Hi, I'm new here. But not to cycling. I need to vent my rage, and make a desicion.
I had an accident and have been off the bike for a few years. I'm riding outside again, FINALLY, with a very specific set of training instrustions from my very cool bike geek/ orthopod. Specificly, riding a big fat cheap hybrid laps around a local park bike path at a really high cadence in a low gear. Very upright position 'till my back strengthens. I picked up a few cogs as my legs strengthened over the three weeks I've been doing this and I'm mostly so happy about the whole thing I just can't beleive it
I'm a slightly pudgy petite woman on a cheesy hybrid- so idiot posers on expensive bikes just ride across the path in front of me without actually checking to see how fast I'm moving. I'm spinning about 100 rpm and have wind noise in my ears, no computer because I'll just stare at it. When I miss them- and a major crash- by bare inches (my skills, not theirs) and yell something to the effect of "ignorant as***le!" at 80 db I feel justified, even though the ignorant as***le looks surprised. Two of these losers have done this twice. I never forget a bike.
So- next time I can drop a few teeth in back and ride over the jerk. They look me in the eye and see me coming and move out anyway. It would be justified, as walking/ riding out in front of a moving bike is mighty damn stupid. I have done it before, when people tried to mug me for a high end ride. The downside is that I just did four years of PT and don't want to go back. I'm not as bike fit as I'd like. And you never know how a cheesy bike will handle in extreme cicumstances. The front end has a certain wonkiness. And there's pedestrians on the side of the path in their own lane, that would be messy.
Option two- ride them down and give them an ear blistering they'll never get over. The problem with this is that Idiots don't understand what they did wrong and look at you like you're crazy. This will tempt me to kick their asses and I'll have the inconvenience of a possible assault charge. (Don't think I can't do it. I was a fencer for twenty years and can do all kinds of not cute little girl things. Soviet coaches really DO know some swell stuff And then you should hear my shop owners advice for dealing with jerks!)
Now I am 95% the sweetest little southern debutante you will ever meet. The other five you really don't want to mess with. I'm just getting really tired- literally- of having to deal with this BS. It's hard to do this kind of rehab work and avoiding big crashes is just extra stress. When I take the pricey MT bike out for the same ten mile ride this doesn't happen. The same lot stops and waits. How stupid is that?
Now I know this is long, and may sound slightly pathological But if anybody has a better, say, utter humiliation strategy to get these jerks out of my space I'd so appreciate it. Most people riding in this park are just so pleasant and amiable. I met a spanish guy and his wife whose cousin was in the Tour to ride and chat racing with, some girls to ride and go to lunch with, It would all be lovely if I didn't have a major incident almost every day I ride. I like my bike life and want it back all mellow like it was before.
Feeling very put upon.