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Objects thrown at us cyclists(24 posts)

Objects thrown at us cyclistsrcarbs
Feb 20, 2002 8:24 PM
I had an interesting experience that I wanted to share with some other cyclists. I was enjoying a ride today when a truck passed me heading in the opposite direction. A water bottle was thrown at me, fortunately it missed me and hit the ground a few feet in front of my bike. I live in a rural area of AZ and was able to track the truck and driver down. Like I expected they were 4 teenage boys, but I didn't expect to know them and their parents so well. I contacted the Sheriffs Office and they indicated that since I was not hit there was not a lot they could do about it and encouraged me to work through the boys parents. The question that I have for those on this list is this, do you know of any web sites where I may find information on cyclists who were injured by objects thrown from passing cars? Do any of you have any personal experiences in this area? You don't have to reply on the message board if you don't want to but feel free to e-mail me. I am going to have a chance to sit down with these 4 and discuss this issue further and want to impress upon their minds the seriousness of their actions.
Half a sub sandwich, full can of Dr. Pepper ...Humma Hah
Feb 20, 2002 8:41 PM
... these are a couple of the objects I could identify.

My observation is that the idiots throwing these from cars are not very good at it. They always miss by a country mile. It is very hard to throw diagonally at a moving target from a faster-moving vehicle, with high wind affecting the trajectory to boot. Especially if, as I suspect is usually the case, the thrower is drunk.

But they might get lucky one day. It one reason I wear a helmet, use a mirror on the helmet, and think my back pack might offer some protection.
Dead ChickenMB1
Feb 21, 2002 6:42 AM
While training in Hawaii with a partner someone in a passing pickup truck threw a chicken at us. It hit me in the chest and basically exploded. The guy I was riding with was drafting me with his head down when all of a sudden he wah covered with feathers.

It was actually funny......
when riding in southern Oh / northern Ky...lonefrontranger
Feb 20, 2002 9:04 PM
Objects thrown from moving cars at me or a group I was riding in included:

* 64-oz cup of ice that detonated in the midst of a pack
* beer bottles - about a half-dozen incidences
* bags of trash
* handful of change (that one was damn painful)
* silly string !!?! (sprayed)

Oh, and you could guarantee on getting screamed at / cursed at / buzzed at least a couple times per ride, and the rural rides were killer dog-fests. Gawd I love rednecks, and I actually consider myself one born and raised (BFE Ohio).

Since moving to Boulder, CO:

* nada thrown out of cars
* been yelled "single file" at once in 15 months (the group I was with deserved it IMO).
* haven't been chased by a dog, ever. Well, okay there are "loose dogs" on the canyon climb in Ward, but Ward is a real special sort of town. It consists of 18 ramshackle houses and several dozen junk VW buses. The Ward pack is so lazy, feeble and/or stoned that you're lucky if they open one eye to watch you thread between them as they sun themselves on the centerline.
Northern Ky ProjectilesPaulCL
Feb 21, 2002 6:07 AM
Maybe the people around here are just plain mean or sick (re: a previous discussion of all of the porn found down on rte 8).

I had two kids in an SUV throw a full bottle of coke at me. Hit my rear wheel and I almost went over. I chased them down a hill and caught them at a red light. I reached into the truck and pulled one of the little sh*ts out through the window as the driver pulled away. The kid almost fell out. I got their plate # and went to the police station still on my bike. The officer tracked them down to a home in Indian Hill (a very wealthy section of town). The officer explained to the boys' mother what they did. SHe was furious. I let it drop from there figuring that the wrath of their mother would be far worse than anything the police could do.
re: Objects thrown at us cyclistsALbikeguy
Feb 21, 2002 5:03 AM
Several years ago a truck passed me heading in the oposite direction. The passenger of the truck, threw a half full beer bottle over the truck and into my path. It hit me on the foot. I was OK, except for a beer soaked foot. This happened on a military base. After a few miles I found a MP; told him what happened, they looked for the truck, but I'm sure it had already left the base (it was heading off when the incident happened). The MP's were taking it very seriously, though.... but then they take everything seriously.
Hit with a raw egg - no harm done - nmdzrider
Feb 21, 2002 5:41 AM
Hit with a raw egg - no harm done - nmCherry1
Feb 21, 2002 5:46 AM
had a slinky thrown at me
Got touched once. Does that count?McAndrus
Feb 21, 2002 5:51 AM
I've had a couple of things thrown at me or companions but nothing hit. Once in a group someone through a pop bottle that skittered between the wheels of the guy in front of me. We got a license number and he called the cops but I forget the outcome.

The oddest one, though, was the touch. I was riding alone down a quiet country two-laner which was covered in a canopy of trees. An occasional car would pass me, usually giving me a wide berth.

Then one car passed closely: enough that if I'd twitched my left elbow I'd have hit his mirror. I felt something tickle my back on the left side.

Since I was under some trees, I thought a twig had fallen and hit me. No big deal. Then I looked up as the car was pulling away and saw the passenger's hand sticking straight out the window, index finger extended.

I was too surprised to even think about getting a license.
re: Objects thrown at us cyclistscydswipe
Feb 21, 2002 5:59 AM
Last summer, some kids in a pickup truck buzzed by a few times. Then,later, they came at me with water balloons. I got tagged in the legs, back, and face twice. I couldn't get out of my cleats fast enough and went down on the shoulder. I heard them exclaim their suprise that I went down and they sped off. I guess they were having fun. I wasn't hurt real bad so I let it slide. I did however, ride the rest of the summer without incident from them.
re: Objects thrown at us cyclistsDamocles
Feb 21, 2002 10:27 PM
I had a similar incident happen to me when I was in high school -some little sh!ts from the same school who thought they'd go up a level from honking their horns at cyclists - I was riding along and felt this soft thing bounce off my shoulder - it was a water balloon that did NOT explode! This made the kids in the car annoyed. But, being a cyclist, they thought that it would be physically impossible for me to catch up to them again. When I did, at the next set of lights, the passenger gave me a quick 'uhhh. . .hello'. 'Hello', I cheerily replied, then gave them a full waterbottle through the window. I wouldn't do it now, but it was very, very sweet revenge.
Feb 21, 2002 6:10 AM
I've had plastic Sprite bottles thrown at me once.
Another time an entire Big Gulp full of soda and ice.

One time a truck went by me and I heard the passenger say something out the window, but I couldnt make it out.
So as I'm going down the road further, I see where hes pulled over for speeding. I go by slow and smile at them.
About 15 minutes later, they come by and throw ice at me.
I reported it to the cops.

WTFU is wrong with people??
Half these people need to be shot in the head instead of falling into the mentality where every guy has to have huge muscles and have a beer gut to look normal.
Fat ass MFers....
Soda, snowballsAlex-in-Evanston
Feb 21, 2002 6:45 AM
It's hard to keep your composure when somebody hits you with a soda. All you can do is sprint like heck and hope they get the next red light.

re: Objects thrown at us cyclistseschelon
Feb 21, 2002 6:58 AM
Check your state motor vehicle laws dude...chances are what these persons did to you is a FELONY. In the state of Michigan, the technical term is "projecting a missile while in a moving motor vehicle" or "projecting a missile at a moving vehicle"...either way, its the same as someone chucking a stone at a moving vehicle or chucking a stone at someone/something while in a moving vehicle.

Chances are your police dept. didn't give a damn or were stupid and ignorant of state statutes. A FELONY IS A FELONY regardless if anyone got hurt. You witnessed someone committing a dangerous felonious assault against you and at the very least, therein lies probable cause that a serious crime was committed. These F***ers should've been arrested at their home and made to appear in court with you bearing witness against far as these guys being convicted guilty...not that's another a matter...but regardless of the outcome, the trouble and hassle these persons would've gone through would teach them something.
Feb 21, 2002 7:12 AM
I live in rural area of Western Nebraska. I can count the serious cyclist in my town on one hand. People around here fall into the "you are too healthy, you need to drink more beer and watch more TV" mode. I usually get called names by teenagers driving by. Never when they are alone. Get more than two in a car and they think they are tough. Apple cores, pop bottles, trash are things that have been thrown at me. The hardest part is to stay calm and not wave the bird at them or make other gestures back. I think the worst part would to have a car load of hot head rednecks come back and stop me and try to pick a fight. I don't think I would be too good at defending myself with speedplay cleats on the bottom of my shoes. Good thing about a small town is that if the vehicle is local, there is a good chance you can recognize the vehicle and run them down later when you are not on your bike. I am going to start carrying a cell phone with me to call the plates in to the cops right away. Usually by time I get home I forget the plate number.
Feb 21, 2002 7:42 AM
One of my favourite stories about a-hole drivers actually:
I was out for an early spring ride so I wasn't in the best shape yet. A storm was coming up, but I had time to beat it if I plotted my route right. Headed toward the storm, got to the turn before the storm, all was going as planned. The air had been getting cooler as the storm approched, but I paid it no mind. Then it happened. My left calf cramped HARD! Charley Horse and I'm clipped in! The combination of the cooling air and pushing too hard too early in the season to try to beat a T-storm did me in. I try to coast as long as possible and stretch so I can attempt to put a foot down without falling into traffic. Two lane country road with no shoulder. Just before I am able to put my foot down I hear "Get out of the road!!" (I was on the stinkin' white line, how much road do you need?) and a beat-up red pick-up truck went zooming by and a rolled up newspaper hit me square in the back, bounced up and landed, face up, in front of me. Headline read, "DuPage County to crack down on Drunk Drivers". Perfect. I can't give chase because of the charley horse so I have to just stand there on the side of the road and watch the truck speed away. Then it started to rain. So much for beating the storm.
re: Objects thrown at us cyclistsMalandMo
Feb 21, 2002 8:32 AM
A box of McDonald's fries. I have no idea why, I was in the bike lane and out of traffic. I guess I was target practice. The light ahead turned red and the truck had to stop. I sprinted to catch up and so the truck ran the red light to get away from me. Pretty funny sight seeing a truck of 3 guys running from 1 guy in tights on a bike.
A feakin' glass beer bottle! Does spit count? (FUNNY!)tempeteKerouak
Feb 21, 2002 9:05 AM
I was just a kid.

Riding with my Dad from Montreal to Plattsburg, loaded with cyclo gear. Pick-up drove by with the passenger arm cranked out the window...
Swoooosh! Crash!

We could not believe it. We where shaking real bad afterwards.

Last summer, I was spat at in a traffic road rage incident... The guy actually spat from his driver seat. Across the car towards me, trying to make it throught the passenger window which was down about 5 inches. He missed lamentably. So I laught (I just burst into it, could not help it, just too moronic!!) and rode off casually. As the guy was stuck in traffic anyway, there was nothing he could do. He stayed there with everyone around staring at him in disbelief. I suppose he went home to beat his wife, or dog, or carpet or whatever.
I'm happy to report: NOTHINGTig
Feb 21, 2002 10:23 AM
After reading all the previous accounts, I can't believe that I have never had anything thrown at me over the years. I ride among truck driving rednecks that thought the move "Urban Cowboy" was a documentary since it was filmed here! I suppose I'm due...
I'm happy to report: NOTHINGDY
Feb 21, 2002 10:50 AM
Just the other day I was hit by an apple. Perfect shot really....I was doing about 20 mph on a flat area.... a minivan, second lane over loaded with teenagers or early 20's guys going my direction (actually I think it was them, because there were a few cars around) passed me and hit me from behind right in the left upper thigh/ass cheek area. Didn't really hurt, but it was a solid hit. I said some thing to them as they speeded along, but I then thought how lucky I was that it didn't hit me in the face or in one of my wheels and make me crash.

So many idiots out there.
Feb 21, 2002 10:35 AM
I live by a lake, and spend quite a bit of time riding there. The local lake ranger, who is a city police officer, patrols the lake on a mountain bike alot of the time, and we ride together on occasion. We were riding along last summer, we a group of about 6 teenage boys in a little pickup truck drive by throwing firecrackers at us. There was no harm done, but we just couldn't believe that they would do that, especially considering that he was wearing a shirt that had POLICE written in big letters on the back. He used his radio to call the nearest police car, and they got picked up a few miles down the road.
re: Objects thrown at us cyclistscommuter
Feb 21, 2002 10:43 AM
Worst I've seen was back in college (1997 or 98) my riding buddy to/from RIT had a handful of bolts with nuts half threaded on them tossed at him from some guy in his crappy pickup truck. He still had one stuck in his helmet when the cops came to take the report. No idea if they ever caught him.
Worst I've had was one of those 7-11 slushy drinks tossed at me. It was on the same route to RIT from West Henrietta Rd at the train track crossing. I guess my slowing down so much to cross the tracks was all he could take. He missed by alot. There was a Monroe county sherrif's car right behind him. He witnessed the whole thing - I don't think I've ever seen a cop so vocal and angry at someone he pulled over before. It kind of made me appreciate them more.
I'm reluctant to add to this as I may curse my next ride...geof
Feb 21, 2002 6:38 PM
fortunately... nothing..
Plastic Green Pepper...joeg26er
Feb 21, 2002 7:50 PM
I was riding to the art supply store in a small college town when some yahoos drove up and chucked a plastic green pepper at me through the passenger side window.

The speed limit was 35mph on that two lane road and there was a traffic light about every other block.

When that plastic pepper whizzed by my head I sprinted after them and caught them at the second light - whipped out my water bottle and squirted it through the open passenger window. Then I took off through a side street. That felt good.