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    What did someone yell at you?

    I usually don't get many yellers, especially in winter, but got a couple in the last week. Of course these comments are much funnier and more intelligible inside the car, but I think I got:
    "Shift!!!...or was that Shi*???
    Last week I think it was Go Faster, but perhaps it was Go F Yourself!

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    "Get on the sidewalk, Lance!"

    and just last week:

    "It's called a CROSS F*&%ING WALK!!!"
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    I had a heckler once at a bike light. As the light went red for him and a carefully progressed across the intersection, he went on a tirade about my shorts and clothes and my bike and my manhood. I just laughed it off and waved gaily back. He continued to yell as his light went green and he took off down the street perpendicular to mine. Weirdest thing I have ever had.

    Felt like I was at a stand up session at a Laughs or something.
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    Had a cop yell at me, saying i was going to die. Despite riding perfectly legally, and helmet lights etc.

    I have a lot of respect for our police, fire fighters etc, bu that guy really pissed me off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odii View Post
    Had a cop yell at me, saying i was going to die. Despite riding perfectly legally, and helmet lights etc.

    I have a lot of respect for our police, fire fighters etc, bu that guy really pissed me off
    And you'd be arrested if you told him the same thing.

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    Fun thread

    I ride with ear buds (I know, I know cars are attracted to cyclists with ear buds and will not crash into you if you can hear them coming... or something like that... anyway) so I can't hear the inane crap that people yell at me and what I do hear I can't remember. Usually it is something like yaaaaaahhaaaahhhaaa. Car yellers aren't usually that articulate.

    Funny, I was thinking of starting a similar thread on my ride home when somebody got right up aside of me and gave a long honk. I was thinking it would be interesting to know what is going on inside their head when they do it. I've come up with:
    • >They are trying to help by letting me know they are there, not that helpful.
    • >They entertain themselves by startling people, they must lead rich lives.
    • >They are weak souls and being in a car gives them power, and a quick getaway.
    • >They are just A-holes, seems most likely.

    Sometime I need to catch up to them and ask.

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    "RRRRAAAAAHHHHHHH" (guttural scream)
    "WOOF!" (dog hanging out the window, almost scared me onto the sidewalk)
    "Hey f@ggot!"
    "Get on the sidewalk!"
    "MUUUPHEWWWW!" (general unintelligible doppler-affected scream at 40+MPH)

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    "Get a Car!"

    and then they decided to throw $20,000 at me - (in singles)
    What am I, a stripper?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    "It's called a CROSS F*&%ING WALK!!!"
    I get that one a lot at the light right up the street from my house. I have three steel bikes and only one of them will sometimes trip the sensor so I hit the button at the cross walk. Plenty of people yell stuff about my "cool" bike when I am riding one of my recumbents.

    I also had an old crone tell me to get off her effing road a while back. I took the lane on a very short bridge and she couldn't wait so she went halfway into the oncoming lane of traffic to pass me. I just smiled and told her to have a nice day!

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    "You have to stop too" - from a driver as I blew a stop sign
    "You're making us all look bad" - from a person on an e-bike, as I blew a stoplight
    "Get off the road, cyclist" - from a passenger as i was JRA

    The last one was funny, because at first I was like, what?! No legitimately angry motorist would refer to me as a "cyclist." Sure enough, I discovered it was a co-worker of mine joking around.
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    It's very snowy/wintery here, so most people who see me commuting 5+ miles a day on a bike think I'm crazy.

    But I had some woman have the nerve to tell me that riding that "thing" to work is very un-professional.

    I asked her how so, she couldn't give me any valid reasons after I pointed out that I do get to work on time, I don't smell when I get there, how does riding a bicycle effect job performance and that given your weight, you'd actually benefit from riding one, and I promptly left the store to a "F*ck you!"

    But I really didn't care. If you dish out the hate, you better be willing to receive the ball back in your court if you ask me.

    I felt my point had been made.


    I love heckling idiots who somehow think they're in the right for no reason. "Ride on the sidewalk @ss hole!!" Which I find funny, because it's illegal for cyclists to ride on many sidewalks in the town. Not my fault the city council voted that way. You don't like it, go get the law changed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by esundell90 View Post
    I love heckling idiots who somehow think they're in the right for no reason. "Ride on the sidewalk @ss hole!!" Which I find funny, because it's illegal for cyclists to ride on many sidewalks in the town. Not my fault the city council voted that way. You don't like it, go get the law changed.
    yup.
    And!, I'd like to point out that riding on the sideWALK is more dangerous anyhow - not just to the cyclist, but to PEDs
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    I thought this one was kinda funny:..I was carrying my bike to the gas station to get the tire pumped up (I was a slacker)..and he yelled at me "You're supposed to ride it"

    another situation some guy yelling at me for cutting thru traffic (that was at a stand still)...He yelled "you're not supposed to cut thru traffic like that"...I politely told him to f*ck off...this was in my angst filled youth in the early 90s.

    I also had a guy throw a beer can (full) at me...and missed...and I yelled ya missed me ya drunk f*ck

    I was riding up a hill and some guy yelled at me that I was riding the wrong way (I should be going downhill) and I told him "I already did that an hour ago"
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    Yeah, "Get a car!"

    I have one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dresdenlock View Post
    II also had a guy throw a beer can (full) at me...and missed...and I yelled ya missed me ya drunk f*ck
    I hope ya grabbed it to give to the 'friend you were about to see!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    “Dude! Those tires fucking rock!!!” Heard while commuting home from work a couple weeks ago on my 26"x3.8" tire shod 9:zero:7 monsterbike.
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    I understand horns and fingers, but very rarely can make sense of what people yell. The 40MPH doppler issue is part of it, but I spend most of my time at sub 15 (and an embarrasing amount at sub 10) and I still don`t get the words. Helmet induced distortion?

    The best story I`ve heard about yelling at cyclists was a few years ago on rbr. A guy`s embarrased wife related one day that she`d yelled "Nice butt!" to a rider who she THOUGHT was her husband but when the rider turned around she realized it wasn`t him.
    Recalculating....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dm1333 View Post
    Plenty of people yell stuff about my "cool" bike when I am riding one of my recumbents.
    Hey, DM! Nice to see another `bent rider here- there aren`t a whole lot of us on this board.
    Recalculating....

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    I had one lady say next time you do that I'm going to run you over because I took the lane. In SF, the light rail lines run down the middle of the street because they were established before the communities and streets around them existed. So what they have are raised islands in the middle of the road for passengers but the lanes narrow significantly where those islands exist.

    This kind of thing: Google Maps

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxforce View Post
    Yeah, "Get a car!"

    I have one...
    I laugh when people yell that, I have 2 cars, I just normally leave them in my driveway during the week unless I need them.
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    I get the "go Lance!" thing every once in a while. I had a glass beer bottle thrown at me on a road where the speed will usually exceed 45-50mph; barely missed me. Most people around here do a good job of ignoring you and doing their best to run you off the road in the process. That or they Doppler yell at me.

    Sometimes if I see a cyclist I'll do my part to make their day and yell something about "go (insert pro racer that's not Lance here)!"Because if that happened to me I'd smile.
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    F-bombs to the max when riding on a one-lane each way road with double yellow line and plenty of relief on both sides (25 MPH speed limit for part of it and 35 elsewhere). There is a walking path however I choose to ride on the road when I am going full tilt to avoid running over babies in strollers, joggers, pets toddlers and walkers

    The last guy who yelled all sorts of profanity was a spineless 'n scrawny little jagoff/schnook in a Toyota Camry. He shrunk in his seat when a light turned red and I ended up stopped next to him with a big grin on my face (just hoping he was going to get outta the car so I could drop the fool legally).

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    In the last 10 years I don't think I've ever had anyone scream anything other than variants of "get off the road" and "get out of my way". And I get those weekly.

    I do some illegal moves too, but no one ever seems to care.
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    I just get the old standby, "Get off the road!" or "Use the sidewalk!" and I just smile and wave. If I'm in a bad mood I only wave with one finger, but most times I am on my bike I am pretty happy, so I do my best to spread that joy by giving them my best shit-eating grin and waving at them.

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    My best one was from just about this time last year. We'd gotten a foot of fresh snow the night before, which is really rare. My morning ride in is about as good as can be expected, and I'm riding on the road where I can but I'm also doing a lot of hike-a-biking through snowdrifts on the sidewalks.

    So I'm on one of the hike-a-bike sections tossing my bike over a 2' drift when I hear this yelling. I look over and there's a woman in a green neon who has stopped in the middle of the street and rolled down her window to yell at me. She's screaming "You're crazy!" over and over in a thick German accent.

    She's stopped on a one-lane, one-way road, yelling through her passenger window, and it's -20C out, and there's a jersey-barrier and probably 15' between us, and there are cars behind her honking at her, and I'm the crazy one.
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    After a road rager caught up with me.....

    I wasn't really gonna hit you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Fun thread

    I ride with ear buds (I know, I know cars are attracted to cyclists with ear buds and will not crash into you if you can hear them coming... or something like that... anyway)
    Thank you


    I have had a few of the Doppler Scream things happen... a gutteral yell just to get me to jump or words that I couldn't understand. I'm a high school teacher, so I've had several encounters with students that are usually harmless attempts to get me to jump out of my skin. It's only scary when you realize that the kid's only had his license for a few months.

    But the recent one that I didn't have any trouble understanding was the brief lecture I got from the PA system of the highway patrol car
    My commute is very rural, and I blow through the same stop sign every morning, since there's rarely a car in sight...It's a T intersection at the bottom of a long hill, at least 1/2 mile visibility in both directions. I saw headlights, but I had plenty of time, so I scooted through and continued on my way, and I see (because of the headlights) the car come up behind me and pace me)... then I got the siren chirp thing, which almost made me leap from my bike like a terrified cat: "WEEEEEUUUUP!!" and then 'the man': RUNNING A STOP SIGN ON A BIKE IS THE SAME THING AS RUNNING A STOP SIGN IN A CAR. I COULD GIVE YOU A TICKET."

    I gave him the thumbs up and the head nod, and he continued on his way. The next day he was in the exact same place at the exact same time, and I stopped for him. Haven't seen him since.
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    I'm guilty of rolling through a few stop signs when the coast is clear. What I've noticed is that well over half the cars do it too and they are usually rolling through a lot faster than I am. A lot of people don't even bother hitting the brakes and turn on red as if it were a green light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I'm guilty of rolling through a few stop signs when the coast is clear. What I've noticed is that well over half the cars do it too and they are usually rolling through a lot faster than I am. A lot of people don't even bother hitting the brakes and turn on red as if it were a green light.
    Driving in my neighborhood, I generally don`t drop out of third gear for stop signs. In town, I can`t get away with that. But I ALWAYS tap my brakes before making a right on a red

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I'm guilty of rolling through a few stop signs when the coast is clear. What I've noticed is that well over half the cars do it too and they are usually rolling through a lot faster than I am. A lot of people don't even bother hitting the brakes and turn on red as if it were a green light.
    50%? My estimate is about 75% here run stops, and rights on red without checking for pedestrians in crosswalks.

    Oh yes, the dopplerunintelligibles. Insert random set of letters here!
    I was very jumpy and easily startled until I got the amalgam fillings out. Some young Yahoos in a pickup yelled various things indistinguishable from a chimp troops calls at a neighboring troop. You know: Jane Goodall stuff.

    The startle reflex is much better now when I have the energy to ride. Ones I heard and remember ;( : "Nice Bike!" from a pedestrian crossing to a ball diamond. "Classy" from a pickup driver. pulling alongside as I was in the left turn lane. "Nice lights" from a kid on a BMX and it was not sarcastic. An acquaintance saw me and said that I was 'anti-camoflage'. Had a guy behind me ask me to tell me about my Radbot 1000s. He wanted them for his mothers motorized wheelchair. Riding the Schwin to get groceries with the garbage can panniers, a guy passed me sort of close gawking, then stopped and waved me alongside. I thought: "I've got a bad feeling about this.." He said "That is a great idea!". So we discussed the merits/bad sides of my ghetto engineered panniers. Of course he never rode them home full into a wind gusting over 20. They make almost as good a sail as they do a pannier. ;(

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    Years ago someone yelled "You dropped something back there!". I still have no idea what they were talking about. And yes I did go back and check.

    Everyone else that yells just has a variation on "get off the road" (translation: "get out of my way").
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    No yelling but a funny story. I was on a bike path that runs parrell to a street for mabey half a mile and crosses a street before it peels back into a park. I had a guy apparently upset because he had to wait 2 seconds for me to cross the street, pulled up beside me and tried to Bear Spray me through his passenger window. With the wind he probably got more back into his truck then I got. Justice, when I got the plates and discription. The guy got arrested for misdemeanor assault

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    Quote Originally Posted by psc210 View Post
    Justice, when I got the plates and discription. The guy got arrested for misdemeanor assault
    Ooooooooh, that would be be so nice from time to time to see some a-hole get in some trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    "RUNNING A STOP SIGN ON A BIKE IS THE SAME THING AS RUNNING A STOP SIGN IN A CAR. I COULD GIVE YOU A TICKET."
    Its legal in my state (both signs & lights), really hope it stays that way too as it makes no sense most of the time to stop.

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    After reading this thread, I'm liking my commute more and more. The only time anyone ever yelled at me, it was encouragement. I was biking through 6" of snow/slush/snot in the middle of a big storm, and some pedestrian yelled out" Way to go! You rock!" at me on the way past. Made my morning.

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    I ride out of DC Mon-Fri never had anyone yell at me, I got doored by a cab though.

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    Last summer my dad and I did a mini tour from Norcal down to santa cruz. On the last day we were riding up highway 9 into santa cruz and these 2 teen age ****** bags in a piece of junk busted out old honda drive by and yell "faaagggoootttt". About a quarter mile up the road, we caught them, stopped in traffic. I rode up next to the passenger window and politely said "Hey dude, sorry, I didn't catch what you said back there." The kid looked shocked and didn't say a word.

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    Walking my bike in the dark up a bike path hill because the snow was too deep came across 2 ladies out with a dog on a leash. Front and rear flashing lights, petzl on my helmet, one of them looks at me and said in a friendly tone "are you serious?", we were getting record snowfalls at the time. I responded with "know that song called Dreamer? We'll that's me" and the two of them laughed, but right at that moment the dog leaped out and bit me on the leg. Poor ladies freaked out and I yelped because it hurt and was a total surprise. I was worried about holes in my clothing, bit me on a gator on the calf, but just ended up with a bruise. They offered a phone number and were really apologetic, guess my attire and lights spooked the dog, who had never done anything before like that. Now I'm totally paranoid around dogs while riding.

    The other winter I had a bus driver open his window and yell at me "you're a moron!", we were at a 4 way stop doing the you go I go no you go thing because we had arrived at the same time, and I went, guess I had misunderstood him? Whatever, no reason to yell. I find the best response is no response to people like that.
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    My latest was "Nice bike, f@g!"

    Another was "F*** you guy!"
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    At one particular light, I take the middle (really the right) lane. The far right goes on to the freeway on-ramp just past the intersection, so I don't go to the far right as I would need to move left in the intersection to stay off the freeway while cars would be going to the right to get on. So I leave it so that cars can use the left lane to go straight, and the far right to get on the freeway. So some jerk pulls to my right, rolls down the window and yells 'You know you are on a bike', and I just say 'Yep'. He then goes of on how I need to be on the right because I am a bike and a cop told him so. So I told him that the sign ahead tells me the right goes on the freeway and I am not going on the freeway I am going straight. Thankfully the light changed at that point and he took off, ranting that I should get a ticket or some such. Idiot.
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    Hey, DM! Nice to see another `bent rider here- there aren`t a whole lot of us on this board.
    rodar,

    What kind of recumbent are you riding? I have a RANS Wave/Tailwind and a Volae Century.

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    Yeah, I saw that on your profile. I got to ride a Tailwind once, liked it- BIG chainring!

    I have a 26/20 SWB that I more or less coppied from V-Rex.

    Dang, I haven`t had any luck inserting images lately. Here was the thread on the build. It`s been painted and tweaked a little since the last pics on the thread, but the same basic bike.
    OT: Building a "fun" bike...

    And a link to the more up to date pic that I couldn`t manage to insert:
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    I've been call about everything from gay to F***er.

    One Night I was going home. It was about an hour before Sundown.
    I'm riding in a Industrial Section about a quarter mile from a Stop Light.
    This A$$#OLE comes up to me get right behind me and Blows his horn.
    I hate when people do that cause it just scares the hell out of me.
    So he goes by and he get caught at the light. So I come up be hind him on the Driver Side while he's still stopped. I get right up to his window that was rolled down about a quarter way down.
    |I YELL BEEEP In HIS WINDOW.
    Well now it took him a moment to collect himself. The Yell for me to stay off the road.
    I told him I had just as much right on the road as he did.
    The light turns Green.He goes by my in his BMW and yell out "YOU JEW'
    My reply. Communist!

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    "BEEEP!"

    That is awesome.
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    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

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    rodar,

    very nice bike!

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    I was riding on the far right of an 8' wide shoulder and some kids in a pretty cool looking mustang were going the other direction. The dude in the passenger side had long black hair, hangs out the wondow and yells "Dick" and chucks a half full bottle of Mountain Dew at me with the lid on. He was either good or lucky cause it tagged me right in the chest and hurt like hell. I turned my head back and saw that he had a pretty easy to remember license plate. I called the cops later but never took the time to go in and fill out a police report.

    Two months later I'm getting gas, drinking a gatorade, standing there daydreaming and who is gassing up next to me but the same two little punks in the mustang, the passenger with long black hair and the same hat. I quietly walk over, yell "Dick" as loud as I can and hurl the Gatorade as hard as I can into his chest. I know it didn't hurt near as bad as mine but it sure surprised the crap out of him.

    They asked why I did it and when I reminded them what they had done they started to get a horrified look on their faces. The both apologized about 20 times because I'm sure they thought I was going to whoop some butt. I just calmly turned and went back to my truck thoroughly satisfied. I don't thing they will be doing that again!
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    ^^^THAT, is pure AWESOME !!!
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    Reminds me a guy with a severe short man syndrome honked and yelled something unintelligible at me from behind for taking the lane where there was not room for both of us while we sat at a stagger- corner light. My ignoring him must have hurt his feelings. I launched hard and fast. He floored it and passed me just as I apexed the right turn into the nearly straight on street on the other side of the intersection. Had I not been leaning, he would have mirrored me. I was willing to chock him up as an idiot. When he waved in his mirror clearly gloating. So I gave him an Italian salute. That infuriated him (apparently free speech in hand jestures was only for him, same as using the roads), so he pulled over and got out as I caught him.

    He got in my face yelling, "No one gives me the finger!"

    I was expecting an assault, so this was cool and I said calmly, "Looks like I just did."

    Then he threatened me with bodily harm. I figured if he was he'd have done so, so I just crossed my arms over my barrel chest and I looked down my nose at him and said "I don't fancy your chances." ( I was lean and fit with 8 inches of height and maybe 30 pounds advantage, he had a gut). I think it sunk in I was prepared to open a can of whoop-a$$. He suddenly remembered his daughter in the back seat and the pizza getting cold. Strange he did not remember to set an example for her on how to yield to legal traffic and not be a complete jerk. Kipling said something about keeping your head while those about you lose theirs. Worked this time to not respond.

    I sometimes wonder if he still has his own front teeth.

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    I get some interesting looks AND comments when I am forced to blast my "Noisy Cricket" at some driver that doesn't want to pay attention. That thing is LOUD and very annoying. That's why I just LOVE it!!!!!
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    No so much a yell, but I did have someone drive by me an throw a beer out their window on me. :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    He suddenly remembered his daughter in the back seat ...
    Wow. I am no stranger to being angry in traffic (6 million other drivers in my area will do that), but I'll be damned if I ever do that with my boy in the back seat. Actions like that simply arent worth his safety...

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    I tried Brian, - but I 'must spread more rep around'
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll View Post
    "Get a Car!"

    and then they decided to throw $20,000 at me - (in singles)
    What am I, a stripper?
    Anyways.. Would have liked it

    $20.000 sounds like two new REALLY REALLY good bikes to me…

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    I envy you guys, when I get yelled at while riding (which is every time) I always flash to rage. I need to take some zen classes from you masters.

    Though I do usually muster enough composure when people yell for me to "Get a car!" that I typically respond with "Get a bike!".
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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum View Post
    I envy you guys, when I get yelled at while riding (which is every time) I always flash to rage. I need to take some zen classes from you masters.

    Though I do usually muster enough composure when people yell for me to "Get a car!" that I typically respond with "Get a bike!".
    What I REALLY enjoy is when someone passes me like a bat out of hell....honking and just generally acting like an idiot. And then I happen to catch up because they are waiting at a long light. I usually do the ornery thing.....pass them....get in front...and then when the light changes go extremely slow and make them pass me all over again. I just smile and wave and usually give them a blast for the "Noisy Cricket" I have installed for JUST such occasions.....
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    "youre a vehicle"

    "Get the **** out of the road" and Gimmie dat bike". The first one was some soccer mom yelling at me as i was riding across a crosswalk. The second one i was riding in a bike lane when this drunk ******* buzzed me. The last one some kid yelled this @ me. I took off maybe he was packing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guzzijason View Post
    No so much a yell, but I did have someone drive by me an throw a beer out their window on me. :/

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    That one baffles me...have heard about it happening a few times, never to me luckily, but what a waste of a beer?!?

    I used to get 'go back your own country!' a fair bit, being a caucasian living in Asia, but not so much these days. People here (Singapore) seem to be getting much better with cyclists on the road...seems in the last five years or so the cycling community has exploded, and the cagers are finally starting to catch on that its ok to cycle on the road.

    I am bound to get abused on my ride home tonight!

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    yeah, had a 32oz soda thrown at me the other day next to one of the biggest bike-friendly parks in the city I live in. I wish I had had my GoPro on... oh well, just wave and let karma do the rest..

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    There was a school on my usual commute a few years back. Couldn't tell you how many times I heard "Go Lance" or something similar. I didn't even mind it after awhile. I'd just raise my arms or sprint my heart out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lightjunction View Post
    There was a school on my usual commute a few years back. Couldn't tell you how many times I heard "Go Lance" or something similar. I didn't even mind it after awhile. I'd just raise my arms or sprint my heart out.
    Generally, I just smile and wave.

    The worst I think I had was a SCHOOL van that first, pulled behind me on a four lane road and honked like there wasn't another lane for him. Then I happened upon the SAME van at the stop light. The driver proceeded to roll down his window and then read me the riot act telling me that I wasn't allowed on the road. I wrote down the number of the van and the phone number, pulled across the light and called his company.

    After talking at length to the administrator explaining the situation I was told that this would be dealt with. I got a call back later in the afternoon and was told the this particular driver had complaints before mine and he was fired when he got back from the trip that I called on.
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    "I stopped!"
    yes, but you cut off me and my son in his trailer and slammed on your brakes the moment your bumper got ahead of my front wheel.
    could have waited 6 or 7 seconds and saved yourself a useless sprint worth of gas followed by a slam on the brakes.
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    Here in Germany many car drivers aren't to nice to you. But I have hope for the future: Children are generally cool. Last year for example I passed a few children and they screamed "go, go, go, go!" Was quite cool to hear. It's often like this when you pass children. If just there parents were like this...

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    I've read through most of this thread and I must say I feel sorry for you (and angry, too). Over here in Belgium, cycling (both as a sport/hobby and as a form of transportation) is so ingrained in our culture that bikes are commonplace and you only ever get encouragement from people. The idea that the car is "better" or more "mature" simply isn't present here.

    Hence, respect to all US-commuters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orkje View Post
    I've read through most of this thread and I must say I feel sorry for you (and angry, too). Over here in Belgium, cycling (both as a sport/hobby and as a form of transportation) is so ingrained in our culture that bikes are commonplace and you only ever get encouragement from people. The idea that the car is "better" or more "mature" simply isn't present here.

    Hence, respect to all US-commuters!
    I have lived in many areas of the U.S. I must say that where I am currently living ranks among THE WORST for being "Bike Friendly". There are many cyclists here and the treatment by car drivers shows an incredible lack of respect. On BOTH sides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orkje View Post
    I've read through most of this thread and I must say I feel sorry for you (and angry, too). Over here in Belgium, cycling (both as a sport/hobby and as a form of transportation) is so ingrained in our culture that bikes are commonplace and you only ever get encouragement from people. The idea that the car is "better" or more "mature" simply isn't present here.

    Hence, respect to all US-commuters!
    My best friend growing up was from Honduras, but he grew up in Belgium and when he moved to the States he rode everywhere. I remember him telling me that people would have bikes rigged up to tote all sorts of stuff from groceries to lawn equipment to like three of their children. He had his bike all hooked up with generators for lights and stuff like that. Now he thinks riding is stupid and has a bunch of cars and jeeps he rides around in, but you know that's partially the American mentality. I feel that the media really pushes the concept of needing a car on everyone.

    But, to each his own.

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    Most that's happened to me is cars would swerve over as close as they could to me, forcing me further off the road. Jerks.

    One time though it was one one my friends. On a nice downhill when he did that to me, so I sped after him. He said I was going about 35 miles per hour chasing him. Fun, but then I had to abruptly stop because he is stupid and slammed his brakes on. I dont know how I would do it, but I would find a way to make me and my bike win against his big truck if I did hit him.

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    Worst one was when i was road riding (not commuting) in my tights. Guy yelled "F@g" then threw a gas station soda cup at me (empty luckily).

    Worst one i have heard about was a guy got hit in the leg by a doubleA battery from a car going 40mph, landed him in the hospital after he wrecked his bike. Possibly an urban legend but scared me.

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    In my area (Northern California, foothills) I only get hassled by the few motorists who I'm guessing have no idea about bike laws. Upgrading my commuter right now, so I have a better ride when tracking into the rough stuff just off the sides of our roadways...despite having a legal right to a small piece of the pavement...

    Legal or not, I don't want to get clipped by someone who doesn't get it.

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    There was a loooonng gap between motorist comments for me -- had NONE in 2011, and then the first of '12 about two weeks ago; some thug-boy didn't like that I took the lane crossing a 4-lane highway when my street got the green. Funny thing, he was so far behind me, I barely heard him! I know he heard ME, though, I have this 'drill sergeant' bellow....

    Anymore, since a newspaper article a few years ago, and a pro-cycling mayor elected a year or so later, the anti-bike sentiment has cooled; rare vocals, a little less rare buzzes, but they're not even monthly now. (ALWAYS, though, the buzzes are from the thug-boys....)
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    "****in' dumbass!"... Yelled to me by the dude driving a company truck while he waited behind me as I stopped before turning left due to oncoming traffic. I just regret not getting at least the company name from their logo on the side...

    What if I'd been wasting gas and driving my own truck? I doubt anyone would get mad about me waiting to make a left then... ****ing people...

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    My derailler snapped so I was walking the last block to work. Needless to say I was not happy. I get the standard "Hey aren't you supposed to ride those things? HAHH" To which I replied "Why don't you bend over and I will see far I can ride it up your ass"
    Better still, on the way to work a company van comes screeching to a halt attempting to make a right on red in front of me. I get the usual "Get the F outta the way!" Bad idea for him because I am his bosses boss and because he slammed on the brakes it triggered his dash cam. Needless to say he is no longer with us. We use his video in driver training as an example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
    Needless to say he is no longer with us. We use his video in driver training as an example.
    Did you have him meet with you with your bike and his boss in the process of learning that his services were no longer required?

    Visualized conversation:

    "Do you happen to remember when and where we last had a conversation?"

    Dumfounded silence.

    "No? Well maybe this video will jog your memory."

    The look on his face should have been priceless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
    Better still...
    .... We use his video in driver training as an example.
    I love it!

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    Pedaling past a house tonight whose driveway shares the snowmobile trail, I saw a silhouette at the window. Then I heard the window open, and "Congratulations! mumblemumble You are motivating my whole family!" "Excellent!" I replied.

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    A few more from some time ago:

    I was on my way to work a few years ago and the road I had to take was one where two okay-sized lanes become three very very narrow lanes about a half mile before I had to make a left. As I'm about to start trying to make my way across a death-wish traffic cluster-**** a state van comes speeding by me and then slows next to me and forced me into the curb. I was too busy trying to not die to get the plates.

    Another time, a soccer mom in a grocery-getter van rode my rear tire and was laying on her horn for about a quarter mile. Then, speeds passed me with a scowl. Luckily for her I had just had a beverage that had made me all mucus-y. I immediately started the forcing of phlegm up as she passed knowing I'd catch her at the light. Sure enough, I caught her at the red--me hauling ass, her stopped--and luged all over her passenger window as the light turned green, I didn't even have to hit my brakes. When she drove by me I ice grilled her and she didn't even look over at me.
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    No yelling but somebody freaked me out with a laser pointer tonight. Green flash right in front of my wheel. Kind of a visual yell.

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    Riding back from a mtb night ride, I had someone yell Nice lights! in a friendly fashion. Then, another time while waiting at a stop sign, the passenger in a car stopped next to me said Nice helmet. My helmet is nothing special so that one still puzzles me. He might have been being sarcastic, but he looked pretty sincere.
    I've also had the usual unintelligible scream a few times, but nothing really nasty, yet.


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    I had someone throw an onion at me one morning on my way to work, who the hell throws onions at cyclists?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket Dog View Post
    I had someone throw an onion at me one morning on my way to work, who the hell throws onions at cyclists?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandpa Simpson
    We can't bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways. One trick is to tell 'em stories that don't go anywhere - like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you'd say.

    Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn't have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones...
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    I've just read the posts in this thread and how lucky am I for not be the victim of the sarcastic motorists act on road.

    I live in Indonesia. Most of the motorists here were pollite to the cyclists even though we have the most crowded traffic in the world. They never yelling or saying any sarcastic things to the cyclists.

    The will slow down their vehicles a bit when they see a bike in sight and if you are impeding their way they just blowing a single horn at you.
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    The favourite I had yelled at me was a brilliant hypocritical one, whilst I was wearing a fluorescent jacket and with an Exposure light turned on on both my helmet and my handlebars, this was yelled from a car that pulled out of a side road right into me as I crossed a junction. I was going straight ahead and it was my right of way:

    "It's not my fault; I didn't see you! Anyway, you weren't indicating."


    1. How did he know I wasn't indicating if he didn't see me???!!!
    2. I was going straight on (and it was my right of way), what the hell indication am I meant to give?!
    3. How the hell could I have made myself more visible?! Perhaps he didn't see me as he didn't look?


    I pointed these out to the moron who almost killed me. He did at least have the courtesy to look embarrassed. No apology for almost killing me though

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    Quote Originally Posted by robdeanhove View Post
    The favourite I had yelled at me was a brilliant hypocritical one, whilst I was wearing a fluorescent jacket and with an Exposure light turned on on both my helmet and my handlebars, this was yelled from a car that pulled out of a side road right into me as I crossed a junction. I was going straight ahead and it was my right of way:

    "It's not my fault; I didn't see you! Anyway, you weren't indicating."

    -snip-
    He did at least have the courtesy to look embarrassed. No apology for almost killing me though
    Sounds like my Ram pickup driver who was 'distracted' by a police car so proceeded without looking properly.

    "I did not see you." Means I did not look properly in bright sun with such a jacket or vest and lights. I pointed at myself and he just looked blank. (My lights are spayed out at 45 degrees and are about 1000 lumens as bright as a car headlight). No apology and the deputy supported the lame excuse. I was too shocked to press the issue. I got the 'So?' look. The deputy? Just plain lame. Maybe they were related. I hope this will be a lone experience, but I am now better prepared to deal with it.

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    This thread reminds me that I actually used to get yelled at a lot more when I ran, than when I ride.

    On the bike there's the occasional traffic-law-related debate, but when I used to run it was surprisingly common for cars to pass by with someone shrieking out of the passenger window. And I was just an average-height, average-build, white guy wearing average gym clothes - I look much weirder as a cyclist. I always wondered what sort of abuse gets hurled at the runners who are actually distinctive-looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robdeanhove View Post
    He did at least have the courtesy to look embarrassed. No apology for almost killing me though
    That's not too bad actually. If I get that far into a "what went wrong" discussion with a motorist, they are almost always flinging profanity-laden death threats by that point.

    Suffice to say I don't like to chat much anymore.
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    Lamest anti-bike rant/general crotchetyness: "HEY! You can't ride your bike on that road anymore! That's our drinking water. The STATE says so!"

    Geez, mountain bikes have been blamed for a lot, but impacting a drilled well from afar, I don't think so.

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    Huh?

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    "517!" Laughingly, by a teen/college aged girl. I assume it was ironic or joking but I don't know what it means...

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    517? Was that the contamination by clinging sock code in Monsters Inc.?

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    Last fall I had a woman whistle (cat call) at me from the passenger seat of a car, I yelled back, "I AM NOT A PIECE OF MEAT!"

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    I always think of that kind of response after the fact. I need to have some of those responses on standby. Good stuff.
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    I feel pretty fortunate here in Montana. I don't remember being yelled at. Our roads where I ride are pretty cycle friendly. And of course my trip to work in the morning starts at 3:30am so traffic is not much of sn issue on the wsy in. I do however have a can of bear spray strapped to my bars because bears and lions make regular appearances around these parts.
    As for sidewalks and stop signs.......I don't know the local laws and I am pretty sure the local law enforcement doesn't either. Or they just don't care. I ride on sidewalks where it is convenient (sidewalks around here are rarely used by PEDS, and I blow stop signs and generally just go where I want. Officers have seen me do all of the above and never batted an eye at me.

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    Funny. I usually be the one yelling at the car drivers and pedestrians (even to other riders) who don't respect the driving code or just act stupid. Yeah, I'm that guy.
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    Today on my way home, from a group of youngsta's in metal band attire: "I like your cat!"

    I was hauling my dog in a trailer.

    Proof that too much weed is a bad thing...

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    ^^Haha! Or proof that metal is a bad thing.
    Do metal heads still smoke weed? I thought they had left that to the hippies and moved on to bigger and better dope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubernerd View Post
    Today on my way home, from a group of youngsta's in metal band attire: "I like your cat!"

    I was hauling my dog in a trailer.

    Proof that too much weed is a bad thing...
    what is metal-band attire these days?
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    I got a basic howl this morning or it could have been a hoot. It was premeditated because it was on a fast stretch of road and they had to see me, roll the window down, howl and roll the window back up. It must have been thrilling for them.

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    Shout outs

    After moving to a new city and dropping off the rental truck, I was not 5 minutes away on a side street when someone yelled that I should "get onto a bike route".

    I yelled back that if I was in my car he would still be behind me. Poor chap was all confused and drove away.
    If you happen to see my lungs back there, tell them I've gone on ahead.

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