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Old 03-14-09, 05:09 PM   #1
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I feel like a total jackass

So here is a little story for you.

i left mall today and as soon as i got out another bicyclist passed me. i ride brakeless with a light and no bell or a helmet(but im getting one soon). The guy that passed me was riding a mtb with blinking light in a day light, helmet all the jazz. he was an older dude just cruising through a mall parking lot on a smaller gear with his both fingers on he brake levers. he had a messenger bag on and was dreassed as a legit biker.

I stayed for a while behind him, i felt that i could be going a bit faster but i didnít want to pass him. Then a small mall parking lot intersection came up, and there was a mini van just slowly deciding what to do. We were coming down on it pretty quick. MTB guy went to the right and i decided to go straight and pass the van on the left side. When i was almost in the end of the intersection the mini van decided to honk at me so i gave the driver a finger(I feel kind of bad, but he wasnít doing anything.... just sitting there)

After i was cutting across the half empty lot when the other car decided to do the same and almost hit me. Thatís when the mtb dude catches up to me. I took off cuz i was already pedaling faster and in the end i ran the red light and he went to a different direction.

Sorry to keep this long but i just feel like a inpatient jackass...

Did similar situations ever happened to anyone here? That you felt you were doing the daily but then felt bad about it.

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Old 03-14-09, 05:27 PM   #2
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Every day. Feeling bad about it means that you're not a complete jackass, as long as you learn from it.
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Old 03-14-09, 05:28 PM   #3
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i dont feel bad when people dont realize its a green light, and dont move. so i go. and of course when i go they notice and decide to honk at me when im already through the light. i always love that one.

wake the **** up
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Old 03-14-09, 05:35 PM   #4
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wait? i'm confused...

you feel bad because:

a- you ran a redlight?
b- flipped off a van?
c- passed another cyclist?
d- all of the above?

I do these regularly, well maybe not flipping off cars too much.
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Old 03-14-09, 05:40 PM   #5
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haha, you guys cheer me up
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you flipped someone off for honking when YOU did something wrong? Yes, you should feel like a jackass.
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Old 03-14-09, 06:38 PM   #7
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yea i do
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Old 03-14-09, 06:55 PM   #8
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wake the **** up
I feel like I'm always yelling this at pedestrians and drivers.
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Old 03-14-09, 06:57 PM   #9
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Well, I was riding back from Portland coming down Murray. I did not feel like waiting at the red light at this intersection near Shari's, so I slowed down as to not approach the light as fast. Anyway, I did not feel like putting my foot down, as I am not quite proficient at track stands, so I did a half-ass one, then saw it was clear and ran the red.

A while later, when the cars finally had green, this cream-colored truck who was at the front of the line passed me and yelled something through his bullhorn. I was quite confused and did not hear what he said.



There was no point to this story, I just wanted to tell someone.
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i get things like that happen to me as well. People yell something and drive away... The other day it was -30C and on a 3 way stop i was the second one to go so the car, that would go after me, aproaching on the right was honking and tried to hit me. i also got yelled at...
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Well, I was riding back from Portland coming down Murray. I did not feel like waiting at the red light at this intersection near Shari's, so I slowed down as to not approach the light as fast. Anyway, I did not feel like putting my foot down, as I am not quite proficient at track stands, so I did a half-ass one, then saw it was clear and ran the red.

A while later, when the cars finally had green, this cream-colored truck who was at the front of the line passed me and yelled something through his bullhorn. I was quite confused and did not hear what he said.



There was no point to this story, I just wanted to tell someone.
should have gave him the finger bro.

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Old 03-14-09, 07:22 PM   #13
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funny, some doughy frat boys yelled f**k you from an suv at me today. i had just climbed about a mile and a half of incline and i think all the oxygen made me stupid because i followed them into a liquor store parking lot and stared at them for a second. nothing happened so i rode off, thankful for not getting my wobbly ass beat by some fat kids cruising in their parents escalade. they yelled something unintelligable at me when i was a block away so i just flipped them off and kept riding.
same thing, no point to my story, just reminded me of being a kid and getting screamed at from basically the same type of people for skateboarding.
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you flipped someone off for honking when YOU did something wrong? Yes, you should feel like a jackass.
Did he do something wrong to the driver?
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