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Buzzed by SUV with a road bike on it!

Old 11-03-07, 07:37 PM
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Buzzed by SUV with a road bike on it!

So I'm riding out to White Rock Lake today at about 4:30pm to do 40 miles (the ride out there is my warmup) and as I'm heading out there, an SUV buzzed me by about a foot (at well over the speed limit too)--and it had a road bike attached to the rack on the rear doors (it was a CF, but couldn't make out the brand)! Anyway, I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt (or delude myself), and say that it was a friend or family member of the bicycle owner who buzzed me. No roadie would do that to another, would they?

Other than that, it was a great 40 miles--negligent wind, 60 degress and beautiful scenery. I did one of my better times as well.
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Old 11-03-07, 07:44 PM
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were you wearing a helmet? I always mess with riders with no helmet... I just yell "HELMET" though.... no lethal close call car action.
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Old 11-03-07, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
were you wearing a helmet? I always mess with riders with no helmet... I just yell "HELMET" though.... no lethal close call car action.
I mess with people who yell at cyclists. I find out where they live and burn their house down.
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Old 11-03-07, 07:46 PM
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Sorry to burst your bubble. The "person is a cyclist, so he/she must be a considerate driver" argument adds up to a bunch of nothing. Some cyclists may be considerate drivers. Some non-cylists may be considerate drivers. But, all things considered, there are many non-considerate drivers out there, a group composed of both cyclists and non-cyclists.
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Old 11-03-07, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by ElJamoquio View Post
I mess with people who yell at cyclists. I find out where they live and burn their house down.
That's all? I eat their children and hide their remotes.
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Old 11-03-07, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
were you wearing a helmet? I always mess with riders with no helmet... I just yell "HELMET" though.... no lethal close call car action.
I always wear it when riding. It'd Dallas City Ordinance and they've got cops patrolling the lake looking for stuff like that (as well as people running stop signs and not having lights at night). The fine is over $100. Who knows, he could have been the cyclist who doesn't think we should be on the roads at all. Which, by the way, we've got signs around town now saying that we have full rights and responsibilities on the road!

That's funny though, because I do the same thing. I yell it when walking, riding or driving to guys without helmets--especially those wearing only cycling caps.
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Old 11-03-07, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by do-well View Post
Sorry to burst your bubble. The "person is a cyclist, so he/she must be a considerate driver" argument adds up to a bunch of nothing. Some cyclists may be considerate drivers. Some non-cylists may be considerate drivers. But, all things considered, there are many non-considerate drivers out there, a group composed of both cyclists and non-cyclists.
I guess you didn't catch the sarcasm intended with the rolled eyes smilie?
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Old 11-03-07, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
That's all? I eat their children and hide their remotes.
don't you think that's going a bit far...
come on hiding remotes, do you know what that does to a guy!?
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Originally Posted by koine2002 View Post
Who knows, he could have been the cyclist who doesn't think we should be on the roads at all.
That would be my guess, actually. Or maybe he's strictly a racer and wanted you to "take it to the track", as us car enthusiasts say. Either that, or he was challenging you to motorpace.
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Originally Posted by Quijibo187 View Post
don't you think that's going a bit far...
come on hiding remotes, do you know what that does to a guy!?
Well, the man of the house gets pissed because he can't find the remote, yells at his wife who's *****ing about little things like her headless children, and since the only logical thing to do when a woman is crying and your remote is missing is to strangle her in your gym equipment and hang yourself.
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Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
were you wearing a helmet? I always mess with riders with no helmet... I just yell "HELMET" though.... no lethal close call car action.
You should die in a fire. K thx. Go take your self-righteous attitude and shove it up your ass.
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Originally Posted by koine2002 View Post
I guess you didn't catch the sarcasm intended with the rolled eyes smilie?
Yeah, I guess I missed that.
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Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
were you wearing a helmet? I always mess with riders with no helmet... I just yell "HELMET" though.... no lethal close call car action.
Perhaps the driver was being a dick because the cyclist wasn't wearing a condom?

Edit: My sarcasm is targeted at the driver, not enjoi07.
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But, all things considered, there are many non-considerate drivers out there, a group composed of both cyclists and non-cyclists.
Mr Hyde doesn't bicycle. You must be thinking of somebody else.
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They're driving an SUV. You expect courteous driving?
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Dont take the "buzz" personal.In our system anyone can obtain a drivers permit(especially here in Ohio). Some people just plain suck at driving skills and will never be safe motorists,yet manage to squeak by every 4 years at liscense renewal time due to no in-car testing.
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He was probably just trying to get a good view of your bike.
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Perhaps the driver of the SUV has been buzzed so many times during his rides that he wanted to see how close he could buzz another cyclist.
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personally, if i see a cyclist with a nice bike and a nice outfit, i expect them to be able to handle me passing close. i obviously give them the right of way, but i dont give them the lane. im sure it pisses some off, but if you are riding a $5000 bike you ought to have infinitely better skill.

when i see a guy with a mirror, he gets the lane.
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Maybe the driver inadvertently didn't see you until the last moment and honestly felt bad they came so close.
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Originally Posted by koine2002 View Post
I guess you didn't catch the sarcasm intended with the rolled eyes smilie?
yeah. irony and sarcasm are lost on quite a few people here.



get frustrated with it, ignore it.......or have fun with it!
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...an SUV buzzed me by about a foot (at well over the speed limit too)--and it had a road bike attached to the rack on the rear doors (it was a CF, but couldn't make out the brand)! ..
...with the adrenaline from the 'event' he has probably already driven his bike into the garage door.
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That's White Rock Lake for you...

There are ALOT of idiots to contend with out there, including other cyclists. I stay away from there on the weekends, although I am contemplating going out there today because I know it will be crowded and force me to slow down (I'm doing base/transition miles these days).

I ride out there at least once during the week in the evenings...
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Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
were you wearing a helmet? I always mess with riders with no helmet... I just yell "HELMET" though.... no lethal close call car action.
not another helmet nazi.
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An SUV with a bike on the back? Clearly the SUV was driven by a cyclist who stole it. He was trying to make as much trouble as possible for the owner of the SUV before quietly putting it back.
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