The incident at TVA’s Raccoon Mountain has really got me thinking lately about those who want to disrupt cycling activities of cyclists. I call them cycling trolls because trolls just want to make life miserable and are miserable on their own. If you have a beef with cyclists on the roadway, then maybe you shouldn’t be allowed to drive in the first place. Why is everyone so much in a hurry these days? I can’t tell you how many cycling trolls and ignorant motorists have honked at me when I am being completely legal and they are not.
Its our road too! Fight against the Cycling Trolls and make them understand the law!
Dealing with Cycling Trolls: Ignorant Motorists
One of the main cycling trolls out there is the ignorant motorists. These are the people that have no clue that we cyclists have road rights. They don’t give you three feet, they honk at you like you are doing something wrong and they threaten to have you arrested if you don’t get off the road. The best way to deal with an ignorant person is to ignore them. Just keep on riding and don’t stop if they have stopped to confront you about what they feel you are doing wrong. If they follow you, well that is harassment and maybe even stalking. If they threaten to call law enforcement, let them, then maybe the police can educate them on what they need to know about bicycle law.
Dealing with Cycling Trolls: The Bullies
The teenagers involved in the Raccoon Mountain incident were pure examples of a cycling bully. They were doing what they were doing to disrupt the cyclist. They’re intentions were malicious and they got what they deserved in the end even though the piss poor excuse for law enforcement over there tried to pin it on the assaulted cyclist to begin with. The best way to deal with this is to do exactly what the cyclist did – video tape it and show it to the authorities. If you can, try to save a copy for yourself before giving a copy to the authorities. If the police are not interested in helping you, post it on social media, share it with other cyclists and ask them to share it as well. Spread the word and something will eventually be done about it because public officials do not like bad rep when it comes to social media. If they confiscate the footage and not do anything about it, it then becomes obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence and at that point I would advise you to seek an attorney and bring those involved to justice as they deserve it. But not all law enforcement is like that, so don’t think that all cops are out to get you because a lot of them know the bicycle laws and are there to help you.
Bicycle Self Defense Strategies
When all else fails, some cycling trolls might attempt violence against you. At any time of suspected violence against you, your main choice of response should always be to flee the area and try to get away. If you cannot get away, then you need to do what you have to do to protect yourself from violence and assault. The strategies below are meant to help you have the tools to defend yourself…
- Weapons – Make sure you check with state and local laws and ordinances before ever carrying a weapon on your person while riding. You might consider carrying a can of pepper-spray, a baton or a tazer if it’s authorized by local and state law. Never use a weapon or act as if you are going to use a weapon unless you actually intend to use it and have no other option of escape. I myself am a license CCL holder. I carry a concealed firearm with me on my rides. I hope to never have to use it but I feel safe to know that I have a tool of self-defense if I need one.
- Video – Consider investing in a good video camera that you can mount on your bike. I recently purchased a GoPro HD3 Hero White Edition. It is the most basic H3 GoPro camera they have on their market but it takes excellent video and sound. If you videotape a crime taking place against you, then you have instant evidence to use against the criminal or criminals involved. Try to get used to where you have mounted to camera and always be in the path of it the best you can be. You can also use it to deter criminal actions against you by simply stating to the perp that you are videotaping the entire incident. If your words or verbal judo can mitigate negative activity, by all means, you should use it against any thugs interfering with your rights to ride on the road.
- Bike – If you are not permitted to carry a weapon or a concealed firearm, if all else fails, your bicycle will make a good weapon. Pick it up and charge at the people trying to assault you. If they have a weapon, it might be your best option to charge them with your bike because it’s going to throw them off guard and maybe even make them drop their weapon. Try to gain access to their weapon and then take control of the situation. There will never be a law against you from defending yourself from being assaulting by another person.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer or a member of a law enforcement agency. I am a cyclist who is concerned about the safety and rights of other cyclists. I give my advice as is and for use at your own risk. This advice is not official and your state and local laws and ordinances might contradict with my advice. It is important that you research and know the legality of what you can and cannot do to defend yourself while on your bicycle. If there isn’t a whole lot you can do, I’d suggest moving somewhere else that actually cares about their citizens. Remember, always try to escape if possible but if all else fails, do whatever you have to do to defend yourself.
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Your turn! Have you ever had a potentially violent and/or conflicting confrontation while on your bicycle before? If yes, how did you deal with it and how do you keep yourself from becoming forced into harm’s way while riding your bike?
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It is a fact that most people, even ardent cyclists and trekkers do not pay much attention to footgear while buying them and often settle for what is being offered to them by sellers, which is certainly not the right thing to do, especially when it comes to best fit size, width, keeping the feet always moist and dry, and most of all, comfort and ease of use. While most cyclists have different priorities while choosing and buying the right kind of cycling shoes, it needs to be borne in mind that some tips are necessary to avoid making bad purchases of cycling shoes which the cyclist could live to regret.
Every student should ride in comfort with proper cycling shoes!
- Try to avoid buying cycling shoes on the internet or online: While this may be excellent in terms of convenience and aid prompt buying, the fact remains that shoes need to be fitted and tried before buying, and thus needs to be best purchased from physical brick-and-mortar stores for correct size and feel and ease of cycling movements. Cycling shoes need to be tried out before buying them and this may not be easily facilitated if one opts for online purchase of cycling shoes.
- The kind of cycling one indulges in is also important while choosing cycling shoes: The kind of cycling shoes needed for mountain bike riding is far different from the road riding model or cycling in rough terrain, mountains or smooth ones. The structure, build of shoes and capacity to withstand shocks all differ. So shoes must be bought keeping the activity in mind. Stronger and more robust shoes for rougher use.
- The season when most used is also important: If the cycling is most done in winter months, it is necessary to wear extra thick socks to keep the feet warm and free of frostbite. Thus, an extra large size would become necessary to accommodate thicker pair of socks. Besides the shoes also need to keep feet warm and free of moisture and damp.
- Costs are also a major consideration: While shoe brands are important too, it is also necessary for budget considerations to opt for the best pair within the budget price and students may not really be able to go for most expensive brand on just a shoe string budget.
- Shoe width is also important: Many sports shoe makers produce different standard widths which accommodate the feet of different uses of women, men and child cyclists. Shoe width is indeed important since it affects wearing comfort, ease and convenience.
- Seeking advice from cycling friends or from the internet: A strong, hardy and resident pair of cycling shoes is pre requisite for long and arduous cycling campaigns for sports, pleasure or business needs, but one need to check with friends and fellow cyclists on the best brands, how they are priced and best purpose they serve. Besides, how long they could endure, life span and how well they could be suited to long distance cycling, mountain cycling, high and rough terrain cycling, etc are also important considerations which cannot be ignored.
Conclusion: All the above considerations needs to be kept in mind to ensure that cycling experience is indeed enhanced by robust, reliable and good looking pair of trust worthy cycling shoes which could endure for long without giving way.
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Being a faster cyclist and more aerodynamic is the goal of many cyclists who are getting into racing, triathlons, sprinting and even just general riding. Being a faster cyclist is pretty fun when it comes to general cycling because you get to take a motor-less device and get it to higher speeds. Being a faster cyclist will also help if you’re into pro cycling type activities – winning a race is better than not winning a race, right?
Being a faster cyclist isn’t just for racing, being faster can improve your overall cycling performance and enhance your passion of bicycling!
So what can we do as cyclists to become a faster cyclist? The trick to becoming a faster cyclist will involve many different tactics to make us and our bikes more aerodynamic. Below are some suggestions that you might wish to consider to become a faster cyclist…
The Human Factor of Being a Faster Cyclist
There are factors involving you when wanting to be a faster cyclist. The weight of your body matters – the less the way, the lighter amount of weight you will have to work with. Less weight means less work meaning faster cyclist! You also want to take the way you dress for cycling into consideration! Many of us cyclists are often seen wearing skintight spandex compression apparel. While it may look funny to those who don’t wear it, it also helps a cyclist become a faster cyclist because of many different reasons… Biking apparel doesn’t weight very much making less weight on a bike verses putting on a pair of heavy blue jeans. Biking apparel is tight and therefore doesn’t flap in the wind causing the cyclist to slow down and lastly cycling apparel allows for the cyclist to become more aerodynamic on their bike which helps them be a faster cyclist in the end.
The Bike Factor of Being a Faster Cyclist
Your road bike also plays a part when it comes to being a faster cyclist. If you go to a chain retail store and buy the cheapest road bike you can possibly get, chances are, the bike will weigh quite a bit. As I said above, the more weight you have to work with, the harder being a fast cyclist will become. So if you want a good bike for speed, you may need to spend some money. The lighter the bike is, the more likely it will cost more money. A basic carbon road bike will cost you anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000 or more. It seems like a lot of money but in reality, for a true cyclist, it is well worth it in the end. Better bikes can be upwards in the range of $30,000 or more – so keep that in mind as well!
You also need to take into consideration what you put on your bike when trying to be a faster cyclist. If you drown your bike with different bags, tools and so on – it will just add extra weight to the bike. When I am focusing on speed, I tend to have one bag on my bike that is it. Inside the bag are a spare tube and a multi-tool for making quick fixes when out on the road. If I take my cell phone, energy gels or things like that – I usually put them in my middle jersey pocket to counter balance the weight on my body. I usually also take a portable air pump with me as well which will come in handy if you need to fix a flat or air up a new tube and all.
So try to consider both the human factors and the bike factors when trying to be the faster cyclist you hope to be. Thank you for reading this article about becoming a faster cyclist. I really hope it has helped you our today! Please support me for writing it by sharing this article with your friends and also on your favorite social networking sites as well. I also encourage you to follow this blog on Twitter for more tips on being a faster cyclist and general cycling topics.
Your turn to type! What other tips would you give to a cyclist who wishes to become a faster cyclist?
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Motivating cyclists may not be as big of a challenge as it may seem to be. Anyone can get into cycling with enough motivation. Just take a look at all of the multiple-amputee folks out there racing across the world to prove a point – motivating cyclists can happen to anyone with enough motivation reinforcement integrated within.
If we all set out motivating cyclists, the world would travel by bicycle!
So how would you go about motivating cyclists in terms of your friends and your family? That is what we will be taking a look at in today’s article.
Motivating Cyclists Requires You to Be Motivated
Motivating cyclists will only be possible when motivation is present in the first place. Maybe your friends and family members are not motivated to ride their bicycles but you are and therefore you can affect them with your motivation. Motivating cyclists without having motivation yourself isn’t probably going to give you the result that you would like to see. If you want to become a motivational speaking, then you yourself have to be motivated to do it. And when motivating cyclists, you are indeed a motivational speaker.
Real-Word Examples are Motivating Cyclists
When motivating cyclists, you can use real-world examples and to help them become motivated to bicycle. One example is the fact that you can usually burn at least double the amount of fat calories when riding a bicycle verses walking. Now that is just a statistical example, not a real-world example. To give them a real-world example, you need to show them that you can lose weight by riding a bicycle. You or someone else needs to lose pounds and allow them to see the transformation right before their eyes. Other real-world examples can be used as well such as working out the joints and muscles to cure stiff joints and back problems, staying in general good shape, competing against others, saving money and so on. Just make sure you are motivating cyclists by showing them something up close and personal.
Motivating Cyclists through Public Awareness
Another factor in motivating cyclists is the fact that the surrounding environment often plays a role in overall motivation to get into cycling. If the area your friends and family live in isn’t that cycling friendly, then getting into cycling might be a bit discouraging. So motivate yourself to get into motivating cyclists all over the local community. Raise awareness, get cycling paths and trails created and make the local community a safe place for those who love riding bicycles. If your friends and family members are exposed to more cyclists and every day cycling sights – they too have a better chance of being motivated to get into cycling.
Thanks for reading my article on motivating cyclists. I hope that this article helps you motivate your friends and family to get into bicycling. The more cyclists, the better health our world will be in, right? Please help support me for writing this article by sharing it with your friends, family and through social media. More readers = Motivation for me to write more of these article. I also encourage you to follow this blog on Twitter for more cycling tips.
Your turn to type! How are you motivating cyclists? Are your friends and family falling in love with cycling as much as you have?
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This is my story, what is yours?
I originally bought a mountain bike for occasional once a month fitness after not riding a bicycle for about 10 years. My mother had got into fitness riding a few years back and told me about a big bicycle trail system in our area. So I and she went to ride a 20 mile section of the trail that features a long dark tunnel you get to ride through. I rode 20 miles the first time I got back on a bicycle. My bottom hurt for two weeks (even though I wore padded bike shorts) and I had to stop and rest many times during the ride.
After that ride, I fell in love with cycling. It wasn’t too long after that until I got my road bike and shortly after that, a new 29er mountain bike. Now I go road biking and mountain biking every chance I get. I went from a once in a while fitness rider to a full blown member of the cyclist lifestyle and community. Cycling has turned into a big passion for me which is why I blog about it, too!
Since I became a cyclist, I have lost nearly 100 pounds of fat and I am stronger than I have ever been before!
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That’s my story! Now I want to hear from you! What is your story? How and why did you become a cyclist? Share your stories with the rest of us on this article.
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Night time bicycling is encouraged to serious cyclists because it helps establish a need for safer cycling activities on a roadway in a community. The more that night time bicycling occurs, the more people within your community will recognize that cyclists are present and night time bicycling is an activity within their community.
But night time bicycling can be quite dangerous if not done in a correct manner. Night time bicycling shouldn’t have to be dangerous at all in a cyclist’s perfect world – however this is not perfect world especially for cyclists. But there are ways you can make your night time bicycling trips a lot safer and still enjoy the aspects of night time bicycling and riding of all hours of the day and night.
Night time bicycling should be a fun experience not a dangerous one!
Be careful when bicycling a night and do so by following the Safety Guide and tips below…
Night Time Bicycling Safety Guide
Make yourself visible – The most important aspect of night time bicycling safety is that others, especially drivers, see you cycling on the road. You need to make yourself as visible as you possibly can when night time bicycling with actual motor vehicles. You can do this by following the tips below:
- LIGHTS – Install lights on your bicycle. The cheap lights that you can get from most ordinary retailers such as Wal-Mart are legal for the road but they may not be bright enough for your night time bicycling activities. I would recommend spending the most on lighting for your bicycle and through an actual local bike shop or internet-based bike retailer store. The goal here is to get lights where others can see you miles away before even getting to you. That will give drivers plenty of time to slow down and avoid running you over when night time bicycling.
- APPAREL – Wear apparel made in a way that it reflects off of lighting. When night time bicycling, don’t ever think that your power light system is enough. You should also be wearing reflective clothing that makes you completely visible when light hits you. You could purchase a reflective work vest and wear it. There are also options for cycling shorts, pants, jerseys and jackets with reflective logos and details in them – get and wear apparel like that so people will see you on the road when night time bicycling.
Choose safe route – When you are night time bicycling, you should be doing so on a safe riding route. You might want to drive (in a car) the route you wish to ride on during the night to get an idea of what the traffic is like, if there is a lot of room for riding and so on. This will allow you to plan accordingly for your night time bicycling events. You should also follow these tips on choosing a safe riding route:
- RIGHT – Remember to always stay to the right when night time bicycling as you would when day time bicycling. The right hand side is the universal riding area for most cyclists in most regions and communities. If traffic is slow, then be slow with it because trying to pass people in a vehicle that isn’t as easy to see in the rearview mirror as a car could turn into a death wish. You have a right to be on the road as much as anyone else but you also have the right to use caution when on the road and survive each ride.
- LANES – If you can find a night time bicycling route when bike lanes, paths and trails – then use that route! Bicycle-specific lanes and routes were made to make your riding activities safer. Sure, being on the road with motor vehicles is a rush and is your right but bicycle lanes and paths will give you even more extra protection especially during the night. You might also note that a community may require you to ride on bicycle-specific routes by law and failing to do so could mean getting a citation. Check with your local bicycling ordinances before riding your bike on the road.
Keep your cool – When you are night time bicycling, every driver on the road isn’t going to understand your rights to be on the road as much as they can be on the road. Some vehicle drivers will likely be frustrated that you are on the roadway. Some of these people are uneducated about the rights of a cyclist. They might even scream at you and do other things as well. You should always remain calm and follow these tips, too:
- RAGE – Road rage is quite possible when night time bicycling around people who are frustrated about it. When someone gets road rage, they often drive aggressively and illegally and place everyone around them (including their selves) in immediate danger. As a cyclist, you are much smaller than them and more vulnerable to serious injuries or even death if they were to hit you with their vehicle. The best way to deal with someone who has road rage is to back off and get away from them. Once you are away from them, they will likely calm down and return to a normal non-aggressive state of mind. Always know your laws on personal protection! For example, if you live in a bad neighborhood and you have the right to carry a concealed weapon – that concealed weapon could one day save your life.
- VIDEO – Many road cyclists these days are starting to record their entire ride, especially night time bicycling rides. Go Pro is a common camera that many cyclists are going with when wanting to record their bicycling activities. I advocate videoing your bike rides for two reasons: One, it makes for a great blog or viewing for those who love cycling just as much as you do. Two, if you catch a driver being stupid and committing a crime, you can use the video to get them prosecuted for doing so. Many people will also likely back off from being aggressive towards you if they realize that you are video recording them.
Thanks for reading my article about night time bicycling. I hope you have enjoyed reading it and I hope it helps to make your night time bicycling activities a lot safer as well. If you have enjoyed reading these tips and guidelines, please show your support to me for writing them. You can do this by sharing this article with other cyclists that you know as well as posting a link to it on your favorite social media outlets. Please follow this blog on Twitter for more tips about night time bicycling and beyond!
Your turn to speak! Do you ride your bicycle at night at all? What other tips would you add to this list in terms of night time bicycling?
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First of all, Happy New Year from Cyclist Ville!
Happy New Year from Cyclist Ville!
It has been a great 2013 for cycling, you know why? Because Cyclist Ville was created! That’s why! But as Cyclist Ville goes into its second year of being online, it’s always a good idea to set New Year’s resolutions for the blog!
So what are Cyclist Ville’s New Year’s Resolutions? They are…
1. Write more Cycling Articles
Cyclist Ville was pretty active there for a few months. I was posting or at least trying to post on a daily basis. But then I kind of slacked off a bit as the temperatures got colder – just as I have slacked off from cycling. I know, I know, that isn’t very cyclist of me but I just can’t stand the cold… But one resolution for this New Year is that I will write more on this blog. I’d like to post a new article each and every day Monday through Friday with Saturday and Sunday being the blog’s rest days (hahaha). So look for more articles about cycling to be posted soon!
2. Get more Guest Bloggers
Cyclist Ville isn’t just a me blog! I welcome other writers who want to post articles about cycling on this blog. We have had a couple of people who found us and wrote for us and they shared some pretty cool guest blog articles at that. However, it seems that a lot of people just doesn’t about our blog and therefore doesn’t know they can write for us. So I plan to market and promote the blog more, get into the blog writing community and find us some more guest bloggers. If you’re reading this and interested in guest blogging for us, check out our write for us page. Writing for us is free and you can even share a couple of links if you want to.
3. Get a Co-Blogger or Two
Like I said above, this isn’t a me blog or a blog that only I can write on. I welcome assistance from others who want to help. So while promoting the blog to find guest bloggers, I will also be looking for one to two cycling bloggers who are interested in staying on the blog as co-bloggers. A co-blogger will be a regular blogger on this blog meaning you can expect more than one cycling article from them. I would like to find co-bloggers who are interested in posting at least one article on this blog each week but the more articles they post, the better!
4. Get a New Look
I have been beta testing a new ‘theme framework’ for the blogging software we use here (WordPress). I really like it so far because I can use it on all my blogs but change colors and such to keep each one unique from the other. I plan to install and activate it on this blog really soon. It will have a more modern feel to it, be mobile-ready and include all sort of cool unique features. I hope to have this new look and feel up soon.
5. Stolen Bikes Directory
As you may know, I am working on a feature for this blog to enable you to report your bicycle as stolen on this blog. Once you report it as stolen, it will publish to the ‘stolen bikes’ page, Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word out about your bike being taken. My hopes is that it will help others see it, find your bike and get it back to you as quick as possible. If you’re a dedicated cyclist like me, then you likely have quite the expensive bicycle. Our bikes are our cars in many cases and we cannot just let people take them and get away with it. This feature will be available soon and it will also be 100% free to everyone. You won’t even have to join to report your stolen bike!
Thanks for reading about Cyclist Ville’s New Year’s resolutions! I hope you enjoyed reading them and I hope you look forward to our changes. Please share this post with other to show me support for writing it.
Your turn! What are your New Year’s Cycling Resolutions?
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