Nearly got wiped out by a VW today - video

by Suffolk Cycling   July 19, 2014  

This idiot nearly wiped me out today - http://youtu.be/w3khfbqvrjI

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If the car coming the other way had a dash cam, he may have posted a similar vid, this guy took a very narrow line between hitting the other car head on and buzzing your bars.

Arsehole.

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posted by Flying Scot [682 posts]
19th July 2014 - 21:07

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Breaking news shocker? Don't think so. I was waiting for the 'event' to happen ... and it didn't. Maybe it's the wide-angle camera lens but I didn't see anything out of the ordinary. Obviously not exemplary motoring skills being exhibited but certainly nothing even close to a "near wipe-out" as far as I'm concerned. Are you new to cycling on Britain's roads?

posted by Joeinpoole [308 posts]
19th July 2014 - 21:40

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Yes!

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posted by Suffolk Cycling [72 posts]
19th July 2014 - 21:41

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Not really sure what I'm looking for?

posted by daddyELVIS [453 posts]
19th July 2014 - 22:53

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OK let me qualify this: I'm a new cyclist, and the occasion of a car passing within a few feet of my handlebars at approaching 50mph, and in the face of an oncoming car, was a surprise to me.

If, however, this is a regular, day-to-day thing you all face, then I apologise for posting. But at the same time, why the hell is 'day-to-day' crap driving acceptable?

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posted by Suffolk Cycling [72 posts]
19th July 2014 - 23:05

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Suffolk Cycling wrote:

If, however, this is a regular, day-to-day thing you all face, then I apologise for posting. But at the same time, why the hell is 'day-to-day' crap driving acceptable?

It's not acceptable, but it isn't going to stop. Ride with assertiveness & confidence, and do whatever you need to do to stay safe. Keep cycling, there's nothing better!

posted by daddyELVIS [453 posts]
19th July 2014 - 23:23

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Gotcha, daddyELVIS. But, you know, it kinda left me all shook up

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posted by Suffolk Cycling [72 posts]
19th July 2014 - 23:29

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I understand perfectly well how that close pass made you feel - but yes, it's pretty normal. You will get some muppets passing you much closer than this.

Get an AirZound. It's cheap, very loud, and its use can be quite cathartic. Cursing under your breath or wagging your finger doesn't do anything, but an air horn like that will at the very least get their attention.

They'll have gone past at that point of course, but they *will* notice it. And if the close pass was done out of inattention rather than malice then there is at least a chance they'll be more considerate next time they pass someone on two wheels.

A lot of those people are "just" terrible drivers, as opposed to being out to scare/kill you.

Drawback: it's not very aero ... Plain Face ... but it is lightweight. Cool

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posted by userfriendly [325 posts]
19th July 2014 - 23:52

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I love the idea. Don't worry about the aero bit - there's nothing aero or even dynamic about me Smile

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posted by Suffolk Cycling [72 posts]
20th July 2014 - 0:05

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Go for it Smile Had to fettle a bit with the mounting, but am quite happy with it.

Liking your blog, btw. - but don't hate on the hills Wink Hills are great!

First you dislike them, then you dislike them a little less, and before you know there's no greater thing than a nice climb. Big Grin

Also, Simple Minds ++

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posted by userfriendly [325 posts]
20th July 2014 - 0:28

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Thanks v much for kind comments. I'm using the blog as a bit of a motivator. But the hills...

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posted by Suffolk Cycling [72 posts]
20th July 2014 - 0:28

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oh, and Simple Minds Love Struck Love Struck Love Struck Love Struck

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posted by Suffolk Cycling [72 posts]
20th July 2014 - 0:28

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Suffolk Cycling wrote:

But the hills...

Come on. You don't really have hills down there. Try Scotland. Laughing

(Maybe that's why I like them - I don't really have a choice, do I ...)

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posted by userfriendly [325 posts]
20th July 2014 - 0:40

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I suppose a hill is a thing of personal opinion. To me, anything that involves moving down one gear is a typical Suffolk hill. Should I ever venture 'up North', then I shall complain of cheating and a lack of available gears.

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posted by Suffolk Cycling [72 posts]
20th July 2014 - 0:49

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I think some idiots play a game of trying to stay inside of the middle white line whilst trying to pass on narrow lanes!

posted by carytb [32 posts]
20th July 2014 - 7:56

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Can well understand why it would scare you, but unfortunately rather more common than it should be. What's the limit on that road? The problem is that, in trying to be courteous (I'm sometimes as guilty as anyone of this), you left enough room for them to pass without moving over the white line. Thus, they try it, and it's you that gets squeezed. Presumably riding in primary position (or at least further out) would help, by forcing the driver to think about the overtake (as they'd need to move into the oncoming lane).

Don't let it put you off!

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3476 posts]
20th July 2014 - 8:10

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carytb wrote:
I think some idiots play a game of trying to stay inside of the middle white line whilst trying to pass on narrow lanes!

There's a related species who do about 60mph on country lanes and pull out into the opposite lane directly after passing you, rather than before and during (which would be preferable).

posted by chokofingrz [320 posts]
20th July 2014 - 15:54

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don't ride in the gutter... ride at least one and a half metres out...

Riding in the gutter encourages them to go for it...

posted by Paul_C [260 posts]
20th July 2014 - 17:34

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