So what is it with some cyclists overtaking others on the inside?

Annoying -- and dangerous -- is what it is ... twice today! The second one nearly clipped me because I was fading left to get out of the way at the lights ...

Is it OK to (politely) say something to these guys (they're always guys)?

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Comment by Matt Holden on June 18, 2008 at 7:08pm
I think that it's quite clear -- if you approach a traffic light that has just turned green with a stationary cyclist in front of you taking off, you shouldn't hare around him on the left.
Comment by Matt Holden on June 18, 2008 at 6:56pm
Fading left as in getting out of the way of onrushing cyclist when taking off at traffic lights ... with, I think, the entirely reasonable expectation that other cyclists will do two commonsense things:
1. Not overtake a starting off rider on the left
2. Not smash into a cyclist in front of them.
Comment by Ritsardo on June 18, 2008 at 3:20pm
"Fading left", by that do you mean "diverging"? This is tricky. If a car did that we'd be annoyed.
Maybe a hand signal from you would have let the rider approaching from behind, be aware that you were fading left.
Comment by Treadly and Me on June 17, 2008 at 6:01pm
The trouble here is that an inside pass can happen even if you're not a boy-racer--in fact, it's probably more likely to happen if you're not. You can avoid most of the trouble of commute-racing simply by not playing. But the inside pass just happens to you.

Another thing that just happens to you is meeting a train of three or four or five bikes overtaking pedestrian on your side of a narrow bike path. Because, y'know, nothing should be allowed to break up a paceline. (But I digress. I suspect that's another topic entirely.)
Comment by ChrisS on June 13, 2008 at 1:30am
Just don't get this racing for sheep stations bullshite while commuting.

When I was a kid my dad used to say stuff like, when out in the car "right lane overtakers, left lane undertakers".

Rather harsh but it seems other kids dads (or mums) forgot to mention it to them.

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