49mm Steel Sleeve --- She Rips!!

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Sidewinder Jerry

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When you slap a motor on a bicycle, it's not considered a bicycle any longer. Traffic laws should be obeyed as if you were riding a motorcycle IN MOST CASES. There are some small exceptions in my eyes (I'll pedal through a greenbelt path which does not allow motorized vehicles ... sometimes with engine running ... somtimes with engine off (depending on how long of a ride I have)... but I will always pedal through those.

I've gone on the sidewalk when it's safer to do so than in the street... though rare... and always low speed.
Bicycles on sidewalks is illegal in many places but not all in the USA. You just have to check your local laws. However, no place in the USA are you allowed to operate under gas power on a sidewalk. In the USA only electric mobility devices can be operated at 15 mph or less on sidewalks.

Do you have mirrors? In the USA bicycles are considered vehicles and traffic laws apply to them too.
 

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I do have mirrors. I've only gone on the sidewalk a couple times... both times very slow (slow for even riding)... both times engine was running but I was pedaling... and no one was on the sidewalk... it was just a tight area (the same tight area) near our downtown ... About 50 yards or so...

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I do have mirrors. I've only gone on the sidewalk a couple times... both times very slow (slow for even riding)... both times engine was running but I was pedaling... and no one was on the sidewalk... it was just a tight area (the same tight area) near our downtown ... About 50 yards or so...

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Have you watched the videos I posted in this thread? You'll be surprised what you can learn from them.
 

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I have... this particular area is a 45MPH zone (one of the few we have around here). If not busy... I'll own the road.... if busy... I'll pedal the sidewalk. It's just much easier and frankly... safer. My current bike maxes out at about 31mph...

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I have... this particular area is a 45MPH zone (one of the few we have around here). If not busy... I'll own the road.... if busy... I'll pedal the sidewalk. It's just much easier and frankly... safer. My current bike maxes out at about 31mph...

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Will I ride on wide debris-free shoulders?
Yes, I will.

Will I ride in safely designed bike lanes?
Yes, I will.

Will I ride on less busy parallel streets?
Yes, I will.

Will try to avoid rush hour traffic?
Yes, I will.

Will I be courteous and pull over in a safe place to let backed-up traffic pass?
Yes, I will.

However, because of my cycling skills in which I've been taught; at no time do I feel I can't safely ride in traffic.
 

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It's not about safety for me when I choose the sidewalk when it's a viable option in such scenarios... it's about respect for those folks behind me.
 

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When you slap a motor on a bicycle, it's not considered a bicycle any longer.
Except in New Mexico I guess...lol...It's still considered a bicycle by law but must also follow all laws that a bicycle has to follow when on the roadways.

Chapter 18 – Other “Vehicles”

Section E. Motorized Bicycles
Revised November 30, 2017

Motorized Bicycles are not considered to be mopeds or motorcycles.

By current MVD practice, motorized bicycles are considered to be bicycles (not mopeds or motorcycles) and are not subject to the titling and registration requirements of the Motor Vehicle Code.


Section D. Bicycles
Revised November 30, 2017

Bicycle defined (§66-1-4.2(A))

A bicycle is a device propelled by human power upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, except scooters and similar devices.

Traffic laws apply to bicycles (§66-3-702)

Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except as noted below.

Ridng bicycles on roads or bicycle paths (§66-3-705)

1. Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.

2. Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.

3. Notwithstanding any provision of this section, no bicycle shall be operated on any roadway in a manner that would create a public safety hazard.

??Lamps and other equipment (§66-3-707)

1. Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear of a type approved by the division which shall be visible from all distances from fifty feet to three hundred feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of five hundred feet to the rear may be used in addition to the red reflector.

2. No person shall operate a bicycle unless it is equipped with a bell or other device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least one hundred feet, except that a bicycle shall not be equipped with, nor shall any person use upon a bicycle any siren or whistle.
3. Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the brake wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
The Motor Vehicle Division is neither required nor authorized to title or register bicycles.
 

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I stand corrected...

BTW ... I wonder how many BMX bikes SOLD in your state include "a bell or other device capable of giving a signal audible for a distance of at least one hundred feet"?

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BTW... the OP's video quality is nice. The sense of speed is fantastic...

What camera do you use?

BTW... the sound of your engine is deep...
 
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