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Old 06-06-07, 07:05 PM   #1
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I don't even like diet coke!

I just got pelted with a fairly full can of diet coke, in my own subdivision, in front of the neighbor's house.! and I'm pi$$ed!. Couple of knucklehead teenagers, passenger did the deed... Hit me square on the left elbow and almost took me off the bike. I'm getting too old for this crap. I've been buzzed, had people pull right up behind and honk, yelled at, but never been target practice. Well, with the exception of the bottle rockets last July 4th. should be able to enjoy a leisurly ride after dinner without this kind of thing happening.

I'm disgusted right now, but I'll be better tomorrow.

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Old 06-06-07, 07:17 PM   #2
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That sux. I was riding with a friend when some moron in a pickup truck hit her square on the head with an unopened can of beer. Fortunately, she was wearing a helmet.
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Sheesh. Can't believe people do that. Too bad you didn't get the plate number. Only thing that every happened to me was when I was into running and lived in New Albany Indiana. I was running down a not so busy road when a carload of girls pulled up next to me and pulled up their tops. Then they rode off beeping the horn. I didn't care about getting the plate number.
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I didn't care about getting the plate number.
The real question is: Didja get their phone number?
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That's one of the reasons I moved into a 55 and over community. I hit the streets when most kids are in school, or should be. Or jail!
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Our future leaders are celebrating the end of the school year by killing a few of us off.

Years ago I was hit in the back by a full can of beer while riding a loaded touring bike. The road was narrow and there was no way I could look up to get a tag number without possibly swerving into traffic.

Glad you're okay.
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I got beaned on the head with a can of Coke as I was riding back from jury duty. It was on a major street so the passenger throwing it was going at 40 or more.

Made me glad I was wearing my helmet at least.
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I was running down a not so busy road when a carload of girls pulled up next to me and pulled up their tops.
Next time it happens, let us know so we can be there to give you moral support. Or immoral support.
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Old 06-06-07, 07:46 PM   #9
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Yeah, I'm ok... just ticked off... I was young once (yes I was!) and did some stupid stuff, but never got my fun by putting other people in danger. Man, I sound like an old codger, when did I turn into my dad?
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I thought that sort of thing was urban legend. Sadly it appears I am wrong. I'm pretty sure that would make me angry enough to give an attempted ass whoopin to anyone I could catch or find later.
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If two fifty-ish women pull up beside you in a Suburban and yell, "Get off the road", do not yell back, "It's the SUV's we need to get off the road, not the bicycles". It just ends up making them more angry, and you'll end up calling 911 like I did.
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That is truely scary, and infuriating. There needs to be public awareness that actions like this are dangerous and criminal. When these punks are prosecuted for assault in very public manner things may change.
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That's one of the reasons I moved into a 55 and over community. I hit the streets when most kids are in school, or should be. Or jail!
Although I didn't move your type of community as such, I DO and HAVE taken into consideration aspects of my neighborhoods that indicate few youths, the fewer the better, absolutely none being ideal if not feasable, vacation properties as well. I've less tolorance for undeveloped brains more now than ever.
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If you can point them out, call the cops. That was assault, pure and simple. I'd at least report it. You never know, maybe these teens have been riding around doing more damage.
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Old 06-07-07, 05:58 AM   #15
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I did call the cops. got a nice visit from a Sheriff's deputy. He's a bike rider also. unfortunately, I had only a sketchy description of the vehicle. At least it's on record in case they begin seeing a pattern in the area.

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If you can get the plate number of the dastards. File assault charges.
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I've been Coked and egged.

I'll take the Coke anyday.
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The Philadelphia Phillies have a mascot that goes out between innings and uses an air cannon to shoot hot dog and t-shirts into the stands. I wonder if you could get one of those mounted on a bike? Small water balloons (only filled with paint instead of water) wouldn't be that hard to carry.
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Years ago I was riding in a small, rural town. Some moron drove by and threw a large, full, GLASS, Pepsi bottle at me. It missed but scared me to death. However Mister Moron was driving a very distinctive AMC Javelin. (Distinctive as in there was only one in town!) One day I saw it parked downtown and let the air out of the tires. I shouldn't have done that but it sure did make me feel good.
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Years ago I was riding in a small, rural town. Some moron drove by and threw a large, full, GLASS, Pepsi bottle at me. It missed but scared me to death. However Mister Moron was driving a very distinctive AMC Javelin. (Distinctive as in there was only one in town!) One day I saw it parked downtown and let the air out of the tires. I shouldn't have done that but it sure did make me feel good.
Ya gotta do what ya gotta do. The ass clown had it coming. Lucky for him you didn't do something worse.
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Depressing. . .certainly not the best the US has to offer.
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Old 06-07-07, 05:37 PM   #22
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I've been lucky so far. A couple of yahoos have cut too close and hit their horns, but no one has thrown anything so far.

On the other hand, every day it seems like someone will wait past their turn at an intersection and flag me through (I stop anyway) or go out of their way to give me more room. I've taken to giving folks a thumbs up when they're especially considerate of me as a cyclist. It makes me feel good and helps make up for the cyclists I routinely see running stop signs.

Of course, I've also considered installing a brifter controlled paint ball gun for those folks who are less than considerate, but I'm afraid that my fred factor is already too high to risk something like that.

Hmm, maybe I just need a brifter controlled camera. That could have multiple purposes. All I have to do is disguise it as a Garmin 305 and not even the most OCP roady would consider it fred.
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As a small coincidence I got yelled at for the very first time tonight. "HEY! Get off the road! Get off the road you dumbass!" From a guy about my age on a frickin Harley for cryin out loud! Just as he was turning into the driveway at what I assume was his house. With an American flag and POW/MIA flag flying. This was on a country road that is heavily used as a bike route with Share The Road signs about every mile. One would think a guy on a motorcycle would be one of the last to tell someone else not to have their own sort of fun. Go figure.
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Old 06-07-07, 09:10 PM   #24
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Actually, among Harley riders, the exclamation "Get off the road, you dumbass!" is code for, "Wow! Nice bike!" but they're too macho to tell you that.
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