Out on my ride, heading west on Cross Rd, went past two older riders, one on a Look with Super Record and the other with a MCipollini with Super Record.
They decided to sit on my wheel, which doesn't really worry me, as we came to the light controlled intersection at Winifred Ave, the lights went red, so I stopped, the guy on the Look went straight through causing the cars coming out of the side street on the left to brake.
I caught up to him again at Marion Rd and he says to his mate, "I never know wether to stop or not at that intersection", my response, "If the lights red, it's usually a good indication to stop".
Anyway they continued to sit on my wheel up Anzac Hwy, then the same idiot turns left on to Morphett Rd against the lights, as I say, obviously money doesn't buy brains.
Moral of the story......you can be a complete idiot and still look good with Campy Super Record.
If I had a campy set I would be slowing down for all the red lights just to hear the click click click that lets everyone know you're not rolling on cheapo shimano :P
Problem is you dont have to pass a test to own campy or ride a bike on the road. I have often wondered if it is something to do with the fact that you get bikes as toys as a child and the at mentality kicks through.
I don't think this sort of behaviour is anything to do with the age at which one first gets a bike or the fact that there's no bike riding test. I got my first bike at 13, and I knew that I wasn't allowed to ride on the footpath, I knew what a stop sign meant, I knew how to proceed through a roundabout, I knew how to give way. Obviously at that age I should have known those things, but the point is I didn't need to be told how to ride predictably on the road - I inherently knew that the more predictable I was, the safer I was and the more at ease other road users would be. And it's how I ride now.
Behaviour, such as described in the post, is due to complacency and a touch of arrogance.
I thought the guy that took the lane all the way down Cashel street and then cuts off the traffic on Daws road was silly.
Fancy bike doesn't mean fancy cyclist.
Did they know how to ride in a straight line?
unfortunately there will always be riders who think the road belongs to them no matter what they are riding