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Cyclists POV 39 – The Darkness / Spot The Cyclist / Hit & Run Driver / Friendly White Van Man

 

There’s been a few more subscribers lately so here’s another video!

Spot The Cyclist – Thankfully, most people have the sense to buy a light or two, even the cheapest of the cheap but see if you can spot this guy in the shadows. Dark clothes, dark bike and no lights. He’s asking for trouble!

Just A Quiet Ride Home – Until someone starts yelling out of there car for some reason… no idea who, or why.

Time To Find A New Route – This was the first evening I rode home after the clocks went back. I knew it would be dark down this road on my usual route but I didn’t expect how bad it would be. I’ve avoided that road every ride since. My main light was on full beam and the See Sense was going crazy as soon as it picked up a vehicles headlights. At least I was visible!

Bad Omens – Ambulance and Police out and about on my ride to work this morning. I should have known something would happen…

They Actually Hit Me! – KP06 HXM – This is the very first time I’ve actually made contact with a car. An extended clip with sound and a slow mo are at the end of the video. Well as you can see it was a nice bright morning. I have both lights on and I’m wearing a high vis jacket. The sun is in front of me so I’m lit up perfectly.

I was aware of the car in the side road but I wasn’t expecting the driver to pull out. It wasn’t a near miss. It was a hit. The driver was completely unaware and just carried on going. The rear passenger saw me and looks like they began to cover their face expecting me to end up through the window.

As luck would have it, I didn’t get knocked off and the bike wasn’t damaged. I turned my wheel just enough for the car to only clip it slightly. If it had been a split second later I would have been sent flying over the bonnet though.

The incident was reported to the Police. First impressions, the lady on the counter didn’t seem interested at all. When I explained someone had hit me, it was on video but I wasn’t hurt and my property wasn’t damaged she just gave me a blank look and by the tone of her voice you could see she wasn’t that bothered. I was asked to come back the evening after and have an appointment with one of their Officers.

The next evening I drove over and initially it seemed good. The Officer I spoke to said he was a cyclist too and had been knocked off earlier in the week in the same situation and it clearly seemed to anger him. He took all the details and looked at the footage but came back and said there’s no way they could ever get a prosecution for what he saw. Essentially, it was because the contact caused no damage and no injury. Hand on heart, I wasn’t after a prosecution, I only wanted to report it however the Officer said he’d go and visit the owner of the car and speak to them… scare them a bit, and get back to me.

That’s fine but that was the last I heard of it. I fully support the Police and know they have a tough job but in this case, I can see why some people don’t have any faith.

I haven’t actually seen the driver again. If I did, I’d like to have a word (and just a word, I’m not the violent type).

The 3 Speed Can’t Compete – When I’m out on my bike and see another cyclist, I automatically go into race mode and have to catch up. Unfortunately this time I was caught out on the tank and it just couldn’t keep up.

Letting The Faster Traffic Through – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Be courteous. I’m not perfect but if I get the chance to let a few cars by in a safe place, I will. It’s not the easiest road to overtake on.

White Van Man Returns The Favour – Following on from the last clip, when you’re in your car sat in traffic, it really doesn’t hurt to create a bit of room for a filtering cyclist / biker. I’d stopped behind the van initially because the gap looked like something even I wouldn’t chance but he was fully aware I was there and when he got the chance to mover forward, he created some room and waved me by. We both say thanks and carry on our journey. Peace on the road!

Pub Mural – This is a nice thing that a local pub has done recently. In honour of all those that have fallen and all those that continue to serve, they’ve dedicated a wall of their pub. It’s gotten a lot of respect from the town and I believe, even from the Nation.

Lastly, it’s dark and the weather is turning so be careful out there. It’s hard to find the motivation to ride in the dark and wet but always remember, the more you ride, the more pizza you can eat! That being said, invest in some proper lights and wear bright clothes!

Music provided by Ryan Little
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ryan_Little/~/We_Know

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Cyclists POV 38 – 40MPH Cyclist / Behind The Scenes / BMW Mating Call

October is coming to an end, the 5pm darkness will arrive next week…

Speed Run – 39.6 MPH Top Speed – So I finished putting together my winter bike during this week. I’ve built up a late 80’s / early 90’s British Eagle with a nice selection of old parts. I was taking it out for a test ride and decided to see how fast I could go down Hopwas Hill even with the mudguards. That top speed would get you points / fine in a car…

You’re Not That Mini – With the potholes in my path the overtake just felt a bit close / rushed… even though it probably doesn’t look it on camera.

Left It Late – Looks like it was a 3 way stand off up until that lad decided to pull out…just before I got there. Left it quite late there lad.

Keep On Riding – I hope I’m still riding when I’m this gents age. Keep those legs spinning! I wouldn’t personally choose to ride an old shopper on the road though without a lid… To slow for my liking.

Behind The Scenes – If you haven’t already seen it, check out my review of the See Sense V2 lights. https://youtu.be/dr9yR6gnSlQ They’re some decent lights. Purely for “warning” though, they’d be no good for actually lighting a dark road so you can safely see.

The Mating Call Of A Wild BMW Driver – “Wahey, Sound Man, it looks good” or at least I think that’s what I hear. I was on Grandpa’s bike…and that’s one good looking bike!

IDGAF – Yehhhh…. Lights turn to green so that means pedestrians cross right? #swag #yolo #myhaircutwasdowntoabet

Unresponsive? – BX59KKA – Sign is switched to green, vehicles in front move off but the lorry is still sat there. Why? Yup you’ve guessed it, the guy is on his phone. The camera never sees things as well as your eyes but as he drove off he still had the phone in his hands.

Thanks to Ryan Little again for providing the free music
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ryan_Little/Before_Dawn_Instrumental_Album/02_Middle_Passage_The_Passage_prod_by_R4C2010

Stay tuned for the next episode where someone actually hits me with their car…

Cyclists POV #36 – Rev bomb! / RTTW / Dangerous Driving

It seems these videos are gaining popularity. Thanks to all those that watch and leave a like / comment. Some of the clips in this edit were posted on social media after the incidents… some of the comments were quite interestng!

Dangerous Overtake – I’m lit up well. I wear high vis and I have two of the best front lights on the market. This was one of the videos posted on social media and while most supported me (and the tractor driver who also commented) some still had time to blame me (for being on the road etc) and the tractor (for also…being on the road). The driver didn’t come forward, no surprise there, and my cameras didn’t quite catch the reg because of the fog. After the driver got that close to me, they almost hit the tractor cutting back in. Some of the worst driving I’ve seen in a long time.

So Close – CV08 PWO – Here I am, riding along and I saw the van approaching. It’s ok, he’ll stop… I thought. I don’t think he saw me. If I’d have been a second slower, I would have been sent flying. I didn’t actually realise how close he’d come until I got home and checked the rear camera out. Scary!

Elderly Driver – This was a bit of a “facepalm” moment. Waiting for the red light I watched in disbelief as this elderly driver seemed to miss the roadworks until they were very close and then realise and adjust.

My Heart Stopped – This was another clip that was posted on social media, mainly because there have been complaints about this road being dangerous. Personally, I don’t believe any road is dangerous, instead it’s the driving, as witnessed here. The driver clearly sees me and gives me loads of space but has failed to pay any attention to the cyclist coming the other way. I saw the cyclist coming down before the driver pulled out and when they did, I was just waiting for an accident.

Check Your Blindspots – Glen’ll Fix I.T. – BK14 RVL – Don’t just pull out on my like that! I’m clearly visible.

Chancer – What more is there to say? This person just decided ti chance the gap in front of me. It paid off but it was close.

Plan Ahead – See the lorry waiting to turn right, and the hill coming up, and knowing the road, the narrowing road beyond the bridge. Well it would be a lot easier to just take a few seconds out and allow the lorry to pass instead of making them wait and chance the overtake.

The Silent Follower – I had no idea this lad was following me until we had to move out to go around the two cars. Watching it back he had a bit of a panic brake as he checked it was clear and realised I’d slowed for a split second to make sure I was clipped in.

It’s Always A Race – After I knew he was there I had to make the gap. Always. I’m the same if I see someone in the distance. I have to catch up!

Nevermind The Crossing – What, 50 meters down the road, maybe not even that?! A lovely safe crossing that will stop the traffic so you can cross safely. Instead, you chance it on the road and try and intimidate me. Nice try, I guessed it was coming.

Popularity +1: As before, just take a second to let someone out. They’ll look kindly on cyclist in the future.. hopefully.

Kids Messing About: This was the third video that went on social media. Mixed reaction really. Kids just having fun and nobody was hurt to blaming the parents and to how stupid the girls were. Of course some said I should have stopped, and maybe I should have, I didn’t really know what was behind me though and a sudden stop to move the cone could have ended in me being rear ended. Still the fact remains, while we do get into mischief as kids, running into the road to put a cone in front of traffic is pretty stupid.

Ride To The Wall Filming – Check out a couple of my previous videos for the raw video filmed on my “proper” camera. Ride To The Wall is a charity event, for bikers, to ride to the National Memorial Arboretum to pay their respects to the fallen, and those still serving in the armed forces. I decided this year to film it from the the start but also managed to catch up and ride along side them for a while. I’ll join them on a motorbike one day.

Rev Bomb – This is just something that amused me. I think he was trying to intimidate the cyclist. Little does he know I love my cars too and knew what was going to happen 😉

Music by Ryan Little / Track called I’m Sorry
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ryan_Little/Before_Dawn_II/05_Im_Sorry

Cyclists POV 34 – Rake Rage / Wet Road SMIDSY

I don’t know how the injury happened but these next few videos are going to be short as I wasn’t riding much over this period. I developed a knee injury (maybe a strain?) but I ignored it and carried on riding. It got worse… And hurt. So I had to take it easy for a few weeks. It feels good now though *touch wood*

In this episode:
Rake Rage – Riding down a road that get quite quite busy, especially with those on two wheels so finding a rake in the middle of the road was quite strange. I wonder how many people just drove right by.

I’d Be The Same – I really, really want to work towards getting a motorbike and a licence. Sunny days, two wheels and some nice fast roads. Sounds like fun.

Well Someone Wasn’t Happy – I think it was the car coming the other way that didn’t appreciate the overtake of the Civic. It didn’t seem overly wild, but it isn’t the best place to overtake.

False Start – This made me laugh. Seeing the Clio in the back of the BMW would have been even funnier. Obviously not paying attention.

Instant One Finger Salute – AD58 UBB – I can clearly see the car approaching the round about before I cross that exit so they can clearly see the island is not clear for them to pull out… Or so you’d think. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the car cross the line and I genuinely thought I was going to get hit. They slammed on the anchors and I instantly gave them the middle finger salute.

Sorry? Thanks? I Didn’t Mind – So I’m not entirely sure the message behind the light flash but I generally take it to mean sorry or thanks. They did pull across my path but there was time to react. No harm done.

One Day In A British Summer – The morning was glorious! Shorts and T Shirt, warm, dry and sunny. By the time I left work it was like another world. Soaked!

Theme Park Traffic – At certain times in the morning, when the park opens in the Summer months the local roads just get so clogged with traffic. Both directions just get filled with slow moving traffic. Luckily for me I can zip right through on two wheels!

Backing track by Ryan Little
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ryan_Little/Before_Dawn_II/04_Heartless

The silence has been broken…

A month (or so) without a post… Oops.

I’ve actually been around doing “stuff” but haven’t come up with anything really post worthy. I’ve been around doing my thing, collecting bike parts, a few car parts and getting my fitness back on track. I’ve booked onto the next Wolf Run and celebrated another year of being alive. I’ve been at work but I haven’t really ever stopped tinkering.

The first, and easiest thing to post up is the newest installment of my GoPro series. It’s all just a bit of fun. I’ve tried to edit them a bit more thoroughly but it’s still pretty basic at the moment.

Things coming up are more than likely going to include a few mores videos as I try to test my “skills” and there will definitely be a lot more bicycle related posts. On the car front, what I’m really planning is to do a little GoPro series on that. I’ve got a few parts to fit so I’d like to film them being fitted as a bit of a how to but we’ll see how that pans out. Anywho, I am still here, I am still tinkering so if you like my previous posts, hang tight and I’ll be back shortly.