OK, you asked for it.
Wow. "packs of spandex clad riders"?!?! What's wrong with that? Or are you one who has no clue why cyclists wear gear like that? Clueless...
"Exasperated drivers them find themelves making unsafe passes"?!?! You have no idea how that happens? The drivers "find themselves" breaking the law and endangering lives? Wow! It's pure magic!!! Clueless....
Just wondering - what do you think of farm equipment moving over highways at 6 mph?
You might as well argue that "where the normal flow of traffic exceeds fifty" cars should be allowed to ignore stop signs. OMG!!!! Something legally on the road is slowing the cars down when they could be going over fifty!!! The world is ending!!!!
"For my own part I find common sense and courtesy..." No you don't. Else you wouldn't state that "packs of spandex-clad riders" create a "spectacle".
Riding in the lane in traffic is actually a helluva lot safer than trying to hug the shoulder. Hug the shoulder in traffic and some impatient, arrogant, ignorant, CLUELESS driver will try to squeeze by.
Oh noes!!! They might have to wait a precious 10 seconds.