Cycling in Sydney Australia
Had a chuckle at this one, but maybe it's just me. http://www.topgear.com/uk/james-may/james-may-bicycles
I know it's not always practical to be super friendly but I kind of agree that a sense of comradery would be nice amongst all types of cyclist. Motorcyclists are a little better at this (in my opinion).
I did also see a kitted out road cyclist grab and shake a commuter cyclist by their shirt on the Kent St cycleway in an unnecessarily agro move - The commuter was stopped and about to get going in his lane but a simple use of the voice could've solved that.
Poor guy was pretty flustered after that, but hopefully he's still using a bike to get to work!
Disclaimer: I am still new to Sydney cycling so my views are purely observational :)
Geeze that's ugly. Why would someone do that?
I'd put a solid object in his spokes for that
He's probably riding discs.
Front & rear.
Amusing article. Here here Captain Slow. :-)
G'day and a Nod VikR,
Loved the topgear link even though I am no fan of James May.
The replies to his article kept me reading and reading, very interesting points of difference.
Are May's comments and the replies relevant to Sydney?
As a newer cycling commuter, wearing Wrangler jeans & New Balance suede cross trainers on 20" wheels, I have found that cyclists on Sydney's SUPs are much more friendly than the trucks, utes & cars on the roads I use.
In addition to that, you can always notice the polite and courteous difference between pedestrians that cycle and those that don't.
Regards, John H.
G'day John H!
I'm probably not the best person to answer the Sydney question as I got into city cycling only relatively recently whilst living in London for 1.5 years. I'm now back home but have limited experience with the entire Sydney cycling scene (doing my best to catch up though!)
I would imagine that fellow cyclists are indeed more friendly than motorists in Sydney, as they too know what it's like to be out there...Definitely agree that you notice the difference when people are obviously cyclists themselves (applies to pedestrians as well as motorists I find)
My observation is that sometimes the various 'disciplines' of cycling can create further interior tensions due to attitude differences...
Mutual respect in all areas is all that's required - Simple, right? :)
I am a commuter but wear fine lycra as do 95% of those that commute to my place of work (approx. 90 bikes ) - where do I fit in? It's more a function of the distance of commute than dress or behaviour I suggest.
I do find other cyclists generally friendly but there often isn't a sense of comradery as I have experienced as a motor cyclists. I try to exchange pleasantries with all cyclists and pedestrians I come across.
You do have a point, not fair to judge and say that someone in lycra is an aggressive road racer...However, the bloke in the example on Kent St appeared to have some sort of team kit, a super blingy road bike, the glasses and all! (I guess I am guilty of making the assumption though)
Team kit, super-blingy bike, glasses: he's either an aggressive weekend warrior. Or a pro. But as most of the latter crossed the English channel today, I'd go with the former.
He was probably peeved the other rider had negatively impacted his attempt to improve his Strava PR on that segment, which would have seen him move in to the top half of the leaderboard. Which would have got him oh-so-much-closer to a legit pro team contract. Or at least some sponsorship in the Gong Ride.
Haha classic :)
You don't have to be super-friendly but if riding a bike makes you as aggressive and impatient as a motorist then perhaps you've chosen the wrong form of transport. I've been dealing with 'miserablists' for many years now but thankfully I haven't been yelled at in a while. I guess the best thing we can hope for is more everyday people riding bikes so as to outnumber these bellends.
Totally agree. More people riding more bikes I say! Only then will cycling start to become 'normal' and I think everything will in turn start to improve.