The Proper Right Turn Hand Signal
Motivation and inspiration are major ingredients needed for writing, even writing a blog. Writing unlike riding requires no perspiration. Thanks to my facebook buddy’s inspiration is just a matter of checking the post. That’s not as easy as it sounds though, I have a lot of online friends out there and keeping track of everyone is a big task, but I try.
A friend of mine posted that she finds writing to be difficult, my inspiration for paragraph one. Unlike what I’m doing I believe she is being challenged by writing something important. Another friend writes that while her road bike is in the shop for repair she has to ride her old bike and it lacks the comfort she has come to expect. A friend comments that she would be very comfortable on a recumbent bike. She reply’s that a 3rd bike is not on her bucket list. My comment to that is the correct number of bikes to own is N + 1, N being the number of bikes you already have. I had heard this from a friend and thought it was inspirational advice. The friend that I heard this from commented that it also could be worked backwards, S-1. S being separation from ones partner, so the correct number of bikes to own is one less than what would cause separation from ones partner. His comment included a link to Veleminati> Keeper of the Cogs. Once there go to “The Rules”tab. These are some very motivated and inspired writers. My comment to S-1 was to always lead with a gift of equal or greater value to S before even mentioning the wanted additional bike or high end gear. It doesn’t always work, but it’s a good first move. For the Keeper of the Cogs this is Rule 12.
I don’t agree with all the Veleminati rules, however they are great conversation starters while riding, even when I ride by myself. What would you expect from a happy idiot. Take RULE 63 for example: “Point in the direction you’re turning”. ” Signal a left turn by pointing your left arm to the left. To signal a right turn, simply point with your right arm to the right. This one is, presumably, mostly for Americans: that right-turn signal that Americans are taught to make with your left arm elbow-out and your forearm pointing upwards was developed for motor-vehicles prior to the invention of the electric turn signal since it was rather difficult to reach from the driver-side all the way out the passenger-side window to signal a right turn. On a bicycle, however, we don’t have this limitation and it is actually quite easy to point your right arm in the direction you are turning. The American right-turn signal just makes you look like you’re waving “hello” to traffic”.
I don’t know why I started using the left arm bent at the elbow to signal a right turn. I guess I thought it was proper. The Florida Bicycle Law Enforcement Guide
(p21) allows both the left arm bent at the elbow or the right arm straight out. Why both? Why confuse the issue? Rule 63 applies pure and simple logic. There is no discussion needed. Let’s move on.
No Food On Training Rides Under Four Hours.
This one also comes from the Apostle, Johan Museeuw, who said to @frank: “Yes, no food on rides under four hours. You need to lose some weight.” Or, as Fignon put it, sometimes, when we train, we simply have to go out to meet the Man with the Hammer. The exception is, of course, hard rides over two hours and races. Also, if you’re planning on being out for more than four hours, start eating before you get hungry. This also applies to energy drink supplements.
Well, these guys obviously have never been to Florida during the summer. Summer time here just suck the fluid right out of you. There’s no way your gonna ride two, let alone four hours, even a training ride, without eating and drinking something. Thankfully rules are meant to be broken.
So what about the motivation for writing a blog post. That’s the hard part for me. The motivation is the subject, cycling. I know I don’t always come off as interesting or often have an original thought but anything to do with cycling gets me moving, motivated. Thanks for reading this and I encourage you to comment.