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Old 10-11-06, 10:09 PM   #1
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hit & run, chased him down

I was heading to the library tonight when some ******bag made a left turn into me when I had the light. He hit my rear triangle pretty good throwing my back end around - fortunately I was braking like mad and most of my weight was on the front. Anyway, the car braked breifly, looked back at me then continued on his way like nothing happened. I realised I could still ride and took off after him. Caught him 3 blocks later at a light, had 911 on the line and gave them a description of the car and license plates. Then I went around the side and told the driver that he hit me (I'm not actually sure it was a guy. He was a dead ringer for Weird Al, but had a really high-pitched, feminine-sounding voice.) He said, " I know, I'm sorry. I've been there before, I'm sorry." Then he took off, again. Anyway, I just waited for the cops who were suprised as **** I managed to catch the guy. I'm supposed to hear from them tomorrow about what happens next.

Funny thing is, I think my bike is okay. I can't tell if it hit the rear triangle or the wheel. There is a mark on the triangle, that is probably from the impact, but I can't tell. The wheel is still mostly true, but it was shifted in the dropouts (I think). It's not centered now and I can't tell if it is just shifted or if the rear stay was bent. I'm not messing with it. I'll take by the LBS in the morning and let them bill the *******.
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Old 10-11-06, 10:17 PM   #2
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First off, glad to hear you're ok. Secondly, glad you caught the ****** and had the presence of mind to report the assclown to the cops. Make that dude take all the responsibility for his actions. If he can't act like an adult then they should take away his license and make him ride a bike.
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Old 10-11-06, 11:10 PM   #3
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good job.
i commend you for not blowing out his windows, then his face with your lock. i can pretty much guarante anything less than a car full of thugs is getting smashed on the spot if they hit me and i'm able to walk.
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Old 10-11-06, 11:42 PM   #4
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good job.
i commend you for not blowing out his windows, then his face with your lock. i can pretty much guarante anything less than a car full of thugs is getting smashed on the spot if they hit me and i'm able to walk.
+1, and that goes double if he looks like weird al.
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Old 10-12-06, 12:07 AM   #5
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yeah, have them bill the ***** out of it...
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Old 10-12-06, 12:10 AM   #6
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respect. and as much as we'd all like to beat the krap outta dipsh1t drivers and torch their cars, you did the right thing. Now sue his/her ass.
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Old 10-12-06, 12:43 AM   #7
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yeah, for the record, i wasn't at all advocating such actions. dude totally did the right thing. i just have a real bad habit of losing my temper when it comes to nearly being run over. i blow small **** out of perportion as is, so if someone was to actually hit me, i can only imagine the trouble i'd get both of us into.
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Old 10-12-06, 12:48 AM   #8
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Amazing handling of the situation. Great job!
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Old 10-12-06, 12:53 AM   #9
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good work! reminds me of what happened to my girlfriend and i a year ago
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Old 10-12-06, 08:16 AM   #10
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yeah, for the record, i wasn't at all advocating such actions. dude totally did the right thing. i just have a real bad habit of losing my temper when it comes to nearly being run over. i blow small **** out of perportion as is, so if someone was to actually hit me, i can only imagine the trouble i'd get both of us into.
I physically lock my chain around my waist for this exact reason. I used to just slide the lock through a link and leave it unlocked for quicker lockups, or throw it in my bag, but the temptation to bust some windows was too great.

Anyway, much respect to you sir. In addition to actually catching the guy who hit you, which is so rad, you demonstrated amazing self-control in not reducing his car (and his person) to a ruined mess. I hope your valiant behaviour is repayed with a huge bill for this assclown from your lbs and some killer upgraded components for you.
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Old 10-12-06, 08:21 AM   #11
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make sure your rear triangle isn't bent. the bike shop be able to do this. make sure you ask them specifically to do so.
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Old 10-12-06, 08:30 AM   #12
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get a new bike courtesy of weird al.

edit: glad you're ok.

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Old 10-12-06, 08:35 AM   #13
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Having been a victim of the "left turn need not yield to bicyclist" last week, I suggest that you take the bike to the shop for a full inspection. From here, that frame and wheelset sure look bent beyond repair. That is a $2000 bike, right?

I am glad that you are ok, and that you were able to catch the guy.

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Old 10-12-06, 08:40 AM   #14
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WOW, I'm happy you are okay and that's seriously badass you caught up with the dude. Rock on, man. I hope you get what you deserve out of this.
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Old 10-12-06, 08:48 AM   #15
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cool you didn't get hurt.
cool you caught him and got his info to give to the coppers.

lets hope the cops do their job and also lets hope you get all your **** checked out and then paid for if it is ****ed man.
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This is the best. Thanks for being awesome and sharing it with the rest of us.

That frame and wheelset are definitely unrideable and need to be replaced immediately. With a really nice shiny new bike.
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props!

go get em boy
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Well played sir, or m'am
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some ******bag made a left turn into me when I had the light
you did the right thing after you got hit, but you would not have been hit if you took the whole lane. riding on the side is dangerous because turning cars do that **** all the time. stay in the middle. if they honk, that means they see you.
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Unless Wierd Al was making a left from the oncoming lane.
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i once chased a lady down after she hit a friend and kept going. she said it isn't a hit and run because she didn't know she hit him. drivers are dumb. i can't believe he would actually say "i know" and continue to drive on again.
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Old 10-12-06, 09:56 AM   #22
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Fight or Flight

******bag knows that s/he did something wrong, but doesn't know what to do about it, so takes off. Glad to hear you're OK, and that's awesome that you caught the d-bag.
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Old 10-12-06, 09:59 AM   #23
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fantastic job!! around here (and judging by the news - other places as well) there is a serious hit and run problem. there are countless stories of pedestrians\cyclists getting hit or killed and the driver just takes off. there was a story here a few weeks ago about a man who got hit crossing the street by one car and then hit again by a second car. neither of them bothered to stop. sickening.
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Good going, how very zen of you. But that bike looks like a write off....even though you chased him down with it... I can see the twist from here.
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glad to hear that someone is gonna get thier due. this kinda s*** happens all the time where the driver gets away. kudos for catching this guy.
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