Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Took my first hit from a vehicle-launched object today...

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Took my first hit from a vehicle-launched object today...

Old 09-09-06, 07:38 PM
  #1  
DrPete 
Dirt-riding heretic
Thread Starter
 
DrPete's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Gig Harbor, WA
Posts: 17,413

Bikes: Lynskey R230/Red, Blue Triad SL/Red, Cannondale Scalpel 3/X9

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Took my first hit from a vehicle-launched object today...

10-plus years of being a roadie, and it finally happened today. After only hearing stories about people getting stuff thrown at them, it happened.

I was riding down River Rd. west of Potomac, MD today, quite proud of my brand new team kit I was wearing, and a carload of kids threw a paper cup with some ice in it (no drink, thankfully) at me, and it hit me square in the a$$. By the time I realized what happened, the car was long gone. No time to get a plate or anything.

It just sucks. What is it that makes people think it's OK to do that? My faith in humanity takes another hit today...
__________________
"Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."
DrPete is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 07:45 PM
  #2  
aballas
Senior Member
 
aballas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Morgantown, WV
Posts: 1,236
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by DrPete
10-plus years of being a roadie, and it finally happened today. After only hearing stories about people getting stuff thrown at them, it happened.

I was riding down River Rd. west of Potomac, MD today, quite proud of my brand new team kit I was wearing, and a carload of kids threw a paper cup with some ice in it (no drink, thankfully) at me, and it hit me square in the a$$. By the time I realized what happened, the car was long gone. No time to get a plate or anything.

It just sucks. What is it that makes people think it's OK to do that? My faith in humanity takes another hit today...
sorry to hear that...

at least it wasn't a full beer/soda can or a water bottle....it was something you could easily shake off, and no danger to your spokes....be happy about that at least....
aballas is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 07:49 PM
  #3  
CrimsonKarter21
Mitcholo
 
CrimsonKarter21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Oost Vlaanderen in mind, Cleveland in body
Posts: 8,850

Bikes: 2010 Mitcholo w/ Sram Force/Red

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If it makes you feel any better, if I were driving in front of them, I'd stop in the middle of the road and make sure that you got a piece of them.
CrimsonKarter21 is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 07:50 PM
  #4  
DrPete 
Dirt-riding heretic
Thread Starter
 
DrPete's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Gig Harbor, WA
Posts: 17,413

Bikes: Lynskey R230/Red, Blue Triad SL/Red, Cannondale Scalpel 3/X9

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by aballas
sorry to hear that...

at least it wasn't a full beer/soda can or a water bottle....it was something you could easily shake off, and no danger to your spokes....be happy about that at least....
Oh, I was definitely happy about that...

It's just amazing that somehow riding a bike can demote someone from an educated professional that these little pukes would usually address by an official title to a big rolling bulls-eye for beverage containers.
__________________
"Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."
DrPete is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 07:54 PM
  #5  
blickblocks
.
 
blickblocks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 3,861
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
How old were they Pete? Teenagers?
blickblocks is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 07:54 PM
  #6  
55/Rad
Form*r Ho*rd*r
 
55/Rad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 11,726

Bikes: Seven Axiom, Dave Moulton Fuso

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I've been fortunate to not have too many things tossed my way....good that it wasn't anything worse.

OTOH - I can't tell you how many dozens of times my wheels have spit a rock into the side of a car. I even had one guy stop, get out of his car and demand my name and license. It ended when he couldn't find any damage. Not that he would have gotten a red cent even if there was.....

55/Rad
__________________
55/Rad is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 07:54 PM
  #7  
psuaero
Never fear the hills...
 
psuaero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Maryland
Posts: 872

Bikes: 2011 Giant TCR Advanced, 2010 Motobecane Fantom Cross Pro, 2011 Redline Monocog Flight 29r

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by DrPete
10-plus years of being a roadie, and it finally happened today. After only hearing stories about people getting stuff thrown at them, it happened.

It just sucks. What is it that makes people think it's OK to do that? My faith in humanity takes another hit today...
First really bad thing for me last night too. Someone almost hit me with a 3/4 full 32oz. Gatorade!

I was cruising near BWI airport on the way home and a pickup truck with a few kids (16-18yrs old) in the bed pulled on the road behind me. I was just listening and waiting for them to pass. I was going along pretty well at about 21-23mph when all of a sudden from about 50yds. back comes the Gatorade skipping along beside me on the road. Needless to say I was pissed and cranked it up to 29mph for a bit. They turned off right away without passing. I was prepared to pull out my phone and get a plate or call the cops. I thought about what would happen if I flipped them off and the thought of a beat down from a group on a remote road wasn't to pleasing.

I rode on and watched my back for a few miles. Then all of a sudden they pulled on from a side road and yelled something at me. Luckily I went just fast enough to get to the road just as they pulled out. I guess they knew a short cut that I didn't. I cranked it pretty good from that point the last 4.5 miles home.
psuaero is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 07:58 PM
  #8  
DrPete 
Dirt-riding heretic
Thread Starter
 
DrPete's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Gig Harbor, WA
Posts: 17,413

Bikes: Lynskey R230/Red, Blue Triad SL/Red, Cannondale Scalpel 3/X9

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by blickblocks
How old were they Pete? Teenagers?
Looked that way from the very quick glance I got...
__________________
"Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."
DrPete is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 08:00 PM
  #9  
bluecd
synapses firing
 
bluecd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: leesburg, va.
Posts: 682
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by 55/Rad
I've been fortunate to not have too many things tossed my way....good that it wasn't anything worse.

OTOH - I can't tell you how many dozens of times my wheels have spit a rock into the side of a car. I even had one guy stop, get out of his car and demand my name and license. It ended when he couldn't find any damage. Not that he would have gotten a red cent even if there was.....

55/Rad

i've also inadvertently pinged a few minivans with small pebbles launching themselves from my tires. i just ride on like nothing happened.
bluecd is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 08:01 PM
  #10  
jtree
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 298
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It just sucks. What is it that makes people think it's OK to do that? My faith in humanity takes another hit today...
yep. at least is was a bunch of dumb kids who probably can't determine the consequences of their actions yet since the synapses in their brains haven't fully connected. wait until an adult does it to you. then a rage will well up inside you that is so strong it will have you fantisizing about carrying a hand gun in your jersey pocket and emptying the clip into the next car whose occupants so much as look at you wrong.
jtree is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 08:09 PM
  #11  
Red Baron
Senior Member
 
Red Baron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: On a Road in Central Bluegrass KY
Posts: 1,252

Bikes: Not enough

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I must admit when I hear folks shouting something at me I scream REAL LOUD "HEY" or sometimes "AAIIIEEEEEE"!
In town the other day a car of 3 teen boys hollered something and I did this. Well -a cop on a street perpendicular to us, heard me and pulled them over, 3 boys. (I'm 59). I said I thought I saw something went past my head but wasn't sure. Cop looked and found empty cig lighter on side of road. Asked if that was what I saw. I said I don't know if they did or if so what it may have been , "I was just very startled". Cop called drivers father. Also asked me if I wanted to press charges - I said No. (hey - I can't lie right?) Father was PO'ed at son, gave him H***. Told other boys he was going to tell their fathers. I thanked the cop and went on with my ride. Not feeling guilty on this one.
Red Baron is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 08:33 PM
  #12  
SpongeDad
Overacting because I can
 
SpongeDad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: The Mean Streets of Bethesda, MD
Posts: 4,552

Bikes: Merlin Agilis, Trek 1500

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Sorry to hear about the projectile. River Road can get a bit dicey, but more so westbound than east. I try to stick to S. Glen,which is prettier. Next time you're planning on riding out this way, shoot me a PM.
__________________
“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." (Churchill)

"I am a courageous cyclist." (SpongeDad)
SpongeDad is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 08:35 PM
  #13  
DrPete 
Dirt-riding heretic
Thread Starter
 
DrPete's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Gig Harbor, WA
Posts: 17,413

Bikes: Lynskey R230/Red, Blue Triad SL/Red, Cannondale Scalpel 3/X9

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Yeah, I was pre-riding an RR course that I'm racing next weekend. I tend to avoid River Rd. myself, but didn't have much of a choice today.
__________________
"Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."
DrPete is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 08:46 PM
  #14  
rpc180
Senior Member
 
rpc180's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 1,002

Bikes: 2006 Cannondale R700 2002 Cannondale R3000 2013 Masi CX

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm surprised hearing about River Road - there are so many cyclists on that route that I figured it drivers would know how behave. Two weeks ago though, we came across a bunch of college kids who thought it was hilarious when they surprised a guy on a bike with an air horn - they were laughing about how he almost lost his balance. We had half a mind to beat them right there.
rpc180 is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 08:51 PM
  #15  
jtree
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 298
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Also asked me if I wanted to press charges - I said No.
and that's the other half of the problem. there is rarely any adverse consequences for their actions. if every kid was taught in school that they would be immediately thrown in jail if they messed with a cyclist then that would cut down on incidents. as it is now they know no one will press charges so they can hassle cyclists without worry.

in my opinion every cyclist owes it to every other cyclist to press charges to the fullest extent of the law. otherwise things will continue to get worse out on the roads.
jtree is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 08:58 PM
  #16  
Drag
Cardiac Case
 
Drag's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Dropped... about 5 miles back...
Posts: 2,894

Bikes: Trek, Cannondale, Litespeed, Lynskey

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by Red Baron
I must admit when I hear folks shouting something at me I scream REAL LOUD "HEY" or sometimes "AAIIIEEEEEE"!
In town the other day a car of 3 teen boys hollered something and I did this. Well -a cop on a street perpendicular to us, heard me and pulled them over, 3 boys. (I'm 59). I said I thought I saw something went past my head but wasn't sure. Cop looked and found empty cig lighter on side of road. Asked if that was what I saw. I said I don't know if they did or if so what it may have been , "I was just very startled". Cop called drivers father. Also asked me if I wanted to press charges - I said No. (hey - I can't lie right?) Father was PO'ed at son, gave him H***. Told other boys he was going to tell their fathers. I thanked the cop and went on with my ride. Not feeling guilty on this one.
That sounds like an ideal scenario. Unfortunately, nearly all of these situations don't even come close to ending that way.
Drag is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 09:23 PM
  #17  
Red Baron
Senior Member
 
Red Baron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: On a Road in Central Bluegrass KY
Posts: 1,252

Bikes: Not enough

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by jtree
and that's the other half of the problem. there is rarely any adverse consequences for their actions. if every kid was taught in school that they would be immediately thrown in jail if they messed with a cyclist then that would cut down on incidents. as it is now they know no one will press charges so they can hassle cyclists without worry.

in my opinion every cyclist owes it to every other cyclist to press charges to the fullest extent of the law. otherwise things will continue to get worse out on the roads.
Maybe I wasn't clear (my fault) - I KNEW they only hollered, they didn't throw anything. I thought pressing charges (assult / wanton endangerment ) would compromise my personal integrity.
Red Baron is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 09:27 PM
  #18  
DXchulo
Upgrading my engine
 
DXchulo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Alamogordo
Posts: 6,208
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 122 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by bluecd
i've also inadvertently pinged a few minivans with small pebbles launching themselves from my tires. i just ride on like nothing happened.
I hit a cop car with a tire-launched rock one time. For some reason I got a good kick out of that.
DXchulo is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 09:29 PM
  #19  
zimbo
Senior Member
 
zimbo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 2,040
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by DrPete
Yeah, I was pre-riding an RR course that I'm racing next weekend.
How does the course look? Hilly?

--Steve
zimbo is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 09:32 PM
  #20  
-VELOCITY-
Senior Member
 
-VELOCITY-'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 1,919

Bikes: Giant Revel 2 & Loco Fixie "The Marley"

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by 55/Rad
OTOH - I can't tell you how many dozens of times my wheels have spit a rock into the side of a car.
And here I was thinking that only happened to me because of my extra wieght. Luckily no one has really ever noticed when this happens to them. There is so much traffic and noise on the streets that it gets muffled out.
-VELOCITY- is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 09:32 PM
  #21  
CrimsonKarter21
Mitcholo
 
CrimsonKarter21's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Oost Vlaanderen in mind, Cleveland in body
Posts: 8,850

Bikes: 2010 Mitcholo w/ Sram Force/Red

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Why not carry a slingshot with a few big lead pellets. They'll be light enough to make it pretty far, but heavy enough to break a window, and safety glass won't crack at all. Try it next time.
CrimsonKarter21 is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 09:36 PM
  #22  
ROJA
Pepperoni Power
 
ROJA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Oaklandish
Posts: 1,667
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
That may well be a felony in your state. I would not escalate in a situation like that.
ROJA is offline  
Old 09-09-06, 11:49 PM
  #23  
urbanknight
In beaurocratic limbo
 
urbanknight's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 22,455

Bikes: Specialized Allez, K2 Razorback

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by DrPete
It just sucks. What is it that makes people think it's OK to do that? My faith in humanity takes another hit today...
Become an inner city middle school or high school teacher and you will get an even larger eye opener. Morals go out the window when the parents are working 2-3 jobs and not spending any time supervising or raising the kids. Most of my students don't even seem to understand or care about the effects of what they do.
urbanknight is offline  
Old 09-10-06, 01:22 AM
  #24  
urbanknight
In beaurocratic limbo
 
urbanknight's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 22,455

Bikes: Specialized Allez, K2 Razorback

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by existence
seriously mate put it into perspective...it was a bunch of kids...that sort thing happens...kids throw things out of windows...always have and always will. dont take it to heart - if it wasnt you then it would be some pedestrian. when dealing with humanity one must be prepared to write off the adolescent male for a few years.
Two middle school boys in Texas tied a lady up and threw her off of a bridge to her death, just because they thought they could get away with it. You want to tell that lady's family she should have been prepared to deal with that? You think that's acceptable because they're adolescents? Children are able to tell right from wrong before their 8th birthday, so it's unacceptable for them to choose to do things that harm others.
urbanknight is offline  
Old 09-10-06, 01:55 AM
  #25  
suphomeboy
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
sorry about your first hit, Pete.
I agree with urban knight on everything he said. btw, Urban Knight, are you by chance LDS? it's just an LDS thing, and that's why kids are baptised when they're eight. peace

Jack
suphomeboy is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.