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post #1 of 26 Old 05-22-2014, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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"Speed differential" makes me nervous

Just a thought as I ride here and there..."speed differential"....when your speed is significantly different than the traffic around you..(faster or slower)..you are flying up to a intersection just as the light goes green, you in fast lane, doing maybe 40, right lane accelerating, some joker decides he must turn left so pulls into fast lane at 10 mph...oops....30mph "speed differential"....hard to overcome....anytime there is 20 or more mph speed differential...I get hyper alert....what say you?....
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On a bike especially, what the legal speed is and what the safe speed is in certain situations, may not be the same or even close. In your example, riding a bit slower until everyone catches up a bit may be the wiser. Defensive riding is more critical than right of way on a bike, and you are losing only seconds and possibly staying alive. I only ride aggressive away from traffic. In town, it's defensive and anticipatory as stated above.

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My fave is when following a big SUV or truck, they rather suddenly change lanes, leaving you hurtling along only to find there's a car stopped in your lane, clicker on, waiting patiently to make a turn.....time for some quick thinking and evasive maneuvering!

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To add to your point Joker , I routinely get out from behind large vehicles with jet black tinted windows for that very purpose. I look through their glass at the activity in front of them. Coming to a dead halt when the old lane change because someone is turning left and you have no where to go sucks .........mostly because you have to put faith that the ding bat riding your butt can now stop as quickly as you did. :auto:

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My fave is when following a big SUV or truck, they rather suddenly change lanes, leaving you hurtling along only to find there's a car stopped in your lane, clicker on, waiting patiently to make a turn.....time for some quick thinking and evasive maneuvering!
That one got me once. Cube van I was following moved to the right as we were dawdling along a wide residential street. I was looking to the left at someone's strangely landscaped front yard and then suddenly noticed a Nissan Altima stopped dead in front of me. Swerved to the right but my left hardcase clipped the Nissan's back bumper and swung me around. I almost made it past, but ended up having to pick the bike back up 20 feet further down the road. The hardcase was toast along with the clutch lever and master cylinder. It was a matter of inches and fractions of seconds. I never ride that stretch of road without remembering it.

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Maintaining a slight positive speed differential in some circumstances is beneficial... like on the highway. It makes you more visible, and usually keeps you from being locked into a traffic pattern that leaves you with no options.
I like lots of space around me and try to make that the goal wherever I'm riding.
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It is definitely safer to be moving faster than traffic IMO. If you go the same speed you become invisible. Not safe. You do have to have your guard up at a certain speed differential though. Things can change quickly. Just to keep an "out" available always.
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