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Old 09-09-09, 11:28 AM
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I got dirty looks thanks to another cyclist.. darn it..

Santa monica blvd and Doheny, i'm cruising through the intersection, see this roadie girl in full spandex in front of me. She's cruising that little strip of road at a leisurely pace, slower than I usually go, which i was ok with because it's slightly uphill and I try to save my energy for the light ahead where i have to hammer the pedals once it turns green, because the cars floor it and it's not wide enough the share the lane until a few blocks after.

We come up to the red light and a car is stopped kinda close to the right curb, maybe 3 feet.. enough for a bike to go through.. i guess the cyclist didn't think so, she slapped the side mirror with her hand as she passed.. of course, i was riding behind her (with only one hand), so the driver gave me a dirty look too.. I just shrugged.

As the light turned green, I put the power down and left her behind pretty quickly.. maybe she was mad or something from being passed by commuter on a steel bike because about a mile or so down the road, she stopped in front of me as I was waiting at the red light, although when the light was green she still wasn't leaving me behind.

Approaching the next red light, a car up ahead is too close to the right to pass, but there's plenty of room on the left, so i was just gonna pass on the left and get around this car..no problem, normal commuting procedure, the chick has the same idea, but as she passes, she hits the car's driver's mirror then passed up to the front of the cars at the red, this is at Santa Monica and Wilshire, which has a turn lane to the right of us.. so i stop behind the first car since there's really no point in getting in front of it because it's gonna peel out once the light changes anyway. The car she tapped was directly to my right waiting in the turn lane.. i look over as I take a swig from my bottle and the chick driving gives me a death stare.

I've never been a big believer in the whole "what you do can affect how drivers see other cyclists" thing until today.. dang..


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Old 09-09-09, 11:37 AM
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Sounds to me like somebody needs to rinse the sand out and get over herself. If there's enough room to pass a line of traffic, there's no need to go smacking cars.
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Old 09-09-09, 11:44 AM
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Three feet from the curb is about the space she'd get in a dedicated bike lane.
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Old 09-09-09, 12:00 PM
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Some people go through life with a chip on their shoulder.

There's a guy on my soccer team that's the same way. Any incidental contact can set him off. Gives the whole team a bad rap.
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Old 09-09-09, 01:10 PM
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It seems like some new roadies pick up a lot of this behavior with their weekend club rides. I've ridden with groups that are in some power/persecution trip over every meaningless slight. She probably gets to her destination and goes on and on about all of the idiot drivers and her actions color every driver's future encounters with cyclists. I can't even recall the last run-in I had with a driver and I ride through downtown LA.
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Old 09-09-09, 01:57 PM
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What a *****. Hope she's on BF.
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I wouldn't be surprised if the motorist assumed you two were together, hence the guilt by association.

Otherwise, it seems like overtly misplaced blame on their part.

As for the girl, what a little attitude muffin. She needs to chill and back off on the testosterone pills.
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One day she may slap the wrong mirror of some nutjob's car and find herself on the receiving end of a 3,500 lb. Buick enema.
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One day she may slap the wrong mirror of some nutjob's car and find herself on the receiving end of a 3,500 lb. Buick enema.
Buick enema? Hmmm, is that a new '10 model?
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Well, if you had not spent so much time checking her butt out, ... just saying.
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nothing that mouthing the words "What? That was her..." and a disdainful wince and finger point couldn't have handled.
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PMS= Pedaling Minus Sanity
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you should have drafted her and kept yelling "come on, push yourself! you got it, Baby!"
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Hope your insurance company covers dirty looks.

Either way, I think you'll be ok.
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No. Years of therapy. Many antidepressants and a few hookers.
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I ride through that area everyday, I don't want some of those car commuters to give me crap for her actions.

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Old 09-10-09, 06:41 AM
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No. Years of therapy. Many antidepressants and a few hookers.
Sheesh almighty. I think a plain old crying towel ought to handle it, don't you?
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I was riding home yesterday on the road as I usually do, when car passed me on the left and made an immediate right turn in front of me. I was a little bent out of shape, but its not unusual for me to get cut off so I don't get to worked up over it. Apparently there was a cyclist on the sidewalk who was not so quick to let this guy off without a stern word or two. As I was speeding off in the distance I hear this cyclist yelling at the driver who's path was being blocked by the cyclist. As I was riding by on the way to the store about an hour later the police were there and this cyclist was being arrested and the driver of the car was giving a statement to the police.

Its good to know someone out there is sticking up for me, I guess?
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Sheesh almighty. I think a plain old crying towel ought to handle it, don't you?
Never underestimate the power of a good old glare.
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But was she hot? I kept reading and got nothing. No pics either I assume. Sheesh.
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Hope your insurance company covers dirty looks.

Either way, I think you'll be ok.
The problem is that I ride this road to work every week. Sure dirty looks aren't a big deal, but motorists with a grudge is. Most drivers seem pretty considerate as it is, but now there are at least two that might think "why should I let that a-hole bike in front of me, i'm flooring it around him"... or something similar..

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But was she hot? I kept reading and got nothing. No pics either I assume. Sheesh.
She was ok.
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But was she hot? I kept reading and got nothing. No pics either I assume. Sheesh.
This thread is worthless without pics.
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I was riding home yesterday on the road as I usually do, when car passed me on the left and made an immediate right turn in front of me. I was a little bent out of shape, but its not unusual for me to get cut off so I don't get to worked up over it. Apparently there was a cyclist on the sidewalk who was not so quick to let this guy off without a stern word or two. As I was speeding off in the distance I hear this cyclist yelling at the driver who's path was being blocked by the cyclist. As I was riding by on the way to the store about an hour later the police were there and this cyclist was being arrested and the driver of the car was giving a statement to the police.

Its good to know someone out there is sticking up for me, I guess?
See, cyclist should never ride on the sidewalk!
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Really nothing to be done bhop except go about your business. And hope cagers are smart enough to realize it's just a lone cyclist who maybe is not used to commuting alongside traffic.
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Two ways to handle the dirty looks from the drivers:

if it was a guy, mime a spanking motion and point at her; he'll get it and either snicker or nod. You're off the hook.

if it was a girl, mime a headsmack and point at her while you shake your head. She'll likely nod -- overrriding the 'sisterhood' bond.....
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