I ride alot in what some might consider "bad" neighborhoods because, honestly, that's where I live. I've never had any problems....I just say a friendly hello to everyone I meet and keep on riding. You'd be surprised that some of the baddest-looking chollos you've ever seen light up like a Christmas tree, smile and return the greeting. I try to treat people like human beings and not as potential threats and it usually works out. But it didn't quite get it today.
The wife and I have been looking at houses in the area; she found one she said was '''cute" and as it was pretty close (around 10 miles) so I took the bike to see it. I figured I'd check out the neighborhood, and the only real way to do that is at street level. Well the house happened to be on top of this monster hill. I was just getting to the top of this *****, huffing and puffing away when I noticed this old man standing on the corner kind of glaring at me. Then he looks across the street to my left, nods and walks quickly away.
At that same instant two men sprint out of the bushes ten yards to my right and try to knock me off the bike. I simply made a quick u-turn and was doing thirty-five in a few seconds...but it really was close. I thought about telling the cops but there were no witnesses and they could well be in TJ by now.
All I'm saying is be aware of your surroundings.