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One more reason not to be an arrogant roadie pr!ck.(12 posts)

One more reason not to be an arrogant roadie pr!ck.Silverback
May 30, 2003 8:21 AM
The post below about passing etiquette brought this to mind, and I thought I'd throw it out as a general reminder/warning:
I rode the Indian Valley Century (Greenville, Calif.; really nice) last weekend with some friends. We were just out for the ride, bumping along about 15mph, passing the families and grandmas but not trying to stay with anybody who wanted to pass. At about mile 20, a pack of Arrogant Roadie P's, all dressed up like Lance on their Litespeeds and Colnagos, blew by going at least 10mph faster.
They were (I'm guessing, but it was pretty obvious) making a game of overtaking slower bikes and cutting as close to them as they could--the second guy in the paceline actually brushed my shoulder as they passed, without an "on your left" or any sound at all.
They rode up about 100 yards and did the same thing to an older couple riding cheap bikes, and as they passed, the woman wobbled a little. She bumped the lead rider, who veered left and fouled the front wheel of the guy behind him and brought him down. When they got it all sorted out, the ARPs started yelling at the woman, telling her if she couldn't ride, she should stay the f*** on the sidewalk, stuff like that.
Screw 'em. I'm glad the guy fell.
re: One more reason not to be an arrogant roadie pr!ck.MXL02
May 30, 2003 8:34 AM
Despite my desire to achieve a zen-like ideal of peace and harmony, I just wanna kick the living sh!t out of riders like that.
instant karmas gonna get ARP'sctisevn
May 30, 2003 8:35 AM
nice. I especially like the irony of a cyclist (whos likely been told the same by motorists much to his displeasure) telling another cyclist to stay on the sidewalk.
Yup, but put it into perspective.Spoke Wrench
May 30, 2003 2:47 PM
During your weekly travels, what percentage of the motorists do you feel treat you rudely? In my case, I'd guess it's around 5%. I regularly do a Monday evening ride that attracts riders of all skill levels. I'd guess around 5% of them act rudely to motorists and sometimes even to other cyclists. Those two groups deserve each other.

I think that it's a shame that those few jerks are the people who we tend to remember and think about when we're not riding our bikes. My life is better when I consciously turn my mind to the fun people I've met on my rides.
Yes, thank yourollo tommassi
May 30, 2003 8:36 AM
Money can't buy Manners!

We (our club) have noticed the surge in Postal bikes and SUV drivers riding them. This mentality will only increase as we get better weather and closer to July.

Do we just suffer these people? They will go away, post Tour and when the leaves begin to change. However, the impression they leave goes beyond the scars of road rash.

If you see people being jerks, tell them so. I do. It may not change them, but at least their victims (old ladies? how sad!) will see that there are Roadies who do have manners, and who are appalled at this attitude.

ditto JulyJS Haiku Shop
May 30, 2003 8:59 AM
it's a dangerous month to participate in club rides or organized events, for sure. the local 25 beginner's ride turns into a 10 mile race through traffic and a 15 mile epic sufferfest as those one-month-a-year euro pros go 'til they blow, crawl back to the car on their knees, and often cause some road rash before the ride's over.

all our rides have posted speeds. what amazes me most is the number of folks who show in late june/july/early august for non-beginner rides announced as 17-19 mph & hilly, ride at 14 mph, inquire into when they can ride in the next road race, bonk, get dropped, get lost (with a cue sheet), and complain after. geesh.

I love July! I hate July!
If they were jerks, why did you bother to stick around ?????MR_GRUMPY
May 30, 2003 8:37 AM
For every fast jerk, there is an equally jerky slow rider.
Sounds like those boys need some lessons in bike skills.
re: One more reason not to be an arrogant roadie pr!ck.kjr39
May 30, 2003 8:51 AM
ARPs. I like that... :)

You did of course stick up for the woman, didn't you?
Maybe that group happened to be a bunch of jerks.elviento
May 30, 2003 9:14 AM
But that doesn't represent all of us. I just don't think there is a higher percentage of jerks in roadies than the general population.

If it's wrong to generalize based on race and gender, why do so based on the sport they do?
re: One more reason not to be an arrogant roadie pr!ck.ajgibbons
May 30, 2003 9:20 AM
Been getting some solicitation mail asking me to join AARP - must be the Ancient Arrogant Roadie Pricks.
cool; so karma *does* work ;-) nmDougSloan
May 30, 2003 10:27 AM
Once the bad Mojo is on you, its hard to shake! Ha! n.m.CaliforniaDreaming
May 30, 2003 12:42 PM