The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Saturnstarzz » Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:13 am

Yeah found all the bits ok.
From now on will take my multitool everywhere, Their Funn Cranks based on a hollowtech design. Seems to be "Known issue" after googliing it.
Time to dig out the Loctite and to the shed this morning to fix it, thanks for the offer Shaun.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Mulger bill » Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:58 pm

jasonc wrote:
Mulger bill wrote:Oh yeah...
If it's a square taper crank, the internal taper may have been borked by the spindle if it spent any time loose before dropping off.


in that case at least it's only a BB you'd have to replace (and maybe a pedal arm)

The BB spindle would be fine, toughened steel vs a loose alloy crankarm will have the crank taper blown out in about a dozen revs. Ask me how I know :oops:
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Ross » Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:26 pm

Pedestrian walking down the middle of an 80km/h dual carrigeway road (as in the road lane, not the traffic island/median strip) in the dark when it's raining. Darwin Award candidate...
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby rdp_au » Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:42 pm

Driving down the F3 freeway last night in the dark and rain. Caught a fleeting glimpse of something in the breakdown lane. Looked closely and realised it was a bike ninja, all in black, naturally, and with no lights, naturally. I don't know if he had a helmet on because he had his hoody up.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby tergal » Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:15 pm

1 on the way home last night, riding my mtb commuter

To the bloke on the road bike, sprinting to pass me 3 times on jacaranda avenue , please buy some lights you have a nice bike and you have a helmet so get some lights to match !. ( no i wasn't sprinting to pass him , but i have a bit of a gravity advantage going down hill :) )
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby JBark » Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:21 pm

Saturnstarzz wrote:Yeah found all the bits ok.
From now on will take my multitool everywhere, Their Funn Cranks based on a hollowtech design. Seems to be "Known issue" after googliing it.
Time to dig out the Loctite and to the shed this morning to fix it, thanks for the offer Shaun.


Yeah, if they're anything like the FSA hollowtech-ish cranks, they'll fall off all the time until you loctite the bolts. My FSA cranks fell of twice in a couple months, and I was even pretty good about checking the bolts with a torque wrench every couple weeks when doing other maintenance. All good after using some blue loctite.

It's not fun to put your cranks back together when it's about 3C and raining. Was not a happy camper when I got to work that day. :)
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby g-boaf » Tue Jun 04, 2013 3:02 pm

tergal wrote:1 on the way home last night, riding my mtb commuter

To the bloke on the road bike, sprinting to pass me 3 times on jacaranda avenue , please buy some lights you have a nice bike and you have a helmet so get some lights to match !. ( no i wasn't sprinting to pass him , but i have a bit of a gravity advantage going down hill :) )


Good bikes deserve a good light. It's the finishing touch.I don't care if the lights add a few hundred grams, I'd prefer to see where I'm going and be seen too.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby tubby74 » Tue Jun 04, 2013 3:36 pm

awards to the hipster cycling the wrong way around centennial park this morning and the struggling middle aged jogger running the wrong way taking up most of the cycle lane in olympic park ignoring the nice wide walking path not 2 metres away
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby kenwstr » Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:51 pm

Sunset while still on a ride so I stick to the shared path to finish the ride in less than 10 C. Anyway, long straight by the playing fields I see a shadow staggering back and forth across the path toward me. Ever tried to dodge a drunk in the dark? It's like Russian Roulette, no room to turn around, do you stop and possible get in a barney, aim for the side he is on now assuming he won't be there when you arrive, go for the gap only to find he does too, what? I can just see it now, "cyclist runs down indigenous elder on pathway". Found him again on the way home. At my approach, he decided to have a little lie down on the path which at least kept a quarter clear to pass safely. Managed to miss him both times but it was definitely unpredictable and I see no real answer here.


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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Lukeyboy » Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:44 am

kenwstr wrote:Sunset while still on a ride so I stick to the shared path to finish the ride in less than 10 C. Anyway, long straight by the playing fields I see a shadow staggering back and forth across the path toward me. Ever tried to dodge a drunk in the dark? It's like Russian Roulette, no room to turn around, do you stop and possible get in a barney, aim for the side he is on now assuming he won't be there when you arrive, go for the gap only to find he does too, what? I can just see it now, "cyclist runs down indigenous elder on pathway". Found him again on the way home. At my approach, he decided to have a little lie down on the path which at least kept a quarter clear to pass safely. Managed to miss him both times but it was definitely unpredictable and I see no real answer here.


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Had the absolute crap scared out of me that way. Going through a open 90 degree corner at a decent speed and mid corner I see that there is this drunk about 50m from the apex smack bang in the middle of the lane walking/stumbling towards me. He see's the bright headlight and tries to move but gets the left right left right wobbles deer in the headlights and suddenly launches his wine or extra large VB bottle straight up into the darkness. As he's falling towards the ground he's screaming like he was about to die and just as he hits the ground he tries to panic crawl out of the way despite me now only doing about 10-15kph 10m from him. I scrubbed off speed and braced myself to be clobbered by a flying glass bottle. I heard it smash and as I got along side the bloke now laying in the middle of the street I 'asked' him what the hell he was doing. I've cleaned it up but he just replied "holy s**t holy s**t your a clucking push bike. I thought you were a clucking motorbike.... next time i'll knock you off your bike blah blah blah". I replied with a few choice words and as I started to ride off he says something I couldn't make out and then stumbled shoulder first into the back of a parked car setting off the alarm. By this time the house veranda lights of a couple houses now turned on :lol: :lol:

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby jasonc » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:00 am

dear cyclists.

sunrise in Brisbane at the moment is 6:30am. any time you are riding before that time, you require a light, and it has to be bloody turned on.
sunset is 17:00. same applies for after that time.

iriots. :roll:
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Dan » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:00 am

@lukeyboy if I didn't know better I'd say you were making that up.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Lukeyboy » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:44 am

Dan wrote:@lukeyboy if I didn't know better I'd say you were making that up.


Haha. It honestly happened Dan. I swear. It did happen. Some drunken yobo at Sandgate around 1-1.30am on a Friday if not Saturday night. It was on the corner where that park is at Shorncliffe for the now closed pier - turning off Swan street onto Eagle Terrace. The guy was still young - maybe 25-30 and had waaaaay too much to drink - he was just out of it. They way I told it might have seemed like it never happened/more dramatic but it all happened in a couple seconds. Came around the corner, lights on high beam, he saw and got the wobbles, flung the bottle skwards behind him, yelled AhF********************************K as he fell and attempted to panic crawl/flop around like a fish out of water. Get closer and when i'm about a couple meters away and the lights off high beam he notices that I'm a cyclist. He joked at first but then got seriously angry at me either because he lost his remaining grog or because I made him look like a complete and total ass. Riding off he had attempted to get up saying something but lost his balance, stumbled and shoulder charged the back rear panel of the car while also using it as a prop to help him stand up.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby biker jk » Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:20 am

tubby74 wrote:awards to the hipster cycling the wrong way around centennial park this morning and the struggling middle aged jogger running the wrong way taking up most of the cycle lane in olympic park ignoring the nice wide walking path not 2 metres away


There's usually two or three commuters riding the wrong way around Centennial Park every time I'm there in the morning. They'll eventually get cleaned up by a car.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby FuzzyDropbear » Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:12 pm

One of those rare days when I actually drive into work; was driving up the street and spot this guy riding towards me on the footpath (separated by parked cars), all of a sudden he starts looking at the footpath on the other side of the road. So I slowed down and yep, darts straight between the parked cars and out onto the road..... unfortunately he neglected to see that he was cutting off a truck coming the opposite way to me (the same way the guy is going).... However, luckily the truck driver is paying attention and half spotted him and slammed on the brakes. At this moment, the rider squares up, starts riding in the middle of the lane in front of the truck (totally oblivious to the fact there's a truck behind him), puts his left arm out and finishes crossing the road onto the footpath and continues to ride on his way, still oblivious to what's going on.

I looked at the truckie and he looked at me after blasting horns and we both just shook our heads and continued on. The guy wasn't drunk, intoxicated or otherwise, he could ride in a straight line when he was on the footpath.

This is actually the second person I've seen in the last week, the other was riding in the bike lane and just as we were approaching a set of lights (I was on the bike this time), she veered across the lane and into the right hand turning lane and stops, no head check, no signal, nothing that would've indicated that's what she was going to do. She didn't even had a mirror to see what was coming up behind her, I pulled up next to her and said hello, but didn't say anything else because she didn't hear me, too busy listening to her iPod.... :roll:
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby TrikeTragic » Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:13 pm

The scenario:
First early morning fitness ride for a while, nice very outer Melbourne and quiet road, about 3 km into the ride,still dark as. Built up a head of steam after a long uphill grind (they're all long on a trike), terrific downhill run to about 55 kph, road bends gently to the right.

Helmet light picks up two dubious characters loitering on the roadside, one hesitates a second, then crosses directly in front. The other, almost too predictably, hesitates a fraction longer, and follows - by which time I am fully testing the disk brakes and cursing, aiming to get behind them.

Manage to steer left and clear the second dude by half a metre or so. Phew...

Damned roos, should be made to pay registration and display license plates. :?

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby kenwstr » Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:51 pm

A little off topic but I keep seeing mention of mirrors as if they are a good thing but every mirror I have ever had on a bike has been a total fail due the vibration you cant see a thing in it anyway so I binned the usless things years, nay decades ago. If by chance your mirrors actually do allow you to see what's behind. What the heck are you using and why do yours work while mine never have?

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:11 pm

...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby VRE » Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:09 am

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Percrime » Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:12 am

VRE wrote:They're easy to mount, and as you can see the mounting position I use keeps it clear of my hands. It gives me a good view of the road behind my bike. They're also reasonably cheap (about $20, I think?).


Ummm.. Unless you ride on the hoods.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby grt046 » Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:25 am

Mulger bill wrote:Drop bars Ken?

Your prayers have been answered.

Shaun


Agree .... I have been using one of these for a year and find good visibility and no vibration.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Summernight » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:24 am

grt046 wrote:
Mulger bill wrote:Drop bars Ken?

Your prayers have been answered.

Shaun


Agree .... I have been using one of these for a year and find good visibility and no vibration.


To put my 2cents in - I bought this mirror earlier this year and it is invaluable to me. No vibrations that I am aware of. I love it and feel a lot more confident riding on the road.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby VRE » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:31 am

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby find_bruce » Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:25 am

VRE wrote:
Percrime wrote:
VRE wrote:They're easy to mount, and as you can see the mounting position I use keeps it clear of my hands. It gives me a good view of the road behind my bike. They're also reasonably cheap (about $20, I think?).


Ummm.. Unless you ride on the hoods.

It's interesting how one can reply to another forum member offering useful advice, and then it's almost certain that another will interject with a disparaging remark. I was only trying to help, OK?

Don't give me that, you snotty-faced heap of parrot droppings!

Oh sorry, you wanted to offer advice, that is in thread 12A, just down the page :D
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby biker jk » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:34 pm

Percrime wrote:
VRE wrote:They're easy to mount, and as you can see the mounting position I use keeps it clear of my hands. It gives me a good view of the road behind my bike. They're also reasonably cheap (about $20, I think?).


Ummm.. Unless you ride on the hoods.


You can also attach it to the end of the drops. I have three bikes and a Zefal Spy mirror on each and they work great.
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