Hassling other riders is bad enough. Doing so when you're in the wrong is worse. And doing so in dangerous, fast multi lane traffic is pure evil.

This morning I came across Sydney's stupidest yet most obnoxious cyclist.

If anyone thinks they know this bloke, (description below) get him to read this thread so he can reflect on his stupidity. My concern is that if he repeats this rubbish on an inexperienced cyclist at this location, there could be a serious accident or fatality.

I was riding to work along the fast multi-lane section of Oxford St adjacent to the top of Centennial Park. This is a heavily used commuter cycling corridor, despite the fact that it is a difficult piece of road for cycling.

You've got 6+ lanes of fast moving cars and buses. The limit is 60, but most of them do 70.

And cyclists continuing on Oxford st (which is the majority) have to do a challenging lane change to get across to the right when the road forks at Moore Park Road.

So I'm riding along here, at a decent pace around 45kph. I notice that someone I don't know has started drafting me. I can see his shadow.

A few hundred metres before the intersection, I sit up, start my head checks and arm signals to merge across into a clear lane.

This bloke is still drafting and he's in my lane, but offset to my right hand side. Basically just over my right shoulder. If I do my lane change, his front wheel is at risk of causing an accident. I advise him I'm changing lanes, have my arm out in the clearest possible signal, still doing the head check.

I say again, "dude ease off, I'm changing lanes here".

A rider with half a brain would ease up for 2 seconds and pass me on the left. But no, this guy stays bolted on my right shoulder.

Then I said something like "use your brain", and he hesitates for a second. I get my lane change in, and then the road starts forking.

Then, I kid you not, he whips out his waterbottle and pathetically tries to squirt me. Like a toddler with a waterpistol but in 6 lanes of traffic.

But across 2 lanes, at 30+ kph it didn't go close to hitting me.

I actually laughed for a second - I think he got it on himself. But then I thought, given this location and the traffic, - this guy could cause a fatal bike accident.
Not a laughing matter.

What's wrong with this city? Angry guys like this individual throw king hits in nightclubs etc. 

It's also like the people that throw shit at cyclists out of pick-up trucks. Brain dead, and I don't think they realise how dangerous it is. 

So, description:

Black felt  LOOK roadbike. Full black kit

Male, 30's, with a mangy Willie Nelson style beard.

I had the Fly 6 running, plus a front camera. I've only pulled off a quick still image from the front, but haven't looked at the Fly6 footage. I'll post the video in the next couple of days.

Like I said, if anyone thinks they know this bloke, get him to read this thread so he can reflect how idiotic and dangerous this is.

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Please put up the Fly6 footage when you get a chance.

Aggro Sydney person. Never surprised whether they're on a bike, in a car or on foot at the extremes people go to for absolutely no reason.

Don't let it ruin your day. 

I've had a quick squizz and the footage is good and clear. And it makes this guy look even more stupid.

Who thinks this is a sensible place to ride, when the rider in front is:

1. Someone you don't know and has no interest in your drafting strava antics.
2. Sitting up,
3. Doing head checks
4. Giving an extremely clear lane change arm signal
5. And eventually asking you directly to hold up.

Also - the Fly 6 footage has allowed me to correctly ID the bike as a LOOK and not a Felt.

As the expression goes:  "All the gear and no idea"

Great shot from the Fly6.

I really dislike that stretch of road. 

Yeah - easily the worst part of my commute.

To kill Shakespeare: A wanker by any form of transport will still be a wanker.

Any rider worth their merit will know hal-fwheeling is never okay. Sometimes it happens by mistake and you immediately adjust. But when there are only two riders and you're the one at the rear, just no. Never. And to not adjust when another rider asks you to?

He has one big question to answer on top of everything else - what the hell was he doing there in the first place if you were turning and he was going straight on (I assume - based on the photo above)?

He has one big question to answer on top of everything else - what the hell was he doing there in the first place if you were turning and he was going straight on (I assume - based on the photo above)?

I'm guessing either lack of road experience, or a blind MGIF mentality.

Towards the end, I actually thought he was about to apologise, ie a bit of a wave with a "sorry mate, I didn't realise you were going that way and I was too close..." etc.

But no, he chose the dignified approach of going into "toddler mode" with a water squirt.

Well, as disappointing as it is, at least it's left no doubt as to who was at fault. Blow the steam off here, forget about it, move on. Let him be the one who's day it ruins.

I'm concerned for the next, possibly less experienced, cyclist that he might attempt this routine with.

Well, it is his front wheel that is going to get knocked, so he will be the one to fall......though possibly might take the front cyclist with him......

Do love the all-black look in morning peak hour traffic before the sun is fully risen - and no tail lights either, by the looks.....

Perhaps he felt you should have already been in one of the lanes to your right if you intended to veer right to stay on Oxford St? And that his being slightly to your right was a way to police this.

Not saying he's right - just trying to come up with a belief/story that would be consistent with his behaviour.

According to Google Maps, I started my head checks and arm signals 288 metres before the fork.

I'll try to get the video uploaded tonight.


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