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Blind corner overtaking

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by cardiac case, 13 Oct 2016.

  1. I cycle mainly on unclassified roads through the villages of North Essex.
    It seems that if a car/van catches me up as I approach, or am entering a blind bend it will overtake me,
    irrespective of the possibility that something could be coming the other way. It happens almost every time I go out.
    It's spoiling my ride, as at the first sound of a vehicle behind me all the possible scenarios start going through my head.
    I know that on a country lane there isn't that much traffic, and the chances of meeting just at that exact spot
    is low, but even if it's 0.1% that's an accident every 1000 cars that pass.

    I'm running out of clean underwear.

    Paul G
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  2. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    How narrow is it? Can you ride far enough out to discourage them? The blind bend I ride most, I swing out before it, cutting the apex in an almost racing-style, which is unnecessary at my speeds, but discourages most overtakers.

    Is there a soft landing possible on the verge? Or at least softer than a motor vehicle? Mine has ferns with a slight possibility of brambles or a drainage ditch. Still probably better than a car rebounding off oncoming traffic. Never needed it yet, though.

    And please, the car/van isn't overtaking you by itself - it's a muppet motorist making it. Blame them.
  3. G3CWI

    G3CWI Veteran

    It is so common that I am beginning to think that many cars are fitted with round-the-corner radar.
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  4. Lee_M

    Lee_M Über Member

    It's caused by the fact it's in Essex. Happened to me a lot there too, hardly ever happens now I'm in Cheshire
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  5. Hold a line towards the centre.
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  6. coffeejo

    coffeejo Ælfrēd

    West Somerset
    Definitely a thing in Somerset. Happens a lot. On the main road. At 60mph.
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  7. Bazzer

    Bazzer Much to do and not enough hours

    You ought to come to my part. On a road I regularly use, there is a blind bend, complete with double unbroken lines down the middle of the road. It is so common for cars to overtake me there, that last night on my commute home I was shocked when a car hung back and kept a decent distance from me. It even waited until there was no chance of a close pass after the bend.
    As I heard it begin to overtake, I gave the driver a :thumbsup: as a thank you.
  8. dim

    dim Guest

    Cambridge UK
    At the end of this month, I'm getting the Garmin Edge 1000 aswell as the garmin varia radar that connects to it

    Hoping that the radar will give me more peace of mind, especially when there are sharp bends on roads that I'm not familiar with
  9. H-Bomb

    H-Bomb Well-Known Member

    Happens to me as well :cursing:
  10. newfhouse

    newfhouse Elitist lefty

    I hope you don't rely on the technology to the exclusion of good general awareness. Does the radar even work round blind bends?
  11. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Sure, it has special electromagnetic rays that bend around corners.
  12. dim

    dim Guest

    Cambridge UK
    Jeez .... no need to be anti everything you don't know about

    from what I've read, it detects cars from approx 100 meters away .... obviously not if the car is around a bend .... even if it does not detect a car, I will still check by looking ....

    I also thought it was a gimmick, but people who have them regard them highly .... (read the reviews on Wiggle)

    it's better than not having one, and costs £138 from wiggle .... this is for the radar unit on it's own which connects to the Garmin Edge 1000 and similar. If you don't have a Garmin edge that syncs to it, you can get the bundle package which has the seperate display unit which attaches to you handlebars. The bundle costs £239.99 from Wiggle. The radar unit is also a light

    I commute over 200 miles a week, so this will come in handy..... if you are 'tight fisted' or don't do high miles, then use your neck to check

    Last edited: 13 Oct 2016
  13. newfhouse

    newfhouse Elitist lefty

    Easy tiger. You posted in a thread about riding safely on roads with blind bends. I wondered whether your radar was a useful solution in these circumstances and suggested it may be a poor substitute for good road awareness and positioning. As for commuting 200 miles, well done I guess. Assuming similar road conditions it means you need to shoulder check nearly twice as many times as I do. Personally I wouldn't be relying on this device as a substitute but it's your choice.
  14. OP
    cardiac case

    cardiac case Guest

    The road is wide enough for two cars providing both are on the side.
    It's a left hander, high hawthorn hedge to the left, pair of cottages on the right with a fence on the road edge.
    I'll take a photo tomorrow.
  15. dim

    dim Guest

    Cambridge UK
    thanks .... it will come in handy .... there is nothing worse than going around a bend, and looking behind you at the same time, especially if you are on unfamiliar roads with potholes. there's also this rearviz mirror thingy that I might buy as it's cheap:



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