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Old 05-23-10, 07:46 PM   #1
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I think it is time to invest in some "thug repellent spray"

or pepper spray. Had a nice long ride today along the lakefront path before being approached by a bunch of 14 year old thugs. I'm glad they didn't jack my bike or anything, but doubt I will be as lucky next time.

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Old 05-23-10, 07:49 PM   #2
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A co-worker was jacked by a group (7-8) 13/14 year old punks. They took his bike and wallet, they were however stupid enough to try and use his ATM card and were ID'd, arrested and taken to juvi.
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Old 05-23-10, 07:56 PM   #3
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Oh, Jeez. I don't even want to know about this.
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Wasp spray is effective.
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You aren't going to be able to do much with pepper spray against "a bunch" of thugs. Best practice is to keep aware of your surroundings and stay away from them if at all possible.
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Old 05-23-10, 08:04 PM   #6
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This is the best thug repellent "spray" that I know of.
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Old 05-23-10, 08:05 PM   #7
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Or for the weight weenies...
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Old 05-23-10, 08:11 PM   #8
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Wasp spray is effective.
I don't suppose you mean these kinds of wasps?
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Maybe riding on the road instead of the path may help?
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One day a long time ago my father relayed this helpful bit of information to me concerning groups of unfriendlies: if you pick one to concentrate on beating the living piss out of like a madman, his screams will scare the others off.

Of course, you can't just attack a 14 year old.

Kids these days.
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Old 05-23-10, 08:22 PM   #11
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If 7-8, 14 year olds tried to jack me.. I'd beat the hell out of them and enjoy doing it. I'd expect no less if I was trying to jack someone 2-3x my age.
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It might be hard to beat someone up if you're wearing cleats.
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These guys managed to fight, I guess:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwKae...eature=related
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I wear SPD shoes, no problem here.
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or pepper spray. Had a nice long ride today along the lakefront path before being approached by a bunch of 14 year old thugs. I'm glad they didn't jack my bike or anything, but doubt I will be as lucky next time.

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what area?
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Old 05-23-10, 08:57 PM   #16
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what area?
18th and Solider Field
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Maybe riding on the road instead of the path may help?
Not that area, where the closest road is expressway-equivalent (Lake Shore Drive), and the adjacent city streets are more problematic in terms of personal safety. The bike path is usually the best option, at least daytime. Unfortunately, since it's not a heavily-traveled path other than rush hours, unimpeded travel of sparse use means you're the target of the moment. One can't assume they have no weapons, so the best option may be increased speed, or quickly turning back to Soldier Field/Museum campus, the marina, or McCormick Place and try to alert police, who sometimes ride bikes there, use Segways, or sit in squad cars. Your cell phone can also be useful, even if only to convey the impression that you're speaking with 911.

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18th and Solider Field
A few years ago, my education about riding that stretch of the bike path came in the form of a kid (about that age, 14) exclaiming to his friends (and me) "THAT's the bike I want!"
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Maybe riding on the road instead of the path may help?
Not that area, where the closest road is expressway-equivalent no bikes allowed (Lake Shore Drive, other than the 1 day each year when the Drive is closed except to bikes), and the adjacent city streets are more problematic in terms of personal safety. The bike path is usually the best option, at least daytime. Unfortunately, since it's not a heavily-traveled path other than rush hours, unimpeded travel of sparse use means you're the target of the moment. One can't assume they have no weapons, so the best option may be increased speed, or quickly turning back to Soldier Field/Museum campus, the marina, or McCormick Place and try to alert police, who sometimes ride bikes there, use Segways, or sit in squad cars. Your cell phone can also be useful, even if only to convey the impression that you're speaking with 911.

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18th and Solider Field
A few years ago, my education about riding that stretch of the bike path came in the form of a kid (about that age, 14) exclaiming to his friends (and me) "THAT's the bike I want!"
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These guys managed to fight, I guess:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwKae...eature=related
LOL...I wouldn't call that a fight...I don't know what you would call what they were doing?
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Old 05-24-10, 10:14 PM   #20
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stand up and sprint right into them, see if any of the little punks step in front of you.*

*most effective if you are going 30+ mph
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Old 05-26-10, 12:41 PM   #21
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I wonder if these arrests contained any of the new friends you met the other day?
http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2...lakeshore.html
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Old 05-26-10, 03:19 PM   #22
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G0L0UD, the comments on that article are pretty depressing. I've been noticing a lot of people hanging out in Chinatown here with nothing better to do than walk around and sit on the north steps of the National Portrait Gallery. I hope it doesn't turn crappy.

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One day a long time ago my father relayed this helpful bit of information to me concerning groups of unfriendlies: if you pick one to concentrate on beating the living piss out of like a madman, his screams will scare the others off.

Of course, you can't just attack a 14 year old.

Kids these days.
Speak for yerself -- I'd love the chance to put the fear of God into a little brat since his parents didn't do it already.

One of these would be fun, too:
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Democrat voters of the future. Gotta love 'em.
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Democrat voters of the future. Gotta love 'em.
I was thinking the same thing ------- they need to mozy on back to their section 8 pad. Lp
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