Get it off your chest here!
You wanna try cycling in Trinidad or Jamaica!
My philosphy that is most effective is to take my space and guard it. In emergency I have a place to go. I ride towards the centre of the road/lane and only move in if I have to. I assume all cars and trucks are out to kill me and have't seen me. I wear bright, loud cycling gear and red gloves. I have a top of the range helmet which I replace if I so much as drop it! When I ride in the dark (more likely very early morning) I use flashing rather than steady back lights. Been wing mirrored 3 times, but never knocked off. Closest call was actually one of the many dogs that we get out in the country, damn thing actually got it's teeth onto my shoe, managed to kick it off after I unclipped.
I once had a cat trying to race me down a hill. I wasn't sure what I should do I slowed down a little and it cut infront of me and stoped.
My front wheel when straight over it. I panicked and jammed on the breaks unfortunalty this just resulted in it get trapped beneth my locked rear wheel and ground into the road surface. When I finally can to a stop i rolled back to let it out, I have never seen a cat move so fast in my life whilst i sat there in shock. A little old lady marched up to me and started telling me off for attacking a harmless cat!
Cyclists who feel the rules of the road do not apply such as going through red lights. And cyclists who insist on riding two or more abreast on narrow roads causing unnecessary hold ups to the traffic behind them.
I cycle and am sympathetic to cyclists and it pisses me off so what do you think non cycling drivers make of your antics!
And don't get me started on horse riders!!
Round by me it seems that its new cyclists that dont seem to stop at red lights. And we're not talking about riding through 'for safetys sake' - they just seem to think that the rules of the road dont apply. Muppets !
I got BEEPED by the car behind me today on Smithdown Road because I was giving the cyclist in front of me sufficient room and time to move off from the lights. He was helmet-clad, in full cycle gear with lights and hi viz and everything. Not even an invisible man!
Lit up like a Christmas tree but the dick behind me clearly thought I should plough him down.
Er Pingu - it IS illegal to ride at night without lights.
(as for bright clothing - you can be as bright as you want in the dark and you're still not very visible - I'd much rather have reflective than bright)
Womble, don't you think there might be a message in there somewhere?
Oh Womble, I do hope that the dick head gets a right shafting before having their insurance refused for renewal. I think that they might appreciate it a little more if they fell down a full flight of stairs on their coccyx before smacking their wrist on something expensive and hard.
Let me guess "I didn't see you"?
Sympathy to Womble =1, driver = 0.
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