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Old 09-02-09, 12:37 PM   #1
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Delivered some justice on Friday.

I forgot to post this so it is coming a few days late.
On Friday my buddy and I were wrapping up our 15 mile ride home at over 25 mph riding single file on the far right side of the road. An SUV drove by a little too closely and someone BARKED loudly at us. You know the type; I can't tell you how many idiots feel like they need to try to scare us for some reason.

Anyway, he got caught in traffic about 400 yards up the road. As I rolled closer I was amazed to see that his window was still down (like most barkers; not very bright). I was even more amazed that he was getting ready to unleash some more verbal abuse even though he was clearly at a disadvantage.

I slowly rolled by his passenger window and he was able to scream "DAMN YOU" just before the contents of my water bottle hit him in the face. I could not hear anything else because we filtered for another 20 or so cars and then turned left at the 4 way stop sign to cut through some neighborhoods. He was a big boy but that did him no good sitting there in traffic.

I am still laughing a little about it but I am sure he already punished some other cyclist for my sins.

Needless to say, I have changed my route for a while

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I forgot to post this so it is coming a few days late.
On Friday my buddy and I were wrapping up our 15 mile ride home at over 25 mph riding single file on the far left of the road. An SUV drove by a little too closely and someone BARKED loudly at us. You know the type; I can't tell you how many idiots feel like they need to try to scare us for some reason.

Anyway, he got caught in traffic about 400 yards up the road. As I rolled closer I was amazed to see that his window was still down (not very bright). I was even more amazed that he was getting ready to unleash some more verbal abuse even though he was clearly at a disadvantage.

I slowly rolled by his passenger window and he was able to scream "DAMN YOU" just before the contents of my water bottle hit him in the face. I could not hear anything else because we filtered for another 20 or so cars and then turned left at the 4 way stop sign. He was a big boy but that did him no good sitting there in traffic.

I am still laughing a little about it but I am sure he already punished some other cyclist for my sins.

Needless to say, I have changed my route for a while

This is the part that worries me. The guy is clearly already an idiot, an now he's a pissed off idiot in an SUV.
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Ahh... I had so many moments like this on a bike tour where I DREAMED about catching up to some car that had honked or yelled or barked or threw something. Like, I fantasized for the next hour. Sadly this was always on the highway and they were gone in an instant. It's probably a good thing I never caught up to anyone.
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WOOT!
You are probably wise to keep your route different for a while, but the moron hopefully got a taste of humble pie (which probably pissed him off even more if he's insecure). LOL!!!!!!!!!

Of course the stealthy way to get back at him is to call in his plate number and report an aggressive driving incident. They are being taken more seriously these days.
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I don't know.
Was throwing water on the guy a good idea? Prob'ly not.
Was it immensly satisfying? I'm sure it was!
There's just something about a cyclist being required to model appropriate behavior at all times for the benefit of other cyclists that just pushes the logic envelope.
I don't really think the behavior of the lugnut in the SUV will be any worse due to the OP's - no permanent damage - retribution. When the sun rises tomorrow, he will continue to be an AH.
Yet, the more effective -but least satisfying- action continues to be reporting.
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This is the part that worries me. The guy is clearly already an idiot, an now he's a pissed off idiot in an SUV.
Agreed. I often wonder how many of my bad-experiences are the result of the behavior of another cyclist. That said, I am usually the nicest guy, but when I swing a leg over that top tube, I am all too often going to war. I am always amazed at how many motorists feel like they have a right to comment on my behavior that does not affect them in the least; or try to bully or intimidate. So I get a little jaded about how they might feel, assume they are mostly hostile and just try to obey the golden rule out there to avoid starting anything.

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[QUOTE=MNBikeguy;9601657]- When the sun rises tomorrow, he will continue to be an AH.
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Weird. Barkers eh? I've been commuting for quite a while and never had anyone bark at me. You mean arf arf arf right?
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On Friday my buddy and I were wrapping up our 15 mile ride home at over 25 mph riding single file on the far left of the road.
Can you explain this? were you going for a left hand turn or ???
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Can you explain this? were you going for a left hand turn or ???
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I slowly rolled by his passenger window and he was able to scream "DAMN YOU" just before the contents of my water bottle hit him in the face. I could not hear anything else because we filtered for another 20 or so cars and then turned left at the 4 way stop sign to cut through some neighborhoods. He was a big boy but that did him no good sitting there in traffic.

I am still laughing a little about it but I am sure he already punished some other cyclist for my sins.
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Weird. Barkers eh? I've been commuting for quite a while and never had anyone bark at me. You mean arf arf arf right?
Yeah, get that a lot out here for some reason. Always guys in trucks or kids in beaters.
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I'm gonna say, that was a dumb move on your part.

Sure it felt good, but couldn't you have just, I don't know, yelled some obscenity at him and been on your merry way?

IMO, the best reaction would have been to just ignore him and be on your merry way.

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I don't really think the behavior of the lugnut in the SUV will be any worse due to the OP's - no permanent damage - retribution. When the sun rises tomorrow, he will continue to be an AH.
I'm not so sure. Maybe he will next time decide its okay to throw something instead of yelling out his window. You know, its okay cuz this a-hole bicyclist threw water in my face, so its okay for me to throw my big mac at them.

Or, maybe he ate that humble pie and no longer yells.
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Or, maybe he ate that humble pie and no longer yells.
Any bets on the odds of that?
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I'm not so sure. Maybe he will next time decide its okay to throw something instead of yelling out his window. You know, its okay cuz this a-hole bicyclist threw water in my face, so its okay for me to throw my big mac at them.
Considering how much stuff I've had thrown at me this year (hasn't been a problem until this year, don't know why) I've theorized the justification of the thrower's actions:

They yell, bark, etc. and you ignore them... so they feel that a further escalation (throwing stuff) is required to get a reaction.
They yell, bark, etc. and you yell back... so now they have to prove to their friends they're not going to take that crap, and resort to throwing stuff.

It's really a no-win situation as I see it. May as well dump a bottle of Accelerade in their open window, because they're going to be jackasses either way.
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Was throwing water on the guy a good idea? Prob'ly not.
Was it immensly satisfying? I'm sure it was!
Yeah, that's kind of what I was thinking when I read it.
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It's escalation. Results could go either way, but that particular type of jerkery is not doused with a bike bottle of water. It may become somewhat more cowardly in its expression, but it won't be improved.
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Was throwing water on the guy a good idea? Prob'ly not.
Not only a bad idea, but also extremely illegal.
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Or you could get pissed and jump on the side of his convertible until he runs along mailboxes and hydrants trying to dislodge you from his vehicle. Hrmmm...deja vu.

The fact is that he was an idiot and could conceivably have caused some damage. You confessed to assault & battery. If a cop had observed the whole interaction, you would likely be the one in cuffs in the back of the cruiser.
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I slowly rolled by his passenger window and he was able to scream "DAMN YOU" just before the contents of my water bottle hit him in the face. I could not hear anything else because we filtered for another 20 or so cars and then turned left at the 4 way stop sign to cut through some neighborhoods. He was a big boy but that did him no good sitting there in traffic.

I am still laughing a little about it but I am sure he already punished some other cyclist for my sins.

Needless to say, I have changed my route for a while
I almost sprayed Dr. Pepper all over the compy screen, that was funny!
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Not only a bad idea, but also extremely illegal.
"It just slipped officer! Really! One second, I was holding the water bottle, then he was yelling and got me so distracted my arm instinctively jerked to the left depositing the contents in the motorists face! I had no idea what happened!"
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Seriously, to the letter of the law you are correct.
Yet there are many cities that have passed bicycle harassment ordinances that make the SUV drivers actions clearly a misdemeanor.
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WOOT!
You are probably wise to keep your route different for a while, but the moron hopefully got a taste of humble pie (which probably pissed him off even more if he's insecure). LOL!!!!!!!!!

Of course the stealthy way to get back at him is to call in his plate number and report an aggressive driving incident. They are being taken more seriously these days.
Call in drunk driving... that is taken even more seriously.
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