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magnatommagnatom Posts: 492
edited May 2007 in Commuting chat
Yes I am willing to admit it, and as penance I thought I should post a video of one of mine.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-Izv3-sEfA

Approaching a roundabout I decide to overtake some traffic on the outside. Of course I want to go straight on and the majority of the traffic will be going right. This wouldn't have been a problem if I had stayed behind the second bus but I didn't. The thud you can hear is my back tyre lifting and hitting the ground as I avoid hitting the car in front of the bus. Oops [:0]. What was I thinking!?

I seem to be going through a period of making some silly mistakes, does this happen to others? I've been commuting for two years now, so am I getting to blas‚?

At least I admit when I'm wrong......

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  • Hackbike 6Hackbike 6 Posts: 3,116
    Don't post a video on here.You will be crucified.[:p][;)]

    Seriously yes im aware i'm not perfect and I still make mistakes.

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  • BentMikeyBentMikey Posts: 4,895
    Of course we all make mistakes, me included.

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  • magnatommagnatom Posts: 492
    I hope by admitting my sins up front that I will be forgiven....[:I]
  • Eat My DustEat My Dust Posts: 3,965
    Nothing really wrong with that. You didn't actually hit the car, no harm done. I've hit the back of cars a couple of times, it always makes me chuckle at my stupidity!![:o)]

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  • magnatommagnatom Posts: 492
    quote:Originally posted by Eat My Dust

    Nothing really wrong with that. You didn't actually hit the car, no harm done. I've hit the back of cars a couple of times, it always makes me chuckle at my stupidity!![:o)]



    Thanks for the vote of confidence, however, I felt pretty stupid after that. Had the traffic started moving a little earlier I might have got caught on the outside of the bus with nowhere to go. Sure I could have braked and pulled back (or just have gone all the way around the roundabout!) but I wasn't happy at being caught out. [:(]
  • breszhbreszh Posts: 185
    Hard lines magnatom, it happens to us all, I had a period last year when I did some really dumb manouveurs, goodness knows what I was thinking.

    I once hit the back of a car at about 2 mph, couldn't unclip, fell over. This was right outside my daughters school, I had all these mums running over to me as if I'd just crashed at 30mph, asking if I was ok, I just got up, dusted myself off and carried on in an effort to make it look like falling off doesn't hurt. I got down the road and admitted to myself that my stubbed fingers were frickin' killing me!

    The bloke in the car I hit knew I had bumped him, knew I fell off but didn't get out, strangely.

    Then there was the time when.....oh I'd better stop now as this could be a ridiculously long post..
  • joebejoebe Posts: 333
    I once rode into the back of a parked car. I was slogging up a hill with my head down and just went slap into the back of it at about 10mph. I should add I was about 13 at the time





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  • Mosschops2Mosschops2 Posts: 1,774
    I'd say that's no big deal - you weren't going that fast outside the buses or anything. A mini-emergency stop is nothing to worry about!!!

    I think carelessness / attentiveness is a combination of habit, and current attitude. Some months you're speedy, and agressive, looking around, overtaking hard and fast; other months you're just getting through the day.... It may be just a phase, which will go away!!! (It will be back in a while I bet!!)

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  • jedsterjedster Posts: 2,004
    On tuesday a bloke in a 911 did a go...no...stop in front of me just as I was shoulder checking. I nipped just inside him but still ended up stiff arming his rear wing. Fortunately no damage to me or his car.

    He was very nice when I tapped on his window to apologise "dont worry, just glad that you're OK"

    very embarrassing

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  • Hackbike 6Hackbike 6 Posts: 3,116
    Oh yeah I did that to someone's Chelski Tractor type vehicle wing mirror.I felt a right twonk.[v]

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  • My crowning moment was one morning, I threw caution to the wind and sprinted hard for the parliament square lights so that I didn't get stuck, then they changed to red seemingly in the blink of an eye. I was going at full whack but too far away to make the corner before traffic got there I thought. I jammed on the brakes as hard as possible, crossed the line on the front wheel (on my roadbike!) and wiped out in front of a police car coming away from the opposing lights. Both coppers jumped out and helped me sort myself out, one of them saying "you really should have just jumped those lights son"

    I was unbelieveably lucky that it was a police car and they were switched on, I think any of the other London commuters would have run me over as they raced from the lights.

    Needless to say, I now approach lights with a much more pragmatic view!!

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  • chewachewa Posts: 164
    Mine involved a milk float and a girl on the opposite side of the road, wearing a Ra-Ra skirt! That also dates it!

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  • dondaredondare Posts: 2,113
    quote:Originally posted by Jacomus-rides-Gen

    My crowning moment was one morning, I threw caution to the wind and sprinted hard for the parliament square lights so that I didn't get stuck, then they changed to red seemingly in the blink of an eye. I was going at full whack but too far away to make the corner before traffic got there I thought. I jammed on the brakes as hard as possible, crossed the line on the front wheel (on my roadbike!) and wiped out in front of a police car coming away from the opposing lights. Both coppers jumped out and helped me sort myself out, one of them saying "you really should have just jumped those lights son"

    I was unbelieveably lucky that it was a police car and they were switched on, I think any of the other London commuters would have run me over as they raced from the lights.

    Needless to say, I now approach lights with a much more pragmatic view!!

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  • RegulatorRegulator Posts: 417
    quote:Originally posted by dondare

    quote:Originally posted by Jacomus-rides-Gen

    My crowning moment was one morning, I threw caution to the wind and sprinted hard for the parliament square lights so that I didn't get stuck, then they changed to red seemingly in the blink of an eye. I was going at full whack but too far away to make the corner before traffic got there I thought. I jammed on the brakes as hard as possible, crossed the line on the front wheel (on my roadbike!) and wiped out in front of a police car coming away from the opposing lights. Both coppers jumped out and helped me sort myself out, one of them saying "you really should have just jumped those lights son"

    I was unbelieveably lucky that it was a police car and they were switched on, I think any of the other London commuters would have run me over as they raced from the lights.

    Needless to say, I now approach lights with a much more pragmatic view!!

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    Quote: "25mph is pretty fast when you aren't wearing a car..."


    Well, that's it, then.



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    There has always been a 'get out' to section 88 of the Highway Code (obeying traffic light signals) - the necessity defence. You are not required to stop if to do so would put you or another road user at risk, e.g. if a car was coming up behind you too fast, it's permissible to go through a red light to prevent an accident.

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  • quote:Originally posted by joebe

    I once rode into the back of a parked car. I was slogging up a hill with my head down and just went slap into the back of it at about 10mph. I should add I was about 13 at the time


    Been there, done that, Christmas day, first racer, about the same age. Looking at how the gears changed and cycled into the back of the neighbours car !

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  • dondaredondare Posts: 2,113
    Now I'm sure that when I was learning to drive, I was told that one must always approach traffic lights at a speed that will allow you to stop safely if they change.
    In fact I was told lots of things that don't seem to bear any relationship at all to the way people drive (or ride) in the real world.

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  • Hackbike 6Hackbike 6 Posts: 3,116
    quote:Originally posted by BentMikey

    Of course we all make mistakes, me included.
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    Nooooooooooooooo! I can't believe that.[v]

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  • BentMikeyBentMikey Posts: 4,895
    Ooh yes, I had a Royal Mail lorry save my bacon a couple months ago. I did a stupid overtaking move, and the driver was alert and left me space. Afterwards, at the next traffic lights, he was rather chuffed when I apologised and thanked him for being so observant.

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  • when i was about 9 was peddling hard on my bmx, flew round a corner and somehow missed a stationary car in the middle of the road...i successfully managed to smash into the rear and tumble over the roof and trickle off the bonnet, oh the shame(and a liitle bit of pain) i jumped up fearing the owner having ago at me and got on my bike and peddled off even though the handle bars were all skewed, in fact i'm going abit rosey now just thinking of the embarrassment!

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  • BentMikeyBentMikey Posts: 4,895
    Oh censored , I've done that too as a lighty.

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