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Old 07-12-05, 08:45 PM   #1
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Verbal assaults while riding

What should one do if someone yells out of a car while we are riding? It is so shocking. Should one follow them, get the license no. and call the police? I would really ruin a nice weekend ride. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-12-05, 08:48 PM   #2
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I dont do anything unless the yell is accompanied by wreckless driving. Then I memorize their plate number and report the incident to my local police via the non-emergency phone number. I have tracked down the houses of a few a-holes though.
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Keep riding, and thank ? that you're not such an a**hole as the person doing the yelling.

Or you can shoot 'em.
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Contemplate their family tree. I've only gotten yelled at by unevolved looking knuckle draggers.
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When I was riding my tricycle on the sidewalk this big kid called me a stupid dumbhead so I stuck my tongue out at him!
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get the license no. and call the police?
What exactly would the police charge them with?
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The consensus here is that the best thing to do is either show no sign that you even heard them, or smile and wave. The smile and wave seems to throw them off balance the most.
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I got a "Woot, Woot" from a car load of young ladies during yesterday's ride. I was a little weirded out when they put the car they were driving in reverse (opposite lane) and giving me all sorts of attention. Needless to say I did not tell them off or call the police because they were having a good time even though it was dangerous.
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Contemplate their family tree. I've only gotten yelled at by unevolved looking knuckle draggers.
Chances are it would be a straight line.
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The smile and wave seems to throw them off balance the most.
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Old 07-13-05, 09:45 AM   #12
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When I get yelled at by passing idiots I usually get all bend outta shape and fill up with blinding rage, all the while maintaining a calm expression on the outside and pretend like it didnt bother me.

Anyone know best way to treat split personality disorder?
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Last time I had someone yell at me from a passing car, I was changing lanes to get into the left turn lane. I had waited for a break in traffic and approached it a little sooner then I could have, making me get into the center "yellow broken stripped" lane and then went another few feet to actually be in the left turn lane. A guy in a car going the opposite direction, got on a loud speaker and yelled "That isn't a bike lane!" I just chuckled to myself and went on my merry way.
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Say "Hey Joe, how's the kids", as if you know them.
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I try to ignore it but I'm not always successful. I've been known to yell back or flip them off. I really don't think it helps to do that, but I'm hard headed sometimes.
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Yelling is fortunately just words.
My frustation with it is that is brings to light (on nearly every commute its so common) how freaking miserable the culture is around me. It angers me at first, but that quickly turns to sadness that there are so many pathetic car-me-first-agressive-angry people out there.
I have a very thick skin generally and can take and brush off lots of verbal abuse while riding, but even so when on some 30min rides when I get 3-4 agressive insulting yells, honks and other rude behavior it does wear on me and puts me in a bad mood when I get home, not angry at the people who did it, but angry/saddened by the enviroment that has brought on this behavior in people.

(where I live traffic moves fast and even if it were helpful (its not) there is no way I could yell back or catch them at the next light. one of the attributes of the yelling is that it is by circumstance and known to the yeller a one way communication, you get yelled at but cant respond. this certainly makes it frustraing.)

Al aka "A total f-ing a-hole" as I learned a few weeks ago riding home from work.
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Wait till they pass, then use your shoulder fired light antitank weapon .Aim for the trunk.It works every time. Of course i am kidding sometimes you can feel like that, but generally let it go unless they put you in danger then get the liscense and call the cops A.S.A.P.

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Noisebeam I lived out there in AZ for a few years and that's got to be the angriest state in the US. The traffic there makes SoCal seem relaxed by comparison. AZ has all the "2-1/2 strikes" people fleeing CA (or at least getting closer to their source of meth) and all kinds of weird, spun-out people. In AZ, if you don't have a criminal record, well, it's like being a 25-year-old virgin.

Move to California, move to the middle of L.A. or anywhere in the state (as long as you're not moving into "south central", East Palo Alto, etc) and you'll find it much more relaxed.
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Like was said....let it go. Remember what happened to that rider in Denver a while back. Said, "Whats your problem", the next thing happened was some F-ing A-hole shot and killed him. For what? Not worth it bro. I think the more people learn that "verbal" assault is no more assault than just playground children namecalling, the longer lives they will lead. Yes, its lame, it sucks, and sometimes a bltch, but its definitely nothing to loose your life over. Times have changed...too many looneys!
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What I do is what mood I am talk. So if I have a bad day I let off some steem, go days let it go, or if I want to miss with there minds I like to say, "Thank your wife for me, I was great, she was ok!" you get great looks after that one.

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I wait until they're stopped at a light, then I rip off my shorts and hit them in the face with the chamois.
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When I get yelled at by passing idiots I usually get all bend outta shape and fill up with blinding rage, all the while maintaining a calm expression on the outside and pretend like it didnt bother me.

Anyone know best way to treat split personality disorder?
I don't think you have a disorder, neither do I
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What should one do if someone yells out of a car while we are riding? It is so shocking. Should one follow them, get the license no. and call the police? I would really ruin a nice weekend ride. Any suggestions?
I just ignore it, mostly because by the time I think up a witty comeback they're blocks away Come to think of it, on the rare occasion when it was called for I was the one doing the yelling at boneheads who inadvertently almost ended my existence
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What should one do if someone yells out of a car while we are riding? It is so shocking. Should one follow them, get the license no. and call the police? I would really ruin a nice weekend ride. Any suggestions?
When this happens I'm so glad that I installed that 20mm Gatling cannon that makes sheet metal into confetti in no time at 5000 spm. Every town should have an Army/Navy surplus store. Sure, it weighs a lot, but satisfaction is GUARANTEED!
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What should one do if someone yells out of a car while we are riding? It is so shocking. Should one follow them, get the license no. and call the police? I would really ruin a nice weekend ride. Any suggestions?
Ok, Rochester, NY. The driver can argue that he has a right to express his opinion (First Amendment). YOU do not have the right to never be offended (Bill of Non-Rights). I usually do the hand-cupped-to-the-ear, shoulder shrugging, mouthing "Sorry, I can't hear you!" routine. Since the point of a rant is that the other person hear your opinion, this tends to render their anger impotent. It's a way to hit back without, well, hitting back.
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