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Was this a Jerk move? (poll)

Old 08-20-18, 09:25 PM
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Was this a Jerk move? (poll)

I was on my local bike trail today just doing a fun ride, nothing really exciting about it. Not doing any training plan or anything just enjoying the ride. I was on my way back when I got caught behind a few runners on the path in both directions. I don't really mind to slow down and let everyone enjoy the path. Behind me was another guy I see on the path and on the road often while out riding. I know he has seen me before. Anyways we were approaching a clearing where we could get going again and had to cross a small bridge in about 1/4 mile. He yells out from behind me, "after the bridge I am going to pass you pokey!" Now normally I don't care if I pass anyone or anyone passes me but this kind of motivated me to get after it. So after the bridge I gave it all I had. I raced off and he tried to keep up but just could never pass me. Stayed with me but couldn't get around when not on my wheel. We went like this for about 3-4 miles maybe at the longest then my exit off the path came so I veered off towards my house. As I veered off he went buy me and yelled out at me @SSH*loe! I laughed at the time and shrugged it off but was it a bad move? I am not a confrontational person at all but he motivated me for some reason to not let him pass me. I was totally knackered when I got home too, I was 150% like no other time I have ever done before. I obviously need more interval training!!

I put in a poll but what I being a @ss? I actually feel kind of bad thinking about it.
I don't think he intended any ill intent with his words.

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I'd have just stuck my pump in his front tire.

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As long as you didn't endanger any runners/walkers/small children/dogs/turtles/squirrels, I think you're good.

It sounds like the other guy enjoyed the chase.
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Was this an off-road bike trail or a bike/walk/run paved path.
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Old 08-20-18, 10:22 PM
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Just sounds like a couple of people out having fun. No biggie.
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I would have replied.... Okay buddy, pass me if you can.
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Old 08-20-18, 10:49 PM
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I wonder why that didn't embed (and I knew what it would be before I clicked it)

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Why be confrontational at all? It didn't make you happy, since now you're feeling guilty. You gained nothing positive from the experience, only negatives.
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Old 08-20-18, 11:57 PM
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Heh heh heh! More fun than I have on a typical ride!

Bonus points for keeping him back there! He challenged you so it's not unreasonable to assume he was going to try to pass you as soon as he could and you rose above it!

So he was on you the whole time after the bridge or did you gap him? Just trying to judge whether or not he caught drift that "it was on"!

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Hard to say what the guy intended, but his calling you slow... makes one interpret as a possible challenge.

I'm not sure what to make of the apparent cussing when you turned towards your house... it could have been a response to the sprinting, or it could have been a response to turning before he could actually pass you.

Hopefully you picked up a new Strava PR.
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Seems to me he was upset that he couldn't pass you ... you made his cycle-weenie feel small.

if you didn't hold him up, then he has no reason to complain ... but plenty of grounds for unreasonable complaint.

It was indeed a jerk move ... but the other guy was the jerk. The only thing I'd have done (not imaginary, but based on what I have done in real life) would be maybe to shout, "You are too fast, I need a break!" as you pulled off ... let him have his swollen ego, and you still have your fun.
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I thought it was kind of funny.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
I'd have just stuck my pump in his front tire.

Damn cutters
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Good for you. I had a similar experience but I was on my Hybrid that particular day. You know it makes guys very unhappy when they cant build up enough steam to pass a hybrid.
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You reacted immaturely to a comment, so yes, it wasn't your finest hour.

His comment of "pokey" wasn't very considerate.

You both were jerks and one does not cancel the other out.

Maybe this should be a lesson in humility. Take the higher road and just let him pass. You will be the better person for it.

On the other hand what a great story and I am glad you smoked him. Don't beat yourself up over this one, give yourself a pass. Thanks for posting this.
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I've done the same thing occasionally to inhibit passes, but my reasoning was more to eliminate the situation where the passer adopts a more moderate pace after passing, which then forces me to decide to either slow down or pass. I like to ride my own pace and don't appreciate these MGIF riders. More irritating are the riders who use me to pace them. They are not wheel suckers, but just hang back 10-20 yards or so and distract me. Sometimes I can lose them on long uphill sections, but if not, I generally fake an excuse to stop briefly.
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The jerk move was calling you "pokey". A simple "on your left" or even a "after the bridge, mind if I pass?"
But "Pokey?"
Ooh....yeah. I'd done the same thing.
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Originally Posted by sdmc530 View Post
"...after the bridge I am going to pass you pokey!"

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Is it just me, or does Gumby's bike have odd handlebars, brake levers and no brake pads?
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Are you certain that he didn't say "after the bridge I am going to pass you, OK?"
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So, you got yelled at.
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So, you got yelled at.
Not a big deal.

We're going to yell at you

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Old 08-21-18, 07:45 AM
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hopefully you signaled before you "veered" off path at full speed, if not that was a a@@hole move. Otherwise it sounds like good clean fun
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Reminded me of this experience I had:

Fred Tried to Shake Me on the MUP
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