I was riding home from studying at sunset, and I guess it was a little past sunset. My generator/light kit that I had just installed that day broke about ten minutes earlier. I came to a red light, I was east-bound. Two guys were walking up from my right, north-bound but saw me and changed direction to walk down along the street where I would be heading. The light changed and there were two cars crossing with me. I took off and swerved behind the second car to go to the wrong side of the road and hopefully put the car between me and the guys. The speed limit was 35, but just starting out I might be able to get enough distance to make it. I almost felt stupid, swerving just out of fear, as they hadn't done anything yet other than change directions and wait for me, but just as I swerved they took off chasing me across the street. My chain slipped a couple of gears, and earlier that night it slipped all the way off, so I thought it had done that again and I was screwed, but instead it caught and I hauled ass as fast as I could because at this instant was when they were clearly chasing me. I made it to the wrong side of the street and the guy in the lead threw a soda bottle at me. I ducked and it went in front of my face. I thought to myself that if he was throwing things I had beat him, but I head his footsteps and saw that he was chasing me. He was freaking fast. All he had to do was grab my backpack or kick the back wheel, or if he had a stick or something throw it at my bike, or keep up enough for me to tire or have my chain slip again. But thank God, I had more juice on the bike than he had on foot. I kept pedalling like mad to the next light, turned and went into an even darker, even more dangerous neighborhood just to hopefully lose them. I caught my breath and went back to the main street, full speed all the way home.
Since then, I've realized that I should have turned right as soon as I saw them, and found another way home. I'm not going back out after dark, ever - and that pisses me off - why should I be forced to ride only in the daytime just because of these two jerks. And will I even be safer in the day time? They could mug me in daylight just as easily. So instead, I'm thinking I should carry a stun-*** or even a real ***, I'd like to be able to afford the new taser. I'm not even in a big scary city like DC or NY or Chicago.