Me No Lycra [Updated]


Carlosfandango writes:

The VAN (see comments)…


This morning.

Unidentified location, Dublin

Carlosfandango writes:

Young man, clearly in training for the Tour De France, takes photo of delivery van parked in bicycle lane just after whizzing through red lights at pedestrian crossing…Beautiful.

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54 thoughts on “Me No Lycra [Updated]

  1. Mister Privacy

    What’s the point of this post? It only serves to divide people who like to cycle from pedestrians and drivers. This site has really gone downhill SMH.

    1. GiggidyGoo

      Broadsheet is a satirical news and popculture website from Ireland, featuring original and credited material, updated every 15 minutes from 9am to 5pm GMT. (So the HTML Code /Meta informs us)

        1. Verbatim

          When did it stop being “a website for the bewildered”?
          Something has changed around here, ah well.

          Me, I wish it was a close up of the fellow in Lycra :-)

          1. Janet, dreams of all the cake

            do you not find cyclists to be a bit bottom heavy and sort of taper to a weak shouldered point ?

  2. Ian-oG

    Two wrongs do not make a right but quite telling you show an image of the cyclist and not the van.

    One cyclist breaking red lights is a problem in that moment, a van blocking a cycle lane can cause problems over a period of time. Both are wrong but you only appear to take issue with the cyclist? Why would that be?

    1. paul

      I’d even dig deeper, a cyclist breaking a red light on an empty intersection while taking care and giving way to anything that appeared in the interim isn’t that much of a problem. If there was some traffic then they could cause a crash, hurt others and themselves.

      The van blocking the cycle lane is a muppet but a low-grade one. The cyclist and motorist that blew through a red light while I was crossing at Connolly this morning are high grade muppets.

      1. Fergalito

        Disagree with your point about the cyclist breaking the red light and i say that as someone who cycles. Keep it simple on the roads and obey the rules, leaves no room for further us and them-ing and whataboutery.

        I saw an elderly gentleman flattened by a cyclist who broke a red light, cyclist appeared to be cautious and slowed down but wasn’t properly paying attention. To eliminate or minimise the risks to others you do what you’re supposed to do.

        Agree that the post is just to stir things up – lycra-pun, yawn – “training for the Tour de France” yawn. What do we now know that we didn’t know before reading the post? That cyclists break the rules? That drivers break the rules? Pity there wasn’t some pedestrian involved and it’d be the full set.

        1. paul

          that’s fair enough, I don’t cycle, walk everywhere, so my perspective isn’t without bias. I occasionally see cyclists meeting red lights, dismounting, walking with the pedestrians to cross and then remounting and I feel it’s grand but others feel differently so I’m definitely undecided on the nuances of road behaviour. But relying on safety as a guide for behaviour is certainly the best way. It’s like the advice for any road user, “take for granted that everyone around you is an idiot and prepare accordingly” :)

          1. Fergalito

            Ah sure we’re all biased to a lesser or greater extent. Some people are just wankers whether cycling, driving, walking or putting their shoes on.

            That’s good advice, don’t know how many times I’ve been driving or cycling and thought to myself “I betcha this floot is going to [insert risky road manoeuvre]” and it’s almost like a self fulfilling prophecy.

      2. Ian-oG

        True and true.

        I get why people get annoyed with cyclists, some of them can be real dicks, but I cannot get my head around the sheer hatred some people (not saying the author of this piece hates them though) seem to have for them?

        Most of the cyclists I encounter on the roads would have similar rates of rule breaking or bad behaviours as car users but the end result of a cyclists rule breaking generally has a different outcome to a cars rule breaking.

        1. Fergalito

          Some top tier hate reserved for cyclists, motorists sometimes just slow down to shout abuse from the driver seat…

          Different story if you’re a cyclist and have an accident alright, odds not in your favour. There are ways of cycling that can help minimise risk but most people just hop on a bike and off they go. A little theory and practice would help everyone out.

    2. Bodger

      It’s like rain on your wedding day or having ten thousand spoons when you need a knife. Because it’s IRONIC.

      1. Ian-oG

        Actually, if you watch the great sketch by Ed Byrne, he breaks down why that song is actually not at all about irony which is in itself, ironic.

        For example, having 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife is not ironic. It’s just stupid.

        Rain on a wedding day, especially in Ireland, is not ironic, its expected.

        I suggest you look up Ed’s sketch and educate yourself on this important issue.

  3. anti morons

    do cyclist know what a red light in the traffic light?

    I understand the guy on the picture, once they wear the lycra that part of the brain goes numb

    1. Doxxy Chainsaw

      I’m not sure that they do. It must be mass colour blindness. Personally, the scariest part of driving in Dublin city centre is the cyclists. Some of them treat other traffic and pedestrians as a dare.

      1. anti morons

        you bet, my experience is driving in Dublin only and Im almost certain there is a mass colour blindness as soon the Lycra is on

        1. anti morons

          “Guess what the scariest part of cycling in Dublin city centre is?”

          that as cyclist you DONT HAVE A CLUE what a red light means and city centre is full of traffic lights

      2. Tarfton Clax

        Scariest? Try being a pedestrian forced out into the road because of muppets blocking the footpath with their Phallus Extensions (or SUV’s) . Some cyclists are utter knobs and I have roared enough abuse at those who have been obviously so in my presence. But, and this is a big but, they are VERY unlikely to kill me. Or chase me down a street in a ton and a half of metal screaming abuse because of a perceived slight to their masculinity because I may have looked askance at them breaking a red light.

    2. Tarfton Clax

      You have four syntactical and grammatical errors in a sentence with 11 words in it. Is this a record? You only have two errors in the second sentence, although it it does feature a pointless ad hominem. Your user name seems counter intuitive somehow.

  4. George

    Top quality content.

    I saw a fella running in running gear yesterday, clearly training for the Olympics. I also saw a woman sea-swimming in a swim suit. Clearly she is training for the European Championships. You can’t leave the house without bumping into a world class athlete these days.

  5. scottser

    i have it on good authority that the person who took this photo pushed an elderly woman out of the way to get the shot.
    the elderly woman herself is a known shoplifter in the area.
    one of the shops she frequents files fraudulent tax returns.

      1. Cú Chulainn

        It is Ranelagh, however, the loading bay is on the far side of the road. The previous loading Bay Area was closed and an out door dining area installed by the council. This has not been used since October. The entire of this part of ranelagh now has an effective loading Bay Area for one van, despite having numerous shops, restaurants etc. it is more of the madness of Keegan and the bottomholes in DCC that are destroying our city.

  6. Rob_G

    I wonder if Carlos plays football in a three-piece suit. Or goes swimming in double denim.

    Or maybe he only finds it strange when cyclists dress in the most appropriate clothing for their chosen sporting activity.

  7. SB

    And why is it mostly “lycra-clad athletes” cycling in the city, instead of families, and schoolchildren, and women, and the elderly? Because every time there’s a half-hearted attempt to put in a cycle lane to make it safer, some plonker in a van or a car parks there. So these people don’t even bother trying to cycle, it’s too scary and dangerous.

  8. Nigel

    Report on the radio this morning about how few teenage girls cycle to school because of the abuse they get from teenage boys and grown men.

    1. Tarfton Clax

      Absolutely. If women with opinions on the internet annoy certain types, then women who have the temerity to commute via two wheels rather than four are a source of apoplexy and almost atomic anger amongst the same cohort.

    2. Termagant

      I used to catch all sorts cycling to school of a morning. Mums on a school run are vicious animals.

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