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Old 06 December 2012, 18:14   #71
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That's because their head is in their arse
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Old 06 December 2012, 19:40   #72
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That's because their head is in their arse
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Iz dat wy yew grinn a lott
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Old 06 December 2012, 23:49   #73
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Old 07 December 2012, 06:07   #74
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Erm.....am I the only one who thought he was riding in the middle of the lanes and awful lot? Maybe it was the perspective on the right hand side of the helmet.
I didn't see the original film, but defensive cyclists will often ride much further out from the kerb than motorists think they should. The reasons being:

- the gutter is full of crap that gives you punctures. Punctures are PITA and potentially dangerous.
- riding too close to the left encourages motorists to squeeze through which is dangerous.
- if some idiot does squeeze past and you are too far left you have no escape route.
- if you hit a small obstruction (rock, litter, manhole) and wobble slightly then close to the kerb = hitting kerb and potential major crash.
- if you are overtaking parked vehicles the risk of getting "doored" is reduced by keeping nearer the centre of the lane.

Accordingly my preferred position is where the 2 of a (20) sign painted on the road usually appears. If the camera is at all off set it would probably seem central.
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Old 07 December 2012, 07:39   #75
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My biggest problem with these guys is that they hold up traffic in slower moving systems ..
A bit like the chronically slow car on a winding road to the west coast - laybys a-plenty & they won't pull over for 2 mins to let the 2 mile queue of busses & lorries who can't overtake because of the road & have to make the jounrey to keep that corner of the world alive past...

If I'm at the head iof a queue with the boat (a rare occurrence, but do accasionally slow down if I know the contents of my tank aren't going to get me to the next filling station), I'll pull in. Ditto on the bike (especially on an uphill) I'll dive into a bus layby / in between a parked car or two / whatever gets me out the flow of traffic for a min or two. The extra time stopped will make s*d all difference to my arrival time.
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A bit like the chronically slow car on a winding road to the west coast - laybys a-plenty & they won't pull over for 2 mins to let the 2 mile queue of busses & lorries who can't overtake because of the road & have to make the jounrey to keep that corner of the world alive past...

If I'm at the head iof a queue with the boat (a rare occurrence, but do accasionally slow down if I know the contents of my tank aren't going to get me to the next filling station), I'll pull in. Ditto on the bike (especially on an uphill) I'll dive into a bus layby / in between a parked car or two / whatever gets me out the flow of traffic for a min or two. The extra time stopped will make s*d all difference to my arrival time.
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But surely cyclists aren't as bad as horse owners who ride their nags on the roads?
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But surely cyclists aren't as bad as horse owners who ride their nags on the roads?
Scuse me Jersey !! this is a cycling thread start yer own thread
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The bit that amazes me so much about some cyclists is how they put themselves in predicaments that even in the relative safety of a car, I would not put myself in. Some cyclists just seem to have a death wish and don't have the common sense to stay clear of potentially dangerous situations, although to be fair, some car drivers also have the same brain cell missing.

I was in a 20mph zone last week and had a cyclist literally 2ft off of my rear bumper (I could not see his head in my rear view mirror) because at 20mph I was obviously going too slow for him. If I had to slow for wildlife crossing the road, as is very common on that road, I would have saved the swan and let the cyclist deal with the consequences of his stupidity - although I suspect he would have dusted home self down and just ridden off without exchanging his non existent insurance details.
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