Discussion in 'Commuting' started by gambatte, 28 Nov 2007.

  1. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    S Yorks
  2. I've heard about it on other paths too and people being ambushed on them; I tend not to use them at night.
  3. Scary.
  4. I tend to cycle via the canal very rarely now.
  5. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    The last time I cycled home along the canal a woman had just been hit in the face with a baseball bat.
  6. goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Leith, Edinburgh
    Didn't that kind of thing happen a few years back on the Roseburn Path, near Craigleith ? I seem to remember reading about someone getting caught with one at head-height and getting a lot of damage to his neck.

    Not 100% sure on this, but it may also have happened to Maggie Wynn who runs TryCycling In Edinburgh - or was that just the giggling kids who smashed her in the face with a lobbed brick ?

    Touch wood and all that, but since I started cycle commuting in April '06, I've never come across that particular nasty trick. Had bottles lobbed at me, and been threatened by an 8yr-old with a brick, but those were isloated incidents and not an everyday occurrence and didn't happen in the dark.
  7. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Wait til 11yrold girls throw leaves at you, that's truly horrifying.:biggrin:
  8. I'm not sure of the detail but they did happen, somebody in the CTC told me about the incidents.

    Myself touch wood, Ive only come accross neds blocking the path, neds throwing eggs and kids throwing branches at my front wheel. In Dublin I had a firework (rocket) fired in the direction I was going, they were either a very bad or good shot but when I firework overtakes you just a few metres to the right :biggrin:
  9. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    I can't decide what's worse. The idea that people who do this sort of thing just don't realise how dangerous it is, or that they do, and they don't care.

    Faced with this sort of thing, I lose all my liberal sympathies. I wonder how funny they would think it was if someone garroted them, laughing. I'd apply for the job.
  10. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    I seem to recall a guy being seriously injured by something like this near me (I think it was on one of the big off road paths in/near Stockport, chest height wire in that case).

    Be careful out there folks.
  11. OP

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    S Yorks
    Distant uncle of mine had similar a couple of decades ago, was on medication for the rest of his life due to the injuries. He was on a scooter with no helmet.

    I had it a couple of years ago as a pedestrian. Theres a snicket/ginnel (whatever you call them in your area) near me and one of the gardens has a clothes line running down it. There was too much clotherline. Some enterprising little sod had picked up the excess, taken the end to the other side of the path and tied it to a fence post.

    Its definitely unpleasant to get it across the neck at a slow walking pace, doesn’t bear thinking about at a decent lick on a bike.
  12. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    You can't blame the kids, they have probably just got ADHD.
  13. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    I echo Arch's sentiments completely!
    Unfortunately this is the kind of game that chavs will find to their liking.
    If it happened to me, or I saw some lowlife hanging up a wire across a path, I would NOT be responsible for my actions!
    This kind of thing REALLY does make my blood boil! :biggrin::biggrin:!:biggrin:
  14. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Just take it in the neck like a man.
  15. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Funny! :biggrin:
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