What’s your BEST and WORST of this week?

I wanted to try something different for this weeks Comment Friday. I want to invite you guys to share your best and worst moments of cycling this week.

I’ll start us off but I’m going to cheat a little as I’ve not been doing any cycling this week while I’m travelling so I’ll refer back to last week.

My best: First coming back from France I was so eager to jump on a bike. The opportunity came when my friend, who only lives less than 10 minutes cycling away, finished his work and invited me over. Hopping on my bike for the first time in over a week felt great. I’m always amazed at how fast it whizzes along on a smooth road surface and I couldn’t resist taking my hands off the bars and pedalling down the empty A road enjoying the cool post-rain breeze. If only all roads in London were as smooth as that one.

My worst: I don’t frequently cycle in rush hour and when I do it’s a very hit and miss experience. This time pedalling over to a meeting in Hyde Park was really not fun. It was one of those days where you get hit by all the red lights and each time a loud motorbike happened to be next to me. I felt like I really had to fight for my place in the road and I was glad to just finally get to the park and relax along the cycle lane and have a drink in the Serpentine Cafe which is one of my new favourite meeting places.

What was your best and worst cycling experiences this week?

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83 Responses to What’s your BEST and WORST of this week?

  1. Patrick 20/08/2010 at 9:26 am #

    Hi Andreas,

    The best thing cycling for me this week, is that my training/commuting is still heading in the right direction, I can sprint for faster and longer and than I could say six months ago.

    The worst thing was discovering that my local bike shop have done a bodge on fixing my rear hub, in fact the worst thing about cycling in London for me is the frequency with which I’ve been let down by cycling shops doing shoddy fixes using cheap components, if this doesn’t spur me on to better maintenance skills, I don’t know what will.

  2. Dani Riot 20/08/2010 at 9:48 am #

    my best for the week was whilst cycling 17 miles around various locations in london, i chose the outer circle road to cross regents park for the first time and i got to see GIRAFFES!!!!!!

    the worst think this week was having to leave my baby at the bike shop for 4 hours. But this could also be a good thing, as my bike is amazingly set up now.

    Too be honest, i haven’t had any major bad experiences, but it has only been 6 weeks since i got my bike.

  3. Giles Roadnight 20/08/2010 at 10:02 am #

    Best: breaking my record and averaging 16 MPH on the way into work.

    Worst: 2 overnight flat tyres on consecutive days

  4. Antony Roberts 20/08/2010 at 10:03 am #

    For me the best thing in London cycling had to be this…
    Federal BMX Dan Lacey testing the hell out of Boris’ cycle scheme bikes, absolutely awesome!!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/lifestylevideo/7949007/London-cycle-hire-test-Dan-Lacey-puts-the-Boris-bike-through-its-paces.html

    • Dani Riot 20/08/2010 at 10:19 am #

      That was awesome. I loved the ‘No Boris Bikes were harmed in the making of this video’ tag at the end.

  5. Alex 20/08/2010 at 10:04 am #

    Best: My first outing on a Barclays cycle hire bike. A real win. I’ve realised the low gearing stops you getting sweaty!
    Worst: It’s been humid, so I’d have to say breathing in a ton of fumes along CS7 earlier in the week.

  6. James Holden 20/08/2010 at 10:07 am #

    Best moment: My ride to work this morning. Left the house really annoyed for various reason. There was very little traffic around for some reason and I got a straight run into work in record time. Worked it all out of my system and arrived in a great mood, albeit dripping wet and staggering!

    Worst moment: Strong winds on the way home on Monday, felt like riding through treacle and nearly got blown into the side of a lorry :-(

  7. Pete 20/08/2010 at 10:14 am #

    My best for the week is being back on the bike after having a week to recover from finishing my solo End to End, cycling to work always makes me happier. I even managed to break 45 minutes for the 20km cross London, first time ever.

    The worst is letting myself get so upset by the inconsiderate cyclists who push past at red lights just because they don’t feel like following the Highway Code and stopping for the red lights.

    • Adam 20/08/2010 at 2:13 pm #

      I completely agree on your worst, that gets me all the time… It’s not a choice whether you follow the highway code or not, it’s a law!

  8. John 20/08/2010 at 10:16 am #

    My worst is a driver on Commercial road in a BIG Audi Q7 reversing into me without checking his mirrors. The best dragging him out and getting an apology!

  9. Nick 20/08/2010 at 10:17 am #

    Best moment: Not having to ride all the way to Hammersmith as working from an office closer to home meaning I can enjoy my morning ride a bit more. But I love this everyday I ride is getting long stares at a guy riding with a moustache… Love it!

    Worst moment: Don’t have many of these, but the joker who felt the need to lean out of his car to shout “bloody lycra wearing moron” at another cyclist, only to have me right next to him screaming “we don’t all wear lycra” followed with choice profanity and a smile!

  10. Arlene 20/08/2010 at 10:20 am #

    What a week you’ve chosen for this particular topic! My best was collecting my brand new Marin Fairfax from Cycle Surgery on Sunday afternoon, which I’d ordered myself for my birthday before going on holidays. I took it for a tour of the tow paths from Stratford and along St. Katherine’s Docks on my way home to Elephant and Castle. It was such a beautiful ride except for the cobblestones! My worst? Going down to the underground parking lot of my block of flats on Monday afternoon (still on hols) where I’d left the bike locked up securely, only to find it gone. Police won’t look at the CCTV tapes and closed the case as soon as I opened it. Back on my 15 year old Specialized mountain bike for now; at least it’s better on the cobblestones. Not much of a consolation.

    • Jules 24/08/2010 at 5:29 pm #

      oh i’m so sorry! that’s really horrid – you have lots of sympathy from this end.

  11. Sam 20/08/2010 at 10:21 am #

    Best was getting out for a really good amble, 24 miles of it, for the first time in ages.
    Pootled along the Grant Union Canal towpaths, and while I got a slightly sore bum (build in more stop-to-take-photo points next time), I had no issues with my legs whatsoever, despite their time off the bike.

    Worst was managing to turn the very slooooow puncture in my front tyre into a total flat as a result of a bump too many on the towpath.

    (which then gave me my next best bit, changing a tyre all by myself for the first time. So what if it took me close to an hour, I did it!)

    • Kathrin 23/08/2010 at 11:35 am #

      Hey Sam
      That sounds like the kind of thing I want to get into doing more of – I cycle to and from work but want to get out and pootle a bit more at the weekend. Where would you recommend & how do you plan your routes?!
      thanks!

  12. Anna 20/08/2010 at 10:23 am #

    Best (1): getting a mate on one of my bikes and riding with him all day on the weekend. He had been SO SOSOOOOO scared of cycling (I don’t know why) but he ended up enjoying himself so much, he’s thinking g aout signing up for the Boris bikes!

    Best (2): High Street Kensington to Kings Cross to catch train in 20minutes on a little folding bike w/out jumping any red lights!!!!!!!! WOHOOOOO!!!!!

    Worst: seeing a dead squirrel in the curb and almost falling off my bike!

  13. Reuben 20/08/2010 at 10:28 am #

    Best: Cycling along a bus with my girlfriend on making various cute and rude gestures to each other as we kept passing each other.

    Worst: Near miss on the weekend, a bus was in the wrong lane and so crossed an asl in a red to get a head start, the car on its inside reciprocated by crossing the asl (presumably to undertake the bus before the parked cars on the other side of the junction). Cue green light, inside car dashes ahead of bus, bus comes left across me and nearly pins the guy in front between the bus and the pavement. Avoidable bad driving by even a little bit of patience on the buses part, stopped by the drivers window to congratulate him on scaring me and the other cyclist.

  14. Sarah 20/08/2010 at 10:30 am #

    Well I just have a worst moment, 3 weeks ago I was knocked off my bike by a motorist when they opened their passenger door in the middle of the road – without indicating or pulling over, or in any way warning me of what they were about to do (and it was daylight and I was in hi-viz), i subsequently ended up in hospital with a ruptured ankle ligament and many bruises. 3 weeks later i still cant walk and i get a letter yesterday from the Met’s Traffic Criminal Justice dept informing me that no charges will be made against the offenders, but that they will be sent a letter “reminding them of their responsibilities as a road user”. Which is great comfort as Im unable to carry on with any activities or even get into work.

    How is this fair, and what message does that send? How is this protecting and encouraging cyclists? Im fuming.

    • Philip 20/08/2010 at 8:52 pm #

      … Sarah — that’s terrible; I hope you are recovering well. So much for criminal justice! Have you thought about taking out a civil case against the driver?

    • Philip 20/08/2010 at 8:54 pm #

      … sorry — just read further and saw this advice already given!

  15. tim 20/08/2010 at 10:30 am #

    best: riding with the folks, wife and son on the mamafiets (he sits on the front of one of these http://www.profileweijenborg.nl/imagehandler/product/Amazone-Classic-Black.jpg) always gets lots of looks and comments (in a good way)

    worst: every time i’ve been shoaled (more here http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2009/10/indignity-of-commuting-by-bicycle.html) what’s wrong with you people?

    • Sarina 23/08/2010 at 3:57 pm #

      That’s crazy that woman actually mounted the pavement to get in front of you – at least it’s not just motorists that are crazily impatient at lights

  16. Mr Richie 20/08/2010 at 10:35 am #

    Best:
    This morning I think. Nice tailwind and not much traffic for some reason – a lovely breezy commute from West Norwood to Waterloo.

    Worst:
    Yesterday evening. Labouring up the short but steep hill on the way to my girlfriend’s, overheating and weighed down with a bag full of work clothes and shopping… and someone throws gravel at me from an upstairs window. Pesky kids.

    • Kathrin 23/08/2010 at 12:24 pm #

      oh dear, I’m sorry Mr Richie but I had to laugh. Gravel! the final straw.

  17. brian 20/08/2010 at 10:40 am #

    Best: riding home through Richmond park at dusk, a fat yellow moon, deer, the first leaves starting to turn, and not a car in sight.

    Worst: this morning, doing my usual right turn on autopilot, and not seeing the massive black beemer heading straight towards me, out of the Road Where No Cars Ever Come From. He braked and leaned on the horn, and I rode off knowing that it was completely my fault, he had me bang to rights. Fortunately that was the only bang, thank God for German brake engineering.

  18. beth 20/08/2010 at 10:40 am #

    Best: managing to lash my friends suitcase that I’d borrowed to the bike with bungees to get it back to her, thereby avoiding public transport!
    Worst: other cyclists trying to race / compete with me, grow up – I’m just riding!

  19. Arlene 20/08/2010 at 10:44 am #

    Sarah, people have been saying to me this week, since my bike was stolen, that at least I wasn’t hurt or killed. That really didn’t make me feel much better, until I read your ‘worst”. Hope you heal quickly! Thumbs down to the police on your part and mine!

    • Sarah 20/08/2010 at 11:12 am #

      Thanks, obviously it doesnt help me heal if they go to court, but it sends a stronger message about watching out for cyclists – had i been a motorcyclist they would have probably been in hospital themselves!

  20. James Holden 20/08/2010 at 10:49 am #

    Sarah: That’s awful, but even if the police decline to take any action, you can still pursue a civil claim yourself. If you compile a schedule of loss (loss of earnings, bike repairs, taxi fares etc) it would be an easy enough DIY small claims court job. (Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, nor is this legal advice!)

    • Sarah 20/08/2010 at 11:14 am #

      Thanks James, Im looking at that with a solicitor, at the time I was interviewed by the police in the ambulance, and they suggested it was nailed on that it would go to court – I just think when the Mayor is working so hard to get people out of cars and onto bikes this sends a highly contradictory message.

  21. Neil 20/08/2010 at 10:53 am #

    Best
    Setting a new PB on morning commute (tailwind may have contributed somewhat)

    Worst
    1. A parked car’s door opened on me while I was going through traffic – don’t know how I avoided it but reading Sarah’s comment made me shudder.
    2. Cut up by an Audi who couldn’t be bothered to wait behind me
    3. HGV turned left across me (he overtook me so no way he hadn’t seen me)
    4. Woman pulled out in front of me when I was doing 20mph

    Just another normal week commuting to Heathrow really.

  22. Claire brewer 20/08/2010 at 11:01 am #

    Best: ordering new bike through our cycle2work scheme,
    Worst: getting my front wheel caught in a deep ridge and tipping over in front of a queue of traffic.

  23. Filippo Negroni 20/08/2010 at 11:03 am #

    Worst: Fitting a set of Vittoria Open Pave; took me three hours since my wheelset (Easton EA50) is one of the most troublesome to fit tyres to.

    Best: Riding a set of Vittoria Open Pave; 320TPI make British roads feels smooth even when inflated at 120PSI!

  24. arh14 20/08/2010 at 11:10 am #

    Best this week: pootling along the nice and wide, properly separate, cycle lane in Bloomsbury, on Tuesday. Admittedly, I do this every day but it’s always good.

    Worst this week: This was easily my commute in this morning. I took a hire bike in. First, I had to walk ten minutes to find a point that worked. Then, on Gower Street, a black taxi objected to my presence in the middle of the road, hooting his horn at me. I needed to give the bus, on my left, plenty of space. I also know if I get too close, the taxi will only try to squeeze past anyway. Once he’d overtaken me, he proudly hooted his horn. I easily overtook him at the next set of lights. Idiot #1.

    Finally, at Trafalgar Square, coming down the hill from Charing Cross Road, I had a nearly identical set of circumstances, only this time it was worse. Once again, I was overtaking a bus. Only this time, it started pulling out away. This would not normally be a problem, as once again, I have left it plenty of space. However, a taxi driver thought it would be wise to try to overtake me – at the same time. Cue a fairly scary moment when a bus and a taxi are squeezing me at the same time. I’ve no idea why the taxi thought he could overtake me at that point. He continued to pull away until I banged on his window. I overtook him and demonstrated to him, with simple hand gestures he hopefully understood, my displeasure and why he couldn’t overtook me where he did. Idiot #2

    It’s interesting that this was on a Boris Bike. Perhaps taxi drivers assume they’re all slow newbie cyclists and can overtake and intimidate them which ever they wish?

    Either way, stuff like this really annoys me. There’s the personal bit: it scared me but that’s kind of okay. What makes it worse is it more people of cycling because it reinforces the belief that cycling is ‘dangerous’. It’s not. Most of journeys are fine. More importantly, all of my journeys would be fine were it not for idiots like these.

    • Sarah 20/08/2010 at 11:33 am #

      My commute includes that stretch past Trafalgar Sq, and i have to agree its a pretty hairy one with buses/taxis, had a few scary moments despite generally being patient and careful!

  25. David 20/08/2010 at 11:17 am #

    Haven’t got any worse. None at all.

    The best? Each and every time I slip into my velomobile Quest.

    Dealing with traffic? I take the lane. The motorists don’t know what I am as they can’t see me pedaling and at the speed I’m capable of doing the cars can’t just fly past me with wild abandon. I’ve been pulled over by 5 different police departments in the 8 months I’ve had my Quest. No tickets.
    One PD has told me that they know when I’m on the road as their phone starts to ring reporting a small, bright yellow, high speed motorized vehicle with no license plate.

    I am traffic and the road is mine.

  26. Will 20/08/2010 at 11:36 am #

    Best is the school holidays that leads both to less traffic and more considerate behaviour of those that are on the road. Except for pedestrians of course who treat red lights as something that does not apply to them.
    Worst is the state of the roads, especially the misguidedness and inconsideration of Croydon Council in laying a succession of 3 metre slabs of rough green coloured gravel over potholes and drains and calling it a cycle lane.

  27. Will 20/08/2010 at 11:52 am #

    Hi Andreas,

    Best: a ride through the Sussex downs singletrack last night, finishing up on Brighton seafront with a cup of tea and hot donuts!

    Worst: getting all ready for the long ride to work this morning on my new road bike and about 2 miles in the bottom bracket made horrible grinding noises, so I had to abandon the idea. I was really quite distraught!

    This is of course small beans compared to those who have their bikes stolen, or worse, been injured recently by irresponsible drivers.

    Will

  28. nm4471a 20/08/2010 at 12:16 pm #

    best – riding up the strand on sunday evening about half eight. would never bother with it normally but it was nice and quiet coming over the bridge and riding down to charing x.

    not the worst so much as incredibly stupid was the idiot this morning who had his little girl sat on his crossbar with her legs over his handlebars. sometimes i’m surprised that people’s stupidity surprises me.

  29. russell 20/08/2010 at 12:30 pm #

    Best: Dithering looking out of window at the grey sky but deciding to ride anyway and LOVING it as always. Having a laugh at traffic lights . Riding home with a mate last week!
    Worst: Its always the city traffic and the HGV cutting me up.

  30. Howard 20/08/2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Best: ride to Windsor on Monday night – lovely weather, lovely ride.

    Worst: on the way home from Windsor, in central London, having two drivers attempt to left-hook me within ten minutes of each other.

  31. Pumpkin 20/08/2010 at 2:05 pm #

    WORST: I had my first accident this week. It’s bound to happen I think and I’ve been lucky for years.
    Guess what? It was the van driver’s fault, turning left without indicating or looking in the mirror. He knocked me off my bike and almost another cyclist too, then shouted at me. He didn’t even apologise.

    Best: A little girl on the pavement smiling and waving at me. Aaww :)

  32. Meadowend 20/08/2010 at 2:25 pm #

    Best: getting on my Airnimal for my commute after nearly a week where logistics meant it wasn’t sensible to use it. I love that bike.

    Worst: This morning, as I was cycling south along St John St (EC1) towards the traffic lights at Clerkenwell Rd. The lights had been green for a while and an artic, travelling in the opposite direction, turned right: quite safely, there was loads of room. But as I entered the junction at some speed – ’cause I was trying to ensure I’d get through on green – the white transit behind the artic decided to follow the artic and turn across my path!

    I’d guessed what he was going to do, so was able to slam on the brakes in the middle of the junction – he spotted me at the last second, hit the brakes, then changed his mind and hit the accelerator. At least he waved his hand in apology. And I was unhurt – it could have been much worse.

  33. alex 20/08/2010 at 2:34 pm #

    Worst – colliding with a pedestrian – and most of it was MY fault. Felt terrible. Hope I learn from that.

    Best – getting back on my bike after just under 2 weeks away.

  34. Steve 20/08/2010 at 2:37 pm #

    Best: just found out my new bike (’11 Ridgeback Voyage in sexy black) is on its way!! :)

    Worst: gotta wait until Monday for delivery/collection

  35. thereverent 20/08/2010 at 2:46 pm #

    Worst: Finding out my helmet cam had not worked on my way in to work on tuesday. Having almost been sideswiped by a impatient white van and seen several motorbikes jumping red lights.

    Best: Getting my first pair of prope cycling shoes delivered this morning to work. I can now tak my new road bike out for a test at the weekend (as it has clipless pedals).

  36. AdamS 20/08/2010 at 2:49 pm #

    Best – getting back on my newly repaired bike, 2 weeks after being knocked off by some w*&@#r cycling coming off the pavement straight into my side. Being told my shoulder injury is healing nicely by the physio.

    Worst – mistiming a bunny hop and landing my rear wheel hard on the edge of a large hole in the road, not a major deal I know. (Plus innumerable misdemeanours from motorists that I can’t be bothered to get upset about these days).

  37. Adrian 20/08/2010 at 3:02 pm #

    Best: Making the 7 3/4 mile ride home in less than 30 Minutes on Tuesday

    Worst: Altercation with Bus driver yesturday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMyFAjyhnnI

    • AdamS 20/08/2010 at 3:39 pm #

      I dunno, that looked kind of fun to me. You seemed to be very calm throughout the altercation. I look forward to updates on how this silly man is dealt with by the authorities (or not, probably).

    • vince 20/08/2010 at 7:12 pm #

      Blimey. Well handed mate that fella should be taken back to driving school or better still removed from bus driving duties.

    • Claire 23/08/2010 at 1:36 pm #

      Re ad this from TFL – Thank you for your email about some London bus drivers ignoring red traffic lights.

      I am sorry you have witnessed drivers passing through red lights. This is dangerous and totally unacceptable.

      You will not be surprised to learn that we expect the very highest standards of service from everyone representing London Buses. This is especially true of bus drivers as they are in many ways the face of the organisation. We realise how important it is that drivers operate their buses safely.

      Drivers receive comprehensive training to enable them to perform their duties effectively. Safety is central to this training. Clearly, the Highway Code should be observed at all times.

      Any report we receive of poor driver behaviour is investigated by the operator concerned. Dependent on the findings of the investigation, drivers can receive remedial action ranging from additional training through to dismissal. If a driver is seen by a police officer passing through a red light they could face criminal proceedings.

      We carry out a number of different monitoring exercises. For example, Driver Quality Monitoring is conducted on our behalf by the Driving Standards Agency. The operators also carry out their own observations. Mystery Traveller Surveys and Customer Satisfaction Surveys also help us to identify problem areas.

      Should you experience any further examples of drivers passing through red lights, please let me know and I will take them up with the operator concerned. Any information that can be provided – time, date, location, route number, bus registration number – will be gratefully received as this helps us to retrieve CCTV footage from the bus in question and take action with individual drivers.

      Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention. I hope my comments help and should you have any further queries, please let me know.

      Yours sincerely

      Andrew Ackford
      Customer Services

      • the cycling ferret 14/12/2010 at 1:06 pm #

        Perhaps you could talk to all the bus drivers who jump the red lights at Turnpike Lane to turn right onto Green Lanes. Heartily sick of that.

  38. chriszanf 20/08/2010 at 4:26 pm #

    Best: Using the Boris bikes for the first time to bunk off work for a while to go and listen to a talk by nature sound recordist Chris Watson @ the Tate Modern.

    Worst: Seeing cyclists steam through zebra & pelican crossings whilst pedestrians were crossing. Cars & motorbikes sitting in and blocking the advanced zone box. I actually said something to someone who cut me up then sat in the box on their moped and was met with a torrent of abuse, using the straw man argument that it was ok as some cyclists (actually they spewed out a figure of “95% of…”) jump red lights.

    As has been said elsewhere in these replies, if Boris really wants cycling to taken up by more people then traffic infringements against cyclists need to be dealt with more seriously and been seen and understood that it will not be tolerated.

    • Kathrin 23/08/2010 at 12:30 pm #

      Yeah, motorbikes and scooters aren’t allowed in those boxes are they?! they sit there so brazenly I’m unsure!

  39. Maria 20/08/2010 at 5:17 pm #

    I think the best was cycling in today and the roads were quiet, all the lights were on my side and it was pretty sunny, I swooshed the ten miles into work.

    The worst, cycling home on Wednesday and getting sandwiched between two buses continuously, because of traffic I couldn’t over take or even see to over take!

  40. Mikey Spots 20/08/2010 at 5:29 pm #

    My best cycling moment this week was rolling across the Golden Gate bridge with some of my really good friends. The bridge is difficult to navigate due to the number of pedestrians and inexperienced cyclists, but my creed was Smile and roll on!
    My worst hasn’t happened yet because riding in San Fran is just Awesome.

  41. Chrissy 20/08/2010 at 6:47 pm #

    Best: realising I had hit my first 1000 miles (since I started counting in April) and planning my route for a jaunt to Brighton on the bank holiday.

    Worst: getting a quarter of a mile from my house when the heavens opened and dumped a days worth of rain on me and a particularly stressful ride to Brick Lane – 2 miles cut up 5 times, sure it was because I was wearing a skirt. grrrrr

  42. vince 20/08/2010 at 7:07 pm #

    Having waited two weeks to get my bike into the shop for some repairs got it back did 5 miles only to have the same part that was supposed to have been fixed fail again! I was so looking forward to having the stead back in actionaction

  43. Mary-go-round 20/08/2010 at 7:56 pm #

    best – completing my second session of cycle training UK with a colleague – I was already confident cycling into work but learnt so much. She was v unconfident, but after me cycling in with her and the training is now cycling in on her own and has reduced her commute from 1.5 hrs to just 45 mins. She is soo pleased and I am a better cyclist – wins all round!

    Worst….yeah getting a sore throat from traffic fumes, especially as I sing for a hobby : (

  44. Dani Riot 20/08/2010 at 10:47 pm #

    Best and worst at the same time today.

    Sat on a bus to oxford street, getting frustrated at how slow it was and how i could have done the journey four times quicker on my bike. And then realising how much time and money i am saving while travelling in london now.

  45. Lee 21/08/2010 at 9:00 am #

    BEST: Having a little boy who was running over the crossing in front of me, while I was waiting in a cycle lane at a red light, stop and ask me if it was ok for him to cross. It was cute and restored a little faith that at least some people are teaching their kids how to cross the road responsibly.

    WORST: The two ipod wearing cyclists who travel so slow and are in their own little worlds who insist on pushing to the front at traffic lights (before going through them) after you have over taken them, forcing me to overtake them again in heavy traffic. Completely oblivious and totally inconsiderate t*****.

    Its all part of the fun ;)

  46. ToxicHaste 22/08/2010 at 5:02 am #

    Best: Picked-up my my bike from the mechanic for a tune-up to find that he replaced the worn parts with red anodized ones to match the rest of my bike (cable end crimps caps, chainring, and jockey wheel). PIMP!! Good looking-out, Steve! :oD

    Worst: Had an egg thrown at me during my 23 mile commute home. Yeah, not-so pimp. :o(

  47. Edde T 22/08/2010 at 12:00 pm #

    Best: technically not this week, but last weekend went on a bike maintenance course at on your bike in london bridge. The day long course was really useful, revived my gears and brakes and best of all i had an annoying clicking noise & sort of tugging feeling as i cycled which i put down (with help from friends) to either the pedal or bottom bracket. I asked the guy running the course and he showed me how to remove the pedals and BB, clean and regrease them. Bike is good as new now :-) also get a free park tools maintenance book. So all in all for the £75 i think you get a lot for your money – learn how to do a general service yourself, get to ask any questions you like and maybe even fix some problems – that bottom bracket service he showed me would have cost £25 itself.

    Worst: going for a ride with my girlfriend and having to go at her pace! So not bad really.

  48. John 22/08/2010 at 6:25 pm #

    Best – Being on hols and riding places just for pleasure and not just commuting.

    Worst – the thoughts of work next week!!

    John.

  49. Dave 23/08/2010 at 12:10 pm #

    worst: waking up yesterday morning (Sunday) and feeling dazed and a bit dizzy, so unable to go out on the club run
    best: our Thursday group ride – 67 miles of superb Cheshire lanes and (just a few) tracks, great company, lovely weather which was better than forecast; icing on the cake – got home at 4pm, by 5pm it was raining!

  50. Kathrin 23/08/2010 at 12:28 pm #

    Guys
    All these bad driving vans etc – do you try and take their numberplates? I have to say I’ve only tried it once, and then I got home and looked up the company and the name on the van was far too generic for me to track them down and report their driver.
    But if I’ve been given a scare it always gives me satisfaction to cycle wobbily off thinking ‘heh heh I’ll get you when i get home!’.

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