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Things I do not understand

People who walk in the road - next to the sidewalk.  With strollers.

Bicyclists who ride on the wrong side of the road.

The guy on the recumbant bicycle.  Dude scares the crap out of me every time I have to drive past him.

Old, retired people driving really SLOW during the morning rush hour.

Almost every road that I use in my commute being under construction at some point on its route, all at once.

People who run stop signs and burn rubber to get in front of you... then drive 10mph slower than you were going.

People who pull way to the right in the lane - to turn left.

Can you tell it was a fun drive in this morning?

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golden_meliades
Jul. 21st, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
I don't understand the very existence of recumbent bikes. They by their nature take away a lot of the effectiveness of your legs, and what the heck is the point of LAYING DOWN to do exercise? I cannot imagine that those things are fast, effective, or even very comfortable. (I'd feel like a moron in one.)
kls_eloise
Jul. 21st, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
I don't know what the theory is, I just know that I hate sharing the road with it. It just looks inherently uncontrolled and unstable, and I'm *convinced* that I'm going to knock him over and kill him. Or something. One of these days I'm going to have a head on accident because I pull so wide going around him.

And yeah - he looks pretty silly.
bigbrotherinlaw
Jul. 21st, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
recumbent bikes are much more comfortable
much larger area to spread your weight over on the seat. (much larger seat than my old ten-speed's saddle). Speed is not their strong suit as far as I can tell though. every recumbent I've seen on the road required a slow vehicle flag.
golden_meliades
Jul. 21st, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: recumbent bikes are much more comfortable
That's kind of what I thought (the position simply isn't effective for speed. Wind reduction, sure, but no power. They'd be fun for going down hills, but imo that's the only benefit, since I don't find standard bikes uncomfortable if they're properly adjusted for the rider.) I ride a road bike, which is considerably less comfortable than a hybrid or a comfort bike, though a bit more comfortable than a racing bike, and I still find it plenty comfortable and speed (and sheer exercise) is important to me. I like to fly along at 20MPH whenever possible.
galingale
Jul. 23rd, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
Theory of recumbent bikes
According to male friends of mine, we don't understand the lure of recumbent bikes because we don't have prostates...
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kamau_d_lyon
Jul. 21st, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
Sounds like one of those days when you really wish there were Darwin police to enforce Darwin's Law.
kls_eloise
Jul. 21st, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. Yes indeed. You... in the shallow end... outta the pool!
isabeau_lark
Jul. 22nd, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
"...and turn in your oppose-able thumbs at the gate!"

Yeah, I've had those days.
lillyflowers
Jul. 22nd, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
Ah more "fun" than any human should be allowed to have? ;)
curlupanddie
Jul. 23rd, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
I've added you as a friend, because you don't speak Russian/don't write fan fic/don't discuss the trials of being a transgender/aren't a cryptic weirdo. Feel free to tell me to pound sand at any time.
kls_eloise
Jul. 24th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
Hi - glad you introduced yourself, otherwise one does tend to wonder.

Don't know if I'm interesting at all, but I'm definitely none of those other things. Guess that's worth something.
anarra
Jul. 24th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
Aren't a cryptic weirdo? You really *don't* know her very well, do you?

(oh, please don't unfriend me, please, please, please. I gave you a 2 liter bottle of Pepsi, remember that!)

;)
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anarra
Jul. 24th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
"People who pull way to the right in the lane - to turn left."

OK, guilty. But only when driving the big white sherman tank.
kls_eloise
Jul. 24th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
People driving oversize vehicles get a pass on that one - you kind of have to. I'm talking about people in Camrys...
galingale
Jul. 26th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
After this morning's drive in allow me have to add another --
People who turn left from the right lane with their right blinker on.

Although technically I do get it... she's lost and frantic and not thinking clearly enough to turn right and do a safe Uturn. But I sure didn't like being behind her at Coffee-thirty in the morning and it seemed related enough to mention.
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