Monthly Archives: December 2011

Cyclists As Drivers

  Driving is both mechanical and analytical. Drivers learn how to operate a vehicle, how to navigate a vehicle through a variety of traffic situations, and how to apply the rules of the road. But, one thing can’t be taught: … Continue reading

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Escaping the Jaws of an Angry Dog

  A number of years ago, I lived in a semi-rural area with narrow, winding roads lined with acres of fields as far as the eye could see. In those days, my schedule permitted me to ride midday when most … Continue reading

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Bicycle Insurance: Pros and Cons

  Whoever thought up the concept of insurance was very clever. They offered to take money from a lot of people, on an ongoing basis, in exchange for paying out an unspecified sum of money at the time of a … Continue reading

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Bicycles and Imagination

Bicycling is serious business these days. A virtual war is in progress over space and vehicle credibility on the roads. Cyclists win some battles and lose others, but they fight on. In the midst of all of this struggling, we … Continue reading

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Some Say the Anti-Bike Backlash Resembles Tea Party Rhetoric

The anti-bike backlash is a topic of concern for all cyclists. Casual cyclists remain in a state of ignorant bliss until an encounter with an anti-bicyclist awakens them from their slumber. Diehard riders, having spent hours on the road, sport … Continue reading

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A Chain Wear Indicator Is Your Friend

  A year ago, I bought a new hybrid bicycle. It’s hard to believe that an entire year has gone by. And, it’s even harder to believe how many miles I’ve traveled on this bike; by the end of the … Continue reading

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Sometimes a Cyclist’s Negligence Results in Manslaughter Charges

  A combination of the words “cycling” and “manslaughter” is hard to fathom. So rare is it for a bicycle to do any real damage to anything but its rider and itself, that it’s hard to imagine how it could … Continue reading

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Bicycles and Privacy in a Modern Technological World

  Privacy is a relatively new concept. Thousands of years ago, when our ancestors roamed the plains in search of food, there was no such thing as privacy. Humans lived out in the open, were few and far between, and … Continue reading

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When Advocacy Becomes Antagonism

  Advocacy is necessary in an open society. Whenever people live in large, highly structured societies, divergent groups compete for limited resources. Each group wants the majority to accept its views as a priority and enact an agenda corresponding to … Continue reading

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