barefoot wrote:If I hear a vehicle coming up behind me, I move as far left as practicable and ride predictably, and modify my behaviour based on what kind of vehicle I hear.
Not quite my approach. If I hear the vehicle I'll check the mirror, maintaining my line. I'll also take account of their distance behind, type of vehicle, road situation and any other vehicles ahead or behind. If there is no oncoming traffic and the vehicle is a good way back (say 200m) I will often veer a little wider
. This is useful to alert them to my presence and encourage them to overtake correctly, with at least 1-2 metres of space, preferably moving completely into the oncoming lane.
I take that approach especially on fast twisty descents. I'm quite happy to "claim the lane" at 50+ km/h if need be, often with a (polite
) hand gesture behind my back asking the driver to slow down and back off a bit - acknowledging that I'm aware they're there. When it's safe to do so, I make space and wave them through. I've never had any grief out of this - I usually get a "thanks" wave as they pass. Consideration breeds consideration.
Regarding trucks... I remember one incident which was about as arrogant as I've had from truck drivers on the highway. I was riding the road between Cowwarr and Heyfield (in Gippsland), which is too small a road for the traffic it gets. No shoulder at all. I was trundling along at... I don't know, bike speed, 25-30 km/h or so. Oncoming cars every hundred metres or so. A couple of blasts on a truck horn a few hundred metres back. Pretty obvious what he meant - slowing down to 25 and crawling the next few km into town behind me wasn't an option for him, and there was no way he could overtake with the oncoming traffic and the size of the lane. So I binned it into the gravel/grass in plenty of time before the semi whooshed through at 100 km/h.
I haven't ridden that way again...