Don't take your hands off the handlebars of your ebike !

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Hands on bars good. Having good balance on bike good. Wearing mask in public good. Brushing by me in public without a mask on not good for mask less person. I will throw a elbow your way ! I'm a liberal red neck !
 

Lightning 123

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I'm pretty sure that the centrifugal force of the wheels turning will be enough to keep going straight. If for some reason the alignment is off it could be easily corrected by just leaning one way or another. I would think that it would be OK
for a short amount of time as long as it is on smooth flat ground.
 

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Dr. Shanna Swan, a professor of Environmental Medicine & Public Health at Mount Sinai Health System, has warned in a new book that phthalates, a chemical commonly used in the manufacturing of plastics, can shrink penises and decrease male fertility.​

A study listed in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, which operates under the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, found that the microplastics used in the manufacturing of Covid face masks contain a number of toxic chemicals, including the penis-shrinking phthalates.​

PHTHALATES LINKED TO PENILE SHRINKAGE

Dr. Swans’s book “Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race” warns that humanity is facing an “existential crisis” in fertility rates as a direct result of the chemical phthalates, and most men may be infertile by 2045.

As Sky News reported, Dr. Swan found that “male human babies who had been exposed to the phthalates in the womb had a shorter anogenital distance – something that correlated with penile volume.” Dr. Swan’s research also discovered that rats exposed to phthalates were born with shrunken genitals.

Other sources have also documented the link between phthalates and decreased male fertility. WebMD reported in 2009 on a study by Swan that found young boys whose mothers were exposed to high levels of phthalates were more likely to exhibit non-masculine behavior and less likely to “play with trucks and other male-typical toys or to play fight.”

A doctor who reviewed Swan’s study for WebMD found “exposure to the chemicals can cause a wide range of male reproductive harm, including undescended testicles, birth defects of the genitals, and infertility later in life.”

Even the CDC, which claims the effects of phthalates on human health are “unknown,” admits “Some types of phthalates have affected the reproductive system of laboratory animals.”

PHTHALATES IN FACE MASKS AND PPE


A 2020 study by chemical environmental engineering researcher Tadele Assefa Aragaw titled “Surgical face masks as a potential source for microplastic pollution in the COVID-19 scenario” lists several of the harmful side effects of Covid mask pollution in great detail.
The study is listed in the PubMed.gov archive, which is managed by the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) National Center for Biotechnology Information. The NLM is an institute within the National Institutes of Health.

Microplastics contained within face masks are noted within the report to have an “enormous effect on the aquatic biota, and the entire environment,” as well as being a source of “chronic health problems to humans.”
Perhaps most damningly, the study goes on to note that microplastics “contain toxic chemicals as an additive like phthalate, organotin, nonylphenol, polybrominated biphenyl ether, and triclosan.”

“Those toxic chemicals can be released during the degradation processes (either chemically or biologically) of plastic polymers in the open environment,” the report notes.
The link between phthalates’ effect on male fertility and its potential existence within face masks has not been clearly explained by U.S. health officials or members of the pro-mask Biden administration.
As National File reported earlier this week, Covid face mask pollution has already taken a staggering toll on the environment, with an estimated 1.56 billion masks – “amounting to between 4,680 and 6,240 metric tonnes of plastic pollution” according to ecological experts – entering the world’s oceans in 2020.
Tags: DoctorFace MasksFertility RatesMicroplasticsPenile ShrinkagePhthalatesStudy"
 

Handlebars

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A more helpful approach might be to ask yourself if you're ready to be masked and locked down for good. Are you? "Two weeks to flatten the curve". Anyone remember those days?
The Brazil variant is around. British variant is around. The more you constrain the entity the more likely a proliferation of the varieties that can get past the constraints. You're essentially choosing it, steering it, breeding it.
 
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Taylor57

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A more helpful approach might be to ask yourself if you're ready to be masked and locked down for good. Are you? "Two weeks to flatten the curve". Anyone remember those days?
The Brazil variant is around. British variant is around. The more you constrain the entity the more likely a proliferation of the varieties that can get past the constraints. You're essentially choosing it, steering it, breeding it.
What's your point Handlebars? These days if you want to participate in human life where I live, you need a mask. Whether or not it shrinks my genatalia is the last of my worries...
 

Handlebars

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What's your point Handlebars? These days if you want to participate in human life where I live, you need a mask. Whether or not it shrinks my genatalia is the last of my worries...
I get it - you wouldn't be riding a bike if it was 😐
 

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What's your point Handlebars? These days if you want to participate in human life where I live, you need a mask. Whether or not it shrinks my genatalia is the last of my worries..
So the point is that our behavior is molding the virus. The surviving variants will be the kind that spread more and more easily. They might be less harmful or they might be more harmful. But our behavior is making them more able.
 

Cyklefanatic

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I’m a little late to this thread and I won’t comment on masks. I spend about 10 % of every ride with no hands, been doing it my whole life. Never fell off or came close. However that’s me and I can ride a unicycle. Bumps and curves are not really a problem even if they are unexpected, a short wobble and correction with your knees. No hands allows me to shift my weight and stretch a bit. We all need to know our limits and skills. I would hate to see some do gooder make it illegal.
 

Taylor57

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I’m a little late to this thread and I won’t comment on masks. I spend about 10 % of every ride with no hands, been doing it my whole life. Never fell off or came close. However that’s me and I can ride a unicycle. Bumps and curves are not really a problem even if they are unexpected, a short wobble and correction with your knees. No hands allows me to shift my weight and stretch a bit. We all need to know our limits and skills. I would hate to see some do gooder make it illegal.
Cyclefanatic, you are fine, the conversation has morphed into biology and how safe we are with or without masks. Whether we are safe or unsafe with or without masks is close to the Ontological argument.
 

Asher

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Yet another reason not to hand signal your turns :). If you can't make it obvious where you're going without your hands, you're doing something wrong. Plus, relying on drivers seeing you to be safe is something of a death wish - assume they can't and ride accordingly. (Talking about riding in traffic with cars.)

pet peeve of mine,
 

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Many times when I used hand signal by left arm in the traditional manner to make a right turn, drivers wave at me as if they think we know each other. Now I've become adapted to using right arm to signal right turn. People understand that. There's good reason to use signals...so drivers know what you are doing, and they don't get irate, and also so you don't get a traffic ticket.
I operate the bike like a vehicle on the road, including getting into left turn lane at traffic lights. Also continually monitor traffic coming from behind to make sure they are seeing me. If a car is approaching I signal the intended turn once again to attract attention. Always flashing rear lights and on alert when in that box of high risk.
We've all seen accidents where a driver plows into a stopped car, right? Hand signals "good".
 

Dallant

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Sold my FINAL motorcycle two years ago after having a number of very close calls with cars/trucks featuring cell phone usage. I’ve basically given up riding in traffic except on very lightly traveled side streets. I have no need to signal where I’m going because there is no traffic when I turn. There’s just too many idiots out there to share the road with.