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S.F. bicyclist in fatal crash may face felony
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 25 April 2012 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross

Posted on 04/25/2012 6:26:25 PM PDT by Theoria

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón is preparing to file felony vehicular manslaughter charges against Chris Bucchere, the bicyclist who fatally struck a 71-year-old pedestrian in the Castro district last month.

The felony charge - which could result in a 16-month sentence for Bucchere if he is convicted - is a sharp contrast to the misdemeanor count prosecutors filed in a case last year in which a bicyclist struck and killed a woman along the Embarcadero.

The difference this time is prosecutors' conclusion that Bucchere, 35, was grossly negligent in his riding before he ran into Sutchi Hui in a crosswalk at Market and Castro streets March 29.

"I think the evidence is very strong," said one source inside the D.A.'s office, who asked not to be named while the charges are still pending.

The problem wasn't that Bucchere ran a red light - prosecutors think the light was yellow when he rode into the intersection heading south.

But before that, a motorist reported seeing Bucchere fly through several red lights and stop signs along Divisadero Street leading up to the intersection, said police Capt. Denis O'Leary, head of the hit-and-run detail that investigated the collision.

Also, a tracker on Bucchere's bike allegedly showed he was riding faster than 35 mph in a 25-mph zone.

Finally, a video taken from a surveillance camera at 17th and Market streets reportedly showed a hunched-over Bucchere speeding through the intersection, making little or no attempt to stop before hitting Hui on the far side.

"It really shows his recklessness," O'Leary said.

In short, prosecutors will argue that - light or no light - Bucchere was traveling at an unsafe speed and failed to yield to Hui in the crosswalk.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: bicyclist; california; crash; fatal; felony; sanfrancisco
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About time. Throw the book at him and make him wear spandex in prison.
1 posted on 04/25/2012 6:26:29 PM PDT by Theoria
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To: dynachrome

Has Doc Savage covered this one?


2 posted on 04/25/2012 6:27:33 PM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: Theoria

I heard him predict someone was going to get killed there someday.


3 posted on 04/25/2012 6:35:17 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Theoria

So, the guy in the crosswalk was walking against the light? Interesting.


4 posted on 04/25/2012 6:37:11 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Theoria

Bicyclists are certainly a hazard where I live. I’ve come close to hitting one a time or two. We’ve got some narrow hilly streets, and you come around a curve—and there they are. We have bicycle lanes designated, but a lot of them don’t use them.


5 posted on 04/25/2012 6:37:42 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Theoria
... 35 mph on a bicycle???
6 posted on 04/25/2012 6:39:06 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: basil

I was in SF some time ago with a LE buddy crossing a street when one of those maniacs on a bike came zooming up to the crosswalk and yelled out: watch out As...les. Within a nano second as the dope zoomed by, my buddy hit him with a straight right knocking him clear off the bike and into the street. He started screaming where are the police...my buddy said to him you are looking at them and you need to watch you mouth around me.

funniest thing I ever saw...that was about 30 years ago, not so sure the end result today would have been so funny for us.


7 posted on 04/25/2012 6:44:06 PM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Theoria

There is an abnormally large segment of the bicyclist population that gives all bicyclists a bad name.


8 posted on 04/25/2012 6:44:18 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
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To: Ken522

I hit 46 mph on my bicycle (speedo on handle bars) a decade ago when a pack of dogs was chasing me.


9 posted on 04/25/2012 6:44:48 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Ken522

I use to ride down hills at 55+ mph...


10 posted on 04/25/2012 6:46:03 PM PDT by DB
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To: Ken522

yeah, then crash into someone.


11 posted on 04/25/2012 6:48:28 PM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: Mouton

Love it!

I live in the land of Lance Armstrong—and I think a lot of these guys want to be like him-—but are in no way even close........


12 posted on 04/25/2012 6:48:55 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Mouton

Love it!

I live in the land of Lance Armstrong—and I think a lot of these guys want to be like him-—but are in no way even close........


13 posted on 04/25/2012 6:49:12 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Kind of like 99% of them give 100% a bad name?


14 posted on 04/25/2012 6:50:16 PM PDT by Eaker (When somebody hands you your arse, don't give it back saying "This needs a little more tenderizing.")
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To: Theoria
Whats more is that the self absorbed A-hole wrote a post on a peninsula biking forum lamenting the loss of his helmet. The DA has that info as well. Goes to state of mind, ie: no remorse.
15 posted on 04/25/2012 6:51:20 PM PDT by Polynikes (Hakkaa Palle)
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To: Theoria

Yes, indeed, throw the book at him.

I came within inches of being mowed down by one of these a*****es as he snuck between lines of cars and flew through a red light. I was lucky, I saw him in time and jumped back.

They think they are saving the planet and that gives them special immunity from the law.


16 posted on 04/25/2012 6:51:53 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Theoria

Outlaw bikers. They get going 30-35 miles per hour. All hell is breaking loose.


17 posted on 04/25/2012 6:59:39 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: cuban leaf
So, the guy in the crosswalk was walking against the light? Interesting.

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That is incorrect. Castro & Market is a huge intersection. The cyclist might have entered the intersection on a yellow light, but by the time he reached the other side, pedestrians had filled the crosswalk.

The a-hole cyclist, rather than falling and tearing his precious spandex, aimed for a less crowded section of crosswalk.

He belongs in prison. I'd tell him, "Don't drop the soap," but he probably enjoys that sort of thing.

18 posted on 04/25/2012 7:05:56 PM PDT by stillonaroll (Nominate a non-RINO in 2012!)
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To: Theoria

Up to a 16 MONTH sentence? That isn’t even a slap on the wrist. Where’s the justice?


19 posted on 04/25/2012 7:06:03 PM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: Polynikes
Whats more is that the self absorbed A-hole wrote a post on a peninsula biking forum lamenting the loss of his helmet. The DA has that info as well. Goes to state of mind, ie: no remorse.

Yep, kills a guy and laments his helmet. But it's more than no remorse - it's contemptuous, sadistic perversity.

And it's all over the Bay Area. This place has really become Sodom and Gomorrah, and it has nothing to do with homosexuality. It has to do with a breathtakingly heartless cruelty that has pervading the entire area, turning people into reptiles. It's the X-Files for real.

20 posted on 04/25/2012 7:06:28 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: Theoria

I walk to work on sidewalks. I have had many close calls with bikes coming up behind me on the sidewalk. You can’t hear them coming. If I altered my path by a few inches I would have had serious injuries. Cops should go after those people who ride bikes on sidewalks.


21 posted on 04/25/2012 7:19:17 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: cuban leaf
So, the guy in the crosswalk was walking against the light? Interesting.

I've heard of creative writing. You may have majored in creative reading. Or you've been smoking some of that 'cuban leaf'.

22 posted on 04/25/2012 7:19:17 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Ken522
35 is nothing. I've hit 54 on mine (out in the country mind you, all cyclists don't act like idiots).

In the Tour de France, coming down out of the Alps, they hit 70, and those ain't straight roads. They're negotiating curves.

54 on a 20 lb bike feels about like 120 on a motorcyle. I've done both. White knuckles.

23 posted on 04/25/2012 7:33:26 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: Theoria

I was at a stop light in Livermore Calif. today..
A male Bicyclist shot through the intersection like a rocket! He could have never stopped if someone stepped out in front of him.

I wanted to throw a rock at him.


24 posted on 04/25/2012 7:33:42 PM PDT by LtKerst
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To: Talisker

What do you mean? Just the cyclists?

I live in CT and we have the Lance wanna-be’s on our road all of the time because it’s a winding country road, not much traffic.

Last summer, we were cooking our steak dinner on an apple wood fire, and a group of them came by and started yelling at us about the smoke. “thanx for burning your trash, my lungs really appreciate it” one guy said....another one said something about us recycling our trash instead of burning it...

What a bunch of elitist dumb**s snobs!


25 posted on 04/25/2012 7:37:53 PM PDT by CT Hillbilly (Thoughts=Words=Actions=Destiny)
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To: Talisker
Yep, kills a guy and laments his helmet. But it's more than no remorse - it's contemptuous, sadistic perversity.

And it's all over the Bay Area. This place has really become Sodom and Gomorrah, and it has nothing to do with homosexuality. It has to do with a breathtakingly heartless cruelty that has pervading the entire area, turning people into reptiles. It's the X-Files for real.

That's what happens when a community abandons God. It's hard to believe that the first building in San Francisco was a house of worship.


Mission San Francisco de Asís

26 posted on 04/25/2012 7:39:22 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: FlyVet

DH has done well over 55 mph coming down mountain passes. 30 mph or q little more on the flat is not that remarkable for a seasoned cyclist


27 posted on 04/25/2012 7:39:40 PM PDT by Mom MD (The country needs Obamacare like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask)
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To: Mom MD
Where I live, it's easy to hit 40 on the Mt. Lemmon highway. The only thing that holds you back is wind resistance. To go faster, it takes a steep hill, a strong tailwind, and an aerodynamic tuck, which gives up a lot of control.

The ones that go really fast are like the downhill skiers. Fearless. Willing to risk broken bones, or worse.

28 posted on 04/25/2012 7:45:33 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: FlyVet

I don’t know DH top speed and don’t want to. I think you have to be more than a little crazy to pedal hard while riding down a mountain pass.....and he talks about being slow compared to some of the lower level pros he rides with from time to time....

Incidentally the rudeness goes both ways. He rides by all traffic laws and in appropriate lanes and has had cars try to run him off the road on multiple occasions just to see if they can make him crash


29 posted on 04/25/2012 7:52:43 PM PDT by Mom MD (The country needs Obamacare like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask)
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To: FlyVet
"35 is nothing. I've hit 54 on mine (out in the country mind you, all cyclists don't act like idiots). In the Tour de France, coming down out of the Alps, they hit 70, and those ain't straight roads. They're negotiating curves. 54 on a 20 lb bike feels about like 120 on a motorcyle. I've done both. White knuckles."

Me too. 54.5mph is my personal record. Now, I'll admit a lot of the cyclists in big cities are fools, been there done that, bought the t-shirt. But I have to posit those are the exception. I have been riding in Dallas for nearly 40 years, I know hundreds of people who ride a lot. We had a gal get run down on the Katy Trail a year ago. Knocked down and killed from the fall. I still wonder how fast the guy who hit her was going. That is a very congested trail.

Personally, I always do what I can to be a good citizen, I expect the peds with their iPods to turn right in front of me so I do what I can not to run over anybody. It ain't always easy but I have a pretty good record so far.

30 posted on 04/25/2012 7:52:50 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: Theoria

The bicyclists here are really a piece of work. I saw one punch through a car windshield once for no reason that I could see.

There’s also the Critical Mass where they take over the streets for god only knows what reason.


31 posted on 04/25/2012 7:58:02 PM PDT by Mr. Peabody
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To: Mom MD
Oh yes, if you're on two wheels, and expect cars to watch out for you, you won't live long. I've had cars on side streets, the driver look me right in the eye, and pull out in front of me. Or, pass me and make a right-hand turn, cutting me off. Or, the ones who are just trying to be nice, pull to a stop to let me cross on a busy road, but all they do is add confusion to the situation, because you don't know what other drivers will do. Just continue on your way, let us watch out for ourselves.

People are conditioned to watch out for the *big things* (cars), not the little things.

I had a Harley driver give me the evil eye in a parking lot last year. I almost pulled out in front of him, because I lost him in the front post of windshield. All I could do was throw up my hands and say "Sorry! Sorry!" It happens.

32 posted on 04/25/2012 8:03:09 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: DB
I use to ride down hills at 55+ mph...

I think I have as well. No speedometer, but passing cars in an area I drove that fast.

33 posted on 04/25/2012 8:08:05 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1191 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Mr. Peabody
There’s also the Critical Mass where they take over the streets for god only knows what reason.
How to handle 'Critical Mass' bicyclers, My experience at Bio 2004:

To: liberallyconservative

Oh, OK...

After moving less than half a block in 20 minutes (one block away from from Moscone), a bunch of bicyclists started riding between the cars, leader with a bull horn, shouting something about taking over the streets.

He had the horn pointed back wards so I didn't hear him coming. Durn! he got away!

However, I popped my door open in front of the third or so cyclist in the string. (I did look first to make sure he had room to stop).

He screams "You effin' clymer!!!" (OK, I cleaned it up a little, so sue me...)

I looked up smiled sweetly and said "That makes two of us..."

Totally messed them up. They had to stop and regroup. His buds split leaving him with two young "ladies" to protect him from the mean man in the car. Boo fricking hoo

I closed the door and he started to pass by and continued to berate me. When he was adjacent to the door I popped it open at him, not to hit him, but to persuade him to move along.

He darn near fell off his bike trying to dodge me.

"We're going to call 911!!!"

"Don't bother, I'll call for you" which I did. (The line was busy)

He and the two chicks decided that it was past their collective bedtimes or something and split.

Felt GOOD...

3,573 posted on 06/08/2004 5:57:17 PM PDT by null and void


34 posted on 04/25/2012 8:11:40 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1191 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: West Texas Chuck
I don't hang with the cycling crowd, usually ride solo. A lot of them act like spoiled, arrogant rich man's brats. No thanks.

I've run across some of them, even the older, professional types, heading up the Mt. Lemmon highway. Riding three abreast, carrying on their conversation, oblivious to the cars piling up behind them. I'd look at the drivers, shrug my shoulders "I'm not with them! I'm not with them!" Educated, intelligent idiots, creating road rage.

35 posted on 04/25/2012 8:14:00 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: cuban leaf
No speaka the eng?
36 posted on 04/25/2012 8:15:34 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: null and void
What ever happened to the interesting posters that used to be on the Free Republic??? We used to have some great articles and items posted on here, now we have a mish mash of nothing much.

Used to be you could find posts of substance, now all we have are beatings,and some rubbish about what the Obama crew is doing or not doing.

Is news so scarce or have we lost the high ground, I hate to think that Drudge is beginning to look good.

37 posted on 04/25/2012 8:17:59 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 (I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds my future.,)
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To: Mom MD
Incidentally the rudeness goes both ways. He rides by all traffic laws and in appropriate lanes and has had cars try to run him off the road on multiple occasions just to see if they can make him crash

I have no reason to doubt your sincerity or your word but in all my years of driving the only "offense" I've ever seen by motorists against a cyclist is driving too close - and even that was unavoidable. I have never seen a motorist try to run down a bike.

On the other hand I have witnessed innumerable acts by cyclists against motorists, pedestrians, and other cyclists. Failure to yield, failure to signal, running lights and stop signs, as well as striking cars and pedestrians. I know that they are out-gunned when it comes to comparisons of sheer kinetic energy, but all the more reason to be wary instead of belligerent.

38 posted on 04/25/2012 8:22:59 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: FlyVet

I have tried to preach to my fellow cyclists about being morons.

Some of them get it. Some don’t. Most of my pals are not fools. They recognize the futility of trying to resist a two ton motor vehicle piloted by someone with a bad attitude and a filthy mouth.

Personally, I try to avoid pissing off the people in cars. They may not run me down but the next person they encounter on a twenty pound steed is gonna have a bad day when we do stupid stuff.

Stay save FV. Watch yer six.


39 posted on 04/25/2012 8:24:14 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: rockrr
"I have never seen a motorist try to run down a bike."

I have. I've been the guy on the bike who was assaulted, and I wasn't doing squat. Riding down the bleeding sidewalk and minding my own bidnezz.

Oh yeah, it happens. A lot. Not to be disrespectful, but I've been there. That is one of the reasons I got my CHL.

I ain't making no excuses for richardheads on bikes, but we got no chance against a car, even a Prius. That's why I respect the cars, I don't need any more crashes resulting in surgeries and extended recovery times.

We ain't all morons, some of us are just like y'all.

40 posted on 04/25/2012 8:31:12 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: LtKerst
A male Bicyclist shot through the intersection like a rocket! He could have never stopped if someone stepped out in front of him.

Arrogant twits do it all the time around here. I guess they
think that because they are smaller than a car it gives them
special privileges. Sorry, shoot someone with a .22 or an
elephant gun and it's the same charge if you kill them.

41 posted on 04/25/2012 8:33:48 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: West Texas Chuck
You too.

By the way, I chickened out at the bottom of that hill, due to hi-speed wobble. I think 56 or 57 was there. Plus that stop sign came up really fast. Still remember the name of that, Roberts Road in upstate New York. Had a 30 mph tailwind that day, probably a 7% grade. It's really hard to get the bike moving that fast. I was only around 30 yrs old back then, 20-some years ago. I wouldn't try that again unless I had full leathers and a full-face helmet. :P Cheers.

42 posted on 04/25/2012 8:35:55 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: Fiji Hill

What a beautiful church.


43 posted on 04/25/2012 8:37:28 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Obama ate his own dog as a child in Indonesia??)
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To: BooBoo1000
Is news so scarce or have we lost the high ground

No. It's simply that the interesting posters got banned.

If you are plot it out, you will find a strong correlation between the length of FReepathons and the number of long time FReeper characters zotted.

Just sayin'...

44 posted on 04/25/2012 8:38:11 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1191 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Ken522

I did that once, in traffic in Toronto. Exhilarating, but never again.


45 posted on 04/25/2012 8:41:17 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: FlyVet

We have a rally here in N. Texas called the Muenster Germanfest. Out on the north side of the course, just past St. Jo, there is a hill called Freefall. I don’t know the metrics but when you go over that thing you have about a mile or so of downhill in front of you. Hit that thing with a slight tailwind and it is all about staying off the brakes and avoiding the people who are grabbing them.

I am older now and probably would not do that again. Bwahahaha, my PR was the day after putting my ‘91 Paramount back together after a full rebuild, hadn’t even tested it yet.

I couldn’t see a damn thing, the wind was up under my glasses and my eyes were watery and blurry, but you know what bro? Glory is forever, fear is temporary ;)

The Gods did not want me in Valhalla that day, I guess.


46 posted on 04/25/2012 8:46:35 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

There was another hill in upstate NY, east of Delta Reservoir, really steep, that was good for 65-70 mph. Problem was it was covered with patched potholes, bumpy as hell. I never had the nerve. One of our young civilian engineers did it, but he was hardcore, a competitive cyclist. He used to ride his mtn bike to work in the dead of winter. He put tiny screws in his knobby tires, to make studded tires. Back in the Cold War days.


47 posted on 04/25/2012 9:04:14 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: FlyVet

Diff is most of the roads here in Texas are fairly smooth. A lot of chipseal, but for the most part you can go as far as your fear will let you.

I’ve done some crazy stuff on bikes, and somehow I still sit here and tell stories. Nowdays I mostly ride off-road, my best road days are behind me. Did the Hotter’n Hell Hundred ten times I guess, some other notable rides around here. A couple of 150s and one 24-hour. Made 243 miles on that one, RAAM qualifier, came in 4th overall. That was 20 years ago, couldn’t do that now if my life depended on it.

Scaredest I ever felt was down on the River Road in Big Bend NP down along the Rio Grande. Came around a curve on that old gravel road and ran into a big old hombre standing behind an octotillo with his arms crossed, just glaring at me. I wasn’t sure what was about to happen, I mean I was a few hundred meters from old Mexico. I rode by without making eye contact and went on my way. Like a fool, most of my time in the Chihuahuan desert has been solo, but I always liked it that way.

Nobody ever said I have good sense. But I have had some fun times, some death defying times, in my day. I don’t regret none of it.

Smart, hell no, but epic. Hell yeah!


48 posted on 04/25/2012 9:14:50 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: BooBoo1000

That’s what happens when the dues come do!

I would prefer a smaller clientele myself.


49 posted on 04/25/2012 9:16:55 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I hate Rinos and Romney is one of the worse Rinos ever!)
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To: Theoria

Ban pedal pushers from the public streets!!!


50 posted on 04/25/2012 9:19:44 PM PDT by dalereed
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