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Jul-06-17 11:19 am
Informative article on visibility based on university research
Category: Technical
Forum: Riding Style

A big piece of the LAB Smart Cycling and similar programs is learning when to take the lane. I teach novice riders that motorists see the center line as a pane of glass and will do anything possible to avoid breaking that pane of glass. That means if you, the bicyclist, give the motorist the impression that there's enough room to squeeze between you and that pane of glass, then the motorist will do just that. Squeeze. But, if you convince the motorist to break that pane of glass, i.e., do not let 'em think that there's enough room to squeeze, then they go wide.

Jun-24-17 04:48 am
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

If anyone is awake at this hour, a few (couple?) of us will push the start back to 8 am , flexible
Chris Tsien

Jun-20-17 10:27 am
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

In the absence of Janet (unless she wants to make a surprise appearance!), I will take it upon myself to keep her 7:30 am starting time for the century. And y'all know what JGST means.

Chris Tsien

Sep-20-16 10:08 am
Category: Social

I think this could very well be the same guy who go to Mt Aetna at 2pm having averaged 10 mph to get there. I tried to pull him off the road, explaining that he was riding way too slowly to finish the ride before dark, that the rest stops would be closed before he got there, and that it was gonna be really, really hot. He blustered (and I do mean blustered) that he had ridden the CWC several times before and had no problem finishing at twilight (at his pace he would have finished in the dark, not twilight). I insisted that he sag in, but he refused and went on. I later saw him in the parking lot; obviously had taken the bail out. Frankly, riders like him we do not need.
Chris

Jul-23-16 12:41 pm
will soon be legal in PA
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Phil Manger wrote:


For years one of my pet peeves as a cyclist has been traffic lights with sensors that trigger a green light only when they detect a vehicle waiting to cross.  Bicycles don't have enough weight or enough metal to trigger these sensors
Phil

In-the-ground traffic light sensors are induction loops, not as many think, weight sensitive. The best place(ment) for bicycle to trigger the induction is a wheel at the junction where two loops come together. As one may imagine, wire loops buried in asphalt have a limited life span. Maryland is replacing induction loops with optical sensors, which have adjustable sensitivity, mounted up on the pole, but the optical sensors are expensive.

And if I remember correctly, Maryland law already allows one to do what Pa is now adopting.
Chris

Nov-24-15 04:49 pm
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

Delegate Clarence Lam (HoCo + Balt Co) will introduce legislation to forbid the practice. Bicycling Advocates of Howard County (and Bike Maryland?) gave Delegate Lam comments on his draft legislation.

The Lesson: Make Friends With Your Local Politicians!
- Contribute to your Friend's campaign (i.e., attend your Friend's fundraisers)
- Go to your Friend's town meetings.
- Go to other events where your Friend might be; become a presence.
- Be Nice, NOT strident.

Chris Tsien, BAHC

Mary & Barry Menne wrote:


I haven't heard any BBC members talking about Coal Rolling but the HoCo group and individual riders in Howard County have experienced the problem.

Here's a story that aired on NPR Monday night.

http://www.npr.org/2015/11/23/457139765 … lling-coal

Aug-17-15 11:44 am
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

I screwed up the cue sheet and have taken it out of the library, but what's more important, I regret to report that much Gene Bayer's ride is not fun anymore -- several new AACo subdivisions have put a ton of traffic on the route (at 8 am on Sunday!).

The roads are very wet and leaf covered, so I am cancelling the HoCo Metric.
Chris

Jun-30-14 09:51 am
Category: Social

I liked 100-in-reverse route. Taking on the Augustine Beach slog early was good if for no other reason than only a few of the flies had woken up (only one bite this year!).
Chris

Not only that but the 100 goes in reverse from previous years, so the long no-water stretch is at the very beginning.
Chris

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