I was pottering along military road recently doing about 20Km/Hr I was coming up to a parked car I had pulled away from the curb to pass the car and I was passed by a faster paced cyclist.
When you are as slow as me this is nothing unusual however there was a group slipstreaming him.
They proceeded to get closer and closer and I was forced to brake severely to avoid being fored into the parked car.
Are slower cyclists considered far game to run off the road?
Assuming i didn't want to run into the back of the parked car and dont really want to take my chances getting tangled up in a faster moving group suddenly with the likely crossing of wheels and fall ensuing what strategy should I adopt to reduce the chance of this happening in future?
Or was I just in the wrong place at the wrong time and people in groups should make allowances for the rider behind them?
Even so, any approaching group should have the common sense to see you are going to move around the car, and make allowances. Otherwise THEY are riding without due care IMO.
+1 .. thus letting Don to know there was an approaching group, i rarely look behind myself if no one has let me know they've tagged along or anything like that. always let your intentions be known.
On refection looking back at a single line of riders how do you tell how many once there are more than three?
Hold your line Don, and right arm behind your back, signal the obstacle. Riders passing you have an obligation to ensure they are passing safely - and if that endangers you they are not passing safely. Occasionally groups can take on a herd mentality. Holding your line is all you can do.
Once ages ago I had a fast bunch pass me in a roundabout, scared the bejesus out of me, me all nervous on my shiny new bike. Found out then that if you move over for them they will take your room. Then you have nowhere to go. So, make room for yourself. In a way you are doing them a favour too, because you won't need to make any sudden moves.
Hey Don, don't be too worried about that situation because you didn't have a prang or cause them to have one. If you fit a mirror to your handle bar, and I suggest 'The Italian Road Bike Mirror' which can be purchased on line at www.aspirevelotech.com for $29.95, then in future take a look back when you are approaching a parked car and make the correct signal with your left hand behind back pointing to the right (For other cyclists following) or put you right hand out warning cars of your intentions to pass the parked car.
Hold your line, start to move out to pass a parked car well before you get there & everyone behind should see your intention & behave accordingly. You shouldn't have to avoid the group as you were there first. It's hard enough to avoid what's in front of you without having to worry about what's behind (without being too blase).
I knew they were coming and with me being in front of them I assumed they saw me the lead person even said hello before he pulled in front of me.
These people were over 25m behind me when I had got onto a line that would get me past the car safely.
I did not have to move out as I was already positioned to pass the car.
It was like people towing trailers who overtake and then pull in without allowing for the trailer is there.
How will a mirror stop people cutting me off?
Can I assume in future I should hold my line and if I people end ip on the ground covered in blood they can treat it as a learning experience.
If I aim for a back wheel when I keep the line can I assume the I will probably be hit with a front wheel and so they are more likely to fall than me?
What is the best way to prepared to be rammed by other cyclists?
Or are people getting into victim blaming now?
Its easy for groups to make mistakes. Perhaps the riders that came close to you wanted to give you more space but didn't express themselves enough to get the riders next to them to move over.
Either that or they are just douches.