|Not All Road Bikers are Pr!cks||MisJG|
Jun 2, 2003 7:53 AM
|Sunday, June 1, 2003 - After completing an organized ride (The Udder Century) with my pregnant wife, we loaded up the car and headed for home. I knew I was low on gas and planned on filling up before we got on the highway. There were many gas stations just before the on-ramp, so I was planning to fill up there. I was lower than I thought. My car ran out of gas about halfway between the area where the ride began/ended and the gas stations I was driving to. Quick change back into my cycling clothes, pull my bike off the roof, grab my wallet (and my helmet as my wife reminded me as I was about to ride off, "Where's your helmet?!"), and away I go. Route 20 is not the most bicycle friendly road in Illinois. Narrow roadway, no shoulder, 45 mph speed limit. I made it to the gas station OK, bought a 2 gallon gas can and a bungee cord (to strap it around me like a courier bag), and went out to fill it up. As I was filling the can, a man in an SUV noticed I was filling a gas can while wearing a bicycle helmet. He pulled up and asked me if the gas was something new for cycling. I laughed, explained my situation and he offered me a ride back to my car. He had a rack on the back of his truck and I put my Cannondale next to his LeMond. Yes, his ROAD bike. He then not only drove me back to my car (where my wife was waiting. Did I mention she is pregnant?), but waited with his SUV parked behind my car while I poured in the gas, started my car and re-racked my bike. He didn't have to do any of this and he asked for nothing in return. I am the worst person in the world when it comes to remembering names (Mark, Mike?), so I will just have to say "Thank You LeMond rider, and good luck to you with the things we talked about."
This spring when I was putting the roof rack back on my car (I remove it in the winter), my wife asked me why I put the third tray on the rack when it's just her and me whenever we go anywhere. Now she knows. You never know when a fellow biker will need a ride and I want to be ready for that. I am just glad someone else was ready when I needed some help.
|But he was not on his bike||Continental|
Jun 2, 2003 8:43 AM
|As soon as he mounted his bike and started to ride, he was a prick again.|
|Good for him and you...||biknben|
Jun 2, 2003 10:06 AM
|On two occasions, I have helped cyclists while in my car (not even with my bike). It just feels good and I hope the favor will be returned someday when I'm stuck somewhere.|
|Two stereotypes challenged||torquer|
Jun 2, 2003 12:21 PM
|Road bikers AND SUV drivers!|| |