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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


New Camera – D3200 – RTTW

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.