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    who has been dissed by driver?

    I'm in a college city. Today, I was riding home from the post office, and some a-hole drove by yelling "nice bike f*get." This wasn't the first time for me either.

    I biked a lot in high school too, and this was in the same city I'm in now. On multiple occasions, I biked across intersections to find a honking at me for fun.

    This was the first time that's happened in like 2 years, but it pissed me off the same nonetheless. So I'm just wondering if other people have been dissed like that.

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    You should shout back "Girls love my abs, chubber!" and upshift and stand pedal When they realize they're speeding at 8 points (25mph road, you can hit 30-35, 40mph == 15mph over == 8 points on your license) just to pass you they'll still be jerks, but they'll experience shrinkage all the same

    Though I guess you'd have to be speeding to do that, which is illegal. And then they'd have to laugh at you for getting a speeding ticket without an engine, right?
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    I get that on and off here, but they're usually traveling in the other direction, so all I hear is "Heeeey <insert unintelligable nonsense here>". Someone needs to teach 'em about the doppler effect. :-)

    I don't let it bother me...I find it funny that they take that much effort to shout out the window when I can't understand them anyway. That, and I'm outside getting fresh air and a relaxing commute home, and they're stuck in a car. Who's the stupid one?

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    I must be honest here. I am one of these people.
    Although I do it with merit. My shouts are always either "Nice bike!" (Which is difficult to make sound non sarcastic), or "Use a sidewalk!".

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    I hear nothing over my music or talk show. I use a mirror to see behind me and keep my head moving, I see mouths moving in my direction every now and again, not so often. Followed by me waving and saying, 'Hello!' really loudly. Life is good.
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    Just the occasional car of high school kids during the summer that shout something as they pass. I get more shouted at me while at work on the highway than I do on my commute.

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    Just smile, wave and say thanks. It will befuddle them.

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    Everyone has at least 1 incident like this while cycling sometime in their lives. I've had 3 such incidents with the last 1 occurring last weekend. I was on my way home when a college aged kid leans out of a slowing van near my ear & screams "HEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYY, wanna buy a used didlo!?" I just extended my middle finger & watched as he had no clue how to react. He literally looked like a confused little puppy possible due to the fact I did not squirm & weave on my bike holding my line as he screamed near my ear then telling him to F-Off.

    For the thousands & thousands of motorist I've encountered people like him are the exception. Don't let it get to you.
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    I never really had issues with rudeness, just the random scream out of car. Most of the time I can only make out the words "hey" and "bike". Seems like car screamers are pretty original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yaganon View Post
    I'm in a college city. Today, I was riding home from the post office, and some a-hole drove by yelling "nice bike f*get." This wasn't the first time for me either.

    I biked a lot in high school too, and this was in the same city I'm in now. On multiple occasions, I biked across intersections to find a honking at me for fun.

    This was the first time that's happened in like 2 years, but it pissed me off the same nonetheless. So I'm just wondering if other people have been dissed like that.
    What you're saying here is that the volume on your i-pod is too low.

    I occasionally see cagers yelling at me and my D.I.Y. lipreading skills have always led me to the conclusion that they're yelling "you're awesome! I wish I were as awesome as you" and "dude, you rock!"... stuff like that.
    There are 10 types of people in the world - the ones that can count in base 2, the ones that can't count in base 2, and the ones that didn't expect this to be in base 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffM View Post
    My shouts are... "Use a sidewalk!".
    Wha?
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    Welcome to the club! Unfortunately, it's not very elite.

    A few years ago my daughter jokingly challenged me to grow my hair out for Locks of Love. I called her bluff and am sporting a ponytail. There's been more than one car full of testosterone pull up alongside me with I'm sure some less than pleasant comments, only for the occupants to catch sight of my beard. Smiles/smirks fade, jaws drop, tires squeal, and they get their embarrassed selves down the road quickly.

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    Just the occasional high school students or people that yell "move to portland!" "use the the sidewalk"
    "let's go lance! yeahhh tour de france" I just yell back "yeahhh nascarrrr" hah.
    i get whistled at probably because I"m a girl.
    there was one time that scared the crap out of me when these teenage boys put their arms out and tried to grab me.

    I don't get people yelling at me when I'm riding with another person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianbrettcooper View Post
    Wha?
    You know, like "Get the **** off the road!, That's what sidewalks are for!"
    But that's a little difficult to yell whilst driving/ moving way faster than the biker.

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    I'm surprised they looked up from texting long enuff to shout an insult....
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    haven't been called that but yeah you're not alone
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    in all seriousness riding on the sidewalk is illegal in some states/cities, as is weaving in and out of parked traffic.. state laws want you to stay in the road... 3 feet from parked cars and the like.. roads are for road bikes, with common sense applied. For example people who ride 'side by side' constantly without regard for others... anywhoo... I use my middle finger. I am originally from eastern WI after all. If they want a fight, I will give them one. In fact I love a good brawl with over testosteroned cocky young males who need a good humbling. I'm kind and considerate until my buttons are pushed, especially by men. I guess it's that old human biology thing at work in me.

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    I'm from San Bernardino; if you aren't actually going to hit me I don't give a damn what you yell.

    My Spanish is very limited so I can't really say what people have yelled at me, but I can say I've had cars very seriously try to hit me while I was riding. One actually succeeded. I took an F-350 side mirror to the shoulder, which would have been bad enough without it happening at close to 20mph on a bridge over a train yard. Fortunately I was wearing a jacket. The jacket shredded on the concrete side rail, and I managed, just barely, to keep from dropping over the edge and down about 40 feet into the train yard. That was terrifying. Shouting doesn't faze me.
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    I talk to myself regularly - crazy is the technical term I believe. The only time I shut up is when I'm riding. (that's the best time to listen to all those voices in your head :D )

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluefoxicy View Post

    Though I guess you'd have to be speeding to do that, which is illegal. And then they'd have to laugh at you for getting a speeding ticket without an engine, right?
    I've only known one person who actually got a speeding ticket without a motor vehicle, and he was on Rollerblades. I saw the ticket and it was legit, but I still don't quite believe the speed.
    Quote Originally Posted by sprockets View Post
    I talk to myself regularly - crazy is the technical term I believe. The only time I shut up is when I'm riding. (that's the best time to listen to all those voices in your head :D )

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    Guy that got a ticket while on rollerblades sounds awesome. Did he get it dismissed? I have this image of someone blading into a courtroom and explaining how he didn't have any idea how fast he was going, honest..

    Just the other day I had someone honk and yell at me. I ignored it while wondering what on earth he wanted since I wasn't in his way, until I heard my name and realized it was a coworker saying hi and giving me a thumbs up. He also rides so he understood how it came across.
    Otherwise I really haven't had too many problems. I've had a few pedestrians attempt to talk to me, then seem surprised when I blow by them faster than they expected. I usually speed up when I pass random people; it makes it easier to avoid engagement.

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    I had my first incident in years last Friday night. I was a block away from home on a side street with no traffic. I was on the right side of the road, out of the way of any overtaking motorists. Punk who was probably trying to impress his girlfriend in the passenger seat spouts off the old "get off the road" cliche. I chased him down, caught him at a stop sign, and told him "You need to read the vehicle code. Bikes have just as much right to be on the road as cars". His response was to tell me to suck his marbles and call me a hoe before speeding off. Classy guy, huh?

    Hopefully his girlfriend wises up in the future and dumps his sorry ass. I wonder what she thought about him calling another woman a hoe right in front of her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffM View Post
    You know, like "Get the **** off the road!, That's what sidewalks are for!"
    But that's a little difficult to yell whilst driving/ moving way faster than the biker.
    Erm. Sidewalk riding is a lot more dangerous than road riding. Not to mention illegal in some states/cities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yaganon View Post
    So I'm just wondering if other people have been dissed like that.



    Of course we have. And a bit more than that.
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