Texas - Thanks White Van
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07-27-09, 10:06 AM
Sunday afternoon about 1pm (100 plus degrees) I was on 181 about ten miles south of Skidmore Texas. Pulled over for a Gu and a drink. A white van with a bike on the rack slowed as they went by. I started up again and noticed the van making a U turn.
I appreciate you offering to check on me. Everything was fine but easily could have been dehydrated or cramped. Just goes to show, it only takes a second to be nice.
Nice - thought this thread was going in the other direction ;)
...like the Escalade that buzzed my brother and I this weekend. The side-view mirror couldn't have been more than 12 inches away, and just for good measure, they did it once going out on Renner, and once on the way back :twitchy:
Better than getting hit or something, but it was totally uncalled for - it's a 6-lane road, but relatively quiet that time of day, and they had plenty of room to concede the right lane to us for a few seconds :rolleyes:
07-27-09, 02:13 PM
You sure that's what it was?
Maybe he thought you were going to keel over and he would inherit a nice bike...
07-27-09, 05:36 PM
Could have, I only see the good in people so I'll give the benefit of the doubt.
I do the same when I see a cyclist on the side of the road. I usually have a floor pump and
tools in the car and they've been used on occasion. I'm always surprized by the look of shock
on the riders faces, every car on the road isn't populated by cagers.
as for the Escalade, next time get a license plate number and report them.
07-28-09, 11:07 AM
Keeping tools in the car is a good idea. I always have tools on the bike, but I never seem to have the bike on the rack when I see someone in need of help. Stopping to say "I'd like to help, but I don't have any tools!" seems kinda non-productive.
It is good to see a positive post on the subject of a motorist interacting with a cyclist. Most of my interactions are positive or neutral, when I am cycling. Oddly enough, it seems I am cut off and otherwise bullied more, per mile, when in my Honda Civic than when cycling.
One time, when I was in my Jeep, I saw a cyclist walking in the rain with his bike, barefoot, holding his road shoes, as they were worthless for walking on pavement. I stopped, to let him ride in my Jeep, and his bike ride on the rear rack. He had flatted three times on a group ride, and did not have a third patch. I made a new friend. (BTW, nobody seems to want to cut-off or bully me while I am driving my Jeep.) I think I had tools with me, though perhaps not a spare tube, but he had his tool kit with him, anyway, and certainly knew how to use them, as he was a bicycle mechanic. He had tubes in his truck, as I recall, so I took him there.
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