Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Milwaukee (Sussex), WI
I typically ride about 3,500 miles per year. Mostly rural roads, often in a group of 4-10. Cyclists are like any other population group, there are all kinds. We generally ride single file and collectively yell "car back" when a car is approaching from behind so that if we are riding side by side we know to single up. I actually have a rear facing radar that will indicate on my bike computer when cars are approaching. My morning group is known as the Nite Riders as we will head out in the morning at 5:15 and ride for an hour and a half. Our lights are very bright and we wear bright clothing. People say we look like a piece of farm equipment coming down the road.
City riding? no thanks. Way too many people in a hurry. A person on a bike loses every time to a 4,000lb vehicle. Multi-use paths? We avoid those too. At 20+ mph it's not safe to be passing close to walkers/runners.
Stop signs? Honestly it depends. We mostly hit rural 4 way stops. It's up to the lead rider to call it out. If there is a car in sight, we stop. If nothing is in sight, he/she will yell "clear" and we will roll through. Stop lights, we stop. Major roads, we stop.
A few years ago I commuted to work 14 miles each way. Frankly it only took me about 10 minutes longer. However, I did not like riding in the commute hours.
Chris (Sussex, WI)
289 w/AFR 165, T-5z, 3.55T-loc, Granada Discs and 6 bolt Moto-Lita Steering Wheel