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Don't car drivers make you mad?

For me, after a hard day, there's nothing better and more stress relieving than taking my bike out in the cold and "razzing" it through the local (and very large park).

The park has no lighting and there was NO ONE around tonight so I cut my cycle short - not a good place I expect to be if there's someone dodgy around. So i came back early and on the way back I go past this house with a guy who drives a Fiat Coupé, when I did my paper round I used to deliver there and he seemed an ok kkind of guy.

Was cycling towards his house when he slowly backs his car out, I cycle up the 10 metres and start to go around him (reversing out of a drive doesn't get priority over anyone, even a bike!) Next thing I know he is nearly reversing into the side of me (even after he appeared to stop to let me past..) and nearly knocks me off my bike. So much so I go hard right and stop before hitting the kerb (thin road).

As you can imagine I am pretty angry by now, he had ignored me and then nearly hit me without look. Still completely oblivious of the fact I am there he procedues to finish the turn and drives up the short stretch of road to the junction.

On my bike I have my old custom built headlight system, 12v 5watt spot and 10 watt spotlights which once aimed at a good angle can light up a car's number plate at 200 metres+ (i.e. powerful bike lights) So, me being annoyed, i turn my 10watt spot on (usually cycle on roads with 5 watt as it is 3 x the power of any other bike light on its own!) and it has the affect of main beam on him, especiallybeing slightly higher. He then stops, gets out his car as I cycle past on the otherside and shouts "What the f**k you tihnk you're doing?"

I reply "Check your mirror, you nearly killed me you arrogant idiot (i can't believe i said that)"

I VERY QUICKLY cycled off before he got in his car and he didn't follow anyway.

AHHH! IT'S ENOUGH TO STOP ME CYCLING IF IGNORANT IDIOTS LIKE THAT INSIST ON NOT BEING CAREFUL.

Morale of my little story: Get powerful bike lights and get your own back!

Oh and as we are all car drives, look out for cyclists FGS!

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Paul be careful! i know that wasn't ur fault, but you don't want to go angering people in Fiat Coupes when your riding a bicycle.
you should have learn't your lesson with the Golf GTi episode!! lol

glad u weren't hurt tho mate :D

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I know, i know, i am an idiot for getting angry. Something in my head is telling me to stand up for myself too often at the moment, I think I blame stress ;). I could have outrun him, I was only 50 metres from a 3 metre wide alley way impossible for cars and had a slope with me. Still not my greatest hour again.

I think he may have recognised me when he saw me and not followed because of it but aghhh, the little things in life that piss you off. I don't need to be killed by some idiot.

Cheers for your sympathy but it isn't deserved, I was an idiot for rising to the bait.

Bet he was surprised at being blinded by a bike hahahahahah!

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Which park's this, Paul?

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Woodthorpe park.

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So you were doing some downhill racing? [8D]

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lol. Well, if you do my loop at woodthorpe it is quite good but VERY scary in the dark. Start at the top at the big house place and go down the right side of the park, follow down through the secluded flower garden on the right (not the main gardens at the top left) and follow down the right side of the golf patch of the hard and smooth surface, past that train thing they have put there and push hard over the masses of tree trunks (caution: my friend broke his collar bone on those!) under the path and fly up on the bottom field, lasts less than 90 seconds and you die at the end because you forgot to breath. Then it's just a 10 minutes cycle back to the top to start again!

Wouldn't do it in the dark even with my lights, could come off in so many places and no one would see me until the morning LOL!

The park is good but maybe to hilly for a cyclist (and bikes I tihnk are banned so evening is the only time you can use it). Was once told to "p*ss off" by the park attendent who lacked social skills for going down the main path at 5mph. (Granted I do it a LOT quicker in the evening but there are only a few dog walkers about).



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Funny that - I've lived on the Arnold/Woodthorpe border for nearly 20 years but never set foot in the park.

I cycle past it every weekday on my 8 mile trip to work (Siemens, Beeston) but never think about going in. I must try your route and see if I can do it without coming off :)

Note: if this appears to be the Paul and Steve Show, then please note that we live within a couple of miles of each other ...

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You cycle daily to Beeston, woh, more courage than me, it feels far on the train to Beeston! I did my young enterprise for a short while at Siemans Beeston and admire you for cycling that far. I couldn't go from my house to Aspley (school) more than once a week when I used to try.

Best park in the area Steve, especially since the improvements, has a waterfall (well, kind of), a "fake" train which shows how it use to have a railway through it which then went past near my house. Pitch and putt is a laugh and cheap fun! It is one of the best parks I have visited just has overally conscientious attendents during the day.

*still shocked you do that distance daily!*

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You get used to it!

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Another argument then...

CYCLISTS! If there's a cycle path/lane - GET OFF THE F*CKING ROAD!

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I hate drivers who don't look out for other road users. There are loads of horses round here so of course you have to be really careful when behind or going past them. It makes me mad when some people are trying to drive into their back legs - not like the horse is going to go any faster mate!

I also hate people who don't understand road signs and cause me to sit tooting my horn like a tw*t but that's another story [:(!]

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Although, unlucky in this situation mate... be careful when shouting at drivers!

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damn right.

Nearly got attacked by two right a****oles tonight.

**** in a Rover 200 tries to overtake me at traffic lights, not enough space. Had to brake hard, did the horns n'lights. He stops the car in the middle of the road (Couldn't drive around him) and him & his mate jump out shouting. Thumps on the bonnet, gives it the 'come on' bit. I'm thinking ho hum, bugger off, I wanna go talk to someone. Just sat there and smiled sweetly, he gets in the car and goes.

Thought for 2 seconds - "I could drive forward fast now, shatter your legs against the back of that rover, giggle and drive away" but blood and bone fragments are just, well, so difficult to polish out of silver.

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Wouldn't want to make a mess of your bumper Pete. Depends on your car wash though - give them a big enough tip and I'm sure they wouldn't tell.

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