I’m not sure if there’s a place where we’re supposed to post up incidents with the Poe Leece, but I figured those who’d be interested would be in the fixed-gear forum.
Late Nov I got my first fixed conversion. With school and everything I wasn’t able to go for a ride until later in the evening. I’m sure everyone knows that excitement and anticipation before their first ride on a new bike. I was giddy as hell and having a great time so I road down to downtown San Diego. I cruised by all the bars and what not and started my way back. I was headed back up 6th street on my way to Balboa Park. When I cop drove the opposite way. I wear a headlamp so she could see me look at her. She drove down to the end of the light where I saw her make a u-turn. She drove up beside me and the following clash ensued.
5.0- excuse me can I ask you to pull over.
Me- uh ok. What’s the problem?
5.0 – nothing I just want to see blah blah.
Me – (now stopped) ok is there a problem? What did I do?
5.0 – (asks the 5 w’s from inside the car). Then says “you’re acting pretty nervous”
me- yeah cause I’m being pulled over by the cops.
5.0 – gets out and shines the light in my face.
Me- ooooh sorry.
5.0 – yeah you better be sorry. I’ve been an officer for 15 years and I’ve seen blah blah blah.
Me- ok ok. But I don’t see a problem, what did I do?!
5.0- I told you what you did, it’s late at night and you’re acting nervous. You know I can call backup and then 8 officers will be here and then you’ll have a real problem spending a night in jail.
After that I played along as she handcuffed me, emptied my pockets with rubber gloves, went through my wallet and frisked me. I thought my best line of the night was when she asked for the fifteenth time “Do you do heroine or have any hypodermic needles on you.”
“No ma’am that’s not my thing. I ride bikes.”
My fixed-gear debut could not have been better.