Best overtake

Parkey
Parkey Posts: 303
edited June 2008 in Road beginners
At the weekend my girlfriend and I overtook an agricultural vehicle and left it for dead.

Admittedly it was a traction engine.

Suffice to say I'm working up to overtaking something that doesn't run on coal and have a maximum speed of about 3mph.

What's the most unusual thing you've overtaken?
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  • on the road
    on the road Posts: 5,631
    I overtaken a Combine harvester, well I think it was that anyway, all I know is it was big and scary :shock:
  • Jez mon
    Jez mon Posts: 3,809
    Old people driving their car down a hill :lol:

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  • DavidBelcher
    DavidBelcher Posts: 2,684
    Parkey wrote:
    At the weekend my girlfriend and I overtook an agricultural vehicle and left it for dead.

    Admittedly it was a traction engine.

    Suffice to say I'm working up to overtaking something that doesn't run on coal and have a maximum speed of about 3mph.

    What's the most unusual thing you've overtaken?

    A sheep, on a country lane north of York. It had obviously got out of its field through a gap of some sort and was somewhat distressed - I was seriously worried it would dart into my path and result in a collision, so was hugely relieved on overtaking it.

    David
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  • fluff.
    fluff. Posts: 771
    Coming down into Macc from Buxton, got stuck behind a car that wouldn't let me past .. for 5 annoying miles, came to the 30 limit nearer the town and a I cruised past him on the right side him doing 45-ish, making a few hand gestures behind my back as went :)
  • jrduquemin
    jrduquemin Posts: 791
    I overtook a horse and racing cart on the way home from work one evening. I pulled alongside to ask the pikeys on board if it was safe to pass and they say yes.

    I overtake it and they start racing me down the road. Luckily I got away from them and got to my turnoff before they caught me. It nearly bloody killed me riding away from them.
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  • Infamous
    Infamous Posts: 1,130
    2 Builders wearing hi-vis jackets riding a tandem.
  • 1892
    1892 Posts: 1,690
    I've overtaken cars down hill, and old deers out for their sunday drive before and the look on their face when i went past was a p155er.
    A couple of week ago overtook a motorbike on an traffic island he didn't like that, soon as he got on a straight he booted it passed me :lol:
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  • Garry H
    Garry H Posts: 6,639
    An Ostrich, near Carnwath in the Borders! Luckily though, there was chicken wire between it and me. The thing went berserk, tail feathers up in the air and everything :shock:
  • Garry H
    Garry H Posts: 6,639
    1892 wrote:
    I've overtaken cars down hill, and old deers out for their sunday drive before and the look on their face when i went past was a p155er.

    Do you mean two stag-like creatures driving a car, or two old people ? :wink:
  • pneumatic
    pneumatic Posts: 1,989
    Miles and miles of stationary traffic, queuing to get onto the Forth Road Bridge one hot Saturday morning.

    Smug doesn't even begin to describe it! 8)


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  • moorehen
    moorehen Posts: 95
    Not overtaken anything strange from what I can remember but was overtaken once going downhill at around 30mph by an old couple on a tandem :shock:

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  • dazzawazza
    dazzawazza Posts: 462
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  • LingfieldXC
    LingfieldXC Posts: 134
    Just got back from the Isle of Wight. I had a motorbike overtake at 60mph got into the 30 zone downhill and overtook him doing 50. That was fun. Me and my friend where drafting down some big hills in the south downs to overtake some chelsea tractors.
    Overtook about 3 miles of traffic today. Thank god I was on my bike or I would have missed the ferry.
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  • IanTrcp
    IanTrcp Posts: 761
    A coach full of silver-haired grannies coming down a Welsh mountain. Took longer to get past than I thought it would, and I was uncomfortably aware of them gawping at me as I went by...
  • jon208
    jon208 Posts: 335
    A fat lad on a 50cc moped going up a slight hill. His rear wheel was almost rubbing on the chasis of his moped!

    :D
  • IanTrcp
    IanTrcp Posts: 761
    jon208 wrote:
    A fat lad on a 50cc moped going up a slight hill. His rear wheel was almost rubbing on the chasis of his moped!

    :D

    There's a busy Pizza Hut delivery shop a couple of miles from where I live. The mopeds are eminently draftable. I haven't got past one yet, but I will...
  • jackfeeder
    jackfeeder Posts: 269
    Overtook the Swansea Bay land train with loads of people on board. My daughter was on the back of my bike in the child seat and really enjoyed waving at everyone.
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  • Lagavulin
    Lagavulin Posts: 1,688
    I did overtake a motorbike once coming down a slight incline. He was searching for a gear. I pointed out to him on the way past that his chain had come off.
  • nolf
    nolf Posts: 1,287
    Learner drivers are amusing to overtake.

    Last one I saw was doing 20mph on a flat road in a 30 zone, so I just moved around him nice and gradually, and overtook. That was pretty satisfying, overtaking a car.

    Tractors I only bother to overtake if they're doing less than 25mph, and I'm not doing a hard ride. Otherwise I'd rather get the good workout.
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  • appleand
    appleand Posts: 3
    Learner driver UP a hill.

    That gave me a warm feeling inside lol
  • cbj
    cbj Posts: 44
    Overtook a car that seemed to be jammed full of fat people up Symonds Yat hill, the car was struggling in front of me anyway and they slowed down a bit for some reason and I had a choice of pedal like mad past them or maybe come off , so I chose the former.

    The look on their faces was hilarious. The driver seemed to panic and started revving the nuts off the car to catch up with me, insulted by being overtaken by a mere cyclist I think, I was actually quite disappointed when they overtook me 100 yds or so up the hill. :D
  • Yardstick
    Yardstick Posts: 702
    A ambulance on blue coming down a col in the Massif Central.
  • Simon Notley
    Simon Notley Posts: 1,263
    I overtook a few cars once during a TT. I was doing around 28mph (uphill!) and they all braked rather excessively for a speed camera so I sprinted round them... of course they overtook me again a few minutes later, but it gave me a little rush... shame I'm still rubbish at time trials though
  • redvee
    redvee Posts: 11,922
    Done a moped down hill, one that hadn't been derestricted :lol: great feeling then the effort of furious pedalling caught up with me and he undertook me as I moved into the LH lane for a RAB. Stationary/slow traffic is always good, most recent was wednesday when Jon and the boys were in town strumming their guitars and warbling.
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  • markos1963
    markos1963 Posts: 3,724
    Coming down the hill on the A148 into Cromer, I hit 45 mph just as I was overtaking a car that was slowing down for a 30 limit. The look on his face was a sight to behold. I felt especially good as he didn't get past me again for nearly 3 miles :D
  • 1892
    1892 Posts: 1,690
    Garry H wrote:
    1892 wrote:
    I've overtaken cars down hill, and old deers out for their sunday drive before and the look on their face when i went past was a p155er.

    Do you mean two stag-like creatures driving a car, or two old people ? :wink:

    2 old people, if it had been stag-like creatures I wouldn't have overtaken them, they're dangerous enough crossing the road. Just think what they would be like driving. :shock: :lol:
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  • geoff_ss
    geoff_ss Posts: 1,201
    I never had the opportunity but I had the ambition of overtaking a Sinclair C5 (remember them?) on my racing trike.

    Avice and I once overtook a guy on a stripped down road bike when we were each carrying 4 panniers and our camping gear. It was on the second week of a Pyrenean cycle camping holiday so we were both roaring fit ... and it was about 20 years ago :)

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  • NWLondoner
    NWLondoner Posts: 2,047
    I almost overtook an Aston Martin DBS the other day but decided against it. Didn't want to risk a collision and the insurance claim for that car :shock:
  • John C.
    John C. Posts: 2,113
    A coach at the bottom of Winlatter pass on the Fred Whitton, there was no way I was going to breath his fumes on the way up. :lol:
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  • whyamihere
    whyamihere Posts: 7,700
    I've overtaken a fair few cars on a road near me. West Midlands riders - The road from the island by the Foley Arms in Streetly to the island at The Queslett. You go up and down a few small rises where the downhill is easily enough to carry you up the following uphill at 30mph, then there's a lovely descent to the island, 30mph limit, you can easily touch 40 on a road bike. Go for it.

    The nearly overtakes have been more interesting though. One, a moped rider on the road from Cannock town centre into Penkridge. There's a fair few uphill bits, and I managed to stay with him, doing 30mph for what Bikely says was about 2.5 miles. The funny thing was seeing him looking back every so often, seeing that I was still right behind him and trying to urge his 50cc pile of crap faster. I couldn't get enough speed up to overtake, but annoying him was fun.

    The second one (on the same ride) was near Church Eaton (I think). A large tractor thing with a massive agricultural tool with lots of blades on the back came past us when we were just coasting. I decided to slipstream it, so sprinted up to the back. At a rise in the road, it started to slow down, so I looked back to see if an overtake would be safe, and realised I'd completely dropped my friend, so I backed off.