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
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
In 2008 I bought my very first DSLR, a Nikon D80. It’s served me well! In the 7 years of service I’ve shot hundreds of thousands of photos all over the country. Combined with some good lenses and some amazing flash gear it produced some really amazing photos but times change and in recent years I’ve only really used the camera for documenting builds. Unfortunately the D80 is now on par, in megapixel terms at least, with phone cameras and the lack of a video function was bothering me.
New camera time.
Without really doing any research I’ve ended up buying the Nikon D3200. It’s a “refurbished” unit and only cost me £150. I can use my old lenses but they aren’t compatible with the autofocus unfortunately. It has more than double the pixel count of the D80 and can record in 1080p. I’ll have to program myself to the different button layout but the few shots I’ve taken so far have been brilliant.
What I really wanted to try out though was the quality of the video recording. On Saturday I made a quick decision to grab my cameras, pack up the bike and ride out to see the convoy of motorbikes for the “Ride To The Wall” 2015 event. It’s a ride of rememberance, where thousands of bikers join together to ride to the National Memorial Arboretum and pay their respects. I decided to go and watch the biggest convoy leaving from Drayton Manor park.
I set my camera up on a tripod and left it to record the whole ride. The camera impressed me. The camera lets me do everything I wanted to do and the raw footage looks great (in my opinion). I’m aiming to get out early one morning to ride around and take some time lapses of the sunrise and in the evening of the sunset. I’d like to see how it copes with the low light and changing light. So far, I’d impressed with the quality.
As for the D80, I’ll probably end up selling it. It’s served me well but this upgrade was long overdue.
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
Thanks to YouTube and a sudden realisation I’ve had a slight change of plans. The track project for another Civic is no more. Everything I’ve collected of the last year for it is being sold off (over on CivicLife first but it’ll hit eBay soon) and that’s the end of that. Just like that. Weirdly, it’s been an easy decision.
So what am I filling the gap with? Well in January I discovered a motorbike vlogger by the name of Royal Jordanian. I got drawn in to his world and then I found others. OrcaGT, Baron Von Grumble, Premises187 and Adjrian Nickelodeon to name a few. Something caught my eye and I couldn’t stop watching their videos. A motorbike started to seem like a good idea.
Growing up my mum and dad had a motorbike but the times I went out on it as a passenger it quite honestly scared me. I didn’t like to lean into the turns and it never felt safe and I guess I’ve felt the same ever since. It never once crossed my mind that getting a motorbike could be good idea. I was always focused on getting my car licence and playing with cars, motorbikes were always a dangerous 2 wheeled demon. That was living on an old memory though.
Watching all these videos made a love for these two wheeled machines grow inside me. The thought of getting a motorbike and going for my licence kept reemerging. That “fear” though? Well thinking about it, it wasn’t there. I’ve done plenty of things since I was a kid on the back of that motorbike that have scared me and I’ve ended up loving those things. Thinking about it even more it made more sense than having a second car too. Car insurance, tax, and running costs are getting ridiculous. It would be hard for me to afford to build and run another Civic and then storing it would be a nightmare. I only have a small area in front of my garage but that’s not the most secure to store a track car. A bike though…that would fit in the garage nicely and everything would be cheaper.
That was my mind made up. Everything to do with a Civic got forgot and I’ve begun making plans to learn how to ride. I think there’s a few ways to go about it which I’m going to have to research but I’m really looking forward to getting on two wheels and not having to pedal. It feels like it’s opening up a whole new world to me. Look up for updates as and when and if you have any advice, post it up 🙂