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Offline Blou Zebu

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Things I learned from biking
« on: July 02, 2020, 11:18:03 am »
Pay attention! If you're riding and thinking of something else an accident is on its way.
Also
Don't react instinctively. Evaluate and re-evaulate the situation. Often we instinctively want to break, yank to the opposite direction or.... Where that would be the worst thing you could do. Look. Look again, think and then do
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2020, 12:18:02 pm »
Pay attention! If you're riding and thinking of something else an accident is on its way.
Also
Don't react instinctively. Evaluate and re-evaulate the situation. Often we instinctively want to break, yank to the opposite direction or.... Where that would be the worst thing you could do. Look. Look again, think and then do

Same applies in a car.
yank on a car and you will roll.


What I learned is to be a lot more observant. Looking ahead and being aware where a car or pedestrian may pop out at any time. also looking for slippery stuff on roads, spilled water or sand on the tar for example
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2020, 12:24:19 pm »
Don't ride angry. Either calm down first or take the car. That being said, if you're on a bike and you're still angry 2min later, you're riding wrong. :)
 
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2020, 01:27:15 pm »
Riding a bike was like walking for me . I did not think about it,did not plan every step.
Learned to walk as a baby went through the same process with my small bikes as a youngster.
Yes like walking all my reactions are instinctively. I do not have to think about the road condition etc
My ass is connected to my rear wheel, I can hear and feel what my front end and bike is doing without thinking and planning about
it ever.  But first you must learn to crawl,then walk and then run.  :sip:
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2020, 01:38:13 pm »
Most important thing I learned from biking is that you don't HAVE to sit and build up frustration in a cage in traffic. You can be free! Now I don't have a car anymore.
 

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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2020, 02:08:22 pm »
Most important thing I learned from biking is that you don't HAVE to sit and build up frustration in a cage in traffic. You can be free! Now I don't have a car anymore.

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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2020, 02:22:10 pm »
When riding in traffic I work from the assumption that all the cage drivers are 70% blind in both eyes, drunk and will not obey any road signs/lights. Think for everyone! 

I am not scared of spietcops, but I am the first one to admit that alcohol reduces my driving ability. Never "drink and drive" with motorcycle. Not even one beer when doing tar roads. When doing gravel I will take one Windhoek light (2%) at the "padstal". 
 
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2020, 02:25:12 pm »
I learnt that my mother was right and that if I didn't change my ways, I was going to die.


I learnt that lesson after a solid weekend of Hillbrow pub crawling with the mates in the early 80's,  Friday night, sorry, very early saturday morning I crashed all by myself on my way home, a highside (that's a whole story on its own) , eventually got home, passed out, in the afternoon, woke up, ate, went back to hillbrow with multiple aches and pains as a result on the highside on friday but everything seemed to work ok, but now had to push start the bike as the kickstarter got damaged in the prang, sunday was a repeat of friday & saturday, just without the crash so pretty much blotto.

Woke up Monday to go to work and my left leg from the knee down to the tips of my toes looked like a chameleon on a smartie box, fat and every colour you can imagine.  The doctor at the hospital was somewhat un-sympathetic, it turned out I had 5 breaks in my left ankle...... 

After that I changed the way I rode and have now, contrary to all expectations in the family, including me, pretty much outlived them all.
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2020, 02:26:32 pm »
Don't ride angry. Either calm down first or take the car. That being said, if you're on a bike and you're still angry 2min later, you're riding wrong. :)

I have had some of my best race results when pissed off
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2020, 02:38:41 pm »
1. don't drink and ride, ever

2. understand your limitations, the bikes capabilities will usually exceed yours.

3. enjoy the ride, the destination is where you get to eat.

4. limit the mileage so you always have time to spare and have a relaxed ride

5. Complacency bites, hard.

6. learn from others mistakes, you will not live long enough to make them all yourself.

7. Situational awareness


8. the bike you want and the bike you should be riding are not necessarily the same one
« Last Edit: July 02, 2020, 02:49:25 pm by DouglasN »
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2020, 02:55:24 pm »
Motorcycling has made me quite an expert at weather forecasting...  :deal:

Also, it has taught me consistently that the only time I don’t feel like riding is when I’m coming down with the flu or some kind of bug.
« Last Edit: July 02, 2020, 02:58:26 pm by Boerbok »
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2020, 03:46:31 pm »
dont forget to put yer feet down when u come to a stop
just wanna have fun , and ride ... and ....... ride
 

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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2020, 04:01:18 pm »
Use front brake with care & attention, especially in emergency situations.
Don't just grab a hand full.

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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2020, 04:02:24 pm »
dont forget to put yer feet down when u come to a stop

Been there done that  and was sober :ricky:
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2020, 04:05:20 pm »
I've learned that ...... trying to wheelie is very difficult and will take a lot of patience and practise (and probably some injuries and damage to the bike along the way)
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2020, 04:34:22 pm »
dont forget to put yer feet down when u come to a stop

Been there done that  and was sober :ricky:

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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2020, 05:12:39 pm »
dont forget to put yer feet down when u come to a stop

Been there done that  and was sober :ricky:

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On a similar note, don't try and put your right foot down at a stop street if your kickstart has somehow got stuck up your jeans....
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2020, 08:12:09 pm »
make sure the loops in the shoelaces are small.

I learned I don't bounce so good these days.

I learned that if you break ribs, they are sensitive years there after

I learned my balance isnt that good and my eyesight has got bad, but that doesn't affect you if you ride faster.

I learned that even us with limited skill can have really great adventure out there.

I learned that there are some great okes who ride bike.

I learned I have more money to spend than what the bank says

And most of all I learned that you laugh the most once you learn to laugh at yourself. Especially once you got a tad brain damaged
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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2020, 08:32:04 pm »
When joining particularly a new group for a ride, mind to not be sucked into the testosterone battle which usually plays out.......occasionally with eina results  :( 
 

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Re: Things I learned from biking
« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2020, 08:42:11 pm »
I learnt how to break legs
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