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Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

7 January 2016 - 5:01pm
8/10 for keeping your cool, but lose two for starting to flare up over a relatively common if mistaken point said without any malice?

al_yrpal wrote:On RLJing, a chestnut to beat us with for a lot of motorists. You often see motorists go through reds just as the lights change but I dont think I have ever seen a motorist stopped at a light, then when its clear but still red blatantly drive off through the red light.
I rarely see cyclists do it (around here, they're far more likely to ride off-road for a bit and completely ignore the junction!) but I've seen so many motorists do it that I've even see one do it when the car behind him/her and in front of me was a police car who immediately blue-lit and stopped them! I don't know if the motorist didn't look in the mirrors or couldn't see the police car because of it's hi-viz urban camo.

661-Pete wrote:That video that appeared recently, where a motorist overtook a cyclist (reasonably considerately, in my view), then turned into a supermarket car park, and the cyclist went after her like a pack of hounds and tore a strip off her - well I found that excruciatingly embarrassing to watch. That kind of publicity for cycling is what we could do without!
Ah, then, I'm sorry. Two days ago, a motorist overtook me and then I chased them down... and thanked them for the good overtake and told them their left brake light had failed

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

7 January 2016 - 4:47pm
hondated wrote:Pete also be warned living in Eastbourne I am not too far away from you so it could be me approaching you one day.
Ah yes - but you'd use a different line of conversation. So I'd know.

Re: Booby Trap Warning: Tiptree, Essex

7 January 2016 - 4:00pm
[XAP]Bob wrote:One of those occasions where it looks like everyone did the right thing?

Going back in time (one advantage of video) the tree looks angled but static for a while before it falls (quite rapidly, it didn't appear to have much of a 'gentle start')

The oncoming car brakes hard, but stays in lane, the POV car also brakes and stays in lane.

The car that hit the tree didn't stand a chance,in fact he was lucky it didn't hit the bonnet or worse still the w/screen.
Camera car did the right ES and so did the car behind it.
I suspect no one was injured,thankfully.

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

7 January 2016 - 3:39pm
Yes in my opinion you were wrong to think that. That guy could have been me as I too would of approached you to talk "bikes " as I find it can lead to some interesting conversations.
Now you have got me going so ....
I remember coming out of Bromley Bikes and seeing a very old lady resting on her shopping trolley looking at my bike which I had left leaning on the window.
Striking up a conversation she told me how her and her deceased husband before the war use to tour all over Europe. We must have chatted for nearly an hour and during that hour I learnt so much from her and hopefully she walked away at lease thinking " Cor that was good talking about my days of cycling ".

Pete also be warned living in Eastbourne I am not too far away from you so it could be me approaching you one day.

Re: Vanmoof Boncho - reinventing the cape

7 January 2016 - 3:18pm
I suspect that any moderate or gusty wind might reveal the same old cape problems.

Re: London - Finsbury Park to Blackfriars

7 January 2016 - 1:52pm
drossall wrote:I got this puncture soon after setting out from the old place

Wow. That's a proper puncture.

Vanmoof Boncho - reinventing the cape

7 January 2016 - 1:52pm


Still at the kickstarter stage.

I'd give it space in my pannier.

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

7 January 2016 - 1:45pm
What does worry me are the number of motorists who seem to think that we 661-Pete wrote: "must be very brave, cycling on those roads, I wouldn't dream of it, far too dangerous".. but do not seem to reflect that the cause of that alleged danger is their fellow drivers incompetence or malice, and the solution is in their collective hands.

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

7 January 2016 - 1:43pm
I'm always concerned about the bad press cyclists are getting and the image we need to project to counter this. That video that appeared recently, where a motorist overtook a cyclist (reasonably considerately, in my view), then turned into a supermarket car park, and the cyclist went after her like a pack of hounds and tore a strip off her - well I found that excruciatingly embarrassing to watch. That kind of publicity for cycling is what we could do without!

But I kept wondering, could that have been me? I often fall into the trap of swearing quietly, when I'm annoyed at another road user. It does bother me that I may 'lose it' one day in public view. The person to whom I refer in the OP, meant nothing wrong, as several people have pointed out, he was just being friendly - but I nearly snapped at him for no good reason. I feel thankful, with hindsight now, that I didn't.

I just feel, I'm not the only one.

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

7 January 2016 - 1:40pm
I'd agree
When I rode a Claud Butler there was forever a stream of OAPs with a twinkle in their eye saying "I used to ride a CB"

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

7 January 2016 - 1:34pm
mercalia wrote:you get 0/10 for understandingOh I understood well enough. I'm trying to explain my point: I nearly snapped out of irritation at the same old canard coming up, but I didn't. Isn't that worth a plus?

you will get old one of these daysI already am.

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

7 January 2016 - 1:19pm
My experience of being approached by former cyclists is that they are very keen to tell me that they used to ride a bike - and about 50% of them used to have a Claud Butler

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

7 January 2016 - 11:28am
I would have been inclined to ask him if he cycled. You'd probably find out that he was a keen cyclist in his younger days and was just having a nostalgic moment

Re: Booby Trap Warning: Tiptree, Essex

7 January 2016 - 10:26am
One of those occasions where it looks like everyone did the right thing?

Going back in time (one advantage of video) the tree looks angled but static for a while before it falls (quite rapidly, it didn't appear to have much of a 'gentle start')

The oncoming car brakes hard, but stays in lane, the POV car also brakes and stays in lane.

Re: Booby Trap Warning: Tiptree, Essex

7 January 2016 - 10:14am
gaz wrote:[XAP]Bob wrote:The HC says:
146: Be prepared for unexpected or difficult situations, for example, the road being blocked beyond a blind bend. Be prepared to adjust your speed as a precaution.


... sometimes the unexpected happens.
Good stop! I was looking in the right place, but the debris was sent towards the camera car, in those conditions an excellent stop.


@reohn2: +1

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

7 January 2016 - 9:31am
He was trying to be nice, in the way only some people can manage... So to fly off the handle with him would have been uncalled for.

Fact is as soon as you mention cycling to anyone the roads are always the first thing they say.

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

7 January 2016 - 9:17am
Heltor Chasca wrote:Vorpal wrote:Lots of people think it's dangerous. Next time put in a good word for cycling.

'Did you know that the benefits outweigh the risks, and cyclists live longer?'

[emoji106]Aaaahhhhhh. Let me breath in the fresh air. It's like having a new nose. Wise stuff here Vorpal. Thank you....b
thanks, but I have to admit I cheated

I use to teach Bikeability, and had lots of concerned parents, asking me about the dangers of cycling So I thought about it to have a few answers at the ready.

Re: Booby Trap Warning: Tiptree, Essex

7 January 2016 - 8:44am
[XAP]Bob wrote:The HC says:
146: Be prepared for unexpected or difficult situations, for example, the road being blocked beyond a blind bend. Be prepared to adjust your speed as a precaution.


... sometimes the unexpected happens.

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

7 January 2016 - 7:15am
Vorpal wrote:Lots of people think it's dangerous. Next time put in a good word for cycling.

'Did you know that the benefits outweigh the risks, and cyclists live longer?'

[emoji106]Aaaahhhhhh. Let me breath in the fresh air. It's like having a new nose. Wise stuff here Vorpal. Thank you....b

Re: Do I get 10/10 for keeping my cool?

7 January 2016 - 12:53am
Just a lonely oldish man who maybe cycled when younger and remembered the camaradie? happens to many people when they get older, like a chat? happens also if you have a motorbike? you get 0/10 for understanding - you will get old one of these days

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