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Cyclists - part 2 (off topic)

Morning guys

So yesterday, I had a read of this article:

http://www.ja606.co.uk/articles/viewArticle/409471

Some of the comments were funny to me; basically saying that motorists jump red lights as much as cyclists. Well here is my anecdotal evidence that strongly suggests otherwise.

I work in the centre of Manchester. I park over at Piccadilly and then have a 20 minute walk to the office. Yesterday evening, I saw 3 cyclists jump red lights (and not just go through as they went from amber to red, I mean just go through as if the lights weren't there at all). I also saw 2 cyclists mount the pavement to go around traffic lights.

This morning, as I was crossing the road (the green man was on) another cyclist paraded through the lights and actually weaved in and out of people.

Don't get me wrong, there are some truly awful motorists and pedestrians out there (that's for another article), but to suggest that cyclists on the whole follow the rules of the road is a joke. They have a superiority complex and think that because they don't have a number plate and therefore can't be caught, they can do what they want.

The above is an average 24 hours walking through the centre of Manchester. I find the Deliveroo cyclists to be the worst. They clearly have timelines to hit and therefore don't give a damn and would run someone over rather than wait at the red light.

I have a solution. In order to ride a bike as an adult, you have to register it and be given a number plate for the bike. Then you can be treated exactly like any other vehicle on the road and held to the same standards.

posted on 28/7/19

It's not based on any more knowledge than a 5 minutes search on Google can give.
I didn't dismiss your opinion on Cy list vulnerability, I agreed with it. You dismissed my opinion on cyclist in pedestrian areas as just an annoyance, the same way you dismi the Guardian article as anecdote.
You are an arrogant man who thinks he is always right, I now understand others opinion of you. You need to take a look at yourself, and learn how to debate without a pré assumed position and acknowledge other people have views.
But you won't, because you are always right.

posted on 28/7/19

I’m not always right. I happily debate subjects with informed people.

How do you know what my knowledge is based on? You haven’t got a clue.

Yet again you’re just here to dismiss my opinion rather than to discuss the subject. It’s what you’ve done right from the start and it’s what you’re still doing. Pathetic.

posted on 28/7/19

Listen, this has all become a bit silly.

If you want to discuss the topic then perhaps go back to my first post and comment on the points I raise without telling me I’m one sided and can’t see an alternative view.

I do have a strong opinion on this but it’s based on quite a lot of knowledge and experience.

So, by all means disagree, but don’t do it on the basis of trying to dismiss my view as biased. It’s lazy and it got my back up.

posted on 28/7/19

I'm a duck and I often use the towpath to sleep or tuck my head into my back as I think it makes me invisible but the pedestrians can be an absolute menace. How difficult is it to look where you are going? We can all share the path of we are just a bit more observant. Remember that ducks have priority on paths, not pedestrians so you have to give way to us not the other way around. Bloody pedestrians think they own the path.

posted on 29/7/19

TBone Steak Roysters (U3947)

You're a keen cyclist, aren't you?

Ever done this?

https://www.capetowncycletour.com/

I've been invited out there for 2020 - expenses paid! Haven't ridden my bike for many years though. Not sure I want to train on UK roads for that.

But an expenses paid trip to Cape Town.

Can I turn that down?!

posted on 29/7/19

Here is some useful safety info:

https://themindcircle.com/its-great-to-be-alive-grim-safety/

posted on 29/7/19

comment by Winston (U16525)
posted 5 hours, 7 minutes ago
TBone Steak Roysters (U3947)

You're a keen cyclist, aren't you?

Ever done this?

https://www.capetowncycletour.com/

I've been invited out there for 2020 - expenses paid! Haven't ridden my bike for many years though. Not sure I want to train on UK roads for that.

But an expenses paid trip to Cape Town.

Can I turn that down?!
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100k and 1200m climbing, that’s sounds doable for a few months training...even on a turbo trainer. If it’s all in then I would be snapping someone’s hand off for that.

Less than 4000ft in a day is a doddle

posted on 29/7/19

comment by Arouna Jagielka oooh I wanna take ya, Heitinga Nikica come on pretty mama (U1308)
posted 8 minutes ago
comment by Winston (U16525)
posted 5 hours, 7 minutes ago
TBone Steak Roysters (U3947)

You're a keen cyclist, aren't you?

Ever done this?

https://www.capetowncycletour.com/

I've been invited out there for 2020 - expenses paid! Haven't ridden my bike for many years though. Not sure I want to train on UK roads for that.

But an expenses paid trip to Cape Town.

Can I turn that down?!
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100k and 1200m climbing, that’s sounds doable for a few months training...even on a turbo trainer. If it’s all in then I would be snapping someone’s hand off for that.

Less than 4000ft in a day is a doddle
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Yeh, haven't really researched the climbs. The last charity ride I did broke me.. the final day I was struggling badly so it has put me off a bit.

And training on UK roads is hardly great.

But you're right - hard to turn down. Although I have a baby now, so that 11 hour flight would be tricky!

Lived in Cape Town for a bit. Spectacular place.

posted on 29/7/19

comment by Winston (U16525)
posted 4 hours, 16 minutes ago
comment by Arouna Jagielka oooh I wanna take ya, Heitinga Nikica come on pretty mama (U1308)
posted 8 minutes ago
comment by Winston (U16525)
posted 5 hours, 7 minutes ago
TBone Steak Roysters (U3947)

You're a keen cyclist, aren't you?

Ever done this?

https://www.capetowncycletour.com/

I've been invited out there for 2020 - expenses paid! Haven't ridden my bike for many years though. Not sure I want to train on UK roads for that.

But an expenses paid trip to Cape Town.

Can I turn that down?!
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100k and 1200m climbing, that’s sounds doable for a few months training...even on a turbo trainer. If it’s all in then I would be snapping someone’s hand off for that.

Less than 4000ft in a day is a doddle
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Yeh, haven't really researched the climbs. The last charity ride I did broke me.. the final day I was struggling badly so it has put me off a bit.

And training on UK roads is hardly great.

But you're right - hard to turn down. Although I have a baby now, so that 11 hour flight would be tricky!

Lived in Cape Town for a bit. Spectacular place.
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Just had a quick look, is it a multi day ride?

Depending on your location in the UK you can always find/research local rides that offer plenty of quiet roads. Even your local cycling club will have great knowledge of quiet rides and at 10-20 to join they are a great way to get the miles in.

Never cycled in SA, so would jump at the chance. My little one restricts weekend ride times, so even indoor/zwift rides can be put in 2-3 times a week after bedtimes. Can I take your place

posted on 30/7/19

Sorry, missed this.

It's a one day event as far as I know.

Pretty special ride but to be honest I'd be more interested in the holiday.

Absolutely love Cape Town. Might move there one day.

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