Knocked off by teenager.

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Milzy, 12 Jun 2018.

  1. Milzy

    Milzy Veteran

    I was riding through a village and noticed 3 teenagers on bmx’s at the side of the road on the pavement. As I got to them doing 21mph one decided to cross without looking straight into my path. Hit his back wheel came flying off. Luckily only cuts and bruises. I’m not happy about ripped bar tape, scuffed rear mech and pedal. I shouted a few choice words at him, wanted to punch him but restrained as he was only about 16. His chav mates were just laughing. As I felt my self getting more wound up I just got on & road away before anything could escalate. If I had been a car or motorcycle he’d have been hurt. There’s so many stupid people around these days you can’t enjoy anything anymore.
    Good thing I wasn’t on a £6,500 Cervelo S5 like my friend bought the other day.
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  2. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    Good patience skills. Respect.
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  3. Elysian_Roads

    Elysian_Roads Senior Member

    Not good at all. Glad to hear that you weren't seriously hurt, or the bike wasn't badly damaged. Good that you kept it under control as well. Take care.
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  4. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Obviously some will say you should have slowed when you spotted the hazard. Either way, I'm glad both you and the bike have only scrapes to show for it as it obviously could have been so much worse.
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  5. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

    Yes, you should have slowed down when you spotted these idiots.
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  6. OP

    Milzy Veteran

    You’re right, even if you’re hammering a segment or just on a flyer, you need to forget all that and slow down. I will ride more defensively in the future.
  7. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Difficult to be perfect every day. :okay:
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  8. @Milzy glad you bounced, also happy you learned that groups of teenagers are stochastic systems whose movements are effectively random with so little damage. It's a cost of living in a densely populated country.
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  9. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    I'm glad you are pretty much OK. Teenagers do a lot of daft things without thinking or looking. It probably won't be much of a consolation, but I think we all did.
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  10. Crankarm

    Crankarm Guru

    Nr Cambridge
    You say three teenagers about 16 years old, one deliberately crossed the road in front of you causing you to crash, the others laughed ........... I would suggest you felt out numbered and intimidated. Riding away was probably the best course of action for you as they probably would have got the better of you had you escalated it. Why didn't you call the police or if you felt able sort it out yourself? Anything for a Strava segment. 21mph through a village on a bicycle is quite fast. Are you sure they saw you before the guy started to cross? Maybe they didn't anticipate you riding that fast toward them?
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  11. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit Ribbit

    we barely get through a week on CC without one of us coming a cropper. we need safer roads

    21 would be unusually slow in a car


    Edit - (and in no way am I suggesting cycling is dangerous)
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  12. Crankarm

    Crankarm Guru

    Nr Cambridge
    Errrr ...... not necessarily. Remember it was in a village with youfs hanging around.
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  13. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit Ribbit

    the only time people drive as slow as 21 is when they are parking them in the garage.
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  14. bladesman73

    bladesman73 Senior Member

    first off how do you know they would have got the better of him? Also 21mph is not too fast to ride anywhere.
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  15. Crankarm

    Crankarm Guru

    Nr Cambridge
    Yeah right ........ joker.
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