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Rant Cycling Stories

Discussion in 'General' started by Hiren, 8 Aug 2007.

  1. Hiren

    Hiren mind control Moderator

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    Since a fair few of us on here cycle I figured I would start a thread where you can share your most scary / funny / interesting cycle stories. I'll get the ball rolling.

    So today I'm cycling home on a cycle path network just off from a main road. I hear the sound of a engine behind me, assuming it's just normal traffic on the road I carry on. Then all of a sudden I hear the noise getting closer I turn around to see two "chavs" on motorbikes (one off road and one moped) on the cycle path right behind me!

    They see me and instead of slowing down they speed up and zig zag right in front of me. I swerve to avoid hitting the guy on the right and narrowly avoid the guy on the left whilst they speed up, cut across the grass nearly run over a person's dog! They then zip across and rejoin the road on the other side, using the cycle path network as a shortcut instead of just following the road round.

    Anyone else got any interesting cycle stories to share?
     
  2. capnPedro

    capnPedro Hacker. Maker. Engineer.

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    Well since Monday I've cycled in total 97 miles. And I now have sunburnt forearms.

    Not the most interesting of stories. :p
     
  3. Amon

    Amon inch-perfect

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    I rode past a copper who was about to dock me a speeding ticket for doing 50km/h down a 40km/h neighbourhood. There were signs along the street that show how fast you were going; they were intended for cars.

    I also cracked my supposedly certified bicycle helmet when I was a little kid when I flew over the handlebar and hit it against a roadside transformer box.
     
  4. Emzay

    Emzay "He's doing a poo!"

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    And here I was thinking this was a rant about your girlfriend giving you too much info on her 'cycle' :p
     
  5. samkiller42

    samkiller42 For i AM Cheesecake!!

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    Ive started cycling again after a 2 year absence on a bike, its great to be back on, but, not when you ride down the most boring road in the UK, in the dark, tis not fun.
    Oh and i nearly got hit by a coach, that could have been interesting.

    Sam
     
  6. evilgreenie

    evilgreenie Standby for Main Engine Burn

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    Cycling stories - now ya talking!

    I survived 4 years cycling in central London unscathed until a sodding dog ran out from behind a parked car right under my front wheel. I went right over the handlebars & bounced up the road. I'm lying there groaning & the bloody dog (miraculously unharmed) runs over & bites me..

    Friend of mine was motor-biking over Tower Bridge and this drunk cyclist rides off the pavement into the road right in front of him. Big smash & my mate ends up in the middle of the road with a broken arm. The cyclist (again miraculously unharmed) gets up, picks up the remains of his bike & drops it over the parapet into the river. He then staggers off. So then this copper shows up & my mate is trying to explain what happened & the copper is going "What cyclist?" "What bike?" and then insists on breathalyzing my mate before he gets in the ambulance.. He hated cyclists with a vengeance after that..
     
  7. woof82

    woof82 What's a Dremel?

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    I got nothing on you guys, I just hate it when somone in a car overtakes me just to turn left infront of me, and I have to slam on the brakes to avoid crashing into the back of them =\
     
  8. dom_

    dom_ --->

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    Heh, worst i had was a car waiting to pull out about 10 metres infront of me, it was stationary at the time, I carry on cycling along the road as i was probably doing 30ish at the time.

    As soon as i get infront of him he drives straight into me. I get hit fly off my bike, i go one way and my bike flies off down the road the other way. As the c*** pulls away after hitting me he rides over my bike and goes off into the distance leaving me in the opposite lane slipping into uncounciousness. I woke up about an hour later in hospital with lots of skin missing off my left leg and arm :( My bike was a mess frame buggered. It was an orange msisle too :(

    (he was driving a BMW so i should have know his indicators didnt work)
     
  9. ch424

    ch424 Design Warrior

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    OK: two boring ones from me:
    Yesterday I was cycling along the Abingdon Road, and some random girl stuck out her hand and shouted "HIGH FIIIVE!" Borat style, so I obliged, and she screamed a lot. :lol: (that was really boring, sorry)
    Ages ago I was cycling along a road where there was quite a long queue for the traffic lights. Some idiot had their car in the bike lane, so I cycled around them, and they were texting someone, so I slapped the roof of their car as I went by (makes a really bad sound inside the car, but doesn't damage it/scratch the paintwork) and she jumped out of her skin. :D

    And amusing one from my physics teacher (motorbike though):
    "I had a bike for a while, so I could jump on it to drive home from work really quickly if my wife went into labour. Anyway, after she'd had the baby, I found somewhere to sell it, so I was driving into Abingdon, quite happily, not really thinking, and there was a really slow lorry. I pulled out a bit to see if anything was coming, no it was clear, so I pulled out to overtake, and went straight into a concrete barrier at about 30 miles an hour. The bike snapped in half, and I skidded about ten metres along the ground, and broke three ribs, my right arm and fractured my hip. Anyway, I thought I'd better get this sorted out, so I walked the rest of the way to the garage and told them where the bike was, and could they help me pick it up? So we came back again, by which time the police had arrived and were looking for the biker. I said it was me, and they asked if I was OK. I said "Yeah, I feel better than before I came off. I was really tired, but now I'm high on adrenaline or something..." I went and got an x-ray a few hours later because it started to really hurt"
    :D :D How brilliant is that!? This guy's 6'3 and was in the blue boat for Cambridge not too long ago!
     
  10. mattthegamer463

    mattthegamer463 What's a Dremel?

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    I was riding with a friend down to his house after some dirt jumping, and I needed to go down just 60m to the next street, so I was on the oncoming traffic side of the road. Some damn kid in a school bus throws an orange out the window and hit me in the shoulder. I was going maybe 25 in the opposite direction of the bus, going maybe 35, so it hit me pretty hard. It was one of those giant grapefruit-like oranges too.
     
  11. samkiller42

    samkiller42 For i AM Cheesecake!!

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    That happend twice on the Tour de France this year, only the dog didn't bite the rider's involved.

    Sam
     
  12. DarkLord7854

    DarkLord7854 What's a Dremel?

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    Car backed out and stopped right when I rounded a bend going downhill, and before I could react I slammed into the side of the front of the car, flew forward ripped open a giant gash in my right leg, scraped the entirety of my right arm and my chin. Was a couple years back, the ******* scrammed afterwards and I kinda lay dazed not understanding what had happened for a good 15mins before the neighbor saw me and drove me home, shoulda seen the bike.. Let's just say it was more compact :p

    I've had so many biking accidents.. Hehe.. Like that time I managed to skewer my leg on a pole.. Yea that was fun.. Woo.. Was my first attempt at jumping over something, needless to say I wasn't satisfied jumping over it 3 times, so I had to go a 4th time, cept I missed, and the fence I was jumping had poles sticking up.. Yep.. Right through the back of my knee and out the other side. Took a while to extricate myself from there, fainted on the way to hospital due to blood loss (sticking my fingers in the holes apparently hadn't stopped the blood flow enough).
     
  13. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    Hm, nothing greatly memorable has happened to me on a bike. I've biked around Lake Champlain in a week twice (about 250mi per trip) with school a while back, though some idiot decided to not check traffic before making a left turn and got hit by a car and the school wouldn't let the trip happen again. Friggen idiot. I'm still bitter about that - it was an awesome trip, and I got to miss a week of school to boot.

    Actually on second thought, I had a pretty good crash while mountain biking back in sixth grade or so thanks to a slippery rock. Still have the nasty scar on my leg from where the largest chain ring gouged me. Didn't even hurt (or bleed much) surprisingly enough.
     
  14. Jamie

    Jamie ex-Bit-Tech code junkie

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    Nothing interesting.... yet
     
  15. WireFrame

    WireFrame <b>PermaBanned</b>

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    I got one.
    I was walking across a pedestrian crossing when a cyclist shot inches past me, swore at me for not looking(wtf? Zebra!) and shot off.

    Or every single day in london when I witness or encounter cyclists who treat the road like they own it, but ignore traffic signals and ride across "Green Man" lanes (when the Green dude appears and tells you its safe to walk).

    Or the cyclists who flit between pavement and road in aefford to appear "Legal" and not actually run the red light. Except the hit the pavement at 20 kmph and weave between (or hit, in my case) pavement-travelling pedestrians.

    I have NO sympathy for people that do this. Buy a car, stick to the rules or walk.
     
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  16. Nath

    Nath Your appeal has already been filed.

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    I haven't had anything particularly interesting happen while cycling. The closest being when one of the vent hatches snapped off some chump's caravan on the motorway, flew back and hit my bike while it was on the back of the car (on the motorway). Severed one of my brake cables and scratched loads of paint off.

    Caravans [​IMG]
     
  17. RTT

    RTT #parp

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    Every single scar I have apart from just one comes from cycling :D

    Nothing interesting lately though.
     
  18. woof82

    woof82 What's a Dremel?

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    We should organise another bittech biking day
     
  19. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    I've not been on a bike since I drove into a car when I was in year 7 at about 40mph and dented a BMW bonnet.

    My mum was not happy.
     
  20. charlesbeams

    charlesbeams TRANCEFORMer

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    nothing great, but i remember as a kid riding really fast in a 'race' around my street, and then hit a car coming out from its drive :|
    and then a few years later, my friend fell from his bike and smashed open his chin, about 2metres from where i hit the car haha. i also remember going down a huge hill and falling off. oh and hitting a kid and then smashing my head open.
     
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