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Methinks the biker was an idiot, and the driver was an asshole.
Somewhere either in the video or another story I read it was mentioned that the road is a designated bike path - without researching further I'm going to assume that means that vehicular traffic is supposed to slow down/go around bicycle traffic that's allowed to ride the way they were riding - all speculation on my part.The guy on the bike was 3/4 over in the car lane. Did he think the Colgate Invisible Shield would protect him? Okay hit and run dude is the bigger asshole but bike boy was an ass too. Makes all bicycle riders look bad.
That's actually pretty common around here. The previous mayor had a big thing about putting bike lanes everywhere. The city has converted a lot of streets from 4 lanes to 2 lanes with a turn in the middle and bike lanes on the side, or from two with parking to a single lane with parking and a bike lane. I would guess that the bike lanes are used less than 0.1% of the time.The guy on the bike was 3/4 over in the car lane. Did he think the Colgate Invisible Shield would protect him? Okay hit and run dude is the bigger asshole but bike boy was an ass too. Makes all bicycle riders look bad.
Here are the types of "bike lanes" that we get around here. As I said, MAYBE 0.1% occupancy. It's great at rush hour when you have 20 cars sitting in one lane waiting for the light to change and half the street is empty. They did change the right hand parking lane to a no parking lane for a few hours during rush hour, which is a pain for residents who have to move their car by 6AM or 3PM or have it towed. Even better when someone is busy and forgets to move their car and traffic backs up even more.The fashion here is to paint some white lines at the side of the road, and call it a cycle lane. That is no protection at all.
There have recently been some properly separated cycle paths created, with a kerb between it and the car lanes.
That is around the university.
We have some shared cycle/pedestrian paths around town. The pedestrians complain.
I am always suprised if a cyclist stops at a red light. I always stop.
Cyclists will also ride along the road, then suddenly do an abrupt right turn to cycle accross a pedestrian crossing.
The pedestrians have absolute priority there, but cyclists are not pedestrians.
Most ebikes have variable levels of assist. Mine has 5. I typically use level 2 or 3.Does that Ebike give you an option for varying levels of assist or is it all or none?
Not sure! I've seen other cranberry farms though, and usually they are completely flooded at harvest (I think). There is however a blueberry farm nearby.Is that harvester doing cranberries maybe? Looks a bit boggy.
Nice pics. We have a friend in Seattle. Thinking to visit around the time of the Indy GP in Portland next year but dunno. She's getting married sometime and we are likely invited so if I can't tie in an Indycar race maybe I can come ride bikes with you.
Besides the drive hardware I imagine a lot of the weight is the battery - the compartment looks like it's heftier than yours. Plus it has to be built to take on the terrain with all that weight plus rider. Like yours it looks like it's built to take on fairly rough terrain.Met a guy with this monster ebike. A Sondors Rockstar, with 750w mid drive. This thing weighs 83lbs!!!
I'd say my "upgraded" battery is about 8lbs. The original may be about 7lbs.Besides the drive hardware I imagine a lot of the weight is the battery - the compartment looks like it's heftier than yours. Plus it has to be built to take on the terrain with all that weight plus rider. Like yours it looks like it's built to take on fairly rough terrain.
I have a Cloud-9 seat like that, one of several I acquired hunting for the right bike seat. It's comfy if all I were going to do is sit on it but I found it impinged on my legs while pedaling so I went with a narrower C9.
What happens if the electric assist fails? Presumably you're using it because of some physical impairment - how rideable is it strictly under your own steam? Even more of a consideration with that heavy Sondors. Is the electric part so solid that it's rare for it to fail?
Awesome pic!View attachment 133391
Nothing like a good road trip on the bike. Love taking the long way to anywhere on the backroads. Heading up to ride the Blue Ridge Parkway , and Maggie Valley early next month. Been considering getting an Adventure style bike, and exploring some of the Trans American Trail, as it seems like a really cool adventure, but just the low key parts. Cant afford to be laid up from a crash, and the road is dangerous enough.
Light weight, but decked out similar to a tour bike, long throw suspension, capable of on and off road riding. The only thing that puts me off about them is the riding position. It is needed for that sort of riding, but real uncomfortable for me. My Harley is like riding a lazy boy recliner down the road , and has spoiled my old ass!Awesome pic!
What constitutes an "adventure" style bike?