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Old 08-20-05, 06:23 PM
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screamers

i'm getting really tired of people in cars that scream when they get right up behind you and beside you. its really dangerous because it catches you off guard and sometimes makes you jump from being startled. aside from being dangerous its really rude. it happens about once a day where i live. very annoying
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Old 08-20-05, 06:36 PM
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I'd move. Things like this happened to me all the time in Conn., never here. The overall quality of life is better too.

One time an under-30 guy in a pickup (the typical profile) with girlfriend tried to run me over while i WALKED across the street on green. I happened to have my oak walking stick & slammed the left rear panel as i dodged. He sped off & didn't look back!

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Old 08-20-05, 06:38 PM
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Where do you live?

It's never happened to me here in southern Wisconsin.
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Old 08-20-05, 06:46 PM
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Would be interesting to know what parts of the country are
biker-friendly & which not. A map maybe?
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Old 08-20-05, 07:11 PM
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chico, california AKA college party town.

but it happens during non "party hours" all the time.
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Old 08-20-05, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Cyclepath
I'd move. Things like this happened to me all the time in Conn., never here. The overall quality of life is better too.

One time an under-30 guy in a pickup (the typical profile) with girlfriend tried to run me over while i WALKED across the street on green. I happened to have my oak walking stick & slammed the left rear panel as i dodged. He sped off & didn't look back!
No offense Cyclepath, but I regularly ride in NoHo, and Rt.5/9 area is FILLED with angry, belligerent motorists.

The only thing that differentiates them from the average BillyBob is that they have anti-bush stickers on their bumpers.
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Old 08-20-05, 07:41 PM
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Don't care what state or town you live in, theirs always at least one Knuckle dragger in every town. I have found that the more unusual the bike, the less often it happens though. More often it happens on the uprights, less often on the bents and trikes, and very rarely on the tandem bents.

I was ridding from NOHO to North Adams Ma. by way of Pittsfield last month when a screamer (AKA Motoring Primate) was yelling something out the window as they drove pass. It really struck me as odd as they had a roof rack with high end road bikes on it!

It's a shame you can never make out their little pearls of wisdom they feel that they have to share with you as they speed past. I imagine it something like....
"My family tree has root rot!" or "I have no friends!"

Butt the best one had to be in Ohio. I was sitting at a light when a car pulled up next to me, I glanced over and was treated to someones big harry a** sticking out a open window... all I could do was laugh! Butt what I really wanted to do was grab my frame pump and....
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Old 08-20-05, 07:45 PM
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"My family tree has root rot!"
BWHAHAHAHAHA!
Never heard that one before!

BTW, BBL... ever take the Norwottuck all the way to the Belchertown end?
That's the best part of the trail.
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Old 08-20-05, 07:52 PM
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Someone moons me, I'm checking to see if they're birthing a colt, dry.
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Old 08-20-05, 07:53 PM
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basically it gets very old being "entertainment" for people sitting in cars.
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Old 08-20-05, 08:00 PM
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Originally Posted by bentbaggerlen
Butt the best one had to be in Ohio. I was sitting at a light when a car pulled up next to me, I glanced over and was treated to someones big harry a** sticking out a open window... all I could do was laugh! Butt what I really wanted to do was grab my frame pump and....
Water bottle? With Gatorade would be better...

Pepper spray? Oh my, that stings, don't it?
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Old 08-20-05, 08:48 PM
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Butt...(yea its getting old now eh?) you know if I did use my pump, I'm sure I would have had a flat latter and would have needed it. And I would not have wanted it back after that.

Bikepacker67,
Yes, Its always fun to see what the Beavers have been up to... And if you start at the trail head at the CT river and ride around the Quabbin it make for a killer centry, I haven't done that one in years. I'm getting older and smarter!

You know the Forums have a lot of members around NOHO, maybe we should meet up at Pete's sometime, or better yet the NOHO brewry...
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Old 08-20-05, 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by bentbaggerlen
Bikepacker67,
Yes, Its always fun to see what the Beavers have been up to...
Couldn't that apply just as aptly to the NoHo terminus?
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Old 08-20-05, 09:07 PM
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I hope there is a special place in hell for screamers!!!
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Old 08-20-05, 09:32 PM
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No screamers in L.A. I suggest you move to another town.
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Old 08-20-05, 09:34 PM
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I've encountered the rare screamer. I guess they have no idea how little it effects me. Maybe if they ran up to me and screamed they could startle me, but guess what? I heard your car-engine way before you screamed. Nice sneak attack, giblet-head.
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Old 08-21-05, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
No screamers in L.A. I suggest you move to another town.
i was screamed at here in l.a. just yesterday... the thing that gets me is not someone yelling something dumb out the window as they pass. you get immune to random crap like that living here. this person actually uttered an earth - shattering cry! like she was posessed by demons or something. took me by surprise and my foot slipped off the pedal. now i've got an inch long gash on my beautiful leg. so much for wearing that short skirt and high pupms for prom...
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Old 08-21-05, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by hester
i was screamed at here in l.a. just yesterday... the thing that gets me is not someone yelling something dumb out the window as they pass. you get immune to random crap like that living here. this person actually uttered an earth - shattering cry! like she was posessed by demons or something. took me by surprise and my foot slipped off the pedal. now i've got an inch long gash on my beautiful leg. so much for wearing that short skirt and high pupms for prom...
this is what i'm talking about.
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Old 08-21-05, 02:41 PM
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Pick up a rock.. and throw it at'em.. Heh.. I usually just tell'em to f off. It dosen't startle me, cuase it's an everyday occcurance.
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Screamers I ignore. If they want to show off their own stupidity, I'm happy to let them. I listen for cars and keep checking my mirror so I'm not too surprised by what's coming from behind.

It's the ones who buzz me, squeeze me over or cut me off that I have the big problem. Haven't had anything thrown at me yet (not that I know of) but I would treat that as an assault, too.
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Old 08-21-05, 10:43 PM
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Most screaming is uninteligible to me, as I played in a rock band for a few years when I should have been wearing ear plugs. Unjustified horn honks piss me off though, as they're usually uncalled for and could cause me to loose control of my bike and hit the person who honked.
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If they're screaming, they're hanging their head out the window with their mouth open, what a nice target for pepper spray!
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Stop being a screamer rewarder, get some mirrors. No jumping out of your skin, no reward. They'll eventually find a more rewarding target. Hate to say it, but you're part of the problem.
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You guys are lucky. I was ready to kick some butt, I though you guys were talking about my girlfriend.
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Originally Posted by twahl
Water bottle? With Gatorade would be better...

Pepper spray? Oh my, that stings, don't it?
Yeah, but you know how we cyclists are always suffering in perpetual headwinds.
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