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Heh heh in your dreams.
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1. Borrow your father's (friend's, etc) $5K waterproof diver style Rolex
2. Drop it into diving pool
3. ...


Enough of an incentive for ya? [Razz]

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wtf dude :P
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Well, in the scenario zsr has presented, you have two options: either very quickly learn to swim, or replace your friend's very expensive watch.

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I dunno, my dad taught me how to swim when I was a wee lass. I was outfitted with floaty things on my arms and my dad would stand about 10 feet away from me and I'd have to swim to him. Of course, when I finally got there he would inch back a little bit so that I would have to swim some more.

When I was little I would spend literally HOURS in the water over the summer while my mom would lounge by the pool reading a book. Being even more of an oddball than I am today, I would often just swim underwater by myself and pretend that I was a mermaid. Nowadays I prefer the lounging by the pool with a book thing [Smile]

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My first experience witha swimming pool happened on a family vacation when I was 3 or 4. My mom was hanging out on the pool deck with my sister in her lap. My dad jumped into the water. I thought that looked like fun so I jumped in after him. And then water started coming in my mouth and I start flailing and sinking and my dad grabbed me and threw me out of the pool. I don't remember how I reacted, but my sister was screaming her head off.

I got swimming lessons after that.

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I don't know. I'm confused. What part of a "waterproof diver style Rolex" needs saving from being dropped in a pool? The guarantee?

Even my cheap digital watch, must be ten years old now (only just on the second cell though) still allows you to press the buttons underwater even when the manual says you're not to ever do that (it's not even meant to go underwater I think).

No, the Rolex will be fine, just fine.

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I'd be ashamed of myself if I had to rely on Big Oil to get myself everywhere. I'm proud to say that I ride a bike, for fun, to keep myself in shape, and for political and ethical reasons...but I'm even prouder to say that I don't even have a driver's license. I like to lock up my bike while everyone else in my building's paying $30 to park their car, and I like to get smug with people who bitch about gasoline prices. [Razz]

Those of you who don't know how should learn, and stop being dependent on non-renewable fuel run by corrupt big businesses for everything.

(Swimming's easier. Just get someone to throw you in the deep end. You'll learn, it's so common sense that it's practically instinctive.)

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quote:
Originally posted by Demosthenes:
I'd be ashamed of myself if I had to rely on Big Oil to get myself everywhere. I'm proud to say that I ride a bike, for fun, to keep myself in shape, and for political and ethical reasons...but I'm even prouder to say that I don't even have a driver's license. I like to lock up my bike while everyone else in my building's paying $30 to park their car, and I like to get smug with people who bitch about gasoline prices. [Razz]

Well, although I take the bus to work, I use my car for shopping (try bringing home some heavy/cumbersome purchases on a crowded bus, let alone on a bicycle) and long-distance (going to my parent's place and back costs 25% less in fuel than the two-way bus ticket for a ride that leaves me about 100km from my destination). So I'm happy to have a driving licence. Still I should get myself a bike, if only because using it for small errands would help me get in shape.

And my shocking confession? Every once in a while, I like to play Pokemon on my GameBoy... [blush] (Well, the critters are kinda cute, and I love blasting my opponents. But I usually get bored before reaching the end of the game, as past level 40, they take so much time to grow in level, and beating the final opponents requires a team of 6 with a level 60 - or almost.)

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The thing is, at least water doesn't play mind games with you ... or send you mixed signals ... or drop you like a bad habit when it learns you're not "easy" ...
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quote:
Originally posted by Demosthenes:
I'd be ashamed of myself if I had to rely on Big Oil to get myself everywhere. I'm proud to say that I ride a bike, for fun, to keep myself in shape, and for political and ethical reasons...but I'm even prouder to say that I don't even have a driver's license. I like to lock up my bike while everyone else in my building's paying $30 to park their car, and I like to get smug with people who bitch about gasoline prices. [Razz]

Those of you who don't know how should learn, and stop being dependent on non-renewable fuel run by corrupt big businesses for everything.

(Swimming's easier. Just get someone to throw you in the deep end. You'll learn, it's so common sense that it's practically instinctive.)

I can't wait till next year, I'll be moving to a flatter city that is more bicycle-friendly. Unfortunately, we lack the infrastructure out here to make bicycle travel completely feasible (with the exception of my hometown... there are even separate bike lanes on all the roads). The thing is, everything is so spread out up here; we aren't jam-packed. Of course there are buses, but they suck, and if everybody stopped driving tomorrow to get between here and where they work (which is more often than not a rural area), there would be a general panic.

Most people here ride bikes out of a sense of economy rather than for political or ethical reasons. Like I said, I look forward to doing that next year to get on and off campus and save money which I can later use on b00ze.

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You don't really need a bike lane, y'know. A nice shoulder will do the job. Or you can just cling to the right side of the road. You need some nerve to do that on a busy road, but you'll survive.

Sidewalks are also an option, but that's not always legal and, anyways, you have to dodge pedestrians and that can be even scarier than riding in traffic.

Climbing hills is good for your soul. Especially in a head wind. Or a really brisk crosswind.

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
You don't really need a bike lane, y'know. A nice shoulder will do the job. Or you can just cling to the right side of the road. You need some nerve to do that on a busy road, but you'll survive.

Sidewalks are also an option, but that's not always legal and, anyways, you have to dodge pedestrians and that can be even scarier than riding in traffic.

Climbing hills is good for your soul. Especially in a head wind. Or a really brisk crosswind.

I didn't say I needed them; I said it's cool that my hometown has them. Besides, from what I hear of all my friends who ride bikes, the gravel that accumulates on the shoulder is a bitch. I wouldn't really know, but it makes sense; sometimes they gravel the roads here so heavily in the winter that they're more slippery than they would be without gravel.

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
You don't really need a bike lane, y'know. A nice shoulder will do the job. Or you can just cling to the right side of the road. You need some nerve to do that on a busy road, but you'll survive.

Maybe not [Frown]

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A promising young cyclist with a dream of competing in the Tour de France has been killed after being struck by a four-wheel drive on a two-lane highway in central Victoria.

Scott Peoples, 20, had just won a scholarship with the Victorian Institute of Sport when a Nissan Patrol hit his bike on a training ride...

Scott's devastated father, Shane Peoples, of Shepparton, said police had indicated the driver did not see Scott, although the two-lane highway was clear of bushfire smoke and haze.

"There was no smoke at all," Mr Peoples said of the area, which is close to the fire-ravaged high country. "The bloke - the driver - had a clear view."

 
This is why I stopped cycling, for some drivers
"I didn't see the bike" == "I was looking out for cars, I expect bikes to stay out of my way"

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Same thing happened to me, druid. I was riding about in my home town when I got hit by a car, knocked me off and I fractured my arm. Although the injury itself wasn't so bad, mentally I was very shaken. The guy that knocked my off was suprisingly sympathetic, I've been nudged a couple of times, which has caused me to dismount my bicycle, no one has ever stopped.

As for swimming, I'm an increadbly strong swimmer. I lived in a sea-side town when I was younger, I used to go swimming most mornings in the sea, rain or shine. I've never met anyone who can't swim, the only time I got uneasy in water was when I went scuba diving for the first time in Tunisia. The waters were very musky and full of sea life you literally could only see 3 feet ahead of you. When "things" were brushing past my legs at -30 feet, I paniced. I guess that feeling I had, whailing about, desperatly trying to get to surface was the same feeling "non-swimmers" have when pushed into water. Not nice! - I feel for ya.

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Is it really you, Captain Marvel? [Happytears]

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quote:
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Is it really you, Captain Marvel? [Happytears]

Sadly not, maybe if I were, thoose bastards that nudged me on my bike would have recieved a piece of my mind!
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Next time, give their side window (and their skull, if possible) a piece of your u-lock.
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quote:
Originally posted by zesovietrussian:
Next time, give their side window (and their skull, if possible) a piece of your u-lock.

Kryptonite U-lock, bicycle, and rider: 70-100 kg approx

Toyota Land Cruiser, with driver: 2500 kg approx

My money's on the Land Cruiser.

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Indeed, people used to say, "oh, you should have punched that prick!?!"

Similar reply. [Roll Eyes]

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Speaking from personal experience, a cyclist is not going to win in a fight with a SUV. But you can at least let them know you're there.

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I am for the car here.
Unless there is a seperate bike lane, I recommend to stay away from busy streets.
There are many accidents - even though you try to let the car driver know you're there doesn't mean he gets it.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
My money's on the Land Cruiser.

...then you've clearly never had the pleasure of smashing a windshield with a Kryptonite. (He deserved it.)

I've been hit by plenty of cars, buses, and duck boats, but the trick is to just get back up and keep pedaling. I shattered my left hand and wrist in a bike-versus-truck, and just spent the next twelve weeks riding with a cast on. There are chips of bone that have split from my tibia and are floating around in there, from the time I was doored by a taxi. The road rash scars are innumerable. (Shark Boy tried to count 'em once and was promptly distracted.) But you know something? If you get hit while you're on a bike, you can tuck and roll and get out relatively unscathed. If you're in a car accident, all you can do is hope that the airbags don't break your nose.

I'd rather take an active role in my own survival, thank you very much. [Big Grin]

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
My money's on the Land Cruiser.

...then you've clearly never had the pleasure of smashing a windshield with a Kryptonite. (He deserved it.)
Actually, back in the day I used to carry about 1.5 metres of thick, heavy chain with a big sturdy padlock, (this was the age of dinosaurs - Kryptonites weren't invented yet). One wanker came up close behind me in his car, hit the horn and screamed abuse at me for the crime of being a cyclist on HIS road, then drove off laughing. Scared the fsck out of me.

About 300 metres later, he came to a red light, and I caught up. It's amazing how much damage you can do to a car with a nice thick chain in 10 seconds.

But the smart money's still on the motorists... [Frown]

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Great story there, druid! - I would have attempted to cause damage to the numerous amount of cars that have knocked me off, but,

1.) I have no handy weapon (any suggestions?, I don't want anything to heavy, I'm certainly not the stongest bloke on the planet, in fact, I'm increadbly weak...) I keep my light weight locking device in my rucksack.

2.) Nearly all of them were "hit n' run" accidents, barring one guy, who stopped and checked is I was OK, I wasn't going to hit him, lol.

As for the tuck n' roll, demos, it's certainly not for me, if you were to see a picture of me, I'm not built for the whole, athletic rolling of a bike jobby. Everytime I have been hit off, mostly i've been lucky, apart from the one fracture, my "escape" is just, umm, gravity...

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