Beating the system - the cycling commuting section
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who made a point of pushing out into the intersection this morning just to make me slam my brakes on and skid.
The little sh*t eating grin on your face means you did it on purpose and you're lucky I'm a pacifist
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I like the taxi drivers that come across at you and then, after blocking you off, stop in front of you to let off a passenger. I try to pass them on the inside, before the passenger opens the door and take out their passenger side mirror.
And thatâ€™s the beauty of commuting with a flat bar with side bars. You can take out a carâ€™s side mirror without risking any damage to yourself, just make sure you have an escape route. I guess itâ€™s illegal but as a cyclist, youâ€™ve got it stick up for yourself. Youâ€™ve got to let these motorists know they canâ€™t **** with you.
BTW after you've taken out their side mirror, make sure you look back and give them that "sh*t eating grin".
I was watching a short documentary on Youtube, and one cyclist riding flat bar fitted bar extensions horizontally so that he could skim along the sides of vehicles if they got too close, instead of swerving.
Always go for the drivers side mirror, instant unroadworthy.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
That would be just stupid. If there was a harder contact, he would lose steering and be in a face plant. #fail
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Funny reading some of these posts about dear friend drivers .....well not really funny but........I use a car a lot for work and find many of the same problems like this one with the Taxi. I don't think its because your on a bike its just because your there in the first place. It still happens to me in a car. I think I actually have fewer problems when I ride because I tend to slip through gaps and get around traffic holdups.
This describes a lot of taxi drivers from what i have seen of the species..... from car, truck, motorbike, and bicycle...
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This works... the bar ends on my mountain bike have eaten a few side mirrors, dinged a few panels and, most importantly, saved my fingers on a number of occaisions. This wasn't malicious or on purpose mind you, just from being cut off in rush hour traffic by inattentive drivers. They are metal so they slide rather well and keep the grips from, well, gripping, on the side of the vehicle!
They also protect your fingers when you ride into fences, stobie poles, etc
That's a pretty good idea.
Are things like this possible on a roadie with the bullhorns? I reckon it'd come in bloody handy!
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