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  1. fenerli

    Cycling on roads

    You missed the point: only a small part of rego goes towards road funding, and even then, it is only for major roads. Rego pays for administrative duties, insurance etc.
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    Cycling on roads

    1. You'd notice if you were on the bike. Riding on certain "slabs of concrete" puts pedestrians in needless danger. 2. "Swerve" means an erratic turning manoeuvre to me. 3. LOL! You are off your tree! a) The percentage of road funding that comes from car registration is very low, and goes to the state to fund major roads mostly. Funnily enough, these are the roads that cyclists rarely use or have adequate bike lanes or at least shoulders. b) The maintenance for most of the roads I ride on and most on road cycling done by all cyclists is managed by councils and the money comes from property rates, what I pay as well! c) Even if the above two did not apply or are wrong, that is still a stupid claim, what is so important about your life that these seconds here and there (where you have to wait before overtaking) affect you so much? About the dolphins, I was just messing around and was referring to cars in general, I couldn't care less even if your car did run on biofuels. But incidentally it doesn't, pollution from diesel engines is still significant. Addendum: I should be the one pissed off! How dare I have to pay for construction of and maintenance on roads by means of property rates and whatever other taxes that fund state and federal projects. You should be lucky that it the system is not based on "user pays" as you seem to be hinting it is, otherwise you'd be paying a lot more!
  3. fenerli

    Cycling on roads

    No you didn't, you were referring to footpaths, not bike lanes nor bike paths. I didn't stretch anything, you said something very close to "the number of times I've had to swerve to avoid hitting a cyclist". What's wrong with option 1, although I'd describe it as "momentarily slow down until safe to overtake in my air intoxicating machine that kills dolphins" :P Don't know, but the vast majority of riding I see is in single file, I think the more "elite" riders ride two abreast when training?
  4. fenerli

    Cycling on roads

    Very few do from what I've seen, why would they? This thread is about instances where there is no bike path or bike lane, i.e. where there is only a shoulder or not even a shoulder. Lane splitting: I do this often, it helps traffic flow, and I don't have to put up with filthy exhaust fumes from your pollution generators. What's the problem with this? I've never hit a mirror or other part of a car if that's what you are worried about. Using pedestrian crossings: Grey area, I do this sometimes, riding very slowly or walking the bike. It usually works out better for everyone though when I do, as I'm out of the way for other drivers, and I save time. Maybe I'm thinking of different scenarios? Cutting off traffic to make left lanes: Not sure what you mean, but sounds ridiculous and I don't recall seeing this happen. Don't get this, it's either that busy that the cyclist will be keeping up with traffic, or not busy enough that there will be opportunity to safely overtake. Of course cyclists should and they usually do use bike paths if provided. Where do you see this? That would be pointless in most if not all cases. Same vice versa, I see a ridiculous amount of motoring infringements: mobile phone usage, and recently a lot of texting, dangerous merging, running reds, illegal turns and u-turns etc. Not to mention the number of people drink driving, driving with very little sleep etc. Police do a few blitzes on popular bike paths, maybe it should be more widespread but it does happen. I think the issue is that when someone hears about a drink driver crashing, their thought process is: "I am a driver too but would never be that person" and realise that only the minority of drivers are "bloody idiots". Well, the same applies to cyclists, there are reckless bike riders who do not follow the law, some with no regard for anyone's safety such as those riding with no lights at night, but they are in the minority.
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    Cycling on roads

    *** REMINDERS: READ BEFORE POSTING *** - motorists hardly pay for roads, they pay for administration for licensing and insurance - council rates and taxes pay for roads - if it was a fully "user pays" system, motorists would be paying much more - in most places, it is illegal to ride on the footpath - if you are just going to pick one little point from an argument and then attack a straw man, please don't post, it's already made me give up posting in this thread, so this is for the benefit of others *** THANK YOU *** Continued from the hijack in another thread :) About giving them a wide berth, good on you, but the reason I was saying you shouldn't be on the road is that you were talking about having to swerve multiple times to avoid collisions putting you and others in greater risk. Don't worry about draft though, we are used to it, in fact the draft from a car and even a truck is nothing compared to strong gusts of wind, at least draft is predictable. If there is a above normal chance of a cyclist getting run over by the car behind you, that indicates a problem with your driving, possibly beginning to overtake when you are too close to the bicycle.
  6. Note that 802.11n is final now. The devices to avoid are those that advertise speeds less than 300mbps or are marked pre-n or whatever else they were called.
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    WOOOO! Got my tax refund!

    You are entitled to your opinion but I believe the majority disagrees, as does the law. I've racked up tens of thousands of kilometres on the bike on shoulders of roads or claiming a lane, sometimes even sharing the lane. The only times it is dangerous is when a motorist is incompetent and/or too impatient, and they try to overtake with little safety margin. No, it is because vehicles are usually predictable on a road. On a footpath, pedestrians stop suddenly, make sudden changes in direction, come out of blind spots, kids run out from between obscured locations etc. You were originally referring to shoulders so that's where the discussion went. You are now referring to cyclists on the road proper, which by law, they are entitled to claim a lane. A motorist is expected to follow a cyclist until safe to overtake. If that "someone" is me, please clarify what you are talking about. My point... you would hit a cyclist, injure them, damage their bike, and you and your car would barely get a scratch on it. I'd like to think I'm not one and that we can argue amicably (my first reply was somewhat in jest as I didn't know if you were being serious :p). Back to the issue, I definitely do not assume perfect conditions, and as one who has rode many times in permutations of dense fog, countless variations of traffic conditions, night, rain, being around bad drivers, around raging and abusive drivers etc, I endeavour to see issues from all angles. Seen the footage on youtube, and yes, this is a sad sight, made worse by the fact that the guy on a bike was in a bus lane IIRC. But there are incidents where motorists get away with such behaviour as well. - Many cyclists (don't have numbers, sorry) pay rego on a separate motor vehicle- Less indirect costs to society by improving their health and reducing environmental impact It's also what they don't negatively contribute: - parking spaces - congestion - emissions - wear and tear on roads - etc.
  8. Heard it mentioned on OCAU
  9. fenerli

    WOOOO! Got my tax refund!

    Nice build, still awaiting my tax refund unfortunately :( 1. footpaths are not built for cyclists, in fact it is against the law to ride on footpaths unless they are specifically designated. I don't like cycling on roads with no shoulder or bike lane but sometimes it is the most viable option 2. if the multiple swerving claim is true, please do not ever drive a motor vehicle again. Yes, there are some right cunts (I refuse to call them cyclists) on bikes that don't deserve a place on the road, but most, and especially those with enough confidence and/or experience to share lanes with cars and trucks cycle predictably and there should never be a need to swerve away from one -- doing so endangers yourself, the cyclist and other traffic. Seems your only concerned for yourself if this is an indication of your other driving habits, so congrats on having a bullbar to ensure only others get fucked up /rant lol
  10. fenerli

    HTC Desire v iPhone 4

    My initial hesitation was the plastics, I was playing with one today and the build quality is rather decent. Edit: And Optus's website has just crashed :P Must be overloaded with the midnight sales...lol (well the products/purchase side of it has anyway) Yes, the plastic exterior is a good trade off in my opinion. I use a case for my phones anyway, and it ensures a lighter weight.
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    Hi y'all!

    I was close to being one of the many who are not in the IT field, but later moved to IT as a job. As seen above, there are many who have a strong interest in computers but don't work in the field. And g'day!
  12. My preferences lie with CoolerMaster (I have a HAF932) and Lian Li. I too am not a fan of Antec cases, they are also not aesthetically pleasing - I find them dull and boring, except maybe the Antec 1200 with some case mods.
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    Epic Coaster

    Foods: yes My highest now is 465531 Thinking I should really go to sleep now...
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    Epic Coaster

    Friday morning but you're still doing a good job of ruining it, just missed the 200k barrier, will probably end up playing until I get a million now.... *shakes fist*
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    HTC Desire v iPhone 4

    Funny you say that, I am too now, though that is due to Telstra upping the data usage on their plans to something decent (200 -> 500MB for the $49 cap for example). Though I don't like the HTC Desire or iPhone 4. Maybe I'll wait until the Galaxy S is available for Telstra or wait for the next set of phones.
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