I get buckets of contempt and scorn heaped into my path.
 
2009-11-10 12:25:17 AM
EmmaLou: If you can't go the speed limit on a road using whatever vehicle you're on, you need to get the fark off.

All it's going to take is one accident.


Speed limit is not a requirement. It is a limit. You're allowed to go as slow as you want unless there is a posted minimum.
 
2009-11-10 12:27:23 AM
soze: titwrench: My favorite are the bike riders that ride side by side so that the one on the left is basically right in the middle of the car lane and when you try to get around them they look at you like you are the asshole. I imagine that these are the same people that display the "share the road with a cyclist" stickers. I have no proof only suspicion.

Don't know about CA law but in NYS two abreast is legal and not douchey.


legal and "douchy" are not mutually exclusive. blocking traffic is a dick move. I ride my bike everywhere I can but I NEVER EVER impede the flow of traffic because I am "legally" a vehicle and apparently subject to the same rights. Legally I can blow cigarette smoke into the face of a baby passing me on the street in a stroller or for that matter smoke in a car full of babies with all the windows up. doesn't make it right.
 
2009-11-10 12:29:47 AM
He'd fit in perfectly in Seattle with the rest of the Critical Mass-holes (new window).
 
2009-11-10 12:30:23 AM
Tawnos: ITT: people who masturbatorily fantasize about murdering bike riders with their vehicles.

Equal percentage of drivers and cyclists are total douchebags. You know it's true.


I'm a cyclist. As bad as motorists are, cyclists are a nasty bunch of rule-flouting douchebags who will gleefully yell at other cyclists attempting to obey the rules.
 
2009-11-10 12:31:07 AM
Soze- by the way this is not a personal attack I am merely expressing my opinion.
 
2009-11-10 12:31:45 AM
tehbeermang: So what should I do to keep riding in the winter?

My road bike is now rolling on 700x28 all condition tires.

The city plows the bike paths before many residential neighborhoods, mostly because schoolchildren use the bike paths.

What's a good way to keep the ice out of the derailleurs?

Or should I open up the purse strings and buy a single speed with spiked tires?


Taking it indoors every night so the snow can melt and drip off (put old newspapers under it or something) is the easy way to keep it in good shape over the winter. Other than that, all I can think of is lock deicer for the ice, and to clean the snow off regularly yourself. If you don't get the snow off somehow, dirt and road salt gets inside the bottom of your frame, and over time it'll corrode the shiat out of everything metal (including aluminum).

As for tires -- if by "spiked" you mean metal studs, then I'd say go for it; I've never tried them myself, but I suspect they'd make winter biking hugely easier. If you mean rubber studs like a chunky mountain bike tire, those are mostly good for rough terrain and/or biking over a layer of snow, so they might not be worthwhile if the plowed bike paths you mentioned are asphalt and you don't plan to go off them much.
 
2009-11-10 12:32:16 AM
four12: He'd fit in perfectly in Seattle with the rest of the Critical Mass-holes (new window).

Don't get me started on critical mass.
 
2009-11-10 12:33:10 AM
one_more_step_and_the_girl_gets_it: I think the people should be happy to see their Mayor out in public.

That is all this mayor ever does.
Fenty governs by photo op.
 
2009-11-10 12:33:13 AM
tehbeermang:
I'm going to assume that with the 28mm tire I should be able to handle an inch of snow, more if it's "fluffy". As long as I'm not racing a clock, I should be able to keep the rubber side down and the fleshy side up.


Yeah but that will tear the shiat out of the sidewalls of your rims once that salt-iced slush gets packed in there. Not to mention getting enough ice piled up between your brake pads and underneath, good luck stopping.

I've cut up a little piece of aluminum or plastic and shaped it around the tire and either ziptie it to the seat stays or put it in somewhere behind the brake bridge (drill a hole to fit the bolt). I do seem to remember a company that made all sorts of crappy weather gadgets, in particular some that included a scraper of sorts to skim off all the garbage before it gets to the brakes. Probably make your own too.
 
2009-11-10 12:36:29 AM
titwrench: four12: He'd fit in perfectly in Seattle with the rest of the Critical Mass-holes (new window).

Don't get me started on critical mass.


Ugh. What those asshats do to the streets of San Francisco is a crime in itself. Can't believe they can get away with that crap.
 
2009-11-10 12:36:43 AM
soze: Don't know about CA law but in NYS two abreast is legal and not douchey.

This is legal *and* douchey. Honestly-- what happened to common courtesy? If a car comes up, get single file. If you're paying attention, there should never even be one that sneaks up on you-- they should be able to pass smoothly, and you should be able to go back to two abreast. We could share the road if everybody wasn't so goddamn adversarial.
 
2009-11-10 12:38:10 AM
Generation_D: As a regular walker to work (1.7 mi, right through downtown) I am much more at risk from rogue cyclists than the occasional aggressive car.

Reasons why

- Car has plates, which means accountability.

- Car has a lot more invested in not hitting me

- If car hits me everyone will take my side

Compare contrast:

- Bike will obey whatever laws it feels like

- Bike won't care if it hits me in a crosswalk, then will get off the bike and start a shoving match with me because I got in his way (THIS HAPPENED)

- Bike has no insurance, no accountability, no plates

- Bike rider profound sense of entitlement, they rule the moral high ground, just ask them.

Bottom line: Bike riders downtown are a far greater risk to someone walking than are cars.

Fkn Fixie Asshats.




That includes the bike cops riding in groups of three or more!!
 
2009-11-10 12:40:24 AM
tehbeermang: The 700x28 are siped Specialized All Condition road tires (rec pressure = 115-125psi), I would be lucky to get my pinky between the tire and seat tube. It's that tight. (2007 Specialized Allez Elite, designed with 23mm tires in mind)

I'm going to assume that with the 28mm tire I should be able to handle an inch of snow, more if it's "fluffy". As long as I'm not racing a clock, I should be able to keep the rubber side down and the fleshy side up.


You need studs for ice, not snow. In dustings of snow up to a half inch I'm happy on all-seasons; narrower tires cut through to the pavement. In heavy snow situations knobbies tend to clot.

Though keep in mind I've done a Nor'easter on my Hakkas (hey, had to get home from work). My boyfriend was driving home in traffic on the same road, unbeknownst to me, and apparently he could not keep up with me. Perhaps all those cars were dickheads for not going faster and getting out of my way. ;)

Just remember to let your bike and body float a little; your center of gravity and direction of momentum matter more than the direction the bike is pointing in.

titwrench: No prob, bike laws vary so widely that I figured it was just a lack of knowledge issue, not a ZOMG INTERNETS ARGUMENT one. :)
 
2009-11-10 12:41:05 AM
At least this guy is on a bike. We have a rogue mayor in my area who drinks and drives, and is videoed doing so, and the media doesn't make a sound.
 
2009-11-10 12:53:12 AM
tehbeermang: EmmaLou: If you can't go the speed limit on a road using whatever vehicle you're on, you need to get the fark off.

All it's going to take is one accident.

Speed limit is not a requirement. It is a limit. You're allowed to go as slow as you want unless there is a posted minimum.


Glad to see at least one dickhead biker here. You keep riding 10 mph in a 40 zone.
 
2009-11-10 12:58:07 AM
Some cyclists think they can switch between pedestrian-mode and vehicle-mode as it suits their unobstructed passage. Cyclists are cars for all intents and purposes, though I won't begrudge the novice who sticks to the side-walk and is careful of pedestrians. But when I see the mode-switching rogues that carelessly weave in and out of traffic and ignore the rules of the road, I pray for swift and immediate karmic justice. Ok, maybe I don't really wish them harm, but just farking play by the rules already.

/not a cyclist, just a hypothetical violence enthusiast
 
2009-11-10 01:00:11 AM
That's not a blatant abuse of power, now is it?

/Fenty (D-ouchebag)
//cyclist
///here he'd be slapped with a $300 ticket for that if he were one of the proles
////won't feel bad if he breaks his shiat being stupid
//waste of incredible amounts of tax dollars
//more waste than all of these slashies
 
2009-11-10 01:07:07 AM
Douchebag cyclists deserve whatever they get. Sorry, cyclists, but it's true. Cycles are a vehicle and are bound by the traffic code, yet many seem to think they have the rights of pedestrians when it suits them and the privilege of a vehicle when they feel like it.

There is a 2-way stop I drive through frequently and it happens to be on a popular cycling road. I think maybe one out of ten cyclists will actually yield to traffic that has the right of way. One of these days a cyclist is going to blast through that stop and right in front of my SUV (yes, I have an SUV, farking deal with it).

I'm also a motorcycle rider and I realize the importance of sharing road use. I always try to give cyclists extra space and will yield the right-of-way when it's appropriate. But when I come up behind a group riding 3 across and blocking the entire lane of travel it does make me feel a bit stabby.

Obey the rules and quit acting like you are the savior of mankind in spandex and we will get along fine.

I don't have a problem with cyclists, I have a problem with douchebags.
 
2009-11-10 01:08:17 AM
vudukungfu: he's stiII a fag

BRRRUUUUB BUB-BUB-BUB-BUB-BUB-BRUB!!!!
 
2009-11-10 01:16:32 AM
Prank Call of Cthulhu: Adrian Fenty in many ways has proven to be two or three times the douchebag that Marrion Barry was. That's a real accomplishment.

Sadly, it's looking more and more like that is true. I had such high hopes for Fenty. He is way into douchebag territory right now and not just because of these bullshiat bike rides.

Such a sad squandering of potential.
 
2009-11-10 01:18:22 AM
colatf: Do you mean to tell me that some of the people on bikes are douches and some of the people in cars are douches? No way.

On the road, it's safe to assume that everybody is this guy:


I just wanted to say that picture is completely, ridiculously, awesome.
 
2009-11-10 01:38:04 AM
I don't really understand what's going on. How am I supposed to ride a bike? Are we talking about city cyclists? Is a cyclist someone who rides a bicycle or is it something else? I don't know if I'm doing something wrong. Nobody is honking at me so I must be okay. I try to avoid major roads.
 
2009-11-10 01:38:56 AM
Prank Call of Cthulhu: Adrian Fenty in many ways has proven to be two or three times the douchebag that Marrion Barry was. That's a real accomplishment.

GODDAMN. Give that man a life achievement award.
Or a Nobel Prize.

/how's that for some Monday evening tastelessness.
 
2009-11-10 04:32:06 AM
soze: I hope he gets run over by a SUV and dragged to his death along a half mile, and then that the SUV driver gets locked up for life and their children forced to live on the streets, selling their bodies to the mayor's kids who also have been forced into the streets.

/cyclist
//wrong-way cyclists, sidewalk riders PISS ME OFF.
///and inattentive drivers, them too


Does sidewalk riders count those of us that occasionally ride our bikes to class or to the liquor store? Or do you have to wear spandex and shave your legs to count as a cyclist?
 
2009-11-10 05:03:29 AM
Prank Call of Cthulhu: Adrian Fenty in many ways has proven to be two or three times the douchebag that Marrion Barry was. That's a real accomplishment.

At least this shows he has a personality.

Of all the recent mayors of DC, until now he's been a pretty plain and
straightforward (dare I say whitebread) politician. Kinda like the guy
who won the class presidency in your senior year of high school, who always
dresses nice and is well spoken and gets jack all done.
 
2009-11-10 05:21:05 AM
It isn't so much that he's causing traffic backups, but that he's causing backups in DC and Montgomery County. WTF jurisdiction do DC police have in Bethesda to blow through lights? With how traffic gets around here, contributing the problem is sufficient cause for a lynch mob.
 
2009-11-10 06:04:35 AM
If he decides to run for re-election this will really come back to bite him in the ass. Pulling shiat like this and thinking you can get away with it because you're the mayor tends to piss people off more than accusations of corruption. People don't like to be inconvenienced when they're commuting.
 
2009-11-10 06:20:58 AM
Mentat: Biatch set him up.

Came for that. Over in 4.
 
2009-11-10 07:01:25 AM
darsal:
Lesson learned: They may SAY they want me to follow the same rules they do, but what they REALLY want is for me to have as little impact on their trip as possible. When I fly on ahead they may think less of me as a road user but, probably only because they hardly think of me at all, but when I'm right there with them I get buckets of contempt and scorn heaped into my path.

Most drivers are in a mental state where they just want the entire rest of humanity to get the hell out of their way... bikes, cars, old ladies limping across the crosswalk... I know this because of my morning bike commute experience, and the fact that every time I drive a car, I start to feel the same way. Everyone really needs to relax the hell out on the road.
 
2009-11-10 07:04:15 AM
I hate all cyclists who ride in the road. Get the fark onto the sidewalk where you belong.
 
2009-11-10 07:20:51 AM
I've met Fenty a few times. He comes off as reasonally impressive. But I have heard tons of chatter from those on the Hill (fed staffers, yes, but they are on committees that interact) about how Fenty is actually pretty incompetent. He chose some good people, yes. Rhee looks like a winner. But I don't think Fenty is too bright and this is about his fifth mini-scandal of misuse of office. He'll probably get re-elected easily however.
 
2009-11-10 07:28:03 AM
OH MAN, Another crack joke!

t2.gstatic.com

/old n' busted
 
2009-11-10 08:13:53 AM
Sanctimonious cyclists impeding the flow of traffic? Bad
Asshat politician squandering police resources? Worse

Bikes aren't licensed and operators don't pay a road use tax as motor vehicles do. They don't belong on the roadways. If motor vehicles followed the example set by cyclists, traffic signals and control signs would lose any relevance and sidewalks would become passing lanes.
 
2009-11-10 08:14:56 AM
KAVORKA: I've met Fenty a few times. He comes off as reasonally impressive. But I have heard tons of chatter from those on the Hill (fed staffers, yes, but they are on committees that interact) about how Fenty is actually pretty incompetent. He chose some good people, yes. Rhee looks like a winner. But I don't think Fenty is too bright and this is about his fifth mini-scandal of misuse of office. He'll probably get re-elected easily however.

You must be important.
 
2009-11-10 08:34:01 AM
titwrench: four12: He'd fit in perfectly in Seattle with the rest of the Critical Mass-holes (new window).

Don't get me started on critical mass.


I live in the Bay Area, and I understand what Critical Mass is trying to do. They may be annoying in their approach, but I can see their point.

However, a couple years ago I went back to Utah for a class reunion in a town of 40,000 that has a free bus service connecting several towns in the valley - including a town in Idaho 27 miles away! I was very disappointed to see a Critical Mass there - especially because they were blocking my turn when I was trying to get somewhere before it closed. I guess they would drive a mile or so along Main Street, then turn around and ride back.

Holy crap, fellers - pick your battles! I can begrudgingly approve of Critical Mass as a form of civil disobedience and/or social change, but not when it is a bike club excursion to combat boredom.
 
2009-11-10 08:37:37 AM
soze: I hope he gets run over by a SUV and dragged to his death along a half mile, and then that the SUV driver gets locked up for life and their children forced to live on the streets, selling their bodies to the mayor's kids who also have been forced into the streets.

/cyclist
//wrong-way cyclists, sidewalk riders PISS ME OFF.
///and inattentive drivers, them too


Funny you should say that. Right-way, road-riding cyclists are what piss me off. A car is a much bigger threat to a cyclist than a bicycle is to a pedestrian, and a bicycle is a much larger inconvenience to vehicle traffic than foot traffic. Ride on the damn sidewalk or take a bus. I don't give a shiat what's legal. The law is derived from the consent of the governed. When you're pissing off 90% of the population, you are breaking the law by definition.

The only place people should be riding bicycles on the road are very, VERY large cities, with crowded sidewalks and bike lanes on the street.
 
2009-11-10 08:55:33 AM
The only thing we should share with cyclists is our tired treads across their torsos when they start their douchebag antics on the road.
 
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