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Re: High fiving van drivers

4 hours 54 min ago
Well, I've found lots of things at the roadside, but never someone's arm.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

4 hours 56 min ago
Maybe when the feeble, overweight, female Police Officer (the cops in the UK are all becoming like this) gave him the Caution his front teeth were missing from smashing his head into the road when he fell over. That would have been natural justice, that.

Re: Big Hoot

5 hours 46 min ago
Tizme wrote:My wife and I spent 2 days Grommit spotting in Bristol last year, we are hoping to get up to Bristol very soon to see the Seans'.

Gorillas were 2011, Grommits 2013 and Shaun's 2015. Managed to bag all 120 Shaun's over 7 days. Two days for London, 48 on day one and the two at Canary Wharf some weeks later when I managed to bag a cheap coach ticket. The Bristol Shaun's started on the Saturday before the trail officially started but I knew some would be on location already and the rest were bagged on the way to work and on 2 days holiday I took specially for the Shaun The Sheep Trail and did them all on bike.

Re: Proper use of an A Gate

4 August 2015 - 3:21pm
Just arm a few jolly cyclists with angle grinders, I'd happily cycle around if every so often I got to wreck something, I've already done a safety course for angle grinders too! Maybe make it law to be able to remove them, then have a recording system and league table added to Strava and they'd all be gone within a week.

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

4 August 2015 - 3:01pm
My father in law hid a tank in the middle of a grass field, helicopters were looking for it on a training exercise, he drove it into some trees, then reversed back to the middle of the field into a slight hollow, camouflaged it, including fake track marks over the top so the helicopters were convinced it was hidden in the trees.

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

4 August 2015 - 2:59pm
At Scout camp we hid the scoutmaster's Reliant in a cottage tent. It was a very snug fit but what made it hard to find was that we had to take out the vertical pole in the entrance to get it in, and then replace it.

Re: Car in bike lane gets moved by cyclist

4 August 2015 - 2:49pm
When my dad was at agricultural college the students drove a tractor into one of the buildings, it would only just fit with the wheels fitted one way around, they were dished, they then jacked it up and put the wheels on the other way, making it significantly wider, took the staff a few goes to realise how they'd got it in there.

Re: Not even an 'are' you OK!

4 August 2015 - 12:39pm
This happened to me yesterday - - not sure if its worth even reporting. I could have put the flat of my hand on the van, even with a bent elbow.

Re: Not even an 'are' you OK!

4 August 2015 - 12:18pm
Something dodgy always seems to happen to me within the last half a mile of getting home, regardless of whether I rode 3 miles or 30 miles. That's annoying and doesn't even make any sense. I can do a ride along all different roads, no problems... as soon as I get right near my house again and I am nearly there, some guy pulls out on me, or turns left right in front of me.

Re: Wibbly Wobbly

4 August 2015 - 11:22am
I much prefer someone approaching from behind to ring their bell than shout 'on your right' or whatever.
A bell means 'bike' and I then expect a bike to pass.
A shout is just a shout - by the time I've registered what has been said I've usually got a shock from a bike whizzing past.

Re: Not even an 'are' you OK!

4 August 2015 - 9:49am
Yesterday I had a bad pass from a large tipper lorry. Just about to start up a hill when it caught up and overtook me (too close) at speed, swooping in at a steep angle about two yards at most in front of me in the face of two oncoming cars, which I'd guess from what I saw of it before and after had to brake hard to avoid a collision. Unfortunately it was away too fast for to get its number or see if it went into the current railway works further down the road.

I could have braked and avoided any crash between them if it had happened in front of me as I was going uphill, but the driver of the first car could easily have had a head-on and would have been unlikely to have made it with the speeds and weights involved.

Re: Big Hoot

4 August 2015 - 1:42am
Make sure you lock your bikes up in Brum.

Re: Wibbly Wobbly

3 August 2015 - 8:57pm
Re MJR's suggestion - when I used to cycle with a club, we'd have a few key phrases to say to people we were passing , or to communicate - one of which was "On your Right" (or left as the case may be) just before passing another cyclist. Even "Good morning" will do!

Re: Not even an 'are' you OK!

3 August 2015 - 8:52pm
jardine wrote: but I react horrendously badly to 'near misses' especially when they involve aggression from the other party- I end up shaking like a leaf. I wish people would just think about sharing the bloody roads with everyone else, whether on a Brompton or an artic...

Ditto since I was knocked off my bike a few months ago - at present my only "preventative" from shaking like a leaf (and simply giving up, chucking the bike and walking home) is to give the stiff finger (or two).

Like the woman who pulled out of a side turning in front of me in almost a copycat accident, and thought it was funny when I screamed in terror ...

..or the *** in the souped-up blue mini who couldn't get past me cycling towards the brow of a hill about 100yards from home (or he would have crashed into the pedestrian refuge), shouted at me to "Move over ..." then sat on my back wheel revving his very noisy engine ...

... or the berk in the volvo who overtook me while I was turning left, 'cos he wanted to turn left as well, and was quite shocked when he had to swerve to avoid an oncoming car (same journey as the "mini" incident above). Not as shocked as I was though.

or, or, or ... well you know the story

I no longer have a growl to the missus when these things occur, I suspect if I did the encouragement she has given me to continue cycling since the accident may cease, through sheer fright on her behalf. Maybe that's why I now get it out my my system on the spot.

Re: Big Hoot

3 August 2015 - 8:13pm
Ah so that's what it was, we were at Birmingham SeaLife Centre on Wednesday, there was just a big egg.

Re: Victoria Bridge, Glasgow this morning 3 Aug

3 August 2015 - 5:58pm
bobbyg wrote:Found it strange that the police let the other guy just go but just being curious as to what the rammy was about if anyone saw it?

I was there this morning didn't see it though. I'll guess the traffic saw the "incident" and were happy that there was no need for any police action relating to the car they let go.

Re: Big Hoot

3 August 2015 - 5:45pm
Let us know if they go on a UK tour, I missed out on Shaun in the City's trip to London .
The Seans' are now in Bristol until the end of August My wife and I spent 2 days Grommit spotting in Bristol last year, we are hoping to get up to Bristol very soon to see the Seans'. Unfortunately we couldn't "borrow" our Granddaughter for the day to let her see them, "she'd get too tired and needs her afternoon nap"

Victoria Bridge, Glasgow this morning 3 Aug

3 August 2015 - 4:28pm
Just being curious, as I was cycling up to this junction today I saw a cyclist having a heated debate with police in a traffic car, whilst gesticulating to another car and driver who was obviously the "other side" that had wronged the cyclist.

The other car pulled away when lights turned to green and disappeared whilst the police and cyclist then pulled in through the junction to carry on the discussion.

Found it strange that the police let the other guy just go but just being curious as to what the rammy was about if anyone saw it?

Re: @MickF - Just showing off...

3 August 2015 - 2:52pm
I have no wish to decry this fella's efforts but when I saw him featured on tv my first thoughts were of MickF and then that his bike is not an actual Chopper as many of us think of them but in fact was the later version ie no central gear change.
Was I wrong to think this because to me just like many BSO this to me is a CSO.

Re: Pride comes before a fall

3 August 2015 - 2:19pm
Tacascarow wrote:TonyR wrote:Tried a little experiment this morning cycling down a busy single carriageway wide A road. Plenty of room to leave room overtaking even with oncoming traffic but after several close passes at speed I started to just wobble a little between secondary and a foot in from secondary. Tried to keep it random and unpredicatable. Every single car for the next mile gave me a very wide berth. I'll try it some more over the next few days and see if the results are continued. Graham Obree said exactly that to counter close passes when he was interviewed a few years ago.
Used to use it for years. Slightly safer and indistinguishable from a driver's point of view (IMO) is to sway the bars from side to side - not as in TdF hill climbing, but unpredictably (like the wobble) with a tendency to sway towards the traffic. This allows you to keep the wheel track wherever you want it but appears to passing motorists like you are "all over the place" (so they worry about their paintwork).

Of course for the numpty in a battered old whatever who gives not a @@@ about paintwork or other road users, neither tip works .

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