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Monty Python would be proud

Everyone's had a driver pass a bit too close and perhaps taken the chance to remonstrate with them at the next lights. YouTube helmet cammer matthew6476 asked a driver for a bit more room next time and got the best response ever from an apologetic but understandably preoccupied driver. 

Matthew's made the video private because, he says, he "cant be doing with the hassle from morons" on YouTube attacking him for posting videos. We've left it here in case he reconsiders.

Meantime, here's how it goes. The driver passes him without leaving much room. Matthew catches him at the next lights and taps on his window.

The driver rolls it down and Matthew asks: "Can you just give us a bit more room next time please?"

The driver opens the top of his coat to reveal a brightly-coloured bird as you can see in this still.

"I'm sorry," the driver replies, "but I've got a parrot dying on me."

Monty Python would be proud.

We hope the parrot pulled through.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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IHphoto [116 posts] 1 year ago
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I'd have been tempted to say that I don't care if it's a fecking Norwegian Blue I could have been an 'ex-person' !

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bikebot [1641 posts] 1 year ago
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I just made the mistake of reading the comments on youtube.

Even by the standards of that site, they're pretty repulsive. It's just a string of yobs threatening to punch him in the face, run him over and wishing his family had cancer.

It seems they're Radio 1 listeners, which featured it earlier. Nice.

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Critchio [163 posts] 1 year ago
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Youtube parasites like the ones spoken of are known for being complete and utter scum, unfortunately it's what goes with the territory and being a helmet-cammer thats going to happen, right or wrong.

Personally I didn't think that was a close pass, not close enough to remonstrate with a driver at least, I am passed like that all the flippin' time. If the cyclist thinks that was a close pass to cause concern enough for him to catch the driver up and object like that he should perhaps consider leaving the bike at home.

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racyrich [235 posts] 1 year ago
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Welcome to Scouse world. Standard response to any slight is death threats. Anyone slightly dissenting from that judgement is instantly a paedo (misspelt obviously).

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Sara_H [57 posts] 1 year ago
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Not so worried about his parrot that he left his mobile phone alone.

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ratattat [52 posts] 1 year ago
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Close ??? I'm from Merseyside and I'd say that was about average , if I remonstrated with every driver that passed me like that I would get my face caved in daily. Sometimes the head cam can make the wearer feel invincible and that's dangerous

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TomTheFish [3 posts] 1 year ago
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Scouser or not that sounded an awful lot like "sorry". Never heard that from a driver before  41

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viveLaPants [94 posts] 1 year ago
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racyrich wrote:

Welcome to Scouse world. Standard response to any slight is death threats. Anyone slightly dissenting from that judgement is instantly a paedo (misspelt obviously).

Ah of course, because the footage is in liverpool, all the respondents onyoutube have to from liverpool - I get how this internet thing works now  21

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Beefy [369 posts] 1 year ago
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racyrich wrote:

Welcome to Scouse world. Standard response to any slight is death threats. Anyone slightly dissenting from that judgement is instantly a paedo (misspelt obviously).

What an idiot, spelt correctly

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Beefy [369 posts] 1 year ago
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racyrich wrote:

Welcome to Scouse world. Standard response to any slight is death threats. Anyone slightly dissenting from that judgement is instantly a paedo (misspelt obviously).

What a sill thing to say (spelt correctly)

All southerners are orange

All cyclists run red lights

All scouters, are thugs,

Yorkshire police don't lie

Wake up my friend people are people good and bad all over the world in all walks of life. Nice people horrid people even silly people who think stereo types are real.

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downfader [203 posts] 1 year ago
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Critchio wrote:

Youtube parasites like the ones spoken of are known for being complete and utter scum, unfortunately it's what goes with the territory and being a helmet-cammer thats going to happen, right or wrong.

Personally I didn't think that was a close pass, not close enough to remonstrate with a driver at least, I am passed like that all the flippin' time. If the cyclist thinks that was a close pass to cause concern enough for him to catch the driver up and object like that he should perhaps consider leaving the bike at home.

Its a wide angle lens. If it had touched his bars it still would have looked far away. The point is - if a cyclist feels the need to ask a driver like that then it WAS a close pass.

Your own desensitisation of close passes could actually be putting you at risk if you're overconfident that they will hold their line or that you wont encounter diesel or a pothole.

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userfriendly [539 posts] 1 year ago
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Is the parrot okay, is what I want to know

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bikebot [1641 posts] 1 year ago
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Beefy wrote:

Wake up my friend people are people good and bad all over the world in all walks of life. Nice people horrid people even silly people who think stereo types are real.

Except the stereotype for Audi drivers. That one is mostly true.

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ratattat [52 posts] 1 year ago
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Just reviewed a few of this guys uploads and he isn't doing cyclists any favours

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HarrogateSpa [278 posts] 1 year ago
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The video doesn't play, says it's private. Is it just me?

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wellcoordinated [201 posts] 1 year ago
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HarrogateSpa wrote:

The video doesn't play, says it's private. Is it just me?

Not just you; same for me  2

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bikebot [1641 posts] 1 year ago
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HarrogateSpa wrote:

The video doesn't play, says it's private. Is it just me?

Some of the trolling and threats were pretty serious, as he was posting under his real name rather than anonymously I guess he had enough.

The irony is that after the recent twitter court cases there's probably a greater chance of someone receiving a prison sentence for threatening to run a cyclist over (via social media), than if they actually did it.

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oliverjames [53 posts] 1 year ago
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Computer controlled cars cannot arrive too quickly for me. With humans behind the wheel it's a lottery; so far I've been lucky.

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Joselito [160 posts] 1 year ago
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Got to agree with Beefy, if the cyclist thinks it a close pass, it's a close pass.
Fair enough, the driver apologises but he could still be more considerate.
Also, what's the driver doing at the lights when he's caught up with?
Twatting around with his mobile.

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Peowpeowpeowlasers [294 posts] 1 year ago
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I saw the video before it became private. The passing distance was around 2 feet (it's easy to work out, just look at the bicycle's line and the car's tyres).

Far too close. All the guy is doing is asking people to be more considerate. If some people here think that that's "not doing us any favours" then perhaps THEY'RE the ones who shouldn't be out cycling.

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northstar [1108 posts] 1 year ago
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Fuck that, i'll upload it.

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Northernbike [229 posts] 1 year ago
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The parrot could be unwell because he usually goes by Nissan but he was pining for the Fords...I'll get my coat

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northstar [1108 posts] 1 year ago
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ratattat wrote:

Just reviewed a few of this guys uploads and he isn't doing cyclists any favours

Obvious troll is obvious.

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northstar [1108 posts] 1 year ago
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ratattat wrote:

Just reviewed a few of this guys uploads and he isn't doing cyclists any favours

Obvious troll is obvious.

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Him Up North [235 posts] 1 year ago
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I bet this is *exactly* what Tim Berners-Lee had in mind when he devised the world wide web 25 years ago...