The majority of the time we love cycling, but that doesn't mean to say we don't all like a bit of a moan too...

If you’re visiting the Cycling Weekly website, then the chances are you are an avid fan of cycling. Ninety-nine per cent of the time you love life on two wheels… but every now and then there’s something that really gets your back up, drives you up the wall or makes you blow a gasket.

When we recently asked Cycling Weekly readers if there was anything about the world of cycling that got their goat, we wondered what sort of response we’d get. To say that we lit the blue touch paper to a very, very big explosion is an understatement.

Here we present a selection of the answers we received. Maybe you disagree, or maybe you have something that winds you up about cycling – let us know in the comments section below.

Go on, get it off your chest.

Nothing irritates me much… just crap road surfaces, potholes, dog crap on paths, extending dog leads, dogs off leads, pedestrians/joggers wearing headphones, cars not using indicators, cars attempting to overtake on approach to red light, left hooking, buses/lorries coming up behind you to within a foot of your rear wheel, heat in the summer, cold in the winter, clicks/rattles, poor shifting, flat tyres, rain just as you start/finish a ride, mega wind for homeward commute… and a few others that I’ve forgotten about.
Steven Saunders

People snot rocketing with no regard to proximity or wind direction.
Bronwen Banner

The list of dos and don’ts that seem to cover kit in road cycling. The narrow-minded people who think that road cycling should purely be about how fast you can go so its Lycra or nothing, road shoes not ones you could walk through the pub in, bidons not Camelbaks etc. Rules that make it really hard for a beginner to feel at home with cyclists. The laughing at people who make “mistakes” with their kit because they break the “rules”. Some cyclists are so up themselves and act like idiots, putting people off the sport because they are not “serious about speed”.
Becky Trower

Having to work instead of being out cycling.
Graham Parsons

When the power pack is dead on my Specialized Venge’s Dura-Ace Di2 components so I have to ride my other Specialized Venge with the regular Dura-Ace group and shift gears with cables like it’s the Stone Age or something.
Jason De Graaf

>>> Top seven hissy fits in professional cycling

Let’s address doping in competitive cycling once and for all. Harsh penalties defined at the start of a season and a zero-tolerance lifetime ban for all dopers. Let’s get confidence back in cycling, where 100 per cent of the riders are clean. Seems we are still seeing a drip feed of riders found doping.
Wayne Tipping

When my wheel sensor and bike computer have a hissy fit and stop talking to each other half way through a ride. I know, I know, I should get a GPS, but I’m old fashioned.
Sam Westhead

People posting their ride to a shop on Strava. No one cares if you ran out of milk!
Iain Pitt

When I have just started a ride and I puncture. The young drivers who find it hilarious to drive past with the window open and yell at me, and try and slap me on the back. The comedian at the coffee stop who asks what drugs I want. The mountain bikers who do not return my wave.
Graham Ide

Headwinds. Rain, sleet, snow, hail, heat, bring it on, I have the clothing to deal with it. But headwinds…
John Butler

Local bike shops! Everyone says go to your LBS but I always find them quite intimidating, usually staffed by arrogant men who aren’t interested in helping new cyclists, just patronising them!
Joanne Evans

The hatred some cyclists give for expensive equipment and new products. It’s as if we should all ride five speed, friction-shifting with steel wheels. Take for instance the release of the new Specialized Venge. The amount of complaints I read about a new bike was ridiculous and boring.
Alex Paterson

cycling, commuting, lorry, traffic, road

People driving vehicles too close to you, cutting in when you are turning left, overtaking when you are travelling at say 25mph in 30 zone then slamming on the brakes to stop at a red light, just hold back for a few seconds!
Alexis Tarrant

I’ve been riding for over 50 years. When I was racing I won a few, held a couple of club records years ago, so I’ve nothing to prove when I’m out riding now I’m 60-odd years old. But what annoys me most are people who just pass you without a word or don’t even acknowledge you when you say ‘hi’.
Andrew Marsden

Wearing my Gabba at the beginning of the ride when it’s about 10C then half way through the ride the temperature goes up to 18C.
John Ellis

Peaked helmet worn on a road bike.
Gary Owens

When the chamois pad of my shorts seems mysteriously misaligned.
Joe Lyons

Cheap inner tubes that manufacturers fit to bikes!
Kurt Walls

An unexplainable creak.
Mike Humphries

Leaving the house without your bottles! We’ve all done it.
Robert Coppell

  • Daniel Moores

    1) What i get irritated by is when cyclists overtake me all smug faced. They’ve already been chasing you down, but then catch their breath on your tail for a few seconds before going for the overtake. If there’s a hill climb coming up I’ll wait because i’ll just take them on the hill and I’ll leave them for good, but then i think, does it really look good to be a cyclist and get all competitive with an amateur? That’s not professional right! I suppose it’s in my blood! But most times, i just want to enjoy the training and gather my thoughts.
    Thing is, If you do let them go, you will only catch them up further down the road because they’ve bonked and they’ll be thinking that they’ve dropped you or turned off. The problem is, now that you’ve caught them up, they’re too slow. All you want to do is get on with your thinking, but if you decide to overtake them, you have to be prepared that they will want to sit millimeters on your tail and get all competitive again. Either way, the daydreams are now ruined.

    2) Those who wear team kits, like the Sky kit and come out with the full monty head to toe. Now, the amount of people that must think “they are professional” you know, the kind of people driving past thinking that sky are out, the ones that have no idea about cycling… that’s irritating.

    3) Whilst on this subject. Cyclists will meet people in their lives that say to them ” oh, why don’t you sign up and do the tour de france, give it a go? is there no way you could get into that” ….yeah yeah i haven’t thought of that one before!! – That is about the dumbest most stupid thing anyone could say….there has been no other time where I have felt like knocking someone’s block off for that kind of stupidity.

  • Frobble

    Filling up on porridge and toast, driving 75 miles to the start of the sportive you’ve been looking forward to all week, unloading the bike, checking the tyre pressures, filling your water bottles, filling your shirt pockets with cake and then realising that the shoes for your clip-in pedals are at home, emptying the water bottles, reloading the bike in the car and driving 75 miles home, then removing the squashed cake from your shirt pockets, then getting soaked on your local “consolation” ride whilst the sportive route was bathed in sunshine.


  • jamesf

    I agree . I do . I obey all the traffic signs and laws , when in my car . I keep an eye peeled for motorcycles and bicycles and balls rolling across the road .

  • jamesf

    Taxes or no taxes , it is law . Bike riders have the same right as cars , trucks and motorcycles . Who are you to say what we are doing is not important enough to use the roads . It is people like you that I posted this for .

  • NitroFan

    This one gets my vote!

    Local bike shops! Everyone says go to
    your LBS but I always find them quite intimidating, usually staffed by
    arrogant men who aren’t interested in helping new cyclists, just
    patronising them!

    Joanne Evans

    Also Ill informed journalists that reaplace a lack of knowledge of what they are reporting upon with writing off able cyclists too early, scandal and insinuation.
    The “I ride 20 sportives a year so dont challenge my word” bigheads in cycle cafes.

    Three abreast riders on marginal open roads who know it wrong but do it to annoy the anti’s anyway!

    In short any cyclist that does nor respect other cyclists right to ride no matter WHAT their ability.

  • Steve

    Etiquette? What are you talking about? It’s training you’re taking about, not a race, right? So why do you care who gets to the end of the road first?

  • Smorg Smorg

    That only mollifies one point out of three against, so I don’t see why it can’t still be used, really. VED will still be based on emission and bikes still emit none (and most bike riders are still car owners that have paid all the same fees anyway who aren’t using as much road or causing as much damage when they are on bike rather than driving a car).

  • J1

    Or maybe they should learn some etiquette, and if anyone should ride on their own it’s these people, it just creates animosity within a club.

  • Boftie

    Unfortunately for the VED argument, the Chancellor has now announced that VED monies will go into a new Roads Fund to improve roads. So sorry that we are not going to be able to employ that argument any more against those that say cyclists do not contribute to “Road Tax” for the upkeep of roads (actually most cyclists are car owners…).

  • Steve

    If you don’t like people sprinting past you, maybe you should spend less time on the front. Or ride on your own.

  • Steve

    What is that based on? The statistics I have seen indicate that in the overwhelming majority of cases it is motorists who are at fault.

  • Steve

    That is all in your head.

  • James Rider

    Brian Cookson

  • Jay Kay

    Correct Smorg Smorg

  • Smorg Smorg

    You are assuming that he is on a multi-lane road and wants to get in the turn lane, but I’m reading it as he’s on a two-laner (one lane in each direction), has his arm out to indicate he’s turning, but the van behind still passes only to then cut him off (in which case, the one violating any right of way would be the van). After all, original post says nothing about moving into any other lane but his own.

  • Mike Blaszczak

    Is punctuation taxed where you live?

  • Abe

    I live in the Central Coast, NSW. I really hate the amount of broken glass strewn on the shoulder of the roads in general. I cycle the Pacific Hwy and I find myself continuously dodging debris and glass which takes the fun away. I have even been pelted with a bottle a couple of times. Shocking

  • Just because you have your arm out it DOES NOT give you the right of way! Only if the vehicle behind is far enough away that it has plenty of time to slow down to allow you to pull out should you do so. Otherwise you should stop and wait for that vehicle to pass.

  • A. D. River

    But you don’t pay road tax and roads were made for motor vehicles anyway and you are obstructing the roads so that people who have got more important stuff to do can’t get past and you can’t even afford a car and you people all think you are Eddy Merckx and you should get off our road.

  • jamesf

    The only thing that concerns me is : The fact that automobile drivers do not understand that we are riding vehicles also and that we have as much right to the road as they do , because death or mutilation can occur . If there is not a chance of that , then there is no need to fret over it .

  • mr_charlie

    testosterone filled TDF wannabees being obnoxious on the road, creating enemies of riders every time they ride

  • John Bishop

    Fair play

  • Jay Kay

    When you have your arm out to turn right and are 20 feet from the stop sign and a white van still tries overtaking you…to turn LEFT at the junction….or when you’re approaching a bottleneck with a car coming toward you and the obstruction is on their side…AND the car behind you decides to pass and cuts you off and slams the brakes on making you almost go into the back of them, because there is nowhere to go (as the oncoming car is still ONCOMING)…and they’re on an ecig frenzy…AND they still think they’ve done sod all wrong!

  • Jon Sparks

    People having a pop at Chris Froome

  • John Bishop

    Self righteous cyclists that moan about other road users yet will happily run red lights and generally be inconsiderate around others. It gives us all a bad reputation! I’m not saying there aren’t woefully bad drivers out there but if more cyclists thought about what would irritate them about cyclists if they were in a car for example, then I think the roads would be a much nicer place to ride. But perhaps that’s too optimistic/nieave of me…so a couple of things that bug me:

    People with aero helmets, aero bikes and baggy Lycra…just think about what you’re actually trying to achieve!

    Other cyclists not acknowledging your existence when out on the road.

    Chris Froome

    That is all

  • J1

    – When you’ve done all the work on the front for several miles on a club ride and then people sprint past at the end of the road. These people really need to watch more cycling on TV and understand the unwritten rules of cycling. Do some work and earn the right to sprint.

    – 40mph Headwinds.

    – When your position has slightly changed and everything feels wrong.

    – The guy riding his TT bike….with a backpack on. I spent ages trying to work that one
    out….all his other bikes were in the shop? He needed to get to work lively?