We all moan about cagers, but many of us are as bad

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Drago, 14 Aug 2012.

  1. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Trundling on the hated Tesco run yesterday. Was in the 4 x 4, just bumbling through the village on my way out. Spot a road bike on the near side path. Attractive short-red-haired lady wearing the standard roadie top covered in the name of sponsors, none of whom sponsor her.

    She gets to a drop kerb, stops and looks. "great" thinks I, "she'll see me in the 2 tonne Mom Truck and wait til I've passed."

    Wrong. She sees me alright, and despite the sight of a 2000 kg wall of death rolling towards her she just rides off the path into the road, causing me to take drastic action to avoid turning her into a smudge on the Tarmac.

    My point is thus. Most cyclists, including me, bitch about cagers. But how many of these close encounters could be avoided if we took a bit more care abd responsibility over our own road behaviour?
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  2. 400bhp

    400bhp Guru

    I'm a road user. Don't label me with the actions of another individual using a similiar mode of transport as me.

    There are crap road users.
  3. Arjimlad

    Arjimlad Tights of Cydonia

    South Glos
    Some women think they are good looking enough to stop traffic... some of them are right sometimes..

    What's a cager ? I've heard of a cougar ..
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  4. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    I take a great deal of care and responsibility over my own road behaviour whatever mode of travel I'm using thanks. (and despite that I still make mistakes)
    LosingFocus, 4F and summerdays like this.
  5. 400bhp

    400bhp Guru

    And if you are inferring "Cagers" to mean the collective of drivers then I don't moan about that collective.
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  6. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Why are you driving to T*** anyway? Get a trailer for your bike and you could avoid that sort of confrontation altogether.

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  7. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit, Ribbit.

    Worrying how 4x4ers see themselves
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  8. subaqua

    subaqua What’s the point


    there is a difference between a 4x4 er and a driver of a 4x4 just as there are crap drivers and good drivers.
  9. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    South Croydon
    Am I responsible for the actions of other cyclists?
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  10. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    I'm assuming you wanted to go down the side road she was crossing? Were you indicating? Are you sure?
    If she had her wheel on the road before you got to the junction, she had right of way.
  11. OP

    Drago Guru

    It's not may car, and I dislike it very much for it's pointless excess, hence me referring to it in such derogatory terms. However, my wife is blind in one eye and the extra seat height is very beneficial for her, so that's why she chose it.
    No, I guess you're not. But then I never said you were.
    Yes, indeed. But I rather think you're missing the point I raised in my initial post.
    She was quite attractive ;) I understand cager is a commonly used vernacular amongst cyclists to describe car drivers. As someone who doesn't own a car, and as a cyclist myself, I was instantly alert the moment I saw the lady, but I was someone driving under sufferance, not because I like either driving or cars.

    People, I'm not making particular accusations against anyone, so the defensive quips are really misguided. I simply raise the point that many of us, me included, often have a good bleat about car drivers on here, when we ourselves in many cases could be doing a lot to avoid these situations.
  12. Arjimlad

    Arjimlad Tights of Cydonia

    South Glos
    Yup - I'm always happy to learn more about safe riding.

    I had a choice just now between a busy road with speed humps & width restrictions, used by large lorries, or a "shared-use" path which was about as "shared-use" as the Duchess of Cambridge, what with 3-abreast buggies, groups of kids lolling about and the like. I stayed on the road but felt like the average driver would have been moaning that I was not on the path instead.
  13. lulubel

    lulubel Über Member

    Malaga, Spain
    So, was the 4x4 borrowed or stolen? ;)
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  14. 400bhp

    400bhp Guru

    Wouldn't it have been better to be a little self deprecating and say you didn't explain yourself very clearly, rather than say it's everyone elses fault for misunderstanding you?
  15. OP

    Drago Guru

    I never said it was anyone else's fault.

    Any likelihood of sticking to the topic, or would you rather go off at a random tangent and descend to insults a d confrontation like some other threads on here? If its the latter then tell me now and I'll leave the combatants to get on with it.
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