Did something naughty this morning

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by HLaB, 12 Mar 2008.

  1. If anybody knows Edinburgh, its full of roadworks for the trams at the moment. At one point I was heading along the road which is two lanes at this point, it does narrow a bit further down to 1 lane at traffic lights. Got overtaken by a big black 4x4 (freelander I think, free thats a joke), despite it being 2 lanes and no other traffic on the road (strange for the CC) he decided to overtake as close as possible, just missing my bars by inches and accelerated as fast as he could IMO to block the ASL. At the lights however I deliberately rolled in front of him :rolleyes: and proceded to go round the short corner in the primary :biggrin: before returning to the the secondary when it again widened to 2 lanes. Instead of just overtaking which the road layout allows easily he decided to slow down beeb his horn, berate, point to the line of park cars/ pavement (was I supposed to be on the pavement or in the park cars :smile:). When he did overtake I latched on to his rear and drafted him a bit (1/4 mile) till the next set of lights where he was left sitting in a queue.
  2. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I am terrible for doing this kind of stuff!

    Of course it is much better for your blood pressure to just slow down and let them disappear.
  3. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    don't see what you did wrong there

    are those freelanders ever well driven?
  4. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Bit of drafting never did anyone any harm - shows them who is boss.... especially when you are sat behind them at 30 plus....

    Only to be done when the road is clear and there is space between car and you !
  5. Maz

    Maz Guru

    i know what you mean about the 'deliberate primary' - i've done it myself...i nearly got hit by a car at a RAB...car came to a screeching halt. He took the same exit as me, it was a wide-ish rd but i stayed in primary and rode slow for a looooong time...car didnt dare beep - he stayed there until the rd widened up.
    5 more weeks in plaster - then i'm back on the bike! :rolleyes:
  6. Sh4rkyBloke

    Sh4rkyBloke Jaffa Cake monster

    Manchester, UK
    I'm just surprised there was no gesture intimating that he is a regular 'starter-of-discussions-with-many-people-having-opposing-views-on-a-subject'*

    *Mass debater
  7. Kirst

    Kirst Well-Known Member

    Where was this?

    As if the tram works weren't bad enough, TRANSCO are taking this opportunity to relay gas mains on every bit of road they can find at the moment. I'm fed up of it.
  8. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    Well Shandwick Place is a nightmare at present. I think this is only the beginning as they are not laying track merely repositioning the services. Phase 1 of a long process. Once completed, I am a little nervous how bike wheels will cope with the track. I can predict a few bike accidents.
  9. OP

    HLaB Marie Attoinette Fan

    W Maitland Street, Manor Place, Melville St. Yeah the Gas works aren't helping.
    I lived in Dublin when the LUAS trams were built, it never really affected me however as I never had to cross their tracks often. On a slightly positive note they gave out free Hi-Vis "Cycle Safe with LUAS".
  10. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Don't get upset about Gas mains replacement - they have a duty to do it....but all the more fun when you are on the bike - two lanes at a local junction are only one from today...ohh the fun tomorrow when I roll past all the jammed cars.....
  11. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Five months of Hell according to the Evening News, nice to see them accentuating the positive regarding the new tram system:biggrin::biggrin:
    Mind you, it must be bad in Edinburgh, one of their residents is threatening to move to Glasgow:ohmy::ohmy:
    Turn up the sound for the promotional video

    View: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=PfprA_MM4MI

  12. Just be careful. I got my front wheel caught in the Midlands Metro tracks near Wolverhampton a few years back, catapulting myyself over the bars into a pedestrian fence, breaking my helmet in two and permanently scarring my shoulder. All my own fault, and easily foreseeable, but it still happened. And I'm a pretty experienced urban cyclist.
  13. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Two wrongs don't make a right, as old Grannie Tete used to say.

    Mind you she also used to say don't let fannies in freelanders away with squeezing you off the road.
  14. LLB

    LLB Guest

    He was out of order, but you should have let him go. The freelander is held in low regard by 4x4 enthusiasts and are too light to tow with safely - style over substance. Also have very weak gearboxes.
  15. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    It doesn't really sound like you did anything wrong. Maybe it wasn't the most polite or sensible thing to do, but not illegal. I reckon I might have done the same myself.

    I might have added a comment to the driver that he needed a faster car, because it's not very good being beaten by a bicycle.
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