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It's amazing how brave people are behind the wheel...(12 posts)

It's amazing how brave people are behind the wheel...eschelon
Aug 11, 2003 12:11 PM
As I finished my 40 miler sometime last week, I was taking my usual way back home through the neighborhood. All of a sudden this vehicle behind me is honking her horn crazy and screaming at me...nope, she didn't have a few teeth missing and she wasn't driving a pickup...it definitely was a soccer mom in her mini-van gone berserk! Then it was clear for her to pass me and as she passed me she screams at me to "get the f off the road!". Mind you, that day wasn't an easy ride day, it was a 40 mile hard tempo ride and I felt cooked. But damn, this b1tch put some fire into my dead legs...I became so pissed, I decided to chase this hoe down. I guess she noticed me chasing her because now she is doing past 30 in a residential area and skipping stop signs...but I noticed her getting to an intersection where she would literally be crazy to skip that stop sign due to the enormous amount of traffic that hits this intersection...so I caught up to her at 30 miles an hour and road right up to her driver side window and screamed at her through her open door window "You got something to say me now b1tch?" All of sudden, her warm disposition behind the wheel of her soccermommissle mobile became a scared defensive disposition saying that I was all over the road and she was scared of hitting me as I was at the same time screaming at her that I was legally allowed to be on the street with my bike and she backed off in her mini-van and I went on my way. The illusion of power behind the wheel of an automobile...it goes to show you that even a fat soccermom belonging to the local PTA and Church can be the biggest fake.
Exactly whylotterypick
Aug 11, 2003 12:19 PM
I don't put any church stickers or fish things on my car.

We all do it. Meaning, get crazy or cut someone off some times.

Don't want JC to get a bad rap because of me.

You're not in Santa Barbara are you? Eschelon is the local group.
My cure for road rage that would annoy the ACLUgregario
Aug 11, 2003 12:26 PM
Make it a law that a person's name address and phone number be plastered all over the vehicle they are driving. Dontcha think that would make everyone a lot more polite?
Wouldn't work.. Had a van run me off...TFerguson
Aug 11, 2003 5:04 PM
with the name of his local window blind business plasrered all over the sides and back.

TF
here's one: guy stops his car in street, gets out and ...Tahoe Gator
Aug 11, 2003 12:33 PM
I'm riding the other day and a guy passes by me awfully close, especially given that there's not traffice coming the other way. So, my instinct kicks in (albiet perhaps stupid also) and I flick the guy a bird. All of a sudden, he comes skidding to a hault (from about 50 mph) in the middle of the street and jumps out of his car. My first thought is, okay, if this guy was looking in your rear view mirror to see me flick him off, then clearly he must have known he passed by me pretty close and was looking for some reaction. That started the adrenaline. So here I am, coming toward his car, which is now askew in the center of the road, with this middle-aged, not-so-fit, manual-labor-looking guy standing outside on the driver's side, seemingly ready to do battle. I'm thinking, "okay, given he probably drinks as many beers a week as miles I ride, whatever his fighting skills are he is horribly out of shape and I can take him for sure." I'm also thinking, "Clearly this guy is not stupid enough to start a fight given that other cars will be passing by and his car is blocking the road." It was tempting to dismount and taunt the guy long enough just for other cars to show up (some were just up the street). But, figuring I had more to lose than this guy (e.g., a black eye wouldn't be easy to explain at the office), I simply rode around him and told him to watch where the *&&^^$ he was going. He got back into his car and sped past me. I had some fear he would deliberately clip me, but perhaps the other cars in vicinity persuaded him otherwise.
If the sh*# is coming down, get the road shoes off 1st...cmgauch
Aug 11, 2003 12:55 PM
Most of us probably have similar 1st instincts when the adrenaline spikes. It takes a lot of practice & self-control to push those 2nd, wiser thoughts to the forefront.

If, despite your best efforts a conflict becomes unavoidable, do what you can to give yourself time to get out of those slippery road shoes. You can't defend yourself properly without a firm footing. Unbuckle them quick and leave them on the pedals.

I tuck a small can of Mace into the leg of my shorts on road rides in case a road rager doesn't leave you any options. Thank God I've never needed it.
That's the main reason I use mountain shoes...DERICK
Aug 11, 2003 3:47 PM
instead of road shoes. I'd hate to try defending my self with those on my feet.
Shoes as weaponsSpoiler
Aug 11, 2003 4:44 PM
One more reason to ride on the traditional Time pedals. Use the brass rear cleat combined with the aluminum front cleat. Grip the shoe by the heal counter and take a haymaking swing at the jaw.
While you're calmly putting the shoe back on your foot, Mr. Driver is picking shattered teeth out of puddle of blood on the asphalt.

And that's a good thing.
re: It's amazing how brave people are behind the wheel...jrm
Aug 11, 2003 1:09 PM
I had one driver pull out in front of me in my lane. i split the lane riding up to their window and giving the WTF jesture, and mouthing assh0le. The guy goes balistic calling me f@g, then mudda phucka, honking his horn and swaerving toward me as if to scare me.

So the guy speeds up down the street i notice guy parks car and seems to be waiting for me outside the driverside door. So as i approach the guy comes toward me as if to pull me off the bike as i go by.

Well i said OK assh0le you wanna play that game..speed up, ducted my head down and aimed right for the guy. You should have seen this assh0le climbing up the side of his car to get outta the way. Never seen him since..
Hard to resistTypeOne
Aug 11, 2003 3:55 PM
It is so hard to keep from getting pissed and giving someone the finger or yelling. But man, I keep trying to remain calm. I'm no zen-master, but sometimes I can do it. I don't want to escalate the situation and get killed.
Good one, turning things around like that! -NMTig
Aug 11, 2003 7:21 PM
Stupidest thing I've seen...Spunout
Aug 11, 2003 1:21 PM
when you get honked and sworn at to get off the road, so that the car can pull 15 feet further ahead...in a traffic jam.