MTBs - less respected than roadies?

Pickled Pig
Pickled Pig Posts: 233
edited January 2013 in Road general
I did a 15 mile commute yesterday on my MTB which I rarely ride on the road. I'd just cleaned my road bike and there was loads of salt and crud about, plus the MTB was easier to get out.
There seemed a lot more near misses than normal on my road bike- left hookers, pull-outs etc even though the drivers had definitely seen me.Nothing outlandish but the sort of things that make you feather the brakes and stop pedalling. Are MTBs just less respected or do drivers hesitate more with roadies as they are generally faster?

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  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    I doubt drivers give it a second thought. They're all cyclists.
  • team47b
    team47b Posts: 6,424
    Ask the average DM reader where a MOUNTAIN bike should be ridden :D
    my isetta is a 300cc bike
  • Pituophis
    Pituophis Posts: 1,025
    I used to ride my mountain bike on the road a couple of evenings a week just to keep fit for weekends (no road bike then) and I had a near miss on average every three weeks. Yes, I did start to take an interest in the frequency :oops:

    Since getting my road bike I get out at least 3 times a week, obviously covering more miles, and have only had 2 close encounters in 6 months (1 last night :evil: ) So maybe there is something in it?
  • cougie wrote:
    I doubt drivers give it a second thought. They're all cyclists.

    this is true. no cyclists are allowed on the roads don't you know :)
    Cube Cross 2016
    Willier GTR 2014
  • MacLeod113 wrote:
    cougie wrote:
    I doubt drivers give it a second thought. They're all cyclists.

    this is true. no cyclists are allowed on the roads don't you know :)
    Those two points.

    However you must appreciate MTB'rs are FAT TYRED B@ST@RDS. And as such are less athletic than the far superior roadie type. :wink::lol:

    Only joking!
    Tail end Charlie

    The above post may contain traces of sarcasm or/and bullsh*t.
  • I think there may be something in this. But by far my best experience is when riding a fully loaded touring bike (front and rear panniers). Drivers give me plenty of room then and some of them even smile!
  • upperoilcan
    upperoilcan Posts: 1,180
    cougie wrote:
    I doubt drivers give it a second thought. They're all cyclists.

    This.
    Cervelo S5 Ultegra Di2.
  • cougie wrote:
    I doubt drivers give it a second thought. They're all cyclists.

    This.

    +1. It might also be that it's due to the wider bars - where you're being overtaken with traffic on both sides, they probably are closer on a wide bar bike that a thin drop bar roadie?
  • MacLeod113 wrote:
    cougie wrote:
    I doubt drivers give it a second thought. They're all cyclists.

    this is true. no cyclists are allowed on the roads don't you know :)

    QFT

    They don't pay road tax either you know.
    All jump red lights, ride on pavements, I even heard that some of them might be cancer causing illegal immigrants who hate this country and weren't too keen on Princess Di.
  • jonomc4
    jonomc4 Posts: 891
    I think MTB do get less respect - but I think it is because they are the ones who always jump red lights and ride on pavements - I'm running away now!
  • TakeTurns
    TakeTurns Posts: 1,075
    I did a 15 mile commute yesterday on my MTB which I rarely ride on the road. I'd just cleaned my road bike and there was loads of salt and crud about, plus the MTB was easier to get out.
    There seemed a lot more near misses than normal on my road bike- left hookers, pull-outs etc even though the drivers had definitely seen me.Nothing outlandish but the sort of things that make you feather the brakes and stop pedalling. Are MTBs just less respected or do drivers hesitate more with roadies as they are generally faster?

    Coincidence...I think not. :shock:
  • richsieb
    richsieb Posts: 137
    It's the lycra. Just don't wear it on a MTB because it blows my theory :lol:
  • nolight
    nolight Posts: 261
    Take MTB where they belong, in the mountains.
  • nolight
    nolight Posts: 261
    When cars see road bikes, they perceive it as moving faster, therefore they might take less chance in cutting in front of you. Similar if you wear helmet vs no helmet. You are perceived as moving faster, and better give way to you.

    Full road bike attire + TT bike = treat as moving at the same speed as cars!
  • diy
    diy Posts: 6,473
    Seriously I suspect there is nothing in this other than time of year, day, weather etc. There are few bikes on the road with the crap weather, so drivers are probably not looking out for cyclists.

    From a car drivers perspective there is bugger all between 15mph and 20mph.