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I didn't miss the rednecks...(9 posts)

I didn't miss the rednecks...DrPete
Jul 11, 2002 7:00 PM
Just have to vent my frustration. I spent a week in the Mad River Valley, VT, and had some great rides. Motorists in that area are also quite in tune with cyclists. So I guess that's why it struck me as especially annoying to go for a 20-miler out of my apartment in Montgomery Village, MD, only to be passed by 2 motorists who chose to share their "wisdom" about cycling, telling me to get off the road because bikes don't belong there.

Some rules I've noticed about the majority of these motorists in Maryland: 1. They frequently use the word "Ain't" in their yelling ("THE ROAD AIN'T FOR BIKES!"), 2. Their cars seem to generally have the same trade-in value as my CAAD3 Saeco, and 3. they never seem to say anything when we're both stopped at a traffic light. In fact, it's usually someone far away from me or traveling the other direction.

Why, oh why, do these drivers have to yell at me when I'm just minding my business riding safely on the white line on an otherwise beautiful ride? Any Marylanders or anyone else have a favorite way of responding to these geniuses of the road?

Just had to vent... it was great riding weather today...

P.S. Anyone looking for a 16-20mph riding partner in the Gaithersburg area drop me a line....
Jul 11, 2002 8:39 PM
You think you have rednecks? You should try living in Texas! Good 'ol boys in pick 'em up trucks! Yee HAW! Throw a few quarts of Lone Star in them and you'll KNOW what a redneck is. And it ain't no Mary-land yankees! Try riding in the boonies with those idiots, I bet you'd re-define what a redneck is.
Seriously, I share your frustration, just be glad they don't share their feelings with you at the stoplight.
not quite rednecks....Roadfrog
Jul 12, 2002 12:47 AM
Seems the Spirit of Aloha is not with a few of these jerks here in Hawaii... Riding the other day and this guy screams at me to buy a car. Oh well, I feel your pain! HOP
"Get a car"off roadie
Jul 12, 2002 6:02 AM
We got that one the other day from a carlod of teens the other day. This was on a group ride, with 5 or 6 riders in a pack, all of us on road bikes. Um yeah, like we were all out there in spandex on medium to high zoot road bikes BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE CARS! Gee, if only we spent our transportation dollars more wisely.

I think the car they were in (green hatchback escort) and thier phalic hand gestures say a lot about what these kids felt they lacked, and why they didn't like us being there on bikes.
I thought rednecks were extinct in Montgomery CountyTri-State Cycler
Jul 12, 2002 2:51 AM
A rare find indeed. I thought the "necks" all migrated North and South during the 80's real estate boom. ;)
Every time I get yelled at by some @sshole in a car/truck/suv,I just think about some of the horror stories posted here not to mention my own bad experiences. Best to just ignore them.
re: you might live in a redneck area ifstik__boy
Jul 12, 2002 4:57 AM
your neighbor has a pitbull, snowmobile, 2 "race cars", 2 lawn tractors that dont run, a motorhome and 3 pick-em up trucks ALL parked in their yard..... JUST like my next door neighbor. its great.
Other places to ride in Montgomery County...GK
Jul 12, 2002 6:05 AM
I think your problem is specific to some of the trash who lives in Montgomery Village. (A lot of good people live there too, mind you, but White, Brown and Black Trash is everywhere.)

It's not as bad on Falls Road south of 270 on the way down to MacArthur Blvd. Few knuckleheads, but you just might get hit by the attention-poor, SUV-driving, cell-phone-yakking soccer mom. I try to use Falls Road in the off-peak hours. It's a georgeous ride close to home.

I do most of my longer distance rides out on the agricultural preserve. Starting at Poolesville HS, there are numerous documented rides that criss-cross the farm land. Seemingly a lot of knuckleheads out there, but I think they're accustomed to roadies by now. Surprisingly, for all the big pickups out there, the only time I've been seriously buzzed was by a FAT CHICK on a HOG!

The Greater Washington Bike Atlas has several routes out there, as does and other sites that all link together.

Careful with the generalizations...commuterguy
Jul 12, 2002 7:35 AM
I also ride a lot in and around Montgomery County. I have been yelled at by people in all social strata--rich, poor, etc. But I have also been the beneficiary of kindness from all different types, too. For instance, last weekend, I was in a mini-mart in Frederick County looking at a map, trying to figure out how I was going to get back to my car (I had a semi-serious mechanical problem I discussed in an earlier posting). Seeing how lost I was (and probably sensing I wasn't sure my bike was completely road-worthy), a very pleasant 40-ish year old woman offerred me and my bike a ride back in her pickup truck--20 miles out of her way!

That said, I have formulated a response for the next pickup driving, scarlet-necked male who rudely demands to know if I am a homosexual: "No, sorry, the only people out here looking for homosexuals seem to be pickup truck drivers."
Move to N. Va. and drop the rednecks. I did (nm)WhoWasThat
Jul 12, 2002 12:47 PM