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thoughts while bicycling

Third day biking to and from work. First day forgetting my helmet.

Had a thought on day 2 (yesterday), but forgot to post it yesterday. Surprise! The thought: "Never accelerate towards a red light." Follow-up thoughts mostly involved trying to figure out how to succinctly say "a light that will be red when you arrive," but came up with nothing elegant. So I stuck with the original thought.

I'm going to need to find some kind of bicycling lj icon, aren't I? Maybe something Yehuda Moon-related, except that seems to have gone on hiatus. Oops.


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Apr. 16th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
I follow that thought, and it's one of the reasons I get such better gas mileage in your car than you do :)
Apr. 16th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Hey, I coast towards red lights, too! Heck, I even try to slow down enough that I'll still have momentum when it turns back green... It drives me nuts when I'm a passenger in a car that's accelerating towards a red light, so I *know* you can't be talking about me.

Unless you mean accelerating towards a yellow-to-be. That I'll do every time. :)

Edited at 2009-04-16 12:07 am (UTC)
Apr. 16th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
I call it being lazy, or super efficient. Only use as much energy as you need. Use the brake as sparingly as possible -- use friction as your natural brake.
Apr. 16th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
I had no idea that you were as much of a retrogrouch as to enjoy Yehuda Moon!

We should ride together sometime.
Apr. 16th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Hey, if you're going to forget your helmet, maybe forget the bike too? I care about you and don't want anything bad to happen to you. (Just finished a book about a widow with two young kids. Her husband was killed in a bike accident because he couldn't find his helmet and went out anyway. The thought is fresh in my mind.)

Anyway, yay for biking to work. What a great way to start your day. Hope you will have lots of good weather days to enjoy the ride.
Apr. 16th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
It was a little weird since I was already halfway to work by the time I even noticed.

Although arguably I should have made alternate arrangements to get home, and carried the helmet to work tomorrow... oops.
Apr. 16th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
I go with never accelerating towards a light with a flashing "don't walk" pedestrian sign. Don't know if that's really succinct enough but it's generally useful rule in camberville.
Apr. 16th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
(a) Hey, no forgetting the helmet! (Deciding not to use one is different in my book, but if you're trying to use one, please actually use one. I was sort of waffly about the value of helmets until I really smashed one...)

(b) Thanks for the Yehuda Moon pointer! =)
Apr. 16th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
something i keep relearning about bicycling is that when i push down on one foot i should lift up with the other (don't just let it ride up with the force of the one pushing down).
Apr. 16th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
If you're scatterbrained like me, it's much easier to say "I won't forget my helmet again" than to actually stop forgetting my helmet. So I try to arrange things so that I don't actually need to remember things. For the bike-and-helmet thing, for example, the place I store my helmet is hanging on the handlebars of the bike. So not wearing the helmet would take an active effort, rather than just forgetfulness.

Apr. 17th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
As has been mentioned, hangnig the helmet on (or clipping it to) the bicycle, generally makes it hard to forget.

As for lights, I generally bike the same route often enough that I know which ones require a more sophisticated plan than "don't accelerate towards a red". I do wonder how many people would be more efficient drivers, if they had to do some biking and figured some of this out, and how may people are just oblivious and would never make the connection.
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