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Keri vs Strider

Keri, bless her Welsh heart, is very keen to show that we conservatives are all heartless and uncaring and when Strider wrote this post about a hit and run accident allegedly involving Hoons harassing a group of Loonies in Lycra.

The important line from his post, that Keri ignores is this one

I do not approve of such lawless behaviour, although, to be honest, I had to chuckle at it in a malevolent way when I read the news story about it.

I have emboldened the significant phrase, Strider clearly does not endorse such behaviour, and for the record neither do I But it seems calling into question the cyclists version of events is a mortal sin in the eyes of  Keri.

She reduces Strider’s post to this and misrepresents what he is saying in the process.

Strider – “It must be their own fault/Is it a cyclist conspiracy?/should we keep them off the road after dark?/I find this amusing”

If you read his actual post you will see that he does nothing more than make some idle speculations, sure he  questions the facts of the incident, but when has that become a sin? Likewise he  expresses  a certain amount of pleasure at the misfortune of those cyclists, but why should anyone be obliged to feel compassion for members of a subculture that they despise when they are hurt?   Finally he makes a suggestion that is so dripping with sarcasm that only the foolish could take it seriously, namely that cyclists should be forbidden from riding after dark.

Personally i understand how annoying loonies in Lycra are, they are arrogant and blasé about the road rules applying to them , however as they are generally uninsured it is not a good idea to hit them with your car because you will have the devils own job extracting the cost of panel damage to your car from them after wards. 😉

But seriously we have to share the road with the Loonies and of course we have to be mindful of their vulnerability to injury or even death in the event of an accident but I get rather sick of the automatic assumption from the Latte Sippers™ that in the event of an accident between a car and a Loonie that the car driver is at fault, the recent fatality in Melbourne is a good case in point, because for all of the breast beating about wicked motorists the silly woman fell off her bike in front of a moving bus. Game over for the cyclist but hardly something that the bus driver can be blamed for though. Not that The Latte Sippers™ would ever concede the point.

Cheers Comrades


Gilding the lily, because some idiots run into each other

About 50 cyclists – including Australian racer Kate Nichols, who was injured in a 2005 German road racing crash in which a teammate was killed – have been involved in a hit-and-run crash in Mascot this morning.

Another well-known Australian cyclist, Ben Kersten, was also involved in the smash.

Witnesses to the crash have told smh.com.au the group of about 50 professional cyclists were riding south on Southern Cross Drive, just south of Dacey Avenue, Mascot about 6.30am when a driver, agigtated with being held up, accelerated in front of the pack and then slammed on his brakes.

“The driver’s come up close behind them and was worrying the rear of the pack and then [the driver has] gone past and got in front and slammed his brakes on,” one of cyclist in the pack said.

“Everyone’s slammed their brakes on and slammmed into each other … there were broken bikes – wheels busted and wheels snapped – and people lying on the road.”


While any one can suggest that the car driver in this incident may well have been a little lacking in compassion and just a little careless , to suggest that he has done a “hit and run” is rather stretching credulity, He has not actually struck any of the cyclists at all and as such he has not breached any obligation under the traffic act. These cyclists have collided with each other and they have brought it upon themselves by failing, as required by the traffic act, to ride in single file at the left hand side of the road. I see packs of these jumped up adrenaline / hypoxia addicts getting in the way of other road users all of the time and it is a wonder that more people don’t get visibly angry at their repeated breaches of the road rules.

Sadly too many people have a thought process that goes like this

  • Riding a push bike is a “healthy” thing to do.
  • people who undertake “healthy” pastimes are therefore virtuous
  • Virtuous people can do no wrong on the roads.
  • in the event of an accident virtuous people are blameless victims

The facts of life however show that even the most evil villain may be a health conscious exercise junkie who is indifferent to other road users.

Cheers Comrades


Dangerious Loonie in lycra

A HIT-RUN cyclist who left a 62-year-old pedestrian in hospital after crashing into him in the CBD has reignited calls for tougher penalties for rogue riders.

Thornbury man Don McFadyen suffered multiple fractures, including a dislocated hip, when he was struck while crossing Swanston St near Bourke St about 5.15pm.

Cyclists could face new offences akin to dangerous driving under a State Government review.

Roads Minister Tim Pallas today said cyclists should be held accountable and be heavily punished for serious offences.

But he ruled out mass registration of cyclists.

The Government is considering cycling law changes over the coming year.

In yesterday’s hit-run, the cyclist fell after the collision and was helped by a passer-by before he rode off.

Mr McFadyen was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious condition.

Police are urging the cyclist, a man believed to be in his early 20s, who was on a blue metallic mountain bike, to contact them.

Mr McFadyen’s wife Jenny also appealed to the cyclist to come forward.

“They didn’t stop, which is amazing,” she told 3AW radio. “They’ve got to have a conscience surely.”

Debate over lenient treatment of cyclists raged after a cyclist on Melbourne’s notorious Beach Rd Hell Rd who ran a red light and killed an elderly pedestrian was fined just $400.

The Herald Sun

I just have one question, is this the man they are looking for?

Cheers Comrades


Hat tip to KG 🙂

Blog of the month nominations/0pen thread

It is nearly June and I want to find a blog that is worthy of being my blog of the month so I thought that I would ask you, my dear readers, for nominations. The blog can have any topic or focus as long as it is interesting and well written. I will even consider blogs with leftist political leanings if they are good enough.

Failing any ideas for blog of the month please feel free to comment on any topic that takes your fancy, except Moi.

I have a very busy day ahead what with Gym classes for daughter number one, a visit to the library, a session on the bench grinder to make some suspension components for my sports car and playing genial host for a musical afternoon; it is going to be all go here today.



Ten Loonies in Lycra

On the way to my daughters Gym class on a Saturday morning number one child and I have taken to counting the number of Loonies in Lycra that we encounter on the journey. For no particular reason at all we have come up with a little song .

Sung to the tune of ten green bottles

Ten Loonies in Lycra

Ten loonies in Lycra riding on the road

Ten loonies in Lycra riding on the road

And if one loonie in Lycra should be poisoned by a toad

Then there would be nine loonies in Lycra riding on the road

Nine loonies in Lycra going full chat

Nine loonies in Lycra going full chat

And if one loonie in Lycra should have a tyre go flat

Then there would be eight loonies in Lycra going full chat

Eight loonies in Lycra riding up the big hill

Eight loonies in Lycra riding up the big hill

and if one loonie in lycra had taken too many pills

There would be seven loonies in Lycra riding up hill

Seven loonies in Lycra riding single file

Seven loonies in Lycra riding single file

And if one loonie in Lycra should be in a snipers sights

There would be six loonies in Lycra riding single file.

Six loonies in Lycra waiting for the train

Six loonies in Lycra waiting for the train

And if one loonie in Lycra should be too near the tracks

There would be five loonies in Lycra waiting for the train.

Five loonies in Lycra riding side by side

Five loonies in Lycra riding side by side

And if one loonie in Lycra should go to far right

There would be just four loonies in Lycra riding side by side.

Four loonies in Lycra riding in the park

Four loonies in Lycra riding in the park

And if just one Loonie in Lycra should crash into a tree

There would be just three Loonies in Lycra riding in the park

Three loonies in Lycra riding while drunk

Three loonies in Lycra riding while drunk

And if one loonie in Lycra was busted by the cops

There would be two loonies in Lycra riding while drunk

Two loonies in Lycra pining for their mates

Two loonies in Lycra pining for their mates

And if one loonie in Lycra should be hit by a bus

There would be Just one loonie in Lycra pinning for his mates.

One loonie in Lycra having second thoughts

One loonie in Lycra having second thoughts

And if that loonie in Lycra should drive his car instead

There would be no loonies in Lycra clogging up our road.

No small furry creatures were harmed during the writing of this blog 😉

Nearly a cyclist under my car today.

Bike rider will always come off worse than any car taht hits himI have previously written about the Loonies in Lycra well I nearly had one go under the front of my car today.

 I was on my way back home  from the dump when I came round one of the corners on my mountain road only to see a cyclist loosing it on the wet road. He came so close to being skittled by me and had there been a car following he would have had no chance at all. I stopped to offer assistance but he seemed to O K enough to continue on regardless.

I could not help but think that there will eventually be a fatality on that particular stretch of road because when you have a wet road and hard skinny tyres (which have virtually no tread) mixed with blind corners there is no if about it there is only when…

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