I got stuck behind some crazy fixie kid on my way in to work today. He was fairly fit and a good rider strengthwise, but pretty damn brainless. Massive skids across multiple lanes every time he had to adjust his speed even slightly, randomly cutting across traffic whenever he felt like and a complete inability to choose a good line through traffic. Basically he was riding real hard, but instead of finding a flow he would skid real hard each time traffic got a bit dense in front of him.
All this with bars barely as wide as his grips. I't took me 4 blocks to pass him safely, and then a couple blocks later he was in front of me again. It was actually pretty damn scary to be behind him.
At a certain point we were riding next to each other, me in the left lane, and him blocking all passing traffic in the right lane. (we drive on the left here) So a cab decides to cut in between us! Me-thinks this kid has seen too many MASH videos. He must have done about 30 skids in a 10 block distance.
You know how people sometimes insist that bad cycling can cause accidents, as though cyclists are running red lights and leaving 5 car pile-ups in their wake? Well, no one crashed but I saw about 4 very near car crashes happen in his wake. Never seen that before. Thats how erratic his riding was. I'm a pretty aggressive rider and I'm amazed he was able to get away with riding the way he did without getting run over.
I'm sure most people on this forum aren't "that guy".
But please let me say it, DON'T BE "THAT GUY".