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Old 06-12-07, 11:46 AM   #1
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I think I've got my race face on for Sat.; Incident w/so-called 'Cager'

Had a nice practice ride today in Whitnall Park, where I've learned in my cornering drill that my biggest mistake has been looking too much in front of the bike, say 5-6 feet out while turning. When I remind myself to look ahead I get around much smoother.

On the way out on a MUP section some chick is walking with a young kid and a dog. She's gabbing on a cell phone paying no attention to the little boy who is telling her a bike is coming behind them.

Of course, last second the dog crosses over right in front of me...I unclip to a stop...she never says a word. Nice.

On the way back two guys in a golf cart...yapping away and I could see it coming. They were going to cross the path without ever looking to see me coming. Sure enough, as I yell out to them.

Then comes the final straw.

After a good, hard practice of cornering and accelerating I'm almost home from the 36-mile ride.

I turn left onto my street and suddenly and for no reason a horn blast from a car behind me scares the crap out of me. I tell you, there was no reason for it. I snapped. It was something that hasn't happened to me in years...thousands of miles of riding. I usually NEVER have problems with drivers.

And I preach against doing this very thing. Anyone who knows me knows this is SO NOT like me. But I must have my race face/focus on already.

I yelled out to no one in particular, "You have got to be fu&*^%ing kidding me."

I sat up and started pointing down with my left hand to the road beneath me yelling, "I've got just as much right to be on this road as anybody."

The guy turn right as I go straight and look back there now.
He's yelling something out of his window at me, which of course I can not understand a word of.

I scream back at him while flipping my arm into the air, "Ah F you a-hole."

Then I just started laughing out loud!

I don't know what got into me. But at that point it was all just funny to me. I've never blown up like that on a ride before. I should feel bad. But you know what? It felt pretty good.

See what you guys have done to me with this racing mentality now?!
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Old 06-12-07, 11:49 AM   #2
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No, no, no, Hip... you didn't scream at him. You're a racer now. You yelled at him.
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Old 06-12-07, 11:52 AM   #3
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i did it more before i started racing.
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Old 06-12-07, 11:57 AM   #4
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I see from your actions that the doping is right on schedule.
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Old 06-12-07, 11:58 AM   #5
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Heh.....it always feels good when you're doing it, but after you have a few minutes to think about it, sometimes ya wish you didn't do it. Kind of like when I got a severe case of road rage when this guy was going like 30 mph in a 50 mph zone, brake checking me then speeding up, swerving between lanes so I couldn't pass......and I gave the dude in the F-250 the finger and mouthed "**** you *******" to 'em at a stoplight. I was in my car of course.....but yeah, after he tried running me off the road and I had to pass some guy in front of us on the shoulder at around 90 mph, I was thinking perhaps I should've just let 'em keep being a dickhead and ignored 'em.
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Old 06-12-07, 12:03 PM   #6
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Heh.....it always feels good when you're doing it, but after you have a few minutes to think about it, sometimes ya wish you didn't do it. Kind of like when I got a severe case of road rage when this guy was going like 30 mph in a 50 mph zone, brake checking me then speeding up, swerving between lanes so I couldn't pass......and I gave the dude in the F-250 the finger and mouthed "**** you *******" to 'em at a stoplight. I was in my car of course.....but yeah, after he tried running me off the road and I had to pass some guy in front of us on the shoulder at around 90 mph, I was thinking perhaps I should've just let 'em keep being a dickhead and ignored 'em.
Exactly Guitar....my feeling as well....which is why what happened today really suprised me. Maybe that's why I started laughing....because I realized what I did was so stupid.

But I'm like, in this zone right now....it's kinda wierd.
When you're just out riding without a specific purpose maybe it's easier to let stuff go.
Who knows.

I'm just all geeked up now.
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You should have stuck your pump in his spokes and watched him fly off into the ditch!
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Old 06-12-07, 12:20 PM   #8
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Here in Ohio were the rednecks are aplenty that ride could easily be duplicated. Only here the tough guys that shoot off their pie holes too much are always conveinently going the other way. You did good Hip.
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Old 06-12-07, 12:26 PM   #9
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Jeez, Cypress... I mean, Hip. Taking on the cagers? Next thing you know you're going to be skydiving and entering mixed martial arts tournaments.
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Clearly another case of Optygen rage.
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Yeah we've all probably got some bike-road-rage stories. I'm glad I'm (mostly ) past those days. Too many people with nothing to loose - and I was a big idiot when people crossed me.

Glad you enjoyed it though, with no ill effects
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Old 06-12-07, 12:33 PM   #12
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Jeez, Cypress... I mean, Hip. Taking on the cagers? Next thing you know you're going to be skydiving and entering mixed martial arts tournaments.
...Look, Crom...don't give me any of your Cypress crap or I'll switch Cats Saturday and come into your Masters Cat to open up some whoop-ass on you!


...okay, if you didn't guess, here is where the face goes! As in, I'm just kiddin', don't hurt me.

p.s.
My plan is to bring a cooler with chocolate milk on ice in it for you guys for post-race if you can find me. they claim they are giving me a close parking area that day due to my huge celebrity status!

We'll see.
But if it's nice and close then I become the milk and Gatorade stand for BF racers!
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...Look, Crom...don't give me any of your Cypress crap or I'll switch Cats Saturday and come into your Masters Cat to open up some whoop-ass on you!


...okay, if you didn't guess, here is where the face goes! As in, I'm just kiddin', don't hurt me.

p.s.
My plan is to bring a cooler with chocolate milk on ice in it for you guys for post-race if you can find me. they claim they are giving me a close parking area that day due to my huge celebrity status!

We'll see.
But if it's nice and close then I become the milk and Gatorade stand for BF racers!
Hey! Chocolate milk. Sweet!

And I have no doubt whatsoever that you are able to open up a big ole can of whoop-ass anytime you so choose. At will.

This stuff is fun, ain't it?
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wowzers chocolate milk!
i'm now officially pumped for saturday
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What's a 'cager'?
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What's a 'cager'?
A really annoying term for " a person driving a car ". The car is the cage hence the one in the car is the cage-er.

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fwiw it happened to me this week end sort of too. but it was a guy on a motorcycle that got my goat
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A really annoying term for " a person driving a car ". The car is the cage hence the one in the car is the cage-er.

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fwiw it happened to me this week end sort of too. but it was a guy on a motorcycle that got my goat
i know, and i agree with the preface to your definition, hence the question.
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What's a 'cager'?
Someone not riding a Pinny.

No idea.
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Someone not riding a Pinny.

No idea.
keep it up and it's back to the road cycling forum with you.
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What's a 'cager'?
A basketball player, dipschitt...
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A basketball player, dipschitt...
Well played.
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A basketball player, dipschitt...
i see that you're still struggling with dyslexia.
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i see that you're still struggling with dyslexia.
He's actually on target.
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Anything but that. I beg forgiveness.
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I have recently started to play some mind games with people instead of shouting. I was riding down an avenue, had the light, but there were no cars around so the pedestrians crossed as if a collision with a bike wouldn't hurt. About 50 feet before I reached the intersection I shouted, "Look out, he's not gonna stop!" They scattered.

In another episode, I was in a park where a dog's owner had let the dog off its leash (illegal). The dog went running after a squirrell that ran across the road, leaving him in my trajectory. Instead of swerving to avoid Fido, I stopped, showed him a piece of bread that I had brought to eat during my ride, and started to coax him - in the opposite direction of his owner. The owner shouted something so I waved and said, "Thanks for the dog!"

Finally, a runner decided to cross the street without looking. I buzzed him and calmy said, "Only one of us is wearing a helmet. Who do you think would do better in a crash?"
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