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I'm glad that I don't live where you live(13 posts)

I'm glad that I don't live where you liveBikinCO
Sep 17, 2002 10:41 AM
All of this SUV talk is just stupid. I DO NOT see the same thing on the road as most of you. I ride everyday along a fairly busy highway (hwy 6 in Eagle County Colorado) and I just don't see people with blood in their eyes wanting to do bodily harm to me. There are a ton of SUV's up here and I just don't understand your arguments. Before you start saying that Colorado is biker friendly I grew up and rode my bikes in Tennessee and Alabama. In the 20 or so years that I have been riding I can only think of 4 times that some jackass did something stupid. 1 time in a truck, 2 cars and the 3rd time was a couple of high school kids STANDING on the side of the road. So get off of your soap box people. There a a lot of things to bitch about, but the SUV and the SUV driver is not one of them. In fact the only thing that scares me on the road is seeing Texas tags.
The Yeti scares the hell out of me. (nm)onespeed
Sep 17, 2002 10:45 AM
"In fact the only thing that scares me on the road is seeingbill
Sep 17, 2002 10:47 AM
Texas tags."
Now, that is funny.
re: I'm glad that I don't live where you liveLEW
Sep 17, 2002 11:05 AM
BikinCO,

Very well said, I wanted to respond to the SUV rant but the emotion got in the way. People are people and you have just as many idiots driving 45mpg imports as you do 10mpg SUV's and just as many good drivers doing the same.

I would love to ride in your area of Colorado. Think I will pack the Suburban, fill the 42 gallon tank and pay you a visit. Don't be scared.

Lew from TEXAS
I also live in Colorado,RickC5
Sep 17, 2002 11:10 AM
and totally concur with your statement(s). Since at least 50% of the vehicles on Colorado roads are SUVs or pickups, we would have to be suffering from some sort of delusional paranoia to believe that the drivers of all those vehicles were "out to get us". Just isn't the case.

My wife and I rode the Elephant Rock ride in early June of this year. At LEAST 50% of the vehicles in the parking lot were SUVs or pickups, maybe 60-70%. There were 7000 riders doing those rides, so 3500+ cyclists can't all be wrong, can they?

Oh yeah, Texas (and other flatlander) plates are MUCH more scarier to me than an SUV or pickup.
the coolest thing about living in CO:lonefrontranger
Sep 17, 2002 12:32 PM
Local drivers aren't afraid to stop and/or give a lift to a cyclist in need. I had one day in St. Vrain canyon when everything just conspired to suck, including my legs. An extended thumb and 3 minutes later I had a ride up to the next town where I could make a call to the SO (no cell phone coverage in the canyons). My boyfriend has been picked up equally quickly and the drivers were friendly outdoor family types both times.

I have picked up / offered assistance to several bummed-out roadies myself. The karma is definitely better here than in Northern Ky is all I gotta say. I would never have even considered hitching a lift when I rode in OH/KY.
had a similar thing happen in LyonsColnagoFE
Sep 17, 2002 1:48 PM
I was hoofing it to the gas station to call my wife after flatting on US36 around the turnoff and not having a a pump or spare tube (forgot my seatbag with all the stuff in it!) and some guy (who turned out to be a cyclist) pulled up in a pickup and offered me a ride to his house where he gave me a new tube and a pump to fix my flat. Got me back to Boulder anyway. I wasn't even trying to get a ride and got this kind of help.
.....oh I dunno, Trustafarians? -nmgrzy
Sep 17, 2002 3:33 PM
re: I'm glad that I don't live where you liveMudman
Sep 17, 2002 1:15 PM
I live in HSV AL and had more issues riding in Pensacola FL than here.

I drive a Expedition and use the hell out of it. My other passion is woodworking. I drive to saw mills in TN for raw lumber and build furniture for friends and family. I even load it up with tools to help out "less fortunate" people with home improvemnts in the area.

When not in work mode it holds my MTB and road bikes and all the gear. Works great! I even have a spot of a extra rider if need be. Picked up a rider earlier this year that broke his chain 20 miles from no where. Gave him a lift home.

So not all SUV owners are bad and looking to run you over.
I lived on Monte SanoBikinCO
Sep 17, 2002 2:21 PM
for three years before moving to Colorado. The riding in Huntsville is some of my favorite then head to Taco Mac or Wings for some post ride nurishment.
I lived on Pratt AveMudman
Sep 18, 2002 5:01 AM
1203 Pratt Avenue. A couple streets before the light to start up the mountain......OK big hill. I have relocated to Madison and really miss the 5 points area.

How do you like CO? The wife and I are thinking about moving out of the South. OR and CO are out two picks so far.
We love it hereBikinCO
Sep 18, 2002 8:29 AM
We have lived here for 5 years. The first couple of years were spent in Keystone (9,300 ft) and it was cold and the winters were REALLY long. We now live in Eagle, CO (6,700 ft) and the weather is more to our liking. I can ride year round. Eagle is about 20-30 minutes west of Vail. So we get the mountain life without the tourist hassle.
Well, I'm glad for you and wish it were contagious.Leisure
Sep 18, 2002 2:27 AM
I remember going to Denver for a med-school interview and being very impressed with how polite the drivers were there. Much different from Utah where I live. In fact, most of the rest of the States...no, the world...that I've seen has better drivers on average than Utah. Even Bangkok Thailand. That kind of brings up a whole side discussion I'm afraid to get into. Eh, if it means anything things seem to have improved over the last few years. That or I'm getting desensitized. But it won't keep me from poking fun at them, heh heh.