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post #101 of 116 (permalink) Old 04-22-2019, 09:37 PM
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Iím getting better at this but I really find it difficult not to get angry at people who simply refuse to try to get through a set of traffic lights when they are following you. Or wonít even try to ride at the speed limit, becoming an ever diminishing headlight in your mirrors and/or getting tangled up in the traffic you have deliberately left behind. You slow down so theyíll catch up and they slow down ďto keep the gapĒ. I much prefer riding alone or with a few select souls who actually get it.
I prefer to ride like that, and get annoyed when people aggressively gun it at a yellow to make sure they dont get left behind. I watch the people following me, and if some dont get through a light, I either slow or pull off until they catch up.

I tend to ride with my dad and brother, and we get quite separated when we ride. I slow down every few minutes until I see them again, the we spread out. Seems like otherwise I'd have to slow down for them or they would have to ride faster than they are comfortable to keep up. Sometimes if there is a really good long stretch of curves, I may pull off for a few minutes and get the camera out to catch them coming by.

I thought that was what "ride your own ride" was about, but maybe that isn't as common as I thought?
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I prefer to ride like that, and get annoyed when people aggressively gun it at a yellow to make sure they dont get left behind. I watch the people following me, and if some dont get through a light, I either slow or pull off until they catch up.

I tend to ride with my dad and brother, and we get quite separated when we ride. I slow down every few minutes until I see them again, the we spread out. Seems like otherwise I'd have to slow down for them or they would have to ride faster than they are comfortable to keep up. Sometimes if there is a really good long stretch of curves, I may pull off for a few minutes and get the camera out to catch them coming by.

I thought that was what "ride your own ride" was about, but maybe that isn't as common as I thought?
I ignored your comment initially but have decided now to respond. I donít expect someone following me to ride any faster than theyíre comfortable with. If you read what I actually said is that I get annoyed when they make no effort to keep up. I do slow down but see no harm in someone following me to at least making some effort to close the gap as we approach some lights. Thatís all. Sitting 100m behind me at the same speed Iím travelling is not helpful when someone is showing you the way to go.

Your final remark was judgemental and unnecessary in the context of what I wrote. I thought people on these forums could actually read but maybe it isnít as common as I thought.
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I donít expect someone following me to ride any faster than theyíre comfortable with. If you read what I actually said is that I get annoyed when they make no effort to keep up. I do slow down but see no harm in someone following me to at least making some effort to close the gap as we approach some lights. Thatís all.
In your initial comment you were not at all clear that you were limiting the scenario to in traffic with traffic lights. You mentioned their headlight ever diminishing, but now you say falling back to 100m and staying there. Even in the above quoted portion, if you slow down to solve the issue, how do you expect them to solve the issue without riding faster? If they are actually going the same speed as you just 100m behind, then they are already keeping up. They just aren't doing it as close as you like.



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Your final remark was judgemental and unnecessary in the context of what I wrote. I thought people on these forums could actually read but maybe it isnít as common as I thought.
No judgement intended. The way I like to ride isn't "better" than yours, just different. You seem to want others to adopt your preferences (or you slow down for them) when riding with you, and that's fine. I prefer everybody to do their own thing, just on the same roads. I much prefer everybody to know the route, but if they don't, I just make sure everybody knows to wait until the person behind them clears an interesection before they move out of sight. Have made more than one multi-day trip and haven't lost anybody yet, even though we often lose sight of each other for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Have on occasion had to back-track and find a rider with a mechanical problem or who had crashed (crashes only on dirt rides so far), but never lost anybody.


Your last comment morphed from my indication that you may not follow the "ride your own ride" philosophy (which is not an insult or a value judgement), into a reference to lack of reading skill. Both of those closing comments are unnecessary, as is commenting at all. However, only one was judgemental.
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Oh dear. You know nothing about my riding style. I donít expect people to do anything in particular. I was only commenting on what I saw as my worst riding habit; ie what I find difficult not to get annoyed at. That is what this thread is about, not a platform to pat yourself on the back and say how terrific you think you are.
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letting myself get distracted by my phone/maps. As far as speeding goes, I always stay within 10-15 mph over the posted speed limit signs being their only meant for cars and just a suggestion for bikes, so I'm good there
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I also have a problem with cancelling my turn signals, especially on his bike. I thought it was just old age or my sanity but I have to say the it is very difficult to see the indicator on my dash and I can't see the signal stocks while riding. I never had this problem with other bikes I've owned.

Another problem that needs work is that I do not rely on my tire grip enough. I tend to read the road too much, looking for loose gravel and such, especially in corners. I should be looking farther ahead.
I also tend to squeeze my handgrips too much, no idea why.
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