Newbie and agressive pedestrian
Missybiker Posts: 73
edited September 2014 in Family & kids cycling forum
After 37 years of non riding, I bought a Giant Expression ( 10 days ago). I feel as if I am flying and am like a kid. I have signed up to some fix your bike workshops and have spend many hours looking at things I can buy for me and the bike! I have map my ride and a good range of cycle paths near me. In 10 days I have seen more of the area I live in than in 7 years and I am now doing 7 miles a day and would do more but I'm struggling cos of hay fever. I started because my main exercise was walking and I keep getting heel pain. Having been a driver, I am conscious of polite driving and riding and read my biking code. anyway, I digress. 2 nights ago I was riding on the cycle path and ahead of my I could see a big chap walking on the cycle oath, with his tiny dog (on a lead) on the footpath. I thought he would move over at some point but as I got closer it was evident he wanted both lanes with no where but the road ( a very busy dual carriageway). As I came up about 15 feet from him I rang my bell and said excuse me ( very politely ). At which point he turned and told me in no uncertain terms where to go. Why don't you F off. I stepped off the bike to move around him and started to ride on. At which point he said, you stupid C. At that point I stopped and turned and said what did you say. He said FFS just F off. I said, I was just trying to ride on the cycle path. he again told me to FO, and frankly there was nothing I could say ( I felt quite sure he would hit me if I said anothe word). I found it shook me, and certainly upset me no end. It was completely unprovoked. So far everyone I have met ( bike or pedestrian) have said hello. What is everyone else's experience? It's prayed on my mind since Wednesday which is daft but he spoilt the experience of riding for me - advice anyone?
I'd only observe that, if you see someone deliberately using the cycle lane/path, ignore him and move round him at as good a distance as you can.
I come across them from time to time but have no skills to do anything constructive.
So I just chill and keep on riding.
I think andrewc is spot on, here. You have been unlucky to meet this type of individual, so early in your cycling career. It is a rarity we all come across very occasionally, and can be met in any area of life - walking, working, driving etc. Please take some comfort that such an occurrence is so rare that you are unlikely to come across such an unreasonable, unbalanced individual for a very long time (if ever, again).
Great to hear you are enjoying your riding. It may be worth trying one or two of the SkyRides, if there are any in your area. They are excellent, socially, introducing additional local routes and the experienced guides can offer guidance on all sorts of cycling technique, etiquette etc.
Don't let this unusual chap put you off this wonderful pastime.
I am in another burst of complete keen-ness in cycling having bought a new hybrid September last year and getting out with new family. I've been commuting most days to work (only just over 7 miles) for over a month possibly 2 now i can't remember as it has flown by. After my first 2 full weeks commuting (5 days) I felt amazing and even tightened my belt a notch too!!! I feel great and am enjoying my cycling life.
We went on a buying spree after I got my new bike including child seats, a burley trailer, boot rack so we can take the bikes away with us, etc. It can be addictive. I'm not into maintenance myself but I've actually started wiping the frame down occasionally and even oiling my gears and chain, which is new for me. I'm thinking of buying a chain cleaner that goes straight onto the chain now. It all makes me want to spend again, which for me indicates a new obsession. I'm spending hours browsing Wiggle and Evans for stuff i could get. Got new panniers, ortlieb ones, and plan to get out touring with the family. At one point it got as serious as a tour of Ireland (or part of it direct from our house). Then Denmark and other Scandinavian countries got added to the possible tour locations. Anyway I digress.
Keep on cycling and forget the nutter. If you ever come across him again he could well be ok. It is quite possible for him to be having a really bad day. I had something similar with a guy at work who just flipped. It was something happening at home and I was the one he got his frustrations out on. He's ok now with me. Of course a nutter with a dog, even a small one, is a hazard to a cyclist. I think you were right to get off your bike and walk around him. I would go as far as putting the bike between you should you meet again. The dog can bite worse than the man afterall. not trying to worry you. Would anyone recommend reporting him to police if it happens again (if she should meet him in a similar foul mood)? Is that even worth bothering? Getting something official down with the police might trigger something if he is involved elsewhere in an incident as he has a record of your incident.
These days I climb that same hill in the big ring and barely consider myself even warmed up by the time I get to the top.
Lesson learnt = replace your brake pads regularly but especially before you find out they don't work!
Anyway, you're obviously really enjoying your cycling - keep it up!
I've just turned 50 and love it as much as I did when I was a kid - more, perhaps :-)
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