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cycling in texas

Yeah I wasted three years of my life in Amarillo. It is flat, ugly, dusty, windy and smells strongly of cowchit. The cowchit collects at the feed lots dries to dust and then blows in your face.

One of my club mates was recently killed back their by some turkey in a f250, every Texan and his dog drives one. The only thing good about those vehicles is they did provide a normal sized car nice shade if you parked on the right side.
 
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Major Taylor said:
Yeah I wasted three years of my life in Amarillo. It is flat, ugly, dusty, windy and smells strongly of cowchit. The cowchit collects at the feed lots dries to dust and then blows in your face.

One of my club mates was recently killed back their by some turkey in a f250, every Texan and his dog drives one. The only thing good about those vehicles is they did provide a normal sized car nice shade if you parked on the right side.

His and hers matching King Ranch Edition Ford F350 Powerstroke Dually Diesel 1 Ton Crew Cabs in little modest 3-2-2 urban subdivisions is more normal than not. The idea is to play chicken with almost anything..Bicycle riders??forget about it.
 
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discussing a nearby street with neighbor..

neighbor: Why can't y'all just ride on the sidewalk
me: It's not legal for one thing..Why can't you just change lanes?
neighbor: I'm just trying to get home(late from cruising for hookers)
me: You still can't just run over someone on a bike .. There might be a child in the street too but you don't just get to run them over
neighbor: (red in the face--wants to shoot me-wants to cry-will try to kill someone on a bike tomorrow)
 
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redtreviso said:
discussing a nearby street with neighbor..

neighbor: Why can't y'all just ride on the sidewalk
me: It's not legal for one thing..Why can't you just change lanes?
neighbor: I'm just trying to get home(late from cruising for hookers)
me: You still can't just run over someone on a bike .. There might be a child in the street too but you don't just get to run them over
neighbor: (red in the face--wants to shoot me-wants to cry-will try to kill someone on a bike tomorrow)

I've been riding in Texas for years. I would say that it is slowly getting better. I've found some great roads outside of the city in which I live where the riders are fairly courteous. I rarely get the nasty horn blow or a driver coming very close to me.
 
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I've been riding in Texas for years. I would say that it is slowly getting better. I've found some great roads outside of the city in which I live where the riders are fairly courteous. I rarely get the nasty horn blow or a driver coming very close to me.

I'm sure some parts are better than others..My immediate area seems to have the right mix of commuter stress and general disregard for others. It is very much there in your car but it doesn't threaten your life like being on a bicycle.
 
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I guess riding in the DFW area when I lived in TX was a lot better for me than others in other parts of TX.

I had the occassional issue but not any different than the bad drivers here in Northern California. Then again, as a cyclist I try to be very courteous and respectful of other riders and drivers on the roads.

I'd still get the occassional jack*** but for the most part it's been smooth on the roads for me.

The only real issue I ever had with riding in TX is the oppressive heat!!! The year I did Hotter-n-Hell in Wichita Falls it got to a reported 116 degrees. We got through Hell's Gate about 20mins before they closed it earlier than normal. It was so bad that when the ice was put into the water at the rest stops it almost immediately melted. So we were drinking warm water in plasticy tasting water bottles! Not cool!