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Old 03-19-2008, 10:43 PM   #1
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i was just wondering if anyone had any tips for me. I have to ride to work tommorow about 30 miles one way from dayton to new caney. I have made the trip before but i had someone following me and it wasnt at 6 in the morning. Just wonderng if theres any tips to help me out. I have only about 400 miles experience.
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:48 PM   #2
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Be careful, morning rush hour is no joke. Ride within your abilities and ride very defensively.
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Old 03-19-2008, 11:17 PM   #3
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+1 on the defensive driving. Just assume that no one sees you, even if you are sure that they did.

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make sure you give yourself plenty of time to wake all the way up. Dont get up and rush. Take a shower, drink some coffee and make sure you can give 100% attention to the drive.

You'll be fine and you'll be able to look forward to the ride home all day
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Old 03-20-2008, 04:32 AM   #5
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stay in the right lane. Try to go as fast or slightly faster than most. Keep a watch in your mirrors. blip you brake light if u see someone approaching to close from the rear. always know were every car is around u so if u have to take evasive actions u won't have to wonder if someone is next to you.
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Old 03-20-2008, 04:45 AM   #6
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Try taking maybe a little different route than what you're used to. That will keep you that much more alert of your surroundings.
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Old 03-20-2008, 05:25 AM   #7
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keep your eyes on your mirrors, i watch the rear as much if not more then the ft.

i run a lil faster then the flow of traffic

but be careful cuz sometimes traffic runs at 75-80+ then i just keep further right.
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rule1: assume you are invisible and no one sees you

rule2: stay out of blind spots as much as possible; speed up or slow down as needed

rule3: cover the front brake. A second or two makes all the difference in stopping safely

rule4: look as far down the road as you can, because no one else is, and you can see stuff happening long before it gets to you
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Old 03-20-2008, 08:22 AM   #10
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When question that will help him and me both.

(Not trying to high jack his thread but probably will.)

When riding alone do you ride the right side...middle..or left side of the lane or do you drift back and forth so you can see more of whats going on in front of you. I seem to drift so I can see, and so other will see me and wonder what in the am I doing. My biggest fear is somebody turning in front of me while I'm doing 65+.

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I ride center and left to give the person in the cage ahead of me the opportunity to see me in the rearview and side mirrors and to own my lane. If you ride too far right you give a cage the opportunity to merge on top of you. I don't assume they can see me even after given EVERY opportunity. I keep a 4 to 5 second space bumper between me and every car and it ticks me off when cars think this is enough room to "squeeze" between. DON'T TAILGATE on a bike and if you are being tail gated, don't get upset, move over.


And PS, enjoy the ride. I love my commute, especially on nice day.
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:09 AM   #11
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Buy a Icon reflective vest (i wear it on any commute, improves visibility dramatically)
AND Signal Dynamics headlight and brake light modulator. Those will help you be seen and noticed.

Otherwise ride your own ride, if people need to pass you let them, don't let them intimdate you into going faster..... it won't kill them to move a lane over and go faster.

AND GO EARLY, so that you avoid bad traffic, and enjoy the ride. Later you can deal with rush hour. No 5pm traffic is no biggie for me.... i just have to stay alert, but i don't get stressed
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:15 AM   #12
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eyes wide open out there too because the sun wont be up when you are your headlights in dark conditions?

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Old 03-20-2008, 11:20 AM   #13
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If I'm in the very left lane, I ride on the right side of the lane; pretty close to the cats eyes actually. Cagers are bad about adjusting their mirrors to their blind-spots and I've noticed most of them have them adjusted so they see down the sides of their cars. My positioning allows them to see me.

Of course the danger of this is you have less of a reactionary gap.
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:21 AM   #14
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I ride 20+ every day from Mt Belvieu to Bay Area Blvd near Bayport. Watch every one around you and dont get angry cuz someone will cut you off or merge on you. Just keep you head on a swivel and look for everybody else. Sounds like a lot but I go over the Hartman Bridge 2 times a day and no one seems to look at anything but there cell phones. Just be vigilant and be careful..... have a little fun and enjoy the ride.
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:22 AM   #15
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I would say watch out fer people that are still half asleep and be awake, alert and attentive to your surroundings (not that you shouldn't allready be doing that anytime you ride)
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:27 AM   #16
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+1 And watch out for the critters...
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:36 AM   #17
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If you are on a one two way road, I would ride to the left side so the cagers on the opposite side can see you. I've had a close call where someone turning on the opposite side didn't see me because of the car in front and almost hit me when turning.
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