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Rainy days and Mondays always get me (almost) down(16 posts)

Rainy days and Mondays always get me (almost) downmike mcmahon
May 14, 2001 4:27 PM
Monday is my perennial cycling day off. Except for holidays, I almost always stay off the road on Mondays. However, because of no weekend riding due to a nasty house-wide virus, I decided to ride this morning before work. I almost got "doored" not once, not twice, but three times. I'm talking about the type of close calls that cause your right shoulder to go into spasm just thinking about the pain it narrowly avoided. The first guy didn't just open the door, he shoved it like car-door-flinging was a new Olympic sport and he was intent on becoming the first gold medalist. The second was a young woman who appeared to be returning from an evening at her boyfriend's house: bed-head, last night's clothes, smeared make-up, etc. Apparently she stayed for one last quickie and was now late for work. The last one was the worst type: mom dropping junior off at school before work and letting the door of the Grand Cherokee sail.

Questions: Are motorists especially brain-dead on Mondays? Should I revert to my policy of avoiding Monday road rides on all but holidays? Has anyone considered a patent on a car door that would stand up to a collision with another vehicle, yet buckle under the weight of the average roadie? Can we, as cyclists, come up with something that would scare drivers as much as the near-miss with the door scares us? I known from an intellectual point of view that this type of revenge serves no purpose, but I'd like to see a driver rolling along, head-shaking and knees quivering at the thought of what that idiot cyclist almost did to him.

I just had to get it out. Thanks for listening.
ur' real motive ...?Breck
May 14, 2001 4:49 PM
Believe you will go out and do just about
any damn thing to work a song in!

Last monday rode by the post office. An older lady with a Toy SUV looked me right in the eye and pulled out and tried to make me the new badge for the little SUV. Lucky she did not taco my front wheel.

Don't have a clue unless Hummer makes an assualt bike for us!
Tank type helmet with a little 360 deg. cannon turret?
SideWinder heat-seek type rocket pack for auto tail pipes?
Impact inflatble body suit?
What else???

"Sometimes i just feel like crying" -Elmore James
Relic 1992

SDM Defensegrz mnky
May 14, 2001 4:56 PM
You need a surface to door missle. With the cold war being over I'm sure we could find enough aerospace engineers to work out all the bugs.

You gotta drive defensively - like you're invisible (which you basicly are) and that they are trying to kill you (some actually are). It helps to anticpate and YELL when you see it starting to happen. I hate to admit that I once started to cut off some bikers while driving in an unfamiliar area - the guy made a quick yell and I caught myself before any thing bad happened. I was so embarrased I was glad that I didn't have any racks on the car that would indicate that I was biker.

The first, and only, time that I got doored I was 12 and on the sidewalk - someone opened the local grocery store door fortunately I was coming the other way after finishing my paper route and was just deflected - not slam-dunked like if I came the other way. It was a quaint little New England town(e) where building codes and regulations were just suggestions.

Biking on Monday AM is risky business at best.

It still cracks me up when I see a door get ripped off in the movies. I'm afraid if I did it to someone I'd still be laughing when the cops showed up.

Someone at work had a door torn off while in Germany on a business trip - someone went down to a junk yard and got a beat up door and attatched an official looking note from the car rental agency saying he had to personaly pay for the damages and left it with the dept. secretary. Pretty funny.
Once again,mike mcmahon
May 14, 2001 5:44 PM
Sir, you make me laugh at least once every day. Sometimes I wish I had been in the military only to have some good stories to tell.

Maybe when Bush's missile defense fiasco finally goes bust, we can convert the technology into some kind of "peace shield" (poor old Ronnie) that would explode all potentially harmful objects before they get within five feet of a cyclist.
being the good lib that you are...keith m.
May 15, 2001 7:17 AM
I'm sure you'll find an expensive government program that won't solve the issue, but at least will show that you care. I'm sorry Mike, I could'nt resist, I'm only joking.
being a good conservative,mike mcmahon
May 15, 2001 7:33 AM
I thought you would appreciate the point that military spending can solve almost any problem. ;-)
being a good conservative,keith m.
May 15, 2001 7:37 AM
Let's go ride. If you're ever in the so-cal area, drop in, I'll leave a light on for ya, if were not having rolling blackouts. LOL.
Reganomics Feed Atomics!grz mnky
May 15, 2001 12:49 PM
Now, if someone would just teach W. how to pronounce it as "nuclear" instead of "nuc-u-lar".
and your post has exactly what to do with cycling? (nm)ET
May 15, 2001 1:26 PM
ET's got his panties in a bunch todaymike mcmahon
May 15, 2001 2:39 PM
First, he's demanding answers from Kristin about the fit of her bike. Now, he's calling GM out for posting on something unrelated to cycling. I've got a tip: I've heard that you can buy Valium without a prescription at the Farmacia next to the Hotel California in Rosarito, Baja California. I don't know where you live, but it may be worth the trip. ;-)
Good Thing He Doesn't Have ANY Balls.grz mnky
May 15, 2001 4:20 PM
That would really hurt
i'm getting more and more afraid by your postsHaiku d'état
May 14, 2001 5:21 PM
they're more insighful and you've been waxing philosophic here recently--are those the right words? i have nothing to backup my claim, and i've not done my homework by looking up your other posts, but's the general vibe i'm getting over here.

mondays: everyone is half a bag short on mondays. throw in that tomorrow (5/15) is payday for half the working stiffs in gotham city (holy FRED, batman!), and you've got a dangerous mix.

whenever i have a flat (can i say that here? will this be censored?) in the first 30 minutes of a ride, or a major mechanical early-on, or a heckuva time getting out of the door, i always have either a long walk later in the day, or an emergency room visit. never fails. i should learn when to hang it up early and go sit in the bath.

glad you made it home unscathed. i'm considering one of those obnoxious airhorns you hear at football games (i've only been to one, will probably be my last).
re: Rainy days and Mondays always get me (almost) downxxx
May 14, 2001 7:07 PM
Really Mike, You're one of the better posters here, but you may be getting carried away? I mean Mondays you're not going to ride because of cars? Patent a buckling car door? (read that sentence back a few times....) I got 'doored' once and it sucked....Hollyhood Ca of all places. I was black and blue for weeks, but I would never consider leaving Tuesdays off my riding list because it happened on a Tuesday (or whatever day it was). Stick to the real issues.......
Just be glad it wasn't anrollo tommassi
May 14, 2001 8:22 PM
ARMORED CAR DOOR! Worst story I'd ever heard, though, but a friend was crawling up Clark St. near Wrigley Field, big headwind and making progress very difficult. Unbeknownst to my bud Tim, some other guy got on his wheel, didn't say a word, just tacked on for the free ride. Armored car door opens, Tim thinks nothing about flicking out to miss it and WHAM!! Guy behind smacks the door, fork broke, wheel broke, top tube can-opened at the head lug. Guy gets all upset - 'why didn't you warn me' blah blah blah, but Tim had no idea he was back there.

I agree with you Mike, Mondays can be stupid, but whenever a Brain-dead Person is in a Car it's a Brain-dead Day. My motto for defensive cycling (and driving) is: Anticipate Ignorance, Expect Stupidity. I think the one thing that would "scare" a driver as much as a car door would be more aggressive prosecution of drivers who do not respect others on the road.

I also think there are days when "They're All Out to Get Me"! That's when I wear my ONCE jersey and they think I am partially sighted! People actually go out of their way to give me extra room when I have that stick-man symbol with the cane on my back.

I'm glad you're alright, I hope all that "bad luck" is out of the way for a while.
My nightmaremike mcmahon
May 15, 2001 7:56 AM
is the driver of a big rig opening the door right into my face. If you've ever noticed, those tractor-trailer doors are right at shoulder/face height.
re: Rainy days and Mondays always get me (almost) downDINOSAUR
May 15, 2001 12:41 PM
On the other side of the spectrum, you could ride in the rural Sierra Nevada foothills and await for the sound of a logging truck overtaking you from behind while you are cranking up some two lane country road that has no shoulders. Or there are the country boys that drive 4x4 pick up trucks with shotgun racks in the rear window that make a game of seeing how close they can come to not hitting you.
Hmmmmm I'll take my luck up here, city riding sucks.