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Old 08-30-07, 08:59 PM   #1
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Cellphone+bike=Stupidity!

Ok, so, I'm starting to see an alarming trend develop here, especially with our spoiled and uneducated youth: self-important nitwits on cellphones whilst riding bikes against traffic on the sidewalk, out in the middle of the wrong side of the street, or even in areas where small children are playing.

What sort of recourse do I have with this? Can I just drag the little munchkin back to his idiot parents and scream at them until I'm blue in the face? Or do I snipe the little git and grab the phone, promising to give it back IF, and ONLY IF, they promise to come to a complete stop, dismount and then proceed to chat with their flavour of the month floozy?

This is disgusting, and a sign that the American culture is even more poisoned than I originally thought...maybe I should take the job offer in Kenya...

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Old 08-30-07, 09:11 PM   #2
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I'd ignore them. Terrible habit. Since I crashed cornering while chatting last year I've taken to only using cell phones on straight roads. I'll even stop sometimes.
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Ok, so, I'm starting to see an alarming trend develop here, especially with our spoiled and uneducated youth: self-important nitwits on cellphones whilst riding bikes against traffic on the sidewalk, out in the middle of the wrong side of the street, or even in areas where small children are playing.

What sort of recourse do I have with this? Can I just drag the little munchkin back to his idiot parents and scream at them until I'm blue in the face? Or do I snipe the little git and grab the phone, promising to give it back IF, and ONLY IF, they promise to come to a complete stop, dismount and then proceed to chat with their flavour of the month floozy?

This is disgusting, and a sign that the American culture is even more poisoned than I originally thought...maybe I should take the job offer in Kenya...

You missed the "I could mind my own business, just relax a bit and get over it" option.
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Relax, let them figure out on their own why cell phone use is as bad as drunk driving.

Some people are just dense. You can tell them it's hot all day long, but you have to let them burn their hands to figure it out.
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Or do I snipe the little git and grab the phone, promising to give it back IF, and ONLY IF, they promise to come to a complete stop, dismount and then proceed to chat with their flavour of the month floozy?
Only if you like waking up face down in a ditch on the other side of town, I really don't appreciate people trying to govern over me who have no right to do so. Plus if my phone gets sniped, first thought is it's getting stolen, first reaction is to jump and get it back.

I'll damn well ride my bike while talking on the phone if I so choose, and I do it in the proper lane. You ever notice how most of the kids on their phones on bikes are going ~9km/hr? I'm sure they can stop, we aren't all dumb.

And you're just jealous you don't get a fresh piece of ass every month.
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Ok, so, I'm starting to see an alarming trend develop here, especially with our spoiled and uneducated youth: self-important nitwits on cellphones whilst riding bikes against traffic on the sidewalk, out in the middle of the wrong side of the street, or even in areas where small children are playing.

What sort of recourse do I have with this? Can I just drag the little munchkin back to his idiot parents and scream at them until I'm blue in the face? Or do I snipe the little git and grab the phone, promising to give it back IF, and ONLY IF, they promise to come to a complete stop, dismount and then proceed to chat with their flavour of the month floozy?

This is disgusting, and a sign that the American culture is even more poisoned than I originally thought...maybe I should take the job offer in Kenya...
Take the job in Kenya. I'm sure the locals there will appreciate you and your recourses.
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Only if you like waking up face down in a ditch on the other side of town, I really don't appreciate people trying to govern over me who have no right to do so. Plus if my phone gets sniped, first thought is it's getting stolen, first reaction is to jump and get it back.

I'll damn well ride my bike while talking on the phone if I so choose, and I do it in the proper lane. You ever notice how most of the kids on their phones on bikes are going ~9km/hr? I'm sure they can stop, we aren't all dumb.

And you're just jealous you don't get a fresh piece of ass every month.
There is merit to this, too.

I have been known to play games on my phone while riding. It won't get sniped without injuries, unless the person doing the sniping is really fast. Tell my Mommy and Daddy? Go ahead. I'm 44. My Mom will probably just look at you funny. My Dad will tell you where you can go.
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You should buy the kid a blue tooth headset

I have talked on the phone once on my bike. It was a booty call so I HAD to answer.

Let the kid learn his lesson when he breaks his phone or gets it jacked.
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The only thing I see wrong is being on the wrong side of the road, which is dangerous with or without a cellphone.

I'm sure if you did what you say you want to do, their parents will just make sure they have a car on their sixteenth birthday so they can talk on their cell phone "safely"
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I went off my rocker after 4 near-misses in the space of 3 hours yesterday...sorry to have offended anyone.

I'm seriously thinking that it's time I get away from the city: people in New Brunswick just plain aren't as nice or as considerate as they are in South Jersey...
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I went off my rocker after 4 near-misses in the space of 3 hours yesterday...sorry to have offended anyone.
OK, that explains the OP rant. Hope you are feeling better today.
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Only if you like waking up face down in a ditch on the other side of town, I really don't appreciate people trying to govern over me who have no right to do so. Plus if my phone gets sniped, first thought is it's getting stolen, first reaction is to jump and get it back.

I'll damn well ride my bike while talking on the phone if I so choose, and I do it in the proper lane. You ever notice how most of the kids on their phones on bikes are going ~9km/hr? I'm sure they can stop, we aren't all dumb.
The problem with the cell phone riders, like cell phone drivers, isn't the speed. It's the weaving all over the road like they just downed a fifth of Jaeger.

I'm sure you'll claim otherwise, but I'm not believing that much of anyone has the ability to ride one-handed and distracted while talking on a cell phone. And as long as you're riding in traffic with the rest of us, you need to do your part to keep us all safe.

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I'll damn well ride my bike while talking on the phone if I so choose, and I do it in the proper lane.
Sorry, I must have missed those lane markings - which lane is the cell-phone lane?
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The problem with the cell phone riders, like cell phone drivers, isn't the speed. It's the weaving all over the road like they just downed a fifth of Jaeger.

I'm sure you'll claim otherwise, but I'm not believing that much of anyone has the ability to ride one-handed and distracted while talking on a cell phone. And as long as you're riding in traffic with the rest of us, you need to do your part to keep us all safe.



Sorry, I must have missed those lane markings - which lane is the cell-phone lane?
The same one as the shopping bag lane and water bottle lane. It permits cycling for those with a different mindset/skillset than that held by Tight Donkey Nannies.
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The same one as the shopping bag lane and water bottle lane. It permits cycling for those with a different mindset/skillset than that held by Tight Donkey Nannies.
I'm not interested in your mindset when you're weaving all over the road while you talk to your buddies. Remarkably, that's the same argument I hear from women who put on their makeup while they drive.
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I'm not interested in your mindset when you're weaving all over the road while you talk to your buddies. Remarkably, that's the same argument I hear from women who put on their makeup while they drive.
Really? Exactly how many actual makeup applying while driving women have you had that argument with; is it about the same number of arguments YOU have had with cell phoning cyclists weaving about the road?
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Since I crashed cornering while chatting last year I've taken to only using cell phones on straight roads. I'll even stop sometimes.
It's all about the bluetooth headset... I'm considering a permanent installation in my winter/DH helmet. Still working on setting up wireless voice dialing, windnoise is an issue. Plus I can get wireless music as well...
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The same one as the shopping bag lane and water bottle lane. It permits cycling for those with a different mindset/skillset than that held by Tight Donkey Nannies.
Apologizing for my ignorance, but WTH is a Tight Donkey Nanny?
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The problem with the cell phone riders, like cell phone drivers, isn't the speed. It's the weaving all over the road like they just downed a fifth of Jaeger.
When I'm on the phone on my bike it's generally with no hands, going not so fast in a straight line in the bike lane.

No hands=straighter, especially with practice.
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Apologizing for my ignorance, but WTH is a Tight Donkey Nanny?
Think of a three letter word for donkey...
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Relax, let them figure out on their own why cell phone use is as bad as drunk driving.

Some people are just dense. You can tell them it's hot all day long, but you have to let them burn their hands to figure it out.
+ 1 to the letting the stupid people learn a lesson.
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Really? Exactly how many actual makeup applying while driving women have you had that argument with; is it about the same number of arguments YOU have had with cell phoning cyclists weaving about the road?
I'll bet there's a point there somewhere, but I don't have a shovel with me.
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+ 1 to the letting the stupid people learn a lesson.
Stupid people don't learn lessons. They come here posting about almost kicking the as$ of the cager who almost ran them down (after the cyclist ran a stop sign going the wrong way while talking on their cell phone), or about how they should just run down the next pedestrian who gets in their way (after the cyclist inattentively weaved into the pedestrian while talking on their cell phone), or about the busybody cyclist whose as$ they almost kicked (after getting yelled at to "pay attention" while weaving in the bike lane, riding against traffic while talking on their cell phone)...
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