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comparison between riding your bike and driving your car(8 posts)

comparison between riding your bike and driving your carStan_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 cyclingDave 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 aggressiveTypeOne
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 :)NMMade in Taiwan
Apr 11, 2001 10:45 PM