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Today's rubbish cycling

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  1. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @bax

    That's it. My current hairstyle is a bit of a giveaway so I have to maintain eye contact and force the perp to turn away but that of course is part of the whole vibe.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. gembo
    Member

    All the cyclists we overtook Friday were called Sir,

    Posted 1 year ago #
  3. SRD
    Moderator

    me. king's junction. turning right. oops.

    (no one harmed; driver and other cyclists possibly annoyed)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  4. I were right about that saddle
    Member

  5. gembo
    Member

    Why read the Wada small print?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  6. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Small print schmall print. If doctors spent all day reading small print they'd never have time to rub Testogel into the intimate crevices of top sportspersons.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  7. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Worse and worse and worse. Only a matter of time now.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  8. gembo
    Member

    Took the afternoon as a half day’s leave and went cycl8ng with my old boss who has retired. Out Gladhouse then Temple.

    All good except I misdirected us down to the valley floor and back up to Braidwood Farm was a bit like the Angliru at La Buelta (goat track) and leaves meant loss of traction. He had to get off and push. I felt bad as was wrong way and we swung down to Carrington where I said I would buy the coffees at Rosslyn Chapel if they let us in. I warned him that the cl8mb ou Roslin Glen was bad. He said it can’t be as bad as the climb at temple and if you ignored the cars, this was true. Midlothian looking lovely In the autumn afternoon.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  9. mgj
    Member

    Family of four entering Argyle Place just at Bicycle Works, turning left. Not one looked right before they did so. Fortunately I had room to swerve and avoid. Couldnt even claim to be a SMIDSY. They will get their children killed with Edinburgh's drivers. I'd just had a van driver come out at bottom of Marchmont Crescent and then a dog on MMW, where owner told me to rule 2 when I suggested he might want to keep it under control in case. At least I got a haircut quickly.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  10. gembo
    Member

    @mgj turning left once on argyle place to get on the cycle path? That is a weirdly set out junction I always think. So yes you need to keep your wits about you.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  11. algo
    Member

    @gembo I guess turning left from Roseneath Terrace going North on Argyle place. I've seen the same. Well avoided @mgj

    Posted 1 year ago #
  12. gembo
    Member

    Thanks @algo,:me understand now (saying that in character of Robin the caveman in Ghosts, everyone watch Ghosts on the iplayer it is somehow life affirming)

    Posted 1 year ago #
  13. algo
    Member

    Was crossing Whitehouse Loan on the links cycle path with eldest on crossbar seat towing riderless follow-me bike about to head left down towards the Barclay Church. Indicated left and started to head left down the wee path that heads down the hill. A young man suddenly came hurtling past and clattered us and fell off himself - sustaining most damaging to his bike. I went flying too but managed to catch my daughter (advantage of said seat) - she was fine although she was quite shaken.

    Initially I berated the young man but managed to control myself realising he was also shaken and was apologetic for his speed and general inattentiveness on a shared path. I managed to put my bike and the bike on the follow me back together and then went to help the young man with his bike - he seemed unharmed and pretty robust.

    Remarkably his back wheel had come off and when I went to refit it, it was clear his frame had become seriously bent and the rear dropout width was a good inch or so wider than it should have been. I really can't see how this happened at all but feel a bit bad for him. I had my other daughter to pick up and the elder to console so didn't hang around too long.

    Here's one comment about this incident - rubbish cycling aside - possibly also by me for not making my intentions clear enough... all parties were fine after a fairly heavy collision. I dread to think what would have happened had that been an inattentive driver.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  14. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Back wheel must have been loose on one side already. @gembo keeps his pub bike that way.

    Glad you're both well. Great conclusion too.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  15. gembo
    Member

    Oi, that bike ain’t been to the pub in months

    But seriously, the bike was like that before the collision

    Posted 1 year ago #
  16. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    I agree.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  17. algo
    Member

    I also agree

    Posted 1 year ago #
  18. gembo
    Member

    I had a non agreement with a person or persons the other day. I said I am wiling to debate you they said they did not wish a debate they just wanted me to comply with their point of view. I declined.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  19. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Was that me?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  20. gembo
    Member

    @iwrats no that is someone who decided that their lived experience could be generalized whereas I have cycled that route 1000s of times and have a strong opinion and admittedly expressed it vociferously

    Posted 1 year ago #
  21. dessert rat
    Member

    probably not the right thread, but close enough...

    this evenings return commute was different.

    1. small barrier of 4 flaming wheeling bins across NCR1 at the back of Magdalene. Lovely stuff.

    2. Two mins later at Bingham Medway, pedaled through a small standoff between 8 or so Polis Alba and a slightly larger group of local youth brandishing fireworks.

    was a relief to return to the normality of close passes along Potterrow.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  22. gembo
    Member

    exhilarating

    Posted 1 year ago #
  23. wingpig
    Member

    Rubbish attitude whilst cycling: dressed in shoulder-to-knee Endura bicycle clothing albeit whilst being a pedestrian, I moved a dead umbrella out of the road at the bottom of Easter Road, tucking it behind the railing as I prepared to cross the road to go to the shop. "That's not a bin," said a person on a bicycle seconds later, as they passed the point where the umbrella had been, in the cycle lane, a car behind them on their right. I am unfortunately unable to access the alternative universe where I didn't move the umbrella to see if they would have.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=KuAG-gqPaaA

    Posted 1 year ago #
  24. gembo
    Member

    @wingpig

    I had a similar thing happen to me, I was crossing the aqueduct and five times I parked behind the parapet and leant over the railing to let others pass safely. Mildly scary but best way to do it.

    At the end I was told to dismount.

    I did not react at my best but I was willing to debate this
    The critics alas were not interested in debate

    Posted 1 year ago #
  25. SRD
    Moderator

    rubbish bike parking. actually.

    stood outside bike cage at work for 10 minutes trying to unlock it. emailed team that deals with such stuff (I could see their office, but am not allowed to drop in). Tried it again and it worked. must have been frozen up? suspect I may have been the first person in by bike today.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  26. bill
    Member

    @gembo leant over the railing to let others pass safely. Mildly scary but best way to do it.

    Agreed!

    At the end I was told to dismount.

    That's Mr Bill's attitude as well unfortunately. No matter how hard I am trying to convince him. "Dismount is dismount" he says.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  27. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    "Dismount is dismount" he says.

    A dose of magical realism is called for.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  28. chrisfl
    Member

    That dismount sign needs dealing with.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  29. gembo
    Member

    Scottish Canals not looking to enforce that sign. Just looking to avoid any claims from cyclists who fall in the drink.

    You could add, If you don’t dismount you are very naughty children and will have to sit on the naughty step

    I have seen worse signs

    Posted 1 year ago #
  30. jdanielp
    Member

    Someone could dismount the dismount sign.

    Posted 1 year ago #

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