Warning to all SW Londoners..

iPete
iPete Posts: 6,076
edited August 2013 in Commuting chat
I'm picking this up on the way home.

I've not driven on the roads in nearly 4 years :shock:

I'll being doing my best to try and not
filter up the inside of traffic
stick my hand out the window to indicate
draft large vehicles
race everything else on the road
turn Strava on

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  • msmancunia
    msmancunia Posts: 1,415
    Nice colour!

    I had to have a driving lesson last year after five years of using two wheels instead of four. Even so, I was terrified! I felt like I was driving a tank.
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  • pitchshifter
    pitchshifter Posts: 1,476
    Is that the hot one? I think I only ever see them speeding or wrapped around a tree. Either way I'll keep a look out ;)
  • rubertoe
    rubertoe Posts: 3,994
    I'm just learning to drive, My instructor keeps telling me I'm not on a bike... Driving is much more terrifying than riding a bike in London that is for sure.
    "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."

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  • TommyEss
    TommyEss Posts: 1,855
    Yeah, I picked up my first car last week - had my licence 11 years, and have driven very very occasionally since then (like 2/3 times a year, tops)
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  • iPete
    iPete Posts: 6,076
    11 years! fair play on getting the test done early, I know people who have just started learning in their late 20s, a real struggle.
    Is that the hot one? I think I only ever see them speeding or wrapped around a tree. Either way I'll keep a look out ;)

    Spot on (with the tree bit), 2.0 16v with 182 horses, nearly as many as my legs apparently :mrgreen:
    rubertoe wrote:
    I'm just learning to drive, My instructor keeps telling me I'm not on a bike... Driving is much more terrifying than riding a bike in London that is for sure.

    With you on that! Did my CBT last year for the hell of it (decided I hated mopeds after) & kept drifting it over to the left of the road!
  • bigmat
    bigmat Posts: 5,134
    rubertoe wrote:
    Driving is much more terrifying than riding a bike in London that is for sure.

    The truth. Non-cyclists just can't get their head round it though, they seem to assume riding a bike must feel like dancing naked on a motorway.
  • Headhuunter
    Headhuunter Posts: 6,494
    4 years? That's nothing, I passed my test when I was 17 in 1990. I've never owned my own car and haven't even driven a car since 1996... Nearly 20 years...
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  • Headhuunter
    Headhuunter Posts: 6,494
    BigMat wrote:
    rubertoe wrote:
    Driving is much more terrifying than riding a bike in London that is for sure.

    The truth. Non-cyclists just can't get their head round it though, they seem to assume riding a bike must feel like dancing naked on a motorway.

    Yeah people always say that to me - "wow, I wouldn't even drive in London and you CYCLE?!"
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  • keyser__soze
    keyser__soze Posts: 2,067
    It is a bit of an eye-opener driving across town. People always say drivers should try cycling, I think it's probably good for us faster cyclists to drive every now and again - what seems to us to be a reasonable undertake or filtering or pulling ahead at junctions can be pretty scary for conscientious drivers trying not to hit anyone.

    Sadly there's still a large proportion of drivers that really don't care of course...
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  • Nice car we have a Ph1 172 and it still puts a smile on my face :)

    Take a look at cliosport.net loads of helpfull people on the forums if you come across any problems or need to find a specialist in your area ;)
  • suzyb
    suzyb Posts: 3,449
    BigMat wrote:
    rubertoe wrote:
    Driving is much more terrifying than riding a bike in London that is for sure.

    The truth. Non-cyclists just can't get their head round it though, they seem to assume riding a bike must feel like dancing naked on a motorway.
    The few times I've been in London driving has looked more terrifying than cycling to me.
  • iPete
    iPete Posts: 6,076
    DannyJames wrote:
    Nice car we have a Ph1 172 and it still puts a smile on my face :)

    Take a look at cliosport.net loads of helpfull people on the forums if you come across any problems or need to find a specialist in your area ;)


    Been a member for years, my last car was a Mk1 Ph3 1.4 in blue, this is something of an upgrade :twisted:
  • The Rookie
    The Rookie Posts: 27,812
    Nice choice, 172 or a 182?
    Currently riding a Whyte T130C, X0 drivetrain, Magura Trail brakes converted to mixed wheel size (homebuilt wheels) with 140mm Fox 34 Rhythm and RP23 suspension. 12.2Kg.
  • iPete
    iPete Posts: 6,076
    182

    That was a little unnerving but ok, my width awareness worries me but wow not even given it some but you can tell the power is there waiting!

    Cruise control is a bit cool (I'm so behind the times).
  • veronese68
    veronese68 Posts: 27,560
    I worked at Radbourne Racing when the 5GT Turbo was current. They were a hoot, then we tuned them. We also used to mess around with the mid engined Turbo2s, a quick one would pull wheelies. What a laugh.
  • dhope
    dhope Posts: 6,699
    Ah, reminds me of my last car about 7 years ago, a Peugeot 306 GTi-6
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  • Big_Paul
    Big_Paul Posts: 277
    I'm supposed to be buying my Boss' LWB Terrano off him, it'll probably do less than 20 miles a week in all honesty, but when I do need a vehicle I need something that I can throw junk into and has a good towing capacity. Sadly SWMBO does not like me using her new Fabia for such things.
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