On the way home last night, I was riding between blackfriars and putney, and came across an absolute menace on the roads, with violent and aggressive tendencies.
He was short, fat and slow, yet proceeded to ride slowly off every set of lights, then catch up at the next set, weave to the front of the queue, and repeat. I got in front on an open stretch, holding a relatively relaxed pace, when I realise he's riding about a foot from my rear wheel. Now, it's dark, there's cars, trucks, cyclists etc in front and to the side of me, the last thing I want is this tubby fool riding like that - fair play if it's someone I know, but if I have to react suddenly, I don't want to collect him and be ridden over.
So, I momentarily lock the back wheel, and all hell breaks loose. I have this fool screaming at me, at the next set of lights raising his fists, and then for the next mile or so repeatedly grabbing and shaking my shoulder whilst riding, trying to get me to stop and "sort it out".
Aggressive and violent behaviour is just pathetic, and the guys a menace. So, if you commute along the North Embankment, watch out for a short, fat 40 something, with anger issues riding a ribble with panniers and mudguards. And give him the widest berth you can. The guys a menace, and really should be taken off the road.
If he's on here as well, I'd be delighted to give him an education as to how I do actually know how to ride a bike, contrary to every expletive filled sentence he was screaming for about 3 miles. I feel sorry for his boyfriend, who was probably subjected to some really angry sex.