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Finally, episode 48! I Said to my self over Christmas and new year that I should spend more time on Silly Cyclists, This was just something I started as a side project from my main channel, I was never really expecting it to take off like it has and didn’t really have the time to do this properly. However my new years resolution is to work on this more!! I’ve got the process down to its bare minimum now, it doesn’t take me more than a few hours to complete a whole show, rather than pissing around watching junk TV on the weekend I should be able to get one of these out! So that is my plan (and it’s already taken me to February to publish one, ha! going well then).
Anyway, why are these cyclists silly?!
10 – Wheeling down the road and filtering through traffic. The cyclist does not have proper control of his vehicle!
9 – Cyclist cuts up another cyclist forcing him to brake heavily. No need to pass there and if the other cyclist wasn’t paying attention it could have resulted in a collision.
8 – Cyclist passes between another cyclist and a vehicle. Leaving inches to spare on either side. This isn’t a cat 5 race, take your time and leave space when you pass others!
7 – Cyclist filters through moving traffic leaving inches of space between the pavement and a taxi. a small knock from the wing mirror would have sent him flying into some bollards.
6 – SALMON CYCLING ACROSS PARK LANE! a four way single direction road where traffic is often moving faster than 30mph, absolutely nuts!
5 – Cyclist swerving and braking whilst going down a hill for no apparent reason, perhaps warming up his tires ala f1.
4 – Cyclist must filter past traffic and to get past the HGV she has to mount the pavement, for no eventual gain!
3 – Cyclist doesn’t judge the cars in front stopping and goes into the back of one of them
2 – Cyclist cuts me up, forcing me to slow down. Then cuts me up again as we approach a bus!
1 – Cyclist takes a corner too fast when hunting for a KOM on strava, looses front wheel and hits the deck! Don’t like strava consume your ride!
The Savvy cyclist holds a good position at some lights around some big machines, deciding for a safe option rather than filtering between or in front of them!
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So why are these cyclists silly?
10 – Cycling with a helmet on incorrectly and not fastened is worse than not wearing a helmet. Either put your lid on properly or not at all.
9 – Cyclist passes too close to another cyclist and then goes through a red light
8 – Undertaking another road user who is undertaking another road user in a tight space is a recipe for disaster. Best off just holding back and passing later on when it is safe and there is space.
7 – Cyclist joins a roundabout into the path of another, forcing the first to brake to avoid a collision
6 – Cyclist goes through a red light whilst pedestrians are trying to cross, forcing them to stop.
5 – I miss judge how the bus is going to take the corner, and get clipped by the stalk of the bus!
4 – Potentially not setting up the turbo correctly can lead to your bike falling out whilst you are on it.
3 – Cyclist squeezes up the inside of a large truck, whilst the traffic isn’t moving and the red light can be seen, it’s best not to filter at this point.
2 – Moving straight around another vehicle when not looking first can put you into conflict, it’s best to look first and then filter.
1 – Cyclist swerves through traffic, cycles on the wrong side of the road and then goes up a side road almost colliding with an oncoming car.
Savvy Cyclist this week is for doing a great shoulder check and indicating clearly before turning.
A stupid cyclist almost collides with me as he attempts to make a right turn across two lanes of traffic. That is an example of how not to turn right!
Silly Cyclists back with another fantastic episode. Show notes are below:
10 – Ninja cyclists are had to see in the dark. Make sure you have lights and spare lights on your bike for when it’s dark. This helps other road users see you well in advance and plan there overtakes properly.
9 – Cyclists just hanging around on the corner of a junction, could have caused a seriously collision if a motorist was behind. The road is not a playground, behave as other road users would expect you to behave.
8 – Cyclist rides across a junction with moving traffic and forcing it to stop. Cross junctions when you have a green light or via a crossing when it is clear to go. Going across a junction in this fashion could cause a collision
7 – Cyclist cuts a corner in front of a motorist, potentially very dangerous, two wheeled vehicles can take corners much tighter than 4 wheeled. Take care not to cross lanes whilst taking corners or you could end up under the wheels of a car.
6 – Treat shared use paths as if they were roads, if there is an obstruction on your side of the path, wait till it is clear on the other side before passing.
5 – When filtering through large vehicles watch for traffic moving ahead, this will be a good clue as to what the large vehicle is about to do next. Filtering between two of them without getting eye contact with the driver is a bad idea, they could easily crush you.
4 – Cyclist makes a turn without previously looking what is behind him or indicating, almost colliding into another cyclist. Make sure you look and clearly indicating your intentions!
3 – Cyclist passes with only inches to spare, a collision in these sort of situations will bring down many cyclists, make sure you leave plenty of room!
2 – Cyclist is riding on the pavement and then goes into the back of another cyclist. Make sure you watch the road ahead and keep an eye on when other road users are stopping.
1 – A cyclist so determined to go through the red lights that he is actually pushing past people. This must be the silliest cyclist we have seen to date!
10 – When the roads are icy, it’s not about if you can ride safely but more if the drivers can keep control of their vehicles. After all if you fall then at worst you could brake a bone or put your self into the path of a vehicle behind you. If the drivers can’t control their vehicles then there is a chance that it will collide with you.
9 – 23mm slick tires are not very good for off road use as BikingJaz shows us. It’s best to stick to the pave on those tires.
8 – In wet conditions take the corner a slower and at not such a tight angle, the smallest of bumps, paint or metal can easily make you loose traction and fall. Wearing mitts is also a good idea, it adds a bit of protection to your palms when you go down.
7 – When on a shared use path, take it slower than on the road and slow right down when passing pedestrians. Don’t rush past other cyclists at the last minute.
6 – When filtering past traffic, don’t overtake other cyclists when approaching oncoming traffic, definitely don’t do it at the last second and swerve back in front of the road user.
5 – Make sure you properly check both directions of travel when pulling out of a side road. Don’t pull out if your way is not clear and you would force other road users to take drastic action to avoid a collision with you.
4 – Don’t pass cyclists with inches to spare and cut across their path. We don’t want other road users doing it to us, so don’t do it to others.
3 – The most basic but often forgotten, don’t filter up the inside of a large vehicle, the space can quickly disappear and you have virtually no run off space.
2 – Riding on the pavement is illegal, doing so at high speed is just insanely stupid, especially when there are pedestrians about. Add the joining and leaving the road whilst next to a coach and this sort of behavior is going to lead this cyclist into the inevitable path of serious injury.
1 – Filtering in between two sets of vehicles at such a close proximity whilst at least one of them is moving is silly, one of them being a bus which you can’t see through and you have the recipe for a potential cyclist sandwich. Such behavior is not worth the reward.
Thanks to those who filmed these silly cyclists: