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PostPosted: 21:28 - 20 Mar 2019    Post subject: Bikes... always satisfying Reply with quote

Grid lock... total grid lock!

That was my town this morning: from west to east one solid line of unmoving traffic Sad

Ah, the joys of a bike... bypassing all the "normal" ppl and carrying on unhindered.

Looking forward to more traffic chaos tomorrow Very Happy
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PostPosted: 22:03 - 20 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Until someone pulls out without indication or mirror check, smacks you off, then starts screaming about "It's illegal!!!!"
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PostPosted: 22:28 - 20 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah but once you get to your job you have to do all of the work while other staff are sat in their warm comfy cars sat in traffic..

Do know what you mean though. There's nothing better than sliding down the side of a line of vehicles stuck at traffic lights and being one of the first through.
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PostPosted: 23:27 - 20 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

ThatDippyTwat wrote:
Until someone pulls out without indication or mirror check, smacks you off, then starts screaming about "It's illegal!!!!"


Good point, I try and train myself to assess potential hazards by watching Dash Cam Australia...

While normally a kind and generous ppl the ozzies certainly don't like to give way! There's also a high prevalence of colour-blindness: they seem to mix up red and green at traffic lights a lot!
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PostPosted: 19:20 - 21 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sister Sledge wrote:

Do know what you mean though. There's nothing better than sliding down the side of a line of vehicles stuck at traffic lights and being one of the first through.


I figure that's just a reward for being bloody freezing half the year.
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PostPosted: 00:29 - 22 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

MahatmaAndhi wrote:
I figure that's just a reward for being bloody freezing half the year.


Surely you have the wrong gear? I got my bike on the road in January and the jacket and leggings I have are super toasty Very Happy
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PostPosted: 23:28 - 22 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm ashamed to say that I have no gear right now. It's upsetting. But I'm on four wheels rather than two.
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PostPosted: 00:37 - 23 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sister Sledge wrote:
Yeah but once you get to your job you have to do all of the work while other staff are sat in their warm comfy cars sat in traffic..

Do know what you mean though. There's nothing better than sliding down the side of a line of vehicles stuck at traffic lights and being one of the first through.


I get to work at the same time as I always do, but the travelling time is halved, so I get another 45 mins in bed Thumbs Up

Plus I spend half as much on petrol than I do in the car Thumbs Up Thumbs Up

Sucks a bit when it's cold and wet though Thumbs Down
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PostPosted: 01:51 - 23 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rain I don't mind so much... snow and sleet on the other hand Sad
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PostPosted: 01:58 - 23 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

HardlyDavidson wrote:
Rain I don't mind so much... snow and sleet on the other hand Sad


So long as I'm warm and dry (and I'm never more than 45 mins away from either) I can deal with that, underlying ice is when I draw the line.
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PostPosted: 12:11 - 23 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah the advantages of shift working.
I'm at work before the hoards, go home before the Chelsea tractors invade and on late shift I travel home before the drink drivers are a threat.
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PostPosted: 07:05 - 24 Mar 2019    Post subject: Re: Bikes... always satisfying Reply with quote

HardlyDavidson wrote:
Grid lock... total grid lock!

That was my town this morning: from west to east one solid line of unmoving traffic Sad

Ah, the joys of a bike... bypassing all the "normal" ppl and carrying on unhindered.

Looking forward to more traffic chaos tomorrow Very Happy


Seconded. Sometimes (when work is slack) I go out on my bike at rush-hour with nowhere to go / nothing to do just for the sheer satisfaction / smugness of filtering. I'm always pleasantly surprised how cooperative people are at pulling to one side to let you pass etc.
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PostPosted: 13:37 - 24 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

With regards to city driving/riding...

There's generally the mutual respect that both car and bike both pay road tax, duty on fuel and have insurance, both had to take a test (or at least the CBT.) "We both have a right to be on the road."

And in turn this is why the lycra-clad, vegan eco-warriors on their push bikes are so despised: they've not had to pay anything directly to utilise the tarmac and they flout all the rules of the road because they don't have a licence to slap points on.
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PostPosted: 14:15 - 24 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

You don't pay road tax....

Everyone gets taxes to a degree.. you really think that your 'road tax' pays for roads. Are you dense. It's excise duty. On your vehicle. Laughing
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PostPosted: 01:04 - 26 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paddy. wrote:
You don't pay road tax....

Everyone gets taxes to a degree.. you really think that your 'road tax' pays for roads. Are you dense. It's excise duty. On your vehicle. Laughing


My physician tried to put me on exercise duty once. It didn't work Sad
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PostPosted: 12:59 - 26 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paddy. wrote:
You don't pay road tax....

Everyone gets taxes to a degree.. you really think that your 'road tax' pays for roads. Are you dense. It's excise duty. On your vehicle. Laughing


Yes, we all pay taxes but cyclists don't pay the premium of us dinosaur burners. And in turn the cyclists "know in their hearts" they're saving the planet.

A fundamental disconnect in attitudes between two road using groups. Tribalism arises and angry words are oft exchanged...
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PostPosted: 13:20 - 26 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

HardlyDavidson wrote:
Yes, we all pay taxes but cyclists don't pay the premium of us dinosaur burners. And in turn the cyclists "know in their hearts" they're saving the planet.

A fundamental disconnect in attitudes between two road using groups. Tribalism arises and angry words are oft exchanged...


I fall into all three road groups; I've got a car (a thirsty Subaru), motorbikes and also pushbikes; most of my commuting is done on a pushbike because going in and out of Manchester at rush hour I can actually match a motorcycle for pace, can take shortcuts along bus lanes and non-car/motorbike areas that bicycles can legally use such as Portland Street and Oxford Road, and have a lot less hassle at the other end (just hang it up in the office lobby, the motorbike requires properly chaining up and faffing around in a nearby car park).

Personally, I abide by the rules of the road regardless of what vehicle I'm using, including bicycles. I find generally speaking a mutual respect from motorcyclists when I'm on my bicycle, although I admit there are a lot of prats around on bicycles which annoy me regardless of my mode of transport. Unfortunately, as far as the majority are concerned, statements that all cyclists are law-flouting idiots is the same syndrome as the labeling of all motorcyclists as lunatics; people notice and remember the extremes, whereas the sensible ones are forgotten about quickly.

For my part, I always try to acknowledge courtesy; if I'm cycling around a bus and a car holds back for me to let me get past, I'll give them a little wave, likewise on my motorbike if I can (not always possible though because of the controls!). Ditto if I filter to the front of a queue and pull slightly in front of the front car, I will turn and make eye contact and again give a little wave of thanks just in case they feel a little peeved that I've sneaked in front of them. Seems to have worked for me so far. Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: 13:37 - 26 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, why can't everyone just calm down and get along...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpYeekQkAdc

Attitude is everything but it's strange how one's mood can so easily be affected: my faux-cruiser has an (optimistic) top speed around 60mph and yet I feel like I'm oozing down the street in a motorised arm chair with little to care about other than Uber U-turns without signalling.

Contrast that to the ebike that tops out "only" 34mph and yet it feels like I'm tearing up the tarmac! It is NOT a calm experience... a lot of fun though.

And the car now is just so dull I can see why ppl fall asleep at the wheel Sad
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PostPosted: 13:56 - 26 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

HardlyDavidson wrote:
cyclists "know in their hearts" they're saving the planet.
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people like this need to get out of their own arse
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PostPosted: 14:33 - 26 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

ART-ADS wrote:
HardlyDavidson wrote:
cyclists "know in their hearts" they're saving the planet.
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people like this need to get out of their own arse


Maybe this is why they jump red lights . . . they can't see anything from in there?
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PostPosted: 19:32 - 26 Mar 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

ART-ADS wrote:
HardlyDavidson wrote:
cyclists "know in their hearts" they're saving the planet.
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people like this need to get out of their own arse


A bit like hybrid and electric car owners. Suffering from their own smugness they like to sniff their own farts.

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