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Knob Drivers

They're back ...

1/2 dozen close(r) passes - a couple of which I would've reported if my camera was working ...

Bring on the winter / dark commutes!!

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  • pangolinpangolin Posts: 3,970
    You reckon they behave worse in the light?
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  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    Absolutely - in the dark they can't see you so clearly and any oncoming vehicles aren't clearly outlined either - so they tend to err on the side of caution ... not so when they can see that there's enough room to squeeze past...
    I do commute country roads - no street lights.
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,731
    Slowbike do you use a daylight flasher at the front, I've found that works for people coming towards me along with a bright rear for idiots from the rear. Tends to be ride home on the country roads at 5pm onwards that any muppets driving get to close on lighter nights. I occasionally get a few close ones when the sun is low, but that affects me as well as car drivers.
    Pangolin, They definitely get worse in the light as the bright contrast of lights in the dark stands out
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    2 rear lights on - one on flash, the other steady with flash. Very rarely do I not have a rear light on these days - USB charging and long run times are very useful.

    Front - I didn't bother with this morning in bright sunshine - as per usual - nobody coming towards me to bother me - it's mounted - I'll need it for the later part of the commute home (although it's not just a flasher - it's a full 1600 lumen light.)
  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 3,019
    slowbike said:

    They're back ...

    1/2 dozen close(r) passes - a couple of which I would've reported if my camera was working ...

    Bring on the winter / dark commutes!!

    FFS. Hope you're ok. And completely agree with this.
    slowbike said:

    Absolutely - in the dark they can't see you so clearly and any oncoming vehicles aren't clearly outlined either - so they tend to err on the side of caution ... not so when they can see that there's enough room to squeeze past...
    I do commute country roads - no street lights.

    Thankfully, HantsSnap, the Hampshire version of OpCrackdown, appears to be making inroads once a driver's reported - but means you have to go through the entire process of being skimmed to start with, then process video and report which is PITA.
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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,731
    Nothing like that around me. All that would happen I suspect is operation scrape cyclist off road. Been a few around me but they where kind of self inflicted, no lights just hi viz vest on pitch black roads. Sad we have to burn eyeballs out during the day.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498

    slowbike said:

    They're back ...

    1/2 dozen close(r) passes - a couple of which I would've reported if my camera was working ...

    Bring on the winter / dark commutes!!

    FFS. Hope you're ok. And completely agree with this.
    slowbike said:

    Absolutely - in the dark they can't see you so clearly and any oncoming vehicles aren't clearly outlined either - so they tend to err on the side of caution ... not so when they can see that there's enough room to squeeze past...
    I do commute country roads - no street lights.

    Thankfully, HantsSnap, the Hampshire version of OpCrackdown, appears to be making inroads once a driver's reported - but means you have to go through the entire process of being skimmed to start with, then process video and report which is PITA.
    I'm fine - they were close, not handlebar hitting close - but close enough for me to swear - once during the 9mile ride I can cope with, 1/2 dozen is taking the P ... hence the Knob Drivers post.

    I'm going to get some new tops made - I've Got Cronovirus, come and get yours ...
    then let's see how much room they give me.
  • Charlie_CrokerCharlie_Croker Posts: 1,361
    slowbike said:


    I'm going to get some new tops made - I've Got Cronovirus, come and get yours ...
    then let's see how much room they give me.



    :D
  • awaveyawavey Posts: 2,368
    sounds alot like my commute, though I avoid the unlit country roads, I suspect youd be more likely that the police would stop you for worrying folk with a coronavirus top, than bother dealing with the bad drivers, though they do make Corona lager ones :)https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32862806127.html
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,731
    I want one of those tops for work, only issue is it has to be hi viz orange.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    awavey said:

    sounds alot like my commute, though I avoid the unlit country roads, I suspect youd be more likely that the police would stop you for worrying folk with a coronavirus top, than bother dealing with the bad drivers, though they do make Corona lager ones :)https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32862806127.html

    Unlit country roads are fine in the dark - well - the one I use is ... especially during the normal commute times - hit it at weekends or outside commute times and the driving is worse - I think that a) commuters have got used to seeing bikes commuting up and down the road (not that there's many of us) and b) see that we're just commuting too so there's a bit of mutual respect going on ...
  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 3,019
    I'm going to get some new tops made - I've Got Cronovirus, come and get yours ...
    then let's see how much room they give me.


    Intent on Cycling Commuting on a budget, but keep on breaking/crashing/finding nice stuff to buy.
    Bike 1 (Broken) - Bike 2(Borked) - Bike 3(broken spokes) - Bike 4( Needs Work) - Bike 5 (in bits) - Bike 6* ...
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    need to put the noodle on the otherside though ...
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,731
    Personally id prefer a chaingun, id be prepared to take the weight increase if i had to deal with so many kn##heads.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    oxoman said:

    Personally id prefer a chaingun, id be prepared to take the weight increase if i had to deal with so many kn##heads.

    What I'd like is an EMP disrupter - something that you can aim at the vehicle, pull the trigger - which disables it for 30 minutes ... or am I going to matrix?
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,731
    I like your thinking, sadly they would still be about to do it again one the vehicle recovers.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,498
    oxoman said:

    I like your thinking, sadly they would still be about to do it again one the vehicle recovers.

    but a) I wouldn't be there then .... and b) there'd be a "I've told you once, I'm not going to tell you again" mode .... ;)
  • thistle_thistle_ Posts: 5,605
    I've got a single track country lane ride on the way back from work.
    I was in a state of shock yesterday when an oncoming driver stopped opposite a passing place so we could pass safely.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 16,837

    I've got a single track country lane ride on the way back from work.
    I was in a state of shock yesterday when an oncoming driver stopped opposite a passing place so we could pass safely.

    Not all drivers are knobs.
    Most knobs are people though. 😉
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,731
    The knobs that aren't people are normally turned by people who say they haven't touched them when things go wrong.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • drummer_boydrummer_boy Posts: 236
    edited March 2020
    I agree dark = safe for me. Took the scenic route home on Friday and got hit in the local town centre, in day light, with running lights flashing, and my bright yellow Hi-Viz jacket on.
  • Charlie_CrokerCharlie_Croker Posts: 1,361

    I agree dark = safe for me. Took the scenic route home on Friday and got hit in the local town centre, in day light, with running lights flashing, and my bright yellow Hi-Viz jacket on.

    SMIDSY?
    Pressing charges? - it is the only way some of them will learn
  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 3,019
    Going to stick this in here. A road I would normally ride every single day.

    https://www.hampshire.police.uk/news/hampshire/news/appeals/2020/april/appeal-for-witnesses-after-collision-in-waterlooville/
    Definitely counts as a knob driver.
    Intent on Cycling Commuting on a budget, but keep on breaking/crashing/finding nice stuff to buy.
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