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Old 03-15-11, 04:45 PM
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I just got yelled at..

Riding home from school, in the bike lane. Right turn lane came up(and there are signs that say cars yield to bikes in turn lanes), and there was a truck waiting to turn behind me. I go through the intersection, and the truck yells something at me. All I could tell was that it started with an S, so I assumed sidewalk. But since I had some extra time, I decided to go see what this person yelled at me!

Turned around, and went down the street. Found the truck, and asked her if she had something to say to me.

"Yea, shift." I was a little confused... apparently she yelled at me to shift, saying that I wouldn't have to work so hard if I had shifted gears!
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Old 03-15-11, 04:47 PM
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sorry, I commute on a fixed gear
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Old 03-15-11, 04:50 PM
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Back seat drivers... LOL

Sometimes I want to yell at the people slowly cranking away up a hill to shift and it would be easier, but I just move along either on my bike or in the car.
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Old 03-15-11, 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by monsterpile View Post
Back seat drivers... LOL

Sometimes I want to yell at the people slowly cranking away up a hill to shift and it would be easier, but I just move along either on my bike or in the car.
I'll gladly take a back seat driver to some ahole that thinks I should be on the sidewalk though!

But I do use the commute home as a way to get some exercise. To the train station is all downhill, so to home is all uphill. Might as well use what's in front of me!
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Old 03-15-11, 04:58 PM
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At least it was something fairly constructive being yelled at you. Maybe the driver was also a cyclist or just knows a bit about bikes.
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Old 03-15-11, 05:19 PM
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You should have asked "to which gear?" Sometimes when I pass by cyclists, I tell them their tires are flat.
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Old 03-15-11, 05:35 PM
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One evening I (in my car) followed an older (well, honestly, probably about the same age as me) gentleman on a Hybrid bike coasting down a winding, steep hill. Probably got up to about 35 or 40 mph. He had his pedals situated so that his left pedal was down, and kept them that way as he leaned around left-hand turns. It looked like his pedal was almost on the pavement. When we got to the stop sign at the bottom of the hill, I was going to point out that he should be careful so as not to drag a pedal, but he blew through the stop sign and turned left, while I was turning right.

Oh well, live and learn - at least I hope he does.
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Old 03-15-11, 08:31 PM
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Lol that is funny... Usually it's something nasty like, "get the **** off the street."
We don't have real bike lanes here so....
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Old 03-16-11, 09:29 AM
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When I see a rider with too low a seat I usually tell them (when I'm riding too, not in a car). Maybe they'll ride more if they're fitted better? It's a pet peeve of mine
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Old 03-16-11, 09:32 AM
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There are about 10x a day when I feel like yelling out to a slow moving uncomfortable looking rider, "Raise your seat!" It drives me crazy seeing people trying to commute or actually ride with their seat far lower than it should be. But when your just out for the day on your nephews stolen 24" next mountain bike, I guess seat position doesn't really matter all that much.
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Old 03-16-11, 09:41 AM
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This reminds me of one time I was in my car and slowed down and rolled down the passenger window to tell a guy his seatpost bag was unzipped. I could tell he was braced for a confrontation.
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Old 03-16-11, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Speedwagon98 View Post
Riding home from school, in the bike lane. Right turn lane came up(and there are signs that say cars yield to bikes in turn lanes), and there was a truck waiting to turn behind me. I go through the intersection, and the truck yells something at me. All I could tell was that it started with an S, so I assumed sidewalk. But since I had some extra time, I decided to go see what this person yelled at me!

Turned around, and went down the street. Found the truck, and asked her if she had something to say to me.

"Yea, shift." I was a little confused... apparently she yelled at me to shift, saying that I wouldn't have to work so hard if I had shifted gears!
Did you get her number? A woman who knows a bit about bikes is definitely date worthy.
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Old 03-16-11, 10:06 AM
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I often want to yell "get off the sidewalk" or "take the lane" but I never do.
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Old 03-16-11, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Monster Pete View Post
At least it was something fairly constructive being yelled at you. Maybe the driver was also a cyclist or just knows a bit about bikes.
Whenever I'm in a car and see someone on a bike, they're usually riding on the side walk, and pedaling with their knees up to their ears. I always want to yell out "YOUR SADDLE IS TOO LOW!" and "It's going to destroy your knees!" I never do, though.
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Old 03-16-11, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
sorry, I commute on a fixed gear
Sorry to hear that....
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Old 03-16-11, 03:35 PM
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So that's what everyone's been yelling at me. I never could make out what people were saying while speeding past me.

I guess the guy who threw a cup of water at me or whatever was in it felt I was dehydrated. Maybe that's why the cop didn't do anything. He felt it was a nice gesture by the drivers part.
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Old 03-16-11, 03:47 PM
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This reminds me of a post I read here years ago. The guy said someone yelled "Luke Skywalker!!" at him, and he had been wondering for hours why someone would yell that to him while he was riding his bike.

Someone pointed out that "Luke Skywalker!!" was more likely something else misunderstood. Something like "Use the sidewalK, f!%ker!!"
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Old 03-16-11, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by m_yates View Post
This reminds me of a post I read here years ago. The guy said someone yelled "Luke Skywalker!!" at him, and he had been wondering for hours why someone would yell that to him while he was riding his bike.

Someone pointed out that "Luke Skywalker!!" was more likely something else misunderstood. Something like "Use the sidewalK, f!%ker!!"
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Old 03-16-11, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
See, that reported never took a good math class. Because, as we all know, you have to ask the question "Is the answer reasonable?" Clearly, 30k pigs in a river is not a reasonable answer, unless it is 2012. Then anything is possible.
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I see people grinding away in way too high a gear up a hill all the time, and mutter "downshift you idiot, before you blow your knees out." But I've never said it out the window.
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I see people grinding away in way too high a gear up a hill all the time, and mutter "downshift you idiot, before you blow your knees out." But I've never said it out the window.
Since when are there hills in MI?
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Since when are there hills in MI?
Heck, there's a ride I like when on vacation that's in MI, that goes up 600 feet in about a mile. OK, it's not the Appalachians, but it's enough for my legs.

On my commute my biggest hill is about a 50 foot climb, but there are a bunch of them in a row. It's all glacial scouring around here and some of the back roads weren't leveled, they go up and down as they cut through the gouges.
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I generally ignore yelling motorists, it's when that they start letting their motor vehicle do their talking, that's when I'll start giving them my utmost attention.
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
I see people grinding away in way too high a gear up a hill all the time, and mutter "downshift you idiot, before you blow your knees out." But I've never said it out the window.
I see a lot of the opposite: chain on the granny gear and the smallest cog, the RD all the way back, the chain grinding the teeth away due to the chain angle (or the other way around) and spinning like a hummingbird. I actually stopped once to explain this (she was cute) and said she had no idea but was annoyed by the noise and she was much happier once she shifted to a larger chainring But she was probably less than half of my age and I'm married

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I generally ignore yelling motorists, it's when that they start letting their motor vehicle do their talking, that's when I'll start giving them my utmost attention.
When people yell at me I just ignore or yell back something like "abwabbawabwbabwaggagawaaa!!!" No point being articulate since I'm sure they won't get it either.
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I just wave when they yell. If I yell anything back, it's "hi" in a real happy voice. there was some guy that yelled "get off the ****ing road" as he drove past, and then yelled "get off the ****ing road" again from his driveway. I yelled "hi" in my happy voice, and he finally said "hi" back. Made my day.

I have been tempted to yell silly things at my friends when I see them riding, but that would only be funny if motorists stopped doing it so much.
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