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What's been thrown at you??(25 posts)

What's been thrown at you??AustinTexasRider
May 29, 2002 4:41 AM

The other day, I was riding down a road with a wide shoulder, minding my own business. Along comes a Texas redneck in a truck. He decides to see if he can peg the stuck up elitest pig cyclist (which I am not once you get to know me) on the bike with a sprite bottle. He missed, but man was I pissed. I was just hopin' he'd be up ahead stopped at a hardware store or something so I could knock him up side the head.

half-full beer bottles, full cans of soda, pennies, garbage, etcfloatch
May 29, 2002 5:00 AM
All of the above have been thrown at me, often from trucks, almost always at speeds of 40+ mph (vehicle speed). One beer bottle zipped past my head, and had it hit me, it might have killed me. It exploded on the ground when it hit. It seems to happen most often on lonely roads, with little traffic.
only an idiot would throw....SteveO
May 29, 2002 5:04 AM
a bottle with beer left in it.
well said!floatch
May 29, 2002 5:21 AM
I wondered the same thing when it hit the ground and showered me with sweet, succulent beer. WTF?!?
A beer thrown at me -- but not on the bikems
May 29, 2002 6:27 AM
The weekend before the 2000 presidential election, my then 11 year old daughter and I were handing out campaign literature outside Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh before a college football game. Some idiot threw a full cup of beer at our backs. I did not see the person, but I am sure that he would greet cyclists the same way. Anyone want to guess whose literature we were handing out?
only an idiot would throw....komatiite
May 29, 2002 6:26 AM
recently i was shot at with a slingshot only to hear it fly past my HEAD and hit the guardrail on the other side of the road! only one shot but once is WAY more than enough.
A Coke (hit me), a booger (missed, thank god)PaulCL
May 29, 2002 5:47 AM
Some kids nailed me with a full coke bottle and almost knocked me over. I caught them at the bottom of a hill and almost dragged one of the little ass***es out of the car. Got their plate number, rode to the police station and filed a complaint. The police couldn't do anything, but the police chief talked to the kids' mother. She was POed and embarrassed. I'm sure they got more from her than the police could ever do.

Recently, some 'bubba' in a pickemup truck blew a snot-rocket at me. Luckily, the moron didn't factor the wind into his trajectory calculations. I guess BillyBob skipped that day of physics class. He missed behind me. I let him get away - afterall, he had two nostrils.
Baseball ..from a moving car...missed by inches n/t53x12
May 29, 2002 5:13 AM
re: What's been thrown at you??netso
May 29, 2002 5:21 AM
Grapefruit and a beer bottle.
re: Hit on left thigh with a raw egg. nmdzrider
May 29, 2002 5:35 AM
You'd think in Austin people would have more repect for cyclistspaulw
May 29, 2002 6:13 AM
What with Lance and all.

I ride in Eastern MA and have only had something thrown at me once. I don't even know what it was but I think it was a tennis ball. It didn't hurt and only glanced off of me.

I have noticed that if I ride in the more upscale towns cars give me a little more room and I don't hear "fag!" as often.
Austin has grown too fast, drivers are grumpy. -NMTig
May 29, 2002 6:18 AM
Even during the MS150, they were a real pain in the @ss. nmMSA
May 29, 2002 6:21 AM
re: What's been thrown at you??MSA
May 29, 2002 6:19 AM
Sorry to hear about your Texas experience. I ride near Houston, and the worst thing we've gotten is tacks spread on the road on our favorite route. I have friend, however, who quit roadies because he was hassled so much, and he was a very accomplished racer. Had everything in this thread and more thrown at him. He said when he rode near Bellville in the mid '80s, it was so bad he would carry a gun!! Never had to use it, but sounds pretty bad.
Not a very complimentary picture of Lance's home state.
A full can of beer, and a handful of marbles.theBreeze
May 29, 2002 7:35 AM
The beer was a Bud, so it I guess wasn't really a waste. That was on Superbowl Sunday this year. I figured it was a good day to ride because all the palookas would be inside watching the tube. Maybe it was half time.

The handful of marbles came from an 8 year old kid. Guess i should be thankful they weren't tacks.
One large McDonalds coke, one large Burgerville coke...Slowclimber
May 29, 2002 7:41 AM
and neither one of them broke on impact, which I'm sure upset the people throwing them.

The first one with the McDonalds cup was three high school kids. They threw it while I was climbing a very steep hill. I get to the top of the hill and there they all are standing outside of their car waiting for me to get to the top of the hill. Thankfully at the time I was a collegiate shot, discus and hammer thrower and greatly outsized all of the kids. They took one look at me (6' 245-250) apoligized, jumped in their car and sped off.

The Burgerville coke took place a year ago. It was a high school boy and his girlfriend. The female actually threw the coke, which was a new one on me. The fun part of this one was that they got stopped at a light and I was able to catch them. Needless to say they had all of their windows rolled up and they wouldn't even look at me. I gave them a few choice finger jestures and the light turned green. I tried to remember their license plate number but couldn't keep it straight in my head. I did call it in to the police though, but I'm doubting anything came of it since I haven't heard anything since.
a full budweiser icy cold, pennies, a fork, AND.....wonderdog
May 29, 2002 8:03 AM

One time about 5 years ago, my friend and I were riding home on a lonely backcountry road in East TN. This guy in a pickup truck buzzed us at 50+mph. I raised my arm in a "What the hell was that?" gesture, and he thought I flipped him off (which I didn't). Anyway, this guy comes to a burning rubber stop, leaps out of the truck, and pulls out an 8" long Bowie (sp?) knife. It looked like something out of a Rambo movie. As he begins to walk toward us, he's yelling about how he's gonna take me straight to hell and how i shouldn't f&*^ with backcountry folk. Bear in mind that this guy was wearing overalls, had a bit of a belly, and some wild hair. I don't know if he was serious or just using scare tactics, but I about crapped my pants. Instantly, I became a groveling dog and profusely apologized. My friend was LAUGHING the whole time. After I smoothed things over, the guy swore a few final times, got in his truck, and drove away. I think I was as white as a sheet.

I stopped flipping people off after that.

May 29, 2002 8:59 AM
Kids waiting at the bus stop like to peg me with snowballs. Pretty harmless if it doesn't catch you by surprise.

re: What's been thrown at you??Fender
May 29, 2002 9:41 AM
where should I start...

-half full beer can hit me on the butt.. it really did hurt. the can came from a truck full of teenagers.

- several plastic water bottles hit one buddy as we rode. we called the cops but they apparently confused a burgandy truck with a red sedan.....

- trash

- another buddy got hit by an orange. I could have used it cause I was really hungry.

- last year I got spanked as I rode through the city by car car full of high school kids. that one also hurt pretty bad.

- finally, a lady asked me to kiss her, while her car was still moving. and she was fugluy
re: What's been thrown at you??Billrmblr
May 29, 2002 12:07 PM
A pencil. I think it was a #2 pencil.
Jumbo Slurpee.. still full! they missed. nmempacher6seat
May 29, 2002 3:14 PM
Sub sandwich, full can of soda, always a mere passenger ...Humma Hah
May 29, 2002 5:52 PM
... both missed, no doubt, in part, due to intoxication of the throwee, and the difficulty of figuring lead for two moving targets plus windage.

Usually, lately, its just been insults. I notice a trend. It happens in the evenings, always a passenger, young, and I have to suspect alcohol. I've just tell myself the idiot doesn't realize how pathetic he is ... sitting there in the passenger seat, can't provide for his own transportation, probably die if he had to ride a bike three miles or up a 20-ft hill, obviously not man enough to even try.
A dead Chicken! pretzels, rubber tire, and the ever popular....wspokes
May 31, 2002 3:07 AM
No Sh**, I had a dead chicken thrown at me once out of the back of a pickup truck. I have also had pretzels, a rubber bicycle tire (accidentally flew out the side of a van tangling in between my rear tire and chainstay locking up my brakes briefly, this happened in the Tour de Toona!) and the ever popular flugie spit in my direction. I am sure there is more that I am probably missing!
Beer bottle, cigarette butts, and peanuts, now...Grand Pooh Bear
May 31, 2002 10:59 AM
As a result of the cigarette butt incident, which did escalate because the truck stopped at a restaurant up ahead, I now carry pepper spray velcroed to my down tube. The passenger was drunk and started with me as I approached. Another cyclist who hapened to be changing a tire got between us, as Mr. Inebriated was guite large. Fat, mostly. Anyway, the pepper spray was actually the cop's idea.
Beer bottle, cigarette butts, and peanuts, now...Aegis_guy
Jun 1, 2002 6:31 PM
Mostly I have been thrown the finger....And instead of pepper spray I used to carry a gun when I commuted in Atlanta. And before everybody responds, it is legal there. I just wish they would make a titanium commuter gun. A heavy gun takes away all the fun of being a weight weenie.