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    Well this is a new low (a-hole drivers)

    I was out riding today, minding my own business. I was riding on the shoulder, with at least 3 ft clearance from the highway. all of a sudden, a red pick up truck zooms by, and there was a big splash, which was weird, because it was a dry sunny day. It took me a second to realize that the passenger had threw a cup of drink at me, splashing over my arm and bike. At the time I didn't really give a f-, because I was concentrating on getting my miles in. But this is a new low for me. I mean I've had drivers talk sh*t, but never have I had a driver throw something at me. There are also a couple of pick ups (everyone here drives a pick up) that would floor the pedal as they zoom past me, which kind of irritates me, but it definitely not so deliberate as what happened today. I think I'll pick a different route next time.
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    Get a GoPro camera mounted on the helmet. That way you can go to the police in situations like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agent pombero View Post
    Get a GoPro camera mounted on the helmet. That way you can go to the police in situations like this.
    way ahead of you. except in a situation like this, with the sun setting and polluting my line of vision, I doubt a go pro could've gotten the plates. A good reason to pick a N/S route I suppose..
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    Quote Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
    But this is a new low for me. I mean I've had drivers talk sh*t, but never have I had a driver throw something at me.
    Welcome to the world of cycling. It happens.

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    Have had the same problem here and there over the years.
    Best was when some yahoo threw a beer bottle at my friends and I. Just up the road was a cop. We told him and pointed him out as he came back for another run. The cop stopped him and found pot in the car. Arrested him on the spot. The cop didn't say anything to us as we mocked him while he was getting some new jewelry. His girl/wife? was balling her eyes out...awww poor dear.

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    It took me a second to realize that the passenger had threw a cup of drink at me, splashing over my arm and bike.
    Good thing it wasn't a hot cup of coffee...

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    ok so I'm not the only one. I feel better now.
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    Wow, that's the worse you've had happen - count yourself lucky. I've seen numerous drivers "buzz" bikers. I guess the drink could have caused an accident and you could have a been injured, but it beats an auto passing you as close as they can for kicks.
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    Well this is a new low (a-hole drivers)

    I've had a few things thrown at me while touring, but not commuting.
    It happens, but not frequently.

    Cars that pass and accelerate rapidly I've always put down to them having slowed down to wait for a safe opportunity to pass, then accelerating back to their prior speed... a good pass... but one which you may perceive as aggressive due to the increase in motor noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
    ok so I'm not the only one. I feel better now.
    Yeah, that was mild. I've had the passenger reach out of the car and grab my elbow, trying to pull me down.

    All the same, it's disconcerting. I'm glad you are okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kai Winters View Post
    Have had the same problem here and there over the years.
    Best was when some yahoo threw a beer bottle at my friends and I. Just up the road was a cop. We told him and pointed him out as he came back for another run. The cop stopped him and found pot in the car. Arrested him on the spot. The cop didn't say anything to us as we mocked him while he was getting some new jewelry. His girl/wife? was balling her eyes out...awww poor dear.
    See, if the pot was gone and the beer bottle still full, it would have never happened

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    I've had an ashtray dumped out in front of me as the car went by. Not very pleasant at all.

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    This is what happens when cyclists rightly make claim to the sacred roads of motorists.

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    if you are touched, that is illegal battery, (even just poking you in the chest with a finger during an argument) a crime punishable by time and fine. report it with the description of the vehicle and occupants. it is likely these people will commit the same crime again or another, and possibly escalate to a more harmful crime. "hey we got away with that, let's try this next time". You may not be able to peice everything together but law enforcement will. just because you didn't get the plate # doesn't mean you can't file a complaint/police report. The vehicle may be known to the local law enforcement dept. BTW, not every cop knows the law. when you call or visit the police station, insist on filing a complaint.
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    where's this place? i'll wear a raincoat when riding.

    and for the record, nothing happens to me unless i'm minding
    my own business; on the street, on a bus, in the living room
    (especially there), in a parking lot....this is all regardless of
    whether a bike is involved.
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    I've had a *** shot in my general direction while riding through the middle of the AZ desert. Fun times!

    Not much you can do, just keep pedaling.
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    I often ride on weekends in southern Md, which is the pickup capital of the country. I think the police cracked down on throwing things at cyclists and coming close on purpose, so the next best things for diesels is making smoke clouds.
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    OP where are you located? I use to have crap like this happen when I lived in N.C. Moved to Oregon and haven't yet seen anything like this.
    Demented internet tail wagging imbicile.

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    Lately I have been getting Diesel-bombed by rednecks in pickups. I guess when you let off the accelarator, and then floor (?) it a large black cloud erupts from the tailpipe. Very pleasant to ride through.

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    Certainly, there are worse things that could have happened like getting buzzed or shot at as some have already mentioned. However, there's something about getting a drink thrown on you that is, as the OP initially described, really low. It's just a total lack of respect for the cyclist. I guess these motorists feel that anyone wearing lycra is worthy of this type of disrespect.

    Where was this?

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    Automobiles are becoming less armor and more plastic eggshell. Hitting a bike could cost a thousand in repairs, so I expect drive-bys to be more common than drive-ats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
    way ahead of you. except in a situation like this, with the sun setting and polluting my line of vision, I doubt a go pro could've gotten the plates. A good reason to pick a N/S route I suppose..
    If the HD video was pointed backwards, it would have gotten the plate # (assuming your states requires front plates) and the passenger tossing the drink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CB HI View Post
    If the HD video was pointed backwards, it would have gotten the plate # (assuming your states requires front plates) and the passenger tossing the drink.
    And what then? Is the driver going to be charged with littering?

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    Quote Originally Posted by knobster View Post
    OP where are you located? I use to have crap like this happen when I lived in N.C. Moved to Oregon and haven't yet seen anything like this.
    I grew up in Oregon and had people traveling in the opposite direction intentionally cross over into my lane so they could buzz me, so it happens there, too. The worst episode for me, however, was someone in a car who threw a bag of garbage at me while I was on a tour in Pennsylvania. I phoned the cops with the license plate number, but they didn't want to do anything because I wasn't going to be in town long enough for the DA to prosecute the offenders. I found PA to be a very unfriendly place as a cyclist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger Dan View Post
    I grew up in Oregon and had people traveling in the opposite direction intentionally cross over into my lane so they could buzz me, so it happens there, too. The worst episode for me, however, was someone in a car who threw a bag of garbage at me while I was on a tour in Pennsylvania. I phoned the cops with the license plate number, but they didn't want to do anything because I wasn't going to be in town long enough for the DA to prosecute the offenders. I found PA to be a very unfriendly place as a cyclist.
    Probably happens everywhere, but I've had LOTS of problems in North Carolina. None in Oregon, but cycling is more prevalent in the Portland area than in Greensboro, N.C. I could just have been lucky so far. I just don't understand why people feel the need to screw with others. My guess is they are cowards and know that a cyclist can't catch them.

    I had a guy scream at me as he passed by while I was on my motorcycle a couple weeks ago. I caught up to him at a red light and pulled right up next to his window and asked "I'm sorry I couldn't understand you, what was you screaming?" He said "oh I just wanted you to ride a wheelie." He had a scared look on his face. Guess he didn't expect someone to challenge him.
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