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Old 05-27-02, 11:36 AM   #1
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Close call... the motorist probably blames me

Yesterday I was riding along a somewhat busy main way, in the HOV lane. It was Sunday and HOV was not in effect, so cars were allowed to park in the lane.

I had a space margin about of about a meter between the parked cars. I had a close eye out for cars coming out or people opening swining open the doors.

There was a bit of a hidden driveway which I may have missed, and as soon as I passed it an idiot SUV driver that wanted to come out honked and startled me.

Now what's the deal with that? If he had come out so recklessly as he was about to, then he would have the same chance of hitting an on-coming car as hitting me on my bike.

But noooooo... he had to honk because I was on a bike and made him slam the brakes.
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Old 05-27-02, 11:45 AM   #2
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Do this next time, it will make you feel alot better.

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Old 05-27-02, 11:55 AM   #3
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If you are where you are supposed to be, doing what you are supposed to be doing, the best response to idiots of this type is to ignore them. Yelling "watch out" or explaining what they did wrong is fine, but expletives and obscene gestures (been there, done that, myself!) are counterproductive.
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Old 05-27-02, 01:59 PM   #4
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like water let it roll off your back, stuff happens people make mistakes. who knows why the guy pulled out and didn't look. or maybe he didn't see you (or thought you would see him) either way stuff happens and you need not let it get to you.
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Yes, Amir,

I, too, have noticed that the car horn is often used before applying the brakes!

I doubt motorists have any idea what a car horn does to the central nervous system of a cyclist.

Oh, well, I guess the "finger" is about as effective as shooting flies with a bb gun.
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KleinMp99....That pic as a reply was REALLY funny!!!
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Old 05-28-02, 05:30 AM   #7
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KleinMp99....That pic as a reply was REALLY funny!!!
Yes it was funny. Even if the advice to leave it alone is better.

I too got beeped at Sunday - don't know why but she beeped and waved,. You bet I waved back

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why do drivers often feel the need to honk when they drive by... is it because they dont think you hear them coming or they think its their road and you shouldn't be on it and thats their way of showing they aren't pleased. And darn teens who always yell things at you when they drive by, just to startle you... it usually works.
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...maybe I'll put an air horn on my commuter...
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oh i like that idea... i wonder if you could find one small enough
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oh i like that idea... i wonder if you could find one small enough
Check your local boating store. They will have a canned horn for emergency use.
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Checkout Air Zound and the Air Zound thread in commuting section. Just received my Air Zound, can┤t hardly wait till tomorrow before I try it.
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AirZound is supposed to be awesomely loud. You can find some reviews of it online. Reviewers suggest caution using it around pedestrians because it is so loud it might give someone a heart attack. But it gets drivers' attention because it sounds like a tractor trailer. You pump it up with your pump.

I would like to have had one yesterday. I was proceeding along a 4-lane street, no traffic, riding to the right side of the right lane about 17-18 mph like a good boy when some jerk comes up behind honks his horn angrily a couple of times then finally zooms past. Needless to say, I was VERY impressed that his piece of crap little Toyota pickup truck could go faster than an old fat guy on a bike. After he passed I checked behind me. There wasn't a car in sight. He could have easily and smoothly gone around me but CHOSE to be an a__hole. Luckily such things happen so seldom I am still amazed when they do. It takes a real loser to be impressed with himself for hassling a cyclist.
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I would like to have had one yesterday. I was proceeding along a 4-lane street, no traffic, riding to the right side of the right lane about 17-18 mph like a good boy when some jerk comes up behind honks his horn angrily a couple of times then finally zooms past. Needless to say, I was VERY impressed that his piece of crap little Toyota pickup truck could go faster than an old fat guy on a bike. After he passed I checked behind me. There wasn't a car in sight. He could have easily and smoothly gone around me but CHOSE to be an a__hole. Luckily such things happen so seldom I am still amazed when they do. It takes a real loser to be impressed with himself for hassling a cyclist.
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Or just ignorant. He thought he was warning you that he was there - well maybe not but I tried.

I just wave like he was my best friend saying hello. Maybe that's one of the reason's the rednecks leave me alone - I wave to them on my bike, just like when I'm in my truck.

How do you guys live without motorized transportation? I could never get even 600# of feed on by bicycle. While the motorized thing is over done there is a need for some of it.

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i like the sounds of this air zound, i'll have to look into it
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