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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results


    You're already doing more than I am as far as visibility.


    At that time of I day all I can think about is how I seem to be the only one that rides that early. Leave it to MTBR to make me feel less alone on the road..

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    I never even knew a commuter thread existed and was stoked to see one. Not trying to ruin anyones day, though my random post was oh-so troll-esque..

    I like bikes- Carry on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelmotion View Post
    My question without starting a new thread is "Does anyone commute in the wee hours of the morning?"
    Always one way in the dark, only occasionally in the "wee hours". Have been known to JRA from dusk til dawn, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    If there was more other sources of light to distract drivers coming up from behind me, I'd be more concerned...but I'm basically the only source of light they're seeing out of the windshield. I'm more concerned in the daylight, honestly. I KNOW they see me in the dark.
    ^^My view too, but I light up pretty well. One fairly bright headlight and solid red tail light, reflective vest, reflective tape on bike. If weather is bad or if I just don`t like the situation, augment with the Superflash that stays bungied to the back of my helmet.

    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I don't want to start a new thread but do you guys boil your eggs for 1 minute and then let them sit for 20 min or boil them for 2 minutes and let them sit for 10. I have a problem with my yolk turning dark.
    Eggs in a pot of cold water, light stove and heat, turn off as soon as it boils. When the water is cool enough to reach in and grab the eggs, they`re done. If the yolks get dark, decorate with reflectors.

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    Not much yelling here lately, but I did overhear a possibly drunken comment from the owner of "Hunter", an aptly named dog that always runs out at full snarl when I bike past. My routine for Hunter is to get off the bike and walk out of his territory with the bike between us, usually to apologies by his owner, and sometimes even apologies from his neighbor at the next house uphill. Friday was no different, except that after apologizing he invited me to his weekend yardsale (a captive audience I guess), and then as I remounted the bike and pedaled off, he yelled to the wife or GF "Did you see those muscles - she just started in the middle of the hill like nothing!" OK, he and Hunter got a few brownie points for that one.

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    That`s a nice compliment, Xplorer, but how can you be so calm and forgiving of somebody who tries to privatize the public road that you have to ride? Sheesh, I`d be irate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    That`s a nice compliment, Xplorer, but how can you be so calm and forgiving of somebody who tries to privatize the public road that you have to ride? Sheesh, I`d be irate!
    Loose dogs are pretty engrained in the country culture here, complaining about them is considered a bit city-fied. Plus, even though I don't trust the dog enough to try to ride by, he's not really scarey. And this is only a few houses down the road from me and I'd rather keep the peace where possible.

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    Take the positive comments even if they come from the mouths of drunks.

    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelmotion View Post
    I never even knew a commuter thread existed and was stoked to see one. Not trying to ruin anyones day, though my random post was oh-so troll-esque..

    I like bikes- Carry on.
    No problem. I was just amused that there are dozens of hi-vis / lights threads here and you brought it up here. It was pretty random.

    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Holy off topic Batman!!!!

    I don't want to start a new thread but do you guys boil your eggs for 1 minute and then let them sit for 20 min or boil them for 2 minutes and let them sit for 10. I have a problem with my yolk turning dark.
    LOL, somebody took that seriously? I should have used the sarcastic font.
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    MtbX, you make a much better peace keeper than I would.

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    Second time for someone saying something to me happened within a week or so of the other time. Today on my way home I was smoking down this small hill leading to a straight and this truck with two guys in it rolled up beside me and said "do you know you just hit 45 mileanhour just now". They were so amazed that someone could go that fast on a bike. That made me push harder down the next hill and I hit my fastest speed of 48.7mph

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecializedJim View Post
    ...this truck with two guys in it rolled up beside me and said "do you know you just hit 45 mileanhour just now"....
    The next time this happens, yell back, "That's what she said!"

    It's funny for both parties, but - they are gong for a few days relaying the story about some guy on a bike - being loopy!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecializedJim View Post
    That made me push harder down the next hill and I hit my fastest speed of 48.7mph
    You pedaled up to that speed !?!
    Do you have some serious gears, or a serious spin cadence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    You pedaled up to that speed !?!
    Do you have some serious gears, or a serious spin cadence?
    I was going down a hill and when I got to a point where I could see the only intersection that someone could pull out of I gunned it. So I was pedaling pretty much as fast as I could while going downhill. Stock gearing and 29" wheels. Not sure if I could get any faster than that but I was trying for 50mph!

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    ^ As are we all. Carpe diem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post

    LOL, somebody took that seriously? I should have used the sarcastic font.

    I went to my feedback to look, and no one jumped on me for offering you an answer... clearly you are the problem.
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    From our local biking advocates: When Someone Yells At You From Their Car...

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    I didn't have somebody yell at me, but on Friday's ride home I did have someone offer a baby bottle out the window. I didn't have time to enquire if it was formula or the real deal. Pretty funny actually.

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    This morning I saw a bike commuter yell at a lady walking her dog in the bike lane. On a leash, covering the whole lane. There is a sidewalk right next to the bike lane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I didn't have somebody yell at me, but on Friday's ride home I did have someone offer a baby bottle out the window. I didn't have time to enquire if it was formula or the real deal. Pretty funny actually.
    Either they thought you were nursing an injury or you were ready for Formula 1 Racing. Not sure which.

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    I don't typically have drivers do anything ignorant, but I do have a couple "interesting" stories.

    The first time I ever had a driver mess with me was when these two backwoods hicks tried to run me off the road in their giant POS pickup truck. One more inch closer and they would've hit me with their mirror. As soon as they passed by, the passenger leaned out the window and looked back at me and flicked me off.

    Another time, I had this lady honk at me 4 or 5 times rapidly as she rode my butt because she couldn't pass me at the moment. When she had a clear opening to get around me she whizzed up in front of me then slammed on her brakes for absolutely no reason and nearly made me wreck into her bumper. She then sped off real quick down the road. I caught up to her at a backed up intersection, stopped beside her, got off my bike, propped it up on the side of her car, then walked up to the hood of her car and slammed both of my fists down onto her hood like a crazed ape. I then got back on my bike, looked at her with her absolutely horrified face, and screamed "YOU COULD'VE KILLED ME!" at her before riding off.

    I feel kind of bad about letting my anger get the better of me, but I was so infuriated with her.

    One other good story, I was riding on my commute into work. There was absolutely no cars on the road, so I was goofing around and swerving back and forth slowly in my lane when all of a sudden I hear this voice from behind me "You wanna get your piece of **** out of the way?" I turned around to see some hard core roadie on his carbon cervelo behind me. So I pulled to the side and let him pass. When I got to work (I work at a bike shop) I told the guys I work with about it and described the bike, and apparently the guy is known to be a complete a-hole. I just wrote it off and didn't let it get to me. The thing that just irks me a little is the fact I was riding my Surly Cross Check(which was brand new that year) with my racks, fenders, and ortlieb panniers, so I was by no means riding a POS.

    Overall, people around my area are very bike friendly, and bicycle riding has increases marginally every year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gt.speid View Post
    "You wanna get your piece of **** out of the way?"
    Haha. Justice will be served if he ever comes back into the shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SenorSerioso View Post
    Haha. Justice will be served if he ever comes back into the shop.
    I've thought about that a couple of times, and what I would do if he ever did come in. I wouldn't let my personal feelings get in the way of my professionalism, so I would work on his bike to the same level I do every other, but I think my labor charge would be a little inflated that day. Say, $40 for a derailleur adjustment?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gt.speid View Post
    I've thought about that a couple of times, and what I would do if he ever did come in. I wouldn't let my personal feelings get in the way of my professionalism, so I would work on his bike to the same level I do every other, but I think my labor charge would be a little inflated that day. Say, $40 for a derailleur adjustment?
    You should have tried to drop him. That would have really bruised his ego.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gt.speid View Post
    I've thought about that a couple of times, and what I would do if he ever did come in. I wouldn't let my personal feelings get in the way of my professionalism, so I would work on his bike to the same level I do every other, but I think my labor charge would be a little inflated that day. Say, $40 for a derailleur adjustment?
    Actually, there is a better way. Kill him with kindness. Preferably when there are others nearby.

    When he comes to pick up his bike, say "hey, how are you, remember me?" then, in very nice, non-confrontive tone, tell the whole story. Take as much time as you need. Remember at this point he is waiting for his bike, so he will have to listen to you and say "yes" to everything. He just wants to get out, and that is the fastest way out. The more he stonewalls, the longer it takes to get his bike.

    You can't get in trouble for being totally polite to him. What is he gonna do, never come back to the shop because you were nice to him. If you do it right, even the biggest a-hole becomes sheepish - especially if there are people around.

    And, note, that after you have given him his bike, he will immediately become a jerk again. But, whatever time he saved by going around you was just lost forever.
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    Bylaw officer..... yelled at me to slow down, I was doing 25 km/hr (15.5 mph) in a 20 km/hr (12.4 mph) zone on the bike path. He wasn't radaring but maybe he had a trained eye???? Pissed me off, I wasn't speeding that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charron34 View Post
    Bylaw officer..... yelled at me to slow down, I was doing 25 km/hr (15.5 mph) in a 20 km/hr (12.4 mph) zone on the bike path. He wasn't radaring but maybe he had a trained eye???? Pissed me off, I wasn't speeding that much.
    This as me wondering (its probably the pain killers for my busted tooth talking but anyways). Can you actually get a speeding ticket on a bike? I know i have broken speed limits before because i regularly pass cars on downhills so just wondering.
    If you have sex in a car with airbags....does that count as safe sex???

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerpindicular View Post
    This as me wondering (its probably the pain killers for my busted tooth talking but anyways). Can you actually get a speeding ticket on a bike? I know i have broken speed limits before because i regularly pass cars on downhills so just wondering.
    I've heard of ppl getting ticketed on a bike. They are classified as vehicles.

    I'd actually be proud to get a speeding ticket on a bike. Probably frame it too.

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    Yes cerpindicular, you can get a speeding ticket, on a pathway anyway. They actually had one guy pulled over and were giving him a ticket, it was the guy that shot by me on a road bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerpindicular View Post
    Can you actually get a speeding ticket on a bike? I know i have broken speed limits before because i regularly pass cars on downhills so just wondering.
    Back in the day, Mt. Tam was (in) famous for this. They even used radar guns. They never got me though. I learned early to not wear anything distinguishable, and above all else, never stop.

    But I have since seen the light, have repented for all my past transgressions, and am now on the straight and narrow....oh, and and I moved to the real Northern California where there is no such foolishness.

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    Only thing people have yelled at me was "Nice Tatts" or "did you see the arm's on that guy " LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiskare View Post
    the real Northern California where there is no such foolishness.
    Where are you at in the real Northern California? I've been pulled over once (ran a stop sign and deserved it) and lectured via PA system once (ran a stop sign and deserved it).
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    Quote Originally Posted by mck.brad View Post
    I'd actually be proud to get a speeding ticket on a bike. Probably frame it too.
    come to think of it i could see me doing this also lol
    If you have sex in a car with airbags....does that count as safe sex???

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    The other day I was riding home through town on my 10 mile commute (each way), and pass this homeless looking guy on a bike....
    about 100 feet after that, he totally flips out - just gets super pissed and irate with me like I just punched him in the face..... so he starts sprinting after me. I'm cruising at 18 mph and he's catching up. Ok, buddy, you wanna race? So I lay on it hard, up to 28 mph, and drop him. I think he's gone, so a few blocks later at a T intersection, I stop at the stop sign to make a left, he catches me again, comes skidding in through the intersection...
    "You'd better pull over or I'm calling the cops!" He yelled out, followed by more irrational screaming and cursing. So I stomp on it again, this time he doesn't pursue.
    I was more scared of him than of the cops... if he did call them, he was so sketchy, he'd be the one in trouble.
    I think he was high on meth or something to have that kind of temper flare over nothing combined with that level of paranoia and bike speed from him.
    This is of course with the full commuter textbook load in panniers on the back.

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    I had one of my co-workers yell "nice shirt!" , to which I replied "thanks I'm trying to stay low profile.". I was wearing one of these;
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    I recently got "get a ******* car fat ***" which makes no sense since I'm the one on a bike and they're the ones in a p.o.s. car.....go figure.

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    get out of my way

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    While commuting in Southern California I have heard "eff you", "f*ggot" many times. In the '90s when every bozo went out and bought a Harley they would love to pull in the clutch and hit the throttle to try to startle me when they passed. Seems all the jerks don't ride their Harley's anymore...tee hee. I had a guy want to beat me up once because I was making a left turn from the left turn lane. We came to an agreement though. I had a passenger in a car throw a half full (maybe full?) can of coke at my back as he passed, while yelling "arrrrgggghhhh(?)"...unlucky for him the car got stuck behind others at the next red light....there are somethings I can't just brush off. There have been so many times, and so many things that have been yelled at me I can't remember them all...sad.

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    I had two girls yell "Bad@ss Dude" at a light on my way home this morning. Kinda flattering.
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    I was waiting at a stop light and when it changed I took off with a van next to me. The van speeds up and matches me. I was in the bike lane and was getting worried they were going to do something stupid like try to swerve into me so I started slowing down. The guy looks over and yells out the window, "You are going 20mph. Right... Now. Better speed up!" And then he drives off. Umm..thanks?

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    this morning a driver hassled me this way :"
    - Get the f**k out my way, I am working and you make me lost my time
    - hahaha
    - What makes you laugh b*st*rd ?
    - I f*ck*d your mother
    - !!//l%*£®®

    and then I pedaled away............everytime a driver annoys me I insult his mother and that's a real pleasure
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    Quote Originally Posted by brigadier View Post
    this morning a driver hassled me this way :"
    - Get the f**k out my way, I am working and you make me lost my time
    - hahaha
    - What makes you laugh b*st*rd ?
    - I f*ck*d your mother
    - !!//l%*£®®

    and then I pedaled away............everytime a driver annoys me I insult his mother and that's a real pleasure
    As much as I want to criticize you for how immature that was...I'm too busy laughing my to care!
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    of course that's immature, but who cares ? drivers hassle me, I am not gonna be a pacific hippie, let's insult their mothers for make so dumb and hating people

    and the good point is that you laughed ! and a a laugh a day keeps the doctor away
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    Quote Originally Posted by brigadier View Post
    of course that's immature, but who cares ? drivers hassle me, I am not gonna be a pacific hippie, let's insult their mothers for make so dumb and hating people

    and the good point is that you laughed ! and a a laugh a day keeps the doctor away
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    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Living in Germany (which is rated 3rd in Europe for most bike friendly country... whcih probably also means 3rd in the world) I don't often have these sort of hassles or interactions.

    I have had two times where I had cars come close enough to me or honk that made me genuinely scared or mad... one time was an elderly gentleman, and the other was a fellow American...

    I did however have a motorist pull up besdie me the other day while I was out in the road instead of the shared bicycle and pedestrian path (which is a little too crowded for 30-35kph cruising).

    MOTIRST: "Dort gibt's ein radweg, das kannst du mal benutzen"
    ME: "Dort gibt's mein asch, das kannst du mal lechen."

    Rough translation:
    MOTORIST: "There is a bike path you know you can use it!" (but with very snyde tone)
    ME: There is my ass you know you can kiss it."

    The translation does not do it justice, but in German it has a little more impact, as does the rudeness of his tone.

    His response was a typically german scowl, and driving off very quickly....

    The bike path ended and dumped into the road anyway 25 meters later---

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    Hahahaha ! I love it ! Add me to your friends

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonesy33 View Post
    MOTIRST: "Dort gibt's ein radweg, das kannst du mal benutzen"
    ME: "Dort gibt's mein asch, das kannst du mal lechen."

    Rough translation:
    MOTORIST: "There is a bike path you know you can use it!" (but with very snyde tone)
    ME: There is my ass you know you can kiss it."
    Ahh the efficiency of the German language. Thanks for the Smile
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    Quote Originally Posted by cash hunter View Post
    get out of my way
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    I'm crankin along @ ~85rpm (SS) and I hear, "woo work it" - "Go boy"
    -at this point I had just caught a light right, and they were barely eclipsing me. I glanced over and it was a SUV with 4-5 nice lookin dames. - There was some laughter... then I heard (after they passed me by a car-length) "Damn. he was kinda cute" - more laughter.

    I had never wanted to catch a vehicle at a light so much at that moment
    More than someone cutting you off, etc.

    alas, the next light was a half-mile and @ 40mph, I lost all 5 'soul-mates' for the night
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    argh ! You lost A CFNM party ticket !
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    "Your fixie sucks!"
    My bike doesn't look even remotely like a fixie...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spykr View Post
    "Your fixie sucks!"
    My bike doesn't look even remotely like a fixie...
    so they were totally right
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    I got a good one the other day. I was trying to turn left at a light. I started across the intersection as the light turned yellow, then an oncoming driver decided to gun it through the yellow, forcing me to hit the brakes and come to a stop in the intersection as the light turned red. I yelled something at him, and the driver behind me, who had seen it all, rolled down his window and yelled "I f*cking hate cars!"

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    as a cyclist myself I hate it when I'm driving either the fire engine or the ambulance emergent (lights and sirens) and the asshat cyclists don't pull over but stay 3-abreast taking up a lane.. That gets under my skin, because IMO it's blatant disrespect for anyone else in the world.

    There's only a few guys around here that do it, most are good to move over, but damn it's pretty dumb.... for all they know I'm responding to put out a fire at their house or save their 5 year old who's choking to death.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ong View Post
    ... I was trying to turn left at a light. I started across the intersection as the light turned yellow,...
    this is confusing the fcuk out of me.
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollyw00d View Post
    as a cyclist myself I hate it when I'm driving either the fire engine or the ambulance emergent (lights and sirens) and the asshat cyclists don't pull over but stay 3-abreast taking up a lane.. That gets under my skin, because IMO it's blatant disrespect for anyone else in the world.

    There's only a few guys around here that do it, most are good to move over, but damn it's pretty dumb.... for all they know I'm responding to put out a fire at their house or save their 5 year old who's choking to death.
    that's asshat roadies - not commuters
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    that's asshat roadies - not commuters


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollyw00d View Post
    as a cyclist myself I hate it when I'm driving either the fire engine or the ambulance emergent (lights and sirens) and the asshat cyclists don't pull over but stay 3-abreast taking up a lane.. That gets under my skin, because IMO it's blatant disrespect for anyone else in the world.

    There's only a few guys around here that do it, most are good to move over, but damn it's pretty dumb.... for all they know I'm responding to put out a fire at their house or save their 5 year old who's choking to death.
    A sheriff's deputy I know told me a couple of weeks ago he handed two tickets to two roadies who didn't pull over and stop for an ambulance. I'm not sure I believe him but it did make me feel good at the time.
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    Road [rider] rage?

    I had a road rider - don't think he was commuting, must have been training or stava-ing - yell something as he passed me as I stopped, unclipped, and put a foot down to wait for the pedestrians who had entered the cross walk to pass in front of me. I still don't know what he was trying to tell me but I have some choice words for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junior1210 View Post
    A sheriff's deputy I know told me a couple of weeks ago he handed two tickets to two roadies who didn't pull over and stop for an ambulance. I'm not sure I believe him but it did make me feel good at the time.
    The do that up here quite often. Haha. And there's a cop that always writes speeding tickets to the roadies at this one particular spot on a hill. Makes me laugh every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollyw00d View Post
    The do that up here quite often. Haha. And there's a cop that always writes speeding tickets to the roadies at this one particular spot on a hill. Makes me laugh every time.
    Almost makes me envious being able to pedal fast enough to get a speeding ticket. Almost.
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    hahaha Boulder, CO. There are a few spots he rotates thru, but he always gets roadies at his secret spot.
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    When I'm downtown, I'm the dweeb yelling, "get a bike light!" at people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junior1210 View Post
    Almost makes me envious being able to pedal fast enough to get a speeding ticket. Almost.
    ah hell coming down this hill you could exceed the speedlimit on any bike.
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    ehigh, I do that too!

    I was headed to the bus stop the other day and someone in an SUV honked at me. So I gave them the one finger salute. I do that when I get honked at for no reason, sorry folks. I caught up to her at the red light and we actually had a civil disussion. Here's most of what I remember of it, it'll give you the gist of it:
    Me- don't honk at me when I'm not doing anything wrong.

    Her- I was just trying to let you know I was behind you.

    Me- I'm in the road, I just assume there's cars behind me. All honks seem like mean honks and it upsets cyclists. The best thing to do is just treat us like cars.

    Her- I thought you were supposed to ride in the right hand lane.

    Me- not when I'm making a left hand turn.

    Her- okay, sorry, have a good day!

    Me- Thank you for understanding and not being aggressive! Have a great day too!

    All this at a red light at about 7:00am. It was awesome and refreshing. Especially in a decidedly bicycle unfriendly city.
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    I was sitting at a red light, waiting for it to change. I was the first in line and I wanted to go straight. first car behind me honks at me (light is red). I never said a word, but I wasn't going to be intimidated by some fat chick who wants to turn right. the light turns green and before I have a chance to go, she starts getting belligerent trying to scare me to move. there's no way you could be dumb enough to intentionally run someone over directly in front of the courthouse and less than a block from the police station. bluff: called.

    I hold my ground and am ready to throw my steel bike through her windshield if things get nasty. she leans out the window and yells, "move yo ass, cracker!" I gotta say, that's my first racial slur. it's also my first time getting a negative yell in 4.5yrs in this town.

    I wish I had gotten her plate number so I could report her to the cops. a little visit might have been educational. if there wasn't a bunch of traffic behind her, I'd have called the police right there in the intersection. I'm sure every cop in town recognizes my bike because I'm lit up like a UFO at night.

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    Got this today:

    "no wonder you pricks get run over"

    From a dude driving a van who was angry because I took the lane for about 40m.

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    ^^ That's awful. Hope the rest of your day is better.

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    Some old guy on his porch yelled at 4 of us as we rode by, "get outta the road, you don't pay taxes!"

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    many just beep

    my response.....

    put out my left hand showing my palm as if i am going to stop......as i do this i drift in front of them.....causing the beeping to stop becasue they are surprised i am doing that.....
    then my open palm turns into "the finger" as i wave them by me.......screaming at them.....
    "dont worry....youll be OK.....you can pass me now"....as they pass I am laughing at their scowling faces.

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    I think this:
    Quote Originally Posted by R+P+K View Post
    "no wonder you pricks get run over"

    From a dude driving a van who was angry because I took the lane for about 40m...
    Is because of this:
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    .....then my open palm turns into "the finger" as i wave them by me.......screaming at them....."dont worry....youll be OK.....you can pass me now"....as they pass I am laughing at their scowling faces.
    Vicious cycle here.

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    Terrible, RPK. I hope that isn`t the norm for you.

    I got yelled at twice on last night`s commute. I think that just about doubles the number of midcommute yells I`ve recieved
    1st: "Hi, honey!" from my wife, who stopped in the middle of the road on her way by in the other direction.
    2nd "Gklr...frudsw....drkts...bike!" from one of the Job Corps kids whose campus I ride past every night.
    Recalculating....

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    [QUOTE=monzie;9767463]ehigh, I do that too!

    I was headed to the bus stop the other day and someone in an SUV honked at me. So I gave them the one finger salute. I do that when I get honked at for no reason, sorry folks. I caught up to her at the red light and we actually had a civil disussion.

    i get the warning beeps and dont usually react, except for the "i am slowing hand signal" which kind of slows the whole pace down more for my safety and not for there feelings.....but if it is a long angry honk then.....as mentioned above....my true feeling come out.
    These people were angry before they came upon me......

    Yes the civil talk out is great and refreshing but a very low freq of people actually want to listen and talk it out.

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    Understood. The a-holes in cars are the enemy, we all know that. Giving them the finger just fuels the fire. A nice overly friendly wave usually pisses them off just as much but then you don't look like the bad guy.

    Agreed that civil talks aren't the norm both because it is logistically hard and people in cars are mostly idiots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    I got yelled at twice on last night`s commute. I think that just about doubles the number of midcommute yells I`ve recieved
    1st: "Hi, honey!" from my wife, who stopped in the middle of the road on her way by in the other direction.
    Clearly, your wife should go on a global goodwill tour, providing random "Hi, Honey" 's to uplift the spirits of shopworn cyclists everywhere.

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    Riding home the other night some crazy old dude on the multi-use path screamed at me "Someone's gonna kick your a@@ for blinding them with that light"

    I just smiled and waved, thinking to myself, if they're going to kick my a@@ at least that means they see me.

    Some people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    Riding home the other night some crazy old dude on the multi-use path screamed at me "Someone's gonna kick your a@@ for blinding them with that light"

    I just smiled and waved, thinking to myself, if they're going to kick my a@@ at least that means they see me.

    Some people.
    I get all kinds of comments from pedestrians about how bright my light is. I ride through a college campus on my commute, so there are a lot of them. Nobody's gone that far before, but every evening on the 1/2 mi of campus I cross, I get a few complaints almost always in front of the library where there's a bit of a bottleneck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    Riding home the other night some crazy old dude on the multi-use path screamed at me "Someone's gonna kick your a@@ for blinding them with that light"

    I just smiled and waved, thinking to myself, if they're going to kick my a@@ at least that means they see me.

    Some people.
    I ride with a helmet mounted light and one on the bars....

    The one on the bars can move up and down with just a push....

    So I can dip the lights easily to avoid blinding people...or to help make a motorist notice me...

    Blinding people is kinda of rude in my opinion.

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    ^^ "Can you still see?", you ask

    "Yeah, no thanks to you!", says he.

    "Then I did not blind you.", says you.

    Expletives follow in response to your impeccable logic.

    Several conditions reduce the speed the iris contracts or make it flutter. I know I had one, now cured. If he is sensitive to bright lights he should know. The bright blue headlights used to mess me up for a dangerous amount of time after they passed. No longer.

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    I haven't been commuting regularly but for a couple of months. The only thing I've had yelled at me was "good use of hand signals!" with a smile and thumbs up from the driver, as I crossed two lanes of traffic to get in the turning lane.

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    I had a carload of guys yell F_g_ot at me and I smiled real cute and yelled back, "Is that your boyfriend?" as I pointed to the guy next to him. The others in the car laughed like hell.

    When I lived in Tucson, I carried a pistol in my water bottle carrier...nobody yelled at me.

    One guy asked me once if I was a recovering alcoholic. I said no and asked him why and he said that he figured that only reason I rode a bike was that I could not get a license. Idiot!

    Karma?? Once I was ridding down a side street when I saw this big fuzzy cat walking across the street. I glided right up behind him and did the mad cat hiss and howl, as if a cat myself. The cat puffed up and jumped a foot and pivoted like he was expecting to face a mountain lion. I laughed like crazy as I looked back at him. Then still laughing I rode by this house and doberman charged the fence barking at me as if he was satin. Scared me so bad that I almost fell over. That was a quick turnaround for Mr Karma. Human scares cat...dog scares human.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldschoolReloaded View Post
    I glided right up behind him and did the mad cat hiss and howl, as if a cat myself.
    Oh, that's too funny! I did the same thing to a cat the other day that was casually strolling up a driveway. He jumped 3 feet up in the air and took off running without even looking back. I laughed so hard I almost wrecked. I don't thing he had a clue there was another living creature close by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamJ4R0N View Post
    I haven't been commuting regularly but for a couple of months. The only thing I've had yelled at me was "good use of hand signals!" with a smile and thumbs up from the driver, as I crossed two lanes of traffic to get in the turning lane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blockphi View Post
    Riding home the other night some crazy old dude on the multi-use path screamed at me "Someone's gonna kick your a@@ for blinding them with that light"
    When riding at night on the MUP it's good form to cover your light when approaching oncoming peds and cyclists.

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    I got the "Hey Baby! Loking good!" the other day. It was my wife.

    I usually resond to yells with witty repartee after they're long gone, for instance...

    Them: "A car's only $16,000!"
    Me (5 minutes later): "If I spent all that on a car I couldn't afford your mom."

    Them: "Yaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!"
    Me (5 minutes later): "Oooo...good one! No one's every yelled at me like that before!"

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    "Thanks for the blinding light, *******"
    "Anytime!!"

    *sheilding eyes* "Lights!!"
    "Yeah, you need some."

    Most of the comments I get are about my lights come to think of it. I have a Vis360 on the helmet, Seca 400 on the bars and now a Supernova E3 on the crown nut. Honestly, I don't know how these people ride in traffic. My Seca 400's are 100 Lumens on low... that's barely anything.

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    This September I was riding home from some singletrack and pulled up next to a car full of teenage girls at a stop light. As I pulled away, the one in the passenger seat yells "NICE BUTT!" I'm positive she was being sarcastic as I'm 140 lbs and 5' 10" and have absolutely no butt. Either that or she just likes dudes with no butt in spandex. The first time I commuted on a bicycle, I crossed the first road leaving my house and a guy in a lawncare truck yells "FAGG@T!" I looked up and it was a customer from the shop I work at. He had no idea it was me. He probably wonders why his motorcycle parts are so much more expensive now. The third time was last summer. I was riding my road bike home and passed a young couple. The dude was the standard Central Ohio Thug-billy, wearing tight Wrangler type jeans and big cubic zirconia earrings. His girlfriend was smoking hot. Anyway, as I passed them, he looks up and says "You look gay, dude." I started to lash out but then thought, "I am dressed like a di#k right now." and rode home. Have also had several undecipherable screams.

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    I was in the City and a Sheriffs Helicopter started to hover above with the loudspeaker blaring "cyclist in the.....( inaudible )!! I didnt immediately "do" anything because I had my headphones on and was listening to some Generic Trance playlist, and was waiting for the breakbeat.
    There was literally a whole bunch of people on bikes, some I had never seen B4. Ethnic types because I was in a *NEW* section of town. I am versed in English, had nowhere to go and by the tone of the voices around me behind the chop-choppa of the helicopters blades sensed that someone, possibly me was going to Jail............

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    So I can dip the lights easily to avoid blinding people...or to help make a motorist notice me...

    Blinding people is kinda of rude in my opinion.
    +1

    It's also very dangerous.

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    I put my hand in front of my light to alert drivers to something.

    Pedestrians can get over it. My lights are no brighter than car or motorcycle lights and you don't see pedestrians cursing at every one of them that passes

    My light aims down from the bike to maybe 20-30ft in front of me so I don't blind people on the road. And nobody complains there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    I put my hand in front of my light to alert drivers to something.

    Pedestrians can get over it. My lights are no brighter than car or motorcycle lights and you don't see pedestrians cursing at every one of them that passes

    My light aims down from the bike to maybe 20-30ft in front of me so I don't blind people on the road. And nobody complains there.
    For someone who is always on other people o=about what they are doing wrong...

    That is a very belligerant attitude....

    Your light is bright and it bothers people.....there are many easy fixes you should pick one and start using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    For someone who is always on other people o=about what they are doing wrong...

    That is a very belligerant attitude....

    Your light is bright and it bothers people.....there are many easy fixes you should pick one and start using it.
    My point was that I don't think pedestrians are actually blinded by my light because because I have taken steps to ensure I'm not blinding people with it. they're not saying the same things when cars and motorcycles drive by. I think they're just surprised to see such a light on a bicycle, and people (as this whole thread illustrates) like to yell at people on bicycles for stupid reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    My point was that I don't think pedestrians are actually blinded by my light because because I have taken steps to ensure I'm not blinding people with it.Clearly not so they're not saying the same things when cars and motorcycles drive by. I think they're just surprised to see such a light on a bicycle, and people (as this whole thread illustrates) like to yell at people on bicycles for stupid reasons.
    They are noticably upset that your light is to bright.....you are getting yelled at because you are unneccessarily bothering people...

    There is no need to upset people...

    Just because you are not permanently blinding someone....does not mean that you are not temporally compromising their vision...

    Again there are easy ways to avoid doing this, you should pick one and start doing it.

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    I commute through a city park that connects to an apartment complex just about every day. One time as I was getting ready to turn into the park these two young guys yelled "Get off the road ******!" I've seen this car nearly every time I pass through there complex so I am sure they live there. Sure enough they get home before I pass through and they are out of the car talking to two girls. I pedal casually by and in my best effeminate voice say "Looking good boys!" to all their astonished looks.

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    Passed a blind guy to today in an intersection.....

    He yells hey make some noise....

    Guess I must have been riding a little too smooth so my bearbell wasn't dingling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    They are noticably upset that your light is to bright.....you are getting yelled at because you are unneccessarily bothering people...

    There is no need to upset people...

    Just because you are not permanently blinding someone....does not mean that you are not temporally compromising their vision...

    Again there are easy ways to avoid doing this, you should pick one and start doing it.
    Jeff, I agree we don't need to be any more offensive than we are to some people. I also think that some people just like to complain especially about cyclists using their MUP. I would like to see pedestrians carry some lights and not be ninja. So this share the road or MUP goes both ways.

    Assuming that NateHawk has experienced his lights first hand and found them tolerable, then it is the other guys issue. We can't please everyone all the time. Our safety and theirs kicks in over a mild discomfort on a few. I spent a lot of time getting my lights to work well and not blind drivers. I can aim them away from walkers when I need to. I did this by standing the bike up with lights on and walking toward them at normal height and bent low for a shorter person and found them tolerable. This is a bit of a problem with a generator system, but it can be done.

    I don't buy into the argument that we must avoid upsetting everyone at all costs. Otherwise I would not risk posting in forums!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Jeff, I agree we don't need to be any more offensive than we are to some people. I also think that some people just like to complain especially about cyclists using their MUP. I would like to see pedestrians carry some lights and not be ninja. So this share the road or MUP goes both ways.

    Assuming that NateHawk has experienced his lights first hand and found them tolerable, then it is the other guys issue.From my reading I beleive it is more than likely Natehawks issue We can't please everyone all the time. Our safety and theirs kicks in over a mild discomfort not neccessarilly mild if you temporially blind some one and they twist an ankleon a few. I spent a lot of time getting my lights to work well and not blind drivers. I can aim them away from walkers when I need to. I did this by standing the bike up with lights on and walking toward them at normal height and bent low for a shorter person and found them tolerable. This is a bit of a problem with a generator system, but it can be done.

    I don't buy into the argument that we must avoid upsetting everyone at all costs. Otherwise I would not risk posting in forums!

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    Of course the world lives by compromise....

    What I see here is lack of compromise and arrogance.

    Safety is also a world of compromise, mitigating hazards for yourself and everyone around you is the best course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    My point was that I don't think pedestrians are actually blinded by my light because because I have taken steps to ensure I'm not blinding people with it.
    Are you on flashing or solid mode? A fairly bright flashing can be a lot more annoying than a really bright solid. I've had someone's oncoming helmet-mounted strobe leave me pretty much completely blind because the eyes can't adjust quickly enough.

    But anyway, earlier this week I got "Get off the grass!" even though the grass is under a foot of snow, and I was clearly riding on the sidewalk. Pffft, people.

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    Got my first "get on the sidewalk" yell in a long time. Came from some kind of luxury/semi luxury car. I needed to make a grocery run, so my usual road stretch on this road was a hair longer than usual. I usually only ride it for a hundred yards or so before heading off onto a side street. I still went less than a mile. Maybe half a mile. Multiple lights, but I hit green through them all. I was cruising around 20mph, I'd figure. I was pushing myself a bit, and my relaxed cruise is usually about 16-17. A lot of cars don't go faster than 20mph on this road and nobody yells or honks at them.

    I got the yell right about when I extended my right arm to signal my turn.
    *eyeroll*

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