Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

"get off the road"

Reply

Old 10-28-04, 08:37 PM
  #1  
mcavana
the commutor / tourer
Thread Starter
 
mcavana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: jacksonville fl
Posts: 626

Bikes: trek 6700 turned touring machine, giant TCR2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"get off the road"

what are the clever things you say or do when this is shouted at you from a passing vehicle?
mcavana is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 08:44 PM
  #2  
larue
Senior Member
 
larue's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 1,511

Bikes: Surly Pacer/Cutter/Viking

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ever been in a car and as your speeding by someone say's something and you can't quite make it out?
You can be as clever as you want and it's likely the car will either not hear it or not care. I try not to let ignorant people ruin my ride for me, they simply are not worth it.
larue is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 08:57 PM
  #3  
Dchiefransom
Senior Member
 
Dchiefransom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Newark, CA. San Francisco Bay Area
Posts: 6,244
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 29 Post(s)
Originally Posted by mcavana
what are the clever things you say or do when this is shouted at you from a passing vehicle?
At 51 years old, and having spent many years in US Navy ship's engine rooms, when people yell at me from a car I hear: "AThetoe, evutimkdrg uimcndo eme!!!"
Dchiefransom is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 09:21 PM
  #4  
Alphie
Right calf grease tattoo
 
Alphie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Alpharetta GA
Posts: 200

Bikes: '02 Alpe D'Huez

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"Get on the sidewalk!" Was yelled to me from the window of an SUV a couple months ago. After catching up with the driver at the next red light i calmly explained to her the rules of the road. As her face reddened and she appeared to want to crawl under her car seat.
Alphie is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 09:46 PM
  #5  
operator
cab horn
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Toronto
Posts: 28,321

Bikes: 1987 Bianchi Campione

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Key the car. Or get out in front and take the lane for about the next 2km.
operator is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 10:06 PM
  #6  
twahl
Tom (ex)Builder
 
twahl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Manassas, VA
Posts: 2,814

Bikes: Specialized Allez

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"I will if you will."
__________________
Tom

"It hurts so good..."
twahl is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 10:27 PM
  #7  
STEEKER
dam this is fun !
 
STEEKER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: on my bike ! in Toronto !!
Posts: 1,988

Bikes: Hurricane Low Racer ! and a Masi

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by mcavana
what are the clever things you say or do when this is shouted at you from a passing vehicle?
lmfaoooooooo I am not saying a word but hey it's me butttt I was told I need to get off the road and I replied >> you need to F**ck off to the driver Steeker
STEEKER is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 10:47 PM
  #8  
cryogenic
Campy or bust :p
 
cryogenic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 3,139

Bikes: Surly Karate Monkey commuter build

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't get it very often around here anymore; as a matter of fact in 5 days of riding and probably 75-80 miles, only once was I honked at. I tend to ride on both the sidewalks and the roads depending on the size of the shoulder and the speed of the traffic on the road. For some unknown reason, police officers don't seem to give a flying flip about bikers in the least. They could care less whether we ride on the roads or the sidewalks. Our laws state that bicycles are supposed to ride on the road, though. Generally, if I do get yelled at, I just ignore them. No way I want some crazy redneck in his 78 Chevy truck with a 12" lift kit and super swampers running me down!
cryogenic is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 11:01 PM
  #9  
Becca
Get outdoors! :)
 
Becca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 456

Bikes: Schwinn Sierra 700 Limited Edition

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by mcavana
what are the clever things you say or do when this is shouted at you from a passing vehicle?
"YOU FIRST!"

I haven't had anyone do this yet, but when they do, that's exactly what I'm gonna yell at them!
Becca is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-04, 11:27 PM
  #10  
PainTrain
No pain, no gain.
 
PainTrain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: California's Gold That's Amazing!
Posts: 513

Bikes: Trek 7100, Windsor Fens

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The other night I was turning left in a double lane on an arrow, passenger in the car to my left yelled, "Get off the G.D. street, you're not a f^%$ing car!"

I said to myself, "I'm not on foot either."

Then she put her head out the window, looked back at me and smiled. So, I'm not sure what that was all about.
PainTrain is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-04, 03:57 AM
  #11  
cryogenic
Campy or bust :p
 
cryogenic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 3,139

Bikes: Surly Karate Monkey commuter build

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well, you know what they say when you take an animal and put it in a cage for an inordinate amount of time
cryogenic is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-04, 05:45 AM
  #12  
andygates
Just riding
 
andygates's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Exeter, UK
Posts: 651

Bikes: Cannondale Bad Boy / Mercian track / BOB trailer / Moulton recumbent project

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"Get on the motorway!"

(In the UK, motorways are motor-vehicle only, and are as useless for point-to-point travel as any bike path)
andygates is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-04, 06:40 AM
  #13  
H23
Senior Member
 
H23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Baltimore
Posts: 1,101

Bikes: bianchi

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I just wave and smile like I'm a friendly hispanic busboy that does not understand English.
H23 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-04, 06:55 AM
  #14  
CitiZen
3speed
 
CitiZen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Posts: 128

Bikes: Breezer Citizen

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by H23
I just wave and smile like I'm a friendly hispanic busboy that does not understand English.
Oh, that's priceless!
A truck passenger yelled at me yesterday: "Use the rules of the road! Learn 'em!"
There may have been more, but Doppler effect, you know...
I WAS following the rules of the road, but I give him a particle of credit for not swearing or using double negatives.
CitiZen is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-04, 08:03 AM
  #15  
LittleBigMan
Sumanitu taka owaci
 
LittleBigMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 8,945
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
To me, the only thing worse than being told to "get off the road" is letting that worthless thought stay in my mind.

__________________
No worries
LittleBigMan is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-04, 08:06 AM
  #16  
BenyBen
winter is comming
 
BenyBen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Lachine, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 531

Bikes: Mikado kensington 2003, "commuterized" 8yr old Mongoose hilltopper SX, Baycrest Hurricane 10 speed

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
yep, you let them win only if you let their negativity poison your mind.
BenyBen is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-04, 08:20 AM
  #17  
dragracer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 620
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Yeah well some people are just gonna be idiots no matter what. A while back I was riding out in the middle of nowhere and I was coming up on a slow moving tractor. There was a car about 1/4 mile behind me so I pulled over into the left lane, passed the tractor....and about the time I was going to pull back over, the old man driving the "minivan" started blowing his horn and waving his arms .....like I was doing something wrong. What was I supposed to do.....stop and wait for the jackassa in the minivan to catch up and go around before I did? PFFFTTTTT!!!!! Morons. 95% of drivers around here are very courteous and give you plenty of room when they pass. It's that other 5% that don't have a clue. I think young drivers(teenage girls especially) and older men seem to be the worst when it comes to no respect for cyclists.
dragracer is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-04, 08:23 AM
  #18  
funbun
Doomsled
 
funbun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
Posts: 661

Bikes: Trek 800

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've put in 1400 miles commuitng I have only had 2 people tell me to get off the road or get onto the sidewalk.
funbun is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-04, 08:42 AM
  #19  
Ya Tu Sabes
Rebel Thousandaire
 
Ya Tu Sabes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Hartford, CT
Posts: 733

Bikes: Public D8, Yuba Mundo (cargo), Novara Buzz (1-speed, soon to be 2-speed w/ a kickback hub), Xootr 1-speed folder

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oh, I think there's some cathartic value to a bit of negativity. Being a Brooklyn native, when someone says get off the road, I usually say, "Get my dick," which is weird, but somehow works.
Ya Tu Sabes is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-04, 10:14 AM
  #20  
kb0tnv
Senior Member
 
kb0tnv's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: St. Louis MO
Posts: 273

Bikes: Surly Cross-Check

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
A few weeks ago a guy in the passenger seat of a junky pickup truck yelled , "You ain't poor...get on the sidewalk!". I then watched him pass me. I ended up at the next light right beside him. He started talking again...and I told him that the sidewalk is more dangerous and that I am not stupid! Hard to say after I started riding.... ;0) First time I ever heard someone say that. Sad that my bike looked better than his vehicle...and we probably paid the same price...
kb0tnv is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-04, 11:34 AM
  #21  
STEEKER
dam this is fun !
 
STEEKER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: on my bike ! in Toronto !!
Posts: 1,988

Bikes: Hurricane Low Racer ! and a Masi

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by cryogenic
Well, you know what they say when you take an animal and put it in a cage for an inordinate amount of time
Now that is funny lmf aooo.. Steeker
STEEKER is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-04, 02:08 PM
  #22  
Bockman
Castiron Perineum
 
Bockman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Taking a tip from Siu Blue Wind, I too am typing a lengthy passage of text down here to demonstrate the enormous amount of space available should one wish to use it-- in sharp contrast to the avatar text above this part.
Posts: 1,199

Bikes: '06 Salsa Campeon, '84 Cannondale R1000, 80's Nishiki Ariel

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
A barking "Eat my F--K!" works for me. I know, it doesn't make sense, but it sounds really bad.

Dave
Bockman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-04, 03:18 PM
  #23  
Wulfheir
Designated Drinker
 
Wulfheir's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Calgary
Posts: 800

Bikes: '04 Kona Fire Mountain

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by bunabayashi
A barking "Eat my F--K!" works for me. I know, it doesn't make sense, but it sounds really bad.

Dave
dave, that's totally my favourite expression. the great thing about it is that the person is just as confused as he is offended.
Wulfheir is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-04, 03:24 PM
  #24  
genec
genec
 
genec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Coast
Posts: 26,240

Bikes: custom built, sannino, beachbike, giant trance x2

Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5701 Post(s)
Originally Posted by H23
I just wave and smile like I'm a friendly hispanic busboy that does not understand English.

Love it... I use this method and act as if they are long time friends.

Especially useful if they just flipped me off... they are looking for a reaction and this one just baffles 'em. I wave too!
genec is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-04, 03:36 PM
  #25  
Phiber
Cyclocrosser.
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Unit Zero
Posts: 351

Bikes: '04 Marin Nail Trail, '04 Haro V-3, '05 Soul Monk

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You know you can make caltrops from jacks, right?
Phiber is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service