Knee brace on, lets see how long it lasts.
High Five – Because we’re a friendly bunch.
I See An Opportunity – A small uphill section is coming up so the chance to get a tow off the bus was welcome. Unfortunately the knee didn’t like it and started screaming at me when I hit 30mph or so.
Wave Him By – I see no point in holding the bus up. If I carry on riding in front, the bus struggles to get by and traffic gets held up. If I stop and let him by everything flows a bit easier. Common sense. Bus driver said thanks too.
Could Go Faster – Speed “trap” on a 30mph road. Not bad.
Playing Chicken Or Stupid? – Both I think. Some kids just want to show off to their mates. I’m not exactly one to back down though 😉
This Is My Lane Micra – My lane positioning was definitely encouraging the driver to pull up along side (I would normally try and get central) but still, most hold back. Seems like my legs have better acceleration this time.
He Waved Me By – At the junction before he’d taken a really, really wide route to provide room up the inside but I didn’t really fancy getting squished. Around the corner I stopped behind in traffic and he moved right over and I didn’t really see any point in going forward but he waved me through so… thanks!
Scrape The Pipes – Listen and watch for the lean.
Smooth Filtering – It’s nice when you get a good line like this that I can ride straight down the middle. I did notice that one lady was texting away on her phone after editing this video though… Not the first and won’t be the last.
Shitty Cyclist – Slow and cautious when filtering but feels it’s fine to ignore the lights changing and just after a red light shows. My wording at the end describes my feelings towards him.
Music by Ryan Little
A lot of riding but an uneventful week! It’s the summer holidays so the roads are a lot quieter when I ride (which is awesome!) so there is a lot less drama!
Trying To Hit / Scare Me – BF60 VOY – The traffic behind was stopped for a red light, as was the traffic in front so after letting the Audi out, the Hyundai waved me across. Unfortunately the Corsa managed to squeeze passed at that precise moment but instead of being all grown up about the situation the driver decided to accelerate hard towards me, stopping just before hitting my rear wheel. The sound of the engine accelerating and I believe some tyre squeal is heard in the original video.
Right Turn / No Right Of Way – I have NO idea what this driver thought they were doing. As the lights turn green they just decided to cut across the oncoming traffic to make the turn instead of waiting. Fortunately both the first and second oncoming car were making a left turn but both gave the driver a blast of the horn.
Dog Wants To Play – I’m assuming play anyway as the tail was wagging!
Calf Cramp – The pain! Out of nowhere, the pain! I had to roll a good way down the road before I could pedal again 😦
I Like Her! – She was awesome. You can see I look back to check what the traffic is like before indicating and moving across but this lady has obviously seen that and held back to give me space even before I indicated. Brilliant.
Any Chance To Draft – If I see a lorry, I see a chance of easy, fast cycling. Lorries and buses are slow at accelerating and provide a good cover so get behind one and it’s fairly easy to do 30mph up a fair gradient.
Vans Are Good Too – The tall ones like this provide some good cover but van drivers generally accelerate a bit quicker so it’s harder to catch and maintain the draft. I held back and waited for the amber light before pedaling hard to get in the draft and it worked.
Bare Roads – Mid road works and the top surface had been stripped leaving all the drain covers and service covers raised. The bad thing was not all had been marked and they were pretty tall so it was causing everyone to swerve and avoid them.
THAT Cyclist – Remember, from the “Bloody Cyclists” video? Well here he is riding up the wrong side of a busy 40mph road. He should either be following the same route I take or riding on the path behind the bushes. This idiot makes up his own rules though and feels it’s ok to ride up that road the wrong way before crossing over to the right side obstructing all the traffic.
Wise Words – He’s right you know, there are a lot (or at least it seems) of idiot drivers but you need to make yourself seen! Wear bright clothing even in the day and don’t go out in the dark without high viz or lights. I’ve just bought a set of See.Sense lights and while they’re not in everyones price range they definitely make sure people see you! They’re expensive but worth the investment. I’ll do a video on them shortly.
Song by Ryan Little
Track is Brag On You
That’s a fine looking Harley you have there Sir – What a bike. Gave the nod of appreciation, got one back. Score.
The Call Of A Taxi Driver – I didn’t expect the taxi to do a full loop of the island but I still wasn’t anywhere near to cutting him up. Still, I heard something shouted from the car. Can’t quite make out what though.
Trying To Block Me? – I find these people amusing. If he did actually look in his mirror and saw me, he was purposely riding the line down the centre of the road. I could have gone up the inside but I could just imagine him swerving over to block me. I only had to wait a few seconds for the road to clear before continuing…and he was still stuck in traffic.
See Me Indicating? – I checked behind (so I didn’t get my arm knocked off), indicated and luckily checked again because this driver just decided to come flying passed anyway.
This Actually Made Me Jump – Compared to other traffic, buses can be deceptively quite. It surprised me when they made the overtake, fairly close to me… and then I laughed when they continued to move over for the fresh air in front of me….
Van Cutting Corner – BJ58 EXD – The road had recently been “resurfaced” (which actually means throw down some tar and lots of loose stone and vehicles will do the rest) so there was lots of loose gravel. When I made that turn I thought I’d taken an un-natural line and hit the gravel but wasn’t entirely sure why until I looked back at the footage and saw the van was partially on the wrong side of the road.
Failing To Give Way – DN10 CKK – This boiled my blood. I was out on the Scorpio, finishing a test ride, making my way around this island when this absolute dickwad completely ignored my presence and missed me by inches. I think they did see me at the last second as a hand shot up in the window but they didn’t show any sign of remorse. A collision with that vehicle, at that speed could have killed me…
Slowly Pulls Out – I can do the speed limit down this road (30mph) but I need to keep my momentum going over this part so when this driver pulled out in front of me and then near enough stopped to make the next turn I wasn’t happy.
Audi Stereotype – So at this island it’s quite simply, right lane to go right, and left to go left. Most people want to go right so you end up having to wait for a small amount of second. Typical Audi driver doesn’t want to wait though and uses the left lane to cut out the wait and cut up anyone using the correct lane. What makes it even more laughable is they had forgot to secure the boot so it had popped open and they just carried on driving…
Braking For A Clear Island – Or should I saw braking particularly hard for a clear island. WHY?!
Smoked Out – I’d filtered passed most of the traffic and ended up behind this van. It wasn’t safe to try and make a pass so I sat behind me and as the traffic moved he booted it and I got a face full of smoke. He had to slow meters up the road though and pulled to the side to let me by with a big grin on his face. I took it as a joke, whether it was intended that way, who knows.
Polite – It can be a right nightmare to get out this junction sometimes but someone actually slowed traffic for me and allowed me out. How nice!
Watch For Cars Emerging – You might know they’re there but more often than not, they haven’t seen you.
Drafting Challenge – This road is a 40mph that goes into a 30mph. It was late evening with barely any traffic and when the bus stopped in front of me at the lights I knew I had a chance to steal a KOM. I’m not sure how well Strava reads speed because overlaying it on the video shows some fluctuation where there isn’t any but I definitely kept up with the bus. Unfortunately someone slow pulled out in front of the bus half way down the road and dropped it’s speed and I only placed 5th overall. I think the whole top 10 have been drafting for that leaderboard!
Music by Ryan Little
The “bonus” clip this week really pissed me off. You get some people that will turn in on you before an island thinking they can make it in front, but they normally leave enough room. This person however, decided to overtake in lane 2, which was empty, and then all of a sudden move back into lane 1 leaving me absolutely no room. I was so close to being knocked off! They didn’t even acknowledge me and when I rode passed and pointed to my head as a “THINK!” gesture I was completely ignored. The footage was posted on social media and got a fair amount of attention locally. Most were disgusted at the drivers actions but of course I got the blame from some delusional people. I haven’t seen the driver again…
Red Light Jump – HV08 HNF – Must have really been in a rush… or blind.
Up The Inside Is Dangerous – When people say cyclists should stick to the left, this is one example to be used against them. Not everyone checks their curb side mirror before pulling off. It felt like a close call, and was partly my fault. I shouldn’t have put myself in that situation but mirrors are there for a reason.
Close Pass – I know, I know. If you look at the last clip at see how close I was filtering to cars and compare it to this you’ll laugh and tell me to fuck off but considering the speed of that car, and that they didn’t even use the second lane, I’m saying that’s a close pass.
Great Place To Stop – Maybe the driver was picking something up, who knows, but stopping in that exact place, blocking off a set of traffic lights is pretty stupid.
Late Overtake – Thinking he could safely overtake and stop/make the left turn there was ridiculous. Especially if I had actually carried on riding.
Road Positioning – It’s a learner, yes, but whoever is teaching them should let them know you don’t stick to the left if you want to use the right lane. If you do, indicators would be a good thing to use.
SMIDSY – I don’t know what he was thinking but he held his hand up as an apology. If he’d kept on going it wouldn’t have just been me colliding with him… but the car coming the other way.
Troll Boss – Beeping and shaking his fist at me. When I heard the beeps I just thought, keep going and ignore them. Turns out it was just my boss having a laugh.
Who’s Walking Who? – That’s one excited dog!
‘Iya! – I misjudged the movement in the traffic here slightly so instead of cutting in front and holding the car back I waved them by so I could pull in. The grinning girl in the back made me laugh.
SMIDSY – DV14 AUE – See I’m not sure this was a “SMIDSY”. They MUST have seen me and just not cared I was there.
Strange Driving – I could hear the lorry behind me and kept waiting for it to overtake. It wasn’t until I looked at my rear cam I saw that he was straddling two lanes or blocking the second lane for most of the time. Random.
Music this time from Action Davis
Tracking called Rehab
It’s roadworks season! They actually brought the town centre to a complete standstill one day. Several sets of road works in one place, combined with large amounts of lane closures for no reason meant traffic just stopped. Luckily I got through it all on two wheels no trouble 🙂
Super Close Pass – BD14CZF – I don’t normally mind cars using the same lane to pass so long as I’ve got some wiggle room / I’m not affected by the turbulence or it’s matching my speed but this cockwomble didn’t want to wait and passed me within inches at close to 40mph.
Red Light Jump – NC09PER – Had plenty of time to stop on amber but decided he was too important to wait. Gave him a thumbs up but got no reaction.
Super Considerate – I was more than happy riding in the empty (oncoming) lane but this lady saw me in her mirrors and gave me loads of room to ride back in the “correct” lane. Thanks!
Late Overtake – VA04MJU – The driver coming the other way was not happy at all. I was given plenty of room (thanks!) but it seems the van driver forced the oncoming car to hit the brakes.
Taxi – Obviously they have right of way…
Awkward Stop – I think I had clocked the car coming round, but it hadn’t registered straight away so the stop was very last second. I was definitely about to pull out…
Mobile Abuse – YP11DJF – Fitzpatrick Group – He didn’t even care. Not even trying to hide the fact he has a phone in his hand, held against his ear. Idiot. I see plenty of people sitting in traffic on their phones but he’s taking the piss.
Road Closed – I don’t think so. This is what caused all the gridlock in town. Lanes closed off with no work force on the road. They’d closed off one lane of the entire “ring road” to work on one small part of it. I was actually tempted to move the cones and let everyone through… Later on that evening all the cones had gone due the massive amounts of complaints the council had received from the public and businesses.
Setting a PB – I love it when things fall in to place like this. I saw the bus waiting to pull out and figured I could tuck in behind it for the hill after the island. Although I lost the tow towards the top I still smashed my PB but unfortunately only got 10th place on the Strava leaderboard!
Awesome music again by Ryan Little
I’m almost up to date! Just a couple more double video weeks and I’ll be there, then I’ll have more time to crack on with other projects!
The Morning Chase – I knew I could catch this guy up, he looked to be carrying more weight but to make it easy for me I decided to sit behind and wait for the hill. Of course that meant he could also pick up speed and I had to stop for traffic so he shot passed and took off in a cars slipstream. Felt like a bit of a noob there…
Near Miss – I think the Fiesta driver thought they were also a bike. Almost caused a head on there….
Keep In Your Lane – This still bugs the crap out of me. There’s TWO lanes on both sides of the roundabout so why do some people feel the need to straddle both lanes and turn in towards me as I’m about to take the island. I’m not just going to disappear!
Pedestrian – Sure, just walk out in front of the traffic when there’s a crossing RIGHT NEXT TO YOU!
Sound Effect Kid – It’s fairly easy to keep up with the traffic (30mph) along that stretch of road. Sound effect relevant.
Look Left & Right – The more I look at this, the more I wonder who would be at fault. The overtaking car or the car pulling out. I don’t think either expected the other to make a move, they just saw a cyclist and thought, “I have to get by quickly”
Lane Discipline – Same moan as above. I’m in front – I take the island in the lane first.
Filtering – Lot’s of traffic caused by the weekly collection of bins. That’s all.
Surprise! – That lorry rushed passed so much. The air displacement shook me and they definitely forced on coming cars over.
Playing? – I have no idea what they were doing. Slow to react to traffic in front, then come to a stop, only to wait for me to get along side and pull off again. Hmmm.
Space – It’s happening more and more along my route and that’s drivers looking in their mirrors and seeing me coming so they leave space. I always say thanks.
Motorbike ambitions – One day, One day!
This week summer hit us. Not an English Summer, a continental summer. 30+ degrees C. It was too hot for me. I did a few days riding but the heat was killing me off and I was getting slow so with the Staffs Sportive at the weekend I decided to only ride for 3 days.
There was lots of filtering and lane splitting though. The council like to start the road works season around now so traffic always backs up.
The “Bonus” clip is something I found funny. It’s actually from the Tuesday when I was filtering through traffic. I didn’t think it was wise to squeeze by the Mercedes but I’d already gone passed the lady in the red car. For some reason I decided to look at my rear cam and while skipping through landed on her reaction. It tickled me. I didn’t hold her up and she passed fine when we turned left. 6 minutes later I was filtering through traffic and passed her again but this time I got straight to the end while she had to sit in another half a mile of traffic.
Super Observant – This learner motorbike rider was great. He was constantly glancing in his mirrors both sides to check what was going on, always aware of what was around him. I think he’ll make a good rider.
In A Rush – Normally vehicles won’t pass me in that location unless I wave them by but this driver just seemed to have had enough of me and floored it. The car coming the other way didn’t really want to wait either.
Thank You – That Land Rover driver was awesome. He overtook me earlier and gave me so much room and then when I caught up he made as much space as possible for me to get by. I don’t really like filtering up the inside but when they give you that much space, who can refuse.
Traffic Lights – OK so my waving trick doesn’t always work. Sometimes I do have to stop like everyone else.
Semi Blocked Junction – See this makes traffic worse. People get impatient and instead of leaving a lane clear for traffic to filter passed they will park across the lanes to stop anyone “pushing” in front.
Look Twice – I genuinely didn’t see that BMW until I was pushing off. Brakes were quickly applied and I shuffled back!
Still lots of footage to go through! I quite like this editing lark though. The more I learn the less stressed I get. How is it for you viewers?
Just a short one this time. I don’t think I rode much this week.
– That island is badly planned. Three lanes in, two lanes on the island, three lanes out. Someone always gets cut up, it just happened I was obstructed from view.
– They really wanted me to move out the way so they could finish the overtake… Unfortunately I can’t move the traffic in front.
– Behind me at the island to turn right, pulls out behind me and then tries to dip up the inside. I always move over as soon as I’m passed that first exit to let cars by (like the blue car behind). They were just impatient…
– Filtering with a motorbike. I heard the guy coming so didn’t move out when I wanted and he offered for me to go first but seeing as he has the power I thought I’d let the motorbike lead. I’m just that little bit more agile to fit through the gaps though. The oncoming traffic had to stop at one point to let him through.
– And this is one of the reasons why cyclists need a bit of space. Some, like this gent, get tired and start to wobble around.
Filmed on GoPro HD Hero 2 w/ Chesty Mount
Song: Ryan Little – Sand Castles
– Now that’s a good driver. I indicated I wanted to turn right and despite having the chance to overtake me they acknowledged my signal and held back. Awesome.
– Cutting it fine was in reference to the overtake in this clip. I had to break to let them in. Meh
– This isn’t actually a bike lane. It’s a stretch of road that years ago ran two lanes side by side but someone deemed it too dangerous and limited the road to one lane thus creating a nice area to cycle in at the sides. It would be awesome if all roads had that space to cycle.
– Close pass. Well when a box of metal does pass you at 30+ mph it doesn’t feel nice.
– This happens a fair bit. Some drivers try and squeeze ahead of you before an island and when they realise there’s no space they either end up stradling two lanes or putting the squeeze on you.
– Overtaking on a solid white line, before a blind humpback bridge is never clever… Imagine if that car had been a little quicker…
– I never like having a large vehicle behind me so if I can pull in and wave them by I usually will.
Bonus Bad Bus Driver
Who knows what he was thinking! All the cars and me were indicating left but he still decided just to pull across and force his way in. Reported to the bus company. Not sure if anything happened.
Music by Ryan Little
More proper work coming over the weekend with coilovers to fit, a cam cover to refurbish and I’ll have some alloys and a short shifter to fit soon but for now…