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Old 06-24-09, 07:06 AM   #1
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ripping the throat out of someone who buzzes you

ever want to do that?

last night on the way home someone buzzed me, and then this morning someone buzzed me. this morning the cager stopped long enough for me to catch up and we had a shouting match in the middle of the street in front of the post office. I totally gave him an earful and now I've lost my voice. ARGH I was pissed from last night's buzzing, pissed about the rain AGAIN this morning, and finally the straw that set me off was that I was going 20 mph (the speed limit) on a twisty road with blind spots and so I took the lane so cager wouldn't pass me and so what did he do? passed me right before a blind bridge crossing! but not only did he pass me - he buzzed me less than 10" from my left shoulder! I shouted "HEY!" and would have left it at that if I had not caught up to him. I live in a small town 5 sq miles, a lot like Mayberry. I'm sure I embarrassed myself in front of 1/2 dozen people who know me.
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Old 06-24-09, 07:18 AM   #2
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Been more than a few rude cyclists that I've wanted to do it to also.... I feel you.
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Old 06-24-09, 07:23 AM   #3
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When are people going to learn that you don't mess with MA. What small town? Alston? Brighton?
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Maynard.

Have to admit though that I still have some New York in me ... been here since '84 and now a die hard Red Sox fan :-)

I feel really bad, I think I recognized the guy and I regret not blasting him about the buzzing. We spent most of our argument "discussing" when a bike can take a lane and when a car should not be passing.
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Old 06-24-09, 07:31 AM   #5
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I found that talking or arguing only make me more upset, when I really intend to do is somehow get them back. I now simply quote Dick Cheney by saying, "F U" and ride into the sunset/sunrise.
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Old 06-24-09, 07:52 AM   #6
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yeah, I'm not proud of myself. Dam I was so pumped that my left leg started to jump from the adrenaline. right there in the street. It happened within minutes of me leaving my house so I had the rest of my 13 miles to use it up. I was stronger for sure. In fact one section, about 1/2 way, that I'm usually in 5th gear for I rode in 10th gear. It surprised me cuz it's a tricky uphill section with potholes on route 20 and I have to one hand it to signal my right turn.
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You should have skipped the argument and broke out a ulock.
j/k
or am I?
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Do what I'm planning on doing when I get back to commuting and get an even louder horn than they have (I presume that's what you meant by buzzed anyways).

I can't be botheed with arguing, I have occasional hit the side of a van or caught up at the lights, tapped on the window, given them the finger and rode off.
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Old 06-24-09, 08:19 AM   #9
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no - by "buzzed" I mean they drove really really close to me on purpose.
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If it's any consolation, I got buzzed yesterday, also. What made it even worse is they were in a big hurry to get to...a red light.

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yeah, this guy actually said I was in a hurry to get to the stop sign before you. I don't even understand why that would be a reason to threaten my life with a dangerous weapon ... (the car)
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DOT3 or 4 brake fluid in your water bottle, dump on any painted surface.

be sure not to drink out of it.

alternative is to fill it up with vinegar and salt. it will stink for a while and it's safe if you accidentally drink out of it.
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People get mad when they get scared, and being buzzed is scary. It's good to remember that this is happening -- just to remember that your buttons are being pushed. Also good to remember is that a driver, when confronted with an angry screaming person, is going to have their buttons pushed in the exact same way -- it's a threat situation, and the same scared -> mad thing happens. That's how the two of you end up going at it. Easy to say, not so easy to not act it out...the proverbial "count to ten" is probably about as good as it gets for breaking the scared->mad reaction cycle.
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I've given up getting upset about it.
It's a daily occurrence and all the energy I could expend getting upset isn't worth it.

I just usually point at them so they see me in their rear view mirror and if I should catch them at a light I just stare at them.

That usually freaks them out and some won't even look at you.
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Waste of time.....Otherwise there would be throats all over the streets of So Cal.
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re: "Waste of time.....Otherwise there would be throats all over L.A."

OTFLMAO!
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Waste of time.....Otherwise there would be throats all over the streets of So Cal.
I would need to get fenders.
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People get mad when they get scared, and being buzzed is scary. It's good to remember that this is happening -- just to remember that your buttons are being pushed. Also good to remember is that a driver, when confronted with an angry screaming person, is going to have their buttons pushed in the exact same way -- it's a threat situation, and the same scared -> mad thing happens. That's how the two of you end up going at it. Easy to say, not so easy to not act it out...the proverbial "count to ten" is probably about as good as it gets for breaking the scared->mad reaction cycle.
Extremely well put, LBB.
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How fast was he going?

I mean, I know it was enough to scare you and all, and you were there and I wasn't, and your fear is valid.

However, if you were doing 20 in a 20 zone...

I'm just happy to share lane space as long as the driver slows down. If I catch him at the stop sign, it's kind of funny. "Whatever, dude."
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I think for many drivers, if they get a rise out of you, they feel like they've accomplished something. That is why (after many years of riding) I have taken to just completely ignoring drivers who buzz me or scream at me or honk or whatever. I used to more inclined to scream back and gesture wildly but I found that doing that just got me more worked-up and left me feeling frustrated and angry. I admit that I occasionally still get angry enough that I shout or gesture, but it's a rare occasion.

And when I say I ignore them I mean I completely ignore them. There have even been a couple of instances where a driver has asked me a direct question (such as "What the hell do you think you're doing???") at a stop light, and I've just acted as though I heard nothing. One driver even followed that up with "Hey! I asked you a question" and I just looked at him (so he wouldn't think I was deaf) and shook my head slightly. I think this leaves the driver feeling frustrated and it leaves me feeling like I've taken the higher ground. Works for me anyway...
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Get out your camera phone, and visibly take pictures of them and their vehicle. It completely freaks people out.
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I've given up getting upset about it.
It's a daily occurrence and all the energy I could expend getting upset isn't worth it.

I just usually point at them so they see me in their rear view mirror and if I should catch them at a light I just stare at them.

That usually freaks them out and some won't even look at you.
+1. Not worth it. Staring, yeah, affirmative. Gets your point across.
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I think for many drivers, if they get a rise out of you, they feel like they've accomplished something.
So you are postulating that there is actually thinking going on in those heads? Interesting.

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That is why (after many years of riding) I have taken to just completely ignoring drivers who buzz me or scream at me or honk or whatever.
+1 for the most part, but I do fall off the wagon every now and then, usually after three or four knuckleheads in the same commute. I mostly get home with zero problems tho. The OP does not sound like he freaks out all the time. I recommend a rear-view mirror (don't start an argument please) if you can stand one on the helmet or eye glasses. Takes away the element of surprise for me. Otherwise, it's all part of the deal. You wanna ride your bike in the street, you will get buzzed. Remember...you're better than "them"!

I can't even imagine how irritating it must be to drive a car where I live. Any day I get home as a three-dimensional object I feel blessed.
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looked for him on the ride home today, him and the other buzzer from yesterday. glad I didn't see either
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I don't get like this with motorists.. yet. When my fuse blows its on. I've seen some pretty tough people wilt at my outofthisworld maniac yelling. Spittle flying nose to nose type stuff. Its really not worth it for some random joesmoe on the road. Save those reactions for some prick you have to see everyday.
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