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Ever throw anything at a motorist out of anger? - nm(25 posts)

Ever throw anything at a motorist out of anger? - nmSquishy
May 28, 2003 5:15 AM
yupPaulCL
May 28, 2003 6:02 AM
After some teenager threw a full coke bottle at me. I picked it up, caught them at a light and whipped it at their car. I missed, they didn't. It's tough to get good aim and leverage off of a moving bicycle. At least those little sh*ts got a good laugh at my throwing form.
re: Ever throw anything at a motorist out of anger? - nmrussw19
May 28, 2003 6:46 AM
I used to commute to and from work and one of the roads I took was a two lane road thru a nice scenic park. It was a 25 mph zone, but cars were always trying to shortcut the traffic by speeding thru the scenic route and passing cars in a double yellow. When they would do this they would often be comming straight at me at like 45 to 50 mph in my lane which has no shoulders. So I got in this habit of pulling into the middle of the lane and taking out my water bottle, throwing it straight up into the air and pulling as far as I could to the right (off the road if I could.) I actually had the bottle hit a car once. The driver screamed at me that I could have killed him.... I screamed back the same thing. I told him that if I hadn't seen him coming that could have been my head exploding on his windshield. Anyways, this guy got so pissed off he called the cops. But he was too stupid to move his car from my lane with the skid marks in it. By the time the cop showed up, I just explained that I was riding along and about to drink from my bottle when I saw this guy coming at me at about 45 mph and with me going about 25, that's a closing rate of speed of 70 mph! I told him I screamed, threw my bottle out of fright and crashed off the road. The cop believed me after I demanded he test the skid marks for speeding, and the fact that the guy's skid marks were fully in my lane. The driver got 3 tickets for speeding, passing in a double yellow, and reckless driving. I told the story to my Cannondale rep at the shop I worked for and got a year's supply of free water bottles.

True story....

Russ
That's the best story I've heard in a long time!!NMtronracer
May 28, 2003 6:57 AM
You are awesome!!!Matno
May 28, 2003 7:53 AM
Reminds me of a lawyer friend of mine (partner in a big firm) who keeps an empty plastic garbage can in his garage to slow down speeding cars in his residential neighborhood. He has actually tossed it into cars' windshields before, and apparently, he's within his legal rights. (I'm not going to touch that one, but he knows the laws MUCH better than I do, so I believe him). I'd love to see someone stop and complain. I've seen this guy call people on the carpet, and it's like a work of art. The guy can verbally grind you into the ground without ever raising his voice. Wish I had that particular skill. I'm too nice for my own good sometimes...
Quite a story. You are far more brave than me! nmnoveread
May 28, 2003 7:54 AM
Lovely story - but how many bottles in a year? nmPdxMark
May 28, 2003 8:47 AM
The follow up...russw19
May 28, 2003 10:59 AM
I vowed never to do this one again, as the guy passing me may have just as easily tried to swerve from my bottle and still hit me. The unsuccessful times I tried it, I tried to time it that the bottle would hit after I passed the car... sounds good in theory, but if they saw me throw it, they still might swerve. It worked once, but I really think I was more happy to get out of that alive. I thought after that that I would carry a glass bottle and throw it down behind me if that happened again, but then I would just end up riding thru the glass the next day, as would any other cyclist who went down that road. So I nixed that idea. Now I just squirt water from the bottle and yell at them.. it's less dangerous and just as effective. But the time I threw the bottle I was 20, and stupid. I am much wiser now. Plus I don't commute to work (school now) so I am not riding at rush hour anymore. But I would not recommend this for anyone unless you are carrying a gun or at least a really big knife. It's just not safe. In fact it was stupid, but it really was funny! So I shared it.

By the way, whoever asked, I got a box full of 24 bottles from Cannondale free the next time we ordered clothes from them. I think 6 were 20 oz. the rest were 28oz bottles.

Russ
Does Spit count??? (nm)biknben
May 28, 2003 7:39 AM
Yes, just last night, I flipped this jerk the bird! - nmJuanmoretime
May 28, 2003 8:26 AM
A previously recessive Italian gene kicks in sometimes...PdxMark
May 28, 2003 8:51 AM
My arm starts flinging all over the place in grand emphatic gestures in case the dolt doesn't hear my shouts and comments about their intellect, driving, and observation skills. Just this morning for example...
Tempted, but his fully loaded gun rack dissuaded me. (nm)TNSquared
May 28, 2003 9:11 AM
No. Although I've been tempted.PseuZQ
May 28, 2003 9:11 AM
Where would it lead? Car would probably stop, I'd be afraid that my bike would get trashed, and I'd probably get the stuffing knocked out of me.

Me versus three guys in a truck? Yeah, that's a fight I want to be in...not.

Coupla guys tried to spit on me Monday. I just sort of shook my head, like, don't you have anything better to do? (I'd been riding for 7 hours, already covered in my own sweat, salt and some snot-rockets gone wrong. Like I give a crap about another gram of loogie...)
almost....this was several years agojoekm
May 28, 2003 9:30 AM
Was riding on a back road pretty much alone except for a car coming up from behind me. Since there was no shoulder (I was coming up to a small bridge) and the road was empty, I went over to the opposing lane to give him room to get by. Suddenly, I hear his engine rev and look behind me to see that he had also crossed into the opposing lane and was accelerating toward me. I had to bail over the guard rail to avoid him and, as he was passing by, he had this big "sh!t-eatin-grin" on his face. I recovered myself quickly to see that, up the road, he was stopped at a red light. I got back on my bike and sprinted as hard as I could while pulling my frame pump free with my right hand. My plan was to smash the drivers side window with it and try to pull him out of his car (I was far too enraged to consider the ramifications of such an action at the time). In the end, the light changed, he saw me coming, and sped off. I wasn't able to recall his license plate number by the time I got home and I doubt it would have done me any good anyways.

It was this event that caused me to give up the road bike for several years and take up mountain biking instead.

Anyway, that's the most angry I've ever been at a motorist.
Just my fists! ;-)kermit
May 28, 2003 9:34 AM
I used to commute daily in Vancouver, BC. One street I road along had a lot of T-intersections on the left hand side. Cars would stop and wait to make a left hand turn while others would swerve around them on the right hand side, often while they were in the midst of passing me. I can't count the number of times I pounded on peoples cars with my fists to let them know they were about to run me into the back of a car parked in the right hand lane. I let my feet fly a few times as well.

A co-worker of mine has a great story. Someone in a convertible cut him off or passed too closely or something to that effect. As he caught up to them at an intersection he drew his water bottle and sprayed the driver and the inside of their car. He then made a right turn at that intersection and boogied on outta there!
re: Ever throw anything at a motorist out of anger? - nmbigdeal
May 28, 2003 10:04 AM
If you throw something it could damage the car/truck/suv. I opt not to since throwing punches in Sidis doesn't do more than land me on my as*. I do however have a favorite move for those who buzz me: catch up if you can then move the passenger side view mirror. Nothing pisses them off more, and it doesn't damage the car. Remember to look at the car plate in case anything goes down after that!
No, but got even onceAlexx
May 28, 2003 10:17 AM
One day, some kid in his kenji-letter bedecked rice-rocket (complete with really subtle 3' high wing on the rear deck) decided to run me off the road. Since I was only about 1/2 mile from the local technical college (where I happened to be heading), and since I noticed a student parking sticker in the window, I decided to search the lot for the jerk's car. It was really easy to find, too.

Anyway, I found the car (parked diagonally on the back row, across 2 spaces to protect his awful, garish paint job). I looked around for a nice sharp metallic object, found one, and scrawled a few obscenities in the paint.
Shoulda taken the wing and put it on TT bike. (nm)PseuZQ
May 28, 2003 10:40 AM
^^ NICE ONE!!! ^^ - nmSquishy
May 28, 2003 10:45 AM
No, but got even oncerussw19
May 28, 2003 10:47 AM
That's great! I am not for keying cars, but there's a time and place for everything!

I had a guy in an Acura MDX (SUV) get into a 'shoving' for lack of a better word match with me once. I was riding in a bike lane near a strip mall and I knew this guy wanted to drive up the bike lane to get to the entrance, but I wouldn't budge. I was nice enough to use my bike lane on my bike, was it too much to ask he stuck to the car lane in his SUV rather than try to run me off the bike lane....

Anyways, he drove up to me and started to move over... his window was down... so I yelled "hey buddy, I am in the lane" he yells back "F-U move the hell over" and at that point starts to creap on over. I quickly ripped the Cinelli End Plug from my bars and like I was taught as a sprinter in Europe... I just leaned into him. As he turned into the entrance to the strip mall with me leaning into him my now open ended bars left a huge 24 inch scratch down the side of his SUV and I was no worse for wear. After he made the turn I clicked out of my pedal with my left foot and used the carbon toe of my Northwaves to leave a parting dent in his passenger door. He hit the brakes like he was gonna try to chase me, but 3 other cars turned into the same mall behind him.. he couldn't back up and had nowhere to go.

The shame of it was that it really was a nice Acura. But then I was on a really nice Colnago. So there!

Russ
That is beautiful! n/mfracisco
May 28, 2003 11:17 AM
I removed a few antennas when I was younger nmgtx
May 28, 2003 12:27 PM
threw my bike at a car onceFrith
May 28, 2003 12:40 PM
sort of. He cut me off turning right into a parking lot. I didn't have enough time to avoid him but I did have enough time to aim my hanlebar (mtb) at his mirror.
It flew
I yelled
and swore
and yelled
Doors locked
car kicked
car dented
ride continued.
I am the kind of person that tries to avoid violent situations in almost all cases. When I'm on a bike though the vulnerability of it and the lack of respect for that vulnerability causes my to look to violence to send that lasting message. I can't help it.
Boy, so many stories...purplepaul
May 28, 2003 3:58 PM
Living in NYC, there's an opportunity every day to get into a fight of some sort.

Cabbies. The only thing that seems to work with them is to take out a full water bottle and smash their side view mirror when they're stuck at a light. I know this because I cut my hand pretty good after NOT using a water bottle. Mind you, there must be a lot of traffic or they'll run you down. Or try to...

At 10 or so at night a number of years ago I was riding down Broadway at 42nd Street. The street was empty. Suddenly I hear this loud and obnoxious horn right up my ass. I was on the left side of the road, there were no other cars around. Why would anyone have a problem going around me? Well, it was a Con Ed van (local power company). I guess he just hated cyclists. So, when he got stopped at a red light, I zoomed by on his left side after having saved up my syliva for several blocks, and let it loose onto his right side window. At least that was my intention. What really happened was the window was open, he had a partner in the passenger seat and my loogey went all over him.

Holy sh!t! I hear his engine rev severely as he runs through the red light to chase me. I'm in trouble now. There are no cars around, so even going down a side street the wrong way wouldn't guarantee he wouldn't follow me. I did go up side streets whenever it felt like he was getting too close, though he managed to follow me. At one point I knew I was caught. Without looking back, I gauged where he was and waited until the last moment to cut in between two parked cars, up onto the sidewalk and U-turn up Broadway. He had screeched to a halt, trying to cut me off and sandwich me in between the parked cars, so his buddy could jump out, but by the time the guy had gotten out, I was heading north (Broadway at that point only runs south) on the opposite side of the street.

Scary as hell. But I made it out unscathed. Didn't do that again. For a few weeks.

Now, having aged a number of years, I still get the urge to retaliate. But I rarely do except for screaming every obscenity in my vocabulary when my ire is really raised.
Brake FluidLeadvilleBlues
May 29, 2003 9:02 AM
I remember hearing this story years ago as a USCF rider in Denver. Bob Forney ( RAAM Rider) would carry a water bottle full of brake fluid, and when some jerk would play tag with him in his SUV, out came the brake fluid and squirt, squirt....right on to the car's finish ! What a great why to screw up some guys paint job.