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How fit are cycling coppers?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by twowheelsgood, 24 Sep 2007.

  1. twowheelsgood

    twowheelsgood Senior Member

    Location:
    Zurich Switzerland
    Last time I was in Britain, I couldn't help notice that the police were all on fairly clunky looking mountain bikes and were, shall we say not tremendously fit looking.

    Would they really stand a chance of catching the rat boy who stole my mate's cannondale road bike last Thursday?
     
  2. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I think these days they'd just shoot him
     
  3. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Most of the riders in Birmingham are not police, but community support officers, though some of those I've met wouldn't correct you if you thought they were real bobbies.

    And IMO they do seem to provide a reassuring presence on the streets, particularly in the city centre.

    They get some decent MTB-type training.

    Realistically though I think that being on a bike enables them to patrol a wider area rather than catch the thieving, running scrotes.
     
  4. frog

    frog Guest

    We had two in my area who were on C+ as 'fuzzy' and 'jenks'. They had a very good arrest record and most of us would have been hard pressed to get away from them :biggrin:
     
  5. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    The City based ones have handlebar mounted Tasers so it would probably not be a great idea to try to out run them.
     
  6. girofan

    girofan New Member

    :biggrin: I'm no youngster anymore, but if the police gizza a job I'm sure I'd catch a few. Especially if they had pinched a high end machine. :biggrin:
    Give the police a break so that they could get on with real policing.
    Counting the revenue from "safety" cameras. :biggrin:
     
  7. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Lots of plod on bikes here in Cambridge. You've no idea how tempting it is to photocopy guidance on saddle height, road positioning and signalling and hand it out to them :biggrin:
     
  8. OP
    OP
    twowheelsgood

    twowheelsgood Senior Member

    Location:
    Zurich Switzerland
    C'mon dom, no way could you use a taser on a cyclist because there would be a very real risk of death or serious injury. I was under the impression they could only be used like any weapon where there is a risk to the officer.
     
  9. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    In the real world this is most likely true, however I was posting from my little fantasy world where these things are possible.
     
  10. gary r

    gary r Veteran

    Location:
    Camberley
    my cousin is a copper & also a good cyclist & runner (2:45 marathon time)
    He told me a story where he was chasing a little scumbag,He let him keep a lead of about 50ft & slowed down in time with the scumbag,& let him run himself to exhaustion until gave up! he could have caught him in 100 yards but it was fun to see how far he could run!
     
  11. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Since many of the MTB riders I know are well on the way to middle age, I do wonder if they could chase down a scrawny adrenaline-fuelled yoof on a stolen bike.

    Nice little story: a pal of mine is an MTBer and rugby player. He came out of work to find some scumbag breaking into a colleague's car. He jumped on the bloke and held him for a good 10 minutes until the coppers managed to find the address - he told me the would-be thief got pretty pathetic, whining and begging to be let go but John wasn't having it.
     
  12. col

    col Veteran

    My brother in law was in the police,and once told me that a bike was available,this was some time ago,and anyone who wanted to ,could use it.I guess it would generally be the cyclists amongst them that would go for it.
     
  13. Canrider

    Canrider Guru

    Of the two, *this* is the fantasy-world statement..
     
  14. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    I would guess some very fit, most reasonably, some not so - like civilians really, after all it's not like they a different species :biggrin:
    To be fair though the chances of them having to chase a fairly fit person on a similar cross-country bike for quite a long distance are slim. They're either going to be chasing someone running, in which case the chase will end fairly soon - either by the crim getting caught 'cos the cop on a bike's faster, or the crim getting away due to vaulting a fence/chucking a bin in the cop's way/getting in a car or something, and the cop choosing that it's either worth risking the bike getting nicked and pursuing on foot, or it's not. In which case it just turns into a foot pursuit, which still probably doesn't last much more than 20 seconds. OR, they're going to be chasing a chav on a BMX, in which case the cop on an MTB probably won't have much difficulty catching him. To be fair though, even if they were chasing someone on a similar bike, the crim would have to be a lot fitter and stronger, because all the cop has to do is catch up, the crim has to stay ahead, so he has to ride faster than the cop can maintain for a short burst but carry on riding faster than the cop.
     
  15. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    A couple of the cycling plod I know are exceedingly fit and have no problem chasing down miscreant yoof...