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    What did someone yell at you?

    I was riding on a shared path. I seen this lady walking at an angle towards path. The whole time i was watching her and i figured it would be close when she stepped on the path and i passed her. She just fully walked up to the path and proceeded to step on to the path and not look if anyone was coming. I rushed by her and she jumped. Then i hear "Get a bell!" I purposely didn't make an attempt to warn her to see if she would look both ways and she didnt.
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    I was actually driving the other day and i could see these kids on bmxs looking at every car driving by so i looked at them and the one mouths fawk you to me. It took me a second but i had my 16 month old so i didnt do anything. But i was full on ready to slam on the brakes and jump out or pull my truck onto the shoulder and chase them. Haha would have scared the piss out of those little pricks
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    In the middle of my commute a few weeks back. As usual, I am following all laws and being cautious and courteous. I was at a stoplight and once it turned green, I looked around to make sure all was clear, signaled my turn and went. All of the sudden, I start hearing this guy doing this weird combination of yelling and singing. This douche in an orange VW bus is singing at the top of his lungs "You're breaking the law, you're breaking the law, you're breaking the ****ING law! **** youuu!". He then proceeds to follow me for two miles, singing this "song" the whole time while staring me down and veering towards me as if he is going to hit me.

    I did absolutely nothing wrong, nothing illegal, nothing even remotely inconsiderate. I was scared for my safety. I really don't understand what is up with some people and why they are so hostile towards cyclists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InLimbo View Post
    In the middle of my commute a few weeks back. As usual, I am following all laws and being cautious and courteous. I was at a stoplight and once it turned green, I looked around to make sure all was clear, signaled my turn and went. All of the sudden, I start hearing this guy doing this weird combination of yelling and singing. This douche in an orange VW bus is singing at the top of his lungs "You're breaking the law, you're breaking the law, you're breaking the ****ING law! **** youuu!". He then proceeds to follow me for two miles, singing this "song" the whole time while staring me down and veering towards me as if he is going to hit me.

    I did absolutely nothing wrong, nothing illegal, nothing even remotely inconsiderate. I was scared for my safety. I really don't understand what is up with some people and why they are so hostile towards cyclists.
    Holy crap, that's incredibly scary, and just plain weird. I have no idea what I would have done in that scenario. That's the type of story that makes me consider starting to carry a helmet cam with me all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InLimbo View Post
    In the middle of my commute a few weeks back. As usual, I am following all laws and being cautious and courteous. I was at a stoplight and once it turned green, I looked around to make sure all was clear, signaled my turn and went. All of the sudden, I start hearing this guy doing this weird combination of yelling and singing. This douche in an orange VW bus is singing at the top of his lungs "You're breaking the law, you're breaking the law, you're breaking the ****ING law! **** youuu!". He then proceeds to follow me for two miles, singing this "song" the whole time while staring me down and veering towards me as if he is going to hit me.

    I did absolutely nothing wrong, nothing illegal, nothing even remotely inconsiderate. I was scared for my safety. I really don't understand what is up with some people and why they are so hostile towards cyclists.
    Super creepy. Was it possible to pull off down a side street or something? Pretend to go to a house?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiTrailRunner View Post
    Super creepy. Was it possible to pull off down a side street or something? Pretend to go to a house?
    I would think in such a situation your best bet is to stay in well populated areas, rather than cut down a side street where there may be nobody else around.

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    ^ or up onto the sidewalk, pull a quick 180, and doubleback a block or two against traffic to lose the psycho.

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    ^^ +1. I'd rather evade than deal with a nut like that for a few miles.

    Glad you are OK, InLimbo, that sounds very unnerving and downright dangerous.

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    i wouldve just pulled as far right as i can and stop. i hate riding where theres traffic

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    That's really just awful and abusive behavior. Unfortunately there's not much to do. I agree that the best bet is to let him pass you and wait a bit.

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    Remember that SUV in Colorado last year that was following and harassing the cyclist and he ended up being cited for something? There was a video of it posted on here. If you had a phone you could pull it out and record the guy and go to the police like that guy did.

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    Some old fart yelled" learn the laws" I was taking the lane, lawfully. This stretch is a busy 2 lanes with the right lane going to hi way on ramps on both sides of the overpass. With 3 traffic lights. So I usually take the left lane, doing 20 -25 on a slight downhill, in a 30. Much safer. I yelled back " Jesus loves you". Without going down that road, it makes me feel better, confuses them and they then think your crazy/insane/ Jesus freak/ or all of the above. Or I yell back" I love jelly doughnuts"

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    I love the "I love jelly doughnuts" response. I might use it at work.

    The best: "You almost beat me".

    The worst: "Get a f'n car" (but he used the whole word).

    Felt sorry for the second guy. He clearly had anger issues and I was riding along, happy as anything. Made me realize how good I've got it and made me feel sorry for his family.

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    Really monotone and not.loud, from a girl in the back seat, "**** -**** - ****-****-****-****-****.." Since I nearly didn't hear it, it was easy to ride on by as if I didn't, so I doubt she got much satisfaction. Vanity plate though, so if I figure out whose car it is maybe they will teach her some manners, if it's not too late. But when you are 52 that insult doesn't carry any weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    I had a grown man bark at me yesterday. Like a freakin' dog. Some folks need the kind of help I can't give.
    I've had that. I was last in a long train heading for the bush and said thanks (for waiting on the median) to this old wino looking dude. Not only did he bark, but he ran onto the road on all fours and tried to bite my leg! Distemper came to mind.

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    I was stopped at a T intersection waiting to turn left, when a big dually pick up truck pulled up on my right. The window rolled down and I braced myself.

    "Nice wheels!"

    I said thank you and he gave me a thumbs up and drove off. Well, okay then!

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    Outside a hotel bringing the bike in for safe keeping, "That's a gorgeous bike!"

    In the lobby, "Nice bike!"

    On the MUP passing kids stopped on their bikes waiting for moms to catch up: "Wow! Cool!"

    From a park maintenance worker I waived at before, as I later took a break, "Nice, how old is it?"

    "Which parts?" I return widening the grin I had the last hour or so riding through the park he helped keep so nice.

    Beats the usual commuting crap.

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    I've had a few lately. Last week: "Hi.......I Love You"

    Last night wasn't a yell but a gesture. I gave a girl the "thanks for not pulling out in front of me" wave and smile. She pulled out behind me, passed me and then pulled into a business driveway until I passed. As soon as I was by she pulled along side and gave me a big smile and thumbs up. Not even sure why.

    Quite a few positive interactions in a row here.

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    I had a guy this morning yell "Nice light!". I had my NiteRider 600 lumen light on flashing mode.

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    Re: What did someone yell at you?

    Yesterday still irritating me

    Get a car you [email protected]

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    Kids were driving a big pickup and the passenger yells out "loser!" Responded with the one finger salute and kept pedaling.

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    Usual "get off the street". Looking at his bumper stickers as I pulled behind him at the light, I thought, "wow, the marines really trained you to be an upstanding citizen". Didn't say anything though or flip him off because at least one sticker directly referenced marines being good at killing other people. Creep.

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    Got yelled at by a very angry lady in Prius while riding down dirt road in the middle of nowhere. She told me to get on the sidewalk.... City folk.
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    I had a line of boy racers come by me, about ten cars yelled the same thing: "Yo! Get out tha' way!" The whole group (~40 cars) proceeded to run two red lights on their way to a late night street race.

    I stopped and called the police non-emergency number and let them know what I saw. Within 5 minutes the police helicopter was flying past and a minute of so after that a squad of ten+ cops cars went screaming by. I laughed all the way home.

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    I had two young kids yell at me to get off the road. I just waved but this only empowered them to begin taunting and heckling. I calmly responded that it was just as much my road as theirs. This was a residential neighborhood. They sped on by and I thought nothing more about it till they returned from the opposite direction and decided to play chicken.

    At this point I lost it. The scene was right out of a thug gangster movie. The driver was bearing down on me head on. The passenger was standing through the moon roof with a bandana tied around his face. I think he was attempting to throw gang signs and such but I'm really not sure.

    I snapped and decleated from the bike. I gently rolled the bike to the ditch and charged the car. The driver slowed down and lost her nerve. I immediately envisioned charging the car, getting one push off the bumper on to the hood and snapping the neck of the passenger......but they took off and sped away.

    I'm not a violent person at all but I would have beaten both of them in that moment without hesitation. I know every deputy in the parish and never once thought of looking at the plates. I saw red and couldn't think straight. I was bit ashamed of myself after for what I would've done if they had stuck around.

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    ^^ I think becoming a bit irrational after an uncalled for assault with a Deadly weapon is forgivable. I suspect a water bottle (hopefully nearly full) thrown at the new light weight windshields on most cars of the last decade would have made an impression and qualified as self defense. Chances are they will rethink their actions. A GoPro record of the event would be nice to hand to police. I hope never to record one.

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    For some reason I've noticed quite a few more people howling at me recently. I take the same route at roughly the same time every day so it's not as though these people ought to be surprised seeing a bike on road. Maybe they've always been yelling and I'm just paying more attention recently.

    Wednesday riding home some deeply unhappy looking woman shouted "[email protected]#$ you!" as she drove past while gesturing rudely in my direction. Lucky for me there was a stoplight shortly thereafter and we had the chance to have a nice little chat.

    I pleasantly asked how she was doing and if she was OK as she seemed rather irate.

    to which she replied "go find a bike lane" in a somewhat sullen manner.

    I politely informed her there were no bike lanes in the part of town I needed to go and asked if she'd like to petition the city council to build more bicycle infrastructure... She unfortunately did not seem to feel that would be the best use of her time.

    Was a rather humorous little interaction all in all, the first time I've had the chance to talk to one of the 'yellers'; funny how quickly this one deflated when actually confronted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMatson View Post
    Was a rather humorous little interaction all in all, the first time I've had the chance to talk to one of the 'yellers'; funny how quickly this one deflated when actually confronted.
    I suspect this would be the case with a lot of people. It's easy to be "brave" when you're protected by a steel cage and can easily outrun someone, but when you're face to face with the person you just yelled at, it's not so easy. It's like people who are tough guys on the internet, it's rarely the case in person. I've never been lucky enough to confront someone, but it's not for lack of trying.

    I had a guy yesterday pass me on the right when I had taken the left lane. He went in the right turn lane to pass me. I just took the lane maybe 50 feet before the turn, so he really had to hurry to get around me. Then as soon as he was past me, he looked at me in his mirror like he was looking for a reaction. He clearly knew he did something wrong. I tried to watch where he was going, but he turned onto another main street so he was long gone.

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    From a guy walking on crutches with his friend walking his bike on the shoulder of Ft. Smallwood- I said hi as I passed them well in the street so not to startle them- Don't F*cking say hi to me...you don't know me. I was kind of confused for a second, so I was delayed in my reply of "shut the f up, gimp"...I immediately regretted it cause the rest of my ride I was expecting someone to come run me over.

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    I was heading into school the other day (setting up my classroom) and someone called me a f*ggot as they passed me (way too close I might add). I had to resist giving them the finger because I was by the school where I work and knowing my luck it was a relative of a board member.

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    It's pretty sad that the most manly thing these people can do is hide in their over-compensating trucks and shout a slur then speed away.
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    Coulda sworn I heard somebody yell "Hey, ho!" And I snapped my head like "wait... What". That's when I realized some dude on his motorcycle was blasting the Ramones. Woulda been a first.

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    *** Not a shout, but in the store getting gear on, a man my age asked if I though the Hi-Vis vest would keep me from getting run over.

    I said, "No but either me or my wife, showing this off in the a courtroom are going to turn the " I didn't see him" into "Why the heck not?" He is a motorcycle rider and liked that answer. Showed I knew what I was up against.

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    Had a good one today, on 4 lane road (2 each way) a BMW driver (always seems to be BMWanker, LexAss or MerCrettin drivers or taxis), refused to change lane and tailgated me 500 meters to the next lights constantly horning. At the stop light he wound down his window and shouted that he has right of way and I am legally obliged to pull over to let him past as bicycles are not allowed on the roads. I pointed out both the logical flaw with his perception of the Road Traffic Act and that car drivers harassing cyclists is considered either Inconsiderate Driving or Dangerous Driving if serious enough both of which are offences as they are both defined in the RTA.
    Anyway the lights go to green and they guy pulls in behind me again about 1 meter off my rear wheel and continues to horn at me. After about 200 meters of this I was considering pulling over just to get rid of the idiot when a cop appears out of nowhere and pulls the guy over. I stopped but the cop just waved me on my way so not sure whether he got a ticket (the normal cops don't normally dish out road tickets here just refer it to the traffic police) But it has made my day, been chuckling about it to myself; my colleagues keep giving me strange looks.

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    ^classic.

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    Yesterday on my way to work I had a guy on a Harley, wearing a black hoody and no helmet, yell "you're a [email protected]#king moron!" at me as he passed. About all could think after that was "really guy? I'm the moron here?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMatson View Post
    Yesterday on my way to work I had a guy on a Harley, wearing a black hoody and no helmet, yell "you're a [email protected]#king moron!" at me as he passed. About all could think after that was "really guy? I'm the moron here?"
    Hahaha. Statistically you're probably much safer.

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    So I'm approaching a 4-way stop - residential road, across the street from a school, 30mph limit, 30' from the intersection, taking the lane~ish, hi-vis vest, 2 rear superflashes - and honk Honk HONNNK from behind me.

    I come to a stop at the stopsign, turn around and give my default "It's a f'n stopsign!" (I always point out whatever law the morons are breaking: stopsign, redlights, crosswalk, oneway, etc)

    So the moron gets out of his suv and starts screaming at me.
    "Read the bylaws, @#$%" I reply, which is my typical response to morons.
    "No! You over there!" (points to the sidewalk? Or the curb? Rough english, so it was tough to tell)
    "Read the bylaws, @#$%"
    "You over there!"
    "Read the bylaws, @#$%"

    As the moron gets back in his suv I ask if he was even planning to stop, and the moron peels out around me and blows through the stopsign.

    Sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    So I'm approaching a 4-way stop - residential road, across the street from a school, 30mph limit, 30' from the intersection, taking the lane~ish, hi-vis vest, 2 rear superflashes - and honk Honk HONNNK from behind me.

    I come to a stop at the stopsign, turn around and give my default "It's a f'n stopsign!" (I always point out whatever law the morons are breaking: stopsign, redlights, crosswalk, oneway, etc)

    So the moron gets out of his suv and starts screaming at me.
    "Read the bylaws, @#$%" I reply, which is my typical response to morons.
    "No! You over there!" (points to the sidewalk? Or the curb? Rough english, so it was tough to tell)
    "Read the bylaws, @#$%"
    "You over there!"
    "Read the bylaws, @#$%"

    As the moron gets back in his suv I ask if he was even planning to stop, and the moron peels out around me and blows through the stopsign.

    Sigh.
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    4 way intersection. I had a green light and a walk. I rode though the intersection, and the "nice girl" on the other side trying to make a left kindly said "I'll F*!*!n' run you over!!!" I waved and was on my way. They seemed pretty rational.

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    A teenager crossing the road on his mountain bike asks me as I am riding, "Yo you wanna trade bikes?"
    ME-"Ummm no I'm good with mine."
    Not sure if him and his buddy wanted to rob me or not. I didn;t stop to find out. Something tells me though that there were some bad intentions.

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    What did someone yell at you?

    I was crossing a bridge, like 8 ft wide. An older lady was walking her dog same direction as me. Two bikes coming other direction pass her so i slow down to not wizz between her and the bikes, as the bikes pass her she pulls her leash tight and looks to her side, as she does this i slowly pass her and she yells out " doesnt your ****ing bell work" rattled me. All i said was sorry i thought you seen me. I should have said not for you yah old bag. Man it still bothers me. If it was a guy he would have been told to eat a dick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by solarplex View Post
    I was crossing a bridge, like 8 ft wide. An older lady was walking her dog same direction as me. Two bikes coming other direction pass her so i slow down to not wizz between her and the bikes, as the bikes pass her she pulls her leash tight and looks to her side, as she does this i slowly pass her and she yells out " doesnt your ****ing bell work" rattled me. All i said was sorry i thought you seen me. I should have said not for you yah old bag. Man it still bothers me. If it was a guy he would have been told to eat a dick.
    I had a similar situation once with an elderly lady walking a dog. For some reason people think cyclists need to announce themselves but cars don't. I really don't get it. As long as you went by her slowly and gave her enough space, I don't see an issue.

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    Today as a pedestrian I had a couple of close calls with cyclists who did not announce their presence. One nearly had me push him accidentally into a wall as the route narrowed. The squeaking downhill brakes helped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    I had a similar situation once with an elderly lady walking a dog. For some reason people think cyclists need to announce themselves but cars don't. I really don't get it. As long as you went by her slowly and gave her enough space, I don't see an issue.
    Yah. Like do joggers need a bell? Cause those ****ers can surprise you too,Lol. Do they need to ban headphones so walkers can hear my bell? Cant fix stupid
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    Quote Originally Posted by solarplex View Post
    Yah. Like do joggers need a bell? Cause those ****ers can surprise you too,Lol. Do they need to ban headphones so walkers can hear my bell? Cant fix stupid

    Get one of these and those headphone wearing walkers/joggers will hear you just fine
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    Quote Originally Posted by anik02 View Post
    Get one of these and those headphone wearing walkers/joggers will hear you just fine
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    Thats louder than this one. I want to get a loud horn to lay on it at people stopped in the cross walk at corners. Haha
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    It also doesnt take up a waterbottle spot. 2 batteries is all it needs!

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    So had a first today. Tight traffic backed up by 2 rotaries on each side of a bridge. One lexus cuts close by me 1.5 '. He is stopped in between the 2 circles so naturally I cut in front of his car. He shouts" Get a car!" I reply, " So I can be suck in traffic like you ?" I though it was quite funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anik02 View Post
    It also doesnt take up a waterbottle spot. 2 batteries is all it needs!
    I mount mine's vessel in a cage strapped to the downtube of my bike (where some touring bikes have another cage). Since the vessel weighs virtually nothing just about any method of affixing a cage there works just fine. I've used both the Zefal one (not great, but worked) and the very simple aluminum strap kind of cage mounts (works great), oh and the Minoura one which is a little bulky but works well if the stand-off isn't a problem. I'd bet that zip ties would work quite well though.

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    So I had my first experience with someone yelling at me while riding. Friday morning, as I was returning from class, some idiot in a mustang yelled "Sidewalk!" at me as he passed. He then immediately sped off. Obviously he doesn't know the laws here in Texas (I would say most people don't know the laws of the road here...). Spurred by his interjection into my ride I almost caught up to him at the light about a half mile later. I was going to tap on his window to talk, but I made it to the car behind him as the light turned green.

    Anyways, I understand his point. Most of the cyclists I see around here are just out to ride for a little bit. We don't have many commuters using the roads in this area. I'm one of maybe four (of which I am aware) that actually owns lights to use at night. Most just ride on the sidewalk without lights and with no helmet. So we are just outside of the norm for this area. I would like to talk to some cops and see if they even know of the bike laws for this state. I imagine they might not, or they just don't care...
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    So I am in the left lane waiting for a light to change and an SUV pulls up next to me in the right turn lane. The window tools down and the blonde, twenty something driver (there is a man in the passenger seat and people in the back too), looks at me and says "merp merp merp merp merp..." while rolling her tank top clad shoulders to the top forty music blasting on the radio.
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    "Nice bike!" from a couple teenage girls.

    Had a guy on a motorcycle mock me by spinning his legs like he was pedaling. It made the bike swerve side to side and he almost spilled it
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    on my bike commute, some one in a passing car yelled, "be safe."
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    Yesterday I had my headlight flashing. I took the lane behind a line of traffic. the guy right in front of me rolled down his window and started screaming at me about my light. I mean SCREAMING. I couldn't really tell most of what he was saying. Then when the light turned green and he started moving, then he brake checked me. Then he stopped in the middle of the intersection waiting for me to go by him with his window down, but someone pulled up behind him before I got to him and he went on his way. People are f'n crazy. Oh, this guy also flew by me a couple minutes earlier going about 50 in a 30 mph residential zone.

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    Oh, now I want to know what he said.

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    Young boy, excited, on the stoop with his Dad: WOW LOOKIT THAT THING! as I pedaled past with lights flashing and a wave.

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    I got a "Nice bike!" yesterday as I passed a dude on a bike of the generic variety. I wasn't sure if he was being ironic or not, but I'll take it as a compliment. My bike is nothing special, but it wouldn't be the first time to get compliments simply because it says "Cannondale" on the downtube.

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    Yesterday morning I got "Nice light!" from a guy who was walking. Better than the light related experience I talked about a few posts up.

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    A while I back I had someone yell "hey shrimp d***!" at me.<k" at="" me.<="" html=""></k">

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    A while I back I had someone yell "hey shrimp d***!" at me.<k" at="" me.<="" html=""></k">
    Retort: So sorry to hear of your affliction! or TMI, dude!

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    A few months ago I dedicated myself to "taking the lane." On the third day of doing so, a clearly annoyed minivan rode my butt for 1/4 mile and then when it got the opportunity sped around me to get to a stoplight but not before the guy rolled down his window and yelled:

    "I am a Baltimore City police officer!! You need to get that bike over next to the curb where it belongs!"

    Pretty sure that wasn't a cop driving that red 1995 Dodge minivan.
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    I got what I think was my first honk this morning! Driver still passed at a reasonably safe distance, though clearly very annoyed, so I just waved.

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    "Go get 'em, Lance!"

    Sigh. I stop at the stop sign, a line of cars are passing. Redneck guy on his porch keeps shouting:

    "lance! Laaaaance!"

    I cross the street in silence thinking "shut the [email protected] up already".

    First time I get the lance thing and I'm so over it.
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    Welcome then LA!! NDD is an interesting choice of username. We knew you were on this forum......

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    The Lance thing is annoying. I get it once in a while but it has taken a hiatus currently for which I am grateful for. My friend and I were discussing this one time recently while riding. We decided to reply back with "No, I have both of my balls". That should shut them up, or crack them up.
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    We did a 50 milers with our scout troop two weekends ago on the Little Miami trail in Ohio. It was my youngest's first time, and he was lagging, so I was riding with him to provide encouragement for him and another scout. Two miles from our campsite, two leaders were stopped at a road crossing. They told me a nasty downpour rolled up a half mile before the campsite, and they were sending a vehicle to pick us up. Since the boys had already passed the 50 mile mark for their merit badge, I was aok with being done.

    Two vehicles pull up to the crossing, and I direct them to a wide gravel road just past it so they wouldn't block traffic while we loaded the three bikes. As they pull into what I though was a side access road, one of the vehicles stopped with the right front tire in the grass.

    I am busy mounting bikes behind one of the vehicles in the gravel entrance to what I now know is a business, when I suddenly hear a man shouting "..et t... ****ING .... ... ... grass!

    I step from behind the vehicle to see a man that's just under a buck fifty charging up the gravel road as fast as his skinny legs will let him. "GET THE **** OFF MY MOTHER****ING GRASS! DON'T YOU HAVE ANY ****ING RESPECT? YOU DON'T PARK IN SOMEONE GRASS, *******!"

    I turned around and told the boys to get in the vehicles immediately, and told the leaders to roll up their windows as they weren't yet able to make out what was going on, but the man was continuing towards us. I turned around and starting walking quickly towards him, which gave him pause because he slow his pace. I told him there was no need to use foul language in front of minors, and that I was sorry that one of the vehicles had pulled into the grass and we would remove it. I was about to offer our information in case there was any damage when he yells at me from not ten feel away "I DONT GIVE A ****" (response to my comment on the presence of children) "I SAID GET THE **** OUT OF HERE YOU DISRESPECTFUL ****!"

    After that, he turned around and started walking away because apparently he listens to the woman that came out the door and started yelling at him to stop harrasing the trail users. From what she was saying to him, apparently he does this all the time.

    I can understand it being a pain when your property abuts a very popular MUP and people pull into your grass all the time, but we didn't pull all the way in, weren't parking there, and were obviously rushing to avoid and oncoming storm. No ****s were given by that guy on that day.

    Way back in the 80's, when cyclists weren't an eyesore and traffic was practically non-existant, I was hit by eggs twice, was flour'd, and had a busted hammer thrown at me.

    My only conflict since then is one guy yelled at me for rolling a stop sign. I am probably the most conservative stop-sign runner. Only if no cars at at an intersection, and I can clear it before any come to a stop, will I roll through an intersection with others around.This guy made a point to stop 20 feet shy of the intersection to inform me of my transgression as I rolled past. Good thing no one was behind him, they probably would have hit him when he slammed on his brakes.

    I was doing a 30 miler with my oldest about three years ago and was feeling a bit stressed because he wasn't following instruction well. The residential streets had an awful lot of traffic for a Sunday afternoon. As we are rolling down a hill, a car coming up the hill towards us suddenly hit it's brakes, scaring the crap out of me, and laid on the horn. I gave a friendly wave back (no finger, but not a wave, son was with me), and yelled something to the effect of "DON'T HONK AT CYCLISTS UNLESS YOU ARE RUNNING THEM OVER!!!". I had to fess up to what I had said the next week when the scout leader that had tried to say hello to us asked what it was I had said. He was in his sister's car, didn't know the winder didn't work, and tried to hail mary it with the brake and horn.

    He now knows not to honk at cyclists just to say hello.

    I had a farmer yell at me for pissing on his crops. I actually pissed on the easement, but the stressed look on his face told me to not fight the battle.

    My wife yelled at me for riding with one of my boys after dark. Residential neighborhoods, and I have over 3000lm of lights and enough conspicuity tape to make a trailer builder grin, but, you know, moms. Mine do not embrace my passion for two wheels (Neither my mother nor my children's mother).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamingtaco View Post
    We did a 50 milers with our scout troop two weekends ago... a nasty downpour rolled up a half mile before the campsite, and they were sending a vehicle to pick us up. Two vehicles pull up to the crossing, and I direct them to a wide gravel road just past it so they wouldn't block traffic while we loaded the three bikes. As they pull into what I though was a side access road, one of the vehicles stopped with the right front tire in the grass.

    I am busy mounting bikes behind one of the vehicles in the gravel entrance to what I now know is a business, when I suddenly hear a man shouting "..et t... ****ING .... ... ... grass! Etc, etc. .
    Technically, if I remember correctly from my time in Ohio the municipality/state owns 33' from the center line either side of the road regardless of the lot survey lines. I doubt that the tire was technically on the property at all. I have people drive off the edge of the road onto the grass I maintain all the time. It is part of the cost of having road access. If it has rained a lot or is thawing out, it can make a rut, otherwise no harm no foul.

    However a mentally unbalanced person is never easy to deal with. It is not easy for him to live in the world either. Fortunately, he was not armed. All's well that ends well.

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    What amazes me about incidents like that is they have no idea what they are going up against. When I'm on my bike, I've always got some form of protection, and sometimes that is a handgun. That's why I never engage another driver unless they are a threat to my safety. My wife, when she was in college, apparently cut someone off (unbeknownst to her), who followed her off the interstate and got of with a bat at an intersection. 9am, college campus, and the other driver was female. Cop not 100ft away, but didn't notice a thing. People are plum crazy nuts. My wife carried pepper spray at the time, she carries something more powerful now.

    Good to know about the ownership, but I'm not going to be challenging someone on that any time soon. We are there to have fun, not engage the lunatics We were, in this case however, about 150ft from the trail, but it was a commercial business, and the grass wasn't exactly manicured. Maybe if it had been seeded and weeded and looked delicious, a guy can get upset.

    Which brings up another story. My wife can't manage to pull into a two car wide driveway without hitting the two decorative stones I have in the driver side corner. They are large stones that have been cut into 3" thick slices, about 4 feet long and 6 inches tall with the the exposed top uncut. I set them 3 inches in the ground to provide a decorative border and keep water runoff from removing mulch from a Lilly bed. She knocks BOTH stones over 3-4 times a month. The mailbox is a drive-thru process for her, and she takes a left before clearing the stones every damn day. That's when I shouted at someone.

    Didn't help.

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    "Hey, there's a wide load coming up behind you"

    This was actually said in a not unfriendly manner by a young man in the big pickup accompanying the wide load. I was approaching the last light, where the road is about to go from 1 lane to 3 (for left & right turns), and I had moved over to the center line to enter the left turn lane before I had to cross a couple lanes of traffic. When he drove at my speed to my right and rolled down the window, I was like "uh-oh", but no worries. I'm sure he would not have singled out a driver in the same locale, but I think they just wanted to keep everyone safe. I said "OK, thanks", and soon got to my left turn lane way before the wide load arrived. I got the green and looked back as I turned, and saw the ginormous crane he was talking about.

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    ^ Well that's insanely polite. Unusual.
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    Today I was just out for a fun ride enjoying the 48F and sunny day. Was heading back home on a 3 lane road in a 25mph zone down by the campus. Waiting at a red light and noticed that the car behind me was extremely close. Didn't think much about it. Well, they decided that the lane was wide enough for both of us, so they crammed in there. It was a late model Ford Tauras. Passenger side window was cracked, and I am already off my bike on the left side so I leaned over and firmly said "If I was a car, would you be this close to me?" The light turned green, and I started pedaling. That lean was more like I looked in the window of the car because they were that close to me. Well, that must have pissed them off. They ended up passing me in the next lane over about a minute later, slow enough so I could hear the guy in the passenger seat yell out..."If you were a car, would you still be as big of an *******"? I yelled back..."Yes, because you would have hit me." They didn't say anything else.
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    Here's mine (complete with pictures)





    I'm riding a gravel mup in an off leash area (but not a no-bikes area), and there are two guys talking while their dogs aree running around offleash. As I rode by the german pointer charged and nipped at me.

    Now, I've got a dog, and she's nipped me plenty of times, and she also doesn't particularly like bikes. So I startled this dog - I get it. It nipped me, so I stopped, and I waited. No big deal.

    I tried to head out again, and it nipped and clawed at me again. So I stopped and duckwalked my bike a few feet, and tried to head out again, and it nipped at clawed at me again.

    The owner was maybe 10' away during this and was doing nothing, and after the 3rd nip I yelled at him to control his dog.

    And that lead to a whole big argument about how it's an offleash area and he's had so many problems with cyclists and that people like me are what's wrong with the world and blah blah blah.

    The two big things:

    He was really hostile. He kept getting in my face and telling me to hit him so that he could call the cops. I told him of course I wasn't going to hit him, because he was already the one breaking the law. I was just going to take his picture and make him famous (hence posting this in a few places)

    I don't care about the nipping. All I wanted was for him to leash or at least hold his dog so that I could safely leave, and he just called me a baby and a liar. He refused to do anything until I'd pulled out my camera (and it honestly took me forever to find my camera. Like minutes. I really need a better system).

    So I've reported him to the city, hoping that it might be useful incase anyone else has had problems, or has problems in the future. But the city's initial response (from a generic 311 site) is that in order to file a formal bylaw complaint I need the person's name or license plate - which is obviously a completely ridiculous expectation. How would anyone get that information in the middle of kms of trails from a guy who won't control his dog and who won't stop being an *******?

    I've responded that I have no intention of making a formal complaint, but just want a contact for the park rangers (because the city doesn't make any direct contact information available anymore) to warn them about this bozo. We'll see what the next response is, but if they keep stonewalling I'll have to complain to the councilor.

    (and I know some people may suggest kicking the dog, but the nipping wasn't really the issue. I won't kick a dog unless I'm genuinely afraid for my safety. As I told this guy, the dog is not the problem - he is).

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    That really is not a good experience, sorry to hear about that. As a dog owner, no matter the conditions, and even though I have a small dog, he is always on a leash. I don't like off leash parks for reasons such as your experience. Dogs are dogs and some people forget that they are animals, and animals by instinct will bite. I think that you handled it pretty well given the situation. I have had to place the bike between myself and a dog before and thought that I may have to use it as a weapon to keep the dog away. The chain ring and crank arms make pretty deadly weapons if needed.
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    Yeah that dude seems like an irresponsible d-bag. My girlfriend and I were on a ride one time and these dogs were just chasing us down this country road. They started snapping At her leg and she kicked one in the mouth. The owners were nowhere in sight. The dogs just stopped.

    What else do you do? This was a big ass dog. I've got a dog and walk him on the mup. I keep him on a chain and make sure he's in the grass beside the trail so he doesn't bother anyone or poop on the trail.
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    This city has some issues, because most of the rivervalley mups are also offleash areas. These aren't "parks" - these are gravel doubletrack that go on for kms and kms. So on my 40km ride today, probably a solid half of it was through offleash areas. If you're going to ride here, they are impossible to avoid.

    But as usual I saw dozens of other dogs with no issue. And I take my dog to the offleash parks (which are intersected by these offleash mups) 3 or 4 times a week. But we've got an electric collar just-in-case her drive takes over.

    This guy had a retractable leash (for a bigger dog, that's the mark of an idiot) and in 5 minutes of yelling he didn't give his dog a single command, or even say it's name (as far as I could tell).

    Anyway, my biggest frustration is the city telling me that I cannot report this. That's asinine. All I want is someone, somewhere to have a record of this. But even if I do manage to get a complaint to someone, what's the point - no one else will ever be able to complain about him because the city will tell them it's impossible.

    I'm half-debating printing a bunch of "Danger - Avoid this Maniac!" fliers with this guy's face and posting them around the valley.

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    What a jerk, I'm glad you were able to avoid a fistfight, Newf. Dogs are never going to be 100% controllable, but when the owners don't even try to control them, and then blame you and get in your face, that's terrible. I feel bad for his dog too. Seems like a built in conflict, though, they should consider adding a fenced dog park to at least reduce the conflicts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Seems like a built in conflict, though, they should consider adding a fenced dog park to at least reduce the conflicts.
    The city's policy is that they won't restrict access to an area - therefore, no exclusively offleash areas, and no fenced dog parks period. When we got our dog for the first year we'd drive 15mi out of town to one of the burbs that actually has a fenced park so that we could build her recall. It's pretty bonkers.

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    That's ridiculous. I can't imagine having a dog that's not trained at all. My wife and I worked very hard with professional trainers to properly train our dog. Anytime she's off leash outside of our yard, she's on her e-collar. We pretty much never need it though. She's a Lab/GSP mix with a high prey drive, she took off after a rabbit the other day when I let her into the back yard. One yell of her name and she was right by my side. All my neighbors are screaming at their dogs constantly either that or they can't have them off leash.

    If your dog can't be around something without biting, it shouldn't be in public. I was at a state park (which has a leash law) snowshoeing last winter and an off leash pitbull came up to me and started growling. The owner yelled that he's afraid of my hiking poles because he used to be beaten before he was rescued. I'm sorry, but if your dog growls at people with hiking poles, he should NOT be off leash.

    People just don't want to take any personal responsibility.


    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    The two big things:

    He was really hostile. He kept getting in my face and telling me to hit him so that he could call the cops. I told him of course I wasn't going to hit him, because he was already the one breaking the law. I was just going to take his picture and make him famous (hence posting this in a few places)
    Try to record him next time. I'm pretty sure you can get in trouble for instigating a fight like that. You could also tell him if it happens again you will record the dog biting and report it to animal control. The fear of his dog being taken from him might make him think twice.


    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    Today I was just out for a fun ride enjoying the 48F and sunny day. Was heading back home on a 3 lane road in a 25mph zone down by the campus. Waiting at a red light and noticed that the car behind me was extremely close. Didn't think much about it. Well, they decided that the lane was wide enough for both of us, so they crammed in there. It was a late model Ford Tauras. Passenger side window was cracked, and I am already off my bike on the left side so I leaned over and firmly said "If I was a car, would you be this close to me?" The light turned green, and I started pedaling. That lean was more like I looked in the window of the car because they were that close to me. Well, that must have pissed them off. They ended up passing me in the next lane over about a minute later, slow enough so I could hear the guy in the passenger seat yell out..."If you were a car, would you still be as big of an *******"? I yelled back..."Yes, because you would have hit me." They didn't say anything else.
    Gotta love how drivers love to be tough guys when protected by a steel cage then they drive off as fast as possible and feel like they got the best of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    Try to record him next time. I'm pretty sure you can get in trouble for instigating a fight like that. You could also tell him if it happens again you will record the dog biting and report it to animal control. The fear of his dog being taken from him might make him think twice.
    The reason I got my camera out was mostly as a deterrent, and he had no idea if I was taking photos or video. I actually had no idea if I'd gotten any decent shots.

    But I'm still getting the runaround from the city. Without the owner's name or license plate I cannot report this - period. Which is ridiculous, because we were 1mi from the nearest anything. And there's no way I was going to be able to read the dogtag or get the guy's license and registration.

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    I've had all sorts of fun comments, but my favorite went like this:

    "As a cyclist, I ride on the sidewalk, that's where bikes go."

    I gave him a smile and a wave, which made him politely do the same thing back by pure reflexes alone. As he realized what he was doing a surprised look of intense confusion came over his expression. I had trouble keeping i together, it was almost too much!

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    This morning a pickup truck passed me very closely when he had plenty of space give me more room. He got stuck in a line of traffic so I pulled up next to him, he rolled down his window and I said "Couldn't you have given me a little more room". He responded with "I gave you plenty of space". I said "you gave me about a foot" and he said "well you were in the middle of the street". So now his whole story is falling apart, did he give me enough space or not? I said "I wasn't in the middle of the street. I was as far over as I could be, there were potholes" and he said "you can't go around potholes, you have to go through them". I said "and crash?" and he said "I used to ride and I wasn't a pricker head like you" and he quickly rolled up his window and drove off. So, apparently I'm a pricker head, whatever that means.

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    ^^No Straz, you are a pecker head. Sometimes it's hard to hear people yelling at you. "Pecker Head" I'm sure that was it.

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    ^^No Straz, you are a pecker head. Sometimes it's hard to hear people yelling at you. "Pecker Head" I'm sure that was it.
    Haha. It was definitely pricker head. I'm thinking he was undecided between prick and pecker head so he just mashed them together.

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    Prickerhead... I like that. It really depends what you're riding, how big the potholes are, and how long want the wheels to last.

    Just bunny hop it, bro. Don't be a little sissy, prickerhead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDD View Post
    Prickerhead... I like that. It really depends what you're riding, how big the potholes are, and how long want the wheels to last.

    Just bunny hop it, bro. Don't be a little sissy, prickerhead.
    Hahaha. It's actually a long section of pipe they replaced and the crappy patching job they did has been dug up by plows over the past few winters, so it's a long line of them, it would be one seriously long bunnyhop.

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    Got a thousand of them. Today a guy passed me and I could feel the wind from the mirror go by my head. When we got to the light I said "Why you cut me off like that." He said "Where's your license and registration" I said "Right here come get it." I got the f you and the bird. Funny there's a sign up the road that says "Give them 3 feet."
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    I encountered a guy walking the opposite way on the road. I said "hi", he quacked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    I encountered a guy walking the opposite way on the road. I said "hi", he quacked.
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    From a motorist: "You go girl!"
    Me: Wooh! (I am female)
    Motorist: Woohoo!

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    Road 16 miles on the road today. Is there a Target on my back that says "AIM FOR CYCLIST!" I raced the banks of Daytona Speedway on Superbikes for years, however I have never been as terrified as riding my xtc on the road. Are drivers completely stupid or just that ignorant!!!!! Lord help them if i catch one at a stop light!

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    Was riding home from a board meeting for our local bike co-op last night with one of my fellow board members. It was about 9PM in a quiet suburb with no traffic and we were both very well lit and riding side by side. We stopped at the one stop light on our route home to wait for it to turn green. In short, we were doing everything a responsible cyclist should do. After the light turns green, and we proceed through, a woman who was waiting in her car at the other side of the intersection rolls her window down to whine "Side by side?!!", apparently in complete shock that two cyclists would dare to ride two abreast on an empty road in a quiet suburb at night. We just laughed to ourselves because of who she said it to. My riding partner was the main "subject matter expert" that helped city council re-write the bicycle ordinances last year.

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    "You're amazing" from a guy driving a city car in our capital, Montpelier VT, aka "Montpeculiar".

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    I was riding a shared foot / cycle path (not a good start). Nice bright day. I was approaching two joggers coming the other way, they must have seen me but didn't yield; neither did I; we had a close call, he had to jump out the way, I had to swerve. Both at fault really. We exchanged unpleasantries and questioned each others parentage and I proceeded on my way. I was in way too big of a gear and was slowly getting moving when I hear footsteps rapidly approaching. I look back and the jogger is chasing me. I wasnt going to get going quick enough to outrun him and didnt want to be caught from behind, so I stopped and waited...

    He ran straight up to me and punched me in the stomach. I was doing a lot of boxing at the time so reacted with a right hook and put him on his arse. He looked up at me and said 'what did you do that for?!' . Really. His mate then approached, uh oh I thought, he looked at the downed guy and told him he was an idiot. I remounted my bike and carried on home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlipSpace View Post
    I was riding a shared foot / cycle path (not a good start). Nice bright day. I was approaching two joggers coming the other way, they must have seen me but didn't yield; neither did I; we had a close call, he had to jump out the way, I had to swerve. Both at fault really. We exchanged unpleasantries and questioned each others parentage and I proceeded on my way. I was in way too big of a gear and was slowly getting moving when I hear footsteps rapidly approaching. I look back and the jogger is chasing me. I wasnt going to get going quick enough to outrun him and didnt want to be caught from behind, so I stopped and waited...

    He ran straight up to me and punched me in the stomach. I was doing a lot of boxing at the time so reacted with a right hook and put him on his arse. He looked up at me and said 'what did you do that for?!' . Really. His mate then approached, uh oh I thought, he looked at the downed guy and told him he was an idiot. I remounted my bike and carried on home.
    big mistake....need to outrun them...can be fun as they run out of speed and power...

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    My worst reaction (IMO) was the female passenger who yelled (Circa 1984) "We pay effing taxes, get your effing bike on the sidewalk!" Back then I did the roadie thing almost exclusively and my snappy comeback was always "Thank You, have a nice day." because it usually defused things. This woman's husband (prompted by his foul-mouthed sweetheart) slams on the brakes, forcing me to stop and gets out. Typical slob-type (fists balled) yells at me "What did you call my wife?" I figure I was giving him well over 100#s but you know how worked up you can get when someone forces you off the road. Shoes off, knife out, not sure where I thought that was going but he yells "Better watch yourself next time!" and gets back in the Van. The cops were not especially helpful, but that was the 80's in the midwest.

    Best reaction I saw was a motorcyclist yelling the same thing at a riding buddy. So he chases the guy down at the next stoplight. Scared that my friend is headed for an beating, I spin up to help him disengage. He's ranting on the motorcyclist and the guy is apologizing like nuts. I'd say that's about a 50/50 call, we have our share of "tough guy" cyclists who would love to throw down.

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    CN: Columnist spurs hatred of cyclists by citing examples of cyclists who are idiots.

    My worst incident was on a rode ride through downtown in a small suburb 45 minutes west of Boston. I was traveling with the flow of traffic which was going about 10mph. The road is fairly narrow with cars parked on the side, so to give myself enough room to avoid getting taken out by an errant door being opened, and because I was easily able to keep up with traffic, I moved into the middle of the lane. I hear someone yelling behind me, then I realize this person is yelling at me. It's the driver of the truck directly behind me, and he's cursing at me, threatening to beat me to death with my bike, describing horrific things he wished to do to my bloody corpse, etc. I pulled off the road and let him by as I wasn't sure when he'd finish coming unhinged.

    I've also had people swerve across the road from the oncoming lane towards me, throw stuff at me, honk the horn at me as the drove by, and scream at me to "get off the f%^&ing road!". Generally, I've come to the conclusion that all humans are a-holes and the only proper answer is rectalcide. (extermination of all a-holes)

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    I don't seem to get much yelling, more involved than that for some reason... here's the latest

    I was gently riding my MTB through some woods near to me on a normal route for me. I slowed down some way behind a woman walking her dog. I was in no rush so didnít hassle her or ring my bell. She stopped and let me past I said thanks then she said

    -The cycle path is over there!
    I stopped
    -Excuse me?

    -The cycle path you should be on is over there. (vaguely waving her hand in front of her)

    -I know there is a cycle route there but Iím riding the trails today, Iím not sure I see the problem.

    -Bike tyres churn up the ground and slip and slide and ruin the paths for walkers, youíre not allowed here.

    -Hmm ok; I am allowed here but aside from that what youíre saying is that my tires ruin the path more than people walking?

    -Yes thatís right, as I just said they slide about and ruin it.

    -I really do dispute that, Iím not hooning around and skidding all over the place. You may see where Iíve been as a tyre leave a obvious pattern but in no way does it ruin it, if anything its more gentle as itís a constant roll rather than the plant and go of footprints.

    -No you are completely wrong on that

    -Ok, can you explain why your boots have more mud on them then my tyres?

    -Now youíre just being silly, thatís irrelevant. (trying not to look at her boots)

    -I thinks itís very relevant but ok, just out of curiosity on a different issue, I assume thatís your dog running around?

    -Yes he is, but he wonít bother you, whatís your point?

    -I didnít think he would but I assume you clear up after him?

    -No, this is the woods, itís what dogs and animals do here.

    -You do realise that dog fouling is a big issue and their faeces carry all sorts of diseases, not to mention the unpleasantness if you happen to stand in some!

    -Now youíre just changing the subject so you can have a go at me

    -A little maybe but more trying to point out that we have different ideas of whatís acceptable in the woods. Still itís a nice sunny morning and I really donít want to argue so Iím off, have a nice day! (smile and wave boys, smile and wave)

    -Er, yeah, you too.
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    Last night I wound up riding home in the dark... I enjoy a good peaceful night ride, it's way quieter out there. But last night a redneck decided to roll down the passenger window of the truck and scream the N word at me for some reason. That was a first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Last night I wound up riding home in the dark... I enjoy a good peaceful night ride, it's way quieter out there. But last night a redneck decided to roll down the passenger window of the truck and scream the N word at me for some reason. That was a first.
    Man, I hate people who do that. It's just not even acceptable.
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    That's a new one on me, CB. I had recently been wondering about the lack of postings in "what did someone yell at you", but now my lack of faith in humanity has been restored with your experience. .

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    I don't even want to validate the terminology by saying this, so don't take it the wrong way... But I'm as white as they come. Just a weird thing to scream at at someone regardless. What better way to announce your idiocy?
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    That's the thing about being stupid - you don't even know how stupid you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    That's the thing about being stupid - you don't even know how stupid you are.
    John Cleese on this subject cracks me up.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF-5-5MMpGw

    To be on topic, I usually can't understand what anyone says when they yell at me while they travel 50+ mph but really, it very rarely happpens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formula4speed View Post
    John Cleese on this subject cracks me up.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF-5-5MMpGw

    To be on topic, I usually can't understand what anyone says when they yell at me while they travel 50+ mph but really, it very rarely happpens.
    I can't understand what people are saying when they go 30 mph in the opposite direction, so it's just totally ineffective most of the time. I'm pretty sure someone told me once to get off the street or on the sidewalk, but all I heard was angry vowels with no full words.
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    I'm a stay at home dad now so I don't have a commute but a couple years ago I did. About 8.5 mi on and empty desert highway into town then I'd carpool the next 20 miles into the city. I was riding crazy early, 3:30-4 AM-ish and every day a little red truck would honk at me. I'd get the occasional unintelligible yells, but that daily honk was driving me nuts.

    On a more positive note one of the first couple days after I started on my way home I had to pull off to rest. An AK- Chin reservation cop stopped and offered me a cold bottle of water. Told me to be careful, lots of crazies on that road.
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    When anyone yells as they pass me in a car, I always respond with a big smile and a kind wave, the sort of response you would signal to your dearest neighbor. It is not an inappropriate response since most people who shout out of a moving car window are impossible to understand. For my mental health I just pretend they are shouting a compliment or expressing envy.

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    Yesterday was a snowstorm up north, riding home was difficult in 4 inches of snow/sleet so had to be further in the road since sidewalks, bike paths and bike lanes pretty much impossible to ride on even with 29+ tires. Got a "get off the road!" and some honking. Responded with vulgarities and middle finger. Probably not the best way to handle it but was a very frustrating commute without being provoked. Most cars were courteous though. I should really just smile and wave, will try harder to do that next time...

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    One winter day I was chugging home, uphill, standing on the pedals, on a side street during a snowstorm. Fortunately, I had installed my studded bike tires the night before. Just before the top of the hill a pickup truck pulled up behind me. There were nothing but parked cars and ruts in the snow so I got out of his way as soon as I could. When I did, he pulled next to me and rolled his window down. Instead of spewing anti-bike hatred, he praised me. He said, "Dude, you are a beast. I wish I could do what you are doing."

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    "That's the smartest thing I've ever seen!" (Referring to the light on the back of my helmet). Of course one of my thoughts was that he should probably hang around smarter people if that was the smartest thing he'd ever seen. But I was nice, gave him the thumbs up and told him I was just trying to be seen.

    This thread needed a revival.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    This thread needed a revival.
    Well, given most comments, that is likely a good thing!

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    The only time I've had something yelled at me was riding through the streets of Amsterdam.... "get out of here you ****ing tourist!", apparently it was that obvious lol!

    makes me appreciate the woods even more

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    My hearing is not so great and riding with a freind, we were in an area near a pond when a lady sitting on a rock wall said something (probably not yelling) and I smiled and nodded thanking her as I rode on.

    I was on my new bright orange bike and just knew everyone was noticing me and thinking what a nice bike it was - lol.

    Riding buddy moments later, tells me she was advising us this was not a bike path.
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    "On your left"
    Not unusual except I was riding to the trailhead on a slight incline, spun out at close to 20mph. The dude was a cut-off and tank top wearing e-biker with a smoke hanging out of his mouth. And he blew by me.

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    "You're not a pedestrian!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by astronauts View Post
    "You're not a pedestrian!"
    Well...I guess that's true at least.
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    Every Spring on the ride from work, I'd get the standard "get the f*** off the road!" . I started to think it was a club or something, and it didn't matter what they were driving. Last year, I didn't hear it once--the club must have folded!

    My response--smile and wave, or yell "Merry Christmas!" , to mess with them.

    To those who've suggested I ride on the sidewalk, I offer to follow them, if they'll go first.

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    Thankfully I haven't experienced much of this in the two years I've been bike commuting now. Maybe it's because I'm usually in office clothes rather than spandex. I also ride a flat-bar bike.

    One day last spring though I was on my way home when I approached a 4-way stop on two low-traffic side streets. Slightly uphill grade, speed was about 10 mph, with excellent visibility in all directions. I'm going straight, no peds in sight, no cross traffic in sight, only car around was a big diesel pickup in the oncoming lane 30-40 yds out from the other side of the intersection. So, like a reasonable person I rolled right through it.

    I reach the other side of the intersection and the driver of the pickup, who is still 10 yards from the stop sign and does not have a blinker on, leans out his window and says, "Hey! There's a stop sign there, SH!THEAD!" at the top of his effing lungs, like I had just threaded the needle between multiple moms pushing baby strollers at 30 mph. I told him to have a nice day, after which I could hear him yelling, "You sumbitch! Get back here!" I fully expected him to make a U-turn and chase me down, but thankfully he didn't. That was weird.

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    I'm sure he was the model driver that never does no wrong and was fully in the position to judge you.

    Just remember not to stereotype. Not all "people in big diesel pickup trucks" are asshats. Just like some not all cyclists are asshats. But the ones that are sure do create a bad impression for the rest of them, don't they. I actually drive a big diesel pickup .

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMCDan View Post
    ...blah blah blah removed....


    I approached a 4-way stop on two low-traffic side streets.

    ...more blah blah removed.....


    So, like a reasonable person I rolled right through it


    ....blah blah blah removed......
    a reasonable person would have stopped at the stop sign


    YOU are the problem. not the dude in the truck.

    for f***s sake people, follow the rules of the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    a reasonable person would have stopped at the stop sign


    YOU are the problem. not the dude in the truck.

    for f***s sake people, follow the rules of the road.
    Depends on where he is. The Idaho stop is a reasonable rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    a reasonable person would have stopped at the stop sign


    YOU are the problem. not the dude in the truck.

    for f***s sake people, follow the rules of the road.
    Also, actual driving has very little to do with the rules of the road. About 90 percent of drivers would be ticketed here if there laws were strictly enforced. Everyone speeds on arterials and highways at least a little bit. People cross solid lines, fail to signal when their intent is obvious, don't give the legal required amount of room, don't follow the right of way law at 4 way stops (opposite cars go when both are going straight regardless of right if way because it's faster for everyone), don't fully stop at stop signs when no other traffic is present, yield right of way when they shouldn't so that cars stuck in secondary streets trying to get in the arterial can, etc.

    There are the rules and then there is the way we drive to actually make it work. One of the first things they had to figure out with autonomous vehicles was teaching them the right way to break the rules as following them strictly screwed everything up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IPunchCholla View Post
    Depends on where he is. The Idaho stop is a reasonable rule.
    Exactly. Idaho rules are reasonable, and have a 37-year track record of being so.

    Now, I do not live in Idaho, but "Idaho Stop" laws have unanimously passed out of committee in our state legislature two years in a row. They just haven't gotten a floor vote because the full legislature has been too busy overturning ballot initiatives that were approved by a majority of voters that they happened to not like. Thus, I do not feel the least bit guilty about self-implementing those laws.

    I've Idaho Stopped within sight of cops multiple times. They don't seem to care in the least.

    Also, if I'm a pedestrian crossing a street I'll cross without a "Walk" signal if there's no cross traffic in sight. I've even been know to cross outside of marked crosswalks. The horror.

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    my point is

    you want respect for cyclists

    then act respectful of the laws when you are out there being a cyclist in public.


    LOOK the part. that means don't be a scofflaw.

    doesn't matter though, most cyclists I see don't give a rats ass.

    I stop.
    I follow laws.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    my point is

    you want respect for cyclists

    then act respectful of the laws when you are out there being a cyclist in public.


    LOOK the part. that means don't be a scofflaw.

    doesn't matter though, most cyclists I see don't give a rats ass.

    I stop.
    I follow laws.
    And I respect drivers and cyclists who drive in a safe manner, even if it is technically illegal. Not a big fan of mindless rule followers though.

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    I'm in localhost's camp. (mostly) If I can see another car, cyclist, road user...I'll stop at a stop sign to show that cyclists follow the rules of the road. Unless I'm turning right. In that case I'll stop peddling, slow, obviously look around and perform an Idaho stop which often means actually stopping. Even though I'm in Maine. We're both big potato growers, close enough. Mostly making sure to act and look responsible.

    If I'm on a back road and there obviously isn't another car within 1/2 mile of me I'll roll through. I've probably also exceeded the speed limit by 5-10 once in a while, forgot to inspect my car for an extra month, shared a persecution (for legitimate, non-recreational uses) and even not licensed a dog. There are a lot of laws that truly fall into the harm none category.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IPunchCholla View Post
    And I respect drivers and cyclists who drive in a safe manner, even if it is technically illegal. Not a big fan of mindless rule followers though.

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    I am not a mindless rule follower...

    just dumbfounded about stupid posts here
    someone posting they broke a rule and wonder why they get shade from a redneck

    for craps sake if there is traffic, follow the rules. if not following the rules and someone gives you shit about it... then eat that shit sandwich don't cry on MTBR about it

    the only way (and it will never happen, it just useless)
    but the only way is if -everyone- plays the game correctly.
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    As long as I'm not impeding someone else's turn/right of way to go through a stop sign, I will slow and roll. If there is a backup at a 4-way, I will take a turn like everyone else. I certainly applaud those whop stop every time, but I realized a long time ago the safest place to be is through that intersection. I do try to follow the rules of road as much as possible and I have called out some bikers for being asshats. That said, there are times when keeping myself safe can be discourteous to others if drivers believe they are more important. This has been an issue recently considering the snowbanks and road clearance for cars and cyclists. I will do my best to ride as far to the right of the lane as possible and I can't always choose to ride on the sidewalk, so sometimes I do get a yell to stay off the road.

    It's funny, I was talking to someone at work who is a runner and he was complaining about bikers in the road. I pointed out to him I had recently past him on my fat bike while he was running in the road. To which he replied that we weren't on a main road and the sidewalks are treacherous with the ice. I think we all have some personal rationalizations on the matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    for craps sake if there is traffic, follow the rules.
    One guy 40 yds out from a 4-way stop in a non-crossing lane on sleepy neighborhood streets is not "traffic"

    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    if not following the rules and someone gives you shit about it... then eat that shit sandwich don't cry on MTBR about it
    Not crying about it, just telling a story about what someone yelled at me in the "What did someone yell at you" thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    the only way (and it will never happen, it just useless)
    but the only way is if -everyone- plays the game correctly.
    Let's say our Idaho Stop law gets passed this session or at some hypothetical time in the future. I guarantee you that >90% of drivers will never hear about it and will still think I'm breaking the law when I do a perfectly legal Idaho Stop. Hell, I bet if you polled drivers at random at least 1-in-2 think bikes are required to ride on the sidewalk and every cyclist on the road is breaking the law simply by being there.

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    Work mate was commuting on his wifeís ebike (complete with front basket) and a passing car passenger yelled ďI want to f*uck you up the arse!Ē
    He was quite flattered.

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    I was riding and a car came by, a guy stuck his head out the passenger window and yelled "go dawgs!" (which just happens to be my college's instate rival). I caught up to them at a light and, remembering UGA had been upset the previous weekend by Vanderbilt, yelled "go Vandy!" at him. His girlfriend (?) who was driving laughed and he just muttered "aw" and slumped down in his seat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    I am not a mindless rule follower...

    just dumbfounded about stupid posts here
    someone posting they broke a rule and wonder why they get shade from a redneck

    for craps sake if there is traffic, follow the rules. if not following the rules and someone gives you shit about it... then eat that shit sandwich don't cry on MTBR about it

    the only way (and it will never happen, it just useless)
    but the only way is if -everyone- plays the game correctly.
    Sorry. I wasn't calling you a mindless rule follower. I meant to refer to drivers and bikers who follow the laws when it is clearly culturally inappropriate and actually cause issues. But that wasn't clear from my post and I apologise.

    But the op of the reply I was replying to was a guy going through a stop sign that in no way impacted the driver of the truck and the truck driver being pissed, not because it was unsafe or impacted them at all, just cause the biker bike the "rules". I take issue with that. If it doesn't effect you, even if technically against the rules, yelling and threatening is inappropriate.

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    It takes a special kind of cowardly cager to yell "get out the road" to someone pedaling the opposite way that he is driving. I had taken the lane to enter the roundabout smoothly and this guy was exiting it. I had zero impact on his travels.

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    But you could have had an impact on his travels. He was just planning for the future.

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    "You're a ****ing idiot" yelled from the window of a fishtailing sedan, as I rode my fatbike in heavy snow on a completely segregated and elevated bike path.
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    I thought I posted this in here but I don't see it...

    I bike in NYC from the railroad station to my job, about a mile and a quarter or so straight up Eighth Ave. The bike lane is on the left side of the road. One morning, I'm pedaling along when I notice a taxi coming up on my right getting closer and closer. He's right alongside me and I figure he thinks I'm going to stop and give him right of way to make a left. Finally, he's about 14" from me. I'm directly next to the driver's door and the window is open. I look right at him and say Hey, Motherf**ker. He gets all flustered and yells YOU F**k You!
    I of course found that hilarious and pedaled a little faster and went straight ahead and he made his left behind he like he was supposed to.
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    "So you're the problem child!" a man yelled from a red jeep. A long line of cars had formed behind me on a country road. I wasn't really the problem though. The problem was the guy behind me who followed me for miles instead of passing. There were plenty of opportunities. For whatever reason, the driver just wouldn't go around me until someone honked at him. The rest of the cars got past me just fine.

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    Usually people are yelling at me, "You ok?"

    :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF777 View Post
    Usually people are yelling at me, "You ok?"

    :-)
    Ironically, this is the last thing someone yelled at me, lol.

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    " Cipollini!!!! "


    It was about 1999. I was riding a mountain bike with a low seat and wearing baggy shorts.

    But I still got the reference, and appreciated it.
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    I was unaware of this thread.
    One of my favorites was a car full of college girls(I live in a college town) the one in the passenger seat screamed at me as they passed by trying to scare me. It was night time.
    As I watched them continue on I saw her doing the same thing to an elderly person out for a walk with her walker. This pissed me off and thought I would teach her a lesson.
    So I got on my horse and caught them a couple blocks later at a traffic light. I was originally mad and was gonna chew her ass but then last second I thought I would just scare her back.
    So I rolled right up to her window and yelled GOTCHA I was like 4 inches away from her face.
    I scared her so bad she nearly pissed herself as she crawled over the driver to escape.

    The extra bonus as I rode away lmao was hearing the other three girls laughing as hard as I was.

    But ya I get shit said to me all the time mostly dudes mostly jealous often if I'm graveling fat rednecks will speed up to dust me as much as possible.
    I've had a guy tell me to put some clothes on..I was wearing shorts and a tank top in the summer.

    I had two guys in a pickup pull up next to me and one of them said unprovoked "I wanna suck your c**k they didn't look gay to me.

    It seems alot of rednecks like to tune their jacked up turbo diesels to belch the blackest smoke they can. Twice this week I've had them lay on it as they pass me enveloping me in a black cloud from the side exhaust pipes. These are brand new very expensive trucks so I'm assuming the amount and color of the exhaust is completely intentional.

    If you are a fairly good looking guy in good shape be aware that other guys don't like that especially if they are unattractive and out of shape.
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    Probably because you were spun out at 20mph.

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    F**k!

    after i said your riding the wrong way in the one-way bike lane... then i yelled "YAY" back..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Van Deventer View Post

    It seems alot of rednecks like to tune their jacked up turbo diesels to belch the blackest smoke they can. Twice this week I've had them lay on it as they pass me enveloping me in a black cloud from the side exhaust pipes. These are brand new very expensive trucks so I'm assuming the amount and color of the exhaust is completely intentional.
    Yes it is, they even have a term for it, ďrolling coalĒ, assinine.
    Better than have stuff thrown at you though.
    Ive had ďnice ass!Ē, from a guy, back in my spandex days. Wasnt sure how to take that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taroroot View Post
    Yes it is, they even have a term for it, ďrolling coalĒ, assinine.
    Better than have stuff thrown at you though.
    Ive had ďnice ass!Ē, from a guy, back in my spandex days. Wasnt sure how to take that.
    Lol good one. No I had a feud with some jackass when I lived in Vegas he would always pass me on my way home talking shit out the window so I flipped him off..the next day he threw a golf ball at me.

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    Mostly, use the effing sidewalk. Did get an eff you the other day. Had an apple thrown at me but it didn't hit me. Some just yell really loud to scare me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Van Deventer View Post
    It seems alot of rednecks like to tune their jacked up turbo diesels to belch the blackest smoke they can. Twice this week I've had them lay on it as they pass me enveloping me in a black cloud from the side exhaust pipes. These are brand new very expensive trucks so I'm assuming the amount and color of the exhaust is completely intentional.
    Soot particulates in diesel smoke is a known carcinogen. I am working with legislators in my state to get it ruled as assault as it s no different than blowing asbestos in someone's face.

    It is also altering the emissions of a vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biker_soldier101 View Post
    Mostly, use the effing sidewalk. Did get an eff you the other day. Had an apple thrown at me but it didn't hit me. Some just yell really loud to scare me.
    Ya I stay on sidewalk even though it's technically illegal here. I'd rather a ticket then some college kid texting and driving kill me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bakerjw View Post
    Soot particulates in diesel smoke is a known carcinogen. I am working with legislators in my state to get it ruled as assault as it s no different than blowing asbestos in someone's face.

    It is also altering the emissions of a vehicle.
    Nice I should start taking pics of it and see what I can do.

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    FedEx driver, as I had slowed down and PULLED OVER to let him pass me to make a right turn:

    "Hey, get a move on - this isn't f*&^ing Communist China!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by urbsuburb2017 View Post
    FedEx driver, as I had slowed down and PULLED OVER to let him pass me to make a right turn:

    "Hey, get a move on - this isn't f*&^ing Communist China!"
    Should have got a pic of the plate and turned him in to FedEx.

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    FedEx rudeness

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Van Deventer View Post
    Should have got a pic of the plate and turned him in to FedEx.
    I guess I was so surprised at his "attitude" that I got lost in trying to figure out the reference. Maybe he thinks that everyone in Beijing is on a bicycle or something. By the time I could have retrieved my phone from my hip case, he was long gone down the street.

    As a regular commuter, I've begun to feel that avoiding conflict is generally the best philosophy. I really don't need this driver being on the lookout for me - most folks out on the roads are likely to be either just plain nuts, or, maybe more significantly, looking down at their phones instead of at the road. (On a recent commute, neither blinking side lights, strobing rear lights, flashing headlight, the right of way (traffic light), and the fact that I was WALKING my bike across a crosswalk prevently a woman in a big SUV from nearly plowing into me...)

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    Well I'm fighting back I live in Ok so I have alot of necks to deal with I'm autistic and don't take shit off people very well.

    But I am also very polite and patient and I stick to sidewalk 100% of the time it is possible.
    I'm minding my own business they need to do the same.

    I have a Moto phone with motion controls so I can flick my wrist and the camera opens instantly.

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    I"m Marine Corps Veteran, I have a Marine Corps "Devil Dog" cycling "jersey"; in just six weeks of commuting I have received:

    * OOH-RAH!
    * Semper FI, Marine!
    * Are you a Marine? Thank you for your service. My dad was a Marine. (at a red light)
    * Get Some Devil Dog!
    * OOH-RAH DEVIL DOG!

    No one says a thing when I wear my blue or yellow "jersey"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by urbsuburb2017 View Post
    FedEx driver, as I had slowed down and PULLED OVER to let him pass me to make a right turn:

    "Hey, get a move on - this isn't f*&^ing Communist China!"
    That's the kind of stupid, nonsensical comment that makes people hate Americans. My brother got into some roadrage incident recently and the guy got out of his car to yell at him. Ended up asking if my brother was European or gay because he was wearing a Hawaiian shirt. Like...what is this macho garbage.

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    "Run, Forest, run"!

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    "Run, Forest, run"!

    This was years ago. When I had a long beard.

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    Yesterday's hostile exchange with a profanity-spewing Alfa Romeo driver started and ended with me yelling "Drive ON THE ROAD!".

    It was kind of a twist on the good ol "Ride on the Sidewalk" thing they used to yell at me.
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    A good one tonight, temps dropped to 36F so I was not in the mood for suffering fools. As the light changed to green a car passed and someone yelled "THANK YOU" which was totally not what I was expecting. Maybe for the bike lights but who knows, that was a new one!!

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    "You are an obnoxious f**king a**hole." To earn this title I was riding down a dirt road behind a full size pickup. I was keeping up with him for about a mile and we were doing about 20mph. Well, he must have thought my 20 lb bike was going to run his 3 ton truck off the road because he was pissed. When he rolled down the window to shout at me I actually stopped to ask why he was so mad at me. The only answer I got was "You're just another dick on a bike just like all the others" OK, so maybe he already had some preconceived notions. I think he was mostly embarrassed that I could keep up with him on my little bicycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    "You are an obnoxious f**king a**hole." To earn this title I was riding down a dirt road behind a full size pickup. I was keeping up with him for about a mile and we were doing about 20mph. Well, he must have thought my 20 lb bike was going to run his 3 ton truck off the road because he was pissed. When he rolled down the window to shout at me I actually stopped to ask why he was so mad at me. The only answer I got was "You're just another dick on a bike just like all the others" OK, so maybe he already had some preconceived notions. I think he was mostly embarrassed that I could keep up with him on my little bicycle.
    Ha way to be another dick on a bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    "You are an obnoxious f**king a**hole." To earn this title I was riding down a dirt road behind a full size pickup. I was keeping up with him for about a mile and we were doing about 20mph. Well, he must have thought my 20 lb bike was going to run his 3 ton truck off the road because he was pissed. When he rolled down the window to shout at me I actually stopped to ask why he was so mad at me. The only answer I got was "You're just another dick on a bike just like all the others" OK, so maybe he already had some preconceived notions. I think he was mostly embarrassed that I could keep up with him on my little bicycle.
    Wow, just wow.

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    two days ago I very slower passed a man walking his horse, he complained about something twice, but I just ignored. I just cant really care when people complain.
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    "SHOULD I LOOK AT THE R3 or the S3?"

    It was a serious question, shouted out the window of a Lexus, that started a 25 kph conversation, which lasted until other, non-bike-shopping drivers caught up with us.

    Apparently I appear to passing motorists to be an .....expert on Cervelos?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    "SHOULD I LOOK AT THE R3 or the S3?"

    It was a serious question, shouted out the window of a Lexus, that started a 25 kph conversation, which lasted until other, non-bike-shopping drivers caught up with us.

    Apparently I appear to passing motorists to be an .....expert on Cervelos?
    I too like to think of myself as an expert in cerveza, but what's that gotta do with bikes
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    "Che, boludo...no asusta a mi perro!"

    (Hey, *expletive*...don't scare my dog.) From a pedestrian dog owner on the bike path after I yelled at her offleash dog that ran in front of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveRider View Post
    "Che, boludo...no asusta a mi perro!"

    (Hey, *expletive*...don't scare my dog.) From a pedestrian dog owner on the bike path after I yelled at her offleash dog that ran in front of me.
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    I can't tell you what awful things were yelled at me as I rode my bike...I didn't hear them!
    I can't tell you what awful things I have yelled at drivers... NSFW!

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    Cop pulls up to me @ a red light..

    in downtown oakland china town on a one way street...sez..hey buddy..you should ride closer to the right side of the lane/parked cars b/c youre blocking traffic. i say "well i have the right to take the lane..it's a LAW..dumas" He just pulled away w/o a word....i laughed..

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    On my first "cold" weather commute, I got yelled at by a toothless backseat passenger

    I live in Florida, and today was the first day with sub-50į F (10įC). On my long stretch of road, going up a slight incline, the light at the intersection was red and traffic was starting to back up. I ride with a rear view mirror and saw this particular car approaching and as it was passing me, I see the back seat window begin to roll down. Oh boy I thought. So as they start to come to a stop and I begin to catch back up; I notice the back seat passenger is trying to gain my attention by feverishly waving their hand. Well as I come up alongside the car, the toothless back seat passenger at the top of her lungs shouts:

    "Have a good ride! Stay Warm!" (With the biggest grin, ear to ear)

    The nerve of this young, elementary school girl...shouting pleasantries, having a happy disposition, missing her two front teeth on her way to school.

    sheesh...

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    Was on my way back home on a gravel road after riding my favorite trail. I had pulled over to the edge and was putting on a sweater because my shirt was wet and cold.

    This guy in a red Chevy truck saw me and floored it. I thought great I'm about to get dusted. Then I could see his teeth bared and shouting something about get the **** out of the road. Which I was on the edge already it is a very wide flat section of gravel. So plenty of room no other vehicles around.

    When he got to me he swerved at me doing 50-60 mph.

    I just smiled and gave him a one finger statue of liberty salute.

    Another day in Oklahoma. I don't know how all the gravel riders deal with it.

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