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Old 09-07-06, 07:37 PM   #1
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I somehow completely forgot about this since it happened last week, but just remembered and thought I'd see what folks have to say...

I was at an outdoor concert and I'm sitting with a friend, waiting for the next band to come on. I'm was wearing a cycling cap since my hair is getting a bit long and they work well as hair nets; I like them too.

A fella behind me taps me on the shoulder and asks, "Hey, are they giving those hats away for free?" I was nearly positive he was ******** with me and asking for a fist in the mouth, but I thought I'd give him the benefit of the doubt. "Ummm, not that I know of." "Oh, because I just, like, have seen everyone wearing them."

My friend and were just about to move as this happened, so didn't stick around to consider. But, in hindsight, I'd say he was most definitely trying to get under my skin. I was happy that I just blew him off and didn't let his poor attempt at starting friction get to me. I figure he'll try to get cute with the wrong guy sometime soon and get what he deserves. I'm kind of getting past the punch-up stage too, but when a guy needs to be taught a lesson, he needs to be taught a lesson. Plus, this sucker had CVS-box dyed black hair, an awful comb-over hairdo and sweatbands on each wrist, though he was not Patrick Ewing. And, the friend I was with is big, tough, mean, and strong as heck, so it would have been fun to throw my drink in his face, hit him once, then let my buddy give him a nice beating, since he had heard the conversation.

Then things came full circle at the grocery store the next night when I was buying some beer. The checkout kid says, in all sincerity, "Wow, that's a really great hat! Where did you get it?"

That made me happy I just blew the guy off, didn't waste my knuckles and was a sign that being happy and positive is better than being angry and negative.

Anyway, I guess you can let me know if you think the guy was trying to get punched in the face, what you would have done, or anything else you feel relavent. It just amuses me that by wearing a sleek little cap you get messed with.
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Maybe the guy was genuinely curious. You need to calm down.
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It is unfortunate that making fun/ xenophobia is a common human tendency. It happens everywhere. People feel uncomfortable and tease when something is outside their comfort zone.
That being said, bike gear is alot like gravity, except replace force with coolness. The further away you are from the bike, the less cool it is.
I have a few cycling caps, the universal yellow campy hat and the hat that wesly snipes was wearing in "White Men Can't Jump", so I understand your pain.
Would you tease a guy wearing a fireproof racesuit at the movies? What about a guy carrying a fishing reel at the supermarket? What about a guy in full camoflague and a shotgun at a mall? OK bad example.
Spandex anywhere is not cool, unless you are touching your bike. Caps could be worn when the bike is in sight distance. Same with nonrecessed cleated shoes. Recessed clipless shoes can be worn within 100 yards, as long as you don't sound like a tapdancer when you are walking.
There are a few times when these "guidelines" can be broken, like when you are with a group of riders in a bar, or in my case, wearing my race uniform ( including number) to a fetish party thrown by the art/theatre department ( it's true that in that stage in my life, I looked a little too much like Champion from the Triplets of Belleville with a nosejob, but I also had the best luck ever there(twice)).

Excuse my rambling...to sum it up, if you wear bike clothing and you are not near a bike, get used to friction. Sorry, the hat is dorky.
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additionally if you were wearing one with brand advertising on it they are promotional items, promo items you paid for buy they are certianly clearly promo items. a few weeks ago walking down grand a punk of leather punks called me a track bike f*g, i think i was wearing my bag at the time but besides that nothing on me even implied bike riding, i thought it was funny, similarly as lame, similarly as easily ignored, i wish they hadn't used the f word but whatev
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i'm not against wearing the hat, i'm just pointing out that branded ones look very promotional and as someone that puts on outdoor events there are always companies that want to hand out promo material, and to a non-bike person the small brim could look cheap/promotional
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Wait, people wear "baseball" hats all over the place. Are those dorky? .
Outside the US, yes.
"Baseball is America's National pasttime." If tons of people start wearing cycling caps for the next fifty years, then it will be socially acceptable.
Until then, it's equalivalent to three-legged jeans.

And the above post about promotional items was rather profound, especially for this forum.
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Do you like your hat? If so, it really shouldn't matter.
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I somehow completely forgot about this since it happened last week, but just remembered and thought I'd see what folks have to say...

blah blah blah...3 minutes later

Anyway, I guess you can let me know if you think the guy was trying to get punched in the face, what you would have done, or anything else you feel relavent. It just amuses me that by wearing a sleek little cap you get messed with.
whoa whoa whoa...slow down there, Mr. Dempsey 10-speed!!! Back off the guns. Someone ruffles your feathers and want to start swinging (or at least instigate it and then make your "big friend" finish the job)? Thicken up that skin. Life gets worse.

There are worse things in life than having someone comment on a bike hat at a Radiohead coverband concert or where ever you were. I have never been made fun of or become the target of such shopping center atrocities for wearing a hat of any kind - in the 23 years I have been on bike. I sure am glad you survived.

To think people in parts of the world are complaining about disease and hunger...and right here in our own nation, someone might have made fun of you for wearing a cycling hat.

speechless.
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You shoulda socked him. You shoulda socked everyone there.
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165: I completely agree with you, but I would consider toning down your rant a bit ( although it was mostly justified and rather tame, considering the circumstance) .Considering your new star, you don't want to become "decaf".
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i didnt get asked to do this job because I change who I am.

the OP asked for opinions. he got mine. i did not stalk/attack/etc.

in all honesty, this thread shouldn't even exist in here - it has absolutely nothing to do with fixed gear or single speed cycling whatsoever. like a good deal of the chaff that floats down. but it remains - why? I ask you:

why leave threads in here that are not directly ss/fg related?
there is foo after all.
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...And, the friend I was with is big, tough, mean, and strong as heck, so it would have been fun to throw my drink in his face, hit him once, then let my buddy give him a nice beating

...That made me happy I just blew the guy off

...It just amuses me that by wearing a sleek little cap you get messed with.

Umm...this whole story sounds pretty gay to me.




(If you are gay, that's cool. If not, I'd consider not posting stuff like this again.)
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I somehow completely forgot about this since it happened last week, but just remembered and thought I'd see what folks have to say...

I was at an outdoor concert and I'm sitting with a friend, waiting for the next band to come on. I'm was wearing a cycling cap since my hair is getting a bit long and they work well as hair nets; I like them too.

A fella behind me taps me on the shoulder and asks, "Hey, are they giving those hats away for free?" I was nearly positive he was ******** with me and asking for a fist in the mouth, but I thought I'd give him the benefit of the doubt. "Ummm, not that I know of." "Oh, because I just, like, have seen everyone wearing them."

My friend and were just about to move as this happened, so didn't stick around to consider. But, in hindsight, I'd say he was most definitely trying to get under my skin. I was happy that I just blew him off and didn't let his poor attempt at starting friction get to me. I figure he'll try to get cute with the wrong guy sometime soon and get what he deserves. I'm kind of getting past the punch-up stage too, but when a guy needs to be taught a lesson, he needs to be taught a lesson. Plus, this sucker had CVS-box dyed black hair, an awful comb-over hairdo and sweatbands on each wrist, though he was not Patrick Ewing. And, the friend I was with is big, tough, mean, and strong as heck, so it would have been fun to throw my drink in his face, hit him once, then let my buddy give him a nice beating, since he had heard the conversation.

Then things came full circle at the grocery store the next night when I was buying some beer. The checkout kid says, in all sincerity, "Wow, that's a really great hat! Where did you get it?"

That made me happy I just blew the guy off, didn't waste my knuckles and was a sign that being happy and positive is better than being angry and negative.

Anyway, I guess you can let me know if you think the guy was trying to get punched in the face, what you would have done, or anything else you feel relavent. It just amuses me that by wearing a sleek little cap you get messed with.
give him a throat jab or shut the fu(k up. Dont act like your not an assh0le
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stop caring and if that doesn't work turn your walkman up louder it helps
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MU!

(now please to consider that and roll it in your mind with the urgency of an iron ball on fire in your belly)
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lolwtf

who punches people?
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Umm...this whole story sounds pretty gay to me.
(If you are gay, that's cool. If not, I'd consider not posting stuff like this again.)
not cool with you apparently. because you still use 'gay' as a pejorative.
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not cool with you apparently. because you still use 'gay' as a pejorative.
No. I mean gay as in GAY. Not as in "unacceptable".

"pejorative": Good one. I had to look it up.
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not cool with you apparently. because you still use 'gay' as a pejorative.
Yeah that's pretty gay man...
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