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What is it with bicyclists?
07-05-2013 | Me

Posted on 07/05/2013 12:11:47 PM PDT by Kevin in California

It's bad enough looking at these idiots in their colorful tight spandex garb and the stupid looking shoes they wear but are most bicyclists ignoramus's who think they own the road?

Here I am sitting at a red light and to the opposite side of the intersection, there are 7-8 bicyclists turning left to ultimately be in front of me. My light turns green and as I approach the cyclists, everyone one of them is darting in and out of their bike lane causing me to brake, then go, then brake, etc. to the point I couldn't go around them without going into the lane to my left that was congested with cars. A couple times I had to float over the middle line to avoid these dumbasses.

I'm not a cyclist but is it that hard to stay in a bike lane and/or are these just stupid liberal California cyclists?


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1 posted on 07/05/2013 12:11:47 PM PDT by Kevin in California
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To: Kevin in California
They know better than to act like that in Texas. We have a phrase for bicyclists here:

Speed Bump


2 posted on 07/05/2013 12:13:41 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Kevin in California

Lighten up, Francis.


3 posted on 07/05/2013 12:13:55 PM PDT by Autonomous User (Pain Fades. Chicks Dig Scars. Glory, lasts forever.)
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To: Kevin in California

Most of them are probably “Critical Mass-holes”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass_(cycling)

They are Marxists on Bikes


4 posted on 07/05/2013 12:14:11 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Kevin in California

5 posted on 07/05/2013 12:14:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Kevin in California

They are taking over Colorado also. They don’t own the road but they are better than car drivers and arrogantly steal our road rights.


6 posted on 07/05/2013 12:15:27 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Kevin in California
Yes, they really are a separate breed. I'd estimate most are libertarians - the rules don't apply to them.

The rest are liberals.

7 posted on 07/05/2013 12:15:35 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Kevin in California

I believe the law is virtually the same for cyclists as far as rules of the road goes. Unfortunately, most don’t follow them and the cops don’t ticket them.

Don’t hit one though. That will definitely be your fault.


8 posted on 07/05/2013 12:15:40 PM PDT by Misplaced Texan (July 4, 2009 - the first day of the 2nd Revolution!)
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To: Kevin in California

When I see them riding on the road in their bright spandex, with no backback or saddlebags, I see that they are PLAYING IN THE STREETS, not commuting to work. Congesting traffic, not obeying traffic laws, and becoming a menace to other drivers.


9 posted on 07/05/2013 12:15:50 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: GraceG

I’m ashamed to say it, because I love biking, but road bikers are among the most arrogant people on earth. Only runners come close to matching their self-righteousness.


10 posted on 07/05/2013 12:16:17 PM PDT by I Shall Endure
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To: Kevin in California

I don’t slow down for dead raccoons or ...bicyclists.


11 posted on 07/05/2013 12:17:35 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Kevin in California
I'm a mountain biker...we are very polite.

My brother is a road biker...what an @sshole.

;-)

But we are both conservatives.

12 posted on 07/05/2013 12:18:29 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (You can't eat Sharia)
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To: I Shall Endure

Sometimes as I pass an especially arrogant one, I’ll blast the horn just as I’m right next to him.


13 posted on 07/05/2013 12:19:49 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Kevin in California

There is a 50 MPH road that goes to my place of work.
That employer employs 5K.
When do the idiots in spandex ride that road 3 abreast?

That’s right. When a few thousand people leave work.


14 posted on 07/05/2013 12:20:00 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Kevin in California

From the cable TV show Portlandia “Bicycle Rights!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3nMnr8ZirI


15 posted on 07/05/2013 12:20:10 PM PDT by llevrok (We are in a new Cold War. At home.)
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To: Misplaced Texan
and the cops don’t ticket them.

Local constabulary does. They enjoy ticketing them.

I ride for PT and to run local errands. I stay off the main roads, follow the rules, and ride defensively.

I dang sure don't wear spandex.

/johnny

16 posted on 07/05/2013 12:20:16 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kevin in California
If you live in California, you should know that bicyclists are a protected species of vermin like the Kangaroo Rat only more obnoxious.

All the urban cops know that any attempt to apply the law to them will result in the stagnation of advancement, or outright termination.

17 posted on 07/05/2013 12:20:16 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: I Shall Endure

Come on, runners aren’t nearly the pains in the butt that cyclists are, are they?

I’ve put in my miles as both, and the cyclist attitude re: cars on the road has always bothered me. Their view is that they are vulnerable to cars and because the only carbon dioxide they’re emitting is from their lungs they are morally superior, so they are entitled to go against lights, swarm intersections, ride abreast so as to keep from being passed, etc., etc..


18 posted on 07/05/2013 12:21:06 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: RoosterRedux

They are helping to save the earth from melting so they are obviously smarter and better than us. LOL! They gripe about auto drivers being rude but they are by far more un-safe because of the way they ride.


19 posted on 07/05/2013 12:21:08 PM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: Kevin in California

The ones in floriduh are stupid as well...ride on narrow 2 lane roads with no shoulder...@$$ holes!


20 posted on 07/05/2013 12:22:31 PM PDT by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary)
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To: Kevin in California

That’s what brush guards are for.


21 posted on 07/05/2013 12:22:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: mylife

That’s not nice.


22 posted on 07/05/2013 12:23:33 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: BenLurkin

23 posted on 07/05/2013 12:24:17 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Kevin in California

I was an avid bicyclist in Seattle. I also drove a lot and rode a motorcycle. On my bike and motorcycle my attitude was always: Assume you are invisible.

It saved my butt many times on both two wheelers. I also was actually hit by cars three times. I never went down but all three cars were severely dented and scratched up by my body and my bike (one bright red Porsche turned into me and to stay up I forced my pedal up to rip its way through his front wheel well.

Some bike riders ride like a$$es. Some drivers drive like a$$es. I had a flat bed truck come within four inches of my handlebars as he passed me IN A BIKE LANE just ‘cause he didn’t like cyclists. Another on in Kent valley, as part of a long line of stopped cars for a light, saw me coming up in the bike lane and turned his wheel hard right and pushed it against the curb. It must have ticked him off when I simply hopped onto the sidewalk as I approached his tire and hopped back down when in front of him.

People don’t like it when others have the ability to get through traffic in a way they can’t. But yes, there is a bit of “mob mentality” with some groups of riders. That said, I blow through stop signs all the time on my bike, but not in my car. I’m a “spirit of the law” sort of guy. I’ll stop if there are cars on the cross street.


24 posted on 07/05/2013 12:24:32 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: a fool in paradise

I stopped bicycle commuting about four years ago. The popularity of texting while driving makes it WAY too dangerous.


25 posted on 07/05/2013 12:25:54 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: rktman
I only have a bike for SHTF type planning and it has solid core tires.

Should an EMP hit and my pre 1972 pickup die onthe way out of the city I shall put my bug out bag on and ride to safety on this...

26 posted on 07/05/2013 12:26:21 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Kevin in California

Most bicyclists around here are pretty careful and stay close in their lane when a car is approaching from the rear. Simple matter of courtesy and survival instinct. Even when they don’t have their own lane, and so long as there’s no oncoming traffic, they don’t weave around and one can pass them as you would another car. So my guess is yes, it’s probably a California thing.


27 posted on 07/05/2013 12:26:35 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: laplata

It is a 4 lane 50 MPH rd and it is scarey when you are in the right hand lane with a road full of cars when suddenly the car in front of you darts into the left hand lane and you see 3 idiots riding abreast in your path and you have no place to go.
FARKING idiots!


28 posted on 07/05/2013 12:27:14 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Kevin in California

I told a group of my buddies a while ago that if they ever saw me in spandex shorts and a racing jersey to just draw down and shoot me where I was because I know I couldn’t bear to live like that.


29 posted on 07/05/2013 12:27:27 PM PDT by Sparticus (Tar and feathers for the next dumb@ss Republican that uses the word bipartisanship.)
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To: re_nortex
Old school -
Keeps objects to the driver's right in check


30 posted on 07/05/2013 12:27:36 PM PDT by llevrok (We are in a new Cold War. At home.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
I dang sure don't wear spandex.

Old enough to still call them "tights".

31 posted on 07/05/2013 12:28:13 PM PDT by bigheadfred (barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: Kevin in California
I hear you. Bicyclists around here alternately follow rules for both pedestrians and for autos, depending upon what suits them at the time, like using stop lights to turn left at busy intersections (holding the rest of us up) yet sail through stop signs.

But the worst are the ones for whom a tax payer funded bike lane just isn't enough room.

32 posted on 07/05/2013 12:28:32 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: laplata
Sometimes as I pass an especially arrogant one, I’ll blast the horn just as I’m right next to him.

Trick out your truck messkin-style with these and then get really close to those liberal jerks. Teach 'em a lesson.


33 posted on 07/05/2013 12:28:43 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Kevin in California

Bicyclists are arrogant about the fact they expect motorists to treat them just like a car, yet they are the first ones to run stop signs and even stop lights because suddenly they believe they’re immune from the laws which people in cars must abide by. This double standard is angering.. and they wonder why people in cars have no respect for them!


34 posted on 07/05/2013 12:28:52 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: GraceG

Grace, what make and model bike do you have?


35 posted on 07/05/2013 12:29:41 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: rktman

They gripe about auto drivers being rude but they are by far more un-safe because of the way they ride.


They’re not only arrogant, they’re stupid.


36 posted on 07/05/2013 12:29:55 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: re_nortex

But in Denton we DO have idiot bicyclists like those described.

Always taking up the road, riding two-abreast on a two-lane road. Blocking the lane/road.

Can’t get around them because of traffic on that road and yet they ride along chatting to each other, oblivious. But maybe not oblivious, just arrogant. . .you know the “serious” bicycling type. . .


37 posted on 07/05/2013 12:30:36 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: Kevin in California
In some states, Florida for one, the bicycle is a vehicle and has the same rights as a vehicle, but also the same restrictions. Traffic laws apply equally to both and one can be ticketed for moving violations such as failure to stop at stop signs, signs, etc.

It is usually the inexperienced or inconsiderate cyclist who doesn't handle the road correctly.

Check your motor vehicle code. If the cyclists are interfering with or otherwise causing problems with the flow of traffic, the police should be notified. There maybe a cycling club involved, in which case the problem could be handled, monolithically, at that level.

In addition, please be patient, they are extremely vulnerable.

38 posted on 07/05/2013 12:30:58 PM PDT by Banjoguy (The Mayor of San Antonio is the smoothest liar I have ever seen.)
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To: Kevin in California

If it is any consolation, cyclists are often just as rude to other cyclists. I ride quite a bit, 3200 miles last year, mostly on trails separate from traffic. I routinely encounter cyclists riding side-by-side, or three wide that seem to think I should park my bike to stay out of their way. I always enjoy the look of terror on their faces when I veer slightly toward their group as they pass.


39 posted on 07/05/2013 12:31:57 PM PDT by Yogafist
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To: laplata
They’re not only arrogant, they’re stupid.

Exhibit A to your point.


40 posted on 07/05/2013 12:32:47 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Kevin in California

Practicing for when they get their motorcycle license.


41 posted on 07/05/2013 12:33:19 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: re_nortex

And what makes them think that little doofy helmet will save them in a car crash?


42 posted on 07/05/2013 12:34:08 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

Oh, man. I’ve been there. All of a sudden there’s a couple of bikes going 25 mph slower than you. And the car behind you is tailgating.


43 posted on 07/05/2013 12:34:50 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: laplata

Amen.


44 posted on 07/05/2013 12:35:21 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: re_nortex

That one needs an 18 Wheeler to ........

{Got to be careful of what we say. The new Gestapo has ears and eyes every where these days}.


45 posted on 07/05/2013 12:37:23 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Hulka
But in Denton we DO have idiot bicyclists like those described.

Although Denton County is a great place with Congressman Mike Burgess and other Conservatives, the city of Denton itself is, sadly, becoming an urban cesspool. That university attracts a lot of liberal outsiders, a good number of them arrogant Yankees who have not adopted Texas values.

I remember when Denton was nice decades ago. But it's now become nearly 11% black and over 21% Mexican. But, like I said, the outlying areas are still all-American and quite Texan.

46 posted on 07/05/2013 12:38:15 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Kevin in California

There is a strange personality disorder found in many bicyclists. If I was a graduate student in Psychology, it would be my doctoral thesis topic. On the one hand, they are utterly vulnerable. Completely at the mercy of any angry, crazy, impaired person out there. And, simultaneously they are aggressive and combative. Often intentionally infuriating drivers by the usual tricks, lane straddling, passing lines on the sidewalk, disregarding the traffic signals, etc.

Its really fascinating to see. I must admit it. Its like seeing the neighbor’s vicious dog attack the parking meter ticket guy. Pure amusement.

But, it is none the less highly dysfunctional. Bicycling on roadways is the absolutely hands down the most dangerous form of exercise based recreation. So, who are those people?


47 posted on 07/05/2013 12:38:17 PM PDT by anton
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To: Kevin in California

They are like that in Massachusetts, for sure. Basically, they are intoxicated on self righteousness and blithely inconsiderate of other people on the road and the rules of the road in general.


48 posted on 07/05/2013 12:38:44 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: re_nortex

That looks like some little girl’s bike. A girly man with his cute little helmet going to a duel with a car.


49 posted on 07/05/2013 12:39:57 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Kevin in California
I'm not a cyclist but is it that hard to stay in a bike lane and/or are these just stupid liberal California cyclists?

Those morons riding n-side-by-side should be passing each other or stay single file. However the CA motor vehicle code doesn't quarantine the bicycles to the bike lane or the right side of the road; it merely requires the bikes stay as far to the right as practical, and bans the cars from the bike lane except when turning. So for example when encountering poorly constructed shoulders or grates or a left turn or slowpokes it's alright to venture out in front of irate motorists. hahah. Also splitting lanes is allowed for bicycles (if you dare, heheh). If the bicyclist wants to use the pedestrian crosswalk (motorists are required to kowtow to pedestrians in a marked crosswalk no matter what) they have to get off the bike and walk in order to be considered a pedestrian.

And so on. And most people you meet on the SF peninsula are in fact liberals; even the conservative people here are more liberal than a typical Arizona Democrat, for example.

Also my riding gear includes padded spandex, it's just way more comfortable. But I have no advertising copy, I just wear a reflective vest. Amusingly in AZ I find en-bicycle open carry is way more effective at engendering polite intra-vehicular behavior.

50 posted on 07/05/2013 12:43:26 PM PDT by no-s (when democracy is displaced by tyranny, the armed citizen still gets to vote)
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