- Im still fuming..Is it just me or are rodies a breed apart…arrogant??
Still no attempt to let me pass, road just a bit too winding for me to pass safely.
so you can’t overtake as per the highway code, your problem.
After four+ miles group pull into a petrol station.
so now is your chance to overtake.
All they had to do was form a single file and let me pass,
read the highway code, it would still not be safe for you to overtake. You are expected to make a real overtake not squeeze past trying not to cross the white line just in case a car is coming round the corner.
Posted 5 years agoKryton57Subscriber
No (I ride a road bike too).
Thats just rude on thier part. FWIW, I witness this yesterday – I was passed (whilst on my bike) by 3 riders who continue up the road three abreast.
An orderderly queue of cars started behind them. After about 5 miles and 3 cars had passed and irate lorry driver (who of course needs more space), honked his horn. They all gave him 1/2 fingers as he went past.
Its especially worse as the left side of the road has a 1m bike lane.
IMO, and this is what I’d do, they ^^ should have moved across single file.
Its not anything to do with road biking btw, just some obnoxious idiots on a bike.Posted 5 years agoFueledMember
In my experience, it is pretty rare for it to be unsafe to overtake riders who are two abreast but would be safe to overtake a line of single riders.
Single file means double the length of the group, I suspect that the cyclists felt that there was nothing that they could do to allow you to overtake safely besides keep going until a better passing place comes along.Posted 5 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
+1 what mrmo said, if it’s not safe to pass dont pass. If it had been a large slow moving vehicle what would you have done?
I wonder at the attitude of some people where they’ll happily (OK, maybe not happily but at least tolerably) sit behind a tractor doing 15mph for 3 miles but put them behind a group of roadies doing 15mph for 3 miles and they’ll turn the air blue with curses…
Yes they *could* have moved into single file but suppose you started your overtake of a line that was now twice as long as a 2-abreast line up and a car came round the corner – you say yourself that the road is just a bit too winding.Posted 5 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
road just a bit too winding for me to pass safely
Sounds like a pretty good reason for them to claim the lane and not let you pass.
How would them riding single file help? You’d have a much longer pass to make and you’d still have to go into the oncoming lane (assuming you were overtaking in accordance with the Highway Code and giving them as much room as a car).
That said. 4 miles is a bit of a pain, so unless they were going at a pretty decent clip I’d expect them to let you pass at a side road or parking spot as a courtesy (as any other slow road users should: tractor, caravan etc)Posted 5 years agosmell_itMember
Yep, all roadies are cocks, and become bigger cocks linked to the value of their bikes.
You would have have none of this fuss from a salt of the earth mountain bike riding an entry level hard tail.
Shocking stuff you should have evoked the spirit of Clarkson and mowed through them all listening to some pile of shite soft rock cd.Posted 5 years agojohnnersMember
its wide enough for two cars to pass but not two cars and a bike
So how would them riding single file have helped? Are you expecting them all to pull over and wait at the side of the road for you to pass?
What do the collective think, am I out of order?
Well, going by the comments above some of “the collective” seem to agree with you. I don’t.Posted 5 years agoteamhurtmoreMember
“Thinking of others”
Problem sorted – sadly neither cyclists not motorists seem capable of applying each/all consistently. Chapeau for your patience. The VERY least that they should have done is to acknowledge this. I always make a point of waving thank you to motorists who drive sensible around me and make every effort to let them pass at suitable points on narrow roads. Quite simple really.Posted 5 years agomjsmkeMember
Im with the OP here. They could have gone into 2 groups of single file allowing him to overtake in 2 stages as he was patiently waiting for 4 miles.
While on the road with mates we always go to single file when cars are coming in both directions. Sorry but its just common sense. Yes, the highway code states when overtaking you should leave as much room for cyclists as other vehicles, but it also states you should wear high visibility clothing with reflectors etc…
The most important highway code rule is common sense.Posted 5 years agoKlunkMember
Yes they *could* have moved into single file but suppose you started your overtake of a line that was now twice as long as a 2-abreast line up and a car came round the corner – you say yourself that the road is just a bit too winding.
single file with enough room for a car between each rider, just in case like or better still they should have pulled over immediately and let the OP through he obviously more important as he drives a car.Posted 5 years ago
There is middle ground here, sadly there was no attempt by the cyclists to get there.Posted 5 years ago
I suppose motorists (me included) do think we have a right of way.
Still not changed my views though, they could have easily let me pass safely and everybody would have got on with what they were doing.RayMazeyMember
This causes so many problems / accidents and I feel that there should be more public information about this to educate both motorists & bikers.
I always cover this when teaching Mountain Bike Leader Courses. This is spot on –
BruceWee – MemberPosted 5 years ago
If ten riders got into single file wouldn’t that just leave you with a very long line to try to get past safely? Or would you just start to pass and then push into the middle of them if something was coming the other way?convertSubscriber
That said. 4 miles is a bit of a pain, so unless they were going at a pretty decent clip I’d expect them to let you pass at a side road or parking spot as a courtesy (as any other slow road users should: tractor, caravan etc)
For me this is the bit where the difference is made and something I always try to do and don’t feel comfortable riding with others who can’t show similar courtesy when a big queue is forming behind or even a single other road user is excessively inconvenienced.Posted 5 years ago
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