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    There is NO debate regarding the use of the SL in my opinion. I can understand the attraction to use the SL, but its certainly not safe riding there. I regularly see stationery vehicles in the SL, especially law enforcement vehicles. Not to mention the fact that one often encounters emergency vehicles (lawfully) using the SL to rush through traffic and those motorists who (unlawfully) using it to jump the queue at a tollgate or otherwise. There are too many hazards to worry about on the SL. My last thought on it, say a rider on the SL needs to get back to in lane in order to make his/her way to an offramp, but traffic conditions don't allow for it? Does the rider slow down or carry on ahead hoping for a gap later or what?

    Many conditions dictate my use of a motorway riding my bike. Weather, time of day/night, week/weekend-riding, traffic conditions etc. Apart from that, I generally match the speed of the vehicles when I get onto the motorway and, if confronted by congested slow moving traffic, I make my way to the BL and lane-share past traffic slowly and carefully. This gives me the opportunity I need later to ease back into lanes and timeously prepare for taking my offramp. Merging with traffic flow on a motorway is far more enjoyable to me than to see how fast I can lanesplit. Moderate to light traffic on motorways is far more dangerous in my experience, as the temptation is there to increase riding speed to way beyond the legal limit I only lane-share in heavy traffic, as I see no point in doing so where vehicles travel at fast enough speeds in moderate to light traffic conditions.

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    I get notice of a reply....4 years later. Is this a record?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SideSwipe View Post
    I get notice of a reply....4 years later. Is this a record?
    Nope, but a good effort!

    Thanks for adding to the convo, Bloufieterjoel
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    Quote Originally Posted by SideSwipe View Post
    I get notice of a reply....4 years later. Is this a record?
    Not yet, but this is the 2nd Lazarus Award - Platinum for Dead Thread Revival to Bloufieterjoel! I think he is aiming to become the Chairman of the Lazarus Society!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMZ View Post
    Not yet, but this is the 2nd Lazarus Award - Platinum for Dead Thread Revival to Bloufieterjoel! I think he is aiming to become the Chairman of the Lazarus Society!
    I'll accept one of your hi-viz vests as an award

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloufieterjoel View Post
    I'll accept one of your hi-viz vests as an award
    My personal one? I hope you are a big dude and don't mind stuffed zippers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMZ View Post
    My personal one? I hope you are a big dude and don't mind stuffed zippers!
    No, not your vest. My brother has a lekker Think Bike vest and I thought perhaps these are still circulated somehow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloufieterjoel View Post
    No, not your vest. My brother has a lekker Think Bike vest and I thought perhaps these are still circulated somehow...
    As far as I know, they are, but I just checked the ThinkBike website. It seems there is no link to the ThinkBike Shop anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloufieterjoel View Post
    No, not your vest. My brother has a lekker Think Bike vest and I thought perhaps these are still circulated somehow...
    I think that one more Lazarus award from the once great AMZ should qualify you too receive ownership of your bro's lekker Think Bike vest. It seems only right.
    Ricers are bikers too!

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    You're doing your homework, reading everything you can find.

    Good man.

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    Getting the feeling that this forum is a relic of a bygone era. Overtaken perhaps by Facebook or twitter perhaps, dunno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloufieterjoel View Post
    Getting the feeling that this forum is a relic of a bygone era. Overtaken perhaps by Facebook or twitter perhaps, dunno.

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    Unfortunately it is the way the world is going. It is a pity really, since FB, Twitter, etc. while all cool for quick discussions, are pretty useless for sharing info over many years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloufieterjoel View Post
    No, not your vest. My brother has a lekker Think Bike vest and I thought perhaps these are still circulated somehow...
    They are still available. Contact AlexJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMZ View Post
    Unfortunately it is the way the world is going. It is a pity really, since FB, Twitter, etc. while all cool for quick discussions, are pretty useless for sharing info over many years.
    Yip but FB doesn't keep the info stored like the forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jadd View Post
    Yip but FB doesn't keep the info stored like the forum

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    Indeed. In my opinion a forum is much better, but unfortunately FB is the way the modern day chatter prefers. They just want to chat. Nothing more. Our own members, even marshals these days rather use FB, or even Whatsapp over the forum. While nice for a chat, absolutely useless for creating and saving a store of information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jadd View Post
    They are still available. Contact AlexJ

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    A case in point. I saw on FB that we got vests. No news here. No shop. Only FB.

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    Emergency lanes are not all built the same. The EL from 14th Avenue, Roodepoort to 3kms past Rivonia Road, is a decent place to ride. It's consistently wide except where there are bridge supports, and even then it's plenty wide. The above applies to this section of N1 in both directions. Other EL sections of road do not have the width, or there are drain covers, or they really are full of debris and grass growing in the gaps between concrete barrier and pavement, and also the side barrier could be metal or concrete.

    I've learnt on any bend or rise in the EL section of the road you have to slow down and be extra cautious in case of any broken down vehicles.

    If you want to ride EL go ahead. I know that the section that I commute on is quite safe. Get to know the section of EL you plan to ride in and make the call from there. I don't kNow if N1 N/S between Jo'burg and PTA is any good. Doesn't look it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slip_Stream View Post
    Emergency lanes are not all built the same. The EL from 14th Avenue, Roodepoort to 3kms past Rivonia Road, is a decent place to ride. It's consistently wide except where there are bridge supports, and even then it's plenty wide. The above applies to this section of N1 in both directions. Other EL sections of road do not have the width, or there are drain covers, or they really are full of debris and grass growing in the gaps between concrete barrier and pavement, and also the side barrier could be metal or concrete.

    I've learnt on any bend or rise in the EL section of the road you have to slow down and be extra cautious in case of any broken down vehicles.

    If you want to ride EL go ahead. I know that the section that I commute on is quite safe. Get to know the section of EL you plan to ride in and make the call from there. I don't kNow if N1 N/S between Jo'burg and PTA is any good. Doesn't look it.
    Hey SS - this subject has been debated to death!
    It's a little like the "Is a Revolver better than an Automatic?" debate
    Sadly I am old enough to remember the "Great Seat Belt Debate" as well -
    "My friend was saved by the fact that he had a seat belt!"
    "Really, well my Brother is alive because he was thrown out of the car and not trapped in the wreck!"

    The short answer is it doesn't matter what you or anybody else says (or thinks) people will do what they want to do, and so they should!
    For me - It's simple. I don't do the SL for the following reasons (not in order):
    1. I have seen too many drivers suddenly swing into the SL because they were about to back-end the guy in front of them;
    2. There is too much garbage in the SL;
    3. If I hit the concrete barrier, it's a lot harder than a car;
    4. If I hit the concrete barrier I will in all likelihood, be tossed over into oncoming traffic (because it is designed with a shape to deflect a car impacting the barrier);
    5. I would not like to argue my case with my Insurers because you cannot legally travel in the SL;

    For sure, I am aware that splitting between the cars has it's risks and problems, but I perceive them to be on average less than the SL.

    I must admit though, that when I am the only guy splitting at 20KPH and the SL guys come passed at 80KPH - it is very tempting!
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    You can twist and turn it whatever way you like, trying to find justification. The one thing, it does not do, is bring the 4 deceased riders back, who probably did exactly that. Case closed for me.
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