Dead Biker Riding (Video)


Do you think it’s bad karma to talk about motorcycle crashes?

Do you even contemplate the possibility that you might get killed riding?

Or do you simply not think about it at all?

Yes, I have my own opinions on the matter, as you can experience in the video.  But since this isn’t a topic I’ve spoken with many other riders about, I’m more interested in what goes on in your noggin regarding your own while-you’re-riding concept of motorcycle safety.

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234 thoughts on “Dead Biker Riding (Video)

  • Your “Dead Biker Riding” was exactly correct, and little more need be said. I’m 81 and have been riding since age 16. A minor spill on a cinder berm in 1949 taught me to stay focused at all times, even when moving only 20 mph. Having eyes “everywhere” and observing road conditions to avoid slips and slides has helped, too. Intersections and left-turning cars are right up there at the top of my attention, too. To ignore news stories of motorcycle accidents and learning from them is to invite being a victim at some point. By the same token, it is pointless to ride if gripped by fear of what might happen. Getting out of bed each day is a risk, so, I try to approach motorcycle riding with equal parts vigilance and equanimity, and enjoy the ride.

  • With out proof reading my article I discovered I failed to mention one of the many charges against the driver was DUI. By the Grace of GOD I survived the crash.

  • I am retired from work where it is preached that all accidents are preventable. It was called “Goal Zero”. It doesn’t sound like you could have done anything more to have prevented that bad accident. Glad you survived. May God favor and keep you and our servicemen and women safe. Your sharing that incident is appreciated.

  • While serving in the US Army I was on TDY and rode my bike from Colorado Springs, Colorado to LaCross, Wisconsin. I always wore a helmet. And did have experience and safe miles behind me. But on a clear Saturday morning I was riding at 65 mph in a posted 70 mph high way. A driver ran a stop sign crossing the high way I was traveling on. The sun was to his back. I hit his right front tire. Receiving a dislocated left hip and severe road rash, brusies and a laceration hospitializing me for 6 months. A US Army Captain was traveling behind me and was my witness. By the Grace of GOD today I can share this with you.I never talked much about it. I vividly remember on my medical records was a box that could have been checked off DOA. Many years later I made up my mind to buy another bike. My state was offering a Motor Cycle Safety Course. So I took both courses.Its just like part of the protective clothing I wear.Today people are either talking or texing on cell phones just to mention a few of the distractions drivers are doing.It does cross my mind about getting wacked but I don’t dwell on it.If I were to say different I would be lying.” Safe Riding To All ! “

  • I have lost friends and acquaintances due to motorcycle crashes. I have a best friend who is always telling me that when he hears of a local rider going down he we looks to see if it is me. I am aware and think of the risks often of riding my bike. But I don’t dwell on it. I wear my my gear. Ride like I’m invisible and spend some time when I’m not riding thinking about how I would get out of certain situations. I don’t have a death wish. I’m not a thrill seeker. I just enjoy riding. As a 51 year old man who is on the hamster wheel of life. The managed risk of riding is worth the relief of the grind of life.

  • How can you manage risk without studying and understanding what the risks are? The best way to minimize is to be aware of the dangers and learn how to avoid them. Since there is the possibility of a crash that even a seasoned rider can’t avoid – wear your gear all the time. I have watched a lot of people crash over the years and I can list the main reasons in a very short list #1 stupidity – showing off, drinking, stunting or racing on public streets etc #2 loss of focus #3 failure to learn – never took a class or track day, didn’t know how to properly pick lines, use the throttle and brakes ,counter steer #4) panic’ed – see #3.

  • To Anirban Sinha,

    I agree wholeheartedly that riding too slowly in the rain is dangerous, just as it is in the dry. Afterall, isn’t that what got the young soldier killed on I-70 as Joe KS pointed out on Aug 13? If you are not riding faster than the flow of traffic, then you are at the mercy of every passing driver’s questionable judgement. But with power comes responsibility. As you are passing others, the responsibility of avoiding accidents (and promoting goodwill) lie on your shoulders.
    Sooo, as counterintuitive as rain-riding faster than the flow of traffic may seem to many, it is an acquired skill that takes time to develop. With time, you will be surprised at how much traction modern motorcycle tires have in th rain. Avoid painted road surfaces, smoothen your inputs, and don’t lean in 90 degree corners quite as far. So to those that avoid the rain, I suggest you embrace it. That is, if you want to be a well-rounded motorcyclist. Ask yourself: how committed of a rider am I?

  • To Joe KS:
    You are probably right regarding the forum venue and the assumptions people make about each other. If I knew you, I bet I would respect you as an experienced and skillful rider. I AM puzzled by one contradiction, however:

    On Aug 15 you stated:
    “I am experienced enough to deal with it, but I see no reason to assume unnecessary risks if there is no reason to do so.” And, “I also believe that the best way to avoid unnecessary consequences is to avoid unnecessary risks.”
    On Aug 13 you stated:
    “Because of where I live, traffic is never heavy and I can see for miles down the road in the day time, so I don’t always wear a helmet…”

    To most of us on this forum, riding without a helmet is an unneccesary risk, even under the best conditions around where we live. The only explanation I can surmise for this contradiction is that, like all humans (including me), there is an emotional component to your decision-making process. Let’s face it, it FEELS good to ride without a helmet, so you make a personal choice to take a risk on any given day to ride without it. However, you ride in the rain “only when necessary” because it doesn’t feel good to you, so no logical explanation about practice/proficiency is going to change your mind.

    I, personally, don my helmet even to ride my motorcycle from the sidewalk to the garage cuz I don’t want to take that “unnecessary” risk. Lol. On the flip side of the coin, I ride every chance I get to in the rain cuz, to paraphrase the fisherman: “Even the worse day of riding is better than the best day at work.”

  • Rodolfo,

    Yes I have to agree. One other factor with riding in the rain is to be so familiar with your bike that you feel every little movement it makes while you ride. I call it “feeling your ride”. It has helped me through the many years of riding in different road conditions.

  • Guys, I have posted my piece of mind regarding this subject long ago, but I have to add, that although I have been riding for many years in an oceanic tropical country, where it rains on and off for 9 months of the year leaving no choice, but to often ride in the rain; I have to agree that it is not the best condition for us bikers, it changes everything, specially in tropical rains like ours, the risk factor increases exponentially. If I had a choice in the matter, I would definitely prefer not to ride in the rain.

  • +1 to Norm Quan & Carl Matson.
    Riding in rain ( particularly heavy rains) definitely hones one’s riding & braking skills to ultimate level but for people who want to START enjoying that (the FUN), the process MUST start within their head.
    Why ‘within their heads’ is because there is a vast difference in riding style during heavy rains from normal riding ! With braking, with turning, with shifting gears, with changing lanes, with scanning the rear view, with CONCENTRATION LEVEL; you mention it & it would be there on this list. And difference in magnitude is considerable !
    Off course as a motorcyclist, we are always trying to learn, evaluate & improve our skills; still a vast majority of our actions on the road depend primarily on our reflex. And THAT is controlled by the non-thinking part of our brain; the Autonomous Nervous System.
    That’s why I reinforce & strongly agree with what Norm Quan wrote regarding the PRACTISE aspect of rain riding; because it not only updates one’s understanding of safe riding / good riding but also feeds important data to the automatic part of your brain that will take action without your consent during emergency.
    So evaluating the process before twisting the throttle is VERY important. Again to do that, one should have at a bare minimum complete knowledge of his / her MC’s characteristics & style of riding. Disc brakes or drum brakes; rear brakes or both brakes; ABS ; agile or too-stable; seating posture; emergency braking offset distance etc.
    And for starter’s; one easy mistake to make is to decide before-hand to ride SLOW. This may be of no impact on free country roads, but on busy highways & within city limits, riding slower than safe speed is equally dangerous due to multiple causes; chances of getting rear-ended being one of them.
    While you will be riding more like a ‘serial data packet” during a shower; scanning the road judiciously, ‘pre-empting’ every other driver’s / rider’s movement with a lingering sense of risk at the back of your mind, not to mention the blurred view through a foggy visor, just think about the man following you from inside his tin box; shutters down, some favourite tune playing on his stereo, sipping coffee merrily, speaking to someone sitting behind, thinking of destination already ! How does he FEEL what you & your MC are going through ?
    Been riding for over 3 decades now & that, through whatever downpour my tropical country can present. A heavy rain here is often like riding at the bottom of niagra falls (a comparison a foreigner once wrote on another web forum dedicated to our brand of old-Brit MC’s to explain to his countryman regarding what we face during monsoons; he visited my country once !). Have never stopped riding for any shower apart from those accompanied by heavy lightning, still ride rains. Still makes me feel satisfied after every rain ride that THIS IS WHY I RIDE ! But, never ever rode outside my comfort zone !

    Ride safe !

  • Carl and Norm…

    I’ve been riding motorcycles in the rain since 1973. (You can’t ride motorcycles for 40 years and not have some experience riding in the rain, and some proficiency. I mean, I am still alive) Maybe I’m not as ignorant as can easily be assumed about anybody using this type of communication. I did not say I couldn’t handle it, didn’t say it’s stupid, didn’t say it should never be done, What I said was “I CAN HANDLE riding in the rain, but I don’t do it unless it’s necessary”. I stand by that. I am not afraid of riding in the rain, but I do think it’s obvious that it comes with risks of it’s own. I am experienced enough to deal with it, but I see no reason to assume unnecessary risks if there is no reason to do so. I certainly don’t think my ego needs me to do it. My ego doesn’t really care if it’s raining or not. I do believe in knowing how, absolutely, and I do know how and of course, that means how to do it well and right. I also believe that the best way to avoid unnecessary consequences is to avoid unnecessary risks. I love riding and I’d like to enjoy a couple more decades of it, that’s all. The kid I mentioned who was killed riding in the rain was not killed because he lacked ability, was afraid, was cautious, scared or completely at home and at ease, He was killed because the rain obscured the view of the driver of the car that hit him.

  • I agree with Norm on riding in the rain. I have ridden in the rain and wind so often that my riding friends call me the “Rain Man”. You definitely develop your riding skills in the rain. Over the years I have become waterproof and if there is a chance of rain I dress accordingly, waterproof pants, jacket, boots, gloves and a full face helmet is a must with a fog proof lens. Don’t be afraid of riding in the rain, just be careful with your speed, distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, painted marks on the road like turn arrows, etc., no sharp turns and make sure you have good tires. I hope this all helps.

  • @JoeKS: Actually one never really knows when an accident might happen. They are usually unexpected even when visibility is high. In fact, without a helmet on, you are less likely to see sand on the road because the wind affects your vision. So, as with most well-fitted protective gear, wearing it will help you to avoid an accident in the first place by eliminating distractions. On the rain topic, I make it a point to ride in the rain as much as possible so that I can develop proficiency. As always, the more you do something, the better you get. Rain proficiency encompasses not only riding skills, but also developing effective use of your gear. Riding often in the rain allows a motorcyclist time and miles to refine the art of rain riding while closer to home so he can make modifications to his gear. Then when he heads out on a tour, he will be better prepared when he “needs to ride in the rain”.
    As a big fringe benefit, riding in the rain will improve your dry-weather riding by forcing you to make ultra-smooth inputs. And who couldn’t benefit from smoother inputs, wet or dry?

  • I can’t believe that they put stereo systems on motorcycles. It is the last place you need to listen to tunes. I am a purest when I ride, and I ride a lot, 92,000 miles on my 2007 VTX, I just want the wind and engine noise. You must pay attention when you ride.

  • Eyes and brain on high alert, indeed. And ears. Very useful signals, especially in busy traffic on urban roads. I’m aghast when I hear tales of people driving along listening to their iPod. That to me cuts out a huge amount of information about what is happening around you.

  • Ditto to what ATGATT said, and a little more detail: I can handle riding in rain, but I don’t do it unless it’s necessary. Because of where I live, traffic is never heavy and I can see for miles down the road in the day time, so I don’t always wear a helmet, but if riding in the rain, or the dark, helmet with full face, leather chaps, jacket, all the gear, because at night I can’t see possible hazards early enough to be comfortable without the gear. Whether I wear a helmet or not, no matter what kind of road conditions, any one on the back of my bike wears a helmet. It’s mandatory. If we pile up, I wouldn’t want to be the only one to survive, Also, at night, I like to drive slower, when possible (sometimes if traffic is a little heavy, other vehicles can come up from behind to fast before they realize I am driving below the speed limit. The speed limit on I-70 in my state is 75 mph. That is to fast to be riding at night in deer country, so I slow it down if I can and if traffic is heavy enough to be a problem, I either don’t ride, or I’ll stop somewhere until traffic thins out. A few months ago, there was a young soldier killed on I-70, I think about 2 am, He was riding in rain, riding to slow and got rear-ended by a driver who failed to make out that his tail light had a motorcycle attached to it. Mostly, one just has to have some intelligence, which is not a guarantee of total safety, but does put the odds greatly in your favor. I’d call it “common sense” but frankly, I think common sense is dead, gone, extinct. I mean, if it were still “common” a lot more people would have it and we’d all be safer.

  • ATGATT, even when it’s hot.

    Eyes and brain on high alert – watch everything, everywhere, and assume the dopes will act like dopes – be ready for them. Riding on full alert -with no daydreaming – gets me there and back again.

  • I ride every day to and from work 100 k’s each way, traveling in traffic you need to watch the eyes of tin top pilots to be ready for them not seeing you, then in the country most attention in early and late in the day is directed at the side of road for roo. The big red kangaroo’s are big enough to write a car off let alone a bike and rider. Death or serious injury is always a part of being alive especially on the roads in any form of transport but the enjoyment of riding far out ways the added risks. Keep your lid on top and avoid the skids.

  • I use a motorcycle as a means of transportation since 2008 on a daily basis, first a 125cc and now a 200cc. I ride through the city and at least once a month I hit the road for one hour to attend flying practce and then travel back home.

    I think the odds of being involved in an accident are no greater than if I use a car given I watch and control my own driving behavior. But definitely the outcome of the accident will probably be the worst for me in the bike. So the body protection gear is important to mitigate the impact as well as to stay alert and improve my situational awareness along with honing my perception skills regarding driving behavior of surrounding drivers. But first and foremost I watch for my own driving manners

    In aviation one is led to experience the conditions in which the control of the airplane would be lost to learn how to prevent them as well as how to get out of them if it is the case. While driving my bike I mentally practice those situations that would rather end in an accident and the best way of action to avoid them or how to get out of them if could not avoid. My goal is to be aware and ready for the worst case scenario I could imagine.

    Knowing I do my best to reduce the risks makes my riding more enjoyable.

  • Yes, deer are a problem if you commute early in the morning. I have had to dodge a few. They have to be the dumbest animals on the planet.

  • I live in the interior of British Columbia and been riding for years. I can predict most things but my biggest fear is those Deer.

  • I also commute each day early in the morning and have made myself very visible with the new neon yellow vests. Must always be on your toes when commuting because most people are sleepy and not paying attention to much, let alone a person on a motorcycle.

  • I’m a daily commuter and if you are not prepared to be aggressively defensive then your going to get in trouble. Put your bike in the lane where it can be seen and always assume others don’t see you. Watch behind you as much as on your sides. Look far down the road and plan your lane changes as far in advance as possible. Ease into corners, even the ones you know, because someone may have covered them in gravel or grass. Wear your gear, yes even when it’s hot. You never want this ride to be your last.

  • I don’t believe in karma, so no, I don’t think talking about motorcycle deaths is bad karma. Do I ever “contemplate” being killed while riding? Well, yeah, it crosses my mind from time to time as a possibility, but “contemplate” seems like to strong a word for me. That sounds to much like dwelling on the possibility. Maybe it’s not, but it seems that way to me. It crosses my mind, I tell myself life is good but can’t last forever, sudden death beats the heck out of dying of cancer or some other illness that can cause months or years of suffering and though it may seem nuts to lots of folks, bottom line is, living or dying, I’m in the Lords hands. That doesn’t relieve me of personal responsibility. In fact, it heightens my sense of personal responsibility. But it does relieve me of fear and worrying that serve no purpose concerning something that may or may not ever happen. It most certainly relieves me of any dread of “bad karma” which I think makes me stronger, wiser and more able to enjoy this life while I have it.

  • I’m Ron’s Rip and Shred pard and I concur with many of the intelligent and brave comments in here. Point of fact is; what you don’t practice, you will not attain.
    RIDE YOUR OWN RIDE, but move over when WE want to come through; it’s not a big deal.
    PRACTICE cone riding. That, my bro’s, is the shizzit. You don’t practice anything, you WILL NOT HAVE the skills that allow you to push the envelope.
    If you are a flower sniffer, just read the third sentence. I would NEVER ask anyone to outride themselves, nor will I DISS you for just cruising.
    We have another plan; we ride, we ride hard, we take a few chances, but not in your oncoming lane, not pulling you along, not outriding our Mojo.
    That will get you or someone else dead, as in NOT BREATHING NOW…
    Said it; now allow flaming to begin: we ride OUR ride, at OUR abilities and speed. Just move the freek over, ok?

  • @Ron: … and if you stop by the side of the road, you’ll have enough time to clean your shorts while you regain your mojo. 😉

  • I agree with the correct mental state for riding hard and safe.
    My friend and I ride heavily modified Cruisers. We can keep up with crotch rockets on the Tail of The Dragon. But, only if we have our MoJo. That is what we call it. If one of us hits some gravel and slides a tire or something happens out of the ordinary to scare you while your adrenaline is fully engaged and you’re in full race mode. Then we totally cool it untill the MoJo returns. It’s strange how it has happened to us and sometimes it happens at the same time.
    So we call it MoJo. It’s a state of mind that allows us to ride in full race mode through the North Georgia Mountains and beyond. Once you loose it slow down and cool off mentally.

  • I agree Bill. I myself have learned a lot from books, magazines, riding courses, and DVDs through the years. I’ll refine my thoughts by saying: the total acknowledgement/ acceptance of danger frees our brains to fully focus and execute our acquired skills moment-to-moment regardless from where we learned them. Conversely, denial of danger clutters the mind interfering with situational awareness. Sounds almost Zen-like doesn’t it? Clear the mind, allow true motorcycling enlightenment to be reached. Lol. As a simple example, let’s pretend we are approaching an intersection with a car waiting to enter it from the right. If we are in danger-self-denial (“oh,he’ll see me, it’s a high visibility day”; “he’ll never go, I’m a badass motorcyclist, I have rights!”; “I have loud pipes, he should hear me coming”), we won’t be prepared when that driver pulls out and hits us. If, however, we have fully recognized that motorcycles are inherently dangerous (no metal cage, remember?), then as we approach said intersection we will be proactive, cover the horn button, move our bike position further to the left, and be prepared to ‘countersteer left’ if the car pulls out. Now consider how these situations really occur: in a rapid yet sporadic sequence dozens of times a minute. See the value of a clear mind? Essentially: Greater danger acknowledgement= greater responsibility for one’s own safety

  • Agree 100% Bill well put..
    Always be in learning mode and books and DVDs can help as well as talking to other bikers and sharing your own collected wisdom.

  • Hi Mark, oh yes, definitely with you that we need to use our brains 100%: focus, concentration, alertness, staying calm, and not getting ruffled. But we don’t need to figure out good riding practices for ourselves. There are some great books, DVDs, and courses that already explain motorcycle safety and good riding. What I think we need to do is to use all that collective wisdom and experience and put it into use every time we go out.

    And it’s worth reflecting on what we did right, and what we didn’t when we go out, and constantly tune our riding as we gain our own knowledge and experience of this great craft.

  • But I still endorse what Norm has said..
    There is a certain mental state required to reduce risk in biking.
    That state accepts and actively works to conquer the risk..

    Motorcycling is not just a fun outdoor experience. It is a full-on brain experience using all the brain faculties; balance, reflexes, concentration, situational awareness and as you have suggested Bill even intellectual pondering and learning from the wisdom of others. It all comes into play..

  • I wasn’t thinking about getting killed on two incidents. Both had a common denominator. I relaxed my guard and both cases involved being tired and on curves going a little fast. Mountain curves going downward is definitely not the same as flat Texas curves. 40 lbs. of saddle bags and duffle bags added to more instability on a curve. A balding rear tire added to another unsafe condition which I was unaware. I almost side swiped an on coming car coming toward me when I lost control for just a second!
    The other time years ago I escaped snow in Colorado but dropped my guard because I relaxed thinking snow danger was past. I was going probably 50 mph when the curve sign was 40 mph max. I was on the curve when I barely went off the road onto the gravel shoulder losing traction. instinct and past experience made me not use my front brake while leaning on that curve. I got back on the road but for days I reflected on that close call.
    So, don’t speed even a little on downward mountain curves. Speed & curves don’t mix. There is a serious reason why folks call some curves, “Dead Man’s Curve”.

  • Please Folks, Stop making a big deal out of crashing on a Motorcycle. Nowadays a Big Piece of a Air Plane could fall out of the Sky and Kill you. We cannot ride around while looking up in the sky the whole time or that could cause you to die.
    Respect your Machine, Practice the Ride Like a Pro series of DVD’s as much as you can because when you can ride like Jerry the motor man you will be in the top two percent of riders in the Nation. That makes you a very safe Rider big time.
    I have also learned to ride faster than the traffic is safer ( Is very helpful.
    Lastly, Pray!
    God Bless You All

  • Hi Norm Quan, I’m not sure if we need to figure out motorcycle roadcraft with our own brains. There are some great books and courses prepared by the collective wisdom and experience of some of the best motorcyclists around such as police motorcyclists and senior testers. Following this sound advice means we don’t have to figure it all out for ourselves.

  • I freely admit to myself and others that motorcycling is inherently dangerous. No matter what gear you wear, no matter how “safe” the conditions, no matter how much experience you have, no matter how “careful” you are, the one major downfall of motorcycles is their lack of safety. Let’s all own up to this fact, both to riders, non-riders, acquaintences, and family members. Mainly, let’s admit it to ourselves. Once we do this, then when we get on our bike, our brains are free to concentrate on on the tasks at hand: body position, input control, visual discipline, hazard recognition, etc. Can you see the mental mechanism going on here? By acknowledging the danger, our brains now figure out all the ways it can to master the craft of motorcycling thereby increasing our control and reducing risk. There will always be that last several percent of danger remaining in motorcycling activity. Embrace that danger because it is what gives motorcycling the Adrenaline Rush most of us crave.

  • I agree with all the comments… mostly with the gut feeling… safe riders know when to say when.. happy rides to everyone…

  • Have been riding for over 40 years and can honestly say that I never think about it. I always “feel” my bike when I ride and rely on my riding knowledge, skills and ability that riding that long has given me. I average 25,000 miles a year, have ridden in all kinds of weather conditions and have never dropped my bike or been in a serious accident. I use all the safety gear and most important, I ride my own ride and never let anyone push me. Take it for what its worth.

  • Agree. I find my comfort zone and ride within it. I don’t obsess about what may happen; rather, I do think about what I can control and try to sharpen my skills and abilities to improve that control. Obsessing about being injured or worse is like looking off the side of the road on a tight corner; your bike will go where your eyes are looking. I am aware that if I misjudge that corner and focus my eyes on the cliff or rock face or whatever, then I will probably end up establishing a first-hand acquaintance with said cliff or rock face. So I’m aware of it but I focus on the skillls and abilities that will ensure I can carve the corner without establishing such an acquaintanceship. No, I don’t obsess on the dangers. Like Felix said, you’re born dying. Don’t stop living. Be aware of the dangers. Hone your skills. Exercise good judgement. Take care of your bike and gear. Practice ATGATT. And enjoy the moment.

  • I am not afraid to ride but I am careful when I do ride. I will not ride outside my ability or that of my bike or tyres. If I ride a road frequently and there is a stretch or corner of it that I feel uncomfortable with, I will practice there to find a better line or breaking point, or even check for safety area’s/zone that I can use when in trouble. The tyres on the bike I replace as a combo, does not matter what the condition of the better tyre is.

  • I don’t ever think about it before a ride. I try to be careful and watch out for the other guy, but if you stop doing what you love because there’s a chance you might die then you may as well be dead already. Stop taking in sugar, stop driving on the highway, etc, etc. Everything in this world is out to get you. You can’t stop living because you might die. I try to be careful when riding and I’ve had some close calls in my 46 years of riding, but not once have I ever considered quitting. That hasn’t even crossed my mind. Your born dying, but you can’t stop living.

  • Totally agree, Robert G. Easterling. Also if you are out with other bikers and they are driving too fast for you then don’t feel you have to take risks to keep up with them. If they won’t wait for you, then they are not worth riding with.

    Never drive outside of your own limits or the limits of your machine. .

  • pretty cool article it really puts in perspective how fellow riders think, hopefully more questions in the future

  • i totally agree with kevin brown, i think it best sums it up for a lot of riders, being a recreational rider myself for over 40 years, if something does not feel right as a rider before my trip, i either cut ir short or clean my bike, just a thought dennis kranes

  • I am not a commuter and ride for recreational purposes.

    When I am on the bike and I don’t feel connected and in the groove so to speak I cut the ride short. There is no point in having an unfocused rider in among blind cage operators.

    No, I don’t think about the getting killed issue – that makes for a tense ride . Relaxed and vigilant riding is where its at.

  • I am very careful who I ride with. People that ride with you that have poor riding skills can kill you just like the guy driving a car. One of the first things I do when I ride with someone I haven’t ridden with before is to notice if they use their front brake at all times while stopping. You car also get clues from what they wear; such as no helmet. I have been riding regularly since 1965.

  • One other thing – I have learned if I’m not feeling very close to 100%, I delay riding until another day. Gut feelings – they are quite reliable !

  • I try to renew what knowledge I have by re-reading lots of articles, and comments of advice – especially after the long winter when I haven’t ridden lately.

    But I do not dwell on it – what you think about obsessively, whether good or bad, is what will happen. I try to be prepared with knowing my fellow riders, and an escape route, but if it happens, then it does.

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