I am writing this post about things I don’t like because several of these things have clustered-up on me in the last couple of days. After all, what’s the point of having websites if you can’t vent on them occasionally.
I don’t like it when people say “there is a cycle path … but more ‘confident’ cyclists can ride on the road”. I am very ‘confident’ thank you very much. I have been cycling all my life and consider myself to be as confident as the next person BUT I don’t ‘enjoy’ playing with cars. On very busy roads, I choose the cycle path or pavement because it’s more pleasant. Just because I’m a lady of a certain age who cycles in normal clothes, that does not mean that I am deficient in confidence or cycling ability.
I don’t like it when the person on the bike in front of me is wearing cycling shorts that are old and/or over-stretched and have become too thin and transparent to provide basic decency. Personally, I find this view less than flattering, particularly given the racing position many cyclists take, and would just like to ‘put it out there’ as an issue – one that is perhaps not normally discussed. I understand that the cyclist in question is unaware of the view that they are presenting to the person behind them, and I’m sure that this is not their intention. So may I suggest that, if this might be you, you get a friend to run a 6 monthly WOF on the decency of your cycling shorts.
I don’t like it when people who have had an experience with a ‘cyclist’ write unpleasant comments on MY website about ‘you cyclists are all the same … blah blah blah’. Firstly, it exhausts me just contemplating how to respond to all the things about which they are so blatantly ignorant; secondly, WE REALLY DON’T CARE – there are several organizations who do care about these things, but that is not us. Perhaps try commenting on the AA website, where I’m sure you could whip up a few like minded and equally prejudiced people to join in; thirdly, I have the power of the ‘delete’ button and I’m not afraid to use it (it’s actually a lot of fun). I also have the superpower of the ‘blacklist’ button, which may effect the online ‘credit rating’ of the recipient. So, if you are one of these boorish people – be warned!
Just to balance this post, things I do like include:
- nice car drivers that smile and wave you through,
- cycling in Christchurch in Spring,
- the thought of going on my cycle trip to Europe next year