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My first riding experiences(15 posts)

My first riding experiencesOnly300
Jul 10, 2001 10:31 PM
I just recently got a road bike (Giant OCR 2) as a gift. My first two rides were both 10 milers in VERY hilly areas so there is a lot of painful climbing. There are also quite a few cars on the roads that I ride because basically there is nowhere else close by to ride without cars.

On my first ride, a guy in this beat-up van started laughing at me and told me to go ride on the sidewalk. After he sped past me I gave the ass the finger. Then on my second ride this guy in a beat-up pickup truck started yelling at me and waving his hand as if he owned the road. He was going to fast for me to give him the finger.

Does this happen often to anyone else?
It happened only once (teenagers). Be careful out there! (nm)ALLEN
Jul 10, 2001 11:31 PM
re: My first riding experiencesGregJ
Jul 10, 2001 11:47 PM
I would strongly advise you to not flip off motorists. It only pisses them off and increases the likelihood of a dangerous altercation. Over the years I have pretty much developed a policy of non-involvment with the cars. As you get stronger hopefully you can find more peaceful roads, maybe a bit further away from home. I have not had a serious problem with a motorist in quite a long time, but there are always the occasional idiots who like to honk and yell. Just ignore them, don't lower yourself to their level. BTW, nice first bike!
I strongly echo GregJ's commentsMeDotOrg
Jul 11, 2001 12:22 AM
I know it's hard, but you don't want to piss off someone who outweighs you by a couple of thousand pounds. Some people are idiots, the worst thing you can do is devote any more time or energy to them than you have to.

Sometimes when I get treated discourteously, I try to remember there are a lot more good drivers on the road than bad...
More Bad than Good...Mabero
Jul 11, 2001 6:33 AM
I get frustrated often with cars buzzing my too close, yelling at me, honking, etc. I truly feel I can't trust any driver from all the times I have had near crashes with cars coming out of roads and turning in front of me like I wasn't even there.

I also hate it while a car passes you they turn right (literally) pinching you into a tight screaching situation (I finally got hit the other day by some dumbass lady).

Frankly I hate all cars now, I hardly ever drive and I bike every I go and I truly feel the majority of people are just sooooo stupid when it comes to being corteous on the roads. For instance: why do cars have to pass you on an uphill near the summit when they can't see if a car is coming or not.

Maybe I just live in an unfriendly biker community. I give the finger too often but there have been a couple points made here on why I shouldn't...I'll just wave (that was a good idea in the post below).

Bottom line: most people don't realize how fast we are really going on our bikes and others just don't give a s-h-i-t. But I am always so glad when cars go by in a cautious manner...those are the people who are either bikers themselves or were taught how to drive well.
It's not just's PEOPLE nowadayskenyee
Jul 11, 2001 7:56 AM
Pedestrians walk across the street and ignore bikers and cars (you'd think they'd worry about getting hit by something that is almost 2 tons).

Bikers go the wrong way and go through red lights and zip through traffic.

Drivers blow through red lights and even COPS ignore No Turn On Red sights or do illegal turns everywhere.

Everyone has a short temper and thinks it's ok to fight or trash someone else's stuff if they think they've been 'dis'd by them.

There are more dregs of life nowadays than there were 20-30 yrs ago. Or maybe that's just Boston :-P
Similar Area and Similar FeelingMabero
Jul 11, 2001 8:44 AM
I live in the Seacoast area (Dover) north of Boston so I do have less traffic than you but geez I swear the drivers from New England have a vandatta (sp) against bikers...pretty much unless I bike into the white mountains where I have a low traffic and happy drivers, I have some kind of incident daily...
re: My first riding experiencessupercorsa
Jul 11, 2001 2:03 AM
don't flip 'em off, wave at 'em. bugs the crap out of the cretins, without provoking 'em enough to escalate things.
re: My first riding experiencesGrinder
Jul 11, 2001 7:48 AM
Well - I guess I'm lucky living in Wisconsin. I've ridin about 1000 miles per year on country roads and maybe once a year I'll get pissed off at a car.

If it DOES happen, just ignore them. Dogs are more of a problem for me but if you let them get cloes and then BARK back it shocks them enough normally.
On, Wisconsin!Andy M-S
Jul 11, 2001 10:37 AM
Since I moved to Wisconsin a year and a half ago, I've been really impressed with the drivers. I've had one or two close calls, but mostly they're very good. I've also been told to ride on the sidewalk (or similar) only twice, and nobody has given me the finger.

Given that I ride almost every day on my way to work and that I live/work in a fairly urban setting on the West Coast (La Crosse), that's not bad.

Beats the heck out of upstate NY!
run off the roadrtolle
Jul 11, 2001 7:48 AM
I had two guys try to run me off the road the other day. My only satisfaction was that I didn't end up in the ditch, so they didn't accomplish their goal. Although they gave me the finger and tried to kill me I did held back for the sheer fact I was in "Deliverance Country" and could have been disposed of very easily and not found for days. Some people are just idiots and because they're to lazy to get on a bike they feel it necessary to take their anger out on everyone who isn't so lazy! Good riding! Gotta Love it!
Best strategy - Don't react at allmr_spin
Jul 11, 2001 9:51 AM
Jeez! Ride in a better area. Avoid beat-up trucks and vans!

I get yelled at every once in a while. Everyone does. It's just punks who for whatever reason think it's funny. I doubt it even registers with them what they are doing. Basically they are operating on the same level as dogs loose in the back of pickup trucks! It's primal.

My strategy has always been to totally ignore anyone who does this. I don't look. I don't react at all. I don't even flinch when dogs bark inches from my head. Sometimes a sudden noise (dog bark, car honk, punk ass redneck, etc.) will scare me, but I remain cool, calm and collected instead of reacting. I think it pisses these guys off when I don't react. Pisses them off in a good way--it takes all the fun out of it for them. Maybe they won't do it again.
re: My first riding experiencesAshley
Jul 11, 2001 11:19 AM
I have also been concerned about this recently. I am gonna start riding some mean streets soon, probably commuting a lot, and I am concerned about all of these dumb-arse red necks and just plain stupid soccer moms in 7000 pound tanks. I guess you just have to watch yourself and hope and pray that they realize it is against the law to run over people.
I had two near misses this morning >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Live Steam
Jul 11, 2001 11:32 AM
I am just happy they were near misses. I don't let it spoil my ride any more. Now I just give them a look and shake my head that lets them know they were wrong and could have hurt someone. I am not sure they get the message - probably asking for too much, but maybe it does make them think. Hopefully they will do things differently the next time. It may be naive, but why contribute to the noise!!!!!
Thanks everyone for the responses (nm)Only300
Jul 11, 2001 6:06 PM