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2012-06-18 08:50:07 AM

Lernaeus: GET OFF THE DAMN ROAD. YOU ARE NOT, NOR EVER WILL BE, LANCE F*CKING ARMSTRONG.


Get of the damn road, you are not, and never will be, f.ing Dale Earnhard or whatever.
 
2012-06-18 09:30:46 AM

On-Off: Lernaeus: GET OFF THE DAMN ROAD. YOU ARE NOT, NOR EVER WILL BE, LANCE F*CKING ARMSTRONG.

Get of the damn road, you are not, and never will be, f.ing Dale Earnhard or whatever.


Not trying to race anyone here; just trying to get to work on time without being paranoid I'm going to kill some cyclist while traveling at a breakneck 15 mph.
 
2012-06-18 09:45:17 AM
well, a heavy loaded truck going uphill goes sometime even slower as 15mpH.
Those are much more difficult to overtake.
And sometimes people even stop on the road.
What you are saying is that you are driving much faster as you and/or your vehicle can.
 
2012-06-18 10:48:03 AM
I live in a big cycling city and for the most part they tend to stay in their lanes and for the most part don't travel in packs but on weekends when i'm not really ever in a hurry. Looks like fun, I've always wanted to be a part of a peloton.
 
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2012-06-18 10:55:22 AM

gopher321: I'm pretty sure there are far more asshole/idiot drivers out there than cyclists.


This.
 
2012-06-18 02:08:53 PM

doglover: SwingDancer: Car drivers are by far worse by capita the people on bikes.

This is not the case. I've driven the whole world over, seen men both drunk and sober, but I've yet an ass to meet that was as big as on a bike.

The problem with bicycles is that they're very slow and dangerous in a country designed for motor vehicles. In a sane person's head, this would mean that cyclists would be timid, cautious folk who tried to ride well and truly in the safest places they could find and stay there exclusively.

What it actually means is that they get all selfish and try bullshiat like blocking traffic and demonizing people in cars.

When you are fragile sack of hamburger and hair balanced precariously on a pair of gyroscopes, you should remember every second of every minute you are a dead person walking if you lose your wits or fark up. Someone in a motor vehicle is controlling tons of steel and the penalties for farking up are far, far lower. Sometimes you can take a direct broadside from a locomotive and survive in a car. On a bike you can't even hit a largish pebble without risking death.

Physics is not on your side. Biology is not on your side. And forcing other people to make way for you, yelling all the while at them for being rude, is a great way to make enemies.

I think everyone in the US should be forced to live in Asia for a year if they want to ride a bicycle. It's done better in China, Japan, and Korea at least. People here know how to share the road for real, not just use that phrase as a slogan to justify being selfish farktards hogging all the lanes at 10 mph.


Ok. I have lived in China for 2 years, let me tell you how bicycling REALLY works over there. Most major city roads have an entire, fenced off lane for Bicycles, Pedestrians and motorcycles. This is on both sides of the road. For places that do NOT have this, bicycles and motorcycles are terrible drivers. They are all over the place and don't really pay attention to what's going on. Traffic works in China by an unspoken 'tonnage' rule, e.g. I weigh more, I get the right of way. Bicycles and pedestrians are frequently at the bottom of this rule and as such I saw at LEAST 3-4 different fatal bicycle/motorcycle accidents there in my 2 years....and there when you get hit by a car IF you are lucky enough to even FIND an ambulance, you might live for a couple weeks under their 1970's medical care.

Large groups of motorcycles and bicycles also move together typically to prevent cars/buses going careening through them.

The one thing I miss about China is that most cities have a strict "no honking" law. However, once drivers get out into the country it must be a sport or something to see how many times they can honk per minute.
 
2012-06-18 04:51:29 PM
Here in Australia we have a new sport called Dooring. It involves opening your car door just as these idiots come past. It's awesome fun watching them sail gracefully over their handlebars, over your door and then bouncing along the road. Talk about laugh til you cry. Even better is getting them when they are coming towards you, you get your passenger to do it. That's extra points.
 
2012-06-18 07:14:15 PM
The funniest part was seeing the van's mirror get trashed, immediately followed by "TO SHOW YOU THE MOST SKILLED URBAN CYCLISTS IN THE WORLD"
 
2012-06-18 10:14:01 PM

OgreMagi: InfamousG: A lot of dangerous and illegal things in that video and I think many of their actions should receive reprimand. I hope drivers recognize that these are not the actions of all cyclists and the vast majority are responsible road users. What I find interesting, though, is the people who are irritated most by law-abiding cyclists, are the ones who regularly break road laws.

That "speed limit 25" sign doesn't mean "30-35 unless I see a cop."

I would be in favor of a governing device on cars that limited their speed to that of the roadway's maximum. Would save a lot of lives from car accidents. But it won't happen, because the vast majority of drivers want the ability to break the law, since they already do it so often.

Did you ever take the time to actually think about the consequences of allowing the government that much control over our daily lives, or are you one of those morons who think the results would be acceptable "for the greater good"?


Around forty thousand people die on U.S. roads every year, the vast majority from preventable accidents. I'd say that governors aren't enough. We need to get people out from behind the wheel completely on public roadways. A century-long study involving millions of subjects has proven beyond any doubt that people just can't be trusted to drive safely. Ever.
 
2012-06-18 10:26:30 PM

OgreMagi: InfamousG: A lot of dangerous and illegal things in that video and I think many of their actions should receive reprimand. I hope drivers recognize that these are not the actions of all cyclists and the vast majority are responsible road users. What I find interesting, though, is the people who are irritated most by law-abiding cyclists, are the ones who regularly break road laws.

That "speed limit 25" sign doesn't mean "30-35 unless I see a cop."

I would be in favor of a governing device on cars that limited their speed to that of the roadway's maximum. Would save a lot of lives from car accidents. But it won't happen, because the vast majority of drivers want the ability to break the law, since they already do it so often.

Did you ever take the time to actually think about the consequences of allowing the government that much control over our daily lives, or are you one of those morons who think the results would be acceptable "for the greater good"?


I don't want to dismiss, by the way, that the video depicts some Grade A douchery and idiocy. No excuses for anyone, no matter who they are.

I understand that the normal approach to bike douchery is fines. I don't know how effective that is, but perhaps a better approach would be to seize and impound the bike, pending judgment and payment of fine -- just like they do with serious motoring offences. Maybe then these high-octane cyclists will take it more seriously. Those messenger bikes are not the cheap kind -- and there are few things more humbling than having a traffic cop tell you to walk home.
 
2012-06-18 10:31:02 PM

Dr.Knockboots: Lor M. Ipsum: That is a very, very small percentage of bicyclists, and every single one of them deserves to spend the rest of their lives in a vegetative state.

Yep.

Although, there are cyclists galore here in Colorado (I'd guess we have more than any other state?) and they act as if they are part of the normal traffic. Umm, no..and you're going 20 in a 45 and taking up one whole lane? Go eat a tree,


You might want to check the laws before spouting off like this. IANAL, but it's my understanding that on the vast majority of roads, bicycles are road vehicles, and have as much right to the road that you do. Not exactly the same right, everywhere, but a lot more than you obviously think they do.

By analogy consider this: Does someone operating a sports car have more right to the road than you, only because they can go much faster than you? Does a huge truck have more right than you because it's bigger and heavier? I assure you, the laws say no such thing. So I think you're assuming a bit by assuming that cars have inherently more rights than bicycles. In most of the places I've lived, they do not.
 
2012-06-18 10:37:25 PM

Lernaeus: On-Off: Lernaeus: GET OFF THE DAMN ROAD. YOU ARE NOT, NOR EVER WILL BE, LANCE F*CKING ARMSTRONG.

Get of the damn road, you are not, and never will be, f.ing Dale Earnhard or whatever.

Not trying to race anyone here; just trying to get to work on time without being paranoid I'm going to kill some cyclist while traveling at a breakneck 15 mph.


You know what, dude? I drive to one workplace or another almost every day. And I often encounter cyclists, sometimes in groups. Somehow, this does not upset me, get my blood pressure up, or cause me any other emotional distress. And I don't think anyone's about to nominate me as the next Ghandi. I have a well-earned reputation as a biatch with a sometimes short fuse.

So I think there's a bit more to what's going on here than the empty excuses I'm hearing from a lot of my fellow motorists. What I'm actually hearing, at least in my mind, are echoes of the excuses made throughout history by people who needed to lord it over some group of others -- whether seeking to convince themselves, perhaps, or seek cover of some absurd explanation that doesn't logically hold water.

If I can share the road with cyclists without having an aneurysm, anyone can.
 
2012-06-18 10:47:29 PM

Bf+: gopher321: I'm pretty sure there are far more asshole/idiot drivers out there than cyclists.

This.


In absolute numbers, undoubtedly, but I don't think that's a meaningful comparison. If you mean proportionally, I think that may be a lot harder to nail down. I won't offer any guesses, since they'd be, well, guesses. There are certainly plenty of both, no doubt about that, and this video is proof.

What I think is going on, though, is that drivers are so used to other drivers' bad actions that they become desensitised to all but the worst of it. But since bikes are so much fewer statistically, drivers notice these things a lot more. If a car cuts you off, well, that guy's a jerk, but so what, a lot of drivers are. If a cyclist cuts you off, though, it's suddenly a much bigger deal, only because it's so much less common than getting cut off by a car -- even though in strictly objective terms of physics, a bicycle poses far less threat. And I think that also combines with the sense of entitlement that motorists have developed over the last half century or so. (Motoring was not a regular habit of most Americans until after WW-II.) They grudgingly accept that they can't legitimately argue to have other drivers removed from the road, but it still enrages them that they might have to share the road with non-cars. It's selfish and unrealistic, but less so than desiring a road all to themselves, so it seems more excusable.

In truth, roads are a public resource, and everyone's got to share. It's very clearly obvious that many, many drivers are very unhappy about that. This is just a magnification of that attitude, projected on what they see as a much weaker target group.
 
2012-06-18 11:12:49 PM

rocknews: Here in Australia we have a new sport called Dooring. It involves opening your car door just as these idiots come past. It's awesome fun watching them sail gracefully over their handlebars, over your door and then bouncing along the road. Talk about laugh til you cry. Even better is getting them when they are coming towards you, you get your passenger to do it. That's extra points.


www.xtremesystems.org

I expect no less from the ass end of the Commonwealth than to continue to richly validate the stereotypes. And I certainly expect no more.
 
2012-06-18 11:33:48 PM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: rocknews: Here in Australia we have a new sport called Dooring. It involves opening your car door just as these idiots come past. It's awesome fun watching them sail gracefully over their handlebars, over your door and then bouncing along the road. Talk about laugh til you cry. Even better is getting them when they are coming towards you, you get your passenger to do it. That's extra points.

[www.xtremesystems.org image 154x180]

I expect no less from the ass end of the Commonwealth than to continue to richly validate the stereotypes. And I certainly expect no more.


Stereotypes? That's the word people use when they try to pretend the poor behaviour of their ilk is the exception rather than the rule. How delicious is the irony that you accuse me of stereotyping and then you refer to Australia as "the ass end of the Commonwealth". The truth is, my little douche-bag friend, that most cyclists behave like those depicted in the video. Which is why dooring is such a popular sport. Personally, I am nearing my all-time record for this month and I so look forward to passing it.
 
2012-06-18 11:58:46 PM

rocknews: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: rocknews: Here in Australia we have a new sport called Dooring. It involves opening your car door just as these idiots come past. It's awesome fun watching them sail gracefully over their handlebars, over your door and then bouncing along the road. Talk about laugh til you cry. Even better is getting them when they are coming towards you, you get your passenger to do it. That's extra points.

[www.xtremesystems.org image 154x180]

I expect no less from the ass end of the Commonwealth than to continue to richly validate the stereotypes. And I certainly expect no more.

Stereotypes? That's the word people use when they try to pretend the poor behaviour of their ilk is the exception rather than the rule. How delicious is the irony that you accuse me of stereotyping and then you refer to Australia as "the ass end of the Commonwealth". The truth is, my little douche-bag friend, that most cyclists behave like those depicted in the video. Which is why dooring is such a popular sport. Personally, I am nearing my all-time record for this month and I so look forward to passing it.


Hear now the whining of the irremediable zero, a man whose only evidence for existing upon this earth is the evidence of why he should not.
 
2012-06-19 12:11:46 AM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: rocknews: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: rocknews: Here in Australia we have a new sport called Dooring. It involves opening your car door just as these idiots come past. It's awesome fun watching them sail gracefully over their handlebars, over your door and then bouncing along the road. Talk about laugh til you cry. Even better is getting them when they are coming towards you, you get your passenger to do it. That's extra points.

[www.xtremesystems.org image 154x180]

I expect no less from the ass end of the Commonwealth than to continue to richly validate the stereotypes. And I certainly expect no more.

Stereotypes? That's the word people use when they try to pretend the poor behaviour of their ilk is the exception rather than the rule. How delicious is the irony that you accuse me of stereotyping and then you refer to Australia as "the ass end of the Commonwealth". The truth is, my little douche-bag friend, that most cyclists behave like those depicted in the video. Which is why dooring is such a popular sport. Personally, I am nearing my all-time record for this month and I so look forward to passing it.

Hear now the whining of the irremediable zero, a man whose only evidence for existing upon this earth is the evidence of why he should not.


*Slam* Got you with the door
 
2012-06-19 08:41:09 AM

rocknews: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: rocknews: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: rocknews: Here in Australia we have a new sport called Dooring. It involves opening your car door just as these idiots come past. It's awesome fun watching them sail gracefully over their handlebars, over your door and then bouncing along the road. Talk about laugh til you cry. Even better is getting them when they are coming towards you, you get your passenger to do it. That's extra points.

[www.xtremesystems.org image 154x180]

I expect no less from the ass end of the Commonwealth than to continue to richly validate the stereotypes. And I certainly expect no more.

Stereotypes? That's the word people use when they try to pretend the poor behaviour of their ilk is the exception rather than the rule. How delicious is the irony that you accuse me of stereotyping and then you refer to Australia as "the ass end of the Commonwealth". The truth is, my little douche-bag friend, that most cyclists behave like those depicted in the video. Which is why dooring is such a popular sport. Personally, I am nearing my all-time record for this month and I so look forward to passing it.

Hear now the whining of the irremediable zero, a man whose only evidence for existing upon this earth is the evidence of why he should not.

*Slam* Got you with the door


Since I'm usually operating a well-insured Subaru, I wouldn't think that would be your best day. And since I work for lawyers, any other day wouldn't be so great, either. I'm sure what you're yukking about is illegal even in Australia.

More amusing, though, is creating an entire comment around a 'new' activity that's been around for decades. Maybe just not there.

Anyway, I understand you've had a tremblor near you this morning, and may have more serious concerns.

Till next time.
 
2012-06-19 11:01:14 AM
In other news, Silvia_Bandersnatch loves to see themselves post, and I'm sure that that Farker is not a bicyclist, because that would certainly make the submitter's point.
 
2012-06-19 11:05:20 AM
I have no problems with cyclists that obey the rules of the road. Sure, it absolutely can inconvenience me at times, but that's my problem if they're obeying the rules of the road, not theirs. By and large, the majority of cyclists I encounter are decent folks.

Bike messengers are a different breed though, and I often find myself having problems with them. I understand that speed is essential for their livelihoods, but the extent to which they break the law for their own ends is crazy. Basic physics escapes a lot of them. Also, considering the qualifications required to be a successful bike messenger (be able to ride a bike, be willing to go as fast as possible, rules be damned), it attracts a specific kind of personality. When the facts eventually came to light in the former Attorney General Michael Bryant case, the bike messenger he killed lost a lot of sympathy, and was determined to be the instigator.
 
2012-06-19 11:26:34 AM
 
2012-06-19 11:44:55 AM

LesserEvil: In other news, Silvia_Bandersnatch loves to see themselves post, and I'm sure that that Farker is not a bicyclist, because that would certainly make the submitter's point.


At least I can spell other people's usernames correctly.
 
2012-06-19 11:53:33 AM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: LesserEvil: In other news, Silvia_Bandersnatch loves to see themselves post, and I'm sure that that Farker is not a bicyclist, because that would certainly make the submitter's point.

At least I can spell other people's usernames correctly.


I don't get worked up over people misspelling my username. That seems pretty petty.

I bet you won't be happy unless you get the final word, too.
 
2012-06-19 02:43:38 PM
I was such a terrible car owner, I finally just rode a bicycle everywhere. At one time, I lived 18 miles from work. I commuted by bicycle whatever the weather. I thought I was a bad ass on a bike.

Eventually, I moved to Denver and became a bike messenger. Then, I found out how to REALLY ride a bike in traffic.

Yeah, I was guilty of running red lights, biking on the sidewalk, wrong way on one way streets, etc. The motorcycle cops in Denver used to try to catch us all the time.

I'm still proud of my bike messenger days. I regret nothing.
 
2012-06-19 04:50:21 PM

LesserEvil: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: LesserEvil: In other news, Silvia_Bandersnatch loves to see themselves post, and I'm sure that that Farker is not a bicyclist, because that would certainly make the submitter's point.

At least I can spell other people's usernames correctly.

I don't get worked up over people misspelling my username. That seems pretty petty.

I bet you won't be happy unless you get the final word, too.


And that's why you keep replying, right? See, an Awesome™ argument is one you can't lose!
 
2012-06-19 05:07:59 PM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: LesserEvil: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: LesserEvil: In other news, Silvia_Bandersnatch loves to see themselves post, and I'm sure that that Farker is not a bicyclist, because that would certainly make the submitter's point.

At least I can spell other people's usernames correctly.

I don't get worked up over people misspelling my username. That seems pretty petty.

I bet you won't be happy unless you get the final word, too.

And that's why you I keep replying, right? See, an Awesome™ argument is one you can't lose!


FTFY... I'd ask how many posts you have made, but that would give you another excuse to post. Let's face it, it was burning you up until you typed away and hit "Add Comment"

You simply can't leave it without getting the last word. Your post count in this thread proves that.

/Having fun tormenting somebody who wants the last word, LOL....
 
2012-06-19 08:36:06 PM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: rocknews: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: rocknews: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: rocknews: Here in Australia we have a new sport called Dooring. It involves opening your car door just as these idiots come past. It's awesome fun watching them sail gracefully over their handlebars, over your door and then bouncing along the road. Talk about laugh til you cry. Even better is getting them when they are coming towards you, you get your passenger to do it. That's extra points.

[www.xtremesystems.org image 154x180]

I expect no less from the ass end of the Commonwealth than to continue to richly validate the stereotypes. And I certainly expect no more.

Stereotypes? That's the word people use when they try to pretend the poor behaviour of their ilk is the exception rather than the rule. How delicious is the irony that you accuse me of stereotyping and then you refer to Australia as "the ass end of the Commonwealth". The truth is, my little douche-bag friend, that most cyclists behave like those depicted in the video. Which is why dooring is such a popular sport. Personally, I am nearing my all-time record for this month and I so look forward to passing it.

Hear now the whining of the irremediable zero, a man whose only evidence for existing upon this earth is the evidence of why he should not.

*Slam* Got you with the door

Since I'm usually operating a well-insured Subaru, I wouldn't think that would be your best day. And since I work for lawyers, any other day wouldn't be so great, either. I'm sure what you're yukking about is illegal even in Australia.

More amusing, though, is creating an entire comment around a 'new' activity that's been around for decades. Maybe just not there.

Anyway, I understand you've had a tremblor near you this morning, and may have more serious concerns.

Till next time.


Snatchy. Can I call you Snatchy? I feel like we're getting to know each other now. Of course dooring has been around for years, it's just that it's only now being recognised as a sport. The Australian Dooring League (ADL) is recruiting new members on a daily basis and we are eternally grateful to people like you who provide us with targets (slam). If you didn't keep getting up, patching up your lycra and climbing back into the saddle, dooring would not be half as popular as it is (slam). You work for a lawyer? That makes you worth an extra 50 points (slam). I even have a body shop that does my work for free, they are so pleased with what I am doing to clean up the roads. Each time though we get a pic of the cyclist's face imprint in the door before we repair it, because those expressions are oh-so-funny (slam). By the way, the tremor only left a few potholes, roughly the size of a bike wheel. Thanks for your concern.
 
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