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Old 02-05-08, 02:23 PM   #1
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What is the matter with these kids?

I was riding along my usual MUP in Marin County, Ca. yesterday when I saw a teen girl ahead laying flat down across the path on her back as if to say to everyone, "hit me, I dare you".

This is the second time I saw something like this. The first was when a group of four, again teen girls sit in a circle, cross legged right in the middle of the path.

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Old 02-05-08, 02:29 PM   #2
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Give them a choice- "What side do you want the tyre marks" - and don't stop or vary your line. Works every time.
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Old 02-05-08, 04:52 PM   #3
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Had the same thing happen to me two summers ago. Ran over her hair.
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Absolutely nothing. With youth comes a license to a certain level of folly, some of which can be quite dangerous. It's one of the reasons not everyone lives to be as old as we are.
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Probably someone nearby with a camera, capturing whatever might happen to show on YouTube....
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Old 02-05-08, 08:17 PM   #6
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Yahoo! Bunny hop!
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Absolutely nothing. With youth comes a license to a certain level of folly, some of which can be quite dangerous. It's one of the reasons not everyone lives to be as old as we are.
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Sneak up quietly, get really close, have the curve of the front tire almost overlapping one of them. Then stop, no need to stop fast or at the last minute, be careful, no need to get risky to enjoy this manuver. Then scream "Passing" at the top of your lungs as your dog barks as loud as he can. Oh..you don't have a dog with you. Too bad. Do it anyway. Do you have an Air Zound? Do you have a powered megaphone? A train whistle ?

It's a lot of fun. Have fun with it, that's what they are doing with you. It's typicall of kids.

Next time bring a camera with a flash and start flashing the camera at them, so it looks as if you are taking photos. Or take photos. Then post them on the trees, or my space.
Then take the top off your bottle and dump it on one of them, just water so it won't stain. Always single out the one that looks the weakest.

Use your imagination. Don't do anything that is really dangerous or harmful, don't get close while going fast.

Scream at them a long way away and accelerate as hard as you can and aim for one, change your aim if she moves, stay aimed at her. Then slow down in plenty of time, and smile and wave. Or squirt her.
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Kids gotta be kids.
I'm still doing a lot of dumb things. I hope I always will. (Not much to worry about there).
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It just occurred to me, why didn't I dump the water bottle on them? or at least squirt it. LOL.

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It just occurred to me, why didn't I dump the water bottle on them? LOL.

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Kids gotta be kids.
Indeed. Stop and talk to 'em...sometimes we can learn.

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Here's a pic of my youngest granddaughter (#24), age 14, freshman, excelling at the HS varsity level in a very tough NE Ohio league. She's never had time to do the normal kid stuff.
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Yahoo! Bunny hop!
I can't bunny hop mine - 150 pounds of hurt....... >:-)

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Reminds me, when I was a teenager in the '60s, the rage around where I lived (out in the country) was to sit out in the middle of a two-lane road inside a large cardboard box. The practice died out after a while, though.
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Give them a choice- "What side do you want the tyre marks" - and don't stop or vary your line. Works every time.
I like your response the best of any of them, stapfam.
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Reminds me, when I was a teenager in the '60s, the rage around where I lived (out in the country) was to sit out in the middle of a two-lane road inside a large cardboard box. The practice died out after a while, though.
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Reminds me, when I was a teenager in the '60s, the rage around where I lived (out in the country) was to sit out in the middle of a two-lane road inside a large cardboard box. The practice died out after a while, though.
Yeah there was a fad a few years back for lying length wise on the double yellow line on highways at night. I don't hear so much about that any more.

I think our root problem has been our systematic interference with evolution over the past 3 or 4 decades. We've been saving too many people that otherwise would have removed themselves from the gene pool. Intead they continue to breed, and now, several generations later (the dumber, the more generations) there's an expectation that no matter how stupidly anybody behaves, it won't be their own fault if they are injured or killed.

It this instance, I would have stopped, laid down beside her, and then licked the whole side of her face.

I'm pretty sure that if she or any of her peers saw me coming again I wouldn't have to slow down at all.
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I assume most of the posts on this were in jest.

In my little corner of the world, kids like this are asking if you notice. My response is say, "Yes, I notice you." "Hey, how's it going?" "Beautiful day, isn't it."
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Reminds me, when I was a teenager in the '60s, the rage around where I lived (out in the country) was to sit out in the middle of a two-lane road inside a large cardboard box. The practice died out after a while, though.
Darwin's theory prevailed?
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I assume most of the posts on this were in jest.

In my little corner of the world, kids like this are asking if you notice. My response is say, "Yes, I notice you." "Hey, how's it going?" "Beautiful day, isn't it."
Now that's just sweet. I don't care who you are. You should get a job working with kids full time.

Personally, I prefer that my 16 year old daughter run away screaming anytime she sees someone in lycra bearing down on her doing a Gene Simmons impression.

But that's just me.
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I always think "Here's a chance for me to not be an ass and create another cyclist hater."

This happened to me yesterday. A group of kids, maybe runners, was doing push ups on the path I commute on. I called "hello" and some of them started to move. I said "You're OK. Just stay still" and rolled through the middle of the pack. No big deal.

The only time I was worried was the night I came around a corner, in the dark, and found a small group of beer drinkers. I was glad I saw them in time. I got slowed down and said "That's what I'm doing when i get home! And hey, don't break the glass on the path, OK?"
They kinda laughed and smiled and said "OK."

Who knows, maybe I saved myself a flat.

We just have to be nice. I don't want to turn into an angry cyclist like the folks over in the Commuting forum. I don't want to be a cyclist that treats people like car the drivers treat us. Heck, I'm on a bike! I get to be happy!
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I always think "Here's a chance for me to not be an ass and create another cyclist hater."

We just have to be nice. I don't want to turn into an angry cyclist like the folks over in the Commuting forum. I don't want to be a cyclist that treats people like car the drivers treat us. Heck, I'm on a bike! I get to be happy!


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