• 12-10-2012
    newfangled
    ^ yeah, I've actually sent our city a few thank-yous this winter because they've been doing a really good job. We've gotten a few big dumps, and by the next day my route is completely clear. Expecting it to be instantaneous is silly, though.

    Basically, the guy sounded like a whiny driver (and a whiny Calgary driver at that :D). I expect people in cars to have ridiculous and unrealistic expectations of snow removal, but when you're riding a bike in the winter you kindof need to recognize that every so often it's really gonna suck.
  • 12-10-2012
    kapusta
    "more cowbell!"
  • 12-10-2012
    CommuterBoy
    I got a "You're late!" from one the regulars I see on my very rural commute when I slept in the other day... obviously they were late too.
  • 12-10-2012
    mtbxplorer
    ^^ haha, that's awesome.
  • 12-11-2012
    muayteg
    I get more people honking than yelling. Just yesterday, I was stopped at a red light. 2cars in front of me, far right lane. A car pulls behind me and honks. We were stopped, so I thought he was honking at something else, maybe he knew someone at the adjacent gas station, ect. So, we are all stopped waiting,light turns green, first and second car goes, im pedalling straight through the light and he starts honking right behind me just before he makes a right at that same light.??? The light literally turned green, and I was through it in 3-4 seconds. Why were you honking? I was far right in the lane. I dont understand these people. I think they expect me to be on the sidewalk because thats what everyone else rides on in that area? They see a bike and freak out. I hate it when people honk for no reason. Idiots.
  • 12-11-2012
    Sanath
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by muayteg View Post
    I get more people honking than yelling. Just yesterday, I was stopped at a red light. 2cars in front of me, far right lane. A car pulls behind me and honks. We were stopped, so I thought he was honking at something else, maybe he knew someone at the adjacent gas station, ect. So, we are all stopped waiting,light turns green, first and second car goes, im pedalling straight through the light and he starts honking right behind me just before he makes a right at that same light.??? The light literally turned green, and I was through it in 3-4 seconds. Why were you honking? I was far right in the lane. I dont understand these people. I think they expect me to be on the sidewalk because thats what everyone else rides on in that area? They see a bike and freak out. I hate it when people honk for no reason. Idiots.

    Some people honk "to let you know" that they're there. It's irritating.
  • 12-12-2012
    campredcloudbikes
    Today someone yelled, "Get on the sidewalk!!!"
    That's not very original, I've heard it before, but this time, there was no sidewalk.

    A couple weeks ago I had a soft drink cup fly by my head in the dark... I felt a few drops of liquid and that's it.

    A couple months ago I passed a sketchy looking homeless guy, also riding a bike, and about 100 feet after I pass him, he goes ballistic, cussing me out for some unknown, imagined offense. He starts sprinting at me, so I was more than happy to join the race. I gunned it from 18 mph up to about 28 mph and dropped him, even though he was probably doing over 20. At a stop sign a few blocks away, which I followed standard traffic rules for as usual, he comes flying up behind me yelling, "If you don't stop I'm gonna call the cops!!!!"
    Truthfully, if the cops did come, he'd be the one in trouble, and I was less scared of them than of him! So I stepped on the gas again and he didn't follow. I'm guessing due to his irrational high energy he was probably on meth.............
  • 12-12-2012
    Davey Simon
    "Share the road!" LOL I was mostly just shocked...
  • 12-12-2012
    BrianMc
    ^^ Was it in fun? Or was his idea of sharing that you have none?


    BrianMc
  • 12-12-2012
    Hollyw00d
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by campredcloudbikes View Post
    I'm guessing due to his irrational high energy he was probably on meth.............

    Bath salts.. I would say he's a face eating zombie, but everyone knows zombies don't ride bikes... :D
  • 12-12-2012
    highdelll
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by campredcloudbikes View Post
    A couple months ago I passed a sketchy looking homeless guy, also riding a bike, and about 100 feet after I pass him, he goes ballistic, cussing me out for some unknown, imagined offense. He starts sprinting at me, so I was more than happy to join the race. I gunned it from 18 mph up to about 28 mph and dropped him, even though he was probably doing over 20. At a stop sign a few blocks away, which I followed standard traffic rules for as usual, he comes flying up behind me yelling, "If you don't stop I'm gonna call the cops!!!!"
    Truthfully, if the cops did come, he'd be the one in trouble, and I was less scared of them than of him! So I stepped on the gas again and he didn't follow. I'm guessing due to his irrational high energy he was probably on meth.............

    Dood! I have had the almost exact same experience :eek:
    Seriously - down to having to stop @ lights when he didn't.
  • 12-13-2012
    mcscars
    This kinda counts as something someone yelled at me.

    I was riding home from my last final exam and a black Jeep Grand Cherokee passes me and the guy in the passenger seat sticks his head out the window and starts yelling “Go, Lance!” etc etc. I take a short cut to avoid a red light while they stayed on the main road and they started yelling something along the lines of “Oh no! Lance is gonna beat us!!”

    Needless to say, I got ahead of them ;), but they caught up with me at the next light and got in the right turning lane and started talking to me. The guy in the passenger seat said they were gonna make a beer run real quick and catch up with me later. (There is a liquor store right on the corner.)

    So I go on ahead and I didn’t see them for awhile and I figured I lost them. But then right before I took a right turn into my apartment complex, the black Jeep pulls up next to me and, while we’re moving, hands me Natty Light out the window.

    I know it was only a Natty Light but it still made my day!!
  • 12-13-2012
    Hollyw00d
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mcscars View Post
    This kinda counts as something someone yelled at me.

    I was riding home from my last final exam and a black Jeep Grand Cherokee passes me and the guy in the passenger seat sticks his head out the window and starts yelling “Go, Lance!” etc etc. I take a short cut to avoid a red light while they stayed on the main road and they started yelling something along the lines of “Oh no! Lance is gonna beat us!!”

    Needless to say, I got ahead of them ;), but they caught up with me at the next light and got in the right turning lane and started talking to me. The guy in the passenger seat said they were gonna make a beer run real quick and catch up with me later. (There is a liquor store right on the corner.)

    So I go on ahead and I didn’t see them for awhile and I figured I lost them. But then right before I took a right turn into my apartment complex, the black Jeep pulls up next to me and, while we’re moving, hands me Natty Light out the window.

    I know it was only a Natty Light but it still made my day!!

    hahahaha that's great!!
  • 12-15-2012
    cormy
    I have never gotten yelled at by a car, but the other night while riding home in the snow and dark, I accidently forgot my taillight, which was a bummer, but a mile down the road, a car stopped and offered me one of those cheap but effective clip on tail lights that you get at bike gatherings, and from cities incouraging safety by bike. I was pretty suprised.
  • 12-15-2012
    Hollyw00d
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cormy View Post
    I have never gotten yelled at by a car, but the other night while riding home in the snow and dark, I accidently forgot my taillight, which was a bummer, but a mile down the road, a car stopped and offered me one of those cheap but effective clip on tail lights that you get at bike gatherings, and from cities incouraging safety by bike. I was pretty suprised.

    That's awesome!!
  • 12-16-2012
    ridemtn
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Hollyw00d View Post
    That's awesome!!

    Yeah, I want to move to where he lives... where do you live roughly btw?

    Edit: Colorado, hmm interesting.

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  • 12-26-2012
    mtbxplorer
    "did the car lights help you?"
    ...but that is really the end of the story. I got creeped out by a Jeep on the way home tonight. On the desolate 2.5 mile section with no houses, the Jeep passed r e a l l y slow. I said OK, probably an older driver worried about black ice, or someone lost and trying not to miss any intersections. But they kept going s l o w e r and s l o w e r until I had to slow not to catch up with them.

    Few cars went by, but even then, they stubbornly stayed at sub 15 mph. On the curves I slowed even more, hoping they would give up on this cat-n-mouse. But no, there they were, "waiting" for me around the corner. I even took one side road, thinking they might give up if I was going another way. But when I turned back to the right route a minute or so later, they were still there. Too weird...and too vulnerable.

    Unsure of what to do, I considered waiting and flagging down a passing car, explaining my concern, and requesting an "escort". But this seemed too silly for something that was not a clear threat, and would they stop or think I was nuts or what? So I got out my phone and put it in my pogy (bar mitt), undecided if I would call a friend or 911, but feeling better with it handy. I was not sure if there was service there, but did not check. Finally, as I approached my left turn at the end of the reservoir, there was the Jeep, again, at a turnout near the intersection, but with the backup lights on. Damn.

    A passing car (here & gone) embrazened me to pedal past for my turn. As I did, I hear "Did the blah de blah" from the friendly female voice in the Jeep. What?!? I circled back, at a distance and said "What??" "Did the car lights help you? Apparently she thought I needed her taillights to find my way home. "I've seen you go by at my friends and I know its hard to restart on the hill (probably when his dog runs out, and uh, this was pretty flat). I said, no, these bike lights are pretty bright, I wondered why someone was going so slow and it kinda creeped me out. This seemed like it went over her head, but she said, 'I guess you're used to it anyway' - "yes, have a good night". It was quite amazing that she could be so far out of touch with both cyclists and women alone on an empty road. But thankfully, she thought she was being helpful. All's well that ends well.
  • 12-26-2012
    rodar y rodar
    Helpfully weird. That`s a new one.
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    But this seemed too silly for something that was not a clear threat, and would they stop or think I was nuts or what?

    Sometimes its hard to keep in mind that I don`t actually know any of you (general) on the boads, but you (specific) don`t strike me as somebody who easily freaks out over silly things. I hope you don`t ever regret talking yourself out of taking sensible action because you didn`t want to overreact. It can be a tough call sometimes, no? Cell phone makes a lot of sense for a commute like yours.
  • 12-26-2012
    mtbxplorer
    ^^ Thanks Rodar (& just re-noticed your "weirdo" sub-title -lol !)
  • 12-26-2012
    aph72
    I was living in the suburbs and was happy to have found a paved bike path to ride my road bike on and not have to deal with cars. The path was an out-and-back loop that went over a dam, through corn fields, and around a large city park. It totalled almost 40 miles. Mostly, there were no cars, except when I entered the city park. In the park I felt comfortable riding on the road and not the bike path because I didn't have to deal with passing slower bike/pedestrian traffic and there wasn't much car traffic in the park to begin with.
    So one day I am riding along the road and fly past the paybooth where cars need to pay a fee to enter the park. I had done this many times before without incident. But this time was different. Shortly after passing the paybooth, a red pick-up is racing up behind me honking the horn with some guy hanging out the window yelling some non-sense. I do not like this situation at all and put the hammer down to beat the pick-up to the dead end where the road ends, but the bike path keeps going. This pick-up is not going to be able to follow me on the bike path because there are steel barriers at the entrance blocking cars and trucks. The driver is really getting on the horn and his yelling is more shrill.
    I am within an arms reach of getting off the road and on the bike path, so I loop around the dead-end and yell "What to you want?!"
    It was just a park worker in an unmarked truck and he says "You can't ride bikes on the road."
    I think to myself, "Seriously? You put a V-8 pedal to the metal chasing me down like Roscoe after the Duke Boys and freak me into doing a 3 minute sprint towards a dead end trying to escape some unknown persuer to tell me I'm on the wrong strip of asphalt?" Sheesh! Do these guys take the rules seriously or what?
  • 12-26-2012
    BrianMc
    ^^ Act dumb and ride away, "Really? I seemed to ride it just fine! Thanks for your concern for me!" Wave.

    Unless the state or the park has specific law he was a moron.

    If there is a next time and he says. "Everybody knows..."

    Interrupt and say "Obviously you are misinformed." :D

    BrianMc
  • 12-26-2012
    highdelll
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    ...but that is really the end of the story. ...All's well that ends well.

    maybe she wanted a date :arf:
  • 12-27-2012
    When I'm in the mood shout joyfully.
    I've been a kayaker for over twenty years, in european alpin creeks and rivers there is a long tradition of canoeists screaming ...
    I always howl when I get a pass or a suitable place...
    Years ago a friend, singer and actor, great paddler and very good biker has expanded my musical culture while kayaking and biking.
  • 12-27-2012
    bedwards1000
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    ...but that is really the end of the story. ...

    I always find the people trying to be helpful to be more annoying than helpful. Like the people that crawl along behind at 18mph you to give you enough room when there are 2 lanes of road long enough to pass a semi. My thought is always "Just pass me so I can move out of the ditch"

    Glad you weren't abducted;) Maybe it's time for some pepper spray in the pogie. Or maybe an AK-47
  • 12-27-2012
    thebigfish
    This kind of goes against the title of the thread, but in two years of the commuting year round I have never been yelled at.