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Cyclist road rage(34 posts)

Cyclist road ragedez182
Aug 5, 2002 6:27 AM
I was coming home from a weekend up at the cabin, with my bike on the rack on the back of my car. While going through a small town, I spied another cyclist riding the exact same bike. Feeling a sense of comaraderie (sp?), I gave him a couple toots on the horn and a friendly wave out the window. After I was past him (and he could clearly see my bike on the back), he responded by flicking me off and screaming "f*** you!".
People like that do wonders to get the rest of us run off the road.
re: Cyclist road rageMXL02
Aug 5, 2002 6:32 AM
Two thoughts come to mind: first, you may have been too close when you "toot"ed your horn and scared the crap out of him, second, he may have been tortured by other motorists honking their horns at him before your encounter. IMHO, you need to be careful honking at a cyclist from behind.

On the other hand, he may have just been a jerk.
Yes, but he's a weenie for flipping him off.morrison
Aug 5, 2002 6:36 AM
That's dangerous. Not just for the cyclist, but for the rest of us as well.

Guns, trucks, and red-necks scare me. Angry 'necks in trucks with guns scare me more. Keep your hands on the bars and your eyes on the road.
agreecyclopathic
Aug 5, 2002 6:44 AM
my coworker's ex is a truck driver and he hates bikers. his hobby is to come from behind hit the brakes hard and honk. very impressive if you take into consideration he drives 18-wheeler. is it enough for heard attack? don't know I am glad I've never met him. be careful honking at a cyclist from behind next time.
serves you rightmr_spin
Aug 5, 2002 6:57 AM
NEVER honk your horn at a cyclist. It's not friendly.
I disagree.Quack
Aug 5, 2002 7:16 AM
Giving a couple short toots on the horn 100-200 feet back is almost always a sign to me that someone knows me and is trying to say hello without slowing down traffic or scaring the piss out of me. It's more of a warning to me that I should look back and wave at a friend passing by. The only thing I like better is when a carload of girls slows down and flashes me while hanging out the windows(only happened once but I'm hopeful it will happen again).

I do agree with you on the point that horn blasts of long duration and close proximity scare the bejesus out of me and are almost always unfriendly. Thankfully, the occurrence is infrequent.
New rulemr_spin
Aug 5, 2002 7:28 AM
It is okay to honk at a cyclist if you are driving a carload of girls and are intending to flash said cyclist.

Otherwise, honking is annoying and scary, even 100-200 feet back. Don't do it.
two shorts followed by a longAllisonHayes
Aug 5, 2002 7:33 AM
is the signal for flashing. :)

Allison (for all those big honkers out there...)
two shorts followed by a longmr_spin
Aug 5, 2002 7:48 AM
Damn. I wish I had thought of that "honkers" reference!

Allison, we have got to ride together sometime! :)
Yeah, sure, I can see it now...AllisonHayes
Aug 5, 2002 9:55 AM
You start spinning some lion yarn and I am unable maintain a straight line 'cause I am spliting a gut laughing and then some 18 wheeler lays me flatter than one of Lazywriter's posts.
Gotta disagree with you on that one, Mr. Spin.MXL02
Aug 5, 2002 7:36 AM
Where I ride, there are alot of semis barrelling up and down the roads, and most of them will give me a short toot when they are well behind me to let me know they are coming, and it is extremely helpful. I scares me to death when they just pass me doing 70 mph and I don't know they are coming.
Here's the problemmr_spin
Aug 5, 2002 7:44 AM
Someone honks at you. What do you do? Do you turn around to look?

If you turn around, two things happen. First, you take your eyes off the road, which is one of the worst things you can do when a car is approaching. Second, most cyclists tend to drift in the direction they are looking, thereby pulling themselves into the path of the oncoming car.

If you don't turn around (that's me), what's the point? I can hear most cars coming, especially at 70 mph. Whatever I hear coming, I'm going to do my best to stay out of its way. I don't need a horn, especially the blast-horn on most semis, to help.
Must be a regional thing...MXL02
Aug 5, 2002 7:58 AM
I hear what you are saying, but when these big boys give their signal, it is pretty obvious what they are doing, so it allows me to know they are coming,
i without
having to turn and look...that's the benefit for me anyway.
Good night! Why do you ride...Kristin
Aug 5, 2002 7:56 AM
Why in the world would you ride on a small road with semi's that do 70 MPH?!?? You should become a contestant on Fear Factor--you could probably stomache anything.
Welcome to Texas, maam... nmMXL02
Aug 5, 2002 7:59 AM
exception to ruleDougSloan
Aug 5, 2002 10:22 AM
I've come up behind some cyclists (they I even knew) way out in the middle of the road. This was a lonely rural road, with very few cars. I more or less had to honk to let them know I was there. I did (short toot), and they simply moved over.

Doug
Agreed - not only rednecks tho, the elderly are guilty tooKristin
Aug 5, 2002 7:49 AM
If I had a dime for every 80 year old man who drove his Buick up my butt and rammed his horn I'd be wealthier than Anna Nicole Smith! I hate horns, and blowing yours at me will never be met with friendliness. Once I settle my heart rate back into its rightful zone, I'll probably have a few explatives to share.
I knew that was how Anna Nichole got that old geezer! nmMXL02
Aug 5, 2002 7:51 AM
now she's got some honkers!tarwheel
Aug 5, 2002 9:38 AM
Anna Nicole, that is. Sorry, couldn't resist
They're just trying to see your butt. nmmorrison
Aug 5, 2002 8:04 AM
Agreed - not only rednecks tho, the elderly are guilty too94Nole
Aug 5, 2002 8:15 AM
"You know Grampy can't see the way he use ta'could." He probably rammed his horn because he finally saw you once he was on your butt and thought that you pulled out in front of him. :)
re: Cyclist road ragedez182
Aug 5, 2002 7:18 AM
I wasn't behind him when I honked. I was beside him, and he had about 5-10 feet between us (he was in the other lane).
Beside Him!!MJ
Aug 5, 2002 7:23 AM
you should have thrown something at him to really show you cared
Seriously, and constructively,MXL02
Aug 5, 2002 7:29 AM
that maneuver is not welcomed by most cyclists. As others have said, a quick toot 100-200 ft back will let the cyclist know you are there if you are trying to pass, or wait til you are well past the cyclist, so they can see you (and your bike on the back), before you give a friendly wave or honk.
I think you just came across a jerk...biknben
Aug 5, 2002 7:37 AM
You didn't do anything wrong. A couple short toots of the horn after you go by shouldn't be a big deal. The fact that you had a bike on the roof makes his response rediculous.

Unfortunatly you wasted a nice gesture on an A-hole having a bad day. Don't worry about it.
did you read Dez183's post?MJ
Aug 5, 2002 7:50 AM
he didn't say he honked after he went by - he said he honked while 5-10 feet away when he was next to the cyclist

I don't care if Lance is pulling up next to me with some Gatorade, powerbars and topless girls - if he's five feet to my right (or left in teh US) and honks he's well over the line of what's acceptable in my book

DEZ183's intention isn't in question - he wanted to give a supportive honk - but that's not what it was
Don't see any need to over react...biknben
Aug 5, 2002 12:33 PM
I thought it was pretty obvious that Dez was just trying to be friendly. Being a cyclist himself, I doubt he approached in a threatening manner.

People need to lighten up.
Don't see any need to over react...MJ
Aug 6, 2002 12:31 AM
someone's good intention(s) doesn't matter when the result is potentially injurious

after all the Spanish Inquisition was really just about trying to get more people into heaven...

it's pretty simple that you don't honk when you may scare someone - cyclists should know this most of all

anyways if you had read his post you would have read that he didn't honk behind him - he honked besdie him - so who exactly is the ass?
re: Cyclist road rageclintb
Aug 5, 2002 7:40 AM
Horns do nothing but piss me off. Everyone uses them as their own signaling technique except what they're supposed to be used for.....Emergency attention getter! That's right, not for saying "Hello", not for telling someone to get out of the house. Emergency situations, that's it, end of story!

If you have to use your horn, even at 100 to 200 ft back, you don't have proper control of your vehicle. That's right, I said it...OUT OF CONTROL. This seems to be an affliction that most drivers suffer and could be prevented if they had paid attention in Drivers Education.

If I seem a bit agitated, it's because I am. Cars are worse than guns in my opinion.
honking right beside him sucksrufus
Aug 5, 2002 8:03 AM
should have just passed by, and then stuck a hand out the window and given him a wave.
re: Cyclist road ragedez182
Aug 5, 2002 8:19 AM
I guess I didn't really think about it that way. I come from a small town where it's customary to honk at people you know, just to say "hi". Guess I need to give up my assumptions about what people consider friendly when I leave my hometown.
Yup, life is pretty different outside of Pleasantville. :) nmAllisonHayes
Aug 5, 2002 9:03 AM
he probably saw your bike and then felt stupidDougSloan
Aug 5, 2002 10:30 AM
It does annoy me when people blow their horns right beside me. I know they are just trying to scare me. I never, ever, react. If I do, they win.

Plus, I use a mirror. With it, I always know when people are approaching from behind. Knowing someone is there helps immensely on the surprise factor.

Some guys are so habitually annoying at every driver on the road they have a hair trigger for yelling and flipping people off. You would think they were O.D.'ing the 'roids or something. I say, just chill.

This guy is likely one of the hair triggers. After he saw your bike, he likely realized he was wrong. Sh!t happens. No one should be so thin-skinned. Choose your battles and all that...

Doug
Don't honk at cyclists.gwendolynofthemountain
Aug 6, 2002 4:12 PM
Don't honk at cyclists. Don't honk at cyclists. Don't honk at cyclists. Don't honk at cyclists. Don't honk at cyclists. At night I dream about flinging my kryptonite lock into the driver's windshield. Oh, the satisfaction.