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Some greasy punk on a cheap a$$ bike cut me off!!(16 posts)

Some greasy punk on a cheap a$$ bike cut me off!!Lightspeed
Mar 25, 2003 9:31 AM
After winning my category on Sunday, I was out for a short recovery spin. I cut across town on the local MUT since I wasn't planning to hammer. This punk pulls onto the path in front of me and gives me the once over with this stupid look on his face. He's going along a little too slow, but I hang back. He looked like the kind of moron who would start up a race on a bike path crowded with people. Then with no warning this kid stops in the middle of the path. I swing around him and asked nicely if he would please pull to the right if he plans to stop. I also pass a family of 5 also in the middle of the path loading kids and Huffy's into their SUV. I guess he was afraid to go around them. I get back into rythm and 5 minutes later this punk kid blows by me like he's attacking Jan up L'Alpe d'Huez. I was tempted to catch him and punish him; but thought better of it and held back. He blew up eventually and I was approaching him at an easy pace. Once he realized I was behind him, he reved it up again and took off. I slowed up a little more hoping he would drop off the radar and I could get back to my recovery ride. Some people just can't ride a bike.
maybe its time to find a new place to do the recovery ride.Fez
Mar 25, 2003 9:44 AM
I always am surprised by what I see when I am on a trail.

I usually am on a trail for 1 mile before I get to my regular road ride.

The other day I was approaching 3 mothers with baby carriages riding 3 abreast and over the dividing line of the trail. I approached slowly, announced I was coming thru, and waited for them to get out of the oncoming lane.

They didn't. I asked them politely to move and I was shocked one of the mothers told me "FU!" Oh well, I guess motherhood doesn't change some people for the better. I can only hope the babies were asleep so they don't pick up the F word as one of their first words spoken.
Trails are more dangerous than the streets!!!shamelessgearwhore
Mar 25, 2003 10:32 AM
I find this to be the case frequently. If I am on a paved mixed use trail, especially on the weekends I never go faster than 10mph, its just not the place to kick it. I am often astounded by the people who use the trail and have no idea that anyone else is using it. People walking two to three (or more) abreast, and parents with kids using the trail are very dangerous! They really need to understand that even though the sun is shining and the path is long and paved and seems very safe away from cars, that it is not the place for weaving around all over the place. If the kids are so young that they have not learned to accurately steer, they need to go and learn in an empty parking lot somewhere until they get more control. The path should be THE place to teach your kids HOW to ride single file, giving proper signals and staying to the right. I always slow way down for people, but frequently their actions put me at risk doing 10 or under! FYI my only bike accident as an adult was on a paved bicycle trail.
Mar 25, 2003 11:00 AM
On one of my routes, I have to ride on a path for the first 2 miles. Boy, you sure see a bunch of goofs there. I'm always very careful there. You've got people riding at 10 mph, and you've got guys who use the trail for their high speed workouts (18mph).
read the litespeed poster child post 2nd below your post, NMkamss
Mar 25, 2003 9:52 AM
Ha, nice...that's the response I was looking for. lolsievers11
Mar 25, 2003 9:52 AM
Ok, so next time should weave a tail without mentioning Lightspeed.

"Last Sunday I ran into the Mapei Poster Child..."
mapeiboy will get all over you for that! nmSpunout
Mar 25, 2003 9:55 AM
mapei-boy and kelme-kid are a fierce duo. (nm)sievers11
Mar 25, 2003 10:00 AM
Seems like it must have been the weekend for it...ChiFlyer
Mar 25, 2003 10:27 AM
I went out Sunday...and was on a paved bike path. I just wanted to get a 30 miler in, and on the return half came to a point where a secondary path merges into the main path I was on. Here comes this person, riding the craftmatic adjustable bed of the bike world (a recumb.) and instead of yielding, pulls out right in front of me. I had to brake hard enough to feel the rear end of the bike start to unweight.

Well this guy immediately attempts to go to full speed, which I guess for him was between 17-20 mph, at least by my computer, and I just tagged along behind. He is ducking in and out of families, slower riders...and I eventually fell a little behind because I wouldn't ride that fast through that sort of thing.

Finally get to an area not much traveled so I start to pick it up a bit, and catch this guy coming up to a freeway overpass that has a short, but very steep climb. He is checking his rearview and his little legs are going mach 6. As we are going up the hill, I pass him and keep on going...of course the other side is a short and steep descent, and as I am gliding down I hear a noise behind. I don't know what happened, but he is now off in the woods after a crash. I stopped, went back and while he was alright, he was walking out with the damage done to his bike. As I am standing there talking to him, a couple of other riders whom he had "passed" earlier pull up, ask if he is okay...and when he says yes, they both flip him off and make some comments about his family ancestory for running them off the trail.
LOL - make sure the guy is OK, then insult him for riding likeFez
Mar 25, 2003 10:40 AM
an idiot.
Here's what I would've done......Alexx
Mar 25, 2003 11:18 AM
After making sure the @$$h0le was o.k., I would puncture both his tires, give him the "onan" salute, and wish him a nice hike back to wherever-the-h3ll he started from.
Tounge firmly planted in cheek...nm.Tower
Mar 25, 2003 10:45 AM
Well done! nmgreg n
Mar 25, 2003 11:28 AM
imagine the nerve, not respecting a Serious Rider like youSilverback
Mar 25, 2003 11:52 AM
Either this is a joke--sorry for not being able to tell--or your picture belongs in the dictionary under "Arrogant Roadie Pr!ck." You take your bike (it wouldn't be a Litespeed by any chance, would it?) onto a multi-use trail, and then get p!ssed off because there are OTHER PEOPLE on it? On bikes CHEAPER THAN YOURS? Have they no sense of class?
Wow. Someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.Kristin
Mar 25, 2003 12:47 PM
Now you just turn that frown upside down Mr. And that's an order! Actually, I think this post was a joke in response to Seivers earlier complaint about a Litespeed rider on a local trail.
re: Some greasy punk on a cheap a$$ bike cut me off!!commuterguy
Mar 26, 2003 8:23 AM
I am sorry to say I am not surprised by your experience, and I have posted here in years past about my own difficulties on a wonderful DC/MD MUT (Capital Crescent Trail).

I think serious cyclists should just forget about MUTs on nice-weather weekends. They get so crowded, and most users are ignorant of important trail-safety rules (warn before passing, etc.).

To the horror stories already posted, I would add a reminder of my experiences with riders on their aerobars, doing 25-30 mph (downhill) in very crowded conditions, and poor sightlines on twisty portions of path bordered by thick vegetation. Also, dog walkers who stand on one side of the path, and let their leashed dog browse on the other side, and don't pull the dog back as cyclists approach (and request passage).