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Morning ride restores faith in young people!

Old 06-06-11, 02:02 PM
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Morning ride restores faith in young people!

This morning while riding my newly acquired '81 Peugeot at about mile 12, I retrieved an item from my back jersey pocket. A few seconds later a young man, (17-19) pulled up next to me in his car and mentioned that I had dropped something when I had reached into my pocket. I turned back and rode about fifty yards when I saw my identification on the roadway. I was really happy to see that this young man, number one, was watching the road for bicyclists, and two, had the decency to stop and help a total stranger. Those 15-20 seconds of his day has helped me more than he will ever know. I would have gone crazy looking for my id, not to mention standing in line at the DMV, taking time off of work and so on. Congratulations to his folks for raising a good young man. Not sure if this post belongs here, but I was on a C/V bike at the time!
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Old 06-06-11, 02:06 PM
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There is decency in humanity! Nice to hear you were helped out. Pay it forward, dude!
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Old 06-06-11, 03:25 PM
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At least one Good Turn per day... BRAVO
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Old 06-06-11, 05:08 PM
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tell us another one, grandpa.
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Old 06-06-11, 05:46 PM
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Great story!
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Old 06-06-11, 06:00 PM
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Yes, there's less and less good samaritans out there and more an more road ragers in their place.
I'm always surprised when hundereds of cars would pass one with a flat tire on the freeway during rush hour where the driver did not know about it. I always end up the one going next to the car and beeping my horn and waving at the owner and then pointing to his/her tire, The look of fright coming from realizing they have been going 65+MPH on a tire that could have shredded on them always comes up right after, but so far they've all managed to all get to the side of the road. I have to do this on the freeways of SF about 3 to 5 times a year, but I have not seen anyone else do it for a fellow commuter...........that really sucks!

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Old 06-06-11, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by illwafer View Post
tell us another one, grandpa.
And then you have the "Time-Out" generation, ha ha. So, illwafer go sit down in the corner until "Grandpa" tells you to get up, then if you are a good boy or girl, maybe I'll tell you one.

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Old 06-06-11, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
Yes, there's less and less good samaritans out there and more an more road ragers in their place.
I'm always surprised when hundereds of cars would pass one with a flat tire on the freeway during rush hour where the driver did not know about it. I always end up the one going next to the car and beeping my horn and waving at the owner and then pointing to his/her tire, The look of fright coming from realizing they have been going 65+MPH on a tire that could have shredded on them always comes up right after, but so far they've all managed to all get to the side of the road. I have to do this on the freeways of SF about 3 to 5 times a year, but I have not seen anyone else do it for a fellow commuter...........that really sucks!

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Once I was on a short 4-5 mile ride and thought it wouldn't be important to wear a helmet. Short story is I fell and broke my collar bone and according to my friend that is a paramedic, cut my head open down to the skull. The thing that bummed me out most was that nobody stopped to see if I needed help while I was sitting on the curb for 15 minutes with a face covered in blood on a busy 4 lane road.
It makes me appreciate people that do stop and help even more.
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Old 06-06-11, 07:54 PM
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^^^ Two or three weeks ago I was about 10 miles into 40 or so and had my NDS crank arm loosen. Pulled over as soon as I felt it and called the SAG wagon (wife).

Funny thing, while waiting I was passed by two pairs and two singles ON BIKES...and nobody even slowed down. I had my helmet off and everything it was obvious I was stopped for a reason. Not a wave or anything.

On the bright side THREE CARS pulled over to ask if I needed help in the space of 15 minutes. One guy said he lived close and offered to get any tools I might need. Wow.

Go figure?!?!?
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Old 06-06-11, 08:09 PM
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I was at my favorite lbs not because they have the coolest bikes or nice stash of old parts. Just because they have the best employees that I just stop in and chat with and invite me back into the wrenching room in the back. I bought a Topeak rear rack for my wife's bike but a piece had to be ordered. She wanted it right away so we just went to another local store that had one instead. I still called them back up and canceled my order. Things must of gotten jumbled up at their end cause the last time I went there. The manager told me I had something that came in that they ordered. They pulled out the same rear rack we purchased and told us it just came in and was ready to just give it to me. He said it was paid in full. Knowing I could of just gotten a nice rack for free but their are always good to me so I'm not going to take advantage of a simple error on their half. I simply told them I already had the rack we purchased and they pulled off my order slip and said thank you. Karma is alive and well.
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Old 06-06-11, 08:22 PM
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I tore the guts out of an IGH 1/2 up a climb, every cyclist stopped to ask if I needed help, chatted about the hub, drank water and eventually rode off. Good Samaritans must live on mountians
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Old 06-06-11, 08:47 PM
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Cool story VarVintg, glad the kid was conscientious!

Another feel-good story: I was taking a recently acquired bike out for some "as found" photos on 20 year old tires with rotten sidewalls, and the rear one gave out on the return ride. I was within 300 yards of home but had two offers of assistance before I could get there.
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Old 06-07-11, 11:48 AM
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Thanks, those are some cool stories. It just comes down to taking care of each other. It's an amazing feeling when you help somone out in need.

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