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Today's rubbish cycling

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  1. wingpig
    Member

    Monday night bikey infra chat. I had a coffee.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  2. Iain McR
    Member

    First rule of Monday night infra chat - turn left out of the pub - not a cobble in sight.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  3. Rulou
    Member

    If I'm waiting at a junction is it bad etiquette for a fellow cyclist to pull in front of me? Personally, I wouldn't go ahead of someone who was already in the 'lead' spot. Happened twice last night and both times the perp's actions and subsequent slow move off forced me to go too slowly for comfort in the traffic. I challenged, quite politely, the second time as I overtook him and was thanked for my opinion with a hand gesture indicating he wasn't in agreement. Just wondering if I am 'over-sensitive'?!

    Posted 8 months ago #
  4. ih
    Member

    Yes, very bad etiquette. It happens from a minority. Not worth angsting over. No puppies died.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  5. Ed1
    Member

    Well if someone looks slow for example an upright bike or bike with panniers or no cycle clothes, overweight , don't look very young, then someone may assume they are slow so go in front, personally I don’t mind people going in front as don’t go that fast.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  6. geordiefatbloke
    Member

    Plum wearing lime green jacket, red rucksack, going up Blackford Ave about 9am this morning. He decided to overtake the slower cyclists in front of him without checking his shoulder or indicating, causing the driver already doing this to have to brake/evade and I'm sure gave them (the driver!) a real fright.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  7. Frenchy
    Member

    @Rulou - Once could be forgiven, not sure about twice.

    @Ed1 - True, to an extent, but those assumptions would often be wrong. Electric bikes make them even less likely to be true than they used to be.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  8. Stickman
    Member

    This morning, two people turned east out of Haymarket Yards and into the westbound taxi rank that has been set up while the eastbound lane is shut. The taxi entering the rank to come across two bikes heading straight for him was quite rightly a bit annoyed....

    Posted 8 months ago #
  9. Rulou
    Member

    Thanks all, yes @Frenchy the second time was the clincher.
    And @Ed1, interesting if stereotypical description of 'slowie' identification; I tick some of those boxes (not telling you which), but I am not a slowie nor would I make that assumption about anyone else.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  10. Ed1
    Member

    I would profile as slow and are slow.

    I suppose it’s far from an exact science profiling the cyclist in front

    Posted 8 months ago #
  11. Trixie
    Member

    I'd profile as slow right up until I tweak the throttle.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  12. unhurt
    Member

    This may yet end up in the rubbish driving thread. Old friend who lives in NZ now came off his bike on his way home from work. Badly broken arm (going into surgery shortly), broken thumb, concussion, cuts and bruises. No memory of event due to concussion - so possibly was hit by a car. But no idea if any witnesses or how long he was unconscious in the road before someone called an ambulance. He's at least been up to posting pictures on Facebook of the aftermath so he's dealing ok, but yikes.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  13. the canuck
    Member

    "If I'm waiting at a junction is it bad etiquette for a fellow cyclist to pull in front of me?"

    very. if they think they're hotter stuff than you, they can place themselves a bit to the right to be ready to overtake.

    but once in front, they'd danged well better make an effort to stay well in front.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  14. SRD
    Moderator

    Not sure if this should be in a 'creative' cycling thread or 'rubbish'...

    Parent cycling child to bruntsfield primary (so far so good), who i have now twice seen on Westhall Gardens with child standing on the back carrier rack, holding on to his shoulders.

    Is it just me that thinks this is bonkers? I just hope the kid hops off before they cross Viewforth. or maybe they cross on the zebra?

    The first time I saw them it was one of the icy days and I warned them that the other end of Westhalll was very slippery...

    Posted 7 months ago #
  15. chdot
    Admin

    “Is it just me that thinks this is bonkers?”

    Probably unwise (and illegal).

    I once saw this on the canal.

    I think the kid thought ducking for bridges was part of the fun...

    Posted 7 months ago #
  16. paulmilne
    Member

    Standard procedure in the ultra-safe Netherlands.

    Probably illegal as carting anyone on a rack even if sitting is illegal, I believe.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  17. dougal
    Member

    An Uber Eats cyclist that I see regularly (distinctive ebike thing, maybe an aftermarket conversion? looks pretty homemade anyway) who always runs red lights, did so and nearly hit a pedestrian. Pedestrian stopped and cyclist veered towards her. I was too far away to tell if she gave him a good telling but he's a proper idiot anyway.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  18. algo
    Member

    @dougal - I think I know the guy you mean - he has a very idiosyncratic riding style in traffic too.....

    Posted 7 months ago #
  19. piosad
    Member

    More like rubbish humaning from the feral youth pulling a wheelie on the wrong side of the road in Nicolson Street outside the Italian Institute. As the oncoming bus pushed him back into the proper lane he was nearly squished between the bus and the car behind. Turning back to express his displeasure with the car driver beeping him, he collided with the car in front and came off the bike. As the cars were stopped at the red light he moved the bike to the pavement and then confronted the driver of the car that beeped at him, opening the door and shouting profanities, soon assisted by a gang of his friends. As the green came on and the car was about to drive off he kicked the door one last time and proceeded to evaluate the damage to his (?) velocipede.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  20. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @piosad

    If all cyclists had a gang of mates to back them up as they opened car doors and shouted profanities we'd get a bit more respect don't you think? No more Mr Nice Guy and all that.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  21. paulmilne
    Member

    @IWRATS, I'm sure respect is just what the car driver was feeling!

    Posted 7 months ago #
  22. Rob
    Member

    It would seem we've finally found the cyclist everyone on the EEN comments has been talking about.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  23. urchaidh
    Member

    @dougal/@algo - is it a chunky bike, MTB stye, big tyres? There's an Uber Eats rider I see often around Porty, Seafeild and Leith on a e-bike which I suspect is de-restricted as fair screams along on it. Was mentioned at !PY this morning.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  24. algo
    Member

    The one I'm thinking of is an almost home-made e-bike type thing... quite chunky tyres I think...

    Posted 7 months ago #
  25. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @paulmilne

    I'm sure the driver was feeling exposed, outnumbered, vulnerable and scared. Feelings all urban cyclists are familiar with.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  26. dougal
    Member

    @urchaidh Aye, chunky tyres, angular metal box inside frame filling most of the triangle, goes along at a good pace.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  27. unhurt
    Member

    Always wears a buff pulled up over his mouth and one under his helmet? If so, seen him in Newington and N Bridge area. Never seen him turn the pedals...

    Posted 7 months ago #
  28. Bloke on a (very dirty) single speed with a sagging rusty chain overtook me on the ramp to Balgreen tram stop this morning. No warning and he was very close. If I wasn't in the process of shoulder checking (to over take a cyclist in front of me) we'd have both been down.

    Really poor awareness on his part.

    Mind you, if he doesn't start looking after that bike he may not be a cyclist for much longer

    Posted 7 months ago #
  29. gembo
    Member

    Person I had been overtaken by on towpath then whom I overtook at the Scottish and Newcastle mud (their tyres were too skinn for the mud) then overtook me so that they could be directly behind the car waiting for lights to allow right turn at kings theatre.

    This person then pulled a really stupid stunt. They overtook the car as the oncoming traffic came out of tarvit street. Person driving car from tarvit street who had right of way was incandescent.

    Maybe 9 o'clock lecture to give but still better to be alive.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  30. the canuck
    Member

    just in general, the number of cyclists who sit on the left hand side of a left turn-only lane, but then join the traffic going straight. I've had two near collisions this week, because i was going straight and then planning to pull off the road on the left to park up--but cyclist i'd thought was long gone is right behind me!

    luckily, i shoulder check. i'm going to start ranting soon.

    Posted 7 months ago #

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