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Discussion in 'Commuting' started by BentMikey, 19 Oct 2007.

  1. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    I'm having a bad week. Well, in one way it's brilliant, I've had excellent commutes with loads of friendly and tolerant drivers. Some sort of attitude problem seems to have crept into my cycling though, I'm riding like a right c@nt, and although none of it is really extreme or dangerous, it's not of the usual standard I expect of myself. Frustrating, because I'm struggling to stop myself seeing the need for speed, and I'm feeling guilty because everyone else has been driving/riding so well around me.

    Oh, and I nearly got taken out by a bus yesterday. I was on a main road, about to turn right into a minor junction. Bus was at that same junction on my right on the minor road, and I watched him glance to the right, but not to his left. Since nearly all buses turn left at this junction (towards me), I made the stupid assumption that he would also turn left, especially after the lack of looking.

    Just as I get in front of his bow, he pulls out and turns right. Arrrghh!!! All was avoided as I yelled a loud "OOOIIII!" and flicked the recumbent to the left to get out of his way. To his credit, he stopped immediately and apologized profusely. I did too, saying "no worries mate, I also make mistakes." He did try to blame not seeing me on my being so low, so I pointed out that I watched him not even look left at all, but we parted on a good note.
  2. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Guildford / London
    It does happen on occasion Mikey, the need for speed is a very hard mistress to resist.

    Commute in on your fixie instead of the 'bent for one day. Change of bike, change of style - a change is as good as a rest as the old adage goes.

    Another thing I do when I realise that I've got the need for speed is to change the focus of my riding. So whilst riding fast I concentrate on riding as smoothly as possible. It makes for a very satisfying ride - the focus on precision takes away from the outright desire for speed (I find). Smooth bell-shaped braking, extra dilligence on the gears to stay in the 100-110rpm cadence zone with silky smooth shifting. Really focusing on cornering technique, and making small adjustments to my course to avoid dodgy road surface instead of more agressive flicking of the bike.

    Give either of those two a shot (the second is my favorite, as it is good training too!) and see if it helps. Also look at what might be causing this? Are you frustrated with something at the moment etc?
  3. mcd

    mcd Well-Known Member

    Still got yer race head on after the weekend?

    I find the goodwill got from waving some on helps put thinks in perspective (unless the inconsiderate b@star6s don't wave back. Grrrrr)
  4. I cannot believe BM made a mistake.I am sincerely humbled.:rolleyes::eek:
  5. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Re-arrange the following words to help curb your current rash behaviour:


  6. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    Fankoo! Yes, I need to chill out, LOL. Nice suggestion Jacomus, I'll try it out tomorrow morning.
  7. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    What fantastic advice from Jacomus, I'll take it myself.
  8. col

    col Veteran

    We all get these times,i was ready to explode for weeks before me hols,but im feeling great now,what with painting and decorating,its calmed me down no end.A break in the daily routine has done it for me i think?
  9. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Why not go for a really long ride one day out into the country? Get it out of your system.

    Realistically we all go through phases like this so don't be too harsh on yourself. See if you can work out a way to turn it to your advantage.
  10. Not feeling great.Felt awful on the commute back last night and was ok on my 3rd commute today.Four commutes to go then im on holiday 26 days off.Hong Kong and Japan here I come.:rolleyes:
  11. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London

    Cheeky blighter!! LOLOL! I'm sure that's about the third time you've told me that, the last two being on C+.
  12. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    Much better today, still a bit overly assertive though. Jacomus, most impressed with your suggestions, thanks!
  13. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    middle of Norfolk
    Glad you aren't hurt BM. Chill, breath deeply & slowly. Relax.
  14. :rolleyes:
  15. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Guildford / London
    Thank you Mikey, glad I could be of some help :rolleyes:

    Ride safely.