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Old 10-27-06, 06:23 PM   #1
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If you'd obeyed the law you'd still have a license!!

This was yelled at me today on my way to work. I was tooling up Canterburry Drive, no faster than 10mph and some fat lady yelled this to me out the window. Not to be outdone I yelled back "if you'd get off your arse more often you'd not have to whipe it with a stick". The look on her face was priceless, then she yelled "damned drunks" and sped off. WTF?? I've never driven a car while under the influence in my adult life! Never the less, I had to stop on the side of the road because I was laughing so hard at my own retort. I'm usually not very good at witty comebacks.
Then on a lighter note, I'm sitting at the red light on Metro Parkway getting ready to cross VanDyke when the guy next to me rolls down his pickup window. "Great" I thought, here we go again! Then he said in deepest Yooper accent I've ever heard, "yer like the gawdammed energizer bunny there fellah, I see you almost every day... can't believe your riding in this crap". It was 40F and raining. I just smiled and said thanks.
Was a nice little one extreme to the next kinda thing for me today.
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It's clearly unfathomable for most people that anyone would choose to ride a bike... gets ya lumped right in with the moped riders.

It's as if the size of your gas bill determines status in this country lately.


[edit] and thanks for yet another reminder that I'm a wuss. I haven't been commuting very long and still can't get up the nerve to do it in the rain. I keep telling myself that I'll eventually have a bike with fenders and some better gear... but I don't know.

My motivation would be stronger if I'd started earlier in the year and had more momentum...
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Old 10-27-06, 06:37 PM   #3
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Anyone who yells something that ignorant must have first hand experience...
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"not have to whipe your arse with a stick?"

Sorry, I don't get it. I laughed anyway. Whatever it means, it must be funny.

About half the people I work with are "upers". Funny culture they have there in upper michigan. The boss is from Michigan Tech and mostly refuses to higher anyone from anywhere else. Anyone from "below the bridge" they call trolls.
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"not have to whipe your arse with a stick?"

Sorry, I don't get it. I laughed anyway. Whatever it means, it must be funny.
Obese people tend to have problems performing certain hygenic tasks...
such as reaching certain parts of their bodies
does that help?
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the origional poster needs to check out the light contest... this has potential...
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This was yelled at me today on my way to work. I was tooling up Canterburry Drive, no faster than 10mph and some fat lady yelled this to me out the window. Not to be outdone I yelled back "if you'd get off your arse more often you'd not have to whipe it with a stick". The look on her face was priceless, then she yelled "damned drunks" and sped off. WTF?? I've never driven a car while under the influence in my adult life! Never the less, I had to stop on the side of the road because I was laughing so hard at my own retort. I'm usually not very good at witty comebacks.
Then on a lighter note, I'm sitting at the red light on Metro Parkway getting ready to cross VanDyke when the guy next to me rolls down his pickup window. "Great" I thought, here we go again! Then he said in deepest Yooper accent I've ever heard, "yer like the gawdammed energizer bunny there fellah, I see you almost every day... can't believe your riding in this crap". It was 40F and raining. I just smiled and said thanks.
Was a nice little one extreme to the next kinda thing for me today.
Too funny.
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Old 10-27-06, 08:00 PM   #8
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light contest?
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light contest?
another free light give away!!!! Round 2..
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Old 10-27-06, 08:27 PM   #10
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and thanks for yet another reminder that I'm a wuss. I haven't been commuting very long and still can't get up the nerve to do it in the rain.
Riding in the rain is actually quite fun. So long as you aren't in heavy traffic.
Or on the way in to work. Dripping in the office is no fun.
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Anyone ever get a BWI (biking while intoxicated) ticket?
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I haven't been commuting very long and still can't get up the nerve to do it in the rain.
Don't ride in the rain just to prove a point. It is more dangerous, more uncomfortable and more inconvenient. I rode home in rain today and had three cars that ignored or didn't see me and cut me off at intersections. I expected it, and there were no close calls, but it does demonstrate that rainy conditions increase the risk. Then to top it off I got a flat and had to walk the last 1 km. That happens more often in the rain too. I think the water lubricates the tiny shards of glass scattered here and there on the road and makes it easier for them to penetrate the tire. So don't worry if you don't ride in rain. You're being smart or cautious, not a wuss.
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+1 for saving rain-riding for times when necessary, although I find do find it fun, especially on the way home from work...going to work the rain means its REALLY dark, and I don't like the combination of dark and wet...very hazardous. I just hate drying out my shoes....

As for the OP...Way to bite back! Any intelligent driver should''ve known DUI bikers only use the sidewalks :O
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Boy, and it was a rainy Friday too here in Detroit. I rode in as usual....though the car was sitting on a flat and pumping it was probably more effort than it was worth. I started off with my skiiing gloves on and about a mile on the road realized it was actually raining. I considered stopping to switch to the neoprene gloves, but fell to the usual problem that once I'm riding I'm not willing to stop for much of anything. Gloves were totally soaked but my hands were pretty warm even with the low 40's weather going on.

I suppose drivers think I'm a DUI convict like the OP. Folks at my job are otherwise in awe. I get the "Man, are you a die hard" at the bike rack on days when it's just in the 40's with no rain. I plan to ride into the winter which should move me from (credit to Steven King) "eccentric" to "dangerous maybe" to "crazy as a s**thouse rat" in one step.
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It's as if the size of your gas bill determines status in this country lately.
Lately? Did you fall asleep in 1972 or what?
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Should have responded with
"I'm dead sexy" while rubbing your nipples. No one will ever bother you again.
Oh and throw in the fat bastard scottish accent.
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I'm sitting at the red light on Metro Parkway getting ready to cross VanDyke when the guy next to me rolls down his pickup window. "Great" I thought, here we go again! Then he said in deepest Yooper accent I've ever heard, "yer like the gawdammed energizer bunny there fellah, I see you almost every day... can't believe your riding in this crap". It was 40F and raining. I just smiled and said thanks.
Yet another example to strengthen my opinion that motorists in Michigan are generally decent to cyclists so long as we're talking about anywhere but SE Michigan. Hey, my grandpa owned and operated a Mobil gas station on the corner of 16 Mile and Van ****. I doubt it's there anymore.
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I like rain riding, the only think is that drivers are more crazy.
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Lately? Did you fall asleep in 1972 or what?
Who you calling old there fella?

72 is just a few years before my time.
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It's clearly unfathomable for most people that anyone would choose to ride a bike... gets ya lumped right in with the moped riders.

It's as if the size of your gas bill determines status in this country lately.


[edit] and thanks for yet another reminder that I'm a wuss. I haven't been commuting very long and still can't get up the nerve to do it in the rain. I keep telling myself that I'll eventually have a bike with fenders and some better gear... but I don't know.

My motivation would be stronger if I'd started earlier in the year and had more momentum...
Hmm.. might make a good shirt or bumper sticker, "Your status amongst your family, friends, and peers is determined by how awesome your petro bill is. Keep on one upping each other! Your wallet demands it."


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Hmm.. might make a good shirt or bumper sticker, "Your status amongst your family, friends, and peers is determined by how awesome your petro bill is. Keep on one upping each other! Your wallet demands it."


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Obese people tend to have problems performing certain hygenic tasks...
such as reaching certain parts of their bodies
does that help?
Oh - NOW I get it. The OP had me confused too. When he said "whipe" I thought he meant "whip" not "wipe".
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Yet another example to strengthen my opinion that motorists in Michigan are generally decent to cyclists so long as we're talking about anywhere but SE Michigan. Hey, my grandpa owned and operated a Mobil gas station on the corner of 16 Mile and Van ****. I doubt it's there anymore.
Actually, there are two Mobil stations there, one recently shut down, about 3 months ago or thereabouts.
But there was one on the north side and one on the south side.
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Given good lighting (primarily a rear STROBE not just a blinking LED) and good rain gear, riding in the rain is actually NOT (IMHO) at all uncomfortable or unpleasant or (again IMHO) very dangerous. In the summer it's actually enjoyable with just the regular shirt and shorts. Now that it's 35*F and raining, I do want my rain jacket.
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35*f and raining is awesome riding............for testing your raingear
Fenders, and lots of cash for experimenting with variuos clothing options helps
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