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


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


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

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

    I like bikes- Carry on.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    ^ As are we all. Carpe diem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    get out of my way

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Hahahaha ! I love it ! Add me to your friends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Her- okay, sorry, have a good day!

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

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

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

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

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    Got this today:

    "no wonder you pricks get run over"

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

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

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    many just beep

    my response.....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Some people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Blinding people is kinda of rude in my opinion.

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

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

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

    Expletives follow in response to your impeccable logic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    This September I was riding home from some singletrack and pulled up next to a car full of teenage girls at a stop light. As I pulled away, the one in the passenger seat yells "NICE BUTT!" I'm positive she was being sarcastic as I'm 140 lbs and 5' 10" and have absolutely no butt. Either that or she just likes dudes with no butt in spandex. The first time I commuted on a bicycle, I crossed the first road leaving my house and a guy in a lawncare truck yells "[email protected]!" I looked up and it was a customer from the shop I work at. He had no idea it was me. He probably wonders why his motorcycle parts are so much more expensive now. The third time was last summer. I was riding my road bike home and passed a young couple. The dude was the standard Central Ohio Thug-billy, wearing tight Wrangler type jeans and big cubic zirconia earrings. His girlfriend was smoking hot. Anyway, as I passed them, he looks up and says "You look gay, dude." I started to lash out but then thought, "I am dressed like a di#k right now." and rode home. Have also had several undecipherable screams.

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

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

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

    It's also very dangerous.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    That is a very belligerant attitude....

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

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

    That is a very belligerant attitude....

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

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

    There is no need to upset people...

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

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

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

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

    He yells hey make some noise....

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

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

    There is no need to upset people...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Of course the world lives by compromise....

    What I see here is lack of compromise and arrogance.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
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    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.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    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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