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riding in redneck country(15 posts)

riding in redneck countrycyclopathic
Mar 8, 2001 3:55 PM
no offence meant /please!/ I do have a mnt bike riding pal who is a construction worker, very nice guy

I was on my usual 60mi spin today.. I was pulling to a trafic light when a bunch of hicks passed me. They were barking and screaming 4-letter words. I have ignored them completely /as I do with dogs and it works, really/. Just how much of interference is it? I have heard stories of guys on the truck coming and taking riders down with baseball bat. How common is it and what's the best way to deal with it?

FYI it's pretty rural and judging from roadside deposits /broken bottles, used condoms, needles/ enough kids driving around and looking for trouble.
re: riding in redneck countrylook271
Mar 8, 2001 4:13 PM
I have found that ignoring them usually works best. Be careful and give them as much room as possible, in case they decide to do something really stupid. There are plenty of ignorant red-necks where I ride, too. There are also plenty of ignorant people in Lexuses and Mercedes. Doesn't matter what you drive or where you live; you just have to be careful and alert.
re: riding in redneck countrySkip
Mar 8, 2001 4:31 PM
Ignore them. Be polite, if you can't ignore them. But, if you are pushed up against the wall, and your life is threatened by groups with baseball bats, etc.; then pull out your legally concealed .357 and decrease the gene pool.

Skip
Where do you live cyclopathic?Erik W
Mar 8, 2001 4:39 PM
What state/area do you live in? Are cyclists a common sight? I've lived in Boulder Colorado for five years and even though I've only been riding for a year or so I haven't had any problems other than the odd motorist honking for no reason. Their are tons of cyclists around here so I think it's just such a common sight for everyone that the novelty of harrasing the "dorks" riding on the side of the road isn't there.
Trash is trash...Largo
Mar 8, 2001 6:33 PM
Rednecks aren't necessarily bike haters. I'm a redneck, and i live to ride.
There are lots of yuppies etc.., as the above poster indicated, who are morons behind the wheel.
Depending on your aggresion level, or confidence in handling a "situation", you can flip 'em off etc..... Or, just ignore 'em.
That would probably tick 'em off more.
Also, consider carrying bear spray. It can save yo' ass.
American Flag Jerseypmf
Mar 9, 2001 4:50 AM
I used to wear this Subaru-Montgomery jersey when I was out in the sticks. It had a big American flag pattern on the back. Said Subaru on the front. I'd constantly get guys yelling "USA! USA!" out of their pick-ups at me. No one ever tossed a beer bottle.

It seemed to help a little. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who are going to see you as a spandex clad sissy no matter what your jersey says. Just part of bike riding.
Does the NRA sell jerseys? ;-) (nm)mike mcmahon
Mar 9, 2001 5:05 AM
nm
Rednecks everywherePaulCL
Mar 9, 2001 4:50 AM
North, South, East or in the West. As a previous poster mentioned, they don't just drive pickups. I live in KY, near the "heart" of what is considered redneck territory. If someone cuts you off, I would reccommend just smiling and waving at the idiot. It dis-arms them.
For what it's worth department: for everytime some "redneck" in a pickup has cut me off or honked at me, there have been five people in the same area who have offered me help when I have a flat or am taking a rest.
Country folks always stop when I'm flatted outAlex
Mar 9, 2001 5:04 AM
It's the brothers and sisters in Land Rovers who strike me as having the greater sense of entitlement. They've never learned to share.

Good thing too, waving a frame pump maniacally at the face lift in a Jaguar is a great feeling. Rich people are like bears, they're more scared of you then you are of them.

Alex
Country folks always stop when I'm flatted outSpoke Wrench
Mar 9, 2001 5:25 AM
I think that this is the most intelligent discussion I have ever heard on this subject. I too feel that ignoring them is the best response because anything else you do "rewards" them by letting them know that they aggrivated you. I was also very amused by the reference to a National Rifle Association jersey.

Lately I have been noting the percentage of jerky people I see while I'm driving in my pick up. I estimate it's about the same as I encounter when I'm on my bike. I think that if you put those same people on bicycles, they'd still be jerks.
I should clarify itcyclopathic
Mar 9, 2001 5:49 AM
my experience is that in general people are very friendly.
when they pass you they wait and give you plenty of space (10'+)
if I flat and need help somebody would stop.

it's just a) one jerk is enough

b) I cannot imagine people in their 30s, 40s driving around
neighborhood and smashing mail boxes with baseball bat.
And 16-23 old kids I worry about
They are not "Rednecks", they are "Jerks".Greg Taylor
Mar 9, 2001 6:58 AM
Being a jerk can cut across all socio-economic strata. I've been buzzed and yelled at by the rich and by the poor. By the same token, I've been on the receiving end of help and a kind word from folks representing all walks of life.

Personally, I'm working on a Dale Earnhardt "Intimidator" jersy for my rides...
Feller, you nailed it with one sentence.E3
Mar 9, 2001 5:15 PM
And the rest of your statement was dead-on (although I'm a little puzzled by the Earnhardt portion).
Feller, you nailed it with one sentence.Greg Taylor
Mar 10, 2001 2:49 PM
Earnhardt -- the man WAS racing.
What I didjohnrossi808
Mar 10, 2001 6:52 PM
When I was stationed in Florida, the rednecks in the truck yelling thing happened to me. It was two of them and one of me. I just ignored them and they went on. But if they came out and confronted me, I guess I would have to fight them because they drunk and probably couldn't even walk straight.