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Old September 21st 10, 04:27 PM posted to rec.bicycles.misc,rec.bicycles.soc
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On Sep 16, 5:17*pm, Frank Krygowski wrote:
On Sep 16, 5:02*pm, DennisTheBald wrote:

On Sep 15, 6:08*pm, Tom Sherman °_°

Today while driving my work truck, I passed a cyclist [1] that was
riding less than ½ foot from the white line on a two-lane road. *I felt
like stopping and yelling "take the lane" at her.

[1] *With more than 12 feet of lateral clearance.

Tom Sherman - 42.435731,-83.985007
I am a vehicular cyclist.

Whatever else you may or may not do at other times, when you're
driving in your truck you're a motorist.
While I certainly wouldn't purport myself to speak for all cyclists it
has been my observation that in general cyclists love unsolicited
advice on how to cycle from motorists. *Resist such urges.

I resist such urges. *But the behavior of gutter bunnies dismays me.

I passed a guy riding even worse just four days ago. *The country road
was deserted, visibility excellent, I moved entirely into the opposing
lane to pass him, and yet he was _on_ the white line, less than 6"
from where it dropped down at least an inch into gravel.

Worse, I recall earlier this summer driving on a narrow country lane.
In this case, we were heading west, and a lycra cyclist on a nice
looking bike was heading east on the proper side of the road. *A
pickup truck was approaching the cyclist from his rear, and it was
clear we'd all be at the same place at the same time. *I thought "That
guy needs to take his lane NOW."

He didn't. *Instead, he rode off the pavement, continuing riding in
the grass at the side of the road, maybe a foot from the edge of the
pavement. *That's where he was when the pickup truck squeezed between
us. *If the cyclist had hit a bump in the grass, he could have been

We have a right to the road. *We shouldn't risk our lives out of
timidity or slavish "politeness."

- Frank Krygowski

The cyclists fear the worst predators driving superwide SUVs so it's
natural they stay out of their path.

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