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Old 03-09-2009, 06:10 PM   #1
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Freeway vs Forest

Quick question, when you ride, do you feel safer on the streets (freeway) or when riding the forest?

The reason I ask, is I've been riding for a few years now, and have primarily always rode the streets. I wasn't even introduced to the forest until almost two years after I'd been riding. My buddy just started riding (literally) and already did a forest ride and feels the forest is safer. I disagree, everytime I've been in the forest it seems riders go down. I know its just a numbers game, but still I can't help but feel safer on the freeway. Just curious how everyone else feels about it. Thoughts?
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The difference is on the freeway you have to worry about cars and trucks... the back roads you have to worry about YOURSELF and actual curves in the roads.

I'll take the backroads over the boring freeways everytime.
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Almost everytime i've seen someone go down on a backroad, it's because they exceeded their limit and that's usually because they were trying to keep up or catch up with someone else. It's all about self-control.
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I feel comfy on both. I know my limits and ride just a touch above them. I also watch for other riders and people in cars and trucks.
very well put.
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I love the forest with maybe only 3-5 people with me, But I really don't feel comfortable in big groups through the forest. The freeway is like a bad game of dodgeball.
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My take is this. There are a lot of variables on the freeway, many of which are outside my control. To quote The Departed, I want my environment to be a product of me, not me a product of my environment. In the forest there are fewer things going on, fewer cars, intersections, blind alleys and driveways...etc. The flip side is that there is the temptation to ride beyond my limits. A mistake means you're in the trees or barbed wire. Both can be dangerous, both can be (relatively) safe.

Given a choice, I'll take the forest.
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if you do the speed limit on both, forest is safer imo.

if you go past the speed limit on either one, they're both equally as dangerous.

that said, curvy roads encourage speeding which encourage wrecks, but then again the same can apply to empty freeways and onramps. it all comes down to how you ride.
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I feel comfy on both. I know my limits and ride just a touch above them. I also watch for other riders and people in cars and trucks.
you ride a touch ABOVE your limits?
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Don't forget chance of a wild animal darting out a a risk in the forest.
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Don't forget chance of a wild animal darting out a a risk in the forest.
4000 lb+ cars or animals.. i rather take my chance with forest rides
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The difference is on the freeway you have to worry about cars and trucks... the back roads you have to worry about YOURSELF and actual curves in the roads.

I'll take the backroads over the boring freeways everytime.
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The difference is on the freeway you have to worry about cars and trucks... the back roads you have to worry about YOURSELF and actual curves in the roads.

I'll take the backroads over the boring freeways everytime.
and in the woods there are CRITTERS.
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