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Old 01-08-14, 12:06 AM   #26
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... but reality check on the second.
Women get more help, period. That's just a fact of life, and it should be that way.
Not for my sake, but for hers.
Allow me to retort with a four-word reality check: "Alabama mom wrecking ball."

Are you being sarcastic though? How old are you, CH?
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hahaha, that bama wrecking ball is hilarious

I guess you missed the end where I say "Seriously though...."?
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I only stop for red lights and stop signs, but my backup is my cell phone. My wife and kids enjoy (a little to much in my opinion...) coming to my aide when I have a mechanical problem.

Strava is the only reason I'm on the bike at the moment, so it isn't that bad.
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I guess you missed the end where I say "Seriously though...."?
Ah. Sorry for the miscommunication.
IMO a true gentleman helps everyone in need that he sees, not just ladies.
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I agree with squiddy your lack of preparation is not necessarily my problem.

I would have stopped though. I have helped a homeless man with a flat once who was extremely ungrateful ( not so much as a thank you) and would do so again. Every rider I meet on the road that is stopped on the road is asked if they are ok.

I do not expect the same out of every other cyclist I see.

Pay it forward take care of yourself
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I would have stopped though. I have helped a homeless man with a flat once who was extremely ungrateful ( not so much as a thank you) and would do so again.
I think I helped that same guy in Oceanside once, not too far from GP's place. Didn't even know how to (or simply didn't want to bother with) operating the quick-release. The hole in his tire was big enough that I had to jet over to PCS (Chuck's shop) to root in the dumpster for a piece of rubber to patch it with. Funny to be treated like a butler by a scabby dude with pee stains on his pants.
I felt like Sir John Gielgud in Arthur.
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Can you be a little more specific? I have a lot of scabby looking neighbors with pee stains on their pants.
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That's the beauty of Oceanside: there is no right side of the tracks.
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I flatted on SART this summer without pump nor patches. The only guy who stopped & helped by giving me a patch kit was one of the local homeless who lived in the bushes in Bixby ranch. Everyone else just rolled by.
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I flatted on SART this summer without pump nor patches.
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You KNOW BETTER THAN THAT.
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You KNOW BETTER THAN THAT.
I know better, but I don't always do better. Pump, spare tube, and patch kit were safely in the seat bag on another bike at home.
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I flatted on SART this summer without pump nor patches. The only guy who stopped & helped by giving me a patch kit was one of the local homeless who lived in the bushes in Bixby ranch. Everyone else just rolled by.
Today's pop-psych term of the day is diffusion of responsibility. SART's crowded, and everyone assumes that everyone else will take care of the goofy-lookin' dude who forgot his patch&pump.

What's up Merk? You been back to Gigaguns in a while?
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Today's pop-psych term of the day is diffusion of responsibility.
I'm certainly guilty of that. I'm fine with doing my good deed every once in a while but the sheer number mechanicals I witness is too much for one person to handle. And I can't be neglecting my critical curve by stopping for every schmuck out there who is completely unprepared for a flat.
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Yesterday I went out for a ride having changed my saddle the day before. I forgot to put my saddle-bag back on, which contains my spare tubes and C02 stuff. I turned around and went back home, cutting my ride really short. Why? Because while many people would toss me a spare tube or lend a pump or whatever, I'm not going to expect that anyone would and I did NOT want to walk home. Or have to call for a ride.

Granted it's not the same situation as the OP relayed, however, expecting people to help you and claiming that the world sucks when they don't is ludicrous.

Certainly be happy and grateful when you do get help, but don't expect it.
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Certainly be happy and grateful when you do get help, but don't expect it.
I've walked home twice in socks (two flats in rapid succession right after I gave one of my tubes away, and one snapped derailleur hanger), and on those long, sole-blistering walks, I admit to grumbling a little about karma being a load of tish. But I've also been picked up by kind strangers (weren't even cyclists) and driven home twice (snapped chain, snapped front derailleur) too--both refused to accept money. If you ride enough, eventually you're going to get stranded or walk home.
Maybe the OP's acquaintance just needed to cool off before getting on the Internet.

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If you ride enough, eventually you're going to get stranded or walk home.
Or call a cab, that's my plan should I ever get stranded *knocks on wood*.
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"Hey don't bug me, I'm an Olympic athlete on Strava." Not.

The exhorting of social media as a reason to not respond to an actual person is ironic.

Some here took the OP(from FB) to task, shaming as it's known, and in the same turn gave themself a heaping of praise for their own experience or preparedness. Gauche.

One poster, whose avatar shows an act of trespassing and possible vandalism, writes of responsibility.

It's very hard to sort through the rubble around here.
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Or call a cab, that's my plan should I ever get stranded *knocks on wood*.
I keep forgetting about cellphones. The last 4 times I was stranded, it was impossible to find a dangum payphone anywhere. (I made it until Feb '13 before my work finally forced me to get a cellphone [but I made them pay for it.])
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The last 4 times I was stranded, it was impossible to find a dangum payphone anywhere.
If it's any consolation I'd offer to let you use my cell phone if I saw you stranded. As long as I wasn't in the middle of a Strava segment.
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Today's pop-psych term of the day is diffusion of responsibility. SART's crowded, and everyone assumes that everyone else will take care of the goofy-lookin' dude who forgot his patch&pump.

What's up Merk? You been back to Gigaguns in a while?
2013 was a year of challenges. My Suzuki hasn't been started in a while. I have 6 bikes, keeping them in condition is a bit much. Cutting the number down to 4.

How about yerself?

Interesting link to diffusion of responsibility. Read on the subject for fire alarm design certification. Panic doesn't kill, lack of action kills.
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2013 was a year of challenges. My Suzuki hasn't been started in a while. I have 6 bikes, keeping them in condition is a bit much. Cutting the number down to 4.

How about yerself?

Interesting link to diffusion of responsibility. Read on the subject for fire alarm design certification. Panic doesn't kill, lack of action kills.
6 Motorcycles? Yeah, it starts to become work at that point.
My ol' W650 hasn't run in a few years. Need to find a bearded retrogrouch with a PhD in mech engineering and probably a German accent to help me get the bevel gears aligned properly. Neat design, but a little too unique for most of the dealership techs (and for me) to figure out.
Still riding the old 9R and EX500. 75000 miles on the former, and I just rode her to Colorado back in August. Fun trip.
Been on house-arrest for the last 3 months after a large offroad pickup truck made a left turn into me. Two broken bones in my foot, and I've gained more than 15 pounds since then. Challenges? Yeah, a few here too. But every day above ground is a good one.
I don't envy you, parting with some of your bikes. I've got 6 bicycles in my living room and I think I'd have an easier time parting with my thumbs. 4 should be manageable.
Ride safe out there, and maybe once I'm back up to speed, I can pedal up there and buy you a pitcher & pie.
Paz y amor, hermano-cosmico!


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Before you go on a ride, think about why you are riding (priorities) and who it might be that may need help.
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Yesterday I went out for a ride having changed my saddle the day before. I forgot to put my saddle-bag back on, which contains my spare tubes and C02 stuff. I turned around and went back home, cutting my ride really short. Why? Because while many people would toss me a spare tube or lend a pump or whatever, I'm not going to expect that anyone would and I did NOT want to walk home. Or have to call for a ride.
I've done that as well. I got about 5 miles into a planned 50-miler and realized I forgot my pump. I turned around to get it because I didn't want to take the chance of getting a flat without it.
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Oddly, no one ever accepts my offers to help out.
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Oddly, no one ever accepts my offers to help out.
Maybe it's in your approach...



Seriously, thank you for offering. You might save someone from a ruined day one of these times.
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