I'm rarely on here, but stumbled across this.
Ah to be able to sit and analyse my cycling from an armchair! Some of the comments are hilarious!
Especially the poster who suggested that I manufactured this incident. Did you hear my squeals? Yes I'm not proud of that, but it certainly indicated how scared I was. Listen closely to the video. Just before I come to a halt, you can hear my back tyre skidding. Oh yes, I am skillful enough to ride to within inches of a tanker whilst skidding!
As others have pointed out, it is a single lane roundabout. I take the road position that cars take going the same way as me. It prevents under/overtakes. Had I been in the left lane, I would have had less time to react and I would be dead. Simple as that. Thank God I took the line that I did.
With regards to the number of incidents, look carefully at my videos. A lot of them aren't incidents at all, and most that are, are relatively minor, the sort you might just forget after 10 minutes or so... I've roughly calculated that I have an incident, of any sort, on about 3% of my commutes. Not bad in Glasgow in Rush hour traffic both ways I think.
And yes, I can confirm that I thought the tanker was easing off. So I continued. Normally I will do 20mph if I'm entirely happy. On this occasion I reckon I was doing about 15mph. Thank goodness I was.
Did I miss anything?
I'm used to this scrutiny now. In fact, I reckon I am probably the most scruitinised cyclist, if not in the world, certainly in the UK. How would your riding hold up to scrutiny, honestly? How would you feel having nearly be killed (through no fault of your own) to have your every pedal stroke questioned? Luckily for me, it's water and ducks backs....