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  • kamoteQ

    Skilled riders can go fast down mountain roads. If you’re not as skilled, ride within your limits. Feeling uncomfortable may mean you’re going too fast for your own good.

  • jules

    great tips. one way I like to look at roadcraft is about managing and making space around yourself. you should try to avoid getting trapped in tight spaces – i.e. allowing cars to pass in the same lane, squeezing through narrow gaps, or in some cases riding to the far left when that allows room for cars to pass safely to your right.

    one of my pet peeves is cyclists who filter to the front of traffic queues. I absolutely do that in congested traffic where I can move faster than cars, but when cars are about to take off from lights and leave you behind, don’t filter to the front and hold them up.. wait behind the queue.

    • mouse

      Hmm. Interesting one. In Australia, the painted green bike boxes at intersections are specifically there to allow cyclists to filter up to the intersection and place themselves at the front of vehicles. It specifically states in the road rules that cyclists may approach these by passing traffic on the left.
      The thinking is that they provide a margin of safety for cyclists in that they are most visible to vehicles that are waiting in the queue.
      Of course, your point is correct about not wanting to hold up traffic that’s about to depart, but it is a judgement call that sometimes you get right and sometimes you don’t.

      • jules

        it’s a judgment call. if cars are going to take off and leave you behind, why would you need to be visible to them if you’re starting behind them? you don’t. even if traffic forms behind you while you’re waiting, you will tend to take off more gently from a few cars back than cars will want to accelerate from the front of a queue. motorists at the front of a queue often think they’ve scored pole position at the Australian GP and want to take off at max. power. I prefer to be not in their way, if I can help it.

  • Marcus

    My mantra is “be predictable”, which is kind of what number 5 is alluding to. Good article.

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  • Chris

    Of course, there are some things you can’t always anticipate…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABaZUirlK_A

    or this
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYllhdYpzII

    • Vlaamse Dunny Bowl

      Funny in the first one how the crash wouldn’t have happened if the ute was invisible.
      Thinking about what that means:
      The cyclists reactions to an unpredictable vehicle caused the crash ( no evasive maneuvers were required though attempts at evasion were not effective – in fact resulted in injury)
      I’m in no way saying the ute wasn’t driven inconsiderately. But it calls into question the skills of the riders for the given environment

    • Vlaamse Dunny Bowl

      Both situations could be expected.

      WILL be expected by an experienced rider.
      Of course people walk out in front of you- OF COURSE THEY DO
      & of course cars pull dick moves – they do it all the time, even when bikes are not around filming.

      Its a tuff learning curve for the urban cyclist

      That guy rides in harsh conditions. I’d expect he is experienced.
      Disc brakes wouldn’t have made the difference though?

  • Derek Maher

    Good list Rae-Anne,
    My addition.When you are passed by a truck/Car/Tractor etc.Always check for following traffic.The slower the overtaker the more likely someone is following,Best to stay on your original road line until its all clear.Country roads can easily catch you out on bends if you swing out from the verge after the first motor has passed.

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