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Not what I was expecting on Sunday's ride.

Old 03-25-13, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Pamestique View Post
I would like to think we cyclists are all a friendly bunch looking out for other cyclists but sadly that is not true... especially within the last 5 years. I love all the new people getting into the sport but that Strava thing has to go (don't I sound old now?).
It does seem like a lot of people are taking themselves far too seriously. Every now and then - even when I'm out on my fendered 650b bike sporting enough lights and racks that I look like a cargo truck - I'll still get asked things like "How's the training going?" Apparently riding because it's a gorgeous day isn't the first thing that comes to mind. On the other hand, I suppose I should be pleased that even those cyclists wave or say hello as they zip on by. ;-)
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Old 03-25-13, 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by ILClyde View Post
I know I've said this before on these pages, but I tend to feel sorry for people like that. I always try to keep in mind that I'll wake up the next day and not have to deal with them. They'll wake up and still be an idiot.

Ignorance can be cured, but stupidity is forever.
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Old 03-25-13, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Pamestique View Post
. . . since i am not young and attrctive, everyone whizzes by . .
Okay Pam, You are not young but you are still attractive. You look just like your avatar (well, pretty much).

Out of the hundreds of times I've asked cyclists, stopped by the side of the road, if they need help, I have only been asked for assistance twice, that I can remember.

One guy needed a pump (which I had!), the other needed a large (26 x 2.125) Schrader tube, which I didn't have (PV 700 x 23 only). I wanted to give the PV tube a try, just to get him home, but he wouldn't go for it. Oh well.

Fortunately, I've never come across anyone like the guy in the OP's experience . . . thankfully!

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Old 03-25-13, 03:39 PM
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Wow . . . Are you sure you arent testing a script for a Lifetime TV pilot ?!?!?
Crazy -- Thats bizarre!
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Old 03-25-13, 03:51 PM
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Kudos for stopping, NOS88. Cannot find words to describe the other jerk. I normally slow down and ask if someone needs help. I flatted 22 miles into the Solvang Double last Saturday (luckily just at daybreak). Several riders who passed asked if I needed help or anything. One thought my Road Morph was a nice pump
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Old 03-25-13, 03:53 PM
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Seems like he learned road etiquette the hard way. May have been a need to payback some help he got at some point. I remember as a kid driving across country and the family station wagon losing it's battery charge. This guy, totaly pissed off, stops and gets us going and said we now owed the next stranded motorist. No problem for dad, he always stopped to help people, but he couldn't relate to the hostility. It's what the old timers just did.
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Old 03-25-13, 05:31 PM
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What a moron! Glad you were there to help out.
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Old 03-25-13, 07:02 PM
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Well if there is an up side to this experience. you probably have a new friend to ride with
If or when you see her again !
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Old 03-25-13, 07:54 PM
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After having FORCED him to stop and waste his valuable time, you should have accepted his help and LIKED it!!!

</sarcasm>

Wow.
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Old 03-25-13, 08:10 PM
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I think the lady should be grateful for getting the help from such a gentleman -- and both of you should spend more time laughing about the jerk than being upset by him... You and the lady were simply doing the best you could and doing quite well apparently. That's all you can do...

How can somebody like that make you upset? He can do or say whatever he wants -- it's up to you whether or not to be upset.
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Old 03-25-13, 08:14 PM
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Wow, what a stereotype! Can't recall that I've every met exactly that type (jerks, yes, but not exactly that breed of jerk). You know, it's probably a very good thing that you were there ...
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Old 03-25-13, 08:46 PM
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One point for the young idiot for stopping. Minus two for what came out of his mouth, not that we're keeping score. Eventually, when both the OP and the damsel in distress find the humor of the young buck's behavior he'll break even for providing a chuckle.
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Old 03-26-13, 04:22 AM
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Wow! Sounds like a scene from a movie. The good news is you were there to buffer her from a fool. Good job.
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Old 03-26-13, 05:07 AM
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My take away from NOS's encounter:
1. NOS is a true gentleman, with much more restraint than I have.
2. The young lady had at least one positive encounter with a male cyclist.
3. The young guy was a first class ass.
4. Stopping to help someone with a bicycle problem is the right thing to do, regardless of the circumstance.
5. Some Roadies take themselves way too seriously. Most do not.

As said previously, NOS showed that he is a gentleman, I expected that much of him.

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Old 03-26-13, 05:09 AM
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
One point for the young idiot for stopping. Minus two for what came out of his mouth, not that we're keeping score. Eventually, when both the OP and the damsel in distress find the humor of the young buck's behavior he'll break even for providing a chuckle.
I'd be more inclined to give the jerk -5 points for the attitude and what came out of his mouth.


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My take away from NOS's encounter:
1. NOS is a true gentleman, with much more restraint than I have.
2. The young lady had at least one positive encounter with a male cyclist.
3. The young guy was a first class ass.
4. Stopping to help someone with a bicycle problem is the right thing to do, regardless of the circumstance.
5. Some Roadies take themselves way too seriously. Most do not.

As said previously, NOS showed that he is a gentleman, I expected that much of him.

Bill
Hear, hear.

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Old 03-26-13, 05:46 AM
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
5. Some Roadies take themselves way too seriously. Most do not.
I ride a recumbent bike where if you believe the rumors, the roadies won't even look at you. Fortunately the rumors aren't true at all (although I do get a lot of "Hey, don't fall asleep down there"). Most people on bikes are nice people on bikes. When I've been at the side of the road fixing a flat, most roadies I've seen ask me if I need help.

For that matter, when I was riding with my kids in a trailer and managed to hit the curb and fall over (small road, everybody was fine), many people cars stopped to make sure I was o.k. - the car in the direction I was in stopped and waved people around to make sure I had room (it wasn't strictly necessary, but the gesture was definitely appreciated).

I find that most people are nice. You can find A$$h0les riding bikes, driving cars, and pretty much doing everything that normal people do.
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WOW...riders in my area are mostly pretty mellow. In 25 years of riding here I have never encountered such over the top behavior.

Did you get her phone number?
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Old 03-26-13, 07:06 AM
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I think the young A$$ probably thought he could "show up" the old guy and make points with the lady by coming to her rescue. Good on NOS for doing the right thing.
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
WOW...riders in my area are mostly pretty mellow. In 25 years of riding here I have never encountered such over the top behavior.

Did you get her phone number?
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Old 03-26-13, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
My take away from NOS's encounter:
1. NOS is a true gentleman, with much more restraint than I have.
2. The young lady had at least one positive encounter with a male cyclist.
3. The young guy was a first class ass.
4. Stopping to help someone with a bicycle problem is the right thing to do, regardless of the circumstance.
5. Some Roadies take themselves way too seriously. Most do not.

As said previously, NOS showed that he is a gentleman, I expected that much of him.

Bill
+many to all this. I would like to think I would handle such a situation with such class and restraint, but to do so would require my restraint to kick in ahead of my natural reaction.
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Old 03-26-13, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
My take away from NOS's encounter:
1. NOS is a true gentleman, with much more restraint than I have.
2. The young lady had at least one positive encounter with a male cyclist.
3. The young guy was a first class ass.
4. Stopping to help someone with a bicycle problem is the right thing to do, regardless of the circumstance.
5. Some Roadies take themselves way too seriously. Most do not.

As said previously, NOS showed that he is a gentleman, I expected that much of him.

Bill
I agree will all but no. 5.
The surprising thing is that he stopped at all.
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Old 03-26-13, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
I agree will all but no. 5.
The surprising thing is that he stopped at all.
He likely only stopped because:

A)It was a lady.
B)He thought he could humiliate the OP.

I hope next time the jerk runs into somebody who isn't as nice as the OP; who throws him a beating and throws his bike over a cliff or in front of a semi!
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Old 03-26-13, 09:19 AM
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KUDOS for your patience with the jerk and your willingness to lend a hand. Biking is supposed to be a community. Sounds like the young stud wanted to be the bull elephant of the biking herd.
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Originally Posted by Blanchje View Post
Good for you. I don't know that I could have maintained my composure as well. I think "Give me that old man..." might have been the last thing he said before his nose broke.
^^^I like that one.

Thanks for assisting the rider.

I always stop when coming across a single rider with a flat until they get back on the road.
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Old 03-26-13, 11:21 AM
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NOS88: you did everything right and then some--As for that "jerk" he should do more bicycle riding and for sure not drive his car!
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