I got overtaken inappropriately by another road user going around a rounabout this morning.. Small single lane roundabout, corner of Military and Grange Road.... Big deal I hear you say, happens all of the time.... Well the only difference this time was that the other road user(s) was a group of my fellow cyclists...!
Problem was I actually wanted to turn right, now admittedly I could have signalled a tad earlier but the cars were a fair way back so I was going to signal once I'd braked etc and entered the roundabout... I saw the cycling group coming but figured common sense would prevail and they'd go through the roundabout behind their fellow cyclist...However they came straight past, about 5 guys I think, I couldn't really signal then without "clothes-lining" one of them! So instead I had to wait for the last one to go past and then turn right, luckily the cars were still a bit further back.....
Many apologies to the guy on the back, who is probably the only one who heard my yell of "Pity if I wanted to turn right you f&*kheads!".... It was more directed at the dim wit on the front... Although you did follow him... We're not sheep, you don't have to always follow.........
I guess it seems a little strange to see cyclists exhibiting the exact behaviour cyclists regularly complain about from car drivers... I didn't think I'd have to "take the lane" against a fellow cyclist, next time I'll know better.....
No - the Millenium Falcon is covered by an intergalactic traffic convention that operates over and above us....
On narrow roundabouts ALWAYS take the lane. Ditto for narrow bridges. Ditto for streets with parked cars. The criterion here is your safety, if being overtaken will put you at risk, don't allow anyone to overtake. TAKE THE LANE. No exceptions.
Not so much etiquette and maybe just me being precious but the one thing that is annoying me at the moment is the lack of interaction between cyclists. When on a ride either solo or with my buddy i always make a habit of greeting fellow cyclists with either a nod of the head, a smile, a "gday mate" or something. i am ASTOUNDED by the amount of blank looks, head turned the otherway or just being totally ignored. outside of this forum there tends to be a sever lack of comradeship among cyclists in Adelaide unless you are riding in a group
Being a hairy MAMIL on a flat bar I am invariably pleasently surprised by those that do give the nod and totally over those that don't.
A bit of devil's advocate here, but why do you feel the need for acknowledgement? You don't know them, they don't know you, and so what if they're also riding a bike? Do you nod and say hello to everyone you walk past on the footpath, and get upset at those that are just minding their own business?
This one seems to come up regularly here. Like mirrors and helmets :-). There are lots of people who like to get out on the bike and empty their heads which for them means not responding. I don't think it's a big deal.
nothing to do with overtaking but just wonder what people think about spitting and snot missles while riding !! I was unfortunately behind a rider on sat who felt the need to empty his nose while riding in a group ! some of what came out hit my leg yuck ! i shouted out thanks mate,the responce was sorry but why do people feel the need to do this i neither spit or blow my nose while riding,i now have a throat infection,am not saying that this was the cause of my infection but it cant have helped.
I do the snot rocket but always ensure nobody is behind me, in fact I try to avoid being seen doing it, theres not a handkerchief large enough to accomadate my needs and I have too much stuff in the back pockets to search for one every time I feel the need
Way back in the day ... when there were fewer riders on the road, nodding was a way of acknowledging a fellow cyclist enjoying the same things that you were and the sense of solidarity. I even got excited when the boys from Saeco who were here for one of the early TDU events nodded from across a busy road (maybe it was because I am female and they were Italian). Anyway, I would fall off my bike if I acknowledged every rider nowadays. Sure, a nod or similar where you are in a remote place, but down Anzac Highway??
It's a bit like when you're driving in the country and the cars are a bit few and far between and you raise the index finger off the steering wheel to say "g'day".
When do you start doing that? When you cross Goyder's line? When you start seeing more utes than sedans?
I've had people do it to me when I considered it highly inappropriate......hardly even out of the metro area.
Generally I get a sense of what the other rider is all about before I attempt to engage. I nearly always give a polite dip of the helmet to another rider and if they engage I'll give them the raised index finger gesture. I do feel a certain element of elitism pervading recreational cycling, that is, if your not on a Euro bike in team kit then "you ain't in my league"; I've ridden past plenty of those walking their bikes uphill. As an example of the above, a contributor to another topic on AC commented on the middle aged cyclist wearing a Mutual Community TDU jersey in a manner that indicated this was stereotypical of the uneducated or nuisance cycling element; I'll leave that for others to comment on, but I have two TDU jerseys (and will collect a third this year) and I wear them with pride.
Also, I'm with Clive on the snot rocket, but would never intentionally execute while bunch riding.