Yep, It's happened again! Gobby foul mouthed oik yobs in VW Passat passed me at speed, less than six inches from me and frightening the crxp outta me. This was due to an oncoming vehicle. It's a country lane with not a lot of traffic. Can't these dixkxads wait a few seconds, or pass carefully? He stopped when I gave him the bird and vented his spleen at me with a tirade of Essex oik abuse and then threatened to knock me off. All I said to him was "slow down". I thought he was going to get out and start a fight, but I dwarfed him, so he stayed where he was. What a brave little guy with his three mates to back him up?
What would your reaction be? I know I shouldn't have riled him, but that's easily said when your veins aren't pumping with adrenalin. Maybe, just maybe, the hassle he got from me will make him think about what a dxxk he was being and that he might modify his behaviour in future. Probably not - too thick and ignorant!
Motorists who totally disregard cyclist safety are making this sort of event a very regular habit these days. As it's so wet offroad in winter I often use the road bike. I ride mostly quiet coutry lanes, but there are the inevitable stretches of road where you get fast moving traffic (50mph plus).
I've been passed within two feet by cars doing 70mph with no oncoming traffic. This happened twice in 15 mins I won't be using this road ever again. A straight, wide A road.
Got shouted at and abused by a young driver when I held a bus up on a bend. It delayed them no more than 15 seconds!
Then there are the cars full of drunken kxxbhxxds, late at night, who slow down and shout abuse thinking they are clever. I find a 20w head torch shone straight in their eyes usually puts them off.
The worst ocassion was when someone tried to nudge me off with their wing mirror on an empty straight A road late at night. Then they turned their lights off and drove off. Then came back passing me on the opposite side of the road. It was a Smart (those pathetic little roller skate cars distributed by Mercedes) so I called the Police (who never showed up - situation normal!). Unfortuanately as it was dark, I didn't have my head torch and he/she had their lights off, so I couldn't catch all of their registration. So they got away with it!
I frequently witness many impatient drivers acting like total dxxks (when biking, walking, or driving), so regrettably I think I am going to have to "out" the road bike and stick to getting covered in mud every time I want a spin.
Riding on the road used to be a relatively safe experience, but I feel if I carry on, it's only a matter of time before I end up in hospital, or worse still, in a wooden box!