It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by My Melody » Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:24 pm

Oh, Jen! You are very brave to cycle in this cold weather. I am just a wimp and catch the underground when I need to go somewhere now. It really is a shame because I love riding my bike but I just get a sore throat so easily when I inhale so much cold air. Maybe I should get a face mask as well!?

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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by String Bean Jen » Mon Nov 24, 2008 12:13 am

My Melody wrote:Oh, Jen! You are very brave to cycle in this cold weather. I am just a wimp and catch the underground when I need to go somewhere now. It really is a shame because I love riding my bike but I just get a sore throat so easily when I inhale so much cold air. Maybe I should get a face mask as well!?
Brave or crazy! I'm not sure which one. The face mask is a total life saver. I don't know how I survived last winter without it.

I also have these inserts that you can put in your gloves and shoes that heat up as soon as they hit air. But you can only use them once as they only last a few hours. So I don't know how I will be able to afford those if I need to use those every day. Well, I won't be cycling when there is a lot of ice and snow on the ground. Down with winter. Seriously. I want warm cycling days of freedom like this back.
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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by shinelikeanewpin » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:23 am

lots of people around here bike, though they are much more fitness-orientated than i am - haha, i'm always the slowest in the bicycle lanes on my silver cruiser. it's starting to get cold, but it's nice though, as boulder tries to be very green (or at least appear so) and the bike paths are snow-plowed before the roads are.
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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by Sootyzilla » Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:25 pm

Is it spring yet?

I've been looking for a decent route home from work since I got my bike. I have a great route to work but I can't simply reverse it because crucial bits are on one way streets. I've tried several alternatives but they involve massive detours and/or hairy junctions/hills.

Today I came straight down the main road, which at this time is basically a 2 km long traffic jam, but was able to filter through the stationary traffic because none of the cars were going anywhere fast. It was amazing. I was home faster than I've ever been before.

Is filtering actually legal?
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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by String Bean Jen » Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:08 pm

Sootyzilla wrote:Is it spring yet?
Why can't you cycle in the winter? Are the roads too icy?
Sootyzilla wrote: Today I came straight down the main road, which at this time is basically a 2 km long traffic jam, but was able to filter through the stationary traffic because none of the cars were going anywhere fast. It was amazing. I was home faster than I've ever been before.
I love doing that. Well, not weaving in and out in front of cars, but just skimming down the side while the cars sit there stuck in their jam. It's such a feeling of freedom!
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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by Sootyzilla » Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:12 pm

String Bean Jen wrote: Why can't you cycle in the winter? Are the roads too icy?
It's cold and no fun!
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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by String Bean Jen » Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:16 pm

Sootyzilla wrote: It's cold and no fun!
I laugh at your cold! I will wear a face mask and look terrible in the freezing cold, with icy winds off of Lake Michigan, but I will not cycle in single digit temperatures (F).

I get itchy if I don't cycle every day, and feel all slumpy and sludgy. But I agree with you, cycling in warmer weather is so much more pleasant. We hit 50F yesterday. Nice light breeze. Smelled like spring. Dude.
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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by Emilie » Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:40 pm

Mmm, I love that almost-spring smell. My current biking difficulty is that I just moved to the bottom of an extremely steep hill. So unless I want to bike to a cigarette and liquor store, I seem to be out of luck...this is making me sad. (I guess I could walk the bike up the hill, but I'm so out of shape I can barely walk up it myself! Yeah. It's that intense.)

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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by Martijn » Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:42 am

I realised the other day that I haven't sat on a bicycle for over a year. A full year! That's probably the Dutch equivalent to not having had a drink for a year.

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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by Carys » Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:51 pm

I was a victim today! Of a hit and run! Well, a clip and run really; some silly motorist caught my handlebars with his/her side view mirror before speeding off. It was enough to have me flying and to have a badly bruised swollen right knee and ankle and to have to be sent home from work. It looks pretty messy - I was trying to avoid making a trip to A&E but I'm starting to think maybe I should. Oh, and the front wheel of my bike doesn't work anymore. Fuck.

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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by crystalball » Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:09 pm

Carys! Hope you've gone straight to A&E after posting this and that you're alright. Bloody hell.

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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by Carys » Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:08 pm

I didn't go to A+E and now I feel a bit stupid, because it's getting more and more sore.

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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by Trev » Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:09 pm

Cherry Darling wrote:I didn't go to A+E and now I feel a bit stupid, because it's getting more and more sore.
I'd go first thing tomorrow if I was you. Hope it gets better soon.
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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by Carys » Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:14 pm

Thanks T + M. I'm feeling really self-conscious because I've taken a ridiculous amount of time off work since I started, albeit totally legitimate in every case - otherwise I wouldn't hesitate on taking the day off. Someone's picking me up in the morning but I have a sneaking suspicion it's all going to seize up overnight. Hope the police catch the culprit and trip them up.

Anyone know anywhere reputable near Forest Hill that fixes bikes? My poor, precious bike.

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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by String Bean Jen » Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:30 pm

Cherry Darling wrote:Thanks T + M. I'm feeling really self-conscious because I've taken a ridiculous amount of time off work since I started, albeit totally legitimate in every case - otherwise I wouldn't hesitate on taking the day off. Someone's picking me up in the morning but I have a sneaking suspicion it's all going to seize up overnight. Hope the police catch the culprit and trip them up.

Anyone know anywhere reputable near Forest Hill that fixes bikes? My poor, precious bike.
Goodness, girl! I hope you have gone to the doctor's or will do tomorrow first thing. Internal injuries can be just as bad (and often worse) than external ones, though I do not mean to be all dramatic and scare-mongering.

I'd also suggest writing down as many details of the hit right now (color and style of car, exact location of incident) and file a police report (if that is standard procedure here). I was side-hit on my bike a few years ago and the jerk also drove off. I was on a really busy street and at an intersection and I thought there would be a CCTV camera but there wasn't. Still, I went to the nearest police station and gave the details so at least they had them on file. I think it's good for police and medical/hospital staff to know how often these sorts of things happen even if they can't do anything immediately about them; they can be used statistically to bolster arguments for improved cycling infrastructure, things like that. Also, it can make you feel a little more settled to put it into writing.

Good luck! Is there an Evan's near you? I see those everywhere. The independent shops seems to pop up on many street corners though so there's got to be something nearby.
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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by Carys » Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:26 am

I have the worst of both worlds: I can walk enough to be able to go into work; I'm in enough pain to really not want to. I'm praying for someone to tell me to go home. But they won't.

Judging my the bruising, things aren't as bad as I'd first worried though - it's the cuts and scrapes that hurt much more.

Jen - thanks, I got a police report straight away and filled it in - the incident happened directly outside the police station - but I doubt they'll be able to do much. Given the accident's location (police station/school) there's definitely cameras but I'm not sure if they'll be any use.



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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by Concrete » Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:23 pm

crystalball wrote:
humblebee wrote:This looks bloody ace!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8147104.stm
Heh, it's the rocket bicycle!
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Re: It's bloody dangerous by bicycle

Post by Carys » Mon Jul 20, 2009 11:19 am

Apparently my bike's too damaged to be fixed without taking it to a specialist frame repairers, or something like that. Of course, I can't claim on the insurance without a Crime Reference Number, and of course, the police have lost my form. It's been bad enough being in loads of pain and having spent most of the last month struggling to walk, let alone the administration involved in actually being able to get back on my bike. Grr is all I can say. Grr.

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