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    Quote Originally Posted by streetsmarts View Post
    riding up 11th street. bikes ahead of me just blow past stop signs.
    there was a pedestrian. waiting for someone to stop so she could cross.

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    This happens to me many days. And I yield and wave them through as politely as I know how, and even though I look like a Krampus most of the time, at least they have a chance of knowing that not everyone on wheels is a complete *sshat. I have no doubt you do the same (except for the Krampus part, of course).

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    Last Thursday was my first ever aborted commute, but I turned it into something positive. Multiple spokes broke on my rear wheel while I biked through Old Town, making it so that even when my rear brake was disengaged, the wheel was so out of true it still rubbed against the disengaged brake. I also didn't have a bike lock with me, so I called the person I'm living with to pick me up, and after 20 minutes of not reaching him, slowly biked to Belle Haven park with the idea I could hide my bike behind a tree and Uber home. The last 2 miles of my commute have a big uphill and some downhill segments on a busy road, so I did not feel safe biking on a very untrue wheel with no rear brake. Luckily I got called back and picked up right as I opened the Uber app. The fix at Spokes Etc was fast too. They just installed my spare wheel since we decided this wheel wasn't worth salvaging--this was not the first spoke issue I've had...

    So this weekend I turned the broken wheel that ruined my Thursday night into a pretty Christmas wreath. It's a little larger and heavier than your standard wreath, but still fits on a door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emm View Post
    Last Thursday was my first ever aborted commute, but I turned it into something positive. Multiple spokes broke on my rear wheel while I biked through Old Town, making it so that even when my rear brake was disengaged, the wheel was so out of true it still rubbed against the disengaged brake. I also didn't have a bike lock with me, so I called the person I'm living with to pick me up, and after 20 minutes of not reaching him, slowly biked to Belle Haven park with the idea I could hide my bike behind a tree and Uber home. The last 2 miles of my commute have a big uphill and some downhill segments on a busy road, so I did not feel safe biking on a very untrue wheel with no rear brake. Luckily I got called back and picked up right as I opened the Uber app. The fix at Spokes Etc was fast too. They just installed my spare wheel since we decided this wheel wasn't worth salvaging--this was not the first spoke issue I've had...

    So this weekend I turned the broken wheel that ruined my Thursday night into a pretty Christmas wreath. It's a little larger and heavier than your standard wreath, but still fits on a door.
    Yours came out really nice! This is the second time in a week that I've seen a wheel wreath, having never before seen one. I'll be digging up old wheels from my basement to make a few of my own

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    Quote Originally Posted by streetsmarts View Post
    riding up 11th street. bikes ahead of me just blow past stop signs.
    there was a pedestrian. waiting for someone to stop so she could cross.

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    Helped make up for this AM. I was slowing to yield to a person in a mid-block crosswalk but noticed the car next me did not. Luckily, I shouted a warning and the person walking stopped in time.

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    Had a such nice ride this morning and such an awful one on the way home. Any regular Mt Vernon Trail folks, watch out for this guy. http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showth...231#post169231

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    My evening commute would have been nicer if so many of my fellow cyclists hadn't apparently been intent on BLINDING me! Geez Louise folks, cover your headlight for oncoming cyclists, would ya?

    That said, it was quite nice otherwise. Temp was just the right level of bracing, and I saw a bunny.
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    My trip home could have been a bit warmer (17 degrees actual, 5 degrees with wind chill). But I spent my time on the Metro getting bundled up enough to deal with it, and didn't get cold at all on the three miles from Metro to home. I'm just considering this practice for Freezing Saddles.

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    Default My evening commute was horrifying!

    Because I didn't leave the office until 11:30, I decided to take Metro to Bethesda, and ride home from there.

    When I got to Bethesda Metro, the elevator was out of service. Last time this happened, they had told me to take my bike on the escalator, so I did the same thing this time. There is a reason that isn't allowed. Bike bumped against the side, pushed me headfirst down the escalator, then flew over me. I struggled to get up (which wasn't easy from the head down position), afraid I'd get to the top and my clothes would get caught. (People have lost body parts that way.) I was screaming, but no one could get to me. A tail light and my phone cradle broke off. A pannier, my phone, and a headlight flew off. I finally righted myself before the top, but the bike was now behind me on the escalator and got stuck, and I couldn't get to it for a long time.

    The one bit of good news is, station manager says if this ever happens again, I can use one of the free shuttle busses they always say are just for senior citizens and the disabled. I don't actually have to wait until I become disabled by their escalators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvcalhoun View Post
    Because I didn't leave the office until 11:30, I decided to take Metro to Bethesda, and ride home from there.

    When I got to Bethesda Metro, the elevator was out of service. Last time this happened, they had told me to take my bike on the escalator, so I did the same thing this time. There is a reason that isn't allowed. Bike bumped against the side, pushed me headfirst down the escalator, then flew over me. I struggled to get up (which wasn't easy from the head down position), afraid I'd get to the top and my clothes would get caught. (People have lost body parts that way.) I was screaming, but no one could get to me. A tail light and my phone cradle broke off. A pannier, my phone, and a headlight flew off. I finally righted myself before the top, but the bike was now behind me on the escalator and got stuck, and I couldn't get to it for a long time.

    The one bit of good news is, station manager says if this ever happens again, I can use one of the free shuttle busses they always say are just for senior citizens and the disabled. I don't actually have to wait until I become disabled by their escalators.
    OMG. Hope you are feeling ok this morning...that is just awful. I thank you for the warning though...I would not have thought twice about getting on an escalator with a bike in similar circumstances!


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    Quote Originally Posted by cvcalhoun View Post
    Because I didn't leave the office until 11:30, I decided to take Metro to Bethesda, and ride home from there.

    When I got to Bethesda Metro, the elevator was out of service. Last time this happened, they had told me to take my bike on the escalator, so I did the same thing this time. There is a reason that isn't allowed. Bike bumped against the side, pushed me headfirst down the escalator, then flew over me. I struggled to get up (which wasn't easy from the head down position), afraid I'd get to the top and my clothes would get caught. (People have lost body parts that way.) I was screaming, but no one could get to me. A tail light and my phone cradle broke off. A pannier, my phone, and a headlight flew off. I finally righted myself before the top, but the bike was now behind me on the escalator and got stuck, and I couldn't get to it for a long time.

    The one bit of good news is, station manager says if this ever happens again, I can use one of the free shuttle busses they always say are just for senior citizens and the disabled. I don't actually have to wait until I become disabled by their escalators.
    That sounds absolutely terrifying. I hope you are feeling ok this morning.

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