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Any of you skitch?

Old 06-08-06, 09:52 PM
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Any of you skitch?

I was riding home after my 20 mile ride when i saw this moron bmx'r skitching behind of what i thought was a random car. I had to fight the urge to not "accidentally" (for legal purposes) throw my bike pump into his spokes. I don't know about you, but if i were ever to be in a situation when someone skitched off my car, then i might have to make a break check, again "accidentally". Just my 2 cents.
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bet this thread gets closed before its done
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willing to bet your membership on this?
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WTF is "skitch"? Is that like getting a bumper tow?
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Originally Posted by pinkrobe
WTF is "skitch"? Is that like getting a bumper tow?
no, theres donkeys involved
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skitch: verb. To ride along, usually while on a skateboard or while wearing roller skates or inline skates, with a moving vehicle by holding on to the bumper or other handhold. (A blend of "skate" and "hitch".)

Why would anyone want to hurt someone who's just getting a tow? Eh? WTF?
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Skitchin' is fun I'm sure. Just not when somone is doing it to me.
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I haven't had a tow since I was 14. Man was that fun. You have to lighten up. Nobodies getting hurt just a driver doing a good deed, unless some MORON throws a bike pump in some ones spokes.
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i ride around my town, when a buddy sees me and i look like im hurting, he will usually pull over and give me a tow up a hill or something, i appreciate the courtesy.
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Err...no
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This was a bug thing when I was a kid growing up in NY...all of the drivers seemed to take it in stride. If the kid's not damaging anything, what's the big feal? Were you ever a kid?
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What's with the deal with the OP? Skitching a semi or other large vehicle is one of life's rich pleasures.
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Originally Posted by rockman450
willing to bet your membership on this?
sure, I didnt pay for it, registration is free

to the OP, if done properly, you wouldnt even know the guy was there, and a brake check wouldnt do much cept cause him to release and move on

best way is to come up on right rear of car and lean against it or just grab the wheelwell with left hand and let friction do the work

I dont do it as a general rule, but I do lean against people's cars when they are stopped sometimes, caught myself doing that tuesday morning, I was still sleepy and a big ford explorer was sitting there so I leaned over against it and stretched and yawned. To me cars are just something in my office environment.
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Does your "pump in the spokes philosphy" also apply to motorpacing random semi trucks?

A better tactic - if you want to shed them - is slowly lose speed until they'd be better of under their own power. Then you can stop and have them sign a waiver so that you're protected from frivolous lawsuits, like the one you'd get for using your pump to stop them.
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Could the dichotomy here be from cultural differences? (pondering...) In California, your car is an extension of your ego (mostly, and most obviously) and I think people would get bent out of shape if some grubby skater hooked onto their car. Elsewhere, the car is not a cultural status symbol...merely a means of transport...and (leafing through my Communist Manifesto) should be considered public property since it's used in a public setting.

I'll personalize this: I can see my car from my office window, and it puckers my sphincter when someone puts a flyer under my windshield wiper. I've never been 'skitched' (the benefit of less than 1" clearance from tire to wheelwell), but if some jackass touched my car, I'd have a problem with it. It's MINE, not YOURS. I spent time washing it, I'm the one paying to maintain it, I worked my butt off to pay for it...and anybody does anything to it, I'll be irked...nay...flabbergasted to the point of action.

By 'action', that could mean slowing down, flicking said offender into the nearest ditch, or seeing how tight a line I can hold around the nearest K rail. The only benefit of living in Liberal California is that skater grommit fingerprints could be considered 'vandalism' and I could charge him with reckless endangerment and emotional hardship for making me stress about him.

/yeah...I was a skitchen' skater in my day. Lots of fun, but hey, it wasn't my car, and the 3 or 4 wheelwheels I dished out 'accidentally' by pulling too hard around a corner weren't MY fault. The car was THERE, it was the drivers' fault.
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Originally Posted by rockman450
I was riding home after my 20 mile ride
You're so pro.


Lighten up dude, nobody was hurting you
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I guess I don't see the problem. I "skitch" all over town. Anything above 50mph is sketchy though.
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I usually only skitch on those terribly long start/stop/start/stop lines that happen during rush hour at 4 way stops (unless I filter on up the line). I've noticed that a few drivers seem to be a bit annoyed- but asofar, not one has said or done anything to me about it. Heck, it would be my honor to provide a tow. You could just hang on to my trunk rack on my civic buddy.
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People are mean.
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I would be so pissed if anyone ever touched my car. i hope people really dont do this.
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You need to get laid hommie!
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A side note - I only do it to pick up trucks and grab the "strap holes" inside the bed. I would NEVER grab something that isn't part of the structure of the vehicle. If I'm mooching off of someone the last thing I want to do is break their topper or rack system.
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With all the bull**** lawsuits, I would NEVER allow someone to grab onto my truck. If some random biker reached into the bed of my truck and grabbed the "strap holes" while I was moving, I'd knock him out. That said, I used to *try* to do it when I was a kid. I've pulled and been pulled around by friends...no big deal
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Originally Posted by yater
With all the bull**** lawsuits, I would NEVER allow someone to grab onto my truck. If some random biker reached into the bed of my truck and grabbed the "strap holes" while I was moving, I'd knock him out. That said, I used to *try* to do it when I was a kid. I've pulled and been pulled around by friends...no big deal
So let me get it straight, you are affraid (or don't like) of BS lawsuits so much you will knock someone out just so you can create legitimate lawsuit?
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