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What to do about the 'jerks'??(12 posts)

What to do about the 'jerks'??JBergland
Apr 27, 2001 7:14 AM
No, I'm not talking about the one's that visit our board from time to time (I think most of us know what to do with them!!). I'm talking about the 'jerks' that are apart of our clubs/teams/group rides.

From my 'scientific research' (ya, I'm REALLY just making this up as I go!!) I have concluded that there is at least 1.75 'jerks' in each and every club. That is almost two 'jerks' for everyone to deal with!! Additional research looks like it will support the hypothesis that "one bad apple can spoil the whole..."

'Jerks' can come in all shapes and sizes. There is BIG jerks and little jerks (that act like BIG JERKS!!). Jerks that act ok some times... jerks that are never OK to be around. Jerks that know everything there is to know about cycling (or at least they think so) and jerks that know everything else that is important in the world. Jerks!! Jerks!! Everywhere there's jerks!!

So... on to the question. Since EVERY club/team/group ride has at least 1.75 jerks in it, what do you do about them. The jerks are such a small minority, but boy can they be a pain in the @ss!! How does YOUR club/team/group ride deal with them??

Here is what we do:
We have one guy that is pretty opinionated, likes to share his knowledge a little tooo much at times, and just can be a not-so-fun guy to be around sometimes. I'm a pretty laid-back type of guy as are most of the people I ride with (birds of a feather...). We do however, let this individual know when he crosses lines. We also, and I think this has been very effective at time, tease the heck out of him when we can. THIS WILL NOT WORK FOR ALL JERKS!!!!!!! So please be cautious. Here is what we have planned for the weekend.
Saturday: Racing... we won't do anything on race day. This 'jerk' takes racing very seriously and our club members respect that.
Sunday: Ironman Century Bike Ride... 100 miles of teasing!! First break... a kick-stand will be installed on his bike. Second-third stops... a horn/bell and streamers on the handle bars will be added. Last stop... a playing card in the spokes to give him a RaRaRaRaRaRaaaaaaaaaaa sound!! All of this is done in fun and will stop as soon as it gets taken personally. Through this teasing this 'jerk' has learned to light'in up a bit and knows we do care about him (even when he acts like a JERK!!).
He can't be all bad, ifRoger
Apr 27, 2001 7:26 AM
you guys are jerking his chain like that, and he doesn't get toooo upset. There's good jerks and bad jerks. He sounds like lighthearted good jerk if he can take what you guys are dishing out.
I'd go ballisticJack S
Apr 27, 2001 7:48 AM
if somebody screwed with my bike, especially in the middle of a long ride or if they scratched the paint on my Colnago putting on a GD kickstand
I'd go ballisticcbb
Apr 27, 2001 9:09 AM
i'm sure more "research" would point out that lack of humor is a key ingredient with being a jerk. easy to laugh at others. not easy to laugh at yourself or with others.
Kickstand - thats just vicious!!!!!Jonathan
Apr 27, 2001 9:16 AM
I would be careful about that. Man, I would not want to scratch even a good-natured guys $3000 bike.
'Good' bikes are off limits (for the most part)JBergland
Apr 27, 2001 9:50 AM
All 'performance mods' are done in such a way that it will only take 1-2 seconds to remove. The kick-stand might not happend... could be a bit much and he might be riding his 'good bike' (a DeRosa).
read this:Dog
Apr 27, 2001 9:26 AM
http://www.adventurecorps.com/freds.html

and some more similar good articles:

http://www.adventurecorps.com/wayoflife.html

Doug
I like those!! (nm)JBergland
Apr 27, 2001 9:45 AM
nm
Freds.bill
Apr 27, 2001 10:14 AM
You know, I was out last weekend, stopped to pee at a little stop, came out, and saw this Litespeed (Ultimate, I think) parked there with the other bikes. Good looking bike, Rolf pro wheels, etc., etc., but what was most noticeable was the angle of the bars. The drops were nearly vertical (as in, rotated back way more than 45 degrees). Then, a short, umm, full-figured gent comes out of the restroom, all decked out in Lycra and good shoes and whatever. He's not old old, but he'll never see 50 again. It's his bike. Of course his bars are nearly vertical, because he ain't going to be bending anything anywhere very soon. Probably, from the looks of him, never could.
I am proud to say that my derisive impulses didn't go very far, because I soon realized, hey, who am I to say that this guy is doing anything but riding a bike. Godspeed, I thought.
Geez I had a great ride last weekend.
Not the same thing as a jerk, I realize, but jerks are here, there, and everywhere (including, sometimes, believe it or not, sitting right here at this keyboard. believe it or not. when I'm not around). Jerk cyclists deserve no less or more than jerk anything else, but I think that we need to assess carefully who we think is a jerk and why before we get all righteous about it.
Not to say Mr. Jbergland's friend is anything in particular; my comments are much more general.
Great Point(s)!!JBergland
Apr 27, 2001 10:31 AM
We can all be 'jerks' at one time or another. It's important to have a reality check (like the gent on the Litespeed) every so often... good to keep things in perspective.
Your Clubmates can't run their mouths...Greg Taylor
Apr 27, 2001 9:30 AM
...if they are gasping for breath. Getting annoyed by someone's chitter chatter? Just crank up the pace a couple of notches or go find some hills. See how chatty and opininated they are then...
I'm one step ahead of you.The Jerk
Apr 27, 2001 12:42 PM
Now I've got a little set of plans for you.