beardy wrote:I wonder if collision with other cyclists is a far more frequent occurrence?
That is the only thing that has bought me off, both of us thought it was our own fault which was rather handy in not leaving us feeling bitter towards the other. As it was a low speed cycle collision there was only scuffs and a few drips of blood.
For me, cyclists is the least common kind of contact with other road users. The most frequent kind of contact I suffer is with pedestrians. That may be a function of the fact that I have a commuting journey through the West End of London where there are lots of unwary pedestrians, especially in the evening. Most of them are just slight glances and nothing happens to either of us.
I have suffered quite substantial damage to the bicycle, especially, and me to a lesser extent, in collisions where I haven't come off. A car that forced me to rear end it by overtaking me as it suddenly screeched to a halt to stop by the kerb (for no apparent reason) on a steep hill wrote off a bicycle and pair of spectacles and left me with a bruised face, but I didn't actually come off. One collision with a pedestrian who suddenly ran out in front of me wrote off a wheel, but I managed to stay upright on that occasion.
I recall five occasions of coming off due to another road user, 3 cars and 2 peds. In the only cycle/cycle collision I recall, it was the other cyclist that came off, and it was my fault.