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Riding aerobars on the MUT?(11 posts)

Riding aerobars on the MUT?MXL02
Sep 11, 2002 4:51 AM
Many of you already know what I think about riding racing bikes at speed on an MUT, but yesterday I witnessed the epitome of ludicrousness...an idiot down on his aerobars pedaling like mad at 6 pm, with strollers, power walkers, joggers, dog walkers, and roller bladers up and down the path. This guy is riding along acting indignant if he has to slow down if people don't immediately jump out of the way. This gives us all a bad name imo.
Just door them when they get out on the road (just kidding!) -nmTig
Sep 11, 2002 4:57 AM
Do you ever say anything to people you think are dangerous?MB1
Sep 11, 2002 5:39 AM
Perhaps just a few polite words about safety and caution?

How about joining a trail users/"friends of" group?
It doesn't work.bnlkid
Sep 11, 2002 5:51 AM
I was called a ding dong for pointing out to two women that they were ridng on the wrong path. The Cedar Lake trail in Minneapolis has designated lanes for riding west, riding east and walking. They are separated by about 2 feet of grass. I spotted the woman about 100 yards ahead riding two abreast coming at me. I pointed for them to get over to the other lane, but they refused. I slowed way down as they were riding unpredictably and said to them as they passed that they were riding in the wrong lane. Their answer was "The other lane is closed Ding Dong!" What? If a lane of traffic is closed, do you drive your car in the wrong direction. Just to clarify, the lane wasn't actually closed, there was simply a road closed sign that can be easily ridden around. Not to mention that it is easy enough to ride over the grass once you are past the sign. I couldn't believe the reaction I received.

I have resigned myself to the fact that people just don't have common sense and trying to educate them is futile.
Have I seen youfiltersweep
Sep 11, 2002 12:21 PM
I've been known to take that ride...

I was cussed out by a woman with an unleashed DOG on the Cedar Lake... I slammed on my brakes, took a look at her dog and simply said "might wanna use a leash" in as non-threatening voice I could muster. I won't repeat what she said to me... for those that rip on MUTs- these are commuter trails that bare a resemblence of an MUT- but they are 6-8 ft wide with traffic in only ONE direction- with three separate paved paths. They have light traffic compared to an MUT-
Cedar Lake Trail IllustratedScot_Gore
Sep 11, 2002 1:06 PM
Lane the bikers are on is East bound bike only lane
Lane over their shoulder is West bound bike only lane
Lane to left of picture is dedicated two way foot traffic
Nice picfiltersweep
Sep 11, 2002 1:52 PM
I swear I saw aliensporebomb two days ago on his yellow Giant... are you in the pic Scott_Gore? Haven't seen the gs-guy in awhile- must be on vacation?
Nope, I'm the photographer.Scot_Gore
Sep 11, 2002 4:59 PM
I'm not a regular Cedar Lake rider so I can't recognize the the "usual suspects". The regulars on my end of town (Bloomington) I think are mostly Quality Bike employees coming and going to work. ASBomb lives down here too, so I've had my eye out for the yellow Giant as well.

Scot
Picture illustrates the point well!bnlkid
Sep 12, 2002 5:22 AM
Nice photo Scot! Who are the people in the picture?

This photo illustrates well why I would be frustrated and irritated with people that don't pay attention to the markings. While this route is as busy as some, I still have to pass joggers on the bike lanes. I rarely see people walking, so there is no reason for them to not use the pedestrian path.

I haven't seen filtersweeps new Look ride yet, but I am pretty sure I have seen aliensporebomb on the yellow Giant. I haven't run into Scot on the roads, either.
I'm riding the St. Paul Classic SundayScot_Gore
Sep 12, 2002 7:14 AM
You'll find me at sub 15 MPH spending time with the family. I'll be doing it on my mountain bike with 6 year old on trail-a-bike behind me and my wife next to me. We'll be 3 of 6000, look me up :-)

Scot
It's why I call 'em "dork bars" nmharry hall
Sep 11, 2002 10:01 AM