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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
    ^
    Must be a "leather daddy."
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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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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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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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    ^^ Thanks Rodar (& just re-noticed your "weirdo" sub-title -lol !)

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    ...but that is really the end of the story. ...All's well that ends well.
    maybe she wanted a date
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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

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

    Glad you weren't abducted Maybe it's time for some pepper spray in the pogie. Or maybe an AK-47

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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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