|comparison between riding your bike and driving your car||Stan_B|
Apr 11, 2001 4:37 AM
|I'm 29 now. In my younger years I used to drive my car very aggressively. I have now toned this back considerably.
For some reason though, when I get on my bike I become very aggressive. I almost have no fear. I don't know why this change comes over me. Perhaps I don't want my average speed messed up. Perhaps just being out excercising gets my adrenaline going and I get this macho, don't mess with me feeling.
Does anyone else notice their driving behavior being much different when they are on their bike as against in their car?
|More careful cycling||Dave Hickey|
Apr 11, 2001 4:54 AM
|When I'm on my bike, I'm always looking for cars pulling out, car doors opening, etc..... I don't want to risk an injury by being too aggressive. Riding is too important to me.|
|evidently not if you read his original post(nm)||Dave Hickey|
Apr 11, 2001 1:11 PM
|evidently not if you read his original post(nm)||Stan_B|
Apr 11, 2001 2:43 PM
|Wrong. Those things ARE obvious. I'm talking about negotiating through moving traffic and also cornering.|
Apr 11, 2001 6:26 AM
|I have noticed that I don't tend to sweat and puff as much in the car (though I used to do that a lot more when I was younger too)...|
|Not as aggressive||TypeOne|
Apr 11, 2001 11:30 AM
|I think I used to be a fairly aggressive driver. Well, "reckless" may be more accurate, as I was never a road rage guy. Since I began cycling, I have toned down my driving. I don't know, I guess I am instinctively looking around and expecting the worst. I do attribute this change to cycling, where I do feel there is more danger.|
|I drive carefully because I got my start cycling ...||Humma Hah|
Apr 11, 2001 12:46 PM
|... Long before I started driving, I cycled everywhere for years. I could operate a Jeep on the sands of Hatteras at age 12, took driver's ed at age 15, but my father refused to let me drive. I didn't get a license until age 25, when I was almost ready to graduate and could afford my own insurance. So I missed those teen years when us males are a real threat, meanwhile learning about close calls and careful driving on the bike. |
I did pick up, then lose, aggressive driving habits commuting in the DC area. That seems a typical pattern. Frustration with the heavy traffic gets to you for a while, then you learn to let it pass.
I'm more apt to ride in a sporting manner on the bike, careful, but not liking to be passed, inclined to chase rabbits if I think I have a chance to catch them. But at under 20 mph on roads with a 35 mph or greater speed limit, that's rarely a problem. In the truck, I'm pretty laid back.
|drive aggressively on where there are no cyclists around :)NM||Made in Taiwan|
Apr 11, 2001 10:45 PM