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Re: The somewhat unwritten laws of cycling...
« Reply #50 on: April 11, 2021, 09:47:51 am »
Anywhere with the word 'down' in its name is, in fact, up.
While places called “Mount Pleasant” are generally a bit tatty and on a small rise.

Also, I only seem to notice them while cycling.

Re: The somewhat unwritten laws of cycling...
« Reply #51 on: April 11, 2021, 05:19:30 pm »
If you see a cyclist ahead up a hill you’ll most likely speed up and try and catch and pass them just before the top.  You’ll then think of some reason to stop or turn off before they can pass again. In your head you’ve won a race. Your heart rate tells the truth.

And it will always turn out to be the local grandmother with the shopping onboard (although these days she probably has electric assistance - which she won't be using 'cos she goes too fast!)

Re: The somewhat unwritten laws of cycling...
« Reply #52 on: April 11, 2021, 07:19:18 pm »
Cyclist rides up to you and asks where you're going to, or where you're from. You reply, but they
never, automatically, and without prompting, tell you where they're heading to, or where they're from.

Re: The somewhat unwritten laws of cycling...
« Reply #53 on: April 12, 2021, 07:42:43 am »
On a normally-quiet lane where all the potholes and broken tarmac are in the leftmost three feet, a stream of motor vehicles will appear from behind so you have to plough right through the lot.
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Re: The somewhat unwritten laws of cycling...
« Reply #54 on: April 12, 2021, 09:23:10 am »
People hate getting overtaken on hills by someone they consider to be too old, unsuitably dressed, looks less fit than they consider themselves to be, on a bike they think should be slower etc etc.

Phil, do you KNOW this, or are you just hoping?!

If my experience of overtaking riders uphill when on my Brompton or Recumbent is anything to go by I KNOW this.  I had to listen to some verbal diarrhoea this week when, on my recumbent, I overtook a roadie on a 11% hill. Something about overtaking them on that THING, how was it possible etc. Luckily didn’t have to listen long as I pulled away.

When you are on an unconventional bike you get to hear a lot of preconceptions.  People see the bike and not the rider when making judgements on relative performance.

Very true.  5 years ago I climbed Mont Ventoux on my modified Bickerton (conventional bars + Brompton wheels & 8 speed SA hub).  I overtook quite a few carbon bikes with puffing riders who muttered a few things.   Some did then (slowly) overtake me, just to make a point.

You don't need Mt Ventoux, just overtaking them on the little climb to Clapham will trigger the 'proper' cyclists.
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Re: The somewhat unwritten laws of cycling...
« Reply #55 on: April 12, 2021, 09:57:21 am »
A car driver will overtake just as a lane / road narrows due to parked cars, speed furniture and an oncoming car.  They will be forced to stop which in turn may force you to stop , when without their presence you have been able to quite merrily keep going. This will quite often be on an uphill section of lane / road.

Re: The somewhat unwritten laws of cycling...
« Reply #56 on: April 12, 2021, 11:08:57 am »
"I reckon it must have been a pinch flat"

It isn't

Re: The somewhat unwritten laws of cycling...
« Reply #57 on: April 12, 2021, 11:31:53 am »
"I reckon it must have been a pinch flat"

It isn't
A couple of years ago, both my riding buddy and I had real front wheel pinch flats on opposite sides of White Horse Hill, within a few months of each other. He did his on a cattle grid and I did mine on a sharp-edged pothole.  Scary on such a steep downhill, as the two holes give quite a rapid deflation.
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Re: The somewhat unwritten laws of cycling...
« Reply #58 on: April 12, 2021, 11:35:30 am »
Anywhere with the word 'down' in its name is, in fact, up.
While places called “Mount Pleasant” are generally a bit tatty and on a small rise.

Also, I only seem to notice them while cycling.
My parents live on a Mount Pleasant, sadly not at no. 57.
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Re: The somewhat unwritten laws of cycling...
« Reply #59 on: April 12, 2021, 11:42:21 am »
On a normally-quiet lane where all the potholes and broken tarmac are in the leftmost three feet, a stream of motor vehicles will appear from behind so you have to plough right through the lot.

There's a related rule involving drivers of oncoming 4x4s being allergic to mud/gravel.
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Re: The somewhat unwritten laws of cycling...
« Reply #60 on: April 12, 2021, 11:51:39 am »
Somebody will always leave the cafe door open leaving you in a cold draught.   

If you get up and close the door it will immediately be left open by the next person using it. 

 

Re: The somewhat unwritten laws of cycling...
« Reply #61 on: April 12, 2021, 11:58:03 am »
Somebody will always leave the cafe door open leaving you in a cold draught.   

If you get up and close the door it will immediately be left open by the next person using it.

Those people need clubbed to death.

Also, When leaving said cafe it's always straight uphill with a belly full of pastry goods  :sick:
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Kim

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Re: The somewhat unwritten laws of cycling...
« Reply #62 on: April 12, 2021, 12:02:24 pm »
On leaving the cafe, any ride that fails the cycling Bechdel Test[1] will result in a slow queue for the loo while all the men wait impatiently outside in the cold raring to go.  This is compensated for annually at the start of the Dunwich Dynamo.


[1] "Are there more women than people named /Joh?n.*/"
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Re: The somewhat unwritten laws of cycling...
« Reply #63 on: April 12, 2021, 12:12:57 pm »
Somebody will always leave the cafe door open leaving you in a cold draught.   

If you get up and close the door it will immediately be left open by the next person using it.

Those people need clubbed to death.

Also, When leaving said cafe it's always straight uphill with a belly full of pastry goods  :sick:

Fish and Chips in the Mariner's cafe in New Quay springs to mind here.

If you get away with a sicky burp at Synod's inn you've got off lightly.