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    OT: D-Bag fixie drafter rant

    I was driving down College Avenue in Rockridge yesterday morning, going to drop the kids off at the pool.

    Passed a not-hipster on a SS or fixie, who suddenly appeared in my rear-view mirror on the far right. He was either drafting off me, or had grabbed the spare tire holder to skitch a ride.

    Now, if you know College Avenue in Rockridge, you know there's a ton of traffic, lots of side streets, inept pedestrians, busses, etc. All the urban hazards.

    And I thought, wow, does this guy see my Yakima and think I'm a friendly biker? Because I'm not. Not on a busy shopping street, with my kids in the car, with unpredictable stuff going on.

    At the light, I thought about speaking to him. And then I thought, what's that going to get me? He did it a couple more times in the next block, the turned away. I hope he had a good day.

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    Should have sped up, he could have had a strava kom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    should have sped up, he could have had a strava kom.
    +1:d

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    2 words,
    Brake check

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    I don't see the big deal, you would have no liability if he was injured and I don't think that he posed a threat to you or your kids. True it is not cool to hitch a ride on a car with or without permission nor is it safe, but why let it get to you. Like you said, he may have even been drafting instead of holding on to your car, unless he hit your car and dented or scratched it, what's the big deal.
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    You were mistaken. That was Marty McFly on his hoverboard.

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    Sounds like he was trying to stay

    where you could see him in your rear view. i use that maneuver all the time. It's saved my ass many times
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuenstock View Post
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    That's a horrible idea.

    That's really not even funny to joke about.

    Now... get off my lawn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Passenger13 View Post
    I don't see the big deal, you would have no liability if he was injured and I don't think that he posed a threat to you or your kids. True it is not cool to hitch a ride on a car with or without permission nor is it safe, but why let it get to you. Like you said, he may have even been drafting instead of holding on to your car, unless he hit your car and dented or scratched it, what's the big deal.
    The big deal, to me, is that if he got hurt due to any of my actions, even if I'm not liable, it would still be a heavy burden to handle, if the hurt was bad. I certainly wouldn't have brake checked him, but if I had to stop suddenly due to a Oakland/Berkeley knucklehead, he'd have been in a world of hurt, and I would be sucking guilt.

    The big deal is, it's uncool to put other people in that situation.

    But that's just me. And I'm a lot more risk-averse since I grew up, got married, had kids, etc.

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    I'm a pretty laid back guy and I don't think I'd be too impressed with someone grabbing my car to hitch a ride. I will say I've thought about doing it myself. But I just shoot it down right away because I remind myself that I'm on a bike to get a workout or because I enjoy it. If I wanted an effortless ride I'd just take my car.

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    I think I would have waited for the right opportunity to downshift and floor it and blow out his ear drums.

    My car is not CA registered so I don't need to worry about CARB and thus have an extensively modified exhaust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StuLax18 View Post
    I think I would have waited for the right opportunity to downshift and floor it and blow out his ear drums.

    My car is not CA registered so I don't need to worry about CARB and thus have an extensively modified exhaust.

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    When I ride through busy cross streets with lots of chaos, I'll follow or parallel a car going down the same street. The car acts as a shield & everyone is aware of that vehicle. It also keeps me at the pace of traffic which is another safety measure and should keep other drivers happy.

    Hitching a ride doesn't sound cool tho...



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    Quote Originally Posted by maleonardphi View Post
    You were mistaken. That was Marty McFly on his hoverboard.
    este. +1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by datenschwanz View Post
    That's a horrible idea.

    That's really not even funny to joke about.

    Now... get off my lawn!
    That was a bad joke and horrible idea, not something I would actually do. I wouldnt want the bad karma.

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