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Speeding Ticket on a bike . . .morrison
Jan 25, 2002 12:50 PM
A former client paid me a visit this morning. He wanted to know if I would represent him in a speeding ticket he got on a bike. He showed me the cite: 33 in a 25. The officer indicated it was a radar stop. I don't handle those sorts of cases, so I sent him on to someone else. Regardless, has anybody out there been stopped on a bike for speeding?
Always wanted to get one so I could frame it! nmdzrider
Jan 25, 2002 12:54 PM
re: Speeding Ticket on a bike . . .merckx56
Jan 25, 2002 1:10 PM
tell him to pay it and frame the ticket and the receipt!
re: Speeding Ticket on a bike . . .jaybag
Jan 25, 2002 1:15 PM
Never a speeding ticket, but I do know of a guy who got a DUI on a tractor.......going to get more beer! LOL...true story.
re: Speeding Ticket on a bike . . .LDF
Jan 26, 2002 12:27 AM
Frame it so he can brag about going a whooping 33 miles per hour? (more than likely down a hill)
re: Speeding Ticket on a bike . . .merckx56
Jan 26, 2002 7:25 PM
it's a ticket on a bike for pete's sake! of course frame it! if for nothing else, the value of the irony!
and by the way, it's whopping, not whooping. if it was whooping, he would have been busted for disturbing the peace too!
It happened to meDMoore
Jan 25, 2002 1:30 PM
About a million years ago, I was in junior high school. I was riding down a long hill on my Fiorelli 10-speed (it even had some Campy parts) when a cop pulled me over. I actually had to appear in front of a juvenile traffic commissioner, 35 in a 25 or something like that. The commissioner had trouble keeping a straight face while he scolded me and warned me that this was the first sign of an impending life of crime.
Well, was he right?Crankist
Jan 26, 2002 9:26 PM
After a fashionDMoore
Jan 27, 2002 9:33 AM
I didn't turn to a life of crime, but crime is certainly a major part of it. I've been a prosecutor for over 20 years.
I've always wanted one. . .guido
Jan 25, 2002 1:41 PM
And I've accelerated through a few radar traps. The cops always smile and wave. One even told me how fast I was going. None of them took me seriously. No respect. Some guys have all the luck.
Does riding on the roof-top Thule count? (nm)tempeteKerouak
Jan 25, 2002 1:44 PM
Not unless your wheels are turning (nm)dzrider
Jan 25, 2002 1:51 PM
Does riding on the roof-top Thule count? (nm)Woof the dog
Jan 25, 2002 1:52 PM
I always wanted to do that!!! Oh put your bike into a trainer in a truck bed and have your buddies drive on the interstate while you get your workout...better yet, do that on rollers!!!!!!!!! that will get you the most points.


Woof the dog.
You'd get immediate feedbackguido
Jan 25, 2002 2:17 PM
on whether you were aerodynamic or not!
Part of Lance's training regimen and picture to prove it!js5280
Jan 25, 2002 3:02 PM
Actually found this at
re: Speeding Ticket on a bike . . .raboboy
Jan 25, 2002 1:58 PM
Huh? How does that work? Does the cop ask for a license? What if you don't give it to him or don't have one? As I understand it, you don't need a drivers lic for a bike, eh?
I wonder if his insurance will go up. ;)
Cops take a thumb print(nm)KStone
Jan 25, 2002 2:07 PM
This I CAN answer . . . give I.D. but not license b/c . . .morrison
Jan 25, 2002 2:45 PM
in some states, if you provide a license, the ticket can count as a point against your driving record and affect your insurance rates.

In CA you only have to produce photo i.d. when stopped by officer unless you are operating a motor vehicle, in which case you must produce your license. I have a library card and a credit card, both of which have my picture, that I carry when I ride for just this reason. And I, like many of you, would be thrilled to get a speeding cite on a bike.
the old library card, heh....naff geezer
Jan 25, 2002 3:51 PM
thanks for the tip.

no cop is gonna bug out on a book worm! nice way to play down suspicion, and prevent them from inspecting the contents of your water bottles when crossing the border.

invaluable! and you dont need a forged version either as most librarians are easily charmed and persuaded.

cunning stunt. :-)
Justification for Carbon Fiber, No Radar Reflection! (nm)Chen2
Jan 25, 2002 4:02 PM
No Radar Reflection!guido
Jan 25, 2002 6:29 PM
"Stealth Bike."
Justification for Carbon Fiber, No Radar Reflection! (nm)firstrax
Jan 27, 2002 12:34 PM
Its the body that reflects the strongest signal. And carbon will reflect, just not as much as steel.
No, but I once got stopped for running a stop sign afterStraightblock
Jan 25, 2002 4:19 PM
making a brief track stand. I'm pretty law abiding when riding and I really had stopped, at least as much as any motorist ever does. The officer had been coming the opposite way & didn't see me put a foot down, so he assumed I had run it. He got out of his car with his ticket book in hand, so I had to do a track stand demonstration to convince him that I could remain at a dead stop for an extended time without stepping down.
Told cops to fvck offMike B
Jan 25, 2002 6:13 PM
I was riding in the rain and moved slightly into the road to avoid a very deep puddle that I knew was concealing potholes. The puddle was right at a junction. Just as I moved off line a car beeped its horn (it was an agressive long beeeeeeeeeeeeeep) instictively I shouted "fvck off!" As I turned round to give the required dirty look I noticed it was a police car. They stopped me and gave a lecture about how they had saved my life by not running me over and I had the gall to call them names. One of them threw my bike into the hedge and the other looked as if he could explode. Luckily they had to rush somewhere else and I didn't get roughed up. 'em when ya need 'em...hate 'em when ya don't. [nmAhimsa
Jan 25, 2002 6:17 PM
I got mine...Ahimsa
Jan 25, 2002 6:20 PM
...riding on a twisty gravel mountain road doing 50 mph.


Anyone remember that poster awhile back?

Heh heh heh!

51 in a 40 back in 1990Elefantino
Jan 25, 2002 8:39 PM
Was heading downhill on the highway (12) that leads from Sebastopol to Bodega, Calif. Long downhill stretch. My Avocet read 51. CHP pulled me over. He was a cyclist and told me nicely that I had exceeded the speed limit. Didn't give me a ticket, though. We just talked bikes.

Now I wish I had that ticket to frame, too.
Radar faultsjhfox
Jan 26, 2002 3:54 AM
I was approaching one of those trailer-mounted radar devices that post your speed in big lights as you approach. I flicked the front wheel to get around something and I noticed that the indicated speed doubled!

Went back and tried it several times and most (but all of the time) I was able to repeat the speed doubling.

My theory is that the device was getting a radar return from the spokes which are going (in reference to the device) twice as fast as the bike at the uppermost part of the wheel. Curious, no?

Radar faultsfirstrax
Jan 27, 2002 12:48 PM
Its more likely that the radar picked up your foot on the foreward part of the stroke. Spokes are too small and theres just as many of them going back. "flicking" the wheel shadowed the rearward moving foot, thus making the foreward moving foot the fastest object of reasonable size.
I will bet the trailer you ran across was from Applied Concepts (Stalker). There radar does not filter out unrealistic readings before displaying them.
As a cop myself ...JC
Jan 26, 2002 7:45 AM
I can't see writing someone a ticket for 33 mph in a 25 mph zone. Especially someone on a bike. Musta been a slow day.

I wonder how the officer got a radar reading on the bike to begin with. It's difficult enough to get a radar reading off of a motorcycle, let alone a bike.

If it were me and I wanted to get out of the ticket, I'd take it to court and argue that a bike gives off such a small radar signature that the speed reading must have been from other traffic (this defense hinges on the fact there were other cars/vehicles on the road).

The only time I've been able to get a radar lock on a bike is when there is no other traffic. Otherwise, the radar reads the more powerful radar return signature from whatever other car is on the road and not the bike.

As a cop myself ...firstrax
Jan 27, 2002 12:38 PM
The Decatur electronics hand held models pick up bikes easily.
in trouble for getting airTSlothrop
Jan 26, 2002 9:32 AM
thoroughly enjoyed the above postings. Several years ago when I rode MTB's, I had a route back from school that I knew so well I'd habitually pull jumps off every available curb, speed bump and raised drain cover. One day I was pulled over midway home by the police who had apparantly been following me for several minutes and weren't too impressed. Didn't get a ticket, but they did tell the school, which caused a lot of trouble with the head who didn't understand that pulling tricks was a more constructive outlet of teenage angst than drugs & booze.
Park Rangers use radar for MTBs all the timelaffeaux
Jan 26, 2002 1:36 PM
It's very common to see rangers running radar in parks in my area (SF Bay). They look for mountian bikers exceeding the 15mph sposted speed limits on trails. Check out: