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What's been thrown at you...ACT II(8 posts)

What's been thrown at you...ACT IISteveO
May 29, 2002 8:27 AM
Seeing the large number of responses, I had to wonder; In my many years of cycling, I've never had anything thrown at me larger than a scream or holler (idiots in their own right). Dont know anyone who has, either. Apparently, within the context of this discussion, i live in a more fortunate part of the country than some others here.

So, to all the people below who've had cokes, forks, marbles, and (yikes!) beer thrown, where were you riding at the time?

just curious.
May 29, 2002 8:47 AM
I have probably had more stuff thrown at me by other cyclists than by pedestrians or motorists.

Cyclist in front emptying thier nose.

Cyclist in front spitting.

Empty wrapper being tossed by a rider in front.

Cyclist in front taking a drink and dropping the water bottle in my path.

Pump flying off the bike in front right in my path.

Just a few.
just to add a few..Fender
May 29, 2002 9:46 AM
besides what I posted earlier, and what onespeed mentions, I've also had sunglasses come out of jerseys and energy gel packets.
but I guess don't really count since your either racing or riding in a group.

and I ride in the Imperial Valley, CA. I used to ride in San Diego and never had anything thrown or screamed at me.
just to add a few..HAL9010
May 29, 2002 1:07 PM
I am sorry to report that I have had shouts and insults thrown at me. Why I don't know, but it happens. The car brush bys I can understand as primarily inattentive drivers. But the intentional assualts from some drivers (eventhough verbal) still bother me.
I live and ride in San Diego in the Rancho Penasquitos area. I have ridden all over this city for 30 years and while he assualts are infrequent they do seem to track the population growth.
I have hadgrandemamou
May 29, 2002 10:00 AM
a coke can and something else but I don't know what it was. It was hard and put a dent in the foam part of my helmet. Both occasions were on the same road. It's a busy rural state highway. Maybe the remotness and the fact that it's about 25 mi between towns have something to do with it.

Other than that one HWY, I happily share the roads with rednecks. They are pretty friendly and most times wave as they go by. I actualy had more problems when I lived in bigger suburban cities.
Here you go...Slowclimber
May 29, 2002 10:00 AM
8 years in Oklahoma = 0 incidents
2 years in Oregon = 2 incidents

I actually had few if any incidents in redneck country. In fact I found the drivers in Oklahoma to be much more curtious than in Oregon. I guess in Oklahoma I was more of a novelty than in Oregon so people gave me a lot of room to ride.

The McDonalds incident happened in a nice part of Salem and the Burgerville incident happened in Hillsboro (suburb of Portland) which is also a nicer part of town.

My 9 years of riding experience has shown me this, and I admit it's probably more of a stereo type than anything. The higher class the neighborhood the more incidents I have and the more bad drivers I have seen. The more working class and lower class neighborhoods the better the drivers and the less incidents I've had.

Soccer moms driving Ford Excursions are not my idea of safe riding conditions.
99% within two miles of homePaulCL
May 29, 2002 10:24 AM
Home is in the 'burbs. 99% of all problems: thrown items, near misses with cars, honking cars, yelling drivers, snot rockets, intentional car bumps, etc... happen on one street in my neighborhood. The one street that I must travel on with every single ride. Get this: its' not that busy of a street. My own neighbors too.

FYI: I live in Edgewood, KY across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. The aforementioned street is named Dudley Road.
Memphis, TNwonderdog
May 30, 2002 5:14 AM

I agree that the burbs are more dangerous than riding out with rednecks. I've also had problems in Grand Rapids, MI.