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40 miles down and ten to go. I’m standing outside the 7 Eleven finishing a bottle of Gatorade and looking wistfully at the stormy skies I’m headed into on my way home. All of a sudden, a black truck coming from the opposite direction (meaning I never passed him on the road) drives by and the owner, a very large red-bearded farm boy, proceeds to introduce me to his middle finger and provide the following salutation, “I hope you get wet, D***head!!....”. There was more, but I was so lost in the eloquence of his greeting that I didn’t catch it. He must have an aversion to Lycra.

I have been riding seriously for about six months now, and in my experience about 98% of motorists are pretty decent folk. They do friendly things like not run you off the road. They understand that the cyclist shares the paved bit with them and there is room enough for everyone. The other 2% feel differently. To them, every cyclist should be featured by John-what’s-his-name on “America’s Most Wanted” and the role of the four-wheeled driver is to dispatch the cyclist off the road and onto his ass as quickly and efficiently as possible. The worst is mini-van-driving-soccer-moms on the phone who have no bloody idea how wide their Honda Odyssey is, but I’ll save more of that for another thread.

Back to Ford F150 guy. The irony is that I live out in the country and if I am not on my bike, I am probably on my tractor. So cyclist-hating Bubba and I probably have way more in common that he would ever think. Not that I want to have a beer with him anytime soon. So while this is all going down, I’m thinking of the recent thread below where the poster complained that roadies never say “Hi” when they go by. I fall into the camp that really doesn’t care one way or another if there is an exchange of pleasantries when two cyclists cross paths. Call me self absorbed. Or call me way too concerned with the 2% of motorist above. With the average cyclist plus bike weighing in the neighborhood of 200 lbs and the average motorist plus vehicle weighing over two tons, that’s an order of magnitude difference and then some. The odds are not with the two wheeled guy. So I’ll happily take ten blank stares from roadies if it means one Bubba will move over slightly more than the width of my bike when he passes me.

Enough said. And I’ll try and keep future posts shorter. Nice forum,

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njo2002 said:
40 miles down and ten to go. I’m standing outside the 7 Eleven finishing a bottle of Gatorade and looking wistfully at the stormy skies I’m headed into on my way home. All of a sudden, a black truck coming from the opposite direction (meaning I never passed him on the road) drives by and the owner, a very large red-bearded farm boy, proceeds to introduce me to his middle finger and provide the following salutation, “I hope you get wet, D***head!!....”. There was more, but I was so lost in the eloquence of his greeting that I didn’t catch it. He must have an aversion to Lycra.

...Back to Ford F150 guy. The irony is that I live out in the country and if I am not on my bike, I am probably on my tractor. So cyclist-hating Bubba and I probably have way more in common that he would ever think. Not that I want to have a beer with him anytime soon.
Ahhh, f*** Ford F150 guy. He's probably just butthurt because he's getting bent over and rammed every time he has to fuel up, and he knows it, and so Priuses and bikes are now on his hater list. Either that, or he's simply a sub-moron.

Have to admit, I've seen some pretty sad stuff from motorists. It's once in a blue moon, but it's annoying when it does happen. I remember one guy riding on the back of a motorcycle trying to mock me by pretending to pedal. I remember thinking, "Wow, what makes you so cool, you're on the back of a motorcycle clutching another man to yourself to avoid falling off." :lol:
 

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A 9 y.o. kid in the passenger seat of a large SUV was mocking me the other day as he went by. I caught up to the SUV at the red light. I looked and he was hiding and didn't come out. When the light changed he stuck his head out and made weird noises again. I just smiled back.
 

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I'm in my fifth season, and I'd say the a-hole percentage is much lower than 2%. I think in my 5 years I've had three to five encounters of note, and never one when I wasn't actively riding on the road and the antagonist was passing me.

I'm pretty sure in all cases the antagonist said something to the affect of "get on the bikepaths", give or take some additional descriptive language.

The scariest case was just about 3 weeks ago, when I was cresting a hill and picking up speed, this younger, big guy in a beater drove up beside me, and instead of blowing by, he stayed right beside and started *****ing about being on the road. I said something to the effect that I'm legally allowed to ride on the road, and he said "How would you feel if I ran you off the road right now?" In a moment of bravado, I told him to "F*** off", and he slammed on his brakes. What he did not realize is that a van had come up behind him, and just about rear ended him when he did that.

The antagonist must have been embarrassed or something, because he accelerated hard and gave me a wide berth, and that's the last I saw of him. Crappy thing is that it's a road I take fairly often, so the last couple times I've been on it I get really tense when a car approaches from behind.

I hate that the world has to be filled with inconsiderate, ignorant people.
 

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Just smile and wave. That's what I do. Tends to make then angrier then throwing the bird back at them.
That's probably the best policy (see my story above), either that, or apologize for being in the way. That's the approach I'm going to take next time I have a run in.
 

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Einstruzende said:
the a-hole percentage is much lower than 2%
Agreed. That notion occured during my 15 mile commute during rush hour. I must be passed by 500 cars and trucks a day, maybe 2,000 over the course of a week - and that's a conservative estimate. It's a bad week if one, maybe two, of those motorists does something offensive. The thing is, it's the one a-hole that you remember - like the young punk in his suped up Honda with the Hollywood mufflers who reved his engine loudly and suddenly just as he was passing me. It startled me and I could have lost control.
 

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Einstruzende said:
I'm in my fifth season, and I'd say the a-hole percentage is much lower than 2%. I think in my 5 years I've had three to five encounters of note, and never one when I wasn't actively riding on the road and the antagonist was passing me.

I'm pretty sure in all cases the antagonist said something to the affect of "get on the bikepaths", give or take some additional descriptive language.

The scariest case was just about 3 weeks ago, when I was cresting a hill and picking up speed, this younger, big guy in a beater drove up beside me, and instead of blowing by, he stayed right beside and started *****ing about being on the road. I said something to the effect that I'm legally allowed to ride on the road, and he said "How would you feel if I ran you off the road right now?" In a moment of bravado, I told him to "F*** off", and he slammed on his brakes. What he did not realize is that a van had come up behind him, and just about rear ended him when he did that.

The antagonist must have been embarrassed or something, because he accelerated hard and gave me a wide berth, and that's the last I saw of him. Crappy thing is that it's a road I take fairly often, so the last couple times I've been on it I get really tense when a car approaches from behind.

I hate that the world has to be filled with inconsiderate, ignorant people.
Sigh. Beater guy is an idiot, and is super lucky he didn't cause an accident that would've put himself in the hospital. :rolleyes:

My personal worst was really stupid... I was biking, admittedly slowly at the time, towards this freeway overpass. Some dumbass construction worker guy in a pickup (and that's ironic, 'cuz I used to work construction) wanted to take the ramp onto the freeway, but, poor baby, he had to wait a couple of extra seconds for me to cross the ramp before he could take it.

He starts yelling, "You bastard! YOU BASTARD!" over and over. I take a few "you bastards", and finally just snap. I yelled back, about ten times louder, and in a voice that scared even me... "AAAAAH, WHY DON'T YOU JUST... GO.... F*** YOURSELF!!!".

His reaction was great. His jaw fell open, he looked like someone just dropped an anvil on his head. :lol:

After a moment, he recovered and sorta half-heartedly tried to start talking s*** again, but by that time he was already on the ramp and leaving. I waved him off. I almost wish he had parked it and run after me, I think I really wanted the opportunity to put him in the ICU.

Which would've made me as stupid as he was (except for the fact that he started this little encounter, I never would have), but I was just infuriated. I think what really tore it for me was his reaction to being verbally abused BACK... he seemed just so surprised, like how dare I.

I guess aholes just don't know or understand that they're aholes. It's kind of like walking down the street and screaming "F*** YOU" in the face of everyone you meet. You mean, you don't expect to get punched in the face back? Wow. :eek6:

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Let me just add, I think the above is rooted in a really misplaced sense of road entitlement, as in cars belong and bikes don't, so we should just 'take it' when they decide they want to take their bad day or sh**ty lives out on us.

It's really super-sad.
 

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A dude pulled up next to me and was shouting something out the window, I couldn't understand a word. When I turned my head to spew filth back at him I saw that it was a Good Friend that I hadn't seen in about 20yrs and he wasn't cursing me but calling me by name.
It was good to see him!
 

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Our group ride on Sunday got passed by a dude in a Corvette with big loud pipes...we held him up for a about 8 nanoseconds, and he revved his engine as he zoomed by, demonstating his indignance at our impertinence. Of course we caught him at the light, pulled up next to him and asked him to discuss the issue, to which he kept a white knuckle grip on the steering wheel and looked straight ahead.

It never ceases to amaze me at how mad we can make people in 3500 lbs cars, who are delayed by a whopping 10 to 20 seconds because of cyclists....
 
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