To scalp or not to scalp?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Maylian, 15 Jul 2012.

  1. Maylian

    Maylian Senior Member

    Location:
    Southampton
    So cycling to work this morning I see a cyclist approx. 1 mile ahead of me in a bright yellow jersey. I got caught at a couple of lights but managed to catch up with him about a 1/2 mile before my turning for work. He was only cruising at about 23mph and I was up to about 34mph so could have overtaken him but would have had to break shortly after for my turning.

    Now not sure if the yellow jersey made me think of TdF and I was going to win something but I ended up taking the polite way out and just sitting back a bike length and then turning off since its a sunny Sunday morning. Should I have scalped?...I kind of regret not taking it now :sad:
     
  2. MattHB

    MattHB Proud Daddy

    you were cruising at 34mph? jeez
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Maylian

    Maylian Senior Member

    Location:
    Southampton
    No he was cruising, I was in attack mode :smile:
     
  4. defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    And this was on a 10% incline and suddenly you woke up? Lol
     
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  5. threebikesmcginty

    threebikesmcginty Corn Fed Hick...

    Location:
    ...on the slake
    I passed a couple of roadies* but in fairness I didn't have much on the rack, the tyres were only 32 and the mudguards weren't too wide, the hub gear is only an 8 speed so not too heavy and Reynolds 520 steel wasn't weighing me down that much.


    *of which I am one too on occasion.
     
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  6. Nihal

    Nihal Veteran

    34:eek:mph

    Are you sure no cops were chasing you??:tongue:
     
  7. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    Location:
    South Croydon
    Only overtake if you can make it stick.
     
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  8. threebikesmcginty

    threebikesmcginty Corn Fed Hick...

    Location:
    ...on the slake
    You can always stop to take that urgent mobile phone call...
     
  9. OP
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    Maylian

    Maylian Senior Member

    Location:
    Southampton
    I could have made it stick, just thought it was bad form to then hammer on the brakes 300 yards down the road to turn into my offices.
     
  10. redcard

    redcard Über Member

    Location:
    Paisley
    It's quite impressive to be able to make out a cyclist who's 1 mile ahead!
     
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  11. MrB1obby

    MrB1obby Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Derby
    And know he was cruising at approximately 23 mph ;)
     
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  12. OP
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    Maylian

    Maylian Senior Member

    Location:
    Southampton
  13. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

    Location:
    Bucks
    If the turn off was 300 yards after, I would have just gone past him. Plenty of road to use up before the turn, even at warp factor 3. Sounds like you was thinking about it too much - just get out there and ride!
     
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  14. Ian Cooper

    Ian Cooper Expat Yorkshireman

    Anyone who thinks this much about overtaking another cyclist while commuting is not paying enough attention to the things he should be thinking about on the road. A commute is not a race.
     
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  15. Berties

    Berties Fast and careful!

    it must of been early i have never seen the avenue look that clear,so you could get any speed up,never been down there on a bike but always feels busy when i have cut down through there to town from Chilworth
     
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