InTheWoods wrote:ldrcycles wrote:Point taken InTheWoods, I could have been a little less blunt, you're right that riding big wouldn't have absolutely guaranteed a different outcome, but riding in the gutter definitely wouldn't have helped.
Yes. These days, especially after the Richard Pollet jury decision, the lane is "mine" if I'm not willing to share it. If its wide enough to share, I will. But otherwise, why ride in the gutter if I don't want to share it. Saw heaps out this morning (I was in the car) riding in the gutter, with people close shaving them. On a multi-lane road, which allows parking in the left lane outside peak hours. So if you're allowed to park a car in it, why do people get upset about riding a bike in it. At least the bike is moving.
Even if you do go big the second that you adjust your line by a mere couple centimeters to avoid something ie a pothole/damaged road/rocks etc some butthole thinks they can then force you into the gutter. Like today I adjusted my line ever so slightly to avoid a pothole at an intersection and some guy in his older Nissan Patrol thinks the lane is now his even through he is taking the same turn as i did 30m or so after that intersection and that's despite me still being in the left hand wheel track of the road. I was doing 35kph so its not like I was going slow. You can even see the lane markings relative to me (camera mounted more towards the middle/left side of the stem a via k-edge mount due to other gear I had on the right side of the bars)
For all his troubles I ended up dropping him by about 150m after the turn