How dangerous their sport can be...
We live in the country.
The scenery is lovely - bucolic even. This is part of why we live here.
We live on country roads.
Those country roads are our surface streets and highways.
Country roads tend to be hilly and have speed limits of 45 - 55 mph. That's pretty fast, you know?
If you are one of those people who come to the country to bike, please take note:
We don't have breakdown lanes or shoulders. If you ride off the side of the road, you may end up in a ditch with mud and snakes.
The speed limits are high. The draft from the trucks that pass you will blow you over. They don't mean to, it just happens.
You are riding a bike on the side of a 55 mph road. Think about it... would you ride your bike on Route 66?? No - if you had any sense you wouldn't.
If you ride 2 abreast - as cyclists seem to do all the time - you are now riding in the middle of a 2 lane 55mph road. What are you thinking??
If you are riding up a hill and you can't see over it, neither can the car coming up behind you. If we try to get around you and you are 2 abreast, we will be killed - as will you - if someone is coming up on the other side of the hill.
Trust me, single file is the way to go if you really need to be riding out here.
If you insist on biking out here, a GPS is a necessity -- or a good map will do in a pinch. We have many cyclists who get lost out here. Country roads aren't like city streets. (They don't connect where you think they should and sometimes they run out of pavement. Trust me, riding a bike on a gravel road is not what you had in mind.) I took a cyclist back to town because she was lost and tired and couldn't find her way back to her car. And that long hill into town wasn't a big deal on the way out, but it's a real bugger on the way back...
Just use some common sense.
Oh - And wear a helmet.