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    "You're not a car..."

    "...Get off the f**king road!" That was my first really negative experience commuting this season. I'm in downtown Lansing, mid-morning yesterday. I'm on South Washington headed from the copy shop, past the roundabout at Michigan Ave., going absolutely just as fast as the car just ahead of me, not impeding traffic. Everybody's got to drive slowly there because of the bobtail parking on both sides of the road. Some jack*ff yells at me. Oh, and he's driving crazy, too. Racing up on me, jamming the brakes. Prick.

    This is one of only a handful to negative experiences bike commuting I've had in the three years (well, this is the third year). Just thought I'd share. It feels good to rant. You're welcome to do so, too.

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    Better to keep in inside you and bury it down deep so it festers into a bubbling ball of hate.

    That sucks. Sometimes it pays to smile and wave like you know em'.

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    I can never find the original post, but someone here on BF has the greatest pwnage response to "You're not a car" ever. It went something like this:

    Stopped at a gas station, driver filling tank looks over at cyclist and says, "You're not a car, you know."

    "You're right, I'm a motorcycle."

    <Driver looks at bicycle disdainfully>"Where's your engine?"

    "You're talking to it."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itsjustb View Post
    I can never find the original post, but someone here on BF has the greatest pwnage response to "You're not a car" ever. It went something like this:

    Stopped at a gas station, driver filling tank looks over at cyclist and says, "You're not a car, you know."

    "You're right, I'm a motorcycle."

    <Driver looks at bicycle disdainfully>"Where's your engine?"

    "You're talking to it."
    Motorist: You're not a car.

    Cyclist: Yes I am.

    Motorist: (puzzled look)

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    If that ever happens to me. Here's my plan.

    Motorist: You're not a car!

    Me: What?

    Motorist: You're not a car!

    Me: What?

    Motorist: You're not a car!

    Me: Hold on. I can't hear you? Let me turn the motor off.

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    you are correct:

    vehicles don't have Rights
    People have Rights

    here's a crosslink
    Some motorists remain steadfastly hostile
    scroll to #36

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    Quote Originally Posted by apricissimus View Post
    Motorist: You're not a car.

    Cyclist: Yes I am.

    Motorist: (puzzled look)


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turbo_Teen


    Edit: I love the "wtf?" look on the people in the first panel of the second row.

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    You are not a car. Please quit pretending to be one and obstructing their rightful use of the roadways.
    You give all cyclists a bad name.
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    Where's the beard Chip?
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    In Mi, cyclists have a legal right to the road and 1 lane of traffic and most people do not know this but that is the law.

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    "It's called a road bike, not a sidewalk bike!"
    Female Friend: Cycling is supposed to hurt
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    Me: Ok, lets just say it's like sex, it hurts but it's fun at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itsjustb View Post
    I can never find the original post, but someone here on BF has the greatest pwnage response to "You're not a car" ever.
    There was a whole thread of replies to "you're not a car". My favorite was to mimick rolling down a car window and ask "what?".
    Erick - www.borealphoto.com/velo

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    You are not a car. Please quit pretending to be one and obstructing their rightful use of the roadways.
    You give all cyclists a bad name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keiththesnake View Post
    "...Get off the f**king road!"
    I hate that coming up behind me irate knucklehead scenario.

    Once, long ago when I was young, the same thing happened to me. I moved left to get away from his front bumper, essentially splitting lanes. As he roared up next to me I used my right hand to push off (see my avatar) of his left-front quarter which gave me enough speed to pass the car in front of me. I promptly ran the next red light and for all I know he is still sitting there on HIS road.

    About once every 6 months someone will do that to me still. I don't push off anymore tho.
    "For all we know his skills may be excellent, allowing him to ride like an idiot without actually being one." - FBinNY

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    Cars are our future...the sooner you wussies give up childish things and grow up, the happier and safer you will be.
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    Stop in the middle of the road, get off the bike, walk around it scratching your head, and finally turn to him and say "Wow! You're absolutely right! Thanks!"

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    My usual response is "sidewalks are for pedestrians", which never fails to render them speechless for a few seconds as their lizard brains try to process that statement, only for them to reply with "yeah ... well ... uh, **** you!" and speed off. These are not terribly bright people we are dealing with here.

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    Carry eggs and fling them at their windshields. You're right, I'm not a car, I'm an A-hole so don't mess with me.
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    That is what water bottles are for!

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    "You're not a car..."
    O yea? Well your sister smells like peanut butter!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechanicalron View Post
    "You're not a car..."
    O yea? Well your sister smells like fish!!!
    Marinerized that for ya.
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechanicalron View Post
    In Mi, cyclists have a legal right to the road and 1 lane of traffic and most people do not know this but that is the law.
    +1, That's the law!

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    NO! Peanut butter makes as much sense as "your not a car". It sounds offensive and leaves people baffled. Any more I tend to find humor in peoples dumb founded anger and peanut butter is funny. LOTS of anger in Detroit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juggler2 View Post
    +1, That's the law!
    Yea I wish I could find a way to educate people to this but in Detroit the police don't even know. If you get hit by a car here on your bike, you are at fault for being in the road!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechanicalron View Post
    Yea I wish I could find a way to educate people to this but in Detroit the police don't even know. If you get hit by a car here on your bike, you are at fault for being in the road!

    i'd love for them to try that, hello lawsuit against entire police force = large payout
    I hope you flip your bike over and knock your two front teeth out! You selfish son of a b***h! - wedding crashers

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