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7/7/14 11:33 A

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It drives me crazy when people in cars try to dictate my biking. For example, stopping in the middle of the road and waving me across. I know they mean well, but can't stand it.

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7/4/14 5:59 P

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Think the grass is nothing compared to ATV's...


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Oblivious old people walking. There was an old guy, who stopped dead in the middle of the sidewalk and then PUT HIS ARMS STRAIGHT OUT TO THE SIDE. Being a new rider, I don't have much control and almost took him and myself out. Is it really that hard for pedestrians to pay attention and move to the side? When I run, it's always the old people who I have run ins with - if I yell "on your left" they scream that I scared them, if I don't say anything and go around them, same thing and if I go through and mention that 2 people do NOT own the sidewalk I get comments about how I am a rude young person.

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Yep! That's the advantage in single track mtn biking, Bruce...too narrow for ATVs. But when I'm wanna pull off a distance ride, do a century, whatever, I'm not going to do it on my mtn bike in the woods. Not THAT fit! LOL!

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7/2/14 2:26 P

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I really feel for Charityak having to content with ATVs on biking trials. In Colorado the trails are marked for permitted use. Some are hiking trails only. Others are for bikes and hiking. Some trails are for horses, bikes and hiking.

Most of these trails are too narrow for ATVs. There are "jeep" trails that are marked for motor vehicles including ATV and Snowmobiles. Fortunately, there are quite a few of these jeep trails. On the weekends these jeep trails get a lot of traffic.

Since Colorado is a big playground state, trail usage restrictions are strictly enforced. I have zero complaints on score.

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7/2/14 11:34 A

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I met a truck pulling a boat on the road that was going so fast it blew my cooling rag off from around my neck, this was in a residential area to, wish people would slow down, glad there wasn't a child in the road.

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Unfortunately, ATVs are a huge part of the subsistence culture here in Alaska. Especially in the rural Valley where I live. They are as much as part of our transportation landscape as buggies are in Amish country. So law enforcement tends to look the other way... :( :( :(

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ATV's have been known to spoil more than a few trails...I know one in Pennsylvania where the locals and police patrol the trail and fines are issued to ATVs who break the rules.

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Our Alaskan equivalent of grass clippings on trails, is ATVers illegally riding on the paved (or mtn bike) trails or even worse shredding off and on them which erodes the sides of the trails and sprays gravel over what remains. I have almost been hit by ATVers several times and I thought the whole point of our (rather extensive for Alaska) bike trails was to get us safely off the road and away from motorized vehicles.

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Another urban/suburban pet peeve: objects in the bike lane. I'm not talking about last night's storm debris or other naturally occurring detritus. I'm talking about the 95 gallon rolling trash cans that, by ordinance, are supposed to be on the grass behind the curb that the owners' don't want on their lawn. I'm talking about vehicles parked in the lane. Yesterday, I went to the LBS to try some bikes and there was not one but TWO commercial coaches parked in the bike lane of a fairly well traveled street (but not as busy as the main street one street over). Near parks, people think the bike lane is overflow parking. Drives me nuts, particularly when there's a passing driver who rolls down their window to voice their displeasure at you not riding in the bike lane (or sidewalk, which is illegal here). Really? I should drive over the tops of the cars? Nice.

Don't even get me started on bike lanes that don't connect to anything, installed simply for "traffic calming devices" to "visually narrow the street" to keep speeding under control. That's why my subdivision put in about 3 miles of bike lanes. REALLY! There's a bike lane for a short stretch on street, then on the other side of the intersection, there's nothing, until the next intersection or two, when it's back. Or not. Really, town planners? That's not helpful! Despite a ton of signs stating that my town is a "Bicycle Friendly City," it's probably one of the most hostile places to ride. I ride in the next county, in a rural area.

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6/29/14 8:43 A

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I have to say that in early spring, there is just nothing like riding full speed into a web of what I've always thought of as inchworms, but round these parts folks call them cankerworms. They don't bite or anything but there is an ick factor. They seem to do this when I'm in traffic so I can't stop immediately to do the usual get it off my dance.



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Yes, agreed...have seen a lot of sidewalk riding also...it's tough to argue it in some ways, though because the streets have such a long way to go toward feeling "safe" for most riders.

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6/29/14 8:01 A

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Let's see. I don't really mind bears. In Colorado we have black bears, which are not usually aggressive. I am not too terrible fond of rattlesnakes. The worst animal encounters that I have had are dogs nipping at my ankles.

Most of my bad riding experiences are related to cycling and cyclists in urban areas. There are lots of bikes in the city. A lot of cyclists ride on sidewalks and I have nearly been run down several times. Unless the sidewalk is marked for cycling, it is against the law to ride on a sidewalk.

Why do I think this is bad? Because we all get tarred with the same brush. One careless cyclist makes it tough for the rest of us. There is a big backlash against cyclists and mountain bikers on multi-use trails.

As a member of IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) I have helped build and maintain multi-use trails. I am sure that most hikers think that some tax supported organization maintains trails.

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6/26/14 7:46 P

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We do... although some of the salmon stream trails are closed in the summer because of grizzly risk.

Still, with over 250 miles of mountain bike trails, there are plenty to chose from.

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6/25/14 9:13 A

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WHOA! You have salmon stream trails, CAROLYN1ALASKA? And black bears are a pet peeve? AWESOME!!


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I only cycle on multi-purpose trails now -very easy to go a good distance with no lights or cars. Still have to deal with the people with headphones not hearing the bell and the odd run away dog (most owners are very good) etc.
I also hate flat tires, will have to look into the Kevlar tubes
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Road hazards from cars are the worst... we have very narrow busy roads here and very inattentive, rude drivers.
Off-road is more relaxing... only have to watch for moose, squirrels, off-leash dogs, and runners and walkers who can't hear due to their earphones. Every summer I see a couple of black bears but have not been chased yet thank goodness!
We do avoid the salmon stream trails at this time of year... grizzlies!

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6/24/14 12:58 P

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Those of us that live in goathead country learn: Slime tubes, heavy-duty tire liners, and reinforced tires. Makes for heavy wheels, but it's worth the weight penalty.

I was having my bike fitted to me several months ago. The tech took the liner out of my shoe to put a shim in it. He found a goathead inside my shoe, under the liner. We both laughed. That's a clear sign I'm from the Tri-Cities!

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Think my mowed grass pales in comparison to some of the issues that you deal with -- thankful I live on the east coast as well. Have to change flats enough during the season...


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6/23/14 3:33 P

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When I first started "serious" cycling a little over a year ago, I remember cycling on a paved, non-motorized vehicle pathway, and I did not understand or appreciate the "rules of the road." I was cycling along, headphones plugged in, music fairly loud, and I was really enjoying the ride. (I thought I needed music to enjoy the ride.) I was a fairly slow rider then, and I didn't appreciate the impact it had on other faster cyclists, so I was a little miffed when another cyclist passed me from behind, flashed me a quick frown, and pointed to his ear. He was telling me to lose the headphones or to at least pay attention. It took me months of riding before I understood the problems caused by inattentiveness to the road/trail, but I've become a much more courteous, "law-abiding" rider.

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Much of my riding time is spent in bike lanes and on multi-use non-motorized paths. This is really two pet peeves: headphones and people who cannot follow the "slower traffic keep right" rule. A lot of people with headphones have the volume low enough they can hear my bike's bell as I approach, but fat too many are oblivious to my presence. And that is often the same person who is right in the middle of the path (on one long section, there's no "shoulder" and there's chunks of basalt that make up the levee - failing to stay on the asphalt could result in a broken leg). And too few of them think to look over their shoulder before veering to the left or the right.

A few days ago, a pedestrian stepped right out in front of me from behind a parked SUV without ever looking up. I called out "Look out!" as I braked hard to avoid him. I heard him say something about being in the crosswalk as I passed him. Yes, you are in a crosswalk. Yes, as a pedestrian, you ALWAYS have the right of way. But you also are required to cross the street in a safe manner. And even with the right of way, if I hit you, it is going to hurt. (What pissed me off is he had a dog on a leash out in front of him. If I'd been in the Prius at 15 mph, he wouldn't have heard the car, either, and car would not have been able to stop. I would have hit his dog. And then I would have hit him. Repeatedly. In defense of the dog.)

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6/23/14 12:32 P

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I wear glasses too and I always get one in between my glasses and eye, if it doesn't fly out within a second or two, I stop and get it out because I will go insane!
I haven't had the experience of a mouthful, but I definitely hold my breath *IF* I see the cloud in time...because I don't want them in my nose either!

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6/23/14 11:28 A

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Gnats! LOL! I've come home from more than one ride with gnats in/on my teeth! One of my favorite routes is a river walk/ride, and there are lots of gnats! I see a "cloud" of them in my path, and I have to fight the urge to squeeze my eyes shut (even WITH glasses on)! I like to monitor my breathing patterns when I'm cycling, but I've sucked in a mouthful of gnats on many occasions! YUCK!

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6/23/14 11:21 A

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So far the most annoying things I have encountered are gnats! I notice they are the worst near yards that have dogs in them.
Second worst is the squirrels who are not happy when I am under their tree, they throw nuts and green apples, lol!

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Yeouch! Have heard of them...thankfully there's no equivalent to these out eastward...! :-)

But then there's never any shortages of stuff to flat our tires wherever we are. I always go with flat resistant kevlar also...hate changing flats!

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Three words...Goat Head Weeds!

Some call them puncture vines, devil's weed, etc., but they are a true menace to cyclists. They grow profusely here in the Rocky Mountain west, and they cause great damage to both man and beast. The "fruit" of the goat head weed is about 1/3 the size of the end of your finger, and if you step on one of these little guys with your bare feet, you will know it...you will bleed! Because these weeds are so prevalent and so problematic for cyclists, I have invested in kevlar tires, which are a little heavier and harder to remove than regular tires, but have helped decrease my flat tire stops. So far, this season, I have not had to fix a flat tire. However, the goat head weeds are worst in the mid- to late summer. I've attached a wiki link, below, so you can read more about these nasty weeds, and avoid them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribulus_te
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Really other than broken glass on the road very few things bother me, just thankful to be out riding. Did have a skunk run in front of me one day, happy that he went his way and I went mine without a smelly mist blowing in the air...:0) Have a great day.

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If I'm out riding I have very few pet peeves...lol!

Generally I've been blessed by the absence of dogs giving chase...but that can be annoying. Once I did my darnedest to avoid this dog that planted himself right in front of me on a sweeping downhill, but I still managed to clip his front paw...he yelped and hopefully learned a lesson!

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Beautiful day for a ride today. So out in the country I went. Beautiful day = people mowing grass. So why do they feel the need to blow grass out in the road? Today was really bad - must not have mowed in awhile as an entire lane of the road was covered for a good distance. Would usually go into the other lane but cars were coming in each direction. As cars passed, grass blew into my face. Although most mowers are aware of what's going on around them, and stop when they see me coming, some continue mowing and blow grass out as I ride past. So what's your pet peeve when you're out riding?

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