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Old 11-18-17, 03:16 PM
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"Hey buddy, your rear wheel is...."

That's what this yahoo yelled out as he and his pal drove past.
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I couldn't make out what that last part was, but probably something to the effect of your rear wheel is broken.

Anyway, I was foolish enough to stop the bike, hop up on the sidewalk to examine the rear wheel. There was nothing wrong with it. I guess I was afraid there was something loose and hanging from it that I didn't notice. There was nothing.

He and his buddy must have gotten a good laugh. Yeah, real funny.
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Old 11-18-17, 04:40 PM
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real idiot. you can count yourself lucky your not him.
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It's good to be safe and check but i personally do a quick 1 min look over my bike before i ride so i know ill be good on my ride. So they were more than likely messing with you but eh you checked no harm no foul.
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Old 11-19-17, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by PortlandEddie
It's good to be safe and check but i personally do a quick 1 min look over my bike before i ride so i know ill be good on my ride. So they were more than likely messing with you but eh you checked no harm no foul.
Yeah, I agree. I don't think I would not have stopped anytime a passing motorist would have informed me that there was something not right with my bike, even from jackasses like the one in OP.
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A couple jokers scream like voodoo priests at me when they go by.

I shout back to go to ER for that.
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hi

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some kids rolled up on me one time & just yelled "Hey!" real loud. scared the heck out of me. caught up to them at a red light & did the same thing to them! kid started laughing & said "oh man, you got me good" freakin' kids
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That's not really the best way to get your post count up. Perhaps make your first few posts be something worthwhile.
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Years ago I heard someone leaning out of a car window yelling about my rear wheel, and it turned out that one arm of a jacket arm had worked loose where it was strapped to the rack. I was very glad that I stopped to correct it. I'd likely stop even now - I'm not beyond mistakes - and if it's nothing, I don't really care unless it starts happening frequently.
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He probably said, "Hey, you're back wheel is going forward.!" It's a joke. No need to take offense.
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Dude has a badge on his shoulder, I'd think (hope) that a police or fireman would not endanger someone's safety by distracting them on the road, but more likely it's a dumbazz that could only get a job as a mall cop.

Back in the day, I remember mom driving us somewhere and happened to pass dad on the road on his bike, we opened the windows and screamed at him GET A HORSE. It was mom's idea. We all thought it was hilarious.
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He was probably trying to tell you your back wheel is boring. Get over your fascination with standard lacing patterns.
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Originally Posted by RubeRad
Dude has a badge on his shoulder, I'd think (hope) that a police or fireman would not endanger someone's safety by distracting them on the road, but more likely it's a dumbazz that could only get a job as a mall cop.
Uh, I think that's his hand pointing at my rear wheel...but I could be wrong
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Oh, well you were there and saw it presumably more clearly than picture.
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Once I was merging across/filtering between lanes in a very busy interchange (interstate cloverleaf entrances/exits) to turn left at the next light, and some idiot teenager rode up next to me and just screamed out the window, no words, just HAH!!!! Scared the bejeebers out of me. I felt like riding up to him as he was trapped at the red light, leaning my bike against his door and punching him in the face before he could roll up his window. But I didn't.
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Ha. Next time do what @rumrunn6 did--sneak up quietly and scream in the idiot's ear.
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I'm often emotionally disturbed by the out of trueness of commuters back wheels. It really, really bothers me when I ride behind them in the city. I'm seriously considering bringing spoke wrenches on all my rides to offer to do a quick fix. I figure if I can see it from 30ft away....it's not overstepping bounds to offer to fix it. They're going to kill themselves...

I can't handle it
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I have considered carrying a small bottle of lube on group rides, to quiet others' chains. But really it doesn't bother me as much as my own family's bikes; then every chain squeak is an accusation!
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Originally Posted by Abe_Froman
I'm often emotionally disturbed by the out of trueness of commuters back wheels. It really, really bothers me when I ride behind them in the city. I'm seriously considering bringing spoke wrenches on all my rides to offer to do a quick fix. I figure if I can see it from 30ft away....it's not overstepping bounds to offer to fix it. They're going to kill themselves...

I can't handle it
This.
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Originally Posted by Abe_Froman
I'm often emotionally disturbed by the out of trueness of commuters back wheels.
Especially when I can hear it dragging against each rim brake pad on every rotation.
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Originally Posted by practical
He probably said, "Hey, you're back wheel is going forward.!" It's a joke. No need to take offense.
This. I've had this yelled at me more than once. Pretty innocuous.
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Originally Posted by KD5NRH
Especially when I can hear it dragging against each rim brake pad on every rotation.
You haven't unhooked your brakes yet? Amateur
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty
You haven't unhooked your brakes yet? Amateur
Had to do that when I broke a spoke on a commute, but if they're all intact, I'm more likely to stop and true the wheel on the spot than unhook the brakes. Too many times I use the rear brake alone while signalling a left turn, and having the handle go slack would likely be an unpleasant surprise in a situation where I really don't need those.
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I had young guys scream at me when they drove by once; fortunately while in my mind I jumped about a foot straight up, I didn't give them the satisfaction of an outward reaction.

Another time DH and I were riding along and some dude leaned out the passenger window with his finger cocked and made a quiet shooting noise at us. I have no idea, but it came across as somewhat menacing.
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Originally Posted by Abe_Froman
I'm often emotionally disturbed by the out of trueness of commuters back wheels. It really, really bothers me when I ride behind them in the city. I'm seriously considering bringing spoke wrenches on all my rides to offer to do a quick fix. I figure if I can see it from 30ft away....it's not overstepping bounds to offer to fix it. They're going to kill themselves...

I can't handle it
Seat height is what aggravates me, I keep wanting to yell at people to raise theirs but don't. I know that's not going to change anything.
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