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Old 02-04-08, 03:33 AM   #1
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Your favorite riding story

its 1:15 and im pretty much over this homework. so im wondering what your favorite or most memorable riding story is.
for me it was about a month ago i was biking over the hawthorne bridge (pdx) and there was a middle aged commuter in front of me. i ended up passing him as we were going (i just started riding so i had energy to spare) and about a quarter mile later he came back and passed me. we kind of looked at each other and he gave me a 'you down?' head nod. i nodded back and we took off thru traffic on this 2 mile straight away. we ran a couple red lights, passed a bunch of bikers and dodged tons of cars and were swerving threw traffic together at pretty much as fast as i could pedal. we both stayed pretty much neck and neck for the entirety of the race even though he had to avoid a couple more turning cars and by the end i was pretty ridiculously tired. then he turned and said 'nice riding with you kid,' took the next turn and was gone. probably the funnest time i have had on a bike.
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Old 02-04-08, 03:59 AM   #2
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riding on the highway, hungover and not really realizing it.

good times.
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Old 02-04-08, 09:27 AM   #3
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I was riding on Barnet Highway from Hastings in Vancouver, heading down this big hill that goes towards the velodrome. It was summer and getting late in a very hot day. That part of the road goes around the north side of Burnaby Mountain and the air there was cool and refreshing compared to the summer heat outside the shade of the mountain. In the wet around there, this orchid-like, very vascular flowering weed grows everywhere, and I remember its sweet smell. I guess it doesn't sound very exciting but it was a beautiful moment and for some reason it has stuck with me.
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Old 02-04-08, 09:28 AM   #4
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Thirty-five years ago I was riding about two blocks from the apartment where we lived and a policman pulled me over. Milwaukee (WI) had just ruled that you need a city license to ride a bike on the streets. I told the policeman we had gone to a firehouse and made application just a few days before, but we were still waiting for our licenses to come in the mail. He allowed me to ride the rest of the way home and waited while I went inside to get my copy of the application. When I produced it he had nothing further to say.
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Old 02-04-08, 09:57 AM   #5
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in portland: this dude in a mini van with a pucca shell necklace spit on me and called me four-eyes
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Old 02-04-08, 01:44 PM   #6
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This one time I smoked a pedestrian in the face. It was in downtown Madison. He was drunk and running across the street for no good reason. So I plowed him.

This other time I totally got rear ended by some guy in a Cadillac in Milwaukee. I rolled on his hood and fell on the ground, my bike flew like 20 yards, and the frame and rear wheel were destroyed. My ankle was ****ed up. The guy drove off. But not without us getting his license plate. And that is part of the story where I got $1,100 and bought a new track frame and wheelbuilding supplies off of Ebay. The end.
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Old 02-04-08, 02:18 PM   #7
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in portland: this dude in a mini van with a pucca shell necklace spit on me and called me four-eyes
Hahahahaha!

My favorite story happened a few years ago while I was home over winter break. An old friend and i were feeling munchy around 3 in the morning, and decided to take his sisters' bikes on a ride to the local 7-11. We also brought along this boombox and were blasting Project Pat, who's like this really ignorant (and funny) southern-rap dude that we used to listen to all the time. We played it the whole way, including inside the 7-11. The guy behind the counter thought it was hilarious and was dancing along with us.

The absurdity and sheer fun of the whole thing got to me on the way home. I was laughing so hard that I lost control of the bike and crashed it into a fairly large drainage ditch along the side of the road. Good times.
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Old 02-04-08, 02:30 PM   #8
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Took off a little early for work, decided to ride around town for a while to blow off steam.

Blowing off steam turned out to be all out sprinting between two lanes running thick with cars, crossing college av on broadway. I don't think I've ever gone faster, even at a velodrome.

That's probably not my favorite. Maybe one of the pieces I wrote for UrbanVelo is my favorite, I'm not sure. It's a hard question
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Old 02-04-08, 02:32 PM   #9
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When I got pulled over doing 52 MPH in a 35 zone when I was 12 on my mom's Panasonic Sport 1000. Good times
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...dunno... about a month ago I was mobbin' down a crazy hill in the SW and threw the chain (?) at easily 140+ rpm. Scared the living **** out of me. I just grit my teeth and waited to get played. Luckily the chain never caught and I just ted shredded to the next intersection. It was actually pretty fun.

Also coming down from the zoo on a wet day brakeless can be quite an experience. Gotta get a camera up there some day.
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Old 02-04-08, 02:41 PM   #11
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When I was probably about 8 years old, my brother and I were racing each other to the bottom of the hill we lived on. My parents were active cyclists at the time but they bought us awful wal mart bikes because they knew we would **** them up. Anyway, my brother lost control and ended up skinning his chin and knees on the road. At dinner my parents were going to let him have some soda instead of milk to make him feel better, (we rarely got to drink soda). They poured him a cup of pepsi or something and before he got the chance to drink it, i drank it. Maybe thats not my favorite story but I still remember it 13 years later.
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Old 02-04-08, 03:50 PM   #12
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Essentially riding down a bike path at night with no lights, listening to ipod, no hands on the bike--but one hand on a tallboy of bud. travelling well above the posted speed limit (15mph). I was about to run a stop sign to cross a rarely travelled side street when I noticed a car speeding down the street (also sans lights). I managed to crash/skid/slide to a stop. The car also skidded to a stop. The cop who got out of the car was far more worried about my well-being than the myriad of infractions I was obviously guilty of. After helping me up, he commented that it was a good thing I didn't spill my beer, and then he drove away.
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Old 02-04-08, 04:03 PM   #13
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...dunno... about a month ago I was mobbin' down a crazy hill in the SW and threw the chain (?) at easily 140+ rpm. Scared the living **** out of me. I just grit my teeth and waited to get played. Luckily the chain never caught and I just ted shredded to the next intersection. It was actually pretty fun.

Also coming down from the zoo on a wet day brakeless can be quite an experience. Gotta get a camera up there some day.
what hill in SW were you going down? i threw my chain going from 32nd and ankeny down and it DID catch and lock the wheel but luckely i was able to just let it skid to a stop. and city bikes was right down the street.
and yeah zoo is way more fun when its wet. have you ever chilled at that park at the bottom before you hit vista? theres this statue at the top with an awesome ledge to sit on and look down on the city
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we should get a portland ride going sometime. funny stuff is bound to happen, like crashing, throwing chains, getting spit on etc.

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Old 02-04-08, 04:12 PM   #15
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we should get a portland ride going sometime, seeing as how like everyone in this thread is from portland...
always down. iv been meeting a whole lot of bikers lately who have been wanting to get something together. a couple kids i know have been talking about putting together an allycat next sunny weekend. is anyone going on the worst day ride?
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Old 02-04-08, 04:38 PM   #16
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after some weird messenger fashion show in nyc in i guess 2005 riding home in short shorts cause it was pouring rain and we didnt want to get our clothes wet, skidding the eintire brooklyn descent of the williamsburg bridge, and stopping at foodswings for milkshakes before heading home, it was also march and still pretty ****ing cold,.
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Old 02-04-08, 05:00 PM   #17
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this isn't my favorite, but on saturday, i went biking with my friend from providence to a field in lincoln. after going up a fairly large hill, we got to go down it. i bombed down somewhere between 30 and 35. i probably would've gone faster had i known where the field was. i had to slow down 'cause i lost my buddy. but here's the cool part: we got to the field and saw what we had gone to see--a partially albino red-tail hawk. it was pretty incredible.
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Old 02-04-08, 05:49 PM   #18
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My favorite ride, riding to the post office in just shoes/cleats and boxers during the summer.
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Old 02-04-08, 05:54 PM   #19
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i've got a favorite one about a couple messenger acquantances. not my story but possibly the most bad ass thing i've heard.

so two pdx messengers are riding together in an alleycat. to save a little time, they cross the fremont bridge, which is basically a cars-only highway and about as ballsy as riding on the freeway, except you've got a small barrier preventing you from going into the williamate river. while riding through it, one of them pops a flat. he keeps riding it out the whole alleycat for competition's sake, and ends up having to rebuild the rim later on. total badassness.
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Sneaking onto the University running track at 3 AM in January and just doing laps in the dark, dodging the hurdles that they left up. The wind is strong so for one half of the oval you're hammering away into the wind and it just roars in your ears. Then you turn the corner of the loop and the wind is now at your back and everything goes silent and you just accelerate, pulling away.
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Old 02-04-08, 07:06 PM   #21
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riding along the major highway in New Brunswick and watching a 18 wheeler pass me (with about 10 cm of room) at 150kmh. And dragging me from my steady 33km/h to 40km/h just from the draft.

This was on my loaded touring bike though
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yelling at rowan college students via bike, being chased, offroading trails on the MTB in the summer, riding in the summer.

i enjoy all of those
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Old 02-04-08, 07:10 PM   #23
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Never really thought to tell this story on the forums but now it seems perfect. One day I was riding my bike down the street and these people drive up next to me in a big black SUV like an escalade or explorer. As they pass me they yell out "BIKE ***" really loud. I never really understood the insult, and had a good laugh about it.
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Any time I go for a ride at 3am on a summer night. The street's are empty, the air is warm, and all I can here is my tires humming over the asphalt.

Also: when I was 10 or so, my brothers and I would ride our department store coaster brake BMX bikes down to the water-retention ditch in our neighborhood and set up a big wooden ramp aimed into it. Then we'd haul ass down the sidewalk and launch into the ditch. At the time, I felt like I was jumping 15-20 feet in the air. And in fact, I used to have dreams where I would jump off the ramp but my bike would just keep going up, and I never came back down.
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2 sexy women cyclists going up a hill with a band of men behind them, each taking turns do enjoy the curves. Women seem to enjoy it and pull and tease them. On the rest stop the more masculine woman still pretty goes to the female toilet. The taller one with better hair goes just behind a tree and does her thing standing up - She was a he!

Band of men scatter out of there fast!
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