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Have you ever hit a car?

Old 04-06-09, 09:14 AM
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Have you ever hit a car?

I started this thread as a tongue-in-cheek copy of the "have you ever been hit by a car thread". But it occurred to me that I have actually hit cars (usually ones that take a right hand turn in front of me at stoplights). It's usually a quick pound on the trunk of a car.

Is this common among cyclists? Or, am I just a car-hating, cycling jerk?

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Old 04-06-09, 09:55 AM
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No, but you are right it's fairly common. I've had a couple of close calls.

Oh! You mean actually hit them with your hand??

I prefer keys. The gift keeps on giving.

Wait! This isn't tongue-in-cheek??
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Old 04-06-09, 10:00 AM
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Yup, not only did it taco my front wheel, but put a good sized dent and gouge in the right front fender of my high school principal's car. Even though I was 100% at fault, he was pretty upset that he hit a student.
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good luck with that. I normally try and slow before i get to the jerk car who hooked infront of me
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Old 04-06-09, 10:15 AM
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Every now and then.

The stopping distance on my cross bike isn't the greatest.
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Old 04-06-09, 01:47 PM
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Yes I have. $650 worth of damage. My wife asked if that was possible, I said "At the speeds it happened, it was probably similar to hitting a deer." Tacoed my rear wheel, got a hematoma on cheek and a little road rash. Still getting bills from it, my fault. Oh, and a $90 ticket.
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Old 04-06-09, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Cully_J View Post
But it occurred to me that I have actually hit cars (usually ones that take a right hand turn in front of me at stoplights). It's usually a quick pound on the trunk of a car.

Is this common among cyclists?
I don't think so. I never have.

Originally Posted by Cully_J View Post
Or, am I just a car-hating, cycling jerk?
No. There have definitely been times that I wanted to.

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Old 04-06-09, 02:54 PM
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Once a truck pulled up next to me, then just after he passed me, pulled directly over and parked right in front of me. I managed to slow down enough so that my front tire just tapped his bumper without damage.. what an a-hole.

Another time, i'm in the bike lane and a Prius unexpectedly gets over into the lane to turn right. I don't have enough time to stop completely so again, my front wheel hits his car, my body kind of fell over onto the back quarter panel. No damage to me, maybe some scratches on his car, but that's what he gets.. That's about it for me.
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Old 04-06-09, 04:14 PM
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I once had someone cut me off and stop short--not on purpose, but still a bonehead move. He didn't realize that there wasn't enough space for him to continue going forward. I didn't have enough room to come to a complete stop, so I ran into his back bumper. My rear wheel rose up in the air... but I didn't endo. I actually came back down on the rear tire, still clipped in! No damage to either bike or car. At least the guy came out of the car to check things out. I was fine, so I just went on my way.

Have I ever intentionally struck a car? No.
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Old 04-06-09, 05:36 PM
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I hit a car in my very early days of bike commuting. I tried to pass a car on the right while it was waiting behind a left turner at an intersection, and the car didn't put on its right turn signal until I was along side it. She got going as I came up to her front wheel and I went over her hood and did a somersault [sp?] into the intersection. Watching the gap between her fender and the granite curb narrow quickly was an interesting experience. Embarrassing to remember some of the bonehead goofs of my earlier years.

The ironic thing is that the crash straightened out the wheel I bent in a solo crash a few months earlier. My perfect shoulder-roll in the intersection must have been impressive, too.

[edit]...oh...now I see you meant "hit cars" in anger...no, never done that.
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Originally Posted by apricissimus View Post
so I ran into his back bumper. My rear wheel rose up in the air... but I didn't endo. I actually came back down on the rear tire, still clipped in! No damage to either bike or car.

Have I ever intentionally struck a car? No.
same thing happened to me. In my case I was totally tailgating at medium speed downtown, just sorta going with the flow of traffic. He stopped short, and me, being about a foot off his bumper dead center, was screwed. I locked up, but big deal. Everyone in the car turned to look real fast. I waved, said sorry, and took off.
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Old 04-07-09, 12:06 PM
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Rule one: I don't F with people in cars. I usually don't yell at them, and I definitely do not smash my hand on their trunks. I take evasive action and STFU. It's just something I learned over the years. And, I'm a 6'3"; 220 lbs, former football player who can easily hold his own, trust me there.

Rule two: Expect the unexpected. When a car passes you, expect them to come to a stop and/or turn in front of you. It's just what they do. You are the furthest thing from their minds. Trust me there too.

Rule Three: If you do screw up and fail to follow rule one, don't be surprised to have a tire iron wrapped around your head or a cap busted in your bass. And, if you fail to adhere to due diligence as called for in rule two, you will have an accident.

Seriously, I am always amazed when I see a bike rider flying down a busy road, with a line of parked cars on one side and heavy traffic flowing down the other, suddenly start yelling and raising his fist because some driver did something unexpected. I guess, in my mind, there should be nothing that is unexpected in that situation.
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Old 04-07-09, 12:30 PM
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Had a car stop in a traffic circle out of driver's confusion. I bumped her bumper.

No damage -- but in that slow-mo view of things you get when stuff like this happens, I saw my front wheel flatten when it hit the car, then bounce back to a perfect circle. Wild!

Oh ... and the Baron speaks the truth.
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Old 04-07-09, 12:47 PM
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I've wanted to hit people's cars out of frustration, but I live in the hood so it's not exactly the smartest thing to do. Usually I just swear at drivers or I shake my head to show contempt.
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Old 04-14-09, 08:44 PM
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I live in the hood so it's not exactly the smartest thing to do
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Old 04-14-09, 10:32 PM
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