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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt View Post
    That particular bicycle officer could be a lot more polite in his dealings with the public. I've had dealings with him 4 or 5 times and he's very condescending and preachy. Just talking with him and Arlingtonrider on Friday, it was very hard for me to not be snarky. I guess I have a chip on my shoulder from previous interactions. Certainly that is MY issue, not his.
    If I'm thinking of the same bike officer, then our collective chips could form some sort of snide pyramid of bicycle wisdom. Then again, if I had to hide in bushes, enforce a stupid law (REVERSE THE STOP SIGNS!), and deal with road weary cyclists (he was out there last July and looked like he had sweated out about 10 lbs), then I would probably have some social issues as well. PERSPECTIVE I SAY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfunkallstar View Post
    If I'm thinking of the same bike officer, then our collective chips could form some sort of snide pyramid of bicycle wisdom. Then again, if I had to hide in bushes, enforce a stupid law (REVERSE THE STOP SIGNS!), and deal with road weary cyclists (he was out there last July and looked like he had sweated out about 10 lbs), then I would probably have some social issues as well. PERSPECTIVE I SAY!
    Very well put. He's got a tough job to do. I totally respect that. I just will take that into account in the future and that will make it easier to contain my inner snarkmonster. I've always been a "respect is earned, not granted or commanded" kind of person. When confronted negatively on repeated occasions, it becomes significantly less likely that someone is going to earn my respect. I should be more accepting if I'm going to hope that people grant me the same kind of opportunities to prove myself a better person than I sometimes show.

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    this has got to be the same person who informed me once that 'this is not the tour de france'. Damn! I've been doping all week for nothing!

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    Back to positive stuff:

    Tri360's little expo was really awesome. Major kudos to them for getting out and supporting the community. I know it was an effort to get them on people's radar when they finally open, but it was still nice to have them in the community. My Bad Kitty socks are definitely some of my faves. The cookies were yummy after having ridden around so much for the day. I really liked seeing their selection of Orbea bikes. They're gonna be a pretty tri-focused shop, but they brought out two flat-bar equipped road bikes that would be awesome for more casual cyclists who want a nice bike, but don't necessarily want drop or aero bars on it.

    The West Falls Church afternoon pitstop was a lot of fun. I really liked that Little River Yoga was out there. I really liked the little session that Stair did for us. It reminded me that I need to spend some time with an instructor more often. Getting into a rut with stretching and yoga pretty much negates a lot of the benefit that you get from it. The music was great too. Most of all it was awesome having Bikenetic out there supporting the cycling community. Truly an awesome shop and team of people. The joy with which they do what they do is an inspiration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eminva View Post
    When I passed through the Falls Church stop during the morning commute, they asked cyclists to fill out surveys. I included Mark Blacknell's suggestion that the stop signs be reversed (stop for cars; through for trail users) at those intersections where cross street volume is less than trail volume.
    Its a nice idea, and its true that trail volume is probably much higher than car volume on some of the smaller roads. I think the issue though is that visibility for cars is really bad... Sometimes I think cyclists should try driving some of those intersections and see just how far down the trail you can see before the hood of your car is over the crosswalk. For most of them, its very little.

    The issue would be that if there was no stop sign, cyclists would go through those intersections at 20-25mph (hell, many do that with the stop sign). Visibility for motorists just isn't good enough for that to work. They'd need to be able to see a hundred or so yards down the trail before any part of the car enters the intersection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt View Post
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    Tri360's little expo was really awesome. Major kudos to them for getting out and supporting the community. I know it was an effort to get them on people's radar when they finally open, but it was still nice to have them in the community. My Bad Kitty socks are definitely some of my faves. The cookies were yummy after having ridden around so much for the day. I really liked seeing their selection of Orbea bikes. They're gonna be a pretty tri-focused shop, but they brought out two flat-bar equipped road bikes that would be awesome for more casual cyclists who want a nice bike, but don't necessarily want drop or aero bars on it.

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    Just an interesting note was that one of the Tri360 people was talking with riders about what they would want to see for a B2W pitstop, swag, services, food, etc. Nice to see them doing research as they get ready to open this summer and looking ahead. Also like that at least one of the owners lives close by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by consularrider View Post
    Just an interesting note was that one of the Tri360 people was talking with riders about what they would want to see for a B2W pitstop, swag, services, food, etc. Nice to see them doing research as they get ready to open this summer and looking ahead. Also like that at least one of the owners lives close by.
    Oh yes--we're going big time in 2013!

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    So who won the bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post
    So who won the bikes
    The names were announced at each pit stop on Friday morning. Jim Moran announced it at Rosslyn and the winner locked up his own bike and rode off to work on his new bike!

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    I would add that I really appreciated all the bike shop mechanical staff being present at the pit stops. Was giving my bike a spa treatment on Saturday morning and realized there was a little issue that I could have used some help with, if only I'd known on Friday.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Kelley View Post
    Oh yes--we're going big time in 2013!
    What could be bigger than vuvuzelas? Thank goodness the kid went camping with the scouts, so there was a 24 hour period when I didn't have to hear that thing this weekend . . .

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