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Old 05-21-05, 08:26 AM   #1
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was riding the bike home from the bar this morning when it happened. as the car passed me, they honked their horn and the passenger shoved me. i managed not to crash but the whole incident kinda freaked me out. if some crotch could reach out and shove me while they drive past, they could easily grab my handlebars and steer me to doom.
im not used to any contact at all when im on the bike, especially physical. its unsettling when someone pulls you out of your focus. BAH, fuggit. i should have had my wits about me anyway. late night friday commutes from the city into the county are always kinda sketchy.

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Old 05-21-05, 08:35 AM   #2
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Rest assured there is a special place reserved for people like this.
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Old 05-21-05, 08:44 AM   #3
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Old 05-21-05, 08:55 AM   #4
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Sure! At least if you meet or surpass der Fuhrer's expectations. I always liked IHOP better.
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Old 05-21-05, 09:34 AM   #5
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That's why I like my small helmet mounted mirror.
Folks bent on mischeif assume I cannot see what they are up to, until it is too late...

...for them.
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On the topic of car-bike interactions, I almost got doored twice yesterday afternoon by passengers in cabs. And outright hit once.

The first time I was moviung so fast, hat I heard that little clunk sound of the door opening, I was abrest of the door, anad I quickly turned my head back, and saw the door opening right behind me, almost hitting my rear wheel.

Scary shiz, I tell you.
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I have witnessed behavior like this way too often.......there are tons of punks out there.. and some cyclists wonder why we hate so many cagers..so far, only been spit at, had ice cream cones and soft drink bottles thrown at me...of course cursed at too. but guess better be shoved than had cars veer too close to you..that as happened to me couple times too..absolutely sure it was intentional.
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Old 05-21-05, 10:01 AM   #8
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skitbra and I were riding last night and some D-bag decided to stick his arm out of his window as they passed skit...not cool. I couldn't tell if the guy had a cell phone or a tazer/stun device in all honesty. There were focused on skit, so I swept around to the driver's side and just rode nice and slow with my cell phone out so they knew that someone was watching them AND got their lic#. They chilled - not a cool thing to do on their behalf. In all honesty, I wanted to see how many of their car windows my lock could go through on one throw, but that wouldn't have done anything to better the situation...
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Not quite malicious intent, but yesterday a guy merged into my lane without noticing I was in it. We were only going about 5 mph, but he hit me. With my body sliding against the side of the car I steadied myself with my right hand on his hood and managed not to go down. It was pouring rain so I just slid alongside the quarter-panel and hood. I looked back at him as I pulled away (he stopped), and he was frozen at the wheel, no doubt thanking his god that I didn't go down.
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I've said it before. Passengers are the WORST.
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Unfortunately no, agressive jerks rule the world. Best you can hope for is to stay out of the way as much as possible.
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man, some guys in car shouted at me the other day as they drive past, it happens a lot. i was so pissed off i tried to catch up with them so i shout at them. but i dint, and if i'd caught up, i'd probably just given them the finger anyway. i dont wanna get run over.
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Did you get a plate number or vehicle description?
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I get yelled at all the time, but the "worst" interaction with a car I've ever had was one time where some middle aged woman in the passenger seat of a car driven by another middle aged woman, opened her window, had a short conversation with me about my bike and then proceeded to reach her hand out, grab my ass and make a "Woohoo!!" sound. Really.
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The hanging out the window and yelling in your face phenomenon is a strange one. I never get that urge when I'm in a car passing cyclists. It's happened to me in a few dangerous situations, like on a bridge. Luckily, the insurance corporation here is fairly receptive to dangerous drivers so calling them up and letting them know a motorist was endangering your life results in a lecturing phone call.
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Also, throwing your mini-lock at the body of the car allows you to retrieve it, and leaves a sizable dent. Windows can be easily replaced and you don't get your lock back.
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this morning i rear ended a car that came to a quick stop to park, i did like a rear wheelie and almost kissed the trunk but then my rear landed and i was fine and my wheel is still true, most pathetic scene ever lol
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Did you get a plate number or vehicle description?
unfortunately, they were moving too fast for me to get any of that. i might have been able to catch up with them but i decided it wasnt the smartest thing to do. this was at like 3am on my regular commute route. i just try to be a ghost on that route, and i wouldnt want to have to reroute because i broke out a guys window or something. i usually just stay away from the trouble the best i can.
like i said earlier, i should have had my wits about me.
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Don't worry...its all karma! It will come back to him. Good thing you weren't hurt.
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A few years ago I was riding down the local blacktop when some jerks decided to play chicken with me at 55+ mph. They came across the lane and never did flinch. Luckily I did. Even got a shower of empty beer bottles as they passed in celebration of their victory as I picked myself up out of the ditch. Out of state plates and cowboy hats.
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While its probably not true, I'm convinced Paris drivers are out to get me. So I've been riding pretty much exclusively around Hippodrome de Longchamps where there are usually at least 100 cyclists going around the loop. If anyone caused any intentional trouble there with their car there would be a small riot and the car would probably get picked up and thrown into the Seine.
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While its probably not true, I'm convinced Paris drivers are out to get me. So I've been riding pretty much exclusively around Hippodrome de Longchamps where there are usually at least 100 cyclists going around the loop. If anyone caused any intentional trouble there with their car there would be a small riot and the car would probably get picked up and thrown into the Seine.
You really must do the Loire valley if you can. Very cycling friendly and advertised as such. Hotels and hostels expect people to have bicycles.
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some lady gave me about an inch as she passed me at 40. so i caught up at a light,it was warm she had all her windows down, we had a talk she tried to yell at me, it ended with me calling her fat b#tch. she thought she was all hot and sexy with her princess sticker on her car.
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While its probably not true, I'm convinced Paris drivers are out to get me. So I've been riding pretty much exclusively around Hippodrome de Longchamps where there are usually at least 100 cyclists going around the loop. If anyone caused any intentional trouble there with their car there would be a small riot and the car would probably get picked up and thrown into the Seine.
Haha.. that's great. How's the cycling culture there. Tell us, tell us!
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