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Old 05-13-12, 06:13 PM   #1
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I feel good about myself!

Today I was riding and I saw a car pulled over on the shoulder with a flat tire. Luckily the car had a jack and tire iron in the trunk, and I knew how to change a flat tire. The driver didn't know how to change a flat tire, and she was grateful that I had stopped and changed her tire. I didn't expect anything in return. I turned down her offer of a ride to my destination 15 miles up the road, because I wanted to ride my bike there.

Most car drivers would not stop for a car stranded on the side of the road, but a bike rider can't miss an "obstacle" in the shoulder, and it's easier for a bike to stop and help. When I'm on my bike, I tend to stop every time I see a car pulled over on the side of the road and ask if they're ok.
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Today I was riding and I saw a car pulled over on the shoulder with a flat tire. Luckily the car had a jack and tire iron in the trunk, and I knew how to change a flat tire. The driver didn't know how to change a flat tire, and she was grateful that I had stopped and changed her tire. I didn't expect anything in return. I turned down her offer of a ride to my destination 15 miles up the road, because I wanted to ride my bike there.

Most car drivers would not stop for a car stranded on the side of the road, but a bike rider can't miss an "obstacle" in the shoulder, and it's easier for a bike to stop and help. When I'm on my bike, I tend to stop every time I see a car pulled over on the side of the road and ask if they're ok.
I stopped for a broken down p/u truck just the other day to see if there was anything I could do, but one of the guys was already on his cell phone for a pick up.

I once stopped for a broken down dump truck. The driver thought me asking if he needed a tow was pretty funny.

I've learned to not stop on the side of the road for anything around here. I don't have to sit long before someone will be stopping to ask if I need a ride.

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Old 05-13-12, 06:52 PM   #3
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When you're on a bike you are open to the world and other people in a way that enables you to interact spontaneously with chance encounters that would be inconceivable in a car.

On a bike you offer help.

In a car you offer a horn and a finger.
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Old 05-13-12, 08:05 PM   #5
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I know is an isolated case but.... my buddy from high school stopped on a well traveled highway to help 2 guys with car issues. they shot him twice in the chest, stole his car, and left him on the roadside. He survived.
that being said I will stop and help stranded motorist but not everyone and not when Im by myself.

good job for helping another human out though. you should feel proud.
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Old 05-13-12, 08:27 PM   #6
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A couple of days ago I saw a woman pushing her bike on the bike path. Naturally, I stopped to ask if she was OK. She said she had a flat tire. I then asked if she had the equipment to fix it. She said she had taken a course the previous year but had not had to fix her own flat. Then I offered to stand by and offer moral support. With that she flipped the bike over and proceeded to remove the rear wheel. I offered helpful hints here and there such as "Don't forget to flip the brake thingy up" and she replied "I did that already".

She got the tube in and the tire seated in the rim in good time using mostly her bare hands. I forgot to mention her sweat shirt indicated she is a member of a karate club so I was very polite the entire time. Her tire pump only worked with schraeder valves so she used my pump and the bike was soon right side up and she was on her way. Together we made the world a better place in the amount of one flat tire. The End.
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