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    The Bicycle: stroke of genius perhaps?

    Einstein wrote: "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."

    The way I sees it, the bicycle is our touch of genius,
    The bicycle is an amazingly efficient and practical critter.

    The bicycle is poised to solve many of the problems facing humanity and our planet.

    It just takes some courage to get after it and ride the bike.

    The Vietnamese used bicycles to defeat the mighty USA military.



    Obesity: ride a bike.
    Urban traffic congestion: ride a bike
    Urban pollution: ride a bike
    Global warming: ride a bike.

    A study of Dutch people reveals that they are healthier, happier, and smarter than most of the world.

    Want to be healthier, happier, smarter?

    Guess what the simple solution is!

    The big question is that of courage.

    Do you have the courage to give up some comfort for your own health and happiness?

    Do we as humans have the courage to mandate the simple solution?

    Shouldn't world leaders be riding bicycles leading the way to a moratorium on the use of the personal motor-vehicle?

    Think of the personal freedom the bicycle offers:

    Freedom from petrol
    Freedom from car payments
    Freedom from doctors
    Freedom from insurance companies
    Freedom from government bureaucracy

    The bicycle can help to liberate ones mind from the dominion of religion.
    The bicycle can help to liberate ones body from the dominion of property.
    The bicycle could even stand for the liberation from the shackles and restraint of government.


    The bicycle could stand for a new social order of law and freedom without force.
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    A study of Dutch people reveals that they are healthier, happier, and smarter than most of the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart View Post
    A study of Dutch people reveals that they are healthier, happier, and smarter than most of the world.
    Dutch Kids Ranked Happiest in the World

    Ride a bike, it will help with your conditioning.

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    In complete agreement with all mentioned in the OP.

    Plus you have the added bonus of wearing spandex without any bugger batting an eyelid.

    Personally, I strut around the place pretending I'm catwoman.

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    Hey Earl, you will like this. Last month I met a wife and husband who every year cycle different parts of the world.

    The lady told me they were 90,000 KLM up to date over their life of cycling. We had just come over the Mae Hong song Loop which is fucking tough going in a car let along a push bike.

    Here is their bikes, after Thailand they were off to Burma. They were in their 60's and superbly fit.

    Stroller is a Yerman faggot.

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    Actually I would really like to get on Board with this riding gig but around my area there is just no where to do it safely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thailazer View Post
    In 2012 1.26 million people died in motor vehicle accidents around the world.
    2015 is likely to be a larger number with more motor vehicles in China and increasing use of cell phones.

    The cure for motor vehicle mental illness....yep, you guessed it...the bicycle.



    The Chinesse got it right way back in 1950.
    The Flying pigeon is the most mass produced vehicle ever, 500 million copies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    Actually I would really like to get on Board with this riding gig but around my area there is just no where to do it safely.
    Cycling Lumpini is OK and even the Bangkok not so bad as the drivers by in large very considerate. Wear a high viz color shirt like the Bike for Dad shirts.
    Also you can get around the country pretty easy on the train carrying the bike.

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    ^

    Lumpini is great but cycling is only allowed between 10 - 3 PM.

    Far to many runners and walkers to allow cycling tossers full time.

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    My current touring cycle, Surly Long Haul Trucker, the working man's touring bike.



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    Don't get me wrong. Bicycling is terrific. You just have to know when and where.
    All it takes is one idiot and you are paralyzed for life.

    I have ridden a tad on my gf's 'girlie' 3-speed in rural Isaan (usually 65 min approx 20- 22 km flat surface). The 12 km along a 4-lane arterial is the most dangerous part so I don't chose busy traffic times.
    The back roads through rice country are awesome. Best to have very little traffic wherever one ventures.

    Sure , life is a gamble...more so in Thailand versus certain 'bicycle intelligent' countries though there's no guarantees. Sad but true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeeCoffee View Post

    Don't get me wrong. Bicycling is terrific. You just have to know when and where.
    All it takes is one idiot and you are paralyzed for life.

    I have ridden a tad on my gf's 'girlie' 3-speed in rural Isaan (usually 65 min approx 20- 22 km flat surface). The 12 km along a 4-lane arterial is the most dangerous part so I don't chose busy traffic times.
    The back roads through rice country are awesome. Best to have very little traffic wherever one ventures.

    Sure , life is a gamble...more so in Thailand versus certain 'bicycle intelligent' countries though there's no guarantees. Sad but true.
    Very tragic accident, but operating a motor vehicle is more dangerous.

    Actually I find Thai drivers by in large very considerate.
    Sure there are some major a$$holes out there but they tend to tangle with each other in high speed accidents.

    A least in Thailand they are friendly and wave. In the USA they often yell and throw things at cyclists.
    In Oklahoma drivers are allowed to kill cyclists!
    The woman who killed this cyclist wasn't even cited.
    Man Bicycling Across America Killed In Oklahoma Wreck - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

    Hasn't even lost her driving privilege.

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    Yes I can highly recommend a cycle not only as a keep fit device but as a very practical form of transport .

    I have a cycle at our home in Issan and we have some fantastic red dirt tracks to ride on , unfortunately ruined by bastard dogs which are allowed to run out their property to rip lumps out of you .

    However here in the UK my bike is transport to and from work , a great vehicle to shop with in the local town .

    A superb bit of kit for me to take a load of painting gear with me into a lot of the trails down to the local backwaters to sit + paint .

    IMHO all cyclists should wear at least just one piece of HI VIZ gear , it makes you so much more visible , just that little flash of green or orange . The amount of people I see riding 1000 + machines dressed in all dark clothing
    I'm proud of my 38" waist , also proud I have never done drugs

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    ^I now dangle some bright colored ribbon from my panniers for the dog attacks, also singing to them slows em up, they like Elvis Presley, Hound Dog blues.

    And indeed a bright colored shirt is better than wearing a helmet.

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    Only a fool would ride without insurance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Earl View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by PeeCoffee View Post

    Don't get me wrong. Bicycling is terrific. You just have to know when and where.
    All it takes is one idiot and you are paralyzed for life.

    I have ridden a tad on my gf's 'girlie' 3-speed in rural Isaan (usually 65 min approx 20- 22 km flat surface). The 12 km along a 4-lane arterial is the most dangerous part so I don't chose busy traffic times.
    The back roads through rice country are awesome. Best to have very little traffic wherever one ventures.

    Sure , life is a gamble...more so in Thailand versus certain 'bicycle intelligent' countries though there's no guarantees. Sad but true.
    Very tragic accident, but operating a motor vehicle is more dangerous.

    Actually I find Thai drivers by in large very considerate.
    Sure there are some major a$$holes out there but they tend to tangle with each other in high speed accidents.

    A least in Thailand they are friendly and wave. In the USA they often yell and throw things at cyclists.
    Cycling around my locale nr Rayong isn't bad at all. Prefer the off-road routes though, and get through a few gears on the mountain bike. (And my own stamina levels).

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    I do about 20kms a day here in the UK , not a massive amount compared to the vast areas covered by Somtum , but he is in a different league .

    I find it helps with the joints in the legs , seems to keep everything free and supple , also you can soon get your heart rate up to a decent level quite quickly which has to be a benefit to the cardio system pumping the claret around at a decent rate

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    " The bicycle can help to liberate ones mind from the dominion of religion."

    I'm interested to know how a bicycle can do this? Do you mind sharing more information?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Only a fool would ride without insurance.
    Oh dear my stalker trolling nitpicker is late to the party, taking statements out of context. (the context was auto insurance)

    Why would a cyclist take out auto insurance?

    Fucking idiot!
    Fuckoff moron!

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    Willy is doing his best to fuk up your Thread Earl.

    I've fired in three reports on the fuker already.

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    kmart, I would venture that the 1001 west out of Ban Pae and the 3145 heading east would make for a nice ride (not in the rain or heat of a hot season mid-day).

    Have you bicycled along those beach roads ?

    Stay off Hwy 3 at all costs from a life and limb perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Earl View Post
    The woman who killed this cyclist wasn't even cited.
    Man Bicycling Across America Killed In Oklahoma Wreck - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

    Hasn't even lost her driving privilege.

    "a westbound 2014 Chevy driven by Sarah Morris, 34, of Cordell hit them. She told troopers she was distracted by looking at her phone when she hit the bicyclists"

    Unbelievable !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Earl
    A study of Dutch people reveals that they are healthier, happier, and smarter than most of the world.
    Yes, but they're all born with a bicycle bar in their hands, left-wingish and a horrible English accent.

    http://vimeo.com/76207227

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