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Not about pedestrians, not about motorists, just about our fellow cyclists. We are all so different that stuff is bound to frustrate when we approach riding in such different ways, explain to those we think are less experienced, etc. Ok, tell us your stories, tell us your pet peeves, we're all friends! 

I'll start out with a pet peeve of mine... The cyclist that blows past me so close to me I felt the wind of their SWOOOOOSH as they fly past me but they say nothing to warn me. We're in tight quarters in the bike lane. Buy a bell and/or tell me you are there! 

p.s. sure, your pet peeve may be the forum post that's been done before but I kinda feel like this tucks into other topics so this time I'm giving the pedal pet peeve front and center.

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I didn't say it bugged me. It just looks so stupid. If you have a problem with your bike seat, get a new seat.

'H' word = Helmet.

I think it's "Hair"; as in: "If I wear a helmet it will mess my hair".

Yeah, with an old-school leather saddle, like a Brooks, if you let the leather get soaked and ride on it, it loses its shape and doesn't work as well. But it's worth the extra step of covering the saddle because they're very comfortable if you take care of them (and they look sharp.) I use shower caps to cover mine, which looks pretty ridiculous but does help deter theft.

Take a DEEP breath... :-) Hopefully that felt good to get it off your chest. 

p.s. what's "H"? Dying to know!

Sideway lockers are my favorite ones to gripe about.

Oh yes! I remember going to the public pool with my daughter in Highland Park a few years back... someone parked their bike like that... making whose who needed to lock their bikes to lock then against the chainlink (no pun, I swear) fence next to it. 

A solution, park your bike to theirs. 

Or riders/friends who "forgot" their lock (on a group ride with a brief food stop or whatever) and want you to share yours. Generally this means you can't properly lock your bike, securing both wheels.


Following up on the other comment, I completely agree this sideways-parked cyclist missed the memo.

Regarding bike rack etiquette, you are supposed to lock bikes sideways/parallel to the street so the bikes aren't sticking out and blocking the sidewalk. Especially on narrower sidewalks you need to be mindful of ADA access.

These days we have spaces that were custom designed expressly for bike racks, such as Divvy stations, so it's gotten a bit more confusing.

I am a recreational Divvy rider and I bike mostly on the Lakefront path around Oak Street Beach. Now that we are in beautiful weather season what drives me crazy is cyclists who seem to think it is their right not to slow down when it gets to the beach areas and intersections on the Lake Front Path. We are in the season of clueless tourists, clueless parents with toddlers who walk erratically on the Lakefront Path. I cannot say how many times I have seen cyclists just whiz by missing me and just barely missing a person.

I understand what it is to be in the zone, to be in the middle of a workout or ride but it is completely irresponsible not to slow down and be wary and careful around places like Oak Street beach on and off areas. Of course, there becomes such a critical mass of people in the summer it becomes impossible. But I am talking about early morning and cyclists seem to think it is their right to not slow down.

I personally think the Park District needs to create walk your bike zones in the summertime. So this is my pet peeve become these cyclists give bikers a bad name, they usually are rude, they seem to think they own the road, they look at it as an obstacle course to show how good at biking they are. A lot of Divvy riders do not know what "on your left" means. There are tons of responsible bikers, and people who are racers that train on the Lakefront that are responsible. I seem to come across the "A-hole" bikers a lot in these areas. I really think bike accidents and deaths would be avoided if people walked their bikes at intersections and congested people, car areas. 



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