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Old 03-27-08, 09:38 AM   #1
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How to ruin a morning ride.

Some dried up old lady this morning insisted on blaring her horn at me and swerving into oncoming traffic everytime she came near me, even though I was in the bike lane. This happened a few times, then I zoomed past her and gave a little mirror-slap. Then, I spent the rest of my ride worried she was going to run me down if she passed me again. I hate reacting to people in this fashion. I don't like being angry, I don't like being afraid and I definitely don't like being an *******. Sigh.
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Old 03-27-08, 09:48 AM   #2
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that happened to me a couple days ago.

this guy was laying on his horn while i was riding the line between the parking and driving lanes, and as i usually do in instances like this, i just moved into the middle of his lane and kept riding. as he passed me i got the middle finger out of his sun roof, but about 3/4 of a mile down when i reached the downtown area, i gave his window a firm slap as i passed him in traffic.
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Old 03-27-08, 09:53 AM   #3
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Hardly anybody honks at me. I have a finger ready for that. But it never happens.
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that happened to me a couple days ago.

this guy was laying on his horn while i was riding the line between the parking and driving lanes, and as i usually do in instances like this, i just moved into the middle of his lane and kept riding. as he passed me i got the middle finger out of his sun roof, but about 3/4 of a mile down when i reached the downtown area, i gave his window a firm slap as i passed him in traffic.
I'm glad someone else takes the lane when people are being asses. The other day I was riding down a one way and this lady backed out of a parking space right in front of me then honked and got upset when I didnt stop and just rode around the back of her car. She followed for like three blocks and I just occupied the lane. I was proud, I resisted giving her the much deserved single finger salute.
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Old 03-27-08, 10:21 AM   #5
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fingers are passive aggressive. a loogie to the passenger side gets the point accross much better.
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Old 03-27-08, 10:25 AM   #6
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getting honked at while riding in the bike lane is pretty lame. definitely hard not to get angry at that.
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Old 03-27-08, 01:42 PM   #7
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i really don't get ho0nked at too much, but i make sure the shoot the finger or tap a window when someone is being a dick on the road.
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after a while you will probably get to the point where that type of **** doesn't even bother you very much. some people are just idiots.
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Old 03-27-08, 01:48 PM   #9
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Hardly anybody honks at me. I have a finger ready for that. But it never happens.
I usually give em a thumb, which I think works even better.





Said thumb goes up their ass, of course.
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Old 03-27-08, 01:49 PM   #10
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fingers are passive aggressive. a loogie to the passenger side gets the point accross much better.
This is my typical strategy. On my ride home there's always the same truck parked right by a no parking/bike lane sign. I make sure I have a nice loogie ready. That thing is filthy now.

*periodically an 'abandoned vehicle' sticker appears on it and the owner just swaps it out for a week or so with another beater that's normally parked on the lawn. That car's loogied up too.
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puke on a lexus.

i take the lane too when someone is being a jackarse.
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Old 03-27-08, 01:49 PM   #12
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Old 03-27-08, 02:19 PM   #13
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after a while you will probably get to the point where that type of **** doesn't even bother you very much. some people are just idiots.
Yeah, usually I'm unphased. Don't know why I reacted this morning. I blame it on quitting smoking. (day 5)
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I blow kisses.

Warning : this will often anger them more than the finger would
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I zoomed past her and gave a little mirror-slap.
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a loogie to the passenger side gets the point accross much better.
Do you guys think this will really make drivers more accepting of you?
This kind of stuff just adds to the hostility. Just take the lane and don't give them attention.
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can't we all just live in harmony? i ride aggressively and somewhat expect to get crap from drivers, but i don't ever retaliate. i just laugh when i get the finger on my bike and i think it is shallow to have your whole day ruined by someone else's ignorance. if that was the case i would be hacking loogies at my co-worker all day long. play nice and you won't have to worry about the karma police knocking on your door.
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Old 03-27-08, 02:30 PM   #17
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Do you guys think this will really make drivers more accepting of you?
This kind of stuff just adds to the hostility. Just take the lane and don't give them attention.
no i don't, actually. usually i'll just take the lane and give a wave, but i was feeling sassy and figured if he's going to give me the finger i might as well return the favor.
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what's loogie? >.<
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I usually give em a thumb, which I think works even better.
me too. with a big smile.
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Hardly anybody honks at me. I have a finger ready for that. But it never happens.
That is because Seattle kicks a$s. and the people are generally more .... well just are not A$sWh4$
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I do this too. And it definitely pisses people off wayyyy more.
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...I blame it on quitting smoking. (day 5)
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what's loogie? >.<
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I love it.. I just carve into the centre of the lane and sloooow down. Every honk ... I go slower until I reach parade speeds. Looking back with the WTF hand on ear. Huh? What? ..I can't hear you over your horn.
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Warning : this will often anger them more than the finger would
I did this once and got pushed into a guard rail (driving a car at the time)

I usually chew gum when going into traffic so I have a easy access projectile.
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