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Old 09-03-05, 02:08 PM   #1
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I got buzzed by ANOTHER CYCLIST!

I was on my commute yesterday and was on a one way street. Up in the distance, I see another cyclist riding toward me (obviously going the wrong way). He was in casual clothes--shorts and t-shirt--on a mountain bike. When he saw me, he moved toward the center line. Then as we approached each other, he looked me straight in the eye and tried to hit me! I veered out of the way and hit the curb, but was able to keep going. When I looked back, he was back near the center line and still traveling the wrong direction. What do you do with that?
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Old 09-03-05, 02:11 PM   #2
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Hunt it down with the most violent weaponry you can legally own, and eliminate it with extreme prejudice!!!


Realistically? Not much.
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Old 09-03-05, 02:21 PM   #3
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I am picking up cycling as a new way to exercise. Before I used to hike in the woods and I still do. I would view that other cyclist as a log laying over the trail. I would step over it and not give it another thought.

That is easier said then done. But when the event comes back to my mind, I tell myself it is not worth my time to think about it. If it still comes back I would pray for the cyclist. Jesus said to pray for your enemies. Prayer may enable you to forgive.
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I concur...If you are on a faster rig and are assured of a successful get-away, I would suggest taking an alternate route to cut him off -and then pepper spray him as he rounds the corner...It is what Jesus would do
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Reminds me [moderated]of
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I lived for a while in a small town in AZ. You have to pack heat there to give you an idea of the culture. I had this Ford F-150 I'd picked up cheap, dull silver paint flaking off, smashed up left front corner from some accident before I had it, not a wussmobile. I'd drive along, minding my own business, and other drivers of trucks would, I'm not kidding, when coming the opposite way, make like they were going to hit me! It was weird! I learned how to deal with it though, I'd see someone start to do that and start to head toward THEM, and things got much more polite. It was very strange.

Just remember the old pump in the spokes trick........
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"Who?"...He'd whack the pinko commies, the Liberals, the feminists, uh..-the ACLU...geez, don't you guys read the bible? its a big hit list, its all in there.
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When other cyclists or pedestrians do things like this I keep my line and lean into them with a good elbow or straight arm. After that I keep mace or a good lock with me just in case they get up and want some more. Just as long as its not your fault I would not feel bad defending yourself. Remember the higher gas prices go the more jerks will be out. If you wreck your bike the other person will keep going and have the last laugh. Have a good night.
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Old 09-03-05, 07:10 PM   #10
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you should have stuck your pump in his spokes as he went by.
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What do you do with that?
All I can say is he'd best pray to his pagan deity that I don't catch him. At the very least he committed assault and I would be happy to use excessive force to bring him to justice.
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I think I was so shocked, never having been in such a situation before, that I couldn't think what to do. I know I must have had a crazy look on my face. Every other cyclist I've ever met on my commute (although there haven't been many) has been either exceptionally friendly or simply uninterested. I don't have any mace, I guess I'll have to get some. Or pepper spray. I'm not sure we can carry mace in Texas.
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Ulock to the head would work.
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You can carry a gun in Texas? I heard many, maybe even most people carry a gun in Tx. If you can't mace him, you can shoot him...excessive force is o-kay, read post above yours if you don't believe me.
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I lived for a while in a small town in AZ. You have to pack heat there to give you an idea of the culture. I had this Ford F-150 I'd picked up cheap, dull silver paint flaking off, smashed up left front corner from some accident before I had it, not a wussmobile. I'd drive along, minding my own business, and other drivers of trucks would, I'm not kidding, when coming the opposite way, make like they were going to hit me! It was weird! I learned how to deal with it though, I'd see someone start to do that and start to head toward THEM, and things got much more polite. It was very strange.

Just remember the old pump in the spokes trick........
I would call this good advice, if not for one thing. Am I correct in assuming that TXChick is female? If so, we're not talking about your run-of-the-mill game of chicken. The unwritten rules of such pissing contests pretty much universally forbid picking on someone of the opposite sex. Now, I don't in any way mean to imply that TXChick or any other woman is incapable of defending herself. But it seems to me that the a-hole in question was out for more than a test of manhood, he was intentionally bullying someone he perceived as less powerful.
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What do you do with that?
Nuke him from orbit... It's the only way to be *sure*.
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I think I was so shocked, never having been in such a situation before, that I couldn't think what to do. I know I must have had a crazy look on my face. Every other cyclist I've ever met on my commute (although there haven't been many) has been either exceptionally friendly or simply uninterested. I don't have any mace, I guess I'll have to get some. Or pepper spray. I'm not sure we can carry mace in Texas.
it's hard to think of what to do in those situations. you need one of those loud airhorns and blast him as he goes by (G)
I get sick of idiots getting my way as they ride the wrong way on a bike lane. sometimes they are worse then cars. but having a idiot do it like he did is uncalled for.
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...he'd best pray to his pagan deity...
Hrmmm, doesn't sound like something any pagan I've ever met would do.
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Next time someone does that, push their handlebars as hard as you can. They will never pull something like that on anyone any time soon.
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You should have followed him from a distance...when he stopped and went to where he was going, you then pull out your trusty multi-tool and remove every screw on his ride and toss them in the garbage (or keep 'em for spares).
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Way back when I rode motorcycles, I had some guy following me, and it was bugging me, so I showed him how you put a following guy down at the moto-x track, didn't do it, I actually allowed an inch or so between his front tire and my rear tire crossing in front of it suddenly, but he got the idea.
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Old 09-04-05, 06:12 PM   #23
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I've had this happen to me in Detroit, two kids were riding their BMXes on the sidewalk the wrong way, I was in the street the right way, at a driveway they pulled into the street, stared at me with that "i'm tough because I don't know how to smile" face and aimed for me, I had just checked my 6 and it was clear so I swirved out of the way and smiled and said "Hello".
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YA! we round up them varments and shoot them! on a regular basis! with the gun we each carry! because we all carry! ya!
ahahaha!!
Why not? Better than letting them starve to death after peak oil Much more humane to kill them now
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