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Old 02-07-06, 09:58 PM   #1
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How do you 'deal' with it?

I suppose that at one time or another most of you have had one of those days... You know, the ones when you wish you'd stayed home because no one seems to see you, no one gives you the right of way, everyone passes you too close, bus drivers are abusing, SUV drivers are being absolutely obnoxious, cars are constantly cutting you off, and you've come too close to being hit far too many times for comfort. By the time you get home / to work you're stressed out, shaken up, worried, and/or just plain pissed off at the whole cager population and are wondering if it's worth it to put up with this bull tomorrow.... .... at least from reading posts on this forum I think I'm not the only one who's felt this way.

My question is, how do you deal with it? Do you think it through, try to forget it, share it with someone, punch something?? What makes you get on that bike the next morning and brave it to work?
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Old 02-07-06, 10:03 PM   #2
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Old 02-07-06, 10:06 PM   #3
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Today is the first day I commuted to school. People cut me off left and right, drove by way way too close, I think the bus drivers were playing chicken with me, some idiot on a bike was riding the wrong way on the street and *I* had to get out of the way, I flipped off one person for cutting me off, some guy on a bike came up right behind me and blasted in front of me without giving some sign he was there, I stopped to fix my bag and some guys on bikes rode up to me asking me if I wanted a free Jesus video, etc...etc...ironically I think I had more issues with other bicyclists.
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How to deal? I dunno... you just have to let it go after a while. I find that the more I ride, the less stuff gets to me. I can sort of ride away from the problems. Posting here about bad stuff that happens on my rides helps. I'm not a morning guy, but riding to work when the sun is just coming up over the city, the sky is pink and gold - the rest of the ride gets sugar-coated. There's enough of those days to make days like today seem less awful.
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Old 02-07-06, 10:37 PM   #5
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Yup, that's^ how it is for me too
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My question is, how do you deal with it? Do you think it through, try to forget it, share it with someone, punch something?? What makes you get on that bike the next morning and brave it to work?
Easy to deal with.... the next cager that gives me ***** that I catch at a red light I just unload on them and kick in their door panel. I find it very theraputic.
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Old 02-07-06, 11:07 PM   #7
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Take deep breaths. Stay alert. Clean & lube your bike. Get up tomorrow & ride again! Easy does it.
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Old 02-07-06, 11:14 PM   #8
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Venting here helps a lot. I'd like to vent to the wife more but she'd freak out if she heard about every 'tard out there oblivious to the value of human life.
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Same way I deal with being a research scientist. And presumably you (peregrine) do, too, seeing as you're a research scientist, also. I learn to set aside annoyances very quickly and not let them affect me. It doesn't mean to not be careful or not learn from the past, though. On the Pie ride, our paceline trying to rush back on a section of very narrow road with no shoulders and a 65 MPH speed limit was buzzed by a few large pick-ups with inches to spare. And we were harrassed by other motorists who purposely used their windshield wiper fluid just after passing us. It's scary when it happens, and it sucks. Be careful out there, but as long as you can stay safe, don't allow annoying people to get to you.
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Old 02-08-06, 12:33 AM   #10
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I find the good outweighs the bad, and that endorphin high I feel after a ride can't be beat. There will be bad days here and there but most of them make me glad that I am not stuck in a car.
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........no one seems to see you, no one gives you the right of way, everyone passes you too close, bus drivers are abusing, SUV drivers are being absolutely obnoxious, cars are constantly cutting you off, and you've come too close to being hit far too many times for comfort........
I take all that stuff as an indication that I need to be further to the left in the traffic lane.
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Old 02-08-06, 08:01 AM   #13
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Check over your shoulder .... it works for me as an "hey ... I know you are there!"
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I tend to become more aggresive. I take more of the lane and also kick it up into high gear. Anger is a great way to get yourself moving faster.
Then after a bit I let it all go. No need to carry extra baggage.
If it is something real annoying I vent on this forum.
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Old 02-08-06, 09:33 AM   #15
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I take all that stuff as an indication that I need to be further to the left in the traffic lane.
+1

If you're getting that many issues with traffic, move over to the left another foot. You're not taking enough of the lane. People should stay behind you until it's safe to pass with plenty of room. My minimum distance is 1 foot left of the white line, more often 2 feet. Plus then if someone buzzes you, YOU have room to swerve to the right (just remember to move back left afterwards).

It's particularly important in intersections... because people passing you in an intersection (especially when turning) is most dangerous. You want to make it clear you're in that lane.
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Old 02-08-06, 10:12 AM   #16
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Venting here helps a lot. I'd like to vent to the wife more but she'd freak out if she heard about every 'tard out there oblivious to the value of human life.
I am with you there oboeguy. I have had to stop telling my wife about my near-accidents. She does not see them in the same light as I do. To me, they are learning experiences; to her, they are suggestive of my imminent demise due to bike commuting.

To to OP, I deal by venting here or I ride really really hard/aggressive for a few miles. It is a give and take relationship. Some cars cut me off, but I right-turn-fakey on many lights right through the middle of them as well. They don't shoot me for it; I don't kick in their lights. In reality, I get away with far more crap than I have pulled on me, and I like it that way.
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Old 02-08-06, 10:20 AM   #17
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I vent on BF and the anger seems to leave me. I need to try the zen approach of breathing in anger and frustration, acknowledging and accepting it and breathing out happiness or something like that.
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I need to try the zen approach of breathing in anger and frustration, acknowledging and accepting it and breathing out happiness or something like that.
You've got the right idea, but backwards. Out goes the bad, in comes the good.

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can you change your route? sometimes that just the ticket. i go a bit out of my way now, but the time i'm riding hasn't changed much, and i'm less stressed out taking the wider roads. i've discovered that i'm just not happy riding in heavy traffic, so the most direct route isn't good for me.
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It is 9:00am!....Why does that Guiness look so deeeeliiiicious?
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I take all that stuff as an indication that I need to be further to the left in the traffic lane.
+2

I don't believe in being hostile towards motorists, but you need to be assertive. Be considerate, but try to set the right expectations (part of which is that you belong there and they need to adjust accordingly).

My experience is that motorists model their behavior off each other. When they see others being nice, just about everyone will be nice. When they see others being inconsiderate or abusive, others are far more likely to copy.

If you find yourself in a situation where lots of people are being aggressive, you need to either try to take control of the situation by becoming very forceful and assertive, or you can stop for a minute, let the jerks pass, and start fresh with a new batch of drivers that haven't seen (and won't be influenced by) others treating cyclists improperly.
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Don't think about it, Just ride. Use all you near death incidents as an addition to your vast bag of experience. If cars buzz you, just move to the left, so they are forced to change lanes to pass, or if they can't, just follow you at your pace...
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I take all that stuff as an indication that I need to be further to the left in the traffic lane.
+1

If you're getting that many issues with traffic, move over to the left another foot...
Nah, don't get me wrong. These kinds of issues are not something I deal with on a regular basis but sometimes, just sometimes, it seems that everyone is out there against me. Even if I do move over further to the left and even if I do indicate with a hand signal that it's not safe for the driver to pass me just yet, people still do. It's just those days when, for some reason, most drivers seem irritable and distracted and cut off not only me but also motorists (maybe not seeing the sun for a month and a half can do this to people ). In those occasions it's also frustrating when I'm driving but understandably not as much as when I'm biking.
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