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Old 03-29-21, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by GBK233 View Post
Iíve been riding my neighborhood roads(30mph speed limit and not much traffic at all) for the last month. My street even has the bicycle symbol painted along the street....so I know riding the roads is perfectly legal. I ride just inside the white line....so Iím def not hogging the lane. Iím VERY visible and use hand signals etc and ride safely.


Iíve been harassed on multiple occasions already. One old man pulled up next to me screaming that I should be riding on the shoulder(which is paved, but lots of glass etc) of the road.....so I I yelled back to him to eff off and that it was perfectly legal to ride the road.

Yesterday a big truck PURPOSELY just missed me with his mirror!!!! Missed my head by 6 inches! I couldnít get his plate....but it had a HUGE AR-15 decal across the back window.....so when I find him, itís not going to be pretty.
Its been so long ago that I was yelled at while riding I cant remember when it was. Maybe it is just your part of the country that likes to harass cyclist.
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Old 03-29-21, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
If you can say that, the opposite of your red neck is the snotty liberals in their Lexus, Mercedes, and other high priced foreign cars that ALWAYS think they have the right of way. Is there an entitled snotty gene?
Not entirely correct.

Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
You may need a little education here. The term red neck was first applied to union coal miners.
Most likely incorrect.

If you're going to be so sure of yourself, you should probably get your facts straight.
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Old 03-29-21, 09:02 AM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
If you can say that, the opposite of your red neck is the snotty liberals in their Lexus, Mercedes, and other high priced foreign cars that ALWAYS think they have the right of way. Is there an entitled snotty gene?
Well, when 80% (anecdotal statistic) of the discussions I've ever had regarding cyclists being put in danger/crowded/frightened have involved a person in a large truck and often with some sort of redneck pride declaration on their bumper, yeah, give me educated Lexus drivers every day of the week.
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Old 03-29-21, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Some kids in a convertible threw candy at me while I was riding on a very wide shoulder while minding my own business and not obstructing traffic in any way. Had nothing to do with anything I was doing. Had a bottle thrown at me under the same conditions. Decades ago a guy reached out a car window and slapped my then GF on the ass.
I had a woman in a convertible make a very close pass and throw a cup of pop at me as we came up to an intersection. I nailed her in the head with my water bottle. I even got the water bottle back as it bounced out of the car.


I was riding with a buddy when some guy in a crew cab pickup reach out and slapped his ass while yelling something that ended with "honey." My buddy used to have long hair and would have it in a ponytail when we rode. We caught them at a stoplight and my buddy pulls up next to the window, blows the guy a couple of kisses, and said "Your place or mine?" The guy that slapped him turned about 10 shades of red and his friends were howling with laughter.
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Old 03-29-21, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
You may need a little education here. The term red neck was first applied to union coal miners.
I had a similar discussion with a lady recently. We all know quite well what the term has come to mean in our society over the past couple of decades, and it isn't coal miners nor farmers.
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Old 03-29-21, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by m2244 View Post
Let's be honest, this thought has crossed the minds of many men. (Yes, actually doing it is not cool, mostly for safety reasons, respect, etc. Just making a joke here.)
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It's never crossed my mind, and I've never heard a friend express the desire. But you do you.
Koyote, this is the one worried about rednecks.

I've always found that the more rural the venue, generally the more polite the people. It also seems to me that negative interactions are fewer these days than years ago. YMMV.
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Old 03-29-21, 09:20 AM
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As a young cocky kid, I got in a yelling match with a carful of people who buzzed me. They proceeded to run me off the road and all jump out to attack me.

It was three on one.

Late 90s, I didn't have a cell yet but some other drivers did. Cops were called, culprits were located at their house. They got a mandatory court date, of which none of them showed.

The cop later told me that since there was yelling on both sides of the argument, that had they showed up, we probably all would have gotten ticketed for fighting. Since only I was there, I believe they each received an $800 fine plus whatever fee's were involved with their no show.

Anymore, I snap a pic if I can manage it and report them on the DUI - Road Rage hotline. I know my one report usually goes nowhere. I hope that when they do actually get caught in something, that an open road rage complaint on them gets them a little stiffer penalty.
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Originally Posted by kaos joe View Post
Koyote, this is the one worried about rednecks.

I've always found that the more rural the venue, generally the more polite the people. It also seems to me that negative interactions are fewer these days than years ago. YMMV.
Agreed. Especially since, in the rural areas where I have been living, cyclists are pretty rare - sort of a novelty. Motorists usually give me wide berth, and people are curious - in a friendly way.
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
So if they yell... "GET ON THE SIDEWALK" you'd consider that assault? Good luck finding a DA to prosecute that.
Why are we getting a DA involved? Not every type of assault is going to be deemed worthy by a prosecutor to bring to trial. Much less will a jury be finding grounds to convict except where specific laws are violated in an exactly specified manner.

My statement was just to inform that assault in virtually every thing it's used to describe legally does not involve physical contact. It only means that someone felt threatened with bodily harm.

If I'd seen that crowbar in your hands as you typed out your reply, I might have felt assaulted. But I didn't see it, and I have thick enough skin to handle the reply. <grin>
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Old 03-29-21, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Not entirely correct.



Most likely incorrect.

If you're going to be so sure of yourself, you should probably get your facts straight.
You apparently need to read up on a little history of the mine owners and and union coal miners and their war. You will find I am right. Just google the term redneck. In the coal mine wars where there was actual shooting, the coal miners wore red bandanas so they knew who was on their side, and didnt shoot one of their own.

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Old 03-29-21, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
You apparently need to read up on a little history of the mine owners and and union coal miners and their war. You will find I am right. Just google the term redneck. In the coal mine wars where there was actual shooting, the coal miners wore red bandanas so they knew who was on their side, and didnt shoot one of their own.
You are the one who needs to read some history; that was not likely the first use of the term, which is what you were asserting.

I actually provided a source; did you?
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Old 03-29-21, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by RGMN View Post
I had a woman in a convertible make a very close pass and throw a cup of pop at me as we came up to an intersection. I nailed her in the head with my water bottle. I even got the water bottle back as it bounced out of the car.


I was riding with a buddy when some guy in a crew cab pickup reach out and slapped his ass while yelling something that ended with "honey." My buddy used to have long hair and would have it in a ponytail when we rode. We caught them at a stoplight and my buddy pulls up next to the window, blows the guy a couple of kisses, and said "Your place or mine?" The guy that slapped him turned about 10 shades of red and his friends were howling with laughter.
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Old 03-29-21, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
You are the one who needs to read some history; that was not likely the first use of the term, which is what you were asserting.

I actually provided a source; did you?
Yes Google.
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Old 03-29-21, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Yes Google.
Google is not a source. It is a search engine.
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I'm less concerned by cars passing closer than the legally required (in NC) 4 ft if they slow down and pass me at a reasonably deliberate speed. I know they've seen me, and they're actually paying attention to the act of passing. Its cars/trucks that pass close without any obvious reduction of speed the bother me. I will say that on the country roads outside Chapel Hill, easily 95% of cars give me loads of space, and only a very small minority of close-passing encounters ever escalate to exchanges or other incidents. In the main, I've learned to chalk it up to life, and I never flip a close passer off, regardless of how much I want to - that never helps things. The last incident, a young dude close-passed me on an otherwise open road, and I gave him a "WTF?!" hand gesture. He stops and hops out, waiting for me to arrive. Starts with a belligerent "did you just flip me off?!" etc etc - basically just ranted about not being on the road where were no shoulders, not being "from around here", moving on to "stupid-looking old man", and finally driving off with a "see you again, I'll run you off the road" and flipping me off.
No actual harm done, but discouraging, and puts a damper on what should have been a good ride.
I was pondering the "cycling situation" recently (while on a solo ride, of course), and while I know a lot of people advocate physically separating cycling infrastructure from other traffic, I'm not wild about spending my time in a cycling-only fishbowl. I'd gladly swap bike lanes for a well-educated and reasonable driving populace.
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Old 03-29-21, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
You are the one who needs to read some history; that was not likely the first use of the term, which is what you were asserting.

I actually provided a source; did you?
This seems like it would be a good topic of discussion on its own, but I doubt the moderators would like it.
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
Why are we getting a DA involved? Not every type of assault is going to be deemed worthy by a prosecutor to bring to trial. Much less will a jury be finding grounds to convict except where specific laws are violated in an exactly specified manner.

My statement was just to inform that assault in virtually every thing it's used to describe legally does not involve physical contact. It only means that someone felt threatened with bodily harm.

If I'd seen that crowbar in your hands as you typed out your reply, I might have felt assaulted. But I didn't see it, and I have thick enough skin to handle the reply. <grin>
You're more likely to see a tire iron than a crowbar. But i bet 99.9% of assaults on cyclists are done with a 5000# vehicle.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Google is not a source. It is a search engine.
You are splitting hairs. Look it up on any source you want to.
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
You are splitting hairs. Look it up on any source you want to.
You google "origins of term redneck." The very first listing will be the source I provided. Here is a line from it:

"The term characterized farmers having a red neck caused by sunburn from hours working in the fields. A citation from 1893 provides a definition as "poorer inhabitants of the rural districts ... men who work in the field, as a matter of course, generally have their skin stained red and burnt by the sun, and especially is this true of the back of their necks"

The source goes on to note that the term was later applied to miners.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
You google "origins of term redneck." The very first listing will be the source I provided. Here is a line from it:

"The term characterized farmers having a red neck caused by sunburn from hours working in the fields. A citation from 1893 provides a definition as "poorer inhabitants of the rural districts ... men who work in the field, as a matter of course, generally have their skin stained red and burnt by the sun, and especially is this true of the back of their necks"

The source goes on to note that the term was later applied to miners.
The first hit I get is from Wiki, first line:

Redneck is a derogatory term chiefly, but not exclusively, applied to white Americans perceived to be crass and unsophisticated, closely associated with rural whites of the Southern United States.[1][2] Its usage is similar in meaning to cracker (especially regarding Texas, Georgia, and Florida), hillbilly (especially regarding Appalachia and the Ozarks),[3] and white trash(but without the last term's suggestions of immorality).

Regardless, they certainly seem to be a bigger problem in this country than most of the rest of the world. With that said, I'm talking about the more extreme cases. The gun-toting, beer drinking, uneducated people who feel the need to be jerks for no reason other than to fit in with their gun-toting, beer drinking, uneducated friends.
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
You are splitting hairs. Look it up on any source you want to.
LOL! Providing a source to back up your claim and telling someone to find their own source that corroborates your claim is hardly "splitting hairs." What it is is par for the course with you. Shoot. You haven't even provided a scintilla of evidence to support your claims of bike ownership.
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I hope this doesn't get me in trouble with the moderators but I think the redneck situation in this country is getting out of control. Looking forward to the day science can eliminate this gene from the human race!
WT_, ungenics no thank you.
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When I started commuting to work 2 years ago it took me about 3 weeks of close calls to learn the closer I rode to the right, the closer the cars passed by me. Now I ride about 2 feet into the lane and cars give me more room. I also use a take a look mirror on my glasses and will move off a narrow road if I am holding up traffic to let it pass.

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I've always felt like it should be legal for Cyclists to travel against the flow of traffic on a highway as long as they are on the shoulder. Because you can see if a vehicle is going to get a little too close a lot sooner. The problem is people literally fall asleep / get hypnotized while driving and start heading towards objects on the road then suddenly snap out of it at the last second.
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i had to ride against the flow of traffic one time, was on the 63 Cinelli track bike , no brakes, went to make a left in front of oncoming traffic, thought i had enuff time, i did not, so i was forced to abort my line of travel, so i was riding on the right side of the oncoming traffic next to the center divide, scared the hell out of me and about 10 cars before i could finally get across.
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