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Old 05-02-06, 07:39 PM   #1
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i honked at a car today

on my way home from work today some jerk honked at me for no apparent reason. i was to the far right of the right lane, but far enough to be outside of door prize range and the bastard honked at me as he went by. there's no bike lane on this road for a little ways but it's a known cycling commuter road, so people aren't shocked to see me here; there also wasn't enough traffic to occupy both lanes either. so i flipped him off (probably not the best thing to have done) and went on my merry way not really thinking any more about it. about a half mile or so down the road i come up on a line of cars at a red and i happen to see the guy. he had his passenger window open so i leaned over as i passed and went "HONK!" was this the proper thing to have done? probably not. was it extremely childish? yep. did it feel good? you betcha.
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Old 05-02-06, 07:41 PM   #2
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Old 05-02-06, 07:48 PM   #3
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other fun noises to make on a bike:
vroom
ring ring
beep beep
weeee
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Old 05-02-06, 08:00 PM   #4
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i've done the same thing, only i was riding on a fairly empty and wide road one night, a car drove past, and the passenger leaned out and yelled at me.
i wasn't planning on catching them or anything, but saw that they were stopped at a red, passed them on the right, and yelled back at the passenger as i passed.
when i was riding away i heard, "you better ride as fast as you can, i'm going to get you, blah blah blah," so i made a quick right on red, and hauled ass out of there.
might not have been the smartest thing to do, especially being alone at night, but it was pretty satisfying at the time.
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Old 05-02-06, 08:02 PM   #5
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It's so wrong, but I really want to carry around one of those boating air horns when I ride.
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Old 05-02-06, 08:10 PM   #6
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My favorite story is still the one where the biker kicked off the guy side mirror while riding by.
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Old 05-02-06, 08:15 PM   #7
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I think this thread was aiming towards the more clever, less violent reactions towards motorists' bull****.
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Old 05-02-06, 08:16 PM   #8
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My old roommate used to take off so many sideview
mirrors with his mini u-lock, in fact he still does. It's
funny that cars don't think that you can catch up to
them when they drive by you and yell something.
Those mirrors do come off quite easily though. This
is by no means encouraging people to do so, but just
saying.
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Old 05-02-06, 08:42 PM   #9
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as for non-destructive things to do to *******s (drivers or anyone), i still really like that "You are a ******." card.
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Old 05-02-06, 09:00 PM   #10
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thumbs up and/or "do you feel better now?"
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Old 05-02-06, 09:15 PM   #11
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I usually just smash the guy's rear window, but thats just me
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teh greatest is to carry a fake grenade and ride up and pull the pin and throw it in their window
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I rode up next to a VW the other day that said a bunch of stuff about biodiesel on the back. The window was rolled down, so I asked the driver where he fueled the thing. Hew said he was from out of town and didn't know where to get gas for it locally. He was friendly. We chatted for a minute until the light turned green.

That was my last significant interaction with a driver while riding. I haven't been honked at recently.
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Old 05-02-06, 10:01 PM   #14
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i'm not really into property damage but whatever floats your boat. this kinda crap doesn't happen often in seattle, but today i wasn't ready to take any crap from some ******bag in a Kia, the Playskool of the automotive world.
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Old 05-02-06, 10:01 PM   #15
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Smashing a dude's mirror off with a U-lock is just going to push him/her to be aggressive to all of the cyclists s/he passes in the future...
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Just pull up to the vehicle, tell him that you didn't appreciate the honk, give him a big hug and sing Kumbaya.
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Old 05-02-06, 10:42 PM   #17
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teh greatest is to carry a fake grenade and ride up and pull the pin and throw it in their window
Where do you get these fake grenades?
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you can get training grenades at army surplus stores.
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you can get training grenades at army surplus stores.
you wanna be careful with these. In Australian law if you use one like its the real thing and bystanders cant tell if its fake, you can get done as if the grenade was real.

this was important for a few cases where some people held up some stores with a fake pistol. They tried to use the defence that it was fake but it was ruled that if it looks like the real thing and you are acting like it is the real thing, basically it is the real thing.

I would check your state legal code or crimes act before doing this
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yeah, i'm definitely not endorsing the idea...
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I just throw naked pictures of whoopie goldberg in their car.
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I just throw naked pictures of whoopie goldberg in their car.
where did you get naked pictures of whoopie?
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Yesterday, a car that was rolling through a stop sign on a right turn almost hit me. I glared back at them with hatred as I passed by. As he came from behind, he gave me a little honk, and waved apologetically. I waved back, accepting his apology.

Not all honks are bad.
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Yesterday, a car that was rolling through a stop sign on a right turn almost hit me. I glared back at them with hatred as I passed by. As he came from behind, he gave me a little honk, and waved apologetically. I waved back, accepting his apology.

Not all honks are bad.
this is very true, not all people are jerks. i just assumed that my guy was being a jerk since his honk was more than an attention getting little beep as he zoomed around me :shrug:
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you wanna be careful with these. In Australian law if you use one like its the real thing and bystanders cant tell if its fake, you can get done as if the grenade was real.

this was important for a few cases where some people held up some stores with a fake pistol. They tried to use the defence that it was fake but it was ruled that if it looks like the real thing and you are acting like it is the real thing, basically it is the real thing.

I would check your state legal code or crimes act before doing this
Yeah I know someone who went to jail for holding up a gas station with a water pistol.
Also, a couple years ago a man, in NYC, was shot nine times (before hitting the ground) because cops thought he had a grenade. turns out he was eating an apple. Moral of the story: Fake grenades is NOT a good idea.
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