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Ever had something thrown at you!!!!(31 posts)

Ever had something thrown at you!!!!biketalk
Sep 18, 2002 10:15 AM
Well I thought I'd seen everything till last night. I was out on one of my regular rides in a nice section of town riding along at a good brisk pace when all of a sudden I get pop or cold coffee thrown at me from a car that was passing by. I was so shocked I didn't even have time to look at the car as it sped by me. There was nothing said at all which leads me to think maybe it wasn't punk kids out for a joy ride thinking "heres one we can get". Could this have been a total fluke on their timing and my speed?
re: Ever had something thrown at you!!!!Miklos
Sep 18, 2002 10:25 AM
Unfortunately, it is a write of passage as a cyclist. I think it happens to everyone sooner or later.

oh yeslonefrontranger
Sep 18, 2002 10:39 AM
Lived / rode in SW Ohio & northern KY for many years:

* handful of change from 60+ mph passing car (that hurt like heck)
* "Big Gulp" full of ice / soda that detonated like a bomb in the midst of a group ride
* beer bottles / cans (at least half-dozen times). Never could figger out why Bubba would voluntarily waste a mostly full cold one on a goddam bike fag, but anyhoo.
* group ride (which I subsequently quit attending) got "egged" by local H.S. students because they figured out we rode the same route, the same time every weekday.
* the stoner kids in the lovely metropolis of Ludlow, KY threw rocks at us on several occasions.
* a couple drivers emptied ashtrays in my path at stop lights; I figured they either didn't see me coming, or else it was a harmless and easily dodged protest. Some kid yakked out the window at a stoplight once on my commute but I was fortunately able to bunny hop the fallout.

My favorite was getting mooned and/or screamed at by the teenagers. The sight of a bare white arse hanging out of a clapped-out '74 Camaro never fails to make me laugh.

Since I moved to CO I've not had any problem from drivers. Once or twice some self-righteous type has yelled "SINGLE FILE" out the window, but that doesn't hold a candle to being hazed and nearly ridden down by some drunk truck-drivin' Bubba.
moonings! LOLTig
Sep 18, 2002 10:54 AM
I'm happy to announce that I've never been mooned while on a ride. I'm even happier to announce that I've been on two group rides that were flashed breasts from a passing car Mardi Gras style. One occasion damn near caused a crash!!! After everything settled down, the pace was faster from what had to be the increased testosterone level.
thanks, I'll stick to the full moons...lonefrontranger
Sep 18, 2002 1:53 PM
Boobs do nothing for me, I'm afraid ;-) I have had guys wolf whistle me at lights on a couple occasions, that never fails to make my day.

Once when I was riding with my Cat 1 training buddies (both very well put together dudes...), a jeepload of teenage girls slowed down to scream "NICE A$$!!!" at the tops of their lungs at us. We all looked at each other and started laughing, and one guy said "gee that's kind of scary - I wonder which one of us they were referring to...".
Oh LFR....we miss you herePaulCL
Sep 19, 2002 5:20 AM
Just last week, down on rte 8 (in the metropolis of Ludlow), some hungover, overweight, smoking, rode-hard, Ludlow honey yelled "fag" at me. At 7am on a Sunday, she had the nerve to critique my choice of clothing!!

And I thought the behaviour in this area was normal. Maybe the Cincinnati/Northern KY area is overpopulated with bike-haters and bored teenagers.

As for things thrown at favorite is a full coke bottle by two teenagers. I chased them, caught them, and almost pulled one of the little sh*ts out of the car as his buddy drove away. I got the plate, reported it. I talked to their Mom on the phone - she was furious. That's enough punishment to make me happy.
Northern KY? Man, I'm sorry, been there once, never again. (nm)NJRoad
Sep 19, 2002 1:51 PM
So far I've been lucky...Tig
Sep 18, 2002 10:43 AM
I've been riding on the redneck infested roads of Texas since '87 (as well as many other parts of the country) and haven’t experienced this yet. I've seen just about every other despicable behavior displayed by drivers and passengers though.

We've seen many different stories in here about similar incidents like yours.
Sep 18, 2002 10:51 AM
Funny you ask this question as I had my first experience with this kind of stunt just last week. Went out to my normal riding area when something hit me in the back of the helmet, couldn't tell what it was. A pickup truck with 3 teenagers went passed me pretty quickly but when I saw that they were stopped a light a few hundred yards ahead of me, I chased them down. I guess one might say I "flipped Out" and rode up and told them that I had the truck license number and intended to trace the driver down and I might have even made a threat or two. The funny thing about this is how scared these 3 appeared to be of a middle-aged cyclist and I should say they convinced me that they hadn't thrown anything and that the driver was a cyclist too. Whatever.

Good thing I didn't have a gun on me...and to have caught the real culprit.
re: Ever had something thrown at you!!!!dirthersh
Sep 18, 2002 10:55 AM
I've been egged once, fortunatly the eggs missed and hit a sign. The kids in the car laughed as they went by and I still can't figure out why someone would endanger a cyclist by throwing something at him/her. I try and carry a cell phone not only for emergencies but to call the cops on these boneheads or any one else who deserves a visit with the law.
full 20oz. coke bottle!merckx56
Sep 18, 2002 11:04 AM
some redneck asshole threw it at the group and it hit me in the left forearm, almost taking me and about 30% of the group down! he was in the oncoming lane going about 40 and we were at full song going about 30. 70 mph closing speed! it broke the skin and bled for about an hour. my arm was sore for the better part of a month! i probably would have beat the living SH*T out of the guy if he'd have come back!
re: Ever had something thrown at you!!!!Fredrico
Sep 18, 2002 11:28 AM
Cold coffee, yuck. Once I was riding down Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park, DC, and an egg came out of a bush on the side of the road and hit me right in the stomach, splat. Egg all over the bike, in the chain, spokes. Fortunately it washed off.

I've been missed by beer cans, paper cups with ice in them, been yelled at, but nothing compared to that egg.
re: Ever had something thrown at you!!!!netso
Sep 18, 2002 11:31 AM
I have had a Grapefruit (knocked me off bike), empty beer bottle, beer can. All were deliberate.
re:Hit in the thigh with a raw egg.dzrider
Sep 18, 2002 12:01 PM
Also had somebody open a car door and barf on the road about 10 feet in front of me.
Yes ....... plaster, a beer can and cigarette butsMaartin
Sep 18, 2002 12:04 PM
rednecks in beat up cars and trucks
re: Ever had something thrown at you!!!!JL
Sep 18, 2002 12:05 PM
A tennis ball (I think) during the Tuesday night group ride. No one was hit though. The car was traveling in the opposite direction too, so it could have really hurt someone.

On the solo rides, nothing. Knock on wood many times.

Happy riding.

Fortunately not... butNigey
Sep 18, 2002 12:24 PM
it amazes me that people will do it. I mean, can't you blind someone like that? If someone did it to me, and if I could id them, I would really press as much as possible with assault charges.

I guess I'm just dumbstruck people do it.

The worst I've ever got (which seems tame compared to others) is random insults shouted by a couple of guys in a jeep. They had to have an unhappy life to do that I guess.
re: Ever had something thrown at you!!!!aliensporebomb
Sep 18, 2002 12:45 PM

Friday night, I was in my teens on my red Schwinn Traveller II.

I was a serious cyclist, riding a lot. I decided to ride to the local convenience store - who needs to drive?

I was heading north on a bike path adjacent to the road.
I was going about 17-20 mph - in that neighborhood.

A car headed south full of screaming alcoholic teenagers.

The car was going around 40 mph.

I saw a hand by the window.

I saw an object exit the car.

A cylindrical metal object headed for me at 60+ mph closing
speed and struck me in the chest.


It was a mostly full can of beer. Open.

I was nearly knocked off the bike.

I was soaked to the skins with beer everywhere.
I smelled like a brewery.

The kids were yelling screaming and laughing as they
rode off. I probably yelled something after them.

My chest hurt like hell for weeks.

The end.
Bodily fluids...Souxsie
Sep 18, 2002 12:51 PM
My buddy and I were riding through a park at dusk with our Helmet Nightriders on and as we passed a car of stoners they called us freaks. Unfortunately we had to pass by them on our way out. They jumped in their car and followed us. I was really scared and angry at this point as they spat at us and drove off laughing. We thought they missed but the next morning I noticed a crusty residue on my seatpost. Bleh. Guess it could have been worse.

God was I pissed at being so totally helpless. I guess its just human nature to bully...
half full beer can narrowly missed me once.rtyszko
Sep 18, 2002 1:11 PM
Several thingsMudman
Sep 18, 2002 1:29 PM
Glass beer bottles twice - one hit me in the head (yes it hurt)an the other time they missed.

Cigerette butts

Base ball hat

music tape .... 8 track!
Water balloons. -nmSnowBlind
Sep 18, 2002 1:33 PM
i have been egged and water ballooned...slomo
Sep 18, 2002 1:52 PM
..fortunately the egg didn't shatter, just bounced off of my back and the water ballon missed me by a few feet. just f'ing kids getting their jollies. products of our public school system (just kidding ;) ).

p.s. i don't seem to mind the ass and leg complements shouted at me by girls driving by
i have been egged and water ballooned...aliensporebomb
Sep 18, 2002 7:38 PM
One time I was out for a ride and a car full of teenage girls
were yelling "Go Lance!" and "Hey Baby!" and "Woooooo!!!!!"

I was flattered even if it would be robbing the cradle in
ways society doesn't approve of. They were young enough to
be a daughter if I had kids.

Why didn't that ever happen back when I was single and
younger? Oh well.
i have been egged and water ballooned...Rich_Racer
Sep 19, 2002 1:14 AM
Me too - only in NJ though - in no other part of th world have I ever been hit by anything thrown at me. Did get my ass pinched at some lights once though - but she was cute so I enjoyed it!
2 man TTT. A dead chicken right in my chest.MB1
Sep 18, 2002 3:49 PM
I was at the front and we were really rolling. Next thing the guy behind me knows he is covered with feathers.

After we got over the shock/suprise we laughed about it for weeks.

Finished 4th as I recall. Not bad for a couple of climbers.
Sep 18, 2002 11:40 PM
(Thank goodness.)
A Dead baby.Sintesi
Sep 19, 2002 5:15 AM
I think.
Ice chest of water + ice but we got revengemdo
Sep 19, 2002 11:49 AM
This happened about 12 years ago in Indiana. We were on a group ride, mainly triathletes, including a couple of pros in the area. Billy Bob + friend comes along in his F-150 & proceeds to dump the contents of his baby igloo on us as we were riding. They speed off laughing. About 2 miles down the road billy bob is held up in traffic due to construction. We surround truck, windows are rolled up, and Billy Bob + friend is soon sitting on four flats (not slashed). As 4 of us were 6'4 or so, they weren't going to do a thing about it. I probably wouldn't pull that out here in LA, but in the group we were safe & a couple of the other motorists witnessed the entire incident & were laughing at the retribution. In retrospect probably earned a biker enemy for life but I doubt if he would have turned out any different.
Nailed by a grapefruitDMoore
Sep 19, 2002 1:46 PM
I was riding along, about 18 mph. Car coming other way, probably 45 mph or so. Passenger leans out, throws the grapefruit across the roof of the car, at me on the other side of the road. I was so surprised I just sat and watched, as the damned thing smashed into the inside of my right thigh. Impact speed had to be close to 60 mph. It just missed castrating me, and I had a huge bruise for a week. And what a sticky mess on my shorts.

Hell of a shot, though, to hit a moving target at that range and speed. The jerk should do something more worthwhile with that kind of eye/hand coordination.
Yeap - rotten vegetable platter in syran wrap. yuck!komatiite
Sep 19, 2002 4:29 PM