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A bit of balance

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by magnatom, 24 Sep 2007.

  1. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Just to balance things in commuting out a little. I had a great cycle in this morning. It is a bank holiday here in Glasgow (although I am working :biggrin:). The cycle in was one of the quietest I've ever had. Cycling down Balshagray Avenue (I love that name) down toward the Clyde Tunnel. It is usually choca with cars. Today on my side of the road, I encountered no cars at all! I almost felt like shouting weeeeeee.

    I could post the video, but without having a discussion with someone it might be a bit boring! :biggrin:
     
  2. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    bone idle jocks

    most likely paid for with London tax payers' money too
     
  3. OP
    OP
    magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Perfect. Another way in which the balance has been redressed :biggrin:;)
     
  4. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    More or less without incident, this morning. Had a taxi almost come at me in a narrow section of road, but I was nearly through and so could accelerate out in time, so it wasn't an issue. Had a cyclist indicate to turn right only a fraction of a second before doing so in front of me, but I'd anticipated he might do that so I wasn't overtaking him at the time.

    So all in all, about as uneventful as a commute could be.
     
  5. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    A pigeon looked at me in a threatening manner.
     
  6. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Got to watch those pigeons. Peck your eyes right out of your head.
     
  7. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    two road rages for me, car pulled out across the entire bus lane, watch me coming and made no effort to reverse and to my angry glare gave the casual wave of the hand of sorry, got the finger back

    and braking hard on the downhill before I joined a roundabout, black cab coming round, he didn't indicate that he was turning left rather than continuing so I rolled a little further forward than I would have otherwise, knew he might and sure enough he did, but stopped in front of me and gave me a look to say that he thought I was was going to pull out in front of me

    I'm afraid the street for 100 yards got what I thought of that

    rather enjoyed it once I was already wet
     
  8. OP
    OP
    magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Actually,

    I had a pigeon cut me up the other day. Obviously I was in the primary position and had a right to be there. You can imagine how annoyed I was. Obviously I asked it to land so that I could have a chat. It claimed that it owned that particular air space and took precedence over me because pigeons had been here before cyclists. I of course asked if it had read Cyclecraft, but it had not. It asked if I had read Genesis and he then pointed out that birds were here first. I wasn't sure how to respond to that so I just cycled off.

    Unfortunately my helmet camera battery had just run out a few minutes before..... :biggrin:

    (It's a bank holiday here so give me a break!)
     
  9. pw2389

    pw2389 New Member

    How exactly does one pull out in front of oneself?
     
  10. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    Different kind of thread, on a different kind of forum.....:biggrin:


    :biggrin::evil::biggrin:
     
  11. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    A8000 open again in the East of Scotland, makes my commute further but faster = better. Once I hit the A8 I averaged 36kph for the last 4m miles, ya dancer!
     
  12. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    in front of him

    as you bloody well know :biggrin:
     
  13. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    Last summer I experienced the squirrely equivalent of Emily Davison. I was bombing down a local fire road, it was lovely weather and I was really putting the hammer down.

    Suddenly the rear wheel and the pedals locked up, a short and graceless slide before a very dusty, painful crash. When I had got my breath back and looked over the bike, jammed in the rear wheel / mech was most of a squirrel, blood and guts hanging out.

    It was pretty manky picking it out before limping home with a bent rear derailleur that only worked in 8th. Not a happy day!
     
  14. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Not for the faint hearted this link, but you do know that theres good eating on a squirrel, don't you?

    http://www.downsizer.net/Projects/P...t_Feast__or_Preparing_a_Squirrel_for_the_Pot/
     
  15. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    Haha

    The rear meach squirrel was not in the kind of shape I would have considered edible!

    It might also have put a lid on me being veggie!