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    So this morning I'm tooling along on my way to work, and got buzzed by an SUV. Road conditions were clear except for the gutter, which was icy and rutted, so obviously I was where the passenger side tire tracks. The opposing lane was clear, with plenty of sight ahead (although was double line) So this guy was just being an azz.

    I didn't flip him off, I didn't scream, I just raised a left hand with a shoulder shrug saying basically, thanks alot for nearly hitting me.

    Well, this guy was itchin for a fight... he slams on the brakes about 50 yds ahead, so I just pass him on the right - of course he has his window down and is cursing me out for "being in the middle of the road", and "what's my f'n problem"

    I'm yelling back "Why didn't you use the other f'n lane?!"

    So then he gets behind me and decides to "scare" me, revving up close to me, then hitting the brakes a couple times (maybe 20 seconds worth). Mind you, this is a relatively busy main artery through town, and there are cars coming the other way, (I imagine behind as well, but I was too busy keeping an eye on dyckhead).

    He then decides that the best course of action would be to get a few 100 yards a head, park his car in a senior center parking lot and, I guess, lie in wait, to "take me on".

    Problem for "Genius" was, the parking lot is on the other side of the road - and traffic was coming, plus this guy was 6' even and all of 290 - so he wasn't moving fast.

    About 1/2 mile ahead I hit town, and stopped at a phone to call 911 - I had memorized the plate PLUS, I have the whole thing in AVI format (at least what occurred in front of me - unfortunately not him threatening to hit me from behind)

    Maybe I should get a second one of these and point it to the rear!




    Ohhh.... and the cops took my statement, and later came back (where i was working) and had me identify the guy from a picture they printed up from the DMV.
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    Good job. Never ceases to amaze me how much "courage" some people get from alcohol, or motor vehicles.

    I did see a bumper sticker on route 128 one day that read "driver is armed with a video camera".
    I thought I was suffering from depression once. Turned out, I was simply surrounded by idiots.

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    Wow, that's crazy! I'm sorry you had to deal with that kind of moronic behavior Does it happen often where you are? Is that why you have the cam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peregrine
    Wow, that's crazy! I'm sorry you had to deal with that kind of moronic behavior Does it happen often where you are? Is that why you have the cam?
    No, on both accounts.
    It doesn't happen very often, although buzzing happens all the time.
    And I bought the camera because I'm addicted to gadgets.

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    That guy is going to have several helpings of humble pie. Video + audio footage ought to give the police plenty of leverage, not just a case of your word versus his word this time. Keep us updated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon
    That guy is going to have several helpings of humble pie. Video + audio footage ought to give the police plenty of leverage, not just a case of your word versus his word this time. Keep us updated!
    Well the audio isn't much, that's for sure. Too much wind.
    The video is only what happened in front of me, not behind.

    I'm not sure I'm going to press charges, I just wanted the cops to scare the crap out of him, and to explain that I had a right to the road, he must pass me safely, and that I was NICE enough to not press charges, even though I had evidence.

    I'm quite conspicuous when I ride and it's likely this guy will see me again (he lives right in that town), so rather than have him hunting me, I'd rather have him thanking me.

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    post the video?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon
    That guy is going to have several helpings of humble pie. Video + audio footage ought to give the police plenty of leverage, not just a case of your word versus his word this time. Keep us updated!

    I doubt the police will do anything. I was armed with all sorts of information on a complete bozo, and they told me that as long as he didn't hit me, there was nothing they could do.

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    Sounds like you're being more than fair. It will also be nice to have that embedded in his driving record in case he pulls any more stunts like that, and the fact that he got caught on video ought to give him WAY lots of reason to avoid crossing you again.

    WHY do we not have an :evil: emoticon around here, anyway...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikepacker67
    Well the audio isn't much, that's for sure. Too much wind.
    The video is only what happened in front of me, not behind.

    I'm not sure I'm going to press charges, I just wanted the cops to scare the crap out of him, and to explain that I had a right to the road, he must pass me safely, and that I was NICE enough to not press charges, even though I had evidence.

    I'm quite conspicuous when I ride and it's likely this guy will see me again (he lives right in that town), so rather than have him hunting me, I'd rather have him thanking me.
    DUDE, you simply have to press charges, gotta send a message.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by zip22
    post the video?

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    By the way,

    (1) did you show the cops the video when they came by?

    (2) did the mention of the video footage seem to increase their interest in pursuing it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon
    WHY do we not have an :evil: emoticon around here, anyway...
    For this guy, we need a WNED: emoticon.

    The more of these cameras, the better. Way to go, Bikepacker!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon
    By the way,

    (1) did you show the cops the video when they came by?

    (2) did the mention of the video footage seem to increase their interest in pursuing it?
    The cops haven't seen the video yet, but they know I have it.
    I was at work when I talked with them, and didn't have access to a computer with SD memory card slot.

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    Yeah, I'm sure it will be a rude, rude awakening when the road-rager finds out it's not just his word versus the cyclists' word :evil:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikepacker67
    The cops haven't seen the video yet, but they know I have it.
    I was at work when I talked with them, and didn't have access to a computer with SD memory card slot.
    Be careful what format you output it in, then, because codecs are to video as fonts are to documents, you don't want to pick a codec that you have but they don't. I'd recommend burning it as a DVD-ROM if you've got the capability.

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    Tomorrow I'll drop off a CD copy for their perusal.
    The cop did think that the camera was VERY COOL, and asked about purchasing one himself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon
    Be careful what format you output it in, then, because codecs are to video as fonts are to documents, you don't want to pick a codec that you have but they don't. I'd recommend burning it as a DVD-ROM if you've got the capability.

    I don't. Hmmm....

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    Quote Originally Posted by boozergut
    DUDE, you simply have to press charges, gotta send a message.......
    The problem is that this guy is SURE to see me again, and next time might be on a less travelled road.
    I just want him to understand he was wrong, that I had him dead-to-rights, but I was NICE enough not to hang him by the nads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikepacker67
    I don't. Hmmm....
    Then Windows Media Player .wmv format might be a good bet. You can convert stuff to Windows Media Player for free using Windows Movie Maker on a WinXP computer (Start > Programs > Windows Movie Maker), or with the free Windows Media Encoder from here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...DisplayLang=en

    If you haven't used Windows Movie Maker before, it's pretty simple to use for cropping video down. Open the program, click "Import Video," then aim it at your .AVI file. Once it's loaded the file, it'll probably split it into a bunch of sub-clips that all appear in the middle window. You can select them all, right-click them and choose "Combine."

    Then, before dragging the video to the timeline below, use the preview window at the right to find the beginning of your incident, and click the lil' "Split" icon below the video window. Then find the end, and split it again at that point. Now your combined video is split into three pieces, and you can drag-&-drop the piece that you want down onto the timeline and click "Save to my computer" or "Save to CD."

    Windows Media Encoder 9 will work on Win2000 if you don't have WinXP, and you can still crop the video, or just output the whole thing and tell the cops "it's minutes 14 through 20" or whatever.

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    I really wish I had a cam pointing backwards...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon
    Be careful what format you output it in, then, because codecs are to video as fonts are to documents, you don't want to pick a codec that you have but they don't. I'd recommend burning it as a DVD-ROM if you've got the capability.
    or a video cd would be good as well. plays in most dvd players and only reqires a normal cd burner to make. the software that came with the drive often has the option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikepacker67
    The cop did think that the camera was VERY COOL, and asked about purchasing one himself!
    This could be the kind of news story that would benefit all road cyclists. Bascially a story about how some driver was busted due to a video cam mounted on a bicycle, noting that 'these camera's are now commonly used by cyclists'. If drivers think these things are common and that we can capture them on video, they may just think before being A-holes to cyclists.
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    I 'm thinking of getting a cam like the one you've got there, bikepacker...I'm still packing pepper spray, i'm dosing the next assnut that gets out of their car to assault me....what is up with drivers these days? I wonder what the police would have done if they would have found the guy across the street from his car, sitting on the curb, blinded from the pepper spray after you called 911?

    I think the LAB could do every bicyclist in the country a HUGE favor if the stopped dinking around about bike facilities and just push bicycling PR to the masses for a couple of years, americans drivers are way seriously wacked about bikes in the road.
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    I'll figure it out....
    Worst case scenario I'll borrow a laptop and show the cops myself.
    I want this guy 'talked to' with the cops seeing clearly the buzzing, my lane position, his actions, etc.

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