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Today's rubbish cycling

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  1. There is no requirement to signal. It is always good practise to do so, and in plenty time, so long as its safe.

    If the road surface is a bit dodgy or you are close to the junction, I always impress on 'trainees' that it is safer to remain in full control ie both hands on the handlebar.

    from what you decribe fimm, the car driver was 100% in the wrong IMHO.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  2. fimm
    Member

    Yes.
    Driver was in the wrong.

    Notice I started my post "defensive cycling fail" - my indicating left gave the impatient driver the impetus to go for the dangerous overtake (you shouldn't overtake through a junction full stop, I think?). Regardless of who was in the wrong, I nearly got my boyfriend squashed. :-(

    So the lesson I learned was, indicate less, keep 'em guessing...

    Posted 7 years ago #
  3. Always a good idea to adopt primary 'overtaking' a junction. Apart from making yourself more visible from behind and to the side, it makes it less 'inviting' to the idiots who would contemplate overtaking you in such a dangerous manner to make a left themselves.

    Always, well usually, a good idea to should look and make eye contact with dafty 'revvers' too.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  4. "So the lesson I learned was, indicate less, keep 'em guessing... Try again, that insurance pay out will keep me in bikes for years

    Posted 7 years ago #
  5. Darkerside
    Member

    I've almost completely stopped indicating left at junctions. The only effect I can see is that someone might try and overtake me whilst turning, which I don't like.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  6. neddie
    Member

    Not exactly rubbish, more bizarre...

    Guy cycling with child in childseat, with his headlight mounted...

    ...in his mouth!

    Posted 7 years ago #
  7. SRD
    Moderator

    Hope no one spotted me cycling home after my front light died (we have two identical rechargeable front lights and I obv took the wrong one)

    Posted 7 years ago #
  8. Uberuce
    Member

    My sister got our dog a pair of lights for her collar.

    No, really.

    They were only £4 in Aldi, and the plan was to mount the red one while she was being walked at night, but it didn't fit, so I nabbed them both for my keyring.

    The build quality is not great, I have reservations about waterproofing and I would be amazed if the CR2032 battery life was impressive, but for the price and size, they put out a surprising amount of light.

    They are approximately the size of the top joint of my thumb, so don't annoy me too much for keyring residence.

    I recommend them for this eventuality.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  9. steveo
    Member

    I usually have a couple of blinkies in a drawer for emergencies, main light failure, under light trailers etc.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  10. have to ask @ Edd1e_h was the light in the cyclists or the childs mouth?

    Posted 7 years ago #
  11. neddie
    Member

    @BE

    - In the cyclist's mouth.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  12. Slug
    Member

    Now, the large majority of you on here will already know what I'm about to say, but this is for any novices... or halfwits, like me!

    'When you get a puncture, always check the inside of the tyre for any sharp, pointy thing that caused it before putting a nice, new inner tube in.'

    I know some of you will be shaking your heads knowingly at this point and... you're right to. A puncture on my way to work and then a puncture on my way home... same wheel... same culprit. Fortunately, I managed to repair the first puncture at lunchtime, and remove the offending thorn on the second 'take' so avoided a long walk home.

    On a brighter note, my brand new, 'never-been-used' pump works and I got some good puncture repair practice in. Every cloud and all that...

    And if the young guy who kindly offered his help outside the WoL Visitor Centre is on here, I appreciate the offer, mate. Thank you.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  13. Focus
    Member

    @ Slug

    I posted a similar "doh" moment many months ago.

    No trouble for years and then 3 "unexpected deflations" in 2 rides, coincidentally at the same location. In fixing one of the "deflations", a cheap tyre lever had snapped. What I hadn't realised was part of the broken lever had remained inside the tyre and cause the subsequent problems! Sticking to my Park and Continental levers from now on.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  14. algo
    Member

    Was me in MMW - two bikes in front of me going slower - went to overtake but someone turned to go south in front of us and I was forced to squeeze in between them. Then on the way up the hill I noticed on of them right behind me. I shouldn't have overtaken - I misjudged the speed difference and how much space I had. Lesson learned to be more patient on that bit. Apologies to those two bikes I overtook - especially the one who kept pace with me up the hill. My fault entirely.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  15. deckard112
    Member

    Just a thought...can you imagine a drivers forum where its own members post about their own rubbish driving and apologise for cutting someone up as Algo has just done?

    Posted 7 years ago #
  16. Focus
    Member

    Two this afternoon.

    1) Turning down into Haymarket Yards and this plonker and this studenty-type (sorry students) comes up towards me diagonally across my path and cuts into the tram stop, too lazy to use the road. I shouted that it was dangerous enough without idiots like him but got no response. Muppet.

    2) On the NEPN, heading towards Craigleith from Roseburn. Most people have lights on, good as it was around 4:15/4:30 but one guy was running two high power lights on full blast straight ahead. I politely asked if he could lower them a little as it was a bit blinding. His response? He told me to "go and reproduce somewhere else". Moron. I hope he got a double p-word and had no tools or spares. He hadn't even bothered to stop and ask if the young lady stopped at the side of the path and looking for something needed help. Selfish and a moron. I did stop of course. Self-awarded brownie points for me ;-)

    Posted 7 years ago #
  17. barnton-to-town
    Member

    "studenty-type" ....

    Just WTF is "studenty-type"?

    By christ, this forum can go off on one when the latest EEN anti-cyclist poster brands all cyclists as one, but the hypocrisy of having describing as a "studenty-type" is obviously lost on some.

    In case the hypocrisy really is lost on you, students come in all shapes, sizes, creeds, political affiliations, you name it, there will be as much variation as there is in the GENERAL POPULATION. Maybe less pensioners, I'll grant.

    Jeeez ...

    Posted 7 years ago #
  18. wingpig
    Member

    Fewer pensioners.

    One gutter-hugging shoaler deposited himself in front of me and the person in front (behind whom I'd stopped seeing as he'd stopped before me) at Hanover St then went really slowly along to the next junction, then gambled through the amber onto South St David.

    One gutter-hugging RLJer going north towards St Leonards Street who didn't even glance in the direction of the traffic approaching from Holyrood Park Road.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  19. gembo
    Member

    @barnton-to-town, focus did say studenty-type (sorry students), so probably aware of the hypocrisy.

    You do seem a wee bit sensitive about anti-Student banter. I am a big fan of students butnIndomsometimes make pejorative remarks about them, for this I apologise.

    Watched a guy today, I would not have said he was a student, he jumped the red at gardeners' crescent/ Tollcross junction. He had to swerve round a car that was waiting to turn right and then he cycled on to the pavement at a fair lick.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  20. allebong
    Member

    @Barnton: If you're going to rant about people 'going off on one' it does help if you're own post doesn't, you know, read as if you're going off on one...

    People on this forum come in all shapes, sizes, creeds, political affiliations, you name it, there will be as much variation as there is in the GENERAL POPULATION.

    Suggesting we all respond the same way to idiotic EEN commentators does seem a bit hypocritical of you.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  21. Instography
    Member

    Pedantically, apart from the general population, any group will show less variation than the general population. I mean, you only have to hang around a university campus watching and taking photographs to get a police caution. But that's for a different thread.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  22. Focus
    Member

    Thanks gembo and allebong, you understood what I was meaning. I knew I was stereotyping, hence the sorry in brackets. He simply had the look of a more stereotypical young student. I didn't say he was a student.

    The "going off on one" was a little over-sensitive, the WTF completely unnecessary.

    I wear mainly lycra on the road bike. If somebody seeing me described me as a racer-type, I'd not be insulted, even though I don't race my bike and there are also mountain bike racers, recumbent racers, track racers...

    Posted 7 years ago #
  23. gembo
    Member

    What the flip?

    Posted 7 years ago #
  24. twq
    Member

    WTF = Why The Face (from Modern Family)

    Posted 7 years ago #
  25. minus six
    Member

    To the hipster who cut me up at the junction of Görlitzer Bahnhof and Oranienstraße last night.

    That hooded duffel coat you wear is neither clever nor stylish.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  26. @o_0 Did you have to take the train to Potsdammer Platz?

    Posted 7 years ago #
  27. Dangerous
    Member

    Roseburn Path - Balbirnie Place

    Not really that bad but I have had 3 recent incidents with other cyclists here so thought it worth posting.

    Heading south along Roseburn Path I turned left towards Balbirnie place to find two BMX riders abreast. The one on the left had his head down preparing to climb up the path.

    The sight lines are awful joining the Roseburn path and you have to be aware of cyclists descending the Roseburn Path at some speed who may be on either side of the path depending on whether they are going to Russell Road or Balbirnie Place.

    Posted 7 years ago #
  28. wishicouldgofaster
    Member

    I saw a couple walking a young boxer dog yesterday on the path heading towards Silverknowes. As it was icy I decided to stop and I had a wee chat with them. I was aghast to hear some of their stories about bike clubs thinking they own the whole path on Saturday mornings and several dishing out abuse to any peds on the path.

    Worst story I heard was about one guy stopping and throwing his bike at their dog.

    I've never witnessed such behaviour and hope I never do, if true I can now understand why cyclists have a bad name. :(

    Posted 7 years ago #
  29. minus six
    Member

    Did you have to take the train to Potsdammer Platz?

    The obligatory bowie reference..!

    Yes indeed sir, i got a U2 over there earlier to see Gravity 3D on IMAX at the cineplexx

    Posted 7 years ago #
  30. Focus
    Member

    @ wishicouldgofaster

    Worst story I heard was about one guy stopping and throwing his bike at their dog.

    If true, it makes you wonder what was bad enough (in the rider's eyes) to throw what is presumably his/her possibly expensive) possession at the dog? :-o

    Even if I was threatened by a dog, I think I'd be far more likely to jab at it with the bike rather than throw it, as I'd still have it in my hands for further protection.

    Odd story. Wasn't there though, so can't apportion blame in either (or both) directions.

    Posted 7 years ago #

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