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Jan. 29th, 2013

11:57 pm - RTC - bike vs lorry

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Date:February 1st, 2013 08:20 am (UTC)
No, I've only ever used it when a metre or so from the kerb. Oxford traffic mostly moves fast enough that being in the centre of the lane is a good way to make the people behind you very very angry indeed, which tends to make them drive stupidly and dangerously.
I tend to worry less about where the pedals are, and more about launching myself away from the few tons of metal that are forcing me off the road. I don't use SPD pedals, but yes, I assume it would be harder to disengage from the bike. You could still do it by taking the bike with you (expect more bruises and potentially more bike damage).
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Date:February 2nd, 2013 09:20 am (UTC)
This is also a mountain biking tactic, "when you are coming off, come a long way off". If I find myself coming off I tend to try and kick the bike away from me as best I can.

The theory is if I hit the ground at 30mph I'm more likely to roll on my own then if I am tangled up with the bike.

Not sure how it would work in traffic unless, as susannahf says, you are headed for the pavement.

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