The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby wellington_street » Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:33 pm

eldavo wrote:On to the topic, I don't count pedestrians anymore, it's just so predictable... there i've done it, I'm going to find a new way to be surprised this afternoon. I did have some bizarre Friday special entertainment last week similar time...


Pretty sure this muppet rode past me on his scooter through CityWest last week.
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Came from behind so didn't see the face but looks very very similar.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby bychosis » Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:52 pm

Less dumb and more fun. Last week while out for a 7am-ish ride spotted two ladies wearing pink capes down the hill from me. Then spotted another two, One facing me wearing the typical black Lycra walking gear, but resplendent with frilly underwear on the outside and the pink cape while the other cape wearer photographed her posing outside the catholic school gate. Further down the hill a couple more with capes, but superman inspired colours. And yet later in the ride another two with the superman/girl get up set up in a rotunda with food etc. Must have been some sort of hens breakfast superhero treasure hunt thing.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby jules21 » Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:48 am

i'm sure i rode past a p*rn shoot in Yarra Bend park once, i didn't go back but i swear she was naked. there was definitely a photographer. hiding in plain sight :)
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Lukeyboy » Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:42 am

If you cross the road with the red man displayed and not bothering to see if anything is coming the other way you're gonna have a bad time when I buzz by! Good thing I changed my mind about turning left when I was going through the Parklands.

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby il padrone » Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:44 am

Hope ya yelled at the klutzes :roll:
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Lukeyboy » Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:02 am

Held my line, buzzed past and shook my head at them when they finally looked to their right. I can't recall if they walked back to the footpath as there was a taxi about 20-30m behind me before entering the round about. I'll give peds plenty of space and I'll be courteous to them but if they are doing something blatantly stupid like above then they'll get a buzz from me to wake up everytime. Should get a airzound. That would really wake them up :lol:

Her oh-crap! reaction was pretty good I must admit :P
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby jasonc » Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:11 pm

Lukeyboy wrote:Held my line, buzzed past and shook my head at them when they finally looked to their right. I can't recall if they walked back to the footpath as there was a taxi about 20-30m behind me before entering the round about. I'll give peds plenty of space and I'll be courteous to them but if they are doing something blatantly stupid like above then they'll get a buzz from me to wake up everytime. Should get a airzound. That would really wake them up :lol:

Her oh-crap! reaction was pretty good I must admit :P
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I have plenty of probs with that intersection too. Have always been tempted to go the ass-slap
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Lukeyboy » Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:56 pm

If its not peds its drivers.

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby MisuVir » Sat Nov 23, 2013 4:09 pm

Witnessed a couple of cyclists saying "what is this idiot doing?" as they were following
a driver who was slowing to turn right into a driveway... And the two cyclists decided to pass him on the right as he was indicating right.

I'm not perfect, but I'm fairly sure that's a stupid move. I was tempted to yell out "what are YOU idiots doing?", but I was with my kids at the time.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby CXCommuter » Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:49 pm

wellington_street wrote:
eldavo wrote:On to the topic, I don't count pedestrians anymore, it's just so predictable... there i've done it, I'm going to find a new way to be surprised this afternoon. I did have some bizarre Friday special entertainment last week similar time...


Pretty sure this muppet rode past me on his scooter through CityWest last week.
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Came from behind so didn't see the face but looks very very similar.


There is a regular who rides on his scooter across the PSP freeway bridge at Stirling- been abused on several occasions. Still better than the gene pool drop out this morning riding his scooter across Mirrabooka Avenue on the footpath with no helmet, thongs, wife beater and stubbies.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby find_bruce » Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:20 pm

Man throws bike at police & then tries to run away.

Hey brainiac, next time, & you know there will be a next time, try throwing the housebreaking implements at the cops & riding the bike

smh man throws bike at Sydney cops in attempted getaway
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby g-boaf » Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:26 pm

Some kids sitting along the side of a grassy, leafy cycleway playing around with a cigarette lighter. :!: (trying to light a fire??) They stopped really quickly when they saw me. :roll: Camera had a flat battery so they didn't get captured.

They cleared off after that.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby herzog » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:27 pm

Big BIG highside

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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby jasonc » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:29 pm

herzog wrote:Big BIG highside



what's caused the massive left tug of the wheel?
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby herzog » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:33 pm

Rear wheel slide. Too hot into the turn I guess
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby g-boaf » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:36 pm

Ouch - that looked like it would have hurt. :shock:

Edit: Fractured skull and road rash. :shock:
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby jules21 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:39 pm

jasonc wrote:what's caused the massive left tug of the wheel?

it looks like the rear wheel lifting under heavy front braking and then going straight ahead. ouch.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby InTheWoods » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:51 pm

That looked spectacular and painful :shock:

Edit: Joke removed as I just saw the above edit about about fractured skull :shock:
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby g-boaf » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:01 pm

herzog wrote:Rear wheel slide. Too hot into the turn I guess


I've done that once - fortunately I made the corner without bother. I won't ever do that again.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Lukeyboy » Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:32 pm

The video is rotated horizontal. But it looks like the rear wheel lost traction (maybe going too fast on the off camber corner with worn tyres) for a second throwing his weight forward and when it gripped his body weight was already too far forward so it threw him off the bike. Sometimes you can hold it and other times it just throws you. This being the case.
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The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby herzog » Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:14 am

My take on it is that it's the classic highside off that often catches motorcyclists.

He's under heavy braking, trying to turn. Rear tyre has very little grip and steps out.

Rear tyre then suddenly bites, rear of bike snaps back and rider goes over the front.

Very nasty one.

Motos can do it under power or braking. We only have to worry about the second method.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby jules21 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:11 am

against my better judgment of risking a urination contest, i don't think it was a highside. i had cause to lock the rear on a fast corner recently when some numpty decided to brake mid-corner in a race while i was following him (this is a sphincter-tightening event at 50 km/h). bike tyres don't have enough outright grip to 'snap' like a motorbike tyre does and highside a rider. i think in this case he just locked up both brakes - it was the front brake which threw him over the bars. anyway, i could be wrong :)
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby Lukeyboy » Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:20 am

On downhill runs in a off camber corner a bike can actually fling a rider like that all because your weight suddenly shifts. The rider wants to go in one direction while the bike wants to go in another direction. If you want to see the weight shift keep an eye on the chain and how it completely flexes when the bike straightens.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby human909 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:37 am

jules21 wrote:bike tyres don't have enough outright grip to 'snap' like a motorbike tyre does and highside a rider.

Sure they do. You don't need "alot" of grip you just need loss of grip to cause the rotation away from the line of travel and then when it regrips it will throw you. I've done it on dirt before after losing the rear.

jules21 wrote:i think in this case he just locked up both brakes - it was the front brake which threw him over the bars. anyway, i could be wrong :)

You can see the yaw of the bike this is not a just too hard on the front.
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Re: The Dumb Cyclists and Pedestrians thread...

Postby herzog » Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:18 pm

Yep, any MTB rider will know that a sliding rear can snap back like that.

Particularly when you release the rear brake!
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