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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1100 on: September 14, 2016, 10:03:16 am »
I’ve recently had a dreadful experience of cycling in South Yorkshire, so different from my experience anywhere else in the UK that I shall certainly avoid ever cycling there in the future.

Having arrived by train into Doncaster at 2030 on a Thursday night I cycled (using quiet roads an much as possible), 14 miles to a pals house in Thurdcroft, about 6 miles East of Rotherham. The abuse I received from yobs in cars for simply being on the counties roads was relentless. I wasn’t keeping count but during that 1 hour ride I must have been sworn at from car windows several times. None of these cars ever got stuck behind me and I wasn’t riding primary and taking up half the lane, I has just having what I thought was going to be a pleasant evening ride. It wasn’t just cars either, on entering Thurcroft two children on the pavement decided that for being on a bike I should be called a ‘fag’.

My plan for the following morning was to carry on to Gainsborough and visit family there, taking a scenic route of just over 40 miles. I expected that my experience would be different in daylight but no. On this ride I had abuse hurled at me from 4 cars. The last one was in Retford, after passing through that town I seemed to re-enter the civilised world. In fact by the time I reached Gainsborough I was receiving the sort of reaction to the bent which I’m much more accustomed too, one teenager remarking ‘wow, that’s awesome’,  and a couple of builders turning round to say ‘look at that; how brilliant is that’.

Although I probably stood out on the bent I very much suspect that the people of South Yorkshire would have thrown abuse at me whatever bike I was riding.  I’ll certainly think twice before ever riding there again and if I had the money I might consider ask Donald Trump to build a wall round it.

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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1101 on: September 14, 2016, 12:24:53 pm »
Episode 26: Lost in Sittingbourne.[/i]
Speaking as a native of that place (but now residing about 10 miles away), even I'm not sure where the NCN goes now. I believe it avoids the travellers site in Murston, so you no longer have to carry your bike for a couple of hundred yards to avoid the broken glass and stuff.
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1102 on: September 14, 2016, 06:24:05 pm »
I’ve recently had a dreadful experience of cycling in South Yorkshire, so different from my experience anywhere else in the UK that I shall certainly avoid ever cycling there in the future.

Sorry to hear of your experience! Rest assured, Yorkshire is a BIG place and you had the misfortune to land in what is probably the worst part of it! Personally, I steer clear of the part you mentioned - outside the Doncaster/Rotherham corridor and few of the ex colliery towns I have had very little trouble with abuse.

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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1103 on: September 14, 2016, 06:39:44 pm »
"Alles klingen!" - kid onna BMX frantically ringing his bell at our group of under-equipped BRITISH cyclists as we passed on some Radweg or other.

You know you're in ABROAD when kids over the age of 8 have bells on their BMXes.
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1104 on: September 14, 2016, 11:54:15 pm »
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1105 on: September 15, 2016, 10:46:01 pm »
"Alles klingen!" - kid onna BMX frantically ringing his bell at our group of under-equipped BRITISH cyclists as we passed on some Radweg or other.

You know you're in ABROAD when kids over the age of 8 have bells on their BMXes.

My chum Mr G Thomas of Canuckistan and California still has the horn installed inside the DF velomobile he's running in Battle Mountain this year, and thus was able to offer a cheery "parp" to the timers as he went past at 55+ mph :thumbsup:
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1106 on: October 01, 2016, 05:38:18 pm »
I have a horn in Penelope and a bell in Millie the Milan. The bell is much more effective as people on cycle paths tend to think a horn is for a scooter on the road so they can ignore it.

Riding a variety of recumbents means I get lots of comments from passers-by but generally positive ones. "Geiles Fahrrad!" is the most common (cool bike).
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1107 on: October 01, 2016, 05:45:25 pm »
If I had an electric car, I'd totally install a Mk 1 bicycle bell behind the not-a-radiator.  This would probably involve lots of arsing about to run a cable of some sort, but would be worth it for teh EPIC LOLZ when sneaking up on YACFers in stealth mode.
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1108 on: October 01, 2016, 06:09:57 pm »
The Tiger bell on my wheelchair has disintegrated. I so need a replacement!

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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1109 on: October 01, 2016, 06:20:37 pm »
The Tiger bell on my wheelchair has disintegrated. I so need a replacement!

Really?  I never expected there to be many tigers in NW London.  Then again, considering the wildlife ian encounters in South London, I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1110 on: October 01, 2016, 06:35:45 pm »
There's a http://www.tigerstores.co.uk branch on Finchley Road NW3 and another in North Finchley.
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1111 on: October 02, 2016, 02:28:18 pm »
It's dragons that be in south London, not tigers.  Tigers come from Indiah, as any fule kno.
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1112 on: October 02, 2016, 03:01:11 pm »
It's dragons that be in south London, not tigers.  Tigers come from Indiah, as any fule kno.

Apart from USAnian tourists visiting Africa, who seem notorious for escaping this factoid.
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1113 on: October 02, 2016, 08:09:45 pm »
Lions and Tigers, oh my ;D
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1114 on: October 03, 2016, 10:00:59 am »
Last week some oik decided that the cycle track (not shared use) along Argall Way was a good place to stand and have a smoke - causing me to leave the track and take to the road to avoid a collision with him.
He became aware of this just as I dropped off the kerb, and apologetically said 'Oh! Sorry, sorry mate'.
I didn't reply, didn't give him The Look - I was too busy looking over my shouder to see if anything was going to mow me down in the road.
The next thing I heard was a tirade of 'Gerrafforrrkawwonaarrra!!!'  ending in 'Khhaaannn!!'  ???

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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1115 on: October 03, 2016, 10:41:53 am »
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1116 on: October 07, 2016, 04:59:53 am »
A man of about 30-ish on a bike overtook me last night and shouted 'dickhead'! as he went past.  No idea what that was about as I was riding on an empty road and had made no manoeuvres for ages.
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1117 on: October 07, 2016, 08:14:51 am »
Absence of helmet possibly ?  (I have no idea if you were wearing one or not.)
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1118 on: October 07, 2016, 08:31:19 am »
I'd just interpret that as burgeoning self-awareness.

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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1119 on: October 07, 2016, 09:32:29 am »
A man of about 30-ish on a bike overtook me last night and shouted 'dickhead'! as he went past.  No idea what that was about as I was riding on an empty road and had made no manoeuvres for ages.

Just introducing himself?
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1120 on: October 07, 2016, 10:16:16 am »
Absence of helmet possibly ?  (I have no idea if you were wearing one or not.)

Nope, no helmet.  I wonder if he usually shouts things like that at women as old as his mum  ???
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1121 on: October 07, 2016, 11:00:44 am »
Telling you he'd just moved up north from Billericay?

Eta: In case of offended Billericatians, I'm thinking of Billericay Dickie.
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1122 on: October 07, 2016, 11:06:53 am »
On the way home from the pub last night, where I'd had only one pint, there was a couple on foot in front of me who'd clearly both had far more. Quiet residential street, bloke is standing in the road with his back to me flipping something in the air and catching it. Well, flipping it in the air anyway. There was plenty of room to go round him, no problem. Woman was a little way in front of him, looking at him and staggering around, she saw me approaching and yelled at him, "There's a cyclist! There's a cyclist! Stand still! Get out of the way! Don't move! There's a cyclist!" She must have drunk a few pints of exclamation marks and was vomiting them up. I rode round them and she said "Thank you!" whether for not riding into either of them or for providing some form of live entertainment on their way home I'm not sure.
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1123 on: October 07, 2016, 11:19:42 am »
I suppose that's better than "Pedestrian in road didn't know which way to run, so I rode into him"   ;D
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Re: Oiks shouting stuff at cyclists
« Reply #1124 on: October 07, 2016, 11:57:48 am »
I’ve recently had a dreadful experience of cycling in South Yorkshire, so different from my experience anywhere else in the UK that I shall certainly avoid ever cycling there in the future.

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A few years ago I rode a 400km Audax through Maybole in Ayrshire. I hada similar experience, on my bent, shouted at by ioyks in their cars. But then a year later I rode through again, same AUdax, but on my diamond frame bike and received no comments.

On my bent I usually receive positive comments from young uns like Wow, and Cool.... So maybe if you head back again you will receive a different perspective?
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