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Should cyclist go to jail for riding a fixie?
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Cyclist kills pedestrian, authorities say if he were riding a bike with "proper brakes", he could have stopped in time. What do you think?…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Reho Aug 26.

Bear chases man on bike

Interesting video of a bear chasing a mountain biker.…Continue

Started May 11

Free Croozer bike trailer
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I'm giving away a Croozer bike trailer that I no longer use.Looks like this: …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Zachary Corn Mar 30, 2016.

Could you ride a backwards bicycle?

Interesting story about a bike that turns left when you steer right and vice versa.…Continue

Started May 17, 2015

 

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Jim Reho replied to Louis K's discussion Should cyclist go to jail for riding a fixie?
"Actually, a brake is required both under Illinois law and Chicago ordinance.  Fixie riders have attempted to make the lame argument that in their case, they themselves are the brakes.  To my knowledge, that argument has never worked, nor…"
Aug 26
Jim Reho replied to Louis K's discussion Should cyclist go to jail for riding a fixie?
"There have been various studies done on this.  From what I've seen, a fixie takes more than twice as long and twice as far to stop as a bike with a front brake.  Here's an…"
Aug 26
S replied to Louis K's discussion Should cyclist go to jail for riding a fixie?
"Actually, I believe it is.  I'm not sure what the laws in Britain are like but Illinois and Chicago have or had laws that required bikes to have a brake that is capable of causing the braked  wheel to skid on clean dry pavement.…"
Aug 26
mike w. replied to Louis K's discussion Should cyclist go to jail for riding a fixie?
"The issue here isn't really should the cyclist should be jailed for riding a fixed wheel bike, but rather should he be jailed for reckless behaviour that lead to a fatality. My take is the rider was careless and may well have clobbered the…"
Aug 24
mike w. replied to Louis K's discussion Should cyclist go to jail for riding a fixie?
"A bike is "road worthy" only to the extent of its operator's bike handling skills. A bike shop mech's responsibility is only to make sure that the bike is sound and safe as far as it is designed and equipped. The shop is not…"
Aug 24
ad replied to Louis K's discussion Should cyclist go to jail for riding a fixie?
"Agreed.  This guy was going at a decent clip, apparently yelled at her multiple times to get out of the way (suggesting he had plenty of time to stop regardless of brake issues), and then hit her when she didn't clear out (and apparently…"
Aug 24
TonyP replied to Louis K's discussion Should cyclist go to jail for riding a fixie?
"Brakes, what kind of brakes or brakeless, it doesn't matter to me, you run over a pedestrian it's your fault, whether riding a bicycle or driving a car. Saying that, I would like to ask, what does drive someone riding a fixie…"
Aug 24
ad replied to Louis K's discussion Should cyclist go to jail for riding a fixie?
"I ride fixed in the winter (and I ride a brake), so I understand the point.  No one can debate the fact that you can likely stop quicker with a front brake.  I'm saying the optics thing is a belief that a brakeless bike can't be…"
Aug 24
S replied to Louis K's discussion Should cyclist go to jail for riding a fixie?
"It's more than an optics thing.  Most of your braking power comes from the front wheels (in cars it's about 75% from the front) because your weight shifts forward when braking giving more stopping power to the front wheels.…"
Aug 24
Christopher Wallace replied to Louis K's discussion Should cyclist go to jail for riding a fixie?
"If you own or work at a bike shop that will work on a bike with no pedal or hand brakes. When the cyclist gets hurt or killed, or hurts or kills a cyclist; the liability for the lack of a stopping device falls on your lap. You certified it was road…"
Aug 24
Christopher Wallace replied to Louis K's discussion Should cyclist go to jail for riding a fixie?
"If you own or work at a bike shop that will work on a bike with no pedal or hand brakes. When the cyclist gets hurt or killed, or hurts or kills a cyclist; the liability for the lack of a stopping device falls on your lap. You certified it was road…"
Aug 24
Frank Brichetto replied to Louis K's discussion Should cyclist go to jail for riding a fixie?
"Yes. Pedestrians have right-of-way.  It's our responsibility to ride with sufficient awareness and respect to avoid hitting them.  He had time to yell at her, he saw her headed into the street, obviously.  It's all on him to…"
Aug 24
ad replied to Louis K's discussion Should cyclist go to jail for riding a fixie?
"Would you say something to someone on a coaster brake-only bike (which are becoming increasingly common), or to someone who rides an old 70s steel-rimmed bike in the rain (which are actually some of the most common bikes I see)?  A brakeless…"
Aug 24
ad replied to Louis K's discussion Should cyclist go to jail for riding a fixie?
"The cyclist was in the wrong, and was convicted as a result.  That said, the front brake aspect is a little bit of a red herring IMHO.  I'm sure they presented an expert who testified an individual can stop a bike going 20 m.p.h.…"
Aug 24
David Henri replied to Louis K's discussion Should cyclist go to jail for riding a fixie?
"Just the other day, commuting into the loop, at Milwaukee and Kinzie, I say an older guy, my age, around 55 or 60, riding a fixie with no brakes, into the loop.  I didn't say anything but my mind was in overdrive.  Seriously, no…"
Aug 24
Yasmeen replied to Louis K's discussion Should cyclist go to jail for riding a fixie?
"Agreed. We are not without responsibility. "
Aug 24

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