Originally Posted by hammond9705
Have you ever crashed taking pics?
The people who live in the north must hate your reports with all of the sun. It looks great even compared to Dallas where it was 50 yesterday morning.
15 years of riding and 4 years with the camera, never a crash, knock on wood. Before taking pics or a video, I size up the subject and riding habits. If the rider is squirrrely, I put the camera away. I keep my distance most of the time, if I see the rider is holding a realy good straight line, I will move in for a close up of the legs or wheel.
I've had a couple of riders sway from one side to another for no apparent reason. If I had been any closer, they would have taken out my front wheel. So I'm always aware of this, if I see any signs, I pack up the camera!
If I'm not sure, I will tell the rider that I'm shooting a pic so don't make any sudden movements. Most rides are pretty good but there are a couple that can't hold a line if ya paid them!
What scares me is encountering a rider like the guy in black I mention above in the "I don't know this guy" picture. The three of us were getting ready to pass him and his friend ( far behind in white). We were doing a much better pace than the two so before passing, I rang my bell and gave the friendly "3 of us passing on the left". I always notify another rider of the number so they don't swing into one of my riders after "I" pass.
Well this guy lifter the pace and stayed on my shoulder and wouldn't allow me to move back into the lane. I'm not sure what he was trying to prove by ditching his friend and staying on my side knowing there were other riders behind me. He kept up for about 1/8 of a mile heavily panting then fell off the pace. That's why I shot the video at that point. If he hadn't fell off, I would have slowed the pace and let him ride off alone in safety sake.
It's totally unsafe IMO when a rider won't let you pass, especially when he know he can't keep the pace for more than 1/4 mile. This happens every so often, I'm not sure what the riders are thinking. Geeze, if I'm doing my pace and another rider catches us and rolls by, I/we move to the right so that he can pass safely.
Sometimes if I'm recording and I see a shakey rider, I will tell Gina to back off the group and we'll fall back. For the record, I have to scold Gina ever once in a while when I see her make a sudden movement in a group or if she doesn't hold her line well. Sometimes he will take it for granted that there aren't any riders behind her. I tell her it doesn't matter cause ya never know in a group!