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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me

Old 10-23-15, 02:50 PM
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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me

Recently, there's been this guy that shouts "*******!" at me every time he sees me (I must have done something to piss him off, though I've thought back and can't come up with anything). We were always traveling in opposite directions, so I wondered what he would do if we were traveling in the same direction.

On my last ride, he passed me with plenty of room, shouting "*******!" as usual. I feel better. He obviously feels the need to verbally assault me, but not physically. I can deal with that.
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Old 10-23-15, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyCyclist View Post
Recently, there's been this guy that shouts "*******!" at me every time he sees me (I must have done something to piss him off, though I've thought back and can't come up with anything). We were always traveling in opposite directions, so I wondered what he would do if we were traveling in the same direction.

On my last ride, he passed me with plenty of room, shouting "*******!" as usual. I feel better. He obviously feels the need to verbally assault me, but not physically. I can deal with that.
Is he cycling or driving?
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Old 10-23-15, 03:06 PM
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Driving.
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Old 10-23-15, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyCyclist View Post
Recently, there's been this guy that shouts "chapeau!" at me every time he sees me (I must have done something to piss him off, though I've thought back and can't come up with anything). We were always traveling in opposite directions, so I wondered what he would do if we were traveling in the same direction.

On my last ride, he passed me with plenty of room, shouting "chapeau!" as usual. I feel better. He obviously feels the need to verbally assault me, but not physically. I can deal with that.
What's the problem?
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Old 10-23-15, 03:15 PM
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What's the problem?
Now that I know he (presumably) won't buzz/hit me - no problem.
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Old 10-23-15, 03:17 PM
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Well, I agree with the title, but I avoid posting it, lest the abusive drivers will get the word and think: I see, words can't scare you, so I'll throw a cigarette butt at you next time!
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Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
Originally Posted by JohnnyCyclist View Post
Recently, there's been this guy that shouts "chapeau!" at me every time he sees me (I must have done something to piss him off, though I've thought back and can't come up with anything). We were always traveling in opposite directions, so I wondered what he would do if we were traveling in the same direction.

On my last ride, he passed me with plenty of room, shouting "chapeau!" as usual. I feel better. He obviously feels the need to verbally assault me, but not physically. I can deal with that.
What's the problem?
Given that you've somehow managed to find the unredacted version it appears the driver is concerned about OP's choice of headgear or lack thereof. I suggest one of those hats that The Most Serene Doge of Venice would wear.
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[QUOTE=J.C. Koto;18265697]Given that you've somehow managed to find the unredacted version /QUOTE]

LOL, I didn't even notice there was an early version. Well, then, say "merci! et vous?" to the driver!
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Old 10-23-15, 05:16 PM
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[QUOTE=vol;18265820]
Originally Posted by J.C. Koto View Post
Given that you've somehow managed to find the unredacted version /QUOTE]

LOL, I didn't even notice there was an early version. Well, then, say "merci! et vous?" to the driver!
Or.....

Ja Herr creep!!(German)
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Think of yourself as doing a daily good deed., He obviously has some unvented frustrations, and shouting at you daily lowers his stress level. It's therapeutic for him and costs you nothing, so it's a win/win. Also consider what might happen if he didn't have you around.
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Just give him a big smile and a 5-finger wave!
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Perhaps a sporty chapeau would appease his demands. Depending on your station, a bowler or homberg, although those should accompany a Pashley. I usually don an Aussie boonie hat for neighborhood jaunts, although for longer rides in traffic on windy days I'm considering adding wings and silver streamers braided into dreadlocks to my helmet.

BTW, when I was a kid a local fisherman would call out "Hey! Your wheels are turning!" whenever I passed. Being prone to abstract thinking it took awhile for me to realize he literally meant my wheels were turning.
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Old 10-26-15, 10:16 AM
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I'm not a real "aww, just ignore it" kind of guy. Abuse is abuse, whether it's verbal or physical. The way I dealt with bullies as a kid was to beat 'em like a circus monkey. Same applies to road bullies. I'd keep a couple of ball bearings or ninja rocks handy. Both offer plausible deniability.
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I'd keep a couple of ball bearings or ninja rocks handy. Both offer plausible deniability.
Yeah but when the police officer finds the slingshot on your person you're going to have some explaining to do.

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Old 10-26-15, 06:10 PM
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Are you wearing a helmet? Maybe wear a hat the next time. You can get helmets that are like hats nowadays.
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Are you wearing a helmet? Maybe wear a hat the next time. You can get helmets that are like hats nowadays.
Why wear a useless piece of "safety" equipment to appease the unknown demands of a jerk motorist? This makes no sense.
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Are you wearing a helmet? Maybe wear a hat the next time. You can get helmets that are like hats nowadays.
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