open topic, for anything cycling related.
I thought I'd take the 'safer' route today, offroad over the top of Mount Wanniassa. Tag-a-longs and wet trails do not mix, especially on >-20% descents. I'd rather fly down the hill along the road...
I was riding in the cycling lane of Centennial Park when to my amazement another bicycle is coming straight at me just as I approached the restaurant (it's one way, clockwise). Suffice to say I provided my thoughts on this foolish action to the rider who smiled and stuck out her hand as if to invite a high five for her moronic behaviour. On the next lap around I spotted the park rangers who had stopped her and were having an instructive chat. She looked puzzled over why they had stopped her.
did you go the high 5?
I wish they'd do that with the taxi drivers (yes I've seen a taxi driver drive the wrong way round the loop more than once).
fixed it for you
i may have done a different hand symbol altogether
I wasn't too happy with the guy in the Orica Greenedge gear near Hoxton Park tonight announcing he was on my wheel and expecting that I should tow him some few hundred metres at whatever speed I was doing.
And even more unhappy with the criticism from this guy. If that's you - I'll purposely go slow next time I see you. Perhaps you failed to notice me unclipping and prodding my ankle numerous times.
Wednesday night commuting home after 6.30pm (yes, Brisbanites, it is dark at that time) and while in the middle of crossing Story Bridge i come across some muppet on a unicycle with no lights of any sort, weaving drunkenly, while twirling a full size hula hoop over his head. Some choice and perhaps crass words about his choice of behaviour and uncertain parentage were said as i went past. Next time i see this sort of stunt pulled i'll be doing an unclip of the frame pump and giving a smart rap over the helmet as i go past...
On occasion ride some of the cycle paths around town and have lost count of the times I've had to move off the path due to nimrods trudging along in the middle of the path with earbuds or headphones planted in their ears.
Ringing the bell is futile, will have to see about a klaxon.
Indeed, this morning a car turned right from the Randwick TAFE entrance heading straight for some cyclists.
early morning for me this morning (leaving home just before 5am). 2 bikes coming the hill to the jindalee bridge - 1 sans lights. just as well it was the second bike or I would have had no idea anyone was there. IDIOTS
Same thing last night, one guy riding in the opposite direction with lights, the second guy (on the wrong side of the cycleway) in dark green or brown gear with no lights, we only saw him at last moment, he moved back to the correct side at the last moment and apologised. I was number 3 in our group, and it looked close from where I was. Take care out there.
Sir who is fully kitted with Biachi (Road Bike/Jersey), Epping Road crossing Wick Road, west bound... you are the DUMB cyclist today!
This Sir crosses the intersection, standing up the pedals, looking down, using the Right Opposite Lane, and not even worried about hitting a pedestrian or cyclist. I have to stop in the middle of intersection waiting for him to hit me as I have nowhere to go to (Bus on my Left, Pedestrians/Cyclist crossing on my Right). If I have continued, not sure what a head to head collision of bicycles will look like. Not a big deal but you are definitely degrading the image of all the cyclist in this country.
If you don't want to look forward while riding, you should at lest keep riding on the left side of the crossing or bike path.
I sounded like my grand mother now
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
Hmm this week in Brisbane ... guy on skateboard being towed by his dog..... on the freakin Jindalee Bridge pathway which is about a metre bloody wide.. oblivious to my bell as I was heading outbound hitting 60kph and then slowing to 3kph while he worked out where the yelling was coming from .... single cyclist out for a morning ride (not commuter) on Oxley Road before 6am and low light and lots of cloud cover, even most cars had their headlights on.. but no front light on this bike and a single very small flasher at the back which was almost flat, but could almost be seen if you were within 3 metres....
Thanks, the perfect thing which would make them jump.
This is a devise that you can use as a megaphone or other sound. from a company called banggood. You don't need to blow into it either.
Mind you I have never tried the thing out ...
http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-12V-L ... 48437.html
Riding with my partner (her in front) on the shared pathway around Lake Burley Griffin, north side of the lake and heading west, having just come down the hill from Black Mountain Peninsula, past the rowing sheds at a fairly sedate pace (probably about 25kph, having braked a bit coming off the hill).
Jogger heading in the same direction as us, but jogging at the far right edge of the path (i.e. facing oncoming traffic in the other lane), glances over his shoulder, notes we are approaching from behind (in the left lane, as far left as we can be) and decides in his wisdom that rather than let us pass on our current trajectory, he'd rather point/indicate with his left hand and then suddenly lurch into the left lane, right in front of us.
After a brief hiatus while processing his innovative and devil-may-care life choice, we both grabbed a (controlled) handful of brake and swerved not-too-ungracefully around him, with my better half muttering a relatively quiet "FFS!" as we did so. This elicited a tirade of commentary and suggestions from our friendly jogger conveying his opinion that we should have used a bell, that it was her/our responsibility to cater to his use of the path as a pedestrian, and then something else slightly less comprehensible as we rode on away from him.
While he was somewhat user-friendly in his novel use of hand-indicating as a pedestrian, his maneuver demonstrates nicely why sometimes it's safer _not_ to ding one's bell...because armed with a little advanced warning, people do stupid, unpredictable things... and often it's better for them to have their funky chicken random-walk moment when you've already passed them, rather than when they still have the potential to become a sudden unavoidable obstacle. And in this case, it was clear that he was aware of our presence before we'd reached what I'd have considered the Minimum Safe Distance bell-dinging threshold, anyway.
The lesson you should have learnt from that is never trust anybody to do anything remotely sensible on a lake path. I'm with you on the bell thing. I'd rather sneak past to avoid spontaneous Brownian motion-esque maneuvers from said pedestrian or cyclist if there's space, or slow down and let them know I'm there verbally if there's not.
I have a bell similar to this.
If I need to get the ped's attention, I flick the lever for a full ring. If I can pass them easily, I'll push the lever and hold it, so its more of a clicking sound rather than a loud ring. I find having two levels of rings helpful, a loud ring to get attention, and a quieter one when I don't want to "surprise/shock" them but just some noise to alert them. (Although I don't have enough data to say whether this "works" or just my wishful thinking, and sometimes I do question whether they actually hear the quieter ring/click or not)
I usually approach cautiously and talk to them telling the pedestrian I'm passing them. IMO much nicer than being rung at. It really raises my bristles when other riders ring me when passing (especially when I've just turned my head and looked at them 5 seconds previously), do they do that when driving too? Maybe if your tooted by at motorist it's just one of those shared path users driving.
If they are on the wrong side of the path.. from 200 metres you are aware of the most important fact about them. And that is that they are stupid. Its possible to determine this fact in many other ways.. most recently on the interwebs reading posts from people defending being on the wrong side of the path... but in one split second from 200 metres you have discovered the most basic truth about this person. That being the case you should expect stupidity. Cos you will get it.
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