greetings, i've been reading BF for a couple of months now.. I'd like to share a story from a while back, in the hopes that the person involved may be a member. I'd love to know how things turned out.
It was roughly two years ago, and a warm day. My wife and i were biking from Humboldt Park headed east. I think we may have been on Thomas St. Anyway, we were coming up to Western, which I've always considered one of the most treacherous crosstown avenues in the city; people drive this 4-lane like a free-form drag race. So as we're aproaching the intersection this dude appears from the alley next to us and is hauling some serious ass. I'm pretty sure he was riding fixed, but at the time i was still geared up and wasn't as observant of such details (but oh how things have changed... Erika says that now i rubberneck at fixies like most guys drool over other girls ). This guy's bike looked like a real beater, tons of mis-matched parts and paintjobs. Showing no signs of slowing, he barreled into Western ave. hellbent on making it across, weaving in and out of oncoming cars. I lost sight of him behind a truck.
And then the inevitable SQUEEEEEAL. BOOM. CLUNK.
EEK! the traffic clears up and we see the unlucky rider laid out in the left turn lane, with an 80's sedan sitting in front of him. As the dude's getting up, the driver gets out and lets him have it, shouting & making threatening gestures. The dude hops back on his now wrecked bike, and starts pedaling the hell outta there. His bars were bent and twisted sideways so badly i'm still in disbelief that he could ride at all. He headed across the street and down a one-way the wrong way.
the guy in his car FOLLOWED HIM. THE WRONG WAY DOWN A ONE-WAY. we followed as well and watched in horror as the car closed in, his bumper just a few feet from the bike. The cyclist made a daring hairpin turn the other way towards us. So did the car, squealing and burning rubber. As the dude is riding past us he's yelling THIS CRAZY M******* IS TRYING TO KILL ME! as the car followed in hot pursuit we were yelling at him... the cyclist went back to the congestion of Western ave. and rode about a block down the median, with the driver all the while right behind him.
We called 911.
anyway, i've thought of that event many times since. if anyone knows the guy, i'd like to know how he is.