I'm in my 60's life time cyclist, do a long run each year, easyjet out and cycle back - san remo italy to york last run.
30 years a policemen, many in traffic and here is my message.
If you cyle on the pavement or jump red lights you give us all a bad name and encourage the idiots who are motorised or pedestrianised who are just waiting to take a pop at us verbally or worse still, carve us up in their cars.
I can't believe that people actually take off or disable braking systems on their bikes - I checked with my son who works for a leading insurance company - don't use the available cycle lane and have an accident, 30% off compensation, ride cycle without brakes and have accident - even if not your fault, up to 60% off compensation - go figure!
Ride safely out there and if you pass someone doing their best, miles from any where ona hybrid rather than a road bike, lower yourself to the smallest nod as you go past - we are all 'cyclists' after all, not just you fast jet boys (and girls)