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Riding into traffic

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by BentMikey, 7 Mar 2008.

  1. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
  2. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    KakenBetaal?
     
  3. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    Entrant for the Darwin Award...
     
  4. Maz

    Maz Guru

    "I did not hear him coming nor did I have any warning of any kind until his rear view mirror brushed my left shoulder."

    how come this guy cant hear a pickup truck closing in on him? is he deaf or plugged into his ipod?
     
  5. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    KakenBetaal? Is this your Klingon name?

    The riding into the traffic idea is just stoooopidly beyond stoooopid BTW.
     
  6. OP
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    BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    LOL! Kak en betaal is Afrikaans for the feeling you have about paying your income taxes, for example.
     
  7. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    Statesiders do have some very strange views on road useage, their cars don't brake or corner but are capable of going very fast in straight lines. Instead of tuning engines to produce power, they just make them big. I could go on and on.

    Having spent a fair old time in the US, I know that if I were a resident, I would be very reluctant to cycle outside of large cities.

    Based on my experiences, I would say it is highly likely that pick-up brushed the cyclist on purpose. The instances of vehicles brush-passing cyclists is unbelievably high. I think I read somewhere Lance say that he got knocked off his bike by redneck pick-ups more than he crashed racing. Likely to be an exxageration, but none the less frightning.

    The minimum I would have between my legs to hit the road in the US would have to be 600cc.
     
  8. Maz

    Maz Guru

    hoe gaan det?...how are you?
    did i say it right? used to work with some SA lads.
    totsiens
     
  9. Trillian

    Trillian New Member

    i see many chineese students in my city riding against traffic in the dark with no lights or anything,

    apparently this helps them be seen

    it also means that they occasionally get stopped by the bus which needs the width of its lane and gets itself stopped by the cyclist

    at which point they pull the bikes onto the kerb and carry on, possibly dropping back onto the road again.
     
  10. Riding into traffic is complete madness.IMHO.
     
  11. There's one spot on my commute where the neds behave like this, I'm usually warned of their presence by a drivers peeping at them. Ive went round a blind left hand bend which immediately sweeps downhill steeply to come across them riding uphill, 3 abreast, on the wrong side of the road (my side) without any lights on. Its a good argument for being in the primary position.
     
  12. Flying_Monkey

    Flying_Monkey Toll Collector on the Road to Nowhere

    It is also illegal in the States and in Japan, which are both places where I've lived and seen it done frequently. I've had altercations with people who almost ran into me in both...
     
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    BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Impressed!!