The essential guide for new commuters

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by jonny jeez, 3 Jun 2010.

  1. greekonabike

    greekonabike President of the 'Democratic Republic' of GOAB

    I've recently started riding again after several years of not being on a bike. I never really cycled on the roads and when I did they were always roads with minimal traffic. I found this guide really helpful so I'd like to say thank you to everyone who made a contribution.

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  2. AnthonyC

    AnthonyC Regular

    Were your last trips in Greece? In that case you might pick up some different commuter cycle clothing as well ;)
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  3. greekonabike

    greekonabike President of the 'Democratic Republic' of GOAB

    I was actually born in the UK and have never ridden in my homeland, it's on the bucket list. I've heard a rumour that Greece were melting down old bikes to use for currency and metal bats. Luckily my families from Cyprus where the bikes are surviving by hiding in the dense bush and mountainous regions.

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  4. AnthonyC

    AnthonyC Regular

    Glad to hear that there are protected habitats for them!
  5. greekonabike

    greekonabike President of the 'Democratic Republic' of GOAB

    For now....I fear that soon all the old Raleighs will be herded up and loaded into the smelter. When the option is bicycle or goat you choose goat.

  6. RoubaixCube

    RoubaixCube ~Tribanese~

    London, UK
    Somewhat relevant and humorous take on cycle lanes for some new commuters....

    Even though it is in the U.S, the UK doesnt have it really that much better as far as some councils are concerned. All they need is a bit of possibly segregated path thats painted green so they can tick it off the list of things they did. Some of them dont seem to care if there are all sorts of obstructions and potholes on it.

    your mileage may vary based on your location and no police officers here in ANY county will give you a FPN for not being in the cycle lane as there are no laws stating that cyclists have to be there.

    Get out there and ride safe.
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  7. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Sadly police have issued fixed penalty notices for cycling non-offences - two examples I remember are cycling across a Toucan crossing or cycling into a street which is only no-entry for motor vehicles (indicated by the slightly unobvious flying-motorcycle sign) - but they are usually dismissed at a police station. They'd never stand up in court because like in @RoubaixCube's example, there's no law supporting them.
  8. JamesBikes

    JamesBikes New Member

    Great guide, thank you very much.
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  9. natnatroswell22

    natnatroswell22 New Member

    Im new to commuting and I find this very helpful :smile: Thanks for this guide.
  10. UrbanCircus

    UrbanCircus Guest

    I find the best advice I have for commuting is to stay visible!
    You can be as careful as you can, if the driver does not see you, its a problem.

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  11. Former User

    Former User Guest

    @a moderator

    How does someone post as a guest?
  12. Hoppedrocker19

    Hoppedrocker19 New Member

    There is a law here in Pennsylvania that motorists have to stay four feet away from you...not everyone obeys it.Not many people commute around here,they consider a bicycle a toy.They have bike Lanes in the city but i live outside the city and I'm on my own safetywise.I have had some close calls with vehicles getting within a foot of me.
  13. rogerzilla

    rogerzilla Guru

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