Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-29-08, 06:44 PM   #1
Cyclaholic
CRIKEY!!!!!!!
Thread Starter
 
Cyclaholic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Sydney, Australia
Bikes: several
Posts: 4,269
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 70 Post(s)
I got deliberately sideswiped by a delivery truck, and lived!

It's morning peak hour, I'm nearly at my destination in fairly heavy city traffic. I'm the last in line and make a left at a green light at a cross intersection (remember, we drive on the left here). I'm almost completed the turn when a small delivery truck runs the red from what would have been my right hand side before making the turn.

He starts honking as he comes up beside me (I'm right in the middle of my lane) then he starts swerving into me, still honking. I react by swerving away but he manages to sideswipe me. I managed to stay upright even though for a fraction of a second I thought I was dead. I hit the brakes and manage to stop just before getting pancaked between the truck and the first parked car. I swear there wasn't more than 3 or 4 inches left between the truck and the car.

What really enraged me is that I could see him looking at me, laughing, and giving me the finger through his great big side mirror. I sprinted after him and caught him at the next red. He was stopped in traffic but as I approached I could see his front wheel turning and him looking at me through his rearview. As I expected he deliberately lunged forward to block my path (or more likely to hit me) as I approached. Fortunately for me he didn't have enough room in front of him to fully block me... and I was anticipating the move. I landed a perfect punch to his rear view mirror and smashed it as I went past. It folded forward right around and hit his windshield.


Footnote: Don't try this unless you're wearing a stury pair of gloves. I use and highly recommend these. There's a lighter model I use in summer.....

Last edited by Cyclaholic; 02-29-08 at 06:53 PM.
Cyclaholic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 06:51 PM   #2
JusticeZero
Rider
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: New Orleans, LA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,077
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
.... Nasty, but I do not know that I would have done that. The violence may be cathartic, but it renders it much harder, if not impossible, to get the police involved.
JusticeZero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 06:57 PM   #3
Cyclaholic
CRIKEY!!!!!!!
Thread Starter
 
Cyclaholic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Sydney, Australia
Bikes: several
Posts: 4,269
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 70 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by JusticeZero View Post
.... Nasty, but I do not know that I would have done that. The violence may be cathartic, but it renders it much harder, if not impossible, to get the police involved.
The only way the cops get involved in that sort of incident is if there's a dead cyclist under the truck's wheels.... and then it's just to report that the cyclist swerved in front of the truck and was therefore responsible for the tragic accident. After all, there's only the driver's version left.
Cyclaholic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 06:58 PM   #4
Sixty Fiver
Bicycle Repair Man !!!
 
Sixty Fiver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: YEG
Bikes: See my sig...
Posts: 27,262
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Good to hear you are okay and I really hope you got his plate number.

I also wish that more than his mirror got smashed.
Sixty Fiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 07:02 PM   #5
yes
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 675
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
on a side note. what's your avatar. looks like a parrot head on a cheese grater.
yes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 07:03 PM   #6
Cyclaholic
CRIKEY!!!!!!!
Thread Starter
 
Cyclaholic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Sydney, Australia
Bikes: several
Posts: 4,269
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 70 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
Good to hear you are okay and I really hope you got his plate number.

I also wish that more than his mirror got smashed.
Nah, I didn't bother with his plate number, there's no point.
Cyclaholic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 07:08 PM   #7
Cyclaholic
CRIKEY!!!!!!!
Thread Starter
 
Cyclaholic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Sydney, Australia
Bikes: several
Posts: 4,269
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 70 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by yes View Post
on a side note. what's your avatar. looks like a parrot head on a cheese grater.
The email was titled "another recalled toy from China" I guess it doesn't really work as an avatar, oh well....

Cyclaholic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 07:25 PM   #8
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: In Central IN
Bikes: RANS V3, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
Posts: 13,338
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16 Post(s)
Yikes!
JanMM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 07:32 PM   #9
CB HI
Cycle Year Round
 
CB HI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Honolulu, HI
Bikes:
Posts: 11,963
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 197 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyclaholic View Post
The only way the cops get involved in that sort of incident is if there's a dead cyclist under the truck's wheels.... and then it's just to report that the cyclist swerved in front of the truck and was therefore responsible for the tragic accident. After all, there's only the driver's version left.
And then the papers and apologist tell us how sad it is, that the driver will have to live the rest of his life knowing he killed a cyclist.


Maybe you could use a glove upgrade for the next time you see this driver:
http://www.wileyx.com/EcommSuite/Pro...SeriesCode=281
CB HI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 07:35 PM   #10
OfficerBarbier
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'd boomerang the m@therf@cker.
OfficerBarbier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 07:47 PM   #11
gulfcoast
THE NEW EVOLUTION
 
gulfcoast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Austin, TX
Bikes: 2009 Jamis Aurora Elite, 2008 Masi Speciale CX
Posts: 86
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Reaction is up to the individual. Don't rely on the moral judgement of others because it is all relative to interpretation. Screw that jackass in the truck for his motives. If something comes flying back at him,than as he might expect there is always an equal and or opposite reaction. The battles you choose are your own and that's completely up to you, not the wise men yelling from the sidelines. Find your own truth in every situation.
gulfcoast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 07:49 PM   #12
ban guzzi
circus bear
 
ban guzzi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Austin
Bikes: 97(?) GT Richochet, 00 Schwinn SuperSport
Posts: 642
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Screw 'em! After years on a motorcycle commuting, having fun and hitting the race track every now and then I have NO compunction to punch mirrors, kick doors, dent hoods or pop a deserving driver! Had a city bus cut me off because they ran a light trying to cut a different car off. Stood up on the pegs and destroyed his mirror.

The best is SUVs' and 'spensive sedans. Those mirrors are expensive and shatter quite nicely.

I know it doesn't solve the problem and I don't really care. They actively aim for riders of any sort and they get it in kind should it come down to it!

These gloves work great and have been thru several iterations of wonderfulness and plenty of mirrors and doors...

ban guzzi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 07:54 PM   #13
keisatsu
Eternal n00b
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Spokane WA
Bikes: Giant OCR3, Marin Mount Vision, '94 Bontrager Racelite, Mirraco Blink
Posts: 914
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had to kick an SUV that was running me off the road. I had my MTB shoes on that have spikes (2 3/4" aluminum spikes), left 2 nice little holes and a big dent in the door. The cops did get involved but sided with me saying it was self defense.
keisatsu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 07:56 PM   #14
Cyclaholic
CRIKEY!!!!!!!
Thread Starter
 
Cyclaholic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Sydney, Australia
Bikes: several
Posts: 4,269
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 70 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by CB HI View Post
Maybe you could use a glove upgrade for the next time you see this driver:
http://www.wileyx.com/EcommSuite/Pro...SeriesCode=281
Oh that's niiiice! I like the injection moulded knuckle protection, I reckon that would leave a 'lasting impression' on car panels!
Cyclaholic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 07:59 PM   #15
CastIron
Sensible shoes.
 
CastIron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: St. Paul,MN
Bikes: A few.
Posts: 8,799
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Last time that happened I started to pull the driver out of his semi. The look on his face as I was trying to breach the cabin was priceless, but overall, I really should have just done some urban bike ninja hooey and ridden off without being in the altercation.

I do ride with hard armor gloves and toes spikes, though.
__________________
Mike
Quote:
Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
It looks silly when you have quotes from other forum members in your signature. Nobody on this forum is that funny.
Quote:
Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
Why am I in your signature.
CastIron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 08:18 PM   #16
SDRider
Cat None
 
SDRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: San Diego
Bikes: LOOK KG 461, LeMond Zurich, Giant Talon 29er 0
Posts: 4,510
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by keisatsu View Post
I had to kick an SUV that was running me off the road. I had my MTB shoes on that have spikes (2 3/4" aluminum spikes), left 2 nice little holes and a big dent in the door. The cops did get involved but sided with me saying it was self defense.
I've had to smack a few windows to avoid that but a good hard smack usually gets their attention. I'd increase to window smashing level quickly though.

Glad to hear you're okay Cyclaholic. I got pretty angry just reading your post. Good job folding that *****hole's mirror. Too bad you couldn't smash that idiot in the face.
SDRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 08:49 PM   #17
jyossarian
SERENITY NOW!!!
 
jyossarian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: In the 212
Bikes: Haro Vector, IRO Rob Roy, Bianchi Veloce
Posts: 8,756
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Glad you're OK OP. Why didn't you hijack the truck Mad Max style?
__________________
HHCMF - Take pride in your ability to amaze lesser mortals! - MikeR



We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!
jyossarian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 08:58 PM   #18
dwr1961
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SW Idaho
Bikes:
Posts: 643
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You GO my friend!

I am usually a pacifist when it comes to relating to the rest of the world. Most folks that do stupid stuff are just ignorant, so I cut 'em slack....

In THIS instance, I fully agree and support you in your retaliation. This fella is living on another planet and he needed a broken mirror to bring him back down to earth. Hope your little dose of therapy helped!

For everyone else out there - always use your best judgement and keep a cool head. If you're gonna retaliate, have a plan for when things go bad... Here in the USA you never know when someone's got a weapon and is lookin' for an excuse to use it. Hard to ride faster than a speeding bullet!

All that said - I really enjoyed the story. Made my day!
dwr1961 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 09:09 PM   #19
vrkelley
Enjoy
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Seattle metro
Bikes: Trek 5200
Posts: 6,164
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I regularly tell drivers...Don't piss off the cyclists...they laugh when I explain what happens...They think I exagerate
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyclaholic View Post

What really enraged me is that I could see him looking at me, laughing, and giving me the finger through his great big side mirror. I sprinted after him and caught him at the next red. He was stopped in traffic but as I approached I could see his front wheel turning and him looking at me through his rearview. As I expected he deliberately lunged forward to block my path (or more likely to hit me) as I approached. Fortunately for me he didn't have enough room in front of him to fully block me... and I was anticipating the move. I landed a perfect punch to his rear view mirror and smashed it as I went past. It folded forward right around and hit his windshield.

Footnote: Don't try this unless you're wearing a stury pair of gloves. I use and highly recommend these. There's a lighter model I use in summer.....
vrkelley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 10:13 PM   #20
squegeeboo
******
 
squegeeboo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: Specalized Tri-Cross
Posts: 951
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What kind of temp are those gloves good to OP?
__________________
In the words of Einstein
"And now I think I'll take a bath"
squegeeboo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 10:20 PM   #21
donnamb 
tired
 
donnamb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: Breezer Uptown 8, U frame
Posts: 5,651
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyclaholic View Post
It's morning peak hour, I'm nearly at my destination in fairly heavy city traffic. I'm the last in line and make a left at a green light at a cross intersection (remember, we drive on the left here). I'm almost completed the turn when a small delivery truck runs the red from what would have been my right hand side before making the turn.

He starts honking as he comes up beside me (I'm right in the middle of my lane) then he starts swerving into me, still honking. I react by swerving away but he manages to sideswipe me. I managed to stay upright even though for a fraction of a second I thought I was dead. I hit the brakes and manage to stop just before getting pancaked between the truck and the first parked car. I swear there wasn't more than 3 or 4 inches left between the truck and the car.

What really enraged me is that I could see him looking at me, laughing, and giving me the finger through his great big side mirror. I sprinted after him and caught him at the next red. He was stopped in traffic but as I approached I could see his front wheel turning and him looking at me through his rearview. As I expected he deliberately lunged forward to block my path (or more likely to hit me) as I approached. Fortunately for me he didn't have enough room in front of him to fully block me... and I was anticipating the move. I landed a perfect punch to his rear view mirror and smashed it as I went past. It folded forward right around and hit his windshield.


Footnote: Don't try this unless you're wearing a stury pair of gloves. I use and highly recommend these. There's a lighter model I use in summer.....
I'm glad you're ok.
__________________
"Real wars of words are harder to win. They require thought, insight, precision, articulation, knowledge, and experience. They require the humility to admit when you are wrong. They recognize that the dialectic is not about making us look at you, but about us all looking together for the truth."
donnamb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 10:37 PM   #22
unkchunk
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 1,819
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm still waiting for when one of your Australian garbage trucks tries to take out a cyclist with those robotic arms type story. Your's was pretty good, but no robotic manipulating arm. Better yet, the robotic arm swoops down and plucks you up to safety, right before a car t-bones you. It could happen. Geeze, I hope the cyclist would be wearing a helmet cam then. Oh... yeah, glad you're okay.
unkchunk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 10:55 PM   #23
vrkelley
Enjoy
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Seattle metro
Bikes: Trek 5200
Posts: 6,164
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Judging by some other posts...It sounds like Aussie drivers are pretty tough!
vrkelley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-08, 11:00 PM   #24
bryanhayn
^posier than thou
 
bryanhayn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Honolulu, HI
Bikes: black 62cm IRO Angus w/Fusions on Phil hubs, Sugino 75 cranks, Soma track drops
Posts: 317
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Damn, that's F'd up! If that happened to me I would do all that I could to track him down. I would find out where he lives, then visit his house and completely destroy his car - puncture all tires, break windows, create dents, etc. I would be SOOO pissed.

I'm a newbie biker. This story makes me want some nice gloves
bryanhayn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-08, 12:20 AM   #25
Chris L
Every lane is a bike lane
 
Chris L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - passionfruit capital of the universe!
Bikes:
Posts: 9,626
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by JusticeZero View Post
.... Nasty, but I do not know that I would have done that. The violence may be cathartic, but it renders it much harder, if not impossible, to get the police involved.
This is Australia. The police weren't going to get involved regardless, I know from dealing with similar incidents myself.
__________________
"I am never going to flirt with idleness again" - Roy Keane
"We invite everyone to question the entire culture we take for granted." - Manic Street Preachers.
My blog.
My bike tours. Japan tour page under construction.
Chris L is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:05 AM.