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    I got one last night too. Bunch of guys and beers silhouetted against the open garage door of the local Jeep repair/jackup joint, one yelled "Buddy go Buddy go!", no meanly, not nicely, kinda teasingly I guess. Since I had been contemplating evil earlier in the ride I opted not to reply, as it would reveal me as a female Buddy ("budd-ette"?).

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    I'm not sure if this counts, but when I was riding home from my LBS yesterday some lady started spastically flailing her arms at me as if to inform me that I should not be riding in the street and should instead be on the sidewalk. I could see her lips moving so I can assume she was yelling "Get off the road!" or something similar, but as her windows were closed, I couldn't hear her, and it just looked like she was was chewing on an enormous chunk of bubble gum. Or maybe a bran muffin; doesn't matter. But I digress, after a quick, confused expression on my part, I shot her the biggest, toothiest, dorkiest grin I possibly could and then kept on going!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spykr View Post
    I'm not sure if this counts, but when I was riding home from my LBS yesterday some lady started spastically flailing her arms at me as if to inform me that I should not be riding in the street and should instead be on the sidewalk. I could see her lips moving so I can assume she was yelling "Get off the road!" or something similar, but as her windows were closed, I couldn't hear her, and it just looked like she was was chewing on an enormous chunk of bubble gum. Or maybe a bran muffin; doesn't matter. But I digress, after a quick, confused expression on my part, I shot her the biggest, toothiest, dorkiest grin I possibly could and then kept on going!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spykr View Post
    I'm not sure if this counts, but when I was riding home from my LBS yesterday some lady started spastically flailing her arms at me as if to inform me that I should not be riding in the street and should instead be on the sidewalk. I could see her lips moving so I can assume she was yelling "Get off the road!" or something similar, but as her windows were closed, I couldn't hear her, and it just looked like she was was chewing on an enormous chunk of bubble gum. Or maybe a bran muffin; doesn't matter. But I digress, after a quick, confused expression on my part, I shot her the biggest, toothiest, dorkiest grin I possibly could and then kept on going!
    Sounds like she was about to have a heart attack over a cyclist invading the street! Too much bran muffin in her diet? Preceding some of that blogger Chipseal`s imfamous arrests, a few people were so excited they went as far as calling 911 to report a bicycle in the middle of the road.
    Recalculating....

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    "Get a car", "Get off the road", "Get on the sidewalk", all sorts of derivatives of being gay (which I just don't get). "Nice clothes dork".

    Then there's the getting cut off or pinched off the road, honked at.

    Just wave and smile boys (and gals), just wave and smile!

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    Guy tried to fight me on the road this morning.... He was in his turbo subaru, I was in my slow jeep... He nearly crashed, blamed me. (not my fault). Pull up to a light and he's hanging out his car screaming that he's gonna kill me, so I tell him to pull over and I'll join him.

    We pull over, he forgets to set his e-brake and jumps out and starts running towards me yelling, I calmly tell him his car is rolling away.... Car rolls into the ditch and he catches it in time to dive thru the window and pull the e-brake and prevent it from dropping all the way into the ditch. He runs back to me yelling he's gonna beat my ass..........

    I calmly stand next to the jeep with my hand on my .45 (hidden from his view) and he starts yelling.. I extend my hand to shake his and say, "Dude I have no beef with you, I didn't pass 8 cars on the shoulder at 100+, you did. If you have a problem perhaps it's you. Now if you still want a fight I'm ready." He shook my hand, acknowledged he was driving like an ass, and apologized. Then we chatted for a minute, and I told him that I have no problem with the way he drives and I would drive that fast too if I had a car that could do it. Then I advised him that I'm a medic with ******* Fire Rescue and just 3 weeks ago we pulled a dead girl out of a subaru like his in the EXACT same spot for loosing control and crashing.

    He kinda freaked out a bit, shook my hand 3 more times apologized and thanked me for not coming out of the jeep swingin and lookin for a fight.

    Then we went on our separate ways. Now I'm at work saving other lives. HAHA

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    I'm a guy. The other day I was standing up while pedaling uphill and some guy in this really manly Ford F250 slows way down alongside me, rolls down the window, and shouts, "nice ass!"

    "Thank you!" I said.

    He sped up and drove away.

    You meet the nicest people while out biking. Or something like that I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Bluth View Post
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    Driving in a rental car visiting U-Wisconsin campus with the family in the car and I pulled to the right into bike lane to ask directions from a person waiting for a bus, cyclist said "ummm, can you NOT be in my lane???" holy crap did I feel like a jerk while laughing.
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    I was coasting downhill on a 4 lane street, which was entirely empty at 6:45 in the morning, and I needed to get to the store, which was on my left. So I checked behind me and drifted across "my" lane, into the left-hand lane to prepare to make my turn. There was one car in sight.... a lady coming towards me in the lane closest to the center line. She started flashing her lights and honking her horn and waving her arms in an absolute freak out panic mode... She came almost to a complete stop in the middle of the road, and I stared at her as I coasted by with what I hope was a look of utter confusion and a little bit of "you're a moron"... then I made my left turn across the empty street into the store parking lot.
    Apparently a bike in the the traffic lane means that they are going to ride directly into your car and kill everyone in sight...even if you're the only one in sight

    Not sure if this is OK to post here because I didn't hear her yelling... I'm sure there was some yelling going on in there though, with the panic and the lights and the horn and what-not.
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    ^^I'm glad you survived!

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    It was intense
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    Great story CB.

    Not yelling, but I was volunteering at the local bike co-op on wednesday, when we'd gotten maybe 3" of fresh snow. This was on top of roads that are basically solid ice, and temperatures were around 0F so the snow wasn't melting but was just sort of sliding around. So it certainly wasn't a great day for cycling, but it wasn't horrendous.

    Guy comes in with his bike, so props to him for riding. And then he says "Calgary is a cycling paradise compared to here. When it snows they clear all the bike trails immediately." And yeah, that's clearly not true.

    He wanted a cheap road bike to stick on a trainer for the winter. We didn't have any. I didn't feel too bad about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blister Butt View Post
    "Thank you!" I said.

    He sped up and drove away.

    You meet the nicest people while out biking. Or something like that I guess.


    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    She started flashing her lights and honking her horn and waving her arms in an absolute freak out panic mode... She came almost to a complete stop in the middle of the road, and I stared at her as I coasted by with what I hope was a look of utter confusion and a little bit of "you're a moron"... then I made my left turn across the empty street into the store parking lot.
    Cool! Sounds like Spyker`s gal from a couple days ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    There was one car in sight.... a lady coming towards me in the lane closest to the center line. She started flashing her lights and honking her horn and waving her arms in an absolute freak out panic mode... She came almost to a complete stop in the middle of the road, and I stared at her as I coasted by with what I hope was a look of utter confusion and a little bit of "you're a moron"... then I made my left turn across the empty street into the store parking lot.
    I'm sure it was the driver from the bikeyface cartoon...
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    Nailed it.
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    I think the same lady slowed and turned left out of the right lane of a one-way street with no signal other than her brake light. Her previous driving held me back for passing her in the left lane. Good 'Carma' or 'CarGarndma', I guess. I was vocalizing so it coutnts, but I was driving, not riding, so maybe it doesn't.

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    Encountered 4 people riding the wrong way in the bike path today, when I said "wrong way" 3 of them said "F**K YOU" , the other one said nothing. If someone rides towards me again going the wrong direction in the bike path...they will be picking themselves up off the ground.

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    First icey commute. I'm definitely the only one out there stupid enough (or badass enough depending on your perspective on cycling) on Texas tech campus to ride to school today. I pass a couple of girls on campus and they yell out "you're a trooper!"

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    Ice riding is an art. Painful, but beautiful art.


    Come on Trooper Jones, we have a mission of great destiny to pursue : to get in class on time and like a boss.


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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    Ice riding is an art. Painful, but beautiful art.


    Come on Trooper Jones, we have a mission of great destiny to pursue : to get in class on time and like a boss.


    more like a final exam but yeah haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blister Butt View Post
    I'm a guy. The other day I was standing up while pedaling uphill and some guy in this really manly Ford F250 slows way down alongside me, rolls down the window, and shouts, "nice ass!"

    "Thank you!" I said.

    He sped up and drove away.

    You meet the nicest people while out biking. Or something like that I guess.
    One of my buddies rides with Team Soft Like Kitten. They have a kitten on the kit and it's all pink. Apparently the worst aspect about their kit is they'll be riding along, some motorcyclists will ride up behind them, pass, and when they stop next the motorcyclists will pick a fight with them.

    So the big question is, "Why?", right?

    Ends up the big badass bikers see pink shorts... booty pointed back... naturally assume it's a chick. And... they... they don't really like getting caught perving at a guy's butt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALBM View Post
    Encountered 4 people riding the wrong way in the bike path today, when I said "wrong way" 3 of them said "F**K YOU" , the other one said nothing. If someone rides towards me again going the wrong direction in the bike path...they will be picking themselves up off the ground.
    Chill out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Great story CB.

    Not yelling, but I was volunteering at the local bike co-op on wednesday, when we'd gotten maybe 3" of fresh snow. This was on top of roads that are basically solid ice, and temperatures were around 0F so the snow wasn't melting but was just sort of sliding around. So it certainly wasn't a great day for cycling, but it wasn't horrendous.

    Guy comes in with his bike, so props to him for riding. And then he says "Calgary is a cycling paradise compared to here. When it snows they clear all the bike trails immediately." And yeah, that's clearly not true.

    He wanted a cheap road bike to stick on a trainer for the winter. We didn't have any. I didn't feel too bad about that.
    Acutally pretty quickly.....but the idoits don't clean the bridges and overpasses for some reason for several days to a week????

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    ^ 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 ). 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.
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    "more cowbell!"
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    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.
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    ^^ haha, that's awesome.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.............

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    "Share the road!" LOL I was mostly just shocked...

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    ^^ Was it in fun? Or was his idea of sharing that you have none?


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    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...
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    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
    Seriously - down to having to stop @ lights when he didn't.
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    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!!

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    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!!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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    "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.

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    Helpfully weird. That`s a new one.
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    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.
    Recalculating....

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    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?
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    ^^ 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."

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    ...but that is really the end of the story. ...All's well that ends well.
    maybe she wanted a date
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    ...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"

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    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.

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    The other day I was riding to work (as I do most times on the 10 mile route). It is a mix of open straightaways with wide shoulders and hairpin no shoulders and ends in a city with wide laned one-way roads. Usually by the time I get to the city part it takes a bit of work to make it up the plateau but once on it I can finish the game above the 25mph speed limit(3 miles solid) on the mtb.
    This saturday morning I was riding in for some overtime work and as I got to the wide part of the first city limits hill a car wizzes past me at a couple inches. I gestured in disgust since he had 10 ft to the yellow line and had to hit a set of potholes to be that close. He pulls over in front of me, stops then waits for me to pass. Then pulled beside me with his passenger window down and procedes to give me a tirade of how I was blocking the lane and shouldn't be in the road. Well dressed middle aged white guy in a nice late model car, hardly the stereo type of the redneck of the area(We have a lot of them). The guy carried that on for 2 miles solid, meanwhile I was tailgating the car in front of me in the 2 lane one way section and cars were piled up behind him.

    I said "who's blocking?!"
    "You are. I have an engine!"
    "I have a camera. Stop harrassing me."
    "Screw the camera! I'm bigger" and swerved at me.

    He got a police report....

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    Loudly, "Go Potty" huh?!?! "Yeah you, go potty" "Go Potty!". I finally realized someone was outside trying to get a little dog to "Go Potty" in the cold, but perhaps he saw me turn his way and got caught up in the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Loudly, "Go Potty" huh?!?! "Yeah you, go potty"
    Recalculating....

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    I had someone shout something at me the other day, but as they were coming towards me, all I got was a brief shriek of noise. I'm not sure why they bothered.....

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    hieroglyphics

    I was behind a car at stoplight. No car was next to me. A car was behind me. Light turns green and after a few seconds elapse, the car behind me guns his engine and flys by about a foot away from me. He had two full lanes to work with and that guy decides to see how close he can get to me.

    One block later I pass the same car stopped at another red light. The light turns green, he changes lanes and he does the same damn thing. WTF?

    A few miles later I see this same distinctive car parked, same coffee mug visible through the rear window, same bumper sticker.

    I think about bike safety, giving bikes 3 feet of space and decide I'd like to leave the driver a note. But I didn't have a pen. I settled for a studded tire and hieroglyphics.
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    I think I heard "GET A JOB!" today while I was riding to work. Not completely certain since I had one ear bud in but I laughed all the way to work.

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    I got to do some yelling this morning.

    I'm stopped at an intersection waiting to turn left. The mitsubishi outlander that I'm waiting for pulls into the intersection...and then it stops. And then the driver looks down at something in her lap, while her car is sitting in the middle of an intersection, and completely blocking me.

    Neither of these are major roads, but c'mon. I'm maybe 15' directly to her left, with helmet and handlebar lights pointed right at her. It's a little below 0F, and I'm pretty toasty, but she doesn't know that - I could be freezing my ass off. So seriously, wtf?

    So I yell "W.T.F.?" "Goooooooooo!" And that gets her moving.

    But she's not moving very fast, because I get to follow her for almost 15 blocks. 15 blocks should be plenty of time to put some distance between yourself and a cyclist, but no. I get to watch her inexplicably driving down the middle of the road, faking left, faking right, and blowing through a stop sign. Then she spends 6 whole blocks driving on the complete wrong side of the road because...she's from england? Or she was intimidated by me and expected me to pass?

    As she's driving in the oncoming lane she reaches a tee-intersection where we both have to make a right, so of course she hits the brakes, jack-knifes her car at 45, and just sits there in the oncoming lane. I think she was waiting for me to pass on the right, except why would I pass someone who's obviously an idiot on the right. I just stop (in the correct lane) and yell "W.T.F.?" "Goooooooooo!" And thankfully that's where our paths diverged.

    I'm 100% sure that the reasonableness of my message was lost on her, but bellowing at her every time that she did something bafflingly and idiotically illegal sure made me feel good. Being lost is fine, but being an idiot about it is not.

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    You sir are a Richard that IS making us all look bad. Follow the law stupid.

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    ^^ And you apparently have reading comprehension issues.


    Newf, Nice that you two got to hang out for so long.

    I passed at the opportunity to do some yelling yesterday... I was on a two lane highway, and I had crossed my lane and was moving at a pretty good clip in the left turn lane, about to make a left off of the highway. A car was coming at me in the other lane of the highway, but far enough away that if I kept my pace, I could make my left safely before he would have to worry about me...but he's going 60, so it's not like there's a lot of leeway there. So as I'm in the turn lane a guy pulls up to the stop on the street I'm turning onto wanting to turn left onto the highway. He looks left and sees the car coming, looks right and fully makes eye contact with me...waits a sec...and then starts to pull out to make his turn! So he's halfway out into the lane and he hits the brakes and stops...so now the only escape route for the oncoming car to avoid hitting him would be to go left and hit me. There's still time, so I hammer it and make my turn right in front of him, and kind of give him 'the look' and shake my head as I go by. I wanted to do some yelling, but I realized afterwards that I sort of know the guy from work, so I'm sort of glad I didn't.
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    That was an interresting follow, Newf. Thanks for relating it.

    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I wanted to do some yelling, but I realized afterwards that I sort of know the guy from work, so I'm sort of glad I didn't.
    I believe it. You teach special ed, right?
    Recalculating....

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    On the way to work yesterday I was super grumpy from several consecutive days of sleep deprivation (2-3 hrs of sleep each night), due to a very sick girlfriend*. It's dark but there's a little ambient light, so visibility isn't great, and I can see someone ahead with a red light, and I can't see a face. The light isn't moving fast, so I thought it might be a walker, or a rider riding away from me. No, this idiot has a red light on the front of his bike, and was shielding his eyes from my light so I couldn't see that he was heading towards me. As I pass him, I reach to cover my lights as I realize he's riding towards me and he says, "A**hole".

    It's one of those days. I'm already pissed off & I lose my temper. I hit the brakes, turn the light off to be stealthy, turn around and ride up behind him. Right as I draw level, I put my arm around his shoulder and say, "Say that to my face."

    I didn't need to have my arm around his shoulder to see him jump. He pauses, startled, then started to say something about my light, and I interrupted, "I'm tired, pissed off and I'm deciding whether you're about to have a really f*cking horrible morning. So, say it to my face. I dare you."

    He seemed pretty freaked out at this point and said nothing. Might have mumbled something, but it sure as hell wasn't "A**hole".

    "You don't know a f*cking thing about me. Think twice before you insult a complete stranger, you don't know what they're going to do about it." I slowed, turned around and rode off in the opposite direction.

    I worked Telemarketing for over 4 years, inbound and outbound. I took a lot of abuse on the phones. I'm usually so ignorant about insults that my manager has had to step in at my current workplace to prevent situations getting out of control because I don't realise someone's insulting me at work. But this interaction, which I normally wouldn't post about nor am I proud of it, highlights a few things that I feel are important on this thread.
    1) It's probably not the smartest idea to insult or intimidate a complete stranger. I almost always have a knife close on hand. He could have been carrying concealed too. At that distance and position, an unhinged psychopath probably would have been able to really f*ck someone's day up before they could pull a gun.
    2) Corollary: Sometimes you just have to let it go. Some things aren't worth it. Bicycle rider with bright lights? Probably not worth it.
    3) Be kind to everyone you meet. I'm not saying that you should be a pushover, but don't be a d*ckhead about it either.
    4) For the love of god... If you absolutely must, only insult people who are slower than you or at the very least, not as lucky and/or skilled as you are. The other way around is just asking for trouble. Encouraging them to have bad behavior in front of a police officer is a form of luck/skill. In October 2011 I had a rider body check me twice after yelling abuse at me, attempting to ride me in to the curb. He was neither skilled nor lucky, and on top of a broken wrist he also had a police report filed against him.

    *EDIT: Clarification point here - she got the flu & has been having a bad case of sleep apnea, meaning she is either coughing, sneezing, or randomly stops breathing throughout the night. So yeah, things are kinda stressful at the moment.
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    " S o o r r y"

    In a nice lilting Carribean accent, after almost pulling out of Cumby's into my path, and being chastised by me with an arm flung in his direction (kind of frisbee-throw-like). When he then pulled out and passed me slowly, I was sure I was in for an earful of abuse. But no, I think he truly was sorry.

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    "GET OFF THE ROAD" from some dope going down Main St. in the opposite direction, 100% unimpacted by my travels. I guess he spotted my lights well in advance, since he was able to roll down the window and come up with such a snappy remark before I was out of range.

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    While in the middle of a rain-soaked 11 mile commute, I had a guy in a pickup pull up along side me with a concerned look on his face, roll his passenger window down, and in a slow drawl ask: "Are you just ridin' for fun?". I started laughing and just said yeah. I laughed the rest of the way to work. I'm sure he was going to offer me a ride, but he actually kind of made my day. God bless him where ever he's at.
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    "Hi, bicycle!" in the cutest little preschooler voice.

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    censored post now makes little sense!

    the censor below "*******" is the other word for "bundle of sticks"

    a few weeks ago I was on an afternoon training ride in an area with tons of people doing the same and some dude in a brand new top of the line range rover with temporary plates slowed down and screamed "******" then sped off... why??? was he fed up with all the cyclists in the area or was it more manyl to scream an insult then run and hide than it is to ride a bike... so confused!
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    Wow, surprising that nobody has been yelled at since 5/31!

    The offering to me today, from an SUV's backseat passenger, was "A skunk is chasing you". This may have actually been true, but I did not look back to check.

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    Was riding to work a month or so ago, stopped at a red light behind a Camry. Guy in a lifted pickup pulls up next to me and leans out his window and yells this piece of advice to me in a very thick eastern European accent: "HEY FRIEND! HOW ARE YOU? WATCH OUT FOR CAMRY DRIVER, ALWAYS WORST DRIVERS! YOU RIDE SAFE NOW YES AND HAVE A GOOD DAY!" And then he gave me a thumbs up as the light turned green and he drove off. Thank you loud, friendly Russian man in your lifted pickup.

    And then there were lots of mumbled bits gibberish from various irate suburbanites in their luxury sedans!
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    Not a yell but I was in a group ride, supporting a cancer community center no less. The group was riding single file up a hill in a 35MPH zone and some a-hole in a decent looking car decided it would be a good lesson for us if he laid on the horn for the entire 10 seconds it took him to pass us. (a long time to be on the horn, a pretty short time out of this poor saps life) His mother must have beaten him as a child...I'm sure there are more people that would love to beat him as an adult too. Some people just suck.

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    "Get in the damn bike lane" spews Ms PMS out her passenger window.

    I grin back thinking "whatever" as I approach 3k miles flat free. . .

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    "there he goes... riding his bike..." from a girl sitting with a bunch of other teenagers as I rode through downtown just about home. It was either a very mellow insult, ironic, stoner comment or something but I took it as a compliment and I smiled at them. A week before that, a bunch of high-schoolers leaned out of their car window driving past and shouted YEAHHHHH as I was climbing a steep hill and I shouted back WOOHOO but felt really dorky so I promised myself to either wave or just smile next time...
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    I was stopped at a red light this morning. I heard a nasty “Get a car” and turned around to see a guy rolling up the passenger window. Seeing as his window was now closed I yelled back. Something along the lines of “What is wrong with you?” and “Moron” . Then I got “You shouldn’t be in the middle of the road” and the finger. I noticed he carefully shielded the finger from the driver, presumably his wife, who was clearly embarrassed at all the public fuss. Well FU too. And the light turned green.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Then I got “You shouldn’t be in the middle of the road” and the finger. I noticed he carefully shielded the finger from the driver, presumably his wife, who was clearly embarrassed at all the public fuss.
    That`s funny

    And the light turned green...
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    Boy driving a company pickup truck cut me off on a right turn. I yelled "nice signal light".
    The girl sitting in the middle leaned over the girl on the passenger side to flip me off.
    I called the company number and learned the truck belonged to the girls father. At the 3rd stoplight I caught up to them and informed her that her dad didnt believe she was old
    enough to fly that bird and why was that "boy" driving his truck ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    I was stopped at a red light this morning. I heard a nasty “Get a car” and turned around to see a guy rolling up the passenger window. Seeing as his window was now closed I yelled back. Something along the lines of “What is wrong with you?” and “Moron” . Then I got “You shouldn’t be in the middle of the road” and the finger. I noticed he carefully shielded the finger from the driver, presumably his wife, who was clearly embarrassed at all the public fuss. Well FU too. And the light turned green.
    Note down the License Plate number and a description of the driver....keep this list...

    Make sure another cyclist know of the list....

    The cops can check the list if you ever hit up on the bad side of a hit and run...

    A little macbre but might work someday.

    Also a good witness document if this guy ever needs a road rage investigation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Note down the License Plate number and a description of the driver....keep this list...

    Make sure another cyclist know of the list....

    The cops can check the list if you ever hit up on the bad side of a hit and run...

    A little macbre but might work someday.

    Also a good witness document if this guy ever needs a road rage investigation.
    I did get the plate and posted it on the VT Bike Commuters facebook page

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    "c###sucker". To wit my wife replied "is that so wrong?"

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    Last week after a fresh few inches of snow I was trudging along and an older guy in a white Accord rolled down his window and yelled "You're a effing badass!" Made my day.

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    "What!? Do you think you're a car!?" - some young driver in an old car modded to be lower, with tinted windows, etc. at me while I'm in the left hand turn lane waiting for the light to go green.

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    I got called a fing idiot by a old fart for no reason other than riding a bike I guess.

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    I've had two unusually funny encounters in the last week. The norm is that people are pretty harsh to commuting cyclists, so both of these (to me) seemed like they would end poorly, but they didn't.

    I was riding my bike up this hill, commuting on a pretty busy stretch of road which most people go pretty fast on (45 mph is the limit, so they're going about 50-60), and I hear this loud noise, which I assume is yelling, because it's all indistinguishable at that speed. I glance over to mean mug them or whatever, and I see this huge dog barking at me. I laughed the whole way up the hill.

    Yesterday, my brother and I were riding a little further north on the same road. The speed limit's a bit slower, more relaxed and that's fine by me. But this big ol' truck pulls up along side my brother and he's like "damn it" because that usually means you're about to get insulted or jake braked. But the dude rolls down the window and yells at him "You're going f***ing 20 miles and hour!".

    It's nice, when you expect the worst, to not have your expectations met.

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    "yer crazy!"

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    Me and my buddy's were riding down the local bike path and a kid riding by in a car yelled out "do an ollie!"
    I yelled back, "it's not a skateboard you f**k''!

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    Dude rolls down his window to yell "It's called a sidewalk!". Sigh.

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    What did someone yell at you?

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    Dude rolls down his window to yell "It's called a sidewalk!". Sigh.
    "I'm not walking !"
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    "I'm not walking !"
    I know, right! That drives me so bonkers. I mean, I guess if you're a kid going 4mph on his bmx bike down the sidewalk, then whatever. When you're an adult, you should act like it and just get on the road and go fast.

    Funny thing is, getting yelled at happens so much more often when riding alone. I had just gotten done riding with a friend all over the roads and nobody yelled anything. Then I go to ride up to the coffee shop a mile away and someone yells at me. Aw hell. I was pissed. I shouldn't get that way but I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    Dude rolls down his window to yell "It's called a sidewalk!". Sigh.
    "It's called ignorance!" He may think it is self deprecating, but he'd be wrong.

    Or a favorite one is to wave with a smile, like you don't understand English. Half the tie the shouts are unintelligible anyway.

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    "It's called ignorance!" He may think it is self deprecating, but he'd be wrong.

    Or a favorite one is to wave with a smile, like you don't understand English. Half the tie the shouts are unintelligible anyway.
    The smile and wave is great, and I do it.
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    Same kid a few times this past year: "get out of the road a-hole!"

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    What did someone yell at you?

    I had a grown man bark at me yesterday. Like a freakin' dog. Some folks need the kind of help I can't give.
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    When I ride my Fat bike through the city in Villach, Austria I get a lot of "Waoh!", "Cool", and a bunch of expressions in a Carinthian dialect that I don't understand. But It's always total amazement since they have never seen such a bike like this before.

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    On the heart attack stretch just short of the summit of my local hills, "You're almost there!" Hear that one from the workers dismantling old power transmission towers nearly every week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aizu1 View Post
    When I ride my Fat bike through... since they have never seen such a bike like this before.
    How cool! Your story lightened my day!

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    "You wanker" - a new one for me, in a not very convincing accent.

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    It wasn't a yell. Yesterday on my way in to work, I'm in the bike lane waiting for the light to change. Pickup truck next to me has a middle-aged couple in it. They roll down their window, chuckling, and ask me if the kitty litter is heavy, referencing my kitty litter pannier. Instead of telling the long version of the story about how I've repurposed the container because it's waterproof and a good place to put bright, reflective stickers that grab people's attention (success!), I just told them that it was almost empty, which was also true.

    I don't have any quantitative data on this, but I am starting to think that people pay better attention to me when I have one of those bright, yellow buckets on the street side of the bike.

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    ^ I've noticed more consideration with my Ghetto pannier in the left as well.

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    Figures, I had never had anyone yell anything at me until I read through this thread yesterday. On my way home, I had someone roll up behind me at a stop sign, honk, and yell "Hey biker, get on the sidewalk!"

    I ignored them, especially because that section of road is 25 mph and the right lane always has parked cars in it so they had to merge in with the rest of traffic. I beat all the cars through the next 3 lights anyway and turned off onto my side street without incident. Just a smile and a wave.

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    It's been a while since I got anything yelled at me. Then yesterday I'm riding by some farm workers and I hear "suck a d*ck". Too much machismo, man. What the hell?

    That said, a few weeks back I heard some guy on a motorcycle snickering about "real bikes" but he said nothing to me. I guess that doesn't count?

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