Cycling Conundrum.....?

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  1. Trikeman

    Trikeman Read Only Funster

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    Why is it if I go for my usual ride on my full carbon, £5K Colnago road bike wearing my most 'obvious' lycra, hunting the hills for a bit of lung busting fun, I get this. Motorists, mostly MacDonalds scoffing BMW 'drivers' (still with barbeque sauce on the third chin) wish to threaten to deny my Granchildren a Grandfather,,,,, Why do they wish to carve me up, brake for no reason in front, make finger gestures as they speed off, throw things out and I even had one spit at me....
    :swear2:

    HOWEVER.

    If I do the same route, same time, same day on my £200 Boardman hybrid, donned in my jeans tucked in my socks, a fleece and a different helmet then I get nothing but courteous drivers, waving me out, giving me room when they overtake and some even let me go into the cyclist block at traffic lights,,,,, :clap2: What the hell is the difference,.... it's me, the same cyclist FFS?

    Anyone care to work out the logic in the first example? Anyone have similar reactions?

    Yes, bikes are both insured (comp), I pay VED on all vehicles (inc PLG on my 3850kg MoHo) :Eeek: and I have cycled for donkey's with max no claims - so not too much of an idiot.

    Regards,

    Trikeman. :wink:
     
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  2. Cat53

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    It's the Lycra......it's like a red rag to a bull!
     
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  3. NickNic

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    Definitely the Lycra
     
  4. Jonkil

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    Lycra ? ..... Lycra FFS ,
    I'd hit you between the eyes with a Big Mac (super sized) and maybe a bag of fries .. or 2...
    My god man.... Lycra.....
    You had our sympathy until you came out with that mouthful....
    Doesn't bear thinking about !
    I use the 3 pointed star on my merc as a gun sight for the Lycra brigade !
     
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  5. chaser

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    Because it is what you expect from Lycra clad cyclists, had all those things off cyclists when I was van driving in Birmingham
     
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  6. Lenny HB

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    Because of the few badly behaved ones, you get then round here the Lycra clad riders on the sports bikes who think they own the road, they ride extremely aggressively, expect everyone to give way to them regardless of right of way & piss everyone off. They don't appear to know the difference between riding defensively & aggressively.

    It only takes a few of them to make people tar every one with the same brush.
     
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  7. Forestboy

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    Definitely the Lycra we've cycled all over Europe in the last 2 weeks. Done 18 miles to Vienna and back today and what a difference compared to the UK. Some Lycra clads around but they behave properly unfortunately just the opposite of many Lycra clad bullies in the UK.
    Have to say cycling is a real pleasure in Europe far different from home, we could learn so much from old Johnny Foreigner.
    We're not fanatical cyclists purely for fitness convenience and pleasure but nearly everyone cycles here.
     
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  8. mjltigger

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    Another vote for the lycra. it's unfortunate but true that we all stereotype and when driving I am very quick to ensure a dominant road position around lycra clad riders. Past experience tells me if I don't I will end up with abuse at minimum and damage to my property as a viable alternative. Try dressing as a polish worker. I suspect you will have an even worse experience
     
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  9. Cyclewalkbob

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    So far most of the comments here have tarred all cyclists who wear Lycra with the same brush!

    For those car drivers who have never ridden a bike on today's roads with two ton death machines literally 6 feet behind them, I would invite them to join me and see what the other side is like!

    The reason that cyclists ride about one meter from the side of the road it twofold:-

    Today's roads are so badly repaired that there are often potholes, disintegrating Tarmac and drains that are now six inches below the road level due to the number of times the road has been just tarred and stoned for a repair.

    It also means that should a car overtake within a foot of you, despite being totally clear on the other side of the road, you have space to take avoiding action rather that hit the kerb and bounce back into the car overtaking.

    I know not all cyclists are good cyclists, fact, just as not all car drivers are good drivers, fact. But remember there are a lot more cars on the road than bikes so by definition there are a lot more bad drivers!

    I have over the years raised tens of thousands for putting on bike races, convinced large companies to donate funds to buy bikes for disadvantaged kids to ride in local cycle clubs.

    All aimed at increasing fitness, self worth and team spirit, a thing somewhat lacking with today's sedentary lifestyle

    My wife and I have cycled all over the UK and Western Europe and have found that the British car drivers are the least sympathetic to cyclists.

    So why is that? Perhaps it is because on the continent the car driver is automatically at fault if they have an accident with a cyclist, and they have to prove they had not driven badly.

    Finally please just take time to remember that in any accident between a car and a cyclist, the car is at worst just likely to have damage to the paintwork, whilst the cyclist is likely to be killed!
     
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  10. JJ

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    I will never, ever, ever understand why old, tubby, non cycling club cyclists get up in all that lycra gear to ride their push bikes around.

    Obviously it is fair enough if you really are competing but not if you are just pottering around pretending...

    JJ :cool:
     
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  11. mjltigger

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    When you see a bunch of school kids by the road what do you do?

    When you see a frail person at the kerb what do you do?

    When you see a young enough to be id's for cigarettes behind the wheel of a lowered corsa what do you do?

    When you see a middle aged chap on an outrageously expensive pushbike what do you do?

    When we drive, if we are good drivers, we make judgements about the people around us and their likely actions. unfortunately, the lycra clad gent is being tarred with the same brush as the lycra clad prick we had to swerve round as they jumped the last set of lights across our bonnet..
     
  12. Trikeman

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    But do you think it right, after your experience with the 'prick', that it's OK to then go targeting anyone who enjoys their sport, however old, and head for them?
    Just a question?

    Trikeman.
     
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  13. mjltigger

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    No it isn't right and I hope I dont target anyone when I'm driving. I certainly take a dominant road position to try and stay in front of lycra in traffic where I normally leave kerb space for cyclists to filter and on lanes I am more likely to toot lycra that is hogging a road where I might have more patience with other cyclists.
     
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  14. funflair

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    Comfort.
     
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  15. Jonkil

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    You recon all the saggy bits can hang and be supported by high stretch nylon......
    Problem is that most of em must complain to their GP with castarated hemeroids with those saddles that must feel like sitting on a crowbar !
     
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    Brooks leather saddles, cant ride the plastic rubbish.
     
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  17. John Laidler

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    The problem is a lot of British motorists don't know how bikes should be ridden. The official "highway code" for cycling, obtainable from HMSO, called Cyclecraft, states that the default position for a bike is the middle of the lane. Not riding in the gutter so motorists don't have to think about whether they can overtake safely.

    Cycling in places like France and Spain is a joy. Cycling in the UK is in my experience unpleasant at times.

    Why? A combination of poor laws, the ambiguity of the badly written Highway Code when it comes to cyclists and entrenched anti-cycling views by some (and only a few) motorists.
     
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  18. Trikeman

    Trikeman Read Only Funster

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    Ah' Brooks, the saddle for the discerning Gentleman.

    The most comfortable saddles I have ever ridden are ones without anything on them - no leather, no sponge,,,,, nowt - but fits my sitbones perfect. Pure carbon and only 90 grams. I have three of them.(y)
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    Trikeman.;)
     
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  19. Jonkil

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    Christ,
    You must have an arse like a Tupperware box !
     
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  20. DiggerJon

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    If you want to avoid any aggro, ride a recumbent trike! I rode two wheels for years, lycra clad and not and motorists almost ignored you - but on a trike! I rode my trike from Edinburgh to Dorset (550 miles) and had no issues at all, in fact enormous courtesy from all road users but, when I got home, as soon as I got onto two wheels to go only 2 miles I was carved up twice - and I was not even in lycra! Motorists just don't see cyclist, but they sure as hell notice a trike!
     
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