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Old 10-11-10, 09:28 AM   #1
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Dude, don't blow a gasket

While riding in this morning a red pickup with a bit of lift (wannabe monster truck) had to wait for like three seconds behind me as I was making a left turn. He makes the same left then guns it to pass me on the hill that begins immediately after the turn, laying on the horn.

As I proceed down the same road, I start to see a bunch of dribble, like somebody had a leaky radiator or something. After another mile, I crest another hill and spot the same pickup about a quarter mile ahead, stopped in the middle of the road, hood up, steam or smoke rising.

As much as I wanted to stop and help (not that I would laugh or gloat or anything), my turn came first. Oh well.

Karma is karma, neh. ?
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Karma indeed! Not to mention that he probably burned a full gallon of gas by throwing that hissy fit.
It wouldn't be the nicest thing to do, but I don't know if I'd be able to stifle my impulse to point and laugh loudly as I passed.
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I think pointing and laughing is appropriate in that situation.
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I think pointing and laughing is appropriate in that situation.
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That reminds me of the time I had a motorist pass me well above the legal limit, and then proceed to drive well into the shoulder while over correcting his move back into the right lane. He drove over a large chunk of metal, which banged his fender pretty good as it got tossed high into the air. There was an immediate PSST-PSST-PSST sound of escaping air coming from his rolling tire.

The driver was obviously going way faster than he could safely control his vehicle, was drunk, or both. Like you, my turn off was coming up shortly, so I was unable to pass and laugh, oops, I mean stop and offer my assistance.
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You should have stopped and asked if you could help. You've got a multi-tool, a patch repair kit -- perhaps that'll help?
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You could have blown Mr. Manmobile a kiss, then really laugh as he blows the motor trying to catch you
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you should have ridden up and passed him. Then turn back around to go back to your turn. he would have noticed. no rubbing just simple karma.
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missed opportunity to be nice. It's easy to see how thumbing you nose would may you feel good, and piss them off. What could make them feel worse than your stopping and sincerely asking if they needed help, without the smirk.
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missed opportunity to be nice. It's easy to see how thumbing you nose would may you feel good, and piss them off. What could make them feel worse than your stopping and sincerely asking if they needed help, without the smirk.
Actually, I think the nice thing to do in that case is what Chipcom did. Even if you have the best of intentions offering help in that situation would have likely been interpreted badly, that is unless Chipcom carries a spare radiator, some hoses, water and antifreeze in his panniers.
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I think pointing and laughing is appropriate in that situation.
Only if you feel like dropping the bike and getting into a good old fashioned fur-ball with the driver who you KNOW isn't gonna think it's so funny...especially coming from one of those sissy-boys on a bike. I'm getting too old to actually go looking for trouble.
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You should have stopped and asked if you could help. You've got a multi-tool, a patch repair kit -- perhaps that'll help?
I have better than that...a decent length of duct tape is one of the staples of my bike bags.
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missed opportunity to be nice. It's easy to see how thumbing you nose would may you feel good, and piss them off. What could make them feel worse than your stopping and sincerely asking if they needed help, without the smirk.
I'm all for random acts of kindness....but I am also a realist. People who think they can intimidate cyclists by gunning around them, up a hill to boot, are not likely to be in a friendly mood after Karma strikes and the object of their rage stops to help .

For those who have been around here a while...remember what happened when I tried to help the guy who went off the road and crashed while trying to pass me in the snow.
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Actually, I think the nice thing to do in that case is what Chipcom did. Even if you have the best of intentions offering help in that situation would have likely been interpreted badly, that is unless Chipcom carries a spare radiator, some hoses, water and antifreeze in his panniers.
I have to agree that just continuing on was probabyl the best thing to do unless maybe you know you could have actually done someting which seems unlikley in this cased. This and the other stories in this thread made me chuckle.

With the knowledge that almost everyone carries a cell phone I have a hard time stopping to help someone out anymore unless there are other circumstances like they are stuck in the middle of traffic or in the middle of nowhere. The last time I stopped to help someone it was a poor 16 yer old driving his uncle's car that died in one of the worst streets and he didn't kwow what to do. I helped him after driving around the block and parked and helped him push the car into the parking lot. Of course I had to direct traffic to stop so we could do it, but it was all fun. Ah, to be 16 again...j/k/ =)
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I'm all for random acts of kindness....but I am also a realist. People who think they can intimidate cyclists by gunning around them, up a hill to boot, are not likely to be in a friendly mood after Karma strikes and the object of their rage stops to help .

For those who have been around here a while...remember what happened when I tried to help the guy who went off the road and crashed while trying to pass me in the snow.
I would like to hear this story.
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I have better than that...a decent length of duct tape is one of the staples of my bike bags.
For binding wrists and ankles?
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Tis very amusing.
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Tis very amusing.
I just looked it over again after I found it with a search (a freakin miracle right there!) - there's some funny sh_t in that thread...and I think it was the first appearance of the SuperChump and his little dawg Thor pic.

and Stacey was still with us...the beauty of digging up some of these old threads it that sometimes they bring back memories of those who are no longer with us.
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Only if you feel like dropping the bike and getting into a good old fashioned fur-ball with the driver who you KNOW isn't gonna think it's so funny...especially coming from one of those sissy-boys on a bike. I'm getting too old to actually go looking for trouble.
If he can catch you on foot, you need to learn to ride faster.
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If he can catch you on foot, you need to learn to ride faster.
I'm too dumb to run too.
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You did the right thing. Karma got him. Don't do anything to ruin your karma. Great story!
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He was in a hurry because he knew his truck was reheating. He needed to get to the gas station, quickly, before radiator exploded.
And because of you and your slow human powered vehicle in the middle of the road, he didn't make it.
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He was in a hurry because he knew his truck was reheating. He needed to get to the gas station, quickly, before radiator exploded.
And because of you and your slow human powered vehicle in the middle of the road, he didn't make it.
Close. He was driving fast because he was trying to cool off his engine.
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