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Tales from today's commute....

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by martint235, 28 Jun 2012.

  1. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    Location:
    Welling
    It appears that motorists don't appreciate my Road Tax jersey or at least I had far more close passes today then any other day for a few months.

    I saw my first 'bent out in the wild. Obviously I've seen them before but this was the first time it belonged to someone I didn't know. Strange design too, very long wheelbase with what looked like a normal headtube over the front wheel, steered from underseat but the front wheel was a long way from the rider.

    More and more helmet wearers that don't know how to wear a helmet were out today. I blame the good weather. When people buy a helmet there should be some kind of guide that says "This helmet is to cover your head, not to stop you getting a sunburnt neck"

    Had another wheelsucker today too. I made a bit of a schoolboy error filtering through traffic and cut from the centre of the road to the left and ended up blocked by a van. Wheelsucker followed me d'oh! :banghead:
     
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  2. BSRU

    BSRU A Human Being

    Location:
    Swindon
    I tried a new route this morning, one I had found whilst perusing Strava segments.
    Unfortunately, after about 2km I was confronted by a large sign stating "Private Road No Public Right of Way", so turned around in a huff and carried on the usual route.
    Can only assume the Strava riders just ignored the the very large sign, naughty, naughty.
     
  3. akb

    akb Über Member

    My ride this morning:
    Left at 0800hrs, got about half a mile down the road and had a visit by that cow the P******* fairy. Walked home, chucked bike in the garage in a humph and drove to work. And then it started to rain. Am gutted; love cycling in the rain. There is always tomorrow....
     
  4. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    To the roadie on the A21 this morning. I don't care if you jump all the red lights, that's your call. But to be doing it whilst wearing your Bigfoot Cycling Club jersey is very poor.
     
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  5. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    It goes well with their mandatory helmet policy. ;)
     
  6. Davywalnuts

    Davywalnuts Chief Kebab Taster

    Location:
    Staines!
    I had a first last night. Was going through Feltham and coming the other way, was a group of five lads all on mtb's, all in a row, ALL doing wheelies!!

    At first, I was like 'wow!'. Then it changed to 'damn chav's, their going to get killed and give us all a bad name' and then tutted..
     
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  7. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    Location:
    Welling
    See!!! You are getting old!!
     
  8. Davywalnuts

    Davywalnuts Chief Kebab Taster

    Location:
    Staines!
    Sort of. It was more jealousy as as a youth/child/brat, wheelie'ing was the one thing I could not do. I spent more time cracking my head open than have the front wheel off the road. See, even as a child, my thighs were just toooo darn powerful, I would flip right over!
     
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  9. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah


    I was going to say it was because you cant wheelie ...lol
     
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  10. Davywalnuts

    Davywalnuts Chief Kebab Taster

    Location:
    Staines!
    Yes, I cant! :cry:
     
  11. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    Location:
    South Croydon
    Saw a cyclist blast through the pedestrian crossing a victoria station when the lights where red.
    I caught up with him at Grosvenor place and asked him if he would like to go through this set of red lights as well into crossing traffic which is travelling at 30mph. He declined.
     
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  12. 400bhp

    400bhp Guru

    I shouted at a cyclist who sailed through on red through a very dangerous junction. Firstly said, "they are on red" followed by "idiot". Think he said eff off. Utter d1ck.
     
  13. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It! Staff Member

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Hang on. You stop and fix it, then carry on. :rolleyes:
     
  14. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It! Staff Member

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Some lads said 'do a wheelie mate' on Monday afternoon coming back from a site. Me 'Sorry Mate, I cant' :blush:
     
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  15. Pauluk

    Pauluk Senior Member

    Location:
    Leicester
    What a great commute today. 3 miles in and a rear wheel puncture. OK repaired using new tube in about 10 minutes. It was a slowish loud hiss so was able to find the glass in the tyre straight away. New Bontrager pump was brill.

    Coming home was hit by the mother off all storms. Thunder, lightening, hail and rain. Roads were absolutely chaotic with 50 per cent of them flooded. At one stage I was overtaking cars as they very cautiously maneuvered the rivers that had developed in the roads.

    I've never pedaled under water before ( and I mean under water, the water level was well over my bottom bracket). It was really fun. At one point I did ride on a flooded pavement as the road was completely under a foot of very fast flowing water and was choc a-block with stationary cars.

    When I stripped off in the kitchen after arriving home the floor looked like the changing rooms at my local swimming pool, everything completely soaked; wallet, money, tool kit, inner tube boxes, spare clothes.

    Don't need to dread summer rain ever again :smile: