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Bad experiences with other cyclists(15 posts)

Bad experiences with other cyclistsempacher6seat
May 4, 2002 10:31 PM
A whole lot of them too!! =(

It was my first crappy weather ride... it was pouring rain and around 6*C. Being a newbie AND a student, you can imagine the limitation of proper cycling clothing I have. Anyways, the plan was to ride 20k to the pool, do some laps and ride back. I suited up (long sleeved cotton shirt with a rowing singlet over top to keep by body warm, and long rowing spandex, a back back with my swimming stuff and a snack, and no gloves (don't have any)), threw on my runners and placed them firmly into my toe clips and I was off! The cold and wet kind of bugged me, but I figured "hey, it builds character, right?"

So after my laps, I get back into my stuff and start riding home. Around 5 minutes into the ride, this group of around 8 cyclists decked out in gear peppered with sponser names riding new, expensive bikes whiz by me. Some of them pass within half a foot of me on either sides going "vvrrrooooooommmm" like they're passing me on indy cars, some laugh and say "nice ride", and one yells "Aren't ya going to let that old lady behind you pass?". I pulled up to them as they got caught by a red light and didn't say anything, just looked right ahead. These guys were old, too. Well, older then I am, that is. I'm guessing they were in their 30's. They snickered a bit, and when the light was green, I waited till they left first, then resumed my ride. I really felt like getting off my bike at that light, picking it up and throwing it at one of the guys then ripping his throat out. I was PISSED.

I just don't get it. Do you think this was just the regular trash talking that comes along with every sport? Have any of you had similar experiences? I mean, it was pretty obvious by looking at me and my bike that I wasn't a hardcore racer or poseur or something. How could I have provoked them to say stuff like that?
wow, that would've pissed me off...dustin73
May 4, 2002 11:04 PM
i would've slit his tire lengthwise that way it wouldn't be ridable. i know, not smart, c'est la vie. ha, or as he took off, shoved some sort of stick in his front wheel...haha, not only would it screw up the wheel, or spokes at least, there's a good chance he would've fallen.

i've never had any experiences like that. the worst i've had was 3 guys take up the whole road (after i let the go infront of me before i turned (i was in my truck)).
Wow, what a bunch of dumbasses.Leisure
May 4, 2002 11:11 PM
I saw a group of idiots kind of like that downhilling a mountainbiking trail last year. Bunch of younger guys, though, all on Intense Uzzi SLX frames with Shiver forks, etc.. Actually, I saw them repeatedly; they loved that trail. Each time they'd be coming down the thing they'd be yelling crap at all the hikers and XC riders. The other trail users complained they were always doing that.
Then one day I ended up coming down the same time they did. I wasn't racing or anything; I believe you just go the pace you can or feel like and be secure with it. The dumbasses still couldn't keep up, despite having twice the suspension travel with very few sharp turns. The look on their faces coming down minutes later was to die for, and I doubt they even knew I could have gone much faster.
Sorry you couldn't have gotten the best of the guys you saw. It's pretty sad when a bunch of supposedly grown men would look childish on their kids' playground. At least you can say you weren't acting like a hillbilly. Don't worry; your time will come eventually.
Freds & poserscyclopathic
May 5, 2002 4:40 AM
you look like a Fred and they are a bunch of posers get it?
Freds & posersR600DuraAce
May 5, 2002 7:06 PM
Liberty to the Rescue of Empacher6seat!!!AllisonHayes
May 5, 2002 4:46 AM
Scene: Liberty is riding a 24 hour RAAM in a miserable downpour. She spots a group of 8 mean spirited cyclists decked out in gear peppered with sponser names riding new, expensive bikes harassing a brilliant young student and future TDF mule, Empacher6seat.

She immediately realizes this is the notorious poseur dwarf gang sponsored by her arch nemisis, the Phredasaurus Bunch also known as Bro and Sista Unreal.

They have Empacher6seat bound spread eagle on the in the basement of a cavernous building. Up near the roof there is a tremendously large and heavy object held by a rope that is starting to fray under the stress. The loose end of the rope is cleanly cut and the picture makes it clear that the object was released seconds before and Liberty has barely managed to get a hold of the rope at the last second.

Due to it's bulk, it can't be swung out of the way, too many pipes and support beams in the way. The roof is solid steel. Even setting the object down gently would pancake empacher6seat.

Liberty (thought balloon) It'd take too long for me to tear out the roof, but if I don't move this out of here, empacher6seat will DIE!

Crashing through the roof she sees Empacher6seat spread eagled and some automatic system cuts the rope!

Liberty (Thought Balloon) There's nothing I can do to stop this thing from falling! That's IT! It can't fall faster than Gravity can pull it but I CAN!

Liberty lets the rope go and flies down faster than the object can fall gets under it, catches it and throws it away.

Liberty is on the floor next to Empacher6seat bending down. Empacher6seat's right arm is free after Liberty obviously took the rope in two hands and ripped it apart.

Empacher6seat: "I can untie myself. They're in the next room. Stop them!"

Scene: The next room, ripped to pieces after a battle that leaves Bro & Sista Unreal laid out cold and Liberty standing triumphantly over them. Empacher6seat, untied has entered and between rubbing his wrist is looking for something.

Liberty: "Empacher6seat, you shouldn't have come in here while I was fighting!" Empacher6seat: "Hah. They were finished by the time I got my feet untied. But they didn't feed me while I was a captive and I KNOW stoners like them have to have munchies around. Ah. Here they are."

Final Panel:

Scene: A circle around Empacher6seat who is holding up several of the confections you KNOW *HAS TO BE* associated with a story like this.

Empacher6seat: "Look at all the Fruit Pies!"

editorial comment & moral of the story: Hey Empacher6seat, just remember, these poseur dwarfs are nothing but a bunch of fruit pies.
Sounds too me...hayaku
May 5, 2002 5:08 AM
Like they were joking. But I can't get the whole context of the situation from in front of my computer. Anger management sounds like a good remedy... or spitting on their back in a discrete manner.
Could be joking (question for Hayaku, off topic)...DINOSAUR
May 5, 2002 7:50 AM
They could have been joking...neverless, bad manners and poor ambassadors for our sport. Remember it takes all kinds. I've met all types of people in this sport from all walks of life. I only recall one "bad" experience and that was from a cyclist who lacked good sense and skills when descending and was just plain dangerous. I finally just let up and let the person get away from me.

Hayaku- You ever get that Merckx Corsa? I saw a review on one in the new addition of Cyclesport Magazine. Nice bike, if I hadn't already ordered my Colnago I would have seriously considered one.
Disregard question, wrong poster..DINOSAUR
May 5, 2002 7:58 AM
Sorry the old dinosaur brain is slow this morning, I was looking for J.S. Haiku Shop in reference to the Merckx..
Sounds too me...Jambo
May 5, 2002 11:15 AM
Sounds to me like Hayaku would have done the same thing to you if he was riding by. How do you disrespect someone who is only trying to support cycling? Grow up poser.
Empacher6, I am also a rower/cyclist. One thing I learned in rowing is that you always respect all competitors and participants. I think you handled the situation very well. There are a lot of pricks in this sport, but there are also a lot of great people.
RowingI Love Shimano
May 5, 2002 5:33 PM
I, too, was/am a rower/cyclist. While I haven't spotted any a-holes in cycling, I have heard stories of them. In rowing, there is always respect, especially during competitions. No matter how bad your race may have been, you will always get a "good race" from your adversaries. No matter how bad you may have rowed, there is never any blaming within the crew.

Yesterday, my buddies told me of some American cyclist who is in this country for a short vacation. He was decked out in USPS gear (clothes, bike..the works) and was telling people that he was with the USPS cycling team, and that he was only on vacation (I'm serious). So he joins the A race and loses. Given the fact that Filipino pro cyclists are substantially inferior to world class pros, I'd assume a real USPS rider would blast away the amateurs at the A race.

How embarassing.
re: Bad experiences with other cyclistsempacher6seat
May 5, 2002 10:15 PM
If only more people could be rowers... maybe the world would be a better place!

Hmmm maybe I just mentioned that on the wrong site... oh well =).

But there are idiots in all sports, even rowing... for you crew guys and gals who are here, I was at this regatta where one crew's JV boat had to race another's varsity. Of course the varsity boat won by huge open water, but 20m before they finished they let it run, squared their oars and held them off the water and glided the last 20m to the finish line. How brutal is THAT?!

For those of you who aren't rowers and didn't understand anything from that little story... now you know how I feel when I read 90% of the posts on this board :). I apologize for letting the topic stray to a different sport and there is no need for flames or an uproar about who thinks which sport is better.

P.S. AllisonHayes, that story was incredible. I can only imagine how bored you must've been, and the amount of illegal substances you must've consumed before writing that! It was entertaining though, so... thanks!
THat has come to mind several times....I Love Shimano
May 6, 2002 12:39 AM
Being in the fastest boat during my time in crew, we;ve thought about doing egotistic stuff during the last 10 or so meters of a race we were winning by several lengths. However, it has never gone beyond imagining. We never dissed another crew (unless it was our "B" crew who took our dissing pretty well). Usually, we'd challenge our B crew to a race of so-and-so meters, then we'd row the whole piece at 18 spm, while they go all out on race pace....but that was just about it.

Even so, what the JV crew did was nothing compared to what those posers did to Empacher6seat. If I was with you, I'd jam a couple of twigs into a couple of the poser's spokes. Then I'd TT to wherever while they tried to chase me.
Thus the phrase "arrogant roadie pr!cks"cory
May 6, 2002 7:33 AM
I ride with a bunch of guys who do almost weekly centuries in summer (I don't go with them), and their clothing and their bikes are set up for that--sometimes old, tattered, but 100 percent functional, and the riders are mainly in their 40s and early 50s, so they don't look like "real" cyclists. It's really common for packs of riders dressed like cartoon superheroes to do that crap, buzzing them or commenting on their bikes or T-shirts or whatever. Two of my friends are great at acting stupid and ignorant ("Say, those are nice shorts--are they made especially for bikes, or what?") and picking up the pace a little at a time until they blow them off ("Oh, well, been nice talking to you, but I've got to get going," and riding off the front.
So, to answer your question: Yes, it's common, and yes, it's one reason a lot of people don't like bicyclists.
May 6, 2002 8:01 AM
'are they made especially for bikes?'.