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No lack of poor riding skills

PostAuthor: faffi » Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:34 am

Sure, there are drivers at fault as well here, but apart from perhaps two incidents, they could all have been avoided by proper riding. Target fixation is a big issue in most cases, as are going way too fast for the conditions. Watch and learn what not to do if you want to stay unharmed.

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Re: No lack of poor riding skills

PostAuthor: JGrinnelli » Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:02 am

I do not count crashing when racing, stuff happens on the track that never happens on the roads. Also many of the bikes were hit by cars not paying attention.

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Re: No lack of poor riding skills

PostAuthor: faffi » Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:51 pm

Agree, the racing spills didn't belong. However, even though the drivers of the cars may be at fault, the rider gets hurt. Expect the unexpected. I always ride like those sharing the road with me are out to get me and I invariably slow down if there are blind spots. Also look out for erratic driving, brake lights, unnaturally slow driving - anything that suggest someone doesn't know what they are doing at the moment. I've ridden in city traffic for five seasons, including in thick snow and on black ice, and I can count on my fingers the times I experienced drama. Not because I'm a spectacular rider, but because I paid attention and didn't assume others had seen me or would adhere to the regulations. I know others who experienced more near-misses per week than I did over those years because they fail to take care of themselves. It's no use being in the right when you're resting in an ambulance.
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Re: No lack of poor riding skills

PostAuthor: JGrinnelli » Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:23 pm

faffi wrote:Agree, the racing spills didn't belong. However, even though the drivers of the cars may be at fault, the rider gets hurt. Expect the unexpected. I always ride like those sharing the road with me are out to get me and I invariably slow down if there are blind spots. Also look out for erratic driving, brake lights, unnaturally slow driving - anything that suggest someone doesn't know what they are doing at the moment. I've ridden in city traffic for five seasons, including in thick snow and on black ice, and I can count on my fingers the times I experienced drama. Not because I'm a spectacular rider, but because I paid attention and didn't assume others had seen me or would adhere to the regulations. I know others who experienced more near-misses per week than I did over those years because they fail to take care of themselves. It's no use being in the right when you're resting in an ambulance.


Well said Sir!!

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Re: No lack of poor riding skills

PostAuthor: rantingsmith » Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:49 am

In complete agreement there faffi. Wrong speed, lack of reading the traffic flow and risks correctly and one of my pet gripes, lack of visibility for some of the bikes and riders. I won't get into the Hi-vis vs non Hi-vis discussion here but having your headlights on is a very easy way of making yourself more visible. Granted there are examples here where it did not help but not being seen is not usually the reason for the crash in that instance..

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Re: No lack of poor riding skills

PostAuthor: mark75 » Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:35 pm

:yup:

how a rider survives to be an old rider: by hyper-vigilance bordering on paranoia, caution, and experience. [and a little good-luck doesn't hurt]

JMO: the video is another testament as to why lane-splitting is an invitation to spend some time in a hospital bed.
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Re: No lack of poor riding skills

PostAuthor: Jake » Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:56 pm

mark75 wrote::yup:

how a rider survives to be an old rider: by hyper-vigilance bordering on paranoia, caution, and experience. [and a little good-luck doesn't hurt]

JMO: the video is another testament as to why lane-splitting is an invitation to spend some time in a hospital bed.


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Re: No lack of poor riding skills

PostAuthor: CX Rancher » Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:03 pm

I have been able to avoid hundreds of idiots, except for one, ME.
I evaluate every ride to council myself on how I could have done better. I need to listen more intently.

and Yeah I wish I could do that stunt stuff or even ride to the bike's capabilities, but I don't have it, and I never will.
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Re: No lack of poor riding skills

PostAuthor: Jake » Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:22 pm

CX Rancher wrote:I have been able to avoid hundreds of idiots, except for one, ME.


As one local radio personality used to say in these parts, " Watch the guy behind the guy, in front of you. "
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Re: No lack of poor riding skills

PostAuthor: mark75 » Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:49 pm

CX Rancher wrote:I have been able to avoid hundreds of idiots, except for one, ME.



:rotfl: ain't that the truth, wish I 'd said that. gonna have to 'borrow' it :naughty: Thx CXR! :thumbs:
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