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  • Worst biking commuting experiences?
  • Premier Icon andy5390
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    A mile long straight on the way home one autumn evening, it had been pishing down all day and some of the gutters had flooded. About 1/4 mile from traffic lights, traffic had started to build up and stop.

    I had 2 realistic choices. 1) Pass on the outside up to the lights, but the traffic had moved out from the flooded area leaving me little/no room. 2) Up the inside. Puddles? Yes, but I’m not getting any wetter and I know there are no holes waiting.

    As I commit to the inside, I notice the flooded farmers field to my left, and as the first wave engulfs me, I notice the smell…….then the taste.

    I had another 3 miserable miles smelling of, and tasting manure, as the slurry continued to be rinsed from my head and down my face

    Premier Icon Daffy
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    I used to cycle to Barrow 2-3 times a week.


    – me too, along the A590 on a Singlespeed, in winter just to compound matters! The misery of riding down that sodding hill into the shathole that is Barrow to a job I loathed, knowing that I’d have to ride up that **** hill, in the dark, in the wet, later in the day to get away from the place.

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    Years ago cycling to work one morning off road, headphones on and rucksack with my snap box ready for a 12 hour shift. Got to work and I hadn’t zipped up the rucksack. House keys, food and wallet all gone. That was a long day.

    Had the non-drive side crank arm fall off a Trek Fuel and bounce under a car that was parked up. Ended up arguing with the driver because he refused to move the car so I could retrieve my crank. Finally convinced him to move with threats against his person, the arse.

    Other than that just the usual pants shittingly frightening close passes. Oh and my pet hate, drivers doing dangerous overtakes on roads with speed bumps only for you to overtake them four seconds later because speed bumps.

    Premier Icon w00dster
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    My weirdest one was on my road bike, train station was at the top of a hill, mini roundabout at the entrance to the station…..I’ve done this commute for years so know it inside out.
    Going uphill with cars behind me I’ve always put in an extra push to keep up with traffic, roundabout is always clear as everyone is going in at 6am. So small sprint up the hill, enter the clear roundabout and down I go. Like a sack of spuds. Oil on the roundabout, I skidded over the surface, still clipped in. I’m covered in blood, bike is tangled. Not one car or passer by came to see if I was ok. Blood everywhere. Handlebars all twisted. Cars actually beeping at me to move! I manage to crawl over to the side of the road and move the bike, lots of road rash, heavily cut elbow, and still not one person asked if I needed any help.
    I still occasionally do that commute but take it a lot easier on the approach to the roundabout.

    Premier Icon w00dster
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    FunkmasterP, those speed bumps drive me mad. Coming to the end of my road ride there is a place where cars can’t wait to overtake me, then go slower than me for about 1.5 miles because they’re constantly speeding up, heavy braking, speeding up……

    Premier Icon TheBrick
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    And finally a very recent one, which could have been much worse. Riding back to my house coming uphill my handlebars suddenly broke clean in two, where the bar meets the stem. There wasn’t any impact to have caused this it just happened. Luckily there was nothing to hit so I somehow brought the bike to a stop

    That’s some impressive honking!

    Premier Icon mjsmke
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    The destination (work) is the worst part.

    Premier Icon reeksy
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    I think my first bad commute experience was when i was about 12, on the way to school and i slipped a pedal on a roundabout, ran the chainring up my calf and OTB’ed into the gutter. Amazingly lucky my head didn’t take the curb really. Council roadworkers picked me up and a girl from my class pushed my bike to school for me as i limped with a gashed leg… teacher then made me go to A&E.

    … nowadays something happens almost on a weekly basis. Worst recent situation was a toe-to-toe with an earthworks truck driver. Nearly ended up with an assault charge – but the guy ended up apologising and the cops felt he was genuine (and had no previous) so let him be.

    Then of course there’s the mechanicals. This happened to me on Wednesday on a forestry road. Just caught sight of a big tangle of fencing wire and thought i’d cleared it. Nup.

    Premier Icon stevego
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    barrow, wifes family grew up there. Her and her brothers say the highest point (both culturally and physically) is the top of the slag heaps. They’d moved from southern england, double-barrelled surnames, taller than everyone else and thier mum died within a few years, it was not a good time for them.

    Premier Icon loughor
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    I used to commute through the country park to HK airport. Got chased 40 metres by a king cobra 😳 it was not big but recently hatched and hungry. I don’t like snakes!

    Premier Icon ThurmanMerman
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    taller than everyone else

    Thank you. Laughed till I cried at that.

    Premier Icon teesoo
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    Mine seem pretty tame compared to these. Had plenty of near misses from idiot drivers and cuts/bruises from falling off.

    I remember one morning, I had a puncture when it was chucking down with rain. A white van stopped nearby and the occupants seemed to take great delight in laughing at me and calling me “w****r”, along with the associated hand signal as I was fixing my bike.

    Some people are strange.

    Premier Icon TimP
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    Probably the 2 worst ones from my commuting in London

    First was commuting home on a Friday eveneing after work, pubs spilling out onto the streets with well oiled workers, I stopped at the lights heading south past The Swan in Stockwell. Set off when the lights changed and got halfway across the junction honking out the saddle when my chain snapped and I smashed my balls straight into the back of the stem and then caught a pedal into the back of my leg whilst uncliping. Had to try and get to the pavement past the bit that was fenced off before I could try and assess any injury with unsympathetic drivers tooting while I was in the middle of the junction. Was very worried I may have split something within my shorts so had to rummage in my shorts in front of the pub. Luckily I was only bleeding from the back of my leg so I was able to waddle the remaining 1.5 miles home to lie down for the rest of the evening with carefully applied ice.

    Second was hitting cooking oil on the road. Thought it was water so just cycled straight through before going down like a sack of sh!t at about 20mph. I ended up with my head under the front of a car coming the other way who had stopped to wait to let me past. I was about 30cm from the tyre. Had he not stopped, I am pretty sure I would have been done for. As I got up, shaken and slightly confused as to what had happened, a lady following me hit the oil and came off, and while I was helping her up off the ground another man came through and whilst calling out to see if we were OK came down too. Somehow all riders were fine with only minor rips to clothing.

    Premier Icon mildbore
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    I was on my way to give a talk to an audience that included mostly teachers, heads of dept and the Director of Education. On the way I snapped a chain. No problem, fixed. Got to meeting, took helmet off, cleaned up. Did talk, noticed everyone looking at me (even more) oddly. Went to the loo, looked in the mirror, I had oily finger marks around my throat where I had taken my helmet off, looked like I had been strangled by a grease monkey

    Premier Icon rsl1
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    Smashed my front tooth to pieces after my gears jumped and sent me OTB whilst cranking hard to stay in front of a car that had been hassling me. Caused quite a scene as all my coworkers stopped in turn to help out. Found bits of tooth in my beard on the way to dentist. Knew my gears needed attention but hadn’t been able to find the time. On the bright side, it was a very wonky tooth and the fake one looks much better now!

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