Egg, a scramble, and a happy ending (to come)

The steep and empty streets of the new Moncrieff  development are great for hill intervals. It will take a few months before house construction makes the streets a bit too busy and dirty. But now, it is good for maximum efforts at up to 10% grade.

After a gut-busting (I hope) series of intervals I took a moderate ride home; apart from a blast up Heritage Park Pinch (Forde) for a PR.

Egg

I was only 200m from home when I was hit on the back of the arm by an egg! I wobbled a bit, noticed the egg on the handlebars and the shells on the road and found the car.

My trusty #Fly6 camera was recording.  Top Tip: When an incident occurs, immediately read the number plate out aloud “for the benefit of the tape”.

I decided to ride to the Police Station to make a report immediately; repeating the number to help remember it.

Scramble

But then I saw the car straight ahead at the end of the road. I was heading in that direction and though they had a 500m head start I picked up my pace. As luck would have it the car was stopped at traffic lights opposite the Police station! I sprinted to the car, banged on the driver’s window, exchanged some choice words, showed them the camera and calmly walked across the road to make a report. (I wonder what the two cars waiting behind made of it.)

My MaxHR on the hill intervals was 180-185. My MaxHR at the traffic lights was 192!

I read the W on the plate as an M, but the officer was able to match the car. The officer took my details and a few photos of my eggy handlebars and eggy arm and asked for the video; on CD (!) if possible. I went home to clean up.

After failed attempts at editing 15 minutes of video down to the 30 seconds required without a massive drop in video quality and then not being able to burn a DVD, I took the memory card and laptop to the station.

Happy ending…

‘I’ve had a busy night’ said the constable upon my return. As luck (and a sudden burst of good sense) would have it, the driver had visited the station to make a statement (‘it wasn’t me, it was him’) and soon afterwards the assailant walked in with his parents to make a full admission.

The constable told me that he had made the danger and stupidity of the act quite clear; what could happen if a cyclist falls in traffic! Apparently the parents were livid… and the kid wants to be a policeman when he grows up.

to come…

Because of his full admission I have elected to have ‘restorative justice’, as I think that it will make a greater impression than a Court or a caution. This is an arbitrated process where we will meet in a controlled atmosphere and I can ask for ‘restoration’. It must be reasonable. For example if a window was broken, restoration might be payment for the window. Or it might be a spot of gardening.

I wondered if volunteering at a Pedal Power event might be suitable, but it might be a bit hard to explain. “No, Brian isn’t a cyclist.He threw an egg at me so now he has to mix gerry cans of sports drink.”

At the moment I am tending towards just an apology. And perhaps 500 words on the subject “why a metre matters.” (This post is about 600 words.)

And most importantly, because of his full admission I will NOT be posting the video.

Fly6 camera test on a cold, foggy morning

I saw the Fly6 safety camera on Kickstarter a few months ago.  I didn’t contribute at the time, but I did register interest.  The idea was so brilliant, so well conceived, or should that be “resolved”.

Timely too.  The number of bicycle accidents this year has been off the charts.  I do most of my riding alone and while drivers are generally courteous, there’s always the inattentive and the odd dickhead that gets too close.

I was invited to be one of the first to buy, offered at a discount so I bought two.  Yesterday’s delivery was after a two months’ wait.  Well worth it.

First test was this morning.  Despite the cold (2°c) and the fog (99% humidity, 100m visibility) I had to get a mid-week ride in.

Here’s a few minutes of unprocessed video to demonstrate the picture quality, stability and colour balance despite the awful light conditions.  Number plates of cars in the near lane are clearly visible, as are the bus destination displays.

The more of us have these, the more drivers might think twice about taking risks at a rider’s expense.

Frankly, this isn’t much of a review, so read all about it at the Fly6 website.  I’ll post more video under different conditions… just as soon those different conditions arrive.

  • Road: Kate Crace Road and Flemington Road Gungahlin/Harrison ACT
  • Those things in the picture: Top, saddle bag; bottom, mudguard; behind, Amandeep.
  • Why is it bouncing? That’s the Trek Domane, baby.  Smoooooth.
  • What time? It was 0730 on 2/07/2014 (today), not 22:30 on 1/07/2014.