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

Road Rage Incident - Did I do the right thing?

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

Road Rage Incident - Did I do the right thing?

Old 03-14-05, 08:16 AM
Senior Member
lotek's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: n.w. superdrome
Posts: 17,689

Bikes: 1 trek, serotta, rih, de Reus, Pogliaghi and finally a Zieleman! and got a DeRosa

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
people, This guy is not gonna learn to leave room for a
cyclist, he is not gonna come out with you for a beer
and you will not control him.
The only thing that is going to stop this guy is the police.
Report it, get a license plate next time you see him
(and you will), Don't let this poor excuse for a human
dictate where you will or will not ride your bike.
One thing that reporting him to the police will do,
if (god forbid) you do get hit/run off the road there
is alread a report of exactly who is harrassing you.

Again, be careful out there

Sono più lento di quel che sembra.
Odio la gente, tutti.

Want to upgrade your membership? Click Here.
lotek is offline  
Old 03-14-05, 10:31 AM
Zen Cyclist
jslopez's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 1,458

Bikes: Orbea Orca Campified...

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It's hard not toe be affectedby such an incident. Even though you came out alright I'm sure you felt (and will be feeling) some residual hate/resentment/fear from what's happened and that's ok and quite normal. I was attacked on the bus once (a crazy guy who started shouting obsceneties to myself and my wife) I managed to take him down but I felt all to cautious (as I wasn't sure how the police would take the incident) and left myself open had he been carrying a knife or a gun. Even though I had "won" the fight and the guy was taken by the police, for weeks I just felt like my personal space was violated and struggled to not keep trying to defend that space.

The key is to (slowly) be able to let go of those feelings and make sure you don't transfer them to another person cause otehrwise you'll end up as a very bitter person who just seems to be getting into fights alot.
jslopez is offline  
Old 03-14-05, 01:22 PM
Burnin' and Lootin'
ggg300's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: SoCA
Posts: 2,713
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
mount a big ass airhorn on you bars and give a little back.

If they get crazy get crazy and they will leave you alone. Just grab the P&J sandwich out of your jrs pocket...sqwish it and act like you just grabed some crap out of your shorts...then eat the stuff while you yell I need milk. I need Milk. I need milk!!!
ggg300 is offline  
Old 04-10-09, 11:27 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I always understand that one must avoid these direct confrontations, but my goodness, I got honked at at least once a day riding in high traffic miami streets and I just can't hold myself back from catching up and telling the person they are a complete ******* and flicking them off in their face. I usually also have the bad habit of knocking on people's windows that cut me off.. man I have to change! I've really made an effort to chill though, but I get so mad sometimes. My gf says it best when she says "do you really think I want to be alone to take care of your family after your gone?" I guess think about your close family members in moments of anger. It helps me just forget about it.. When I get extremely mad I think about my 15 month old nephew and how I'd like to see him grow up. Maybe it can help you?

but with everything else aside, I understand when you all get mad when people yell at you-- it's just the obvious difficult right choice to just ignore it.

Richard in Miami
s0crates is offline  
Old 04-10-09, 11:38 PM
In Real Life
Machka's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Down under down under
Posts: 51,447

Bikes: Lots

Mentioned: 130 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2870 Post(s)
Liked 70 Times in 49 Posts
Originally Posted by s0crates View Post
-- it's just the obvious difficult right choice to just ignore it.

Richard in Miami
That's where smiling and waving happily comes in.
Machka is offline  
Old 04-11-09, 02:43 AM
Senior Member
stevegor's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Oz
Posts: 2,117

Bikes: lots... even a Raleigh twenty !!!

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
How many times have I experienced the OP's problem....lost count!!

My advice is this:

Call the idiot a "Redneck", "Poofter", "Bean-head', or whatever gets him even angrier so he starts chasing you on foot, keep provoking him so he goes absolute ape until he's about 100 yards away from his vehicle, then swing back, sprint at him, get around him, get to his vehicle before he does, steal his keys, take off and throw them into the nearest waterhole. If he's still chasing you on foot, get back to the vehicle again, before he does....set it on fire........

You know I'm joking...don't you?.
stevegor is offline  
Old 04-11-09, 03:33 AM
out walking the earth
gsteinb's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 20,742
Mentioned: 67 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 539 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 10 Times in 5 Posts
Old bump.

If you need to start a thread on the interwebs to ask if you did something wrong, most likely you did.
gsteinb is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
09-20-15 06:11 AM
09-30-11 12:11 AM
Bicycle Mechanics
06-19-10 01:00 AM
Road Cycling
01-28-07 02:37 PM
General Cycling Discussion
08-27-04 09:54 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

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