- The Wiggins effect – More MAMILs on the road
Apparently there’s been a surge in bike2work purchases this last week. Great for shops, and great for us happy to wait until the winter to pick up a barely-used second hand bargain
On the other hand loads of places are selling Cannondale SuperSix 105’s for £1399! I’m tempted, but seeing as in my head almost already bought it at £2k, I’m now looking at the ultegra version! That or the CAAD10.Posted 5 years agoChrisHeathSubscriber
I was stopped at a level crossing this morning. It sometimes happens on my commute, and very occasionally I’ll be sat there with one other cyclist.
This morning there were probably 8 or 9 others.
It’d be nice to think that this is the start of more people realising that you can cycle a few miles to work, rather than driving, sitting in traffic and then paying several quid for parking. But as others have said, I reckon the first time it rains it’ll be back to normal.Posted 5 years agomintimperialSubscriber
the first time it rains it’ll be back to normal
Yes, but the new cyclists who go back to their cars in the rain will now appreciate what it’s like, say, having a motorist pass you at 40mph six inches off your bars, and will drive more considerately as a result. Even if they don’t ride every day those new riders are still a good thing for the rest of us.
FWIW I’ve not seen any new riders on my commute this week, but then I hardly ever see anyone riding to work on a bike round here anyway. Last week I was in Essex and all the motorists were being suspiciously tolerant and careful, I got slightly freaked out by it…Posted 5 years agoMadflyMember
I’d been looking for a SH road bike for a couple of months now, waiting for a local ish Cube attempt or such like. The prices seem to have jumped this last couple of weeks and loads more are dissapearing from ebay without finishing.
Looks like i’ll be spending more time on the mtbs until the winter, when they inevitably can’t stand the cold or realise it was a whim.Posted 5 years agoaPMember
However, a lot of the new breed cycle like they drive – piling into red lights and skidding to a halt at the last minute. Last week I had a guy do it to me twice in less than a mile (him being slow to start off, slow to pedal but fast to the stop line) and he even attempted to push me out of a right turn lane – so I cut in front of him. Cue huge amounts of abuse and shouting and attempting to muscle me into the kerb. I just left him to it.Posted 5 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Cycling round London the last few days, it’s been like a Wacky Races version of the Tour. Cyclists EVERYWHERE. Get to an ASL and there will be 30 other cyclists in it.
Several times now I’ve tried to find a local Boris Bike station and either there are no bikes in it when I want one or there are no docking spaces left when I want to park up.
As a general rule, the organised chaos seems to work remarkably well. Drivers seem to understand that cyclists can be completely bonkers and will jump red lights without a second thought. Cyclists seem to understand that all car drivers are out to kill them and the middle ground works well! 😉Posted 5 years agotherealhoopsMember
I noticed last night that every car was giving me loads of room when passing. I was convinced that stuff must be falling out of my Camelbak and they didn’t want to hit it. It was almost like they cared about anyone on two wheels.Posted 5 years ago
Car drivers, can you go back to carving me up and passing at stupid speed please? your compassion for other road users is freaking me out!GribsMember
I’ve had a couple of friends ask to borrow my road bike to try it out and I’m looking forward to getting it back at the weekend. I’ve had a couple of run outs on the mtb this week but the local interesting trails are still waterlogged and it felt much more effort than just going for a quick spin on the road.Posted 5 years agojoeeggMember
Out on a long road ride yesterday i stopped for a break and bought a pork pie from a butchers in a small village.Posted 5 years ago
Whilst i was sat a young girl about 7 or 8 passed with her mother.She saw my bike and said to her mother “i want a bike like that”
“i want to be like Bradley Wiggins”.
Its surprising that people i know who have never had an interest in biking are now sending me e-mails about Wiggins.
Most Mamils i know are pretty fit and have been on bikes for plenty of years.
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