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Old 06-30-14, 06:56 AM   #1
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My best guesses of what the guy today yelled

I had a passenger in a pickup truck yell at me this morning. I will admit that although I could hear the truck coming from behind, with its wider tires and engine roaring up the hill, the shouted greeting startled me a bit. I tensed my shoulders and looked up, but stayed in position well enough.

It is always hard to understand what someone in a passing vehicle says to you. I hope that they weren't saying something important such as they wanted to give me some money. Since I ignored their message and concentrated on my upcoming turn, they may mistakenly have thought I didn't want their money and just kept going.

My best guesses of what the guy today yelled:
"Good morning biker!"
"Get more lycra!"
"Go mother f***er!"
"Hey Mufasa liker!"
"Long Live Mother Russia!"
"You could win the Tour de France!" (ok, probably not as likely, but you never know)

The driver did not slow down enough for me to clarify what his passenger said or to give a proper return greeting.

Happy riding all!
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Old 06-30-14, 07:11 AM   #2
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"Long Live Mother Russia!"

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Old 06-30-14, 07:13 AM   #3
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I figure everybody is yelling "I wish my ass looked like yours!".
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Old 06-30-14, 07:19 AM   #4
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I thought it would have been "Your fly is open!"
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Old 06-30-14, 07:27 AM   #5
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Would you help me with my truck payment?
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Old 06-30-14, 07:35 AM   #6
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" I am incredibly insecure and have a chip on my shoulder. I need to yell at y'all!"
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Old 06-30-14, 08:03 AM   #7
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Old 06-30-14, 08:17 AM   #8
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If you are salmoning, and it comes from a red Pontiac Vibe with a Hollywood bike rack, it is "Learn to ride!"
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Old 06-30-14, 08:52 AM   #9
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If you are salmoning, and it comes from a red Pontiac Vibe with a Hollywood bike rack, it is "Learn to ride!"
If you are the red truck that passed him salmoning then you must have been going the wrong way too.
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Old 06-30-14, 07:15 PM   #10
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I always assume it's: "I wish I could have your bod!"... works with guys and gals.
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Old 07-01-14, 11:34 AM   #11
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They must just be jealous as they are overpaying for gas in that big pickup...

I have had a few people yell random crap at me over the last almost year of commuting.

My favorite two:
1. Why don't you pedal! - yelled by an impatient person who really wanted to pass me on a twisty decent with a "no passing sign" and the passed me at the bottom of the hill on a straight away (no bike lane), even though I was going ~24 at the time and if i pedaled instead of coasted after that hill I would have ran into the car in front of me. I passed this guy again at the light (where there is a bike lane again) and he was annoyed.
2. Do you have enough lights? - I guess so, as I had enough lights for the guy to notice me as as the sky was turning dark
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Old 07-01-14, 03:01 PM   #12
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Old 07-01-14, 06:20 PM   #14
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About a year ago as I was nearing a branch in the road by the end of my commute, some kid in the passengers seat of a passing car yelled "AH_UMUG!!!" (or at least that's what it sounded like to me). I started laughing and genuinely wanted to know what the kid had just yelled.

I changed my course to follow the car as I saw it had to stop behind some other cars at a stop sign. By the time I caught up, the cars in front had moved so this car was now rolling up to the stop. The driver had obviously seen me coming, so he flys out onto the main road to avoid anything I might say/do and almost has an accident. Would have felt terrible as I was in a great mood and just wanted to laugh and ask what the heck he was trying to say.

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The TdF spirit invades even the commuting forum...
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Old 07-02-14, 05:56 AM   #17
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The last one for me yelled, I think, "RAAH FAA WWWWAAAHHHH!"
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Old 07-02-14, 06:01 AM   #18
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Yep, I think the problem is the Doppler effect...
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Old 07-02-14, 06:33 AM   #19
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This kind of makes me want to start randomly yelling at passing cars. Most of them will have their windows up I'm sure, but maybe occasionally a driver will hear something like, "OOOHHH BLLLAAAAAHHHH FLLLLAAAAAA" as they speed by.
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Old 07-02-14, 07:34 AM   #20
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Once a guy in a PU slowed down enuff to yell, "You're doing 17mph!" Then drove off.

I just smiled and waved.
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Old 07-02-14, 08:02 AM   #21
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On my commute, there is an old geezer who yells "get off the street" at me whenever he is outside. My problem is what to say back. I usually just laugh, but I was thinking something like "eat my bike shorts" or "bite my crankset" might liven things up a bit. Any other ideas?
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Old 07-02-14, 08:23 AM   #22
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On my commute, there is an old geezer who yells "get off the street" at me whenever he is outside. My problem is what to say back. I usually just laugh, but I was thinking something like "eat my bike shorts" or "bite my crankset" might liven things up a bit. Any other ideas?
Can you just ride through his yard?

Or perhaps stop and discuss where he feels you should be riding.
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Old 07-02-14, 08:29 AM   #23
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There is a Terrets brain syndrome transmitter secretly stimulating the weak mind to yell something..
its in every pickup truck .. hidden in front of the passenger ..

Don't you love how the Doppler effect, makes saying Dumb stuff even more of a waste of time..
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Old 07-02-14, 08:40 AM   #24
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There is a Terrets brain syndrome transmitter secretly stimulating the weak mind to yell something..
its in every pickup truck .. hidden in front of the passenger ..

Don't you love how the Doppler effect, makes saying Dumb stuff even more of a waste of time..

I was borrowing my dad's pickup to help a friend move, the transmitter must be broke in that one. I did wish a few times that I was riding.

When I switched over to my car, I did see a cyclist I wanted to yell at, but it would have been along the lines of ; "get some lights if you want to ride after dark".
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