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What's your worst experience with a bike hating motorist ?(11 posts)

What's your worst experience with a bike hating motorist ?zeeno
Apr 26, 2002 9:32 PM
re: What's your worst experience with a bike hating motorist ?Me Dot Org
Apr 26, 2002 9:55 PM
Not too bad actually. A guy in Sausalito (first town north of the Golden Gate Bridge) driving a Mercedes E320 Wagon, of all cars, throught it would be great fun to pretend to turn right in front of me at several different corners. He finally sped up, parked on the right of the road, and pulled out into traffic just before I passed, so I had to brake and swerve. I stopped, wrote down his license plate and called the police. They were polite, but non-responsive. Never heard back from them.

Funny, if I had to predict what car would cause my worst experience, I would have guessed a 20-year-old black primer Firebird or Camaro. Just shows you that idiots come from all economic and social strata.
re: What's your worst experience with a bike hating motorist ?TSlothrop
Apr 27, 2002 12:36 AM
I was cycling home from work, when a guy in a huge silver mercedes came by VERY close and almost knocked me off. A little further up the road he had to stop while another car pulled out. I sprinted up to him, knocked on the side of his car as I went by and gave him the finger. We then had a bit of an argument, where I realised he'd never even seen me when he first came past, and he was really mad at my having the nerve to touch his car. He basically threatened to drive his car over me. I realised the argument wasn't getting us anywhere so I hopped up onto the pavement and tried to ride off. The driver had other ideas and drove ahead and onto the pavement blocking my way. We had a bit more of an argument which still wasn't going anywhere, he kept threatening me, but on a fairly busy street (not that I got any assistance) I knew he couldn't do much. Eventually i just stopped arguing with him, and he looked embarassed when he realised he was shouting and getting ne response, so he drove off. He turned onto a main road, which is always nose to tail with slow moving traffic, and I was tempted to follow him and generally wind him up some more, but decided against it. The experience in its way was quite funny, but it does make me think twice about having any reaction to even the dumbest driver when I'm riding on my own in more isolated areas.
re: What's your worst experience with a bike hating motorist ?Shaky Fish
Apr 27, 2002 6:14 AM
Only 1 bad experience, but my road riding is limited. At the bottom of a hill where I was going about 25 mph a van goes to pass me and suddenly matches pace with me and then just comes over and forces me over the shoulder and into the ditch. It was probably the easiest wreck I ever had but it scared me pretty bad. I did endo when I hit the bottom of the ditch but I landed in grass so it wasn't so bad. No bike damage and I never saw the guy again.
re: What's your worst experience with a bike hating motorist ?garhead
Apr 27, 2002 8:01 AM
I usually carry my H&K USP40 just in case some asshole attempts to kill me.
re: What's your worst experience with a bike hating motorist ?Zyzbot
Apr 27, 2002 1:04 PM
That's kind of a large gun to carry on a bike isn't it?
re: What's your worst experience with a bike hating motorist ?empacher6seat
Apr 27, 2002 5:19 PM
It wasn't that big a deal... but I got the guy back real nice =).
I was biking down a slight hill and this Nissan Pathfinder with two guys (looked mid 20's) drove by and threw a whole slurpee out their window at me. It landed maybe a meter infront of me, so I was fine, and the jerks drove off laughing. Around 50m down the road, there was a left turn off, and the main road we were on swerved right (the intersection looked like a 'Y'). I noticed the Pathfinder went into the left turn lane and was waiting for the cars in the oncomming lane to pass so they could turn left. Well... I turned on my legs to catch up to them... as I was doing this, I took out my full water bottle, unscrewed the cap, and as I passed them, I gave my bottle a mighty swing! My aim was SOOOO PERFECT, and the contents of my bottle went right through their open window. As I biked pass I fingered them and sped away. Luckily, there was a small line of cars close behind me... otherwise they could've came out of their turn lane and chased after me. I don't think the timing on this one could've been any better in my favour!
re: What's your worst experience with a bike hating motorist ?JL
Apr 27, 2002 7:08 PM
Guy in BMW went by, honked the horn and gave me the finger. I just smiled and waved. He proceeded to stop along the shoulder. Then did a stop/start thing with the car, I assume to run me off the road. Eventually, enough cars showed up behind that he had to take off. I had taken his license # though and called the cops. Long story short, we charged the guy, but I have never heard word one since!! That was Sept. 16 last year. Shook me up for awhile.
I assume it was passed over buy the DA of the township. The court system supposedly is really slow and sucky there too, and that was told to me buy the officer who responded!
BMWs? I'll tell you what really bothers meapamin
Apr 28, 2002 10:43 AM
is all these commercials for performance cars where they tear down a winding country road like it is a private race track. So, the first thing these guys want to do is pretend they are a formula one racer. And darn, if there aren't some stupid cyclists on that same road just interfering with their pleasure.

How inconsiderate we cyclists are.

Share the road unless there is some idiot driving his new sports sedan, then get the hell off it. This is the message these commercials are sending.
re: What's your worst experience with a bike hating motorist ?elliot
Apr 28, 2002 10:51 AM
my friend who is now a respected member of the british cycling fed staff was once cut up by a taxi (cab to you americans)in the centre of his home town the unfortunate taxi driver was then stopped by a red light my friend then pulled up next to the taxi got of his bike picked it up and threw it with all his might at the car on to the front windscreen, the driver then panicked !!!jumped the light and drove off there was no danage to the merckx road bike but the windscreen was totalled.one up for the cyclists this time.
Man convicted in Denver for road-rage shooting of cyclistjpa
Apr 28, 2002 2:27 PM
http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E53%257E465945,00.html?search=filter#