He's baaaack. Still wearing that stupid helmet. With a repaired derailleur. And not wearing fleece in 79 degree weather.
He showed up at the club's regular Friday night ride, which is a go-at-your-own pace, self-directed ride over a marked route.
Despite the fact that it is a self-directed ride, I often unofficially lead first-timers. When he showed up, he asked the ride coordinator if there was someone he could ride with since he was unfamiliar with the route. The ride coordinator brought him over to me.
I flat-out refused. I told him that he had turned one ride into hell for me, the gashes I have from my first experience with him are still bleeding occasionally, and that he wasn't getting a second shot at me.
He said "but that was a new member ride" and I repeated what the club president (and bulletin) had told him: "new member", not "new rider". Something that I had specifically asked him about before the start of the ride.
I also said something along the lines of
"before I went on my first club ride, I put about 100 miles on the bike. I knew how to shift, which you don't. I knew what kind of gearing to use on what conditions, which you don't. I knew what pace I was capable of on flats, uphills, and downhills, which you don't. I knew how to stop the bike. I knew what to wear in what conditions. Between having ridden it 100 miles and taking it back to the store for a quick tune-up, my bike had been checked out so that I knew it was in good condition before the ride (my rear wheel was actually connected to the frame). You did none of those things -- which shows a certain lack of common sense, not to mention concern for your fellow rider.
Not to mention a certain amount of disregard for non-riders when you parked in the restaurant's parking lot -- despite all their signs to the contrary -- when you were specifically told to park in the train station parking lot, something that the restaurant is complaining about to the local police, with whom we have to maintain a good relationship. I mean, how hard was it to notice (a) that there were about 100 bikes in the train station parking lot and none where you were parked, or (b) that you had to walk about 1/4 mile with your bike to get to the start, which no one else had to do?"
You guys on BF can criticize me all you want for not being charitable to the guy or being supportive of a new rider, but my feeling is that someone that stupid and cavalier isn't someone I want to encourage to become either a rider (and give us all a bad name) or become a member of my club.