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Old 09-30-06, 10:10 AM   #1
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I failed the cager test

Yeah, so I'm riding home, and from behind I hear a couple of honks. No problem, I just kinda look back. Then the guy just starts laying on the horn while passing me. He squeezed me a little, but he wasn't about to hit me, but I went nuts on him. I was leaning over yelling at him and giving him the finger. Yesterday all in all wasn't the best day for me, but I still need better self control. This is why I don't really carry mace anymore. I'm afraid I'll use it when the situation doesn't warrant it.
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Yeah, so I'm riding home, and from behind I hear a couple of honks. No problem, I just kinda look back. Then the guy just starts laying on the horn while passing me. He squeezed me a little, but he wasn't about to hit me, but I went nuts on him. I was leaning over yelling at him and giving him the finger. Yesterday all in all wasn't the best day for me, but I still need better self control. This is why I don't really carry mace anymore. I'm afraid I'll use it when the situation doesn't warrant it.
Hey, happens to me all the time. I know I should control myself, but every once in a while, after a particularly close, intentional honking and buzzing, I lose my patience too. As long as I just get it out of my system and don't stew about it all day, I'm ok.
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Discipline, Grasshoppah.

A horn from behind indicates the driver sees an up-coming road hazard and is warning you. You should take the lane. Smile and wave to thank him for the heads-up as he passes.
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Yesterday must have been a bad day everywhere. I had an older guy honking at me, wanting me to move over another enough so that he could squeeze between me and oncoming traffic. As he came around I yelled as loudly as possibly "---- you!" I can't wait for my Airzound to get here.

Yesterday I felt bad to begin with, had a large number (or the usual Friday number) of rude drivers, and had one of Florida's fall infestation of love bugs fly under my Oakleys into my right eye. Then I saw an older man sitting outside with some sort of walker. We waved to each other and said hello, and I thought of how lucky I was to be able to ride at all.
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Discipline, Grasshoppah.

A horn from behind indicates the driver sees an up-coming road hazard and is warning you. You should take the lane. Smile and wave to thank him for the heads-up as he passes.
A smile and a wave--almost always the right thing to do--but oh how hard it can be.
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Smile at the world smiles (or grimaces) with you!

I like to shout obscenities with a big s***eating grin. Confuses them.
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You are right, DC. It can be hard, but I think I have conditioned that response in myself.

Just last Wednesday I had a passing motorist lay on the horn to play Scare the Cyclist. Rare in this area, but it happens. Instead of an involutary jump, I just raised my right hand and waved as the pinhead drove away.
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On Friday morning on the way to work, there was a person in a dodge neon who honked twice, then held the horn.... I simply took the entire lane and did not give it up...... about 100 feet after , they made a right turn into the shopping plaza......

Pointless.

I say - Hold your line. Don't give in to matter how long they hold the horn. Let them suffer while you laugh out loud. - thats what I think ( and do ).

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I ride like Slim Shady...I just don't give a f*ck.

The first time a cager honked and yelled something more than "Get off the road!" I responded...then I realized it just isn't worth it. If someone honks now, I just keep riding, why let them spoil a perfectlygood ride?
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Sometimes, when I'm on the three-lane one-way road on my commute, instead of waving and smiling, I'll wave the driver around me with a sweeping arm motion. That isn't snide, and it points out the available lane to the left.
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Sometimes, when I'm on the three-lane one-way road on my commute, instead of waving and smiling, I'll wave the driver around me with a sweeping arm motion. That isn't snide, and it points out the available lane to the left.
I do that all the time. it is a great way to show them that yes, you know they are there, and no, you are not moving and look! there is some space for you!
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Hi there,

What road were you on? I live in the area.
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Old 10-01-06, 07:50 PM   #13
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I was on Wynn drive just passing in front of SMDC, right before Calhoun. I commute most days straight down Old Madison Pike from Madison and across Wynn to Corporate Drive.
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hahaha, I know where the guy works. I feel the need to leave him a copy of the Alabama Bicycle Code attached to his car.
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Yeah, so I'm riding home, and from behind I hear a couple of honks. No problem, I just kinda look back. Then the guy just starts laying on the horn while passing me. He squeezed me a little, but he wasn't about to hit me, but I went nuts on him. I was leaning over yelling at him and giving him the finger. Yesterday all in all wasn't the best day for me, but I still need better self control. This is why I don't really carry mace anymore. I'm afraid I'll use it when the situation doesn't warrant it.
You're a normal human being. Think of this one as practice.

Try and remember, drivers that are not cyclists have no clue about road rules for bikes. They are not motivated to learn either, it means nothing to them. They honestly think you are wrong to be in the lane sometimes. They have no motivation to believe you or listen, if you tell them either.
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so, I saw him on the way to work this morning and watched him pull into his work. gotcha. I drafted up a note of apology with the Alabama Bicycle Code attached as well as a "Share the Road" quick tips flyer from the Maine Bicycle Coalition. I rode over there during my lunch break and stuck it under his windshield wiper. I'll let you know if he decides to run me down today.
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I gave myself a near-deadly asthma attack the other day, sprinting for about 2 miles to catch up to a dooshbague who honked and yelled at me to get on the sidewalk. Not good. And I didn't even catch up to him. But I know what neighborhood he lives in.

Rage is bad. I was on the way to the shoe store. It took me about 20 minutes to recover from the bloody lungs and wheezing. I must have looked crazy in the store, confusedly limping from one aisle to the other, trying not to barf on their nice merchandise.
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I refuse to ride on the road anymore. Even though we are allowed in most cases, i just dont see the risk to be what I want to take. There are just to many stupid drivers around where I live. Oh well.
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I had someone in a truck yell something I couldn't understand [as usual] at me while I was riding home. They didn't try anything stupid, and the only word I could make out was "bike." The guy who was following him just decided to honk. I just yelled "HELLO" in his window.
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Whenever I read these posting I think about how much different it is to ride in NYC.

It is very rare that I get grief from drivers. The only people who really make my life on the bike hard are the NYPD and the MTA Bus Drivers.
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I find something usually happens to the cager, Like a red light , a slow car, or watching them sit in traffic.

I don't get to upset anymore after The serial shooter I am more silent.
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I drafted up a note of apology with the Alabama Bicycle Code attached as well as a "Share the Road" quick tips flyer from the Maine Bicycle Coalition. I rode over there during my lunch break and stuck it under his windshield wiper. I'll let you know if he decides to run me down today.
Interstate advocacy, yea!! Glad we could help!
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Judging by how hard and angrily he honked at you the first time, I am guessing it is only gonna piss him off more when he finds out that you are in the right, and especially when he realizes that you know where he parks ("That craazy cyclist followed me to work!").
Not that leaving him the note was a bad thing at all, that's damn cool actually.
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funny you should say that, because I signed the note Jim the crazy cyclist.
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