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  1. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    Well…when things go political these days I leave blogs for good…period…see ya.
  2. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    Tour de Tucson stats: Assuming 250 riders at an average of 75 miles for 31 years with two fatalities = 1 death/every 290,625 miles. Before this year: 250 x 75 x 30 = 1 death every 562,000 miles Average the two = 1 fatality about every 426,000 miles OK, now we have a mathematical...
  3. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    Campy, I'm not sure what the purpose of all the "bloody news" is, but you're starting to freak me out already!
  4. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    Received "Hornet Horn" today, and I blew it off my patio. Received neither startled negative reply from Swampy or stampeding herd of Buffalo. It is loud (sounds rather like an amplified version of a raptor chick squeaking for food) but not louder than a typical car horn. I'm going to put it on...
  5. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    I have no doubt this system: http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2012/10/hands-on-with-revolights-system.html employed on a night commuters bike would constitute a major safety advance. I've also seen online DIY instructions for copies costing far less. Some solutions are technological.
  6. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    Well, when it arrives I'll give it a blast…and you can let me know if you hear it.
  7. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    Not spamming, and I do think one has to be judicious in the use of such a device, but I can think of 2-3 situations in the last four months where it would have been both useful and appropriate. Startling someone who is not paying attention is the precise point of a horn, and not necessarily a...
  8. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    In fact, I couldn't resist and ordered one!
  9. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    Like the helmet, maybe wait for the cheaper version to come out however. In the meantime, the "little devil" in me really likes this option. Every now and then it would be very useful. http://store.qbike.com/bullet-ventures-horn-hornit-electronic-hb-mount-140db.html
  10. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    Yeah Alienator…..that bicycle mask thing is pretty funny S---. It might actually make it more likely some one would hit you if they were a little psychotic and thought you were some sort of demon. Some inventions aren't meant to be.
  11. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    Well…no one can argue that no matter what you do, you can get whacked, but I think Campybob and I were referring to statistical probability, and there is no question in my mind that wearing bright clothing improves that calculation. Sounds like you're a believer too. As for "practicing"...
  12. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    Good points. Riding for me is an exercise in immediate awareness and focused attention, I try to be aware of everything around me, relaxed but not distracted. Something like a Buddhist meditation (which I do also). Not surprisingly, when I'm in a car with other drivers I notice I usually am more...
  13. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    Agree with Campy about the bike paths and the need for experienced cyclist to expect to be the responsible party. On weekends especially, when the 'beboppers" are out, I've always tried to take the attitude that if I get in a crash with one of them it's my fault. That said, I had a little girl...
  14. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    Oh, I think there might have been a few minor burns.
  15. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    When I was living in Portland OR a few years back (about 2000), I remember wanting to go out for a ride but seeing some ominous looking thunderheads on the horizon so I deferred. Soon, a flurry of lightning strikes were hitting within a few miles of my house. Next day, I read in the newspaper...
  16. dalerb

    What is it with Giant?

    Kind of an old thread here...actually I recently bought a Composite O at a marked down $2,900. Great deal IMO..apparently Giant doing its every two year model revisions so the new version of this is called an Advance Composite at $4,000+. Very happy with the bike, but considering getting the...
  17. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    My experience working with the elderly has shown me the end of life is seldom dignified, even without debilitating disease. It's a lot scarier than cycling, so hit the road! Well, maybe not "hit".
  18. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    likewise, that's a terrible disease, may they find a cause and cure soon.
  19. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    Quote: Originally Posted by alienator You'd be surprised by what people ride their bikes late at night, and most of them aren't doing or haven't been doing what you think. I was actually referring to the drivers on the road at that time of night, not the cyclists. My informal poll of...
  20. dalerb

    Is road cycling dangerous?

    To expand on the point I was trying to make earlier regarding safety: I went out for about an hour earlier today running errands, about a 15 mile trip. I saw two bikers violating multiple common sense safety rules. The first, was riding on one of the busiest high speed commercial streets in...