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Old Posted Sep 9, 2019, 7:10 PM
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https://www.google.com/maps/@33.8139...7i16384!8i8192 this part looks especially precarious.

Good luck fitting here on the sidewalk! https://www.google.com/maps/@33.8126...7i16384!8i8192
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Old Posted Sep 9, 2019, 10:30 PM
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i'm starting my new commute into the office tomorrow, and planning to bike. part of my route is going to be on a very bike unfriendly road; potholes, hyper aggressive buckhead betties. i feel like i should bike this short portion on the sidewalk, but is this ever appropriate? (i know it's not legal, but that seems to be unenforced) also - how do you guys feel about helmets in general? i picked up a couple of cheap retrospec helmets but they look incredibly dorky - something much more low profile would be preferred, i dont think they need to be 2" thick...
Unfortunately a lot of the South is like this. I lived two places in Tennessee (Knoxville and Nashville) and it's really tough to ride a road bike in those places since you need to seek refuge on the sidewalk pretty often.

I'd ride a mountain bike so you can jump off and on the sidewalk mid-block as needed. If you have a commuter bike get Kevlar tires. Don't ride a road bike. You're going to be pinned up between traffic and gravel and glass that collects along the curb.

If you get a helmet don't skimp on a cheap one. The ones that are upwards of $100 or over are way better than the cheap ones. They aren't any safer but they're much more comfortable and the aero features of the road helmets keep your head from being pushed sideways during wind gusts. I didn't believe that it made a difference until I broke down and bought a good helmet.

Also, helmets are really useful for mitigating the annoyance of light rain showers and they help keep your head warm during the winter. Don't wear anything with a hood because when you turn your head left and right the hood doesn't move and you're just looking into the hood.
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Old Posted Sep 9, 2019, 10:36 PM
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https://www.google.com/maps/@33.8139...7i16384!8i8192 this part looks especially precarious.

Good luck fitting here on the sidewalk! https://www.google.com/maps/@33.8126...7i16384!8i8192

yeah, the southbound side is even worse - i've been on the sidewalk on the northbound (east) side a few times, making a loop. this city is ridiculous, we have a looong way to go, especially in the northern quadrant/buckhead...


@jmecklenborg - definitely the truth on that. i'll look into a better helmet too for sure. any particular brands you recommend?
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Old Posted Sep 9, 2019, 10:43 PM
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@jmecklenborg - definitely the truth on that. i'll look into a better helmet too for sure. any particular brands you recommend?
Actually I don't even know what brands I have (I have one road helmet and one mountain bike helmet). I think one is Gyro.

I'd also pay as much or more attention to your pedals and footwear. I have cages on my commuter bike so I can wear whatever type of shoe, but new people usually don't like them.

Don't wear shoes with a lot of tread (like hiking boots) with flat pedals. They won't grip. This matters A LOT if you have to brake suddenly, aside from more comfortable ordinary riding.

Get pedals with "teeth" on them or pins and wear flat shoes like skateboarding shoes if you don't want to buy dedicated bicycling shoes.

There is a lot of online fussing about saddles and helmets, but I think the pedal/shoe issue is huge.

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Old Posted Sep 10, 2019, 4:38 AM
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I bike in flip flops... it's great until you lose one and have to turn around and go find it...
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