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Got spit at today. Sheesh!(17 posts)

Got spit at today. Sheesh!RickC5
Jan 14, 2004 1:27 PM
Nice riding weather here in the Denver area today (60 degrees), so I decided to try out my new mtn bike wheels this afternoon. I've had them since October, but have been riding the road bike when the weather permits.

Anyway, I'm riding along, minding my own business, when a car full of punk a$$ho's comes alongside and some huge goobers fly by just in front of me. Punks aren't that good at aiming, whether it be a 9mm or spit, thank goodness. I gave them the single digit salute, and almost caught them at the next light, but it turned green and they sped away. I didn't get the license number.

The new wheels on the mtn bike seem to work fine.

For those who know the area, this took place way East on Smoky Hill Road, near Himalaya.
and I thought we only had idiots here in the south!eggshell
Jan 14, 2004 2:25 PM
I've had soda cans(full),cigarette butts,spit,newspapers and some other things thrown at me while riding.Luckily only the cig. butts have connected though.I too have given the "single digit salute" on many occasions. I had a car full of teenagers swerve into me yesterday(I was in a designated bike lane btw),the passenger opens the car door,hangs out and screams at me as they passed.Brilliant. I caught them at the next stop sign and they were all laughing until I said"guess what genius,I'm a cop(I'm not). I just got your plate # and you and your parents will be seeing me later." The drivers face went pale as I rode off.
Not as bad hereThe Human G-Nome
Jan 14, 2004 2:46 PM
In Norcal all I really get is the obligatory "get out of the road" and the exhuberant honking. On my 40 person group ride though, we once had a little 10 year old kid who must have been 4'8" tall and 225 pounds yell "try wearing some loose clothing you dorks!" I was having flashes of Eric Cartman in my head: "Respect my authoriti!" That was a nice moment.
I had an ironic "get outa the road"...JFR
Jan 14, 2004 4:02 PM
...experience that was almost funny because this guy got held up for mere moments while I took ownership of the car lane so as to make a (signaled) left onto the MUT. He yelled "get outa the road" at me just after I had gotten on the MUT and he was driving by paralleling me.

Adding to the irony/comedy/frustration that I wasn't in the road when he yelled at me to get out of it, is the fact that I'm one less car in his traffic laden way home. I'm doing the fool a favor by biking, the least he can do is let me get on the dang MUT.

p.s. I ride past that MUT access point now, further down the road to where it's better/safer to cross over.
Bike lanes?SpecialTater
Jan 14, 2004 9:05 PM
in Memphis? Wheyar? oh and good line. will use that next time... I've been lucky though.
correction..SCHOOL bike lanes on Gtown loop(nm).eggshell
Jan 15, 2004 7:33 AM
and I thought we only had idiots here in the south!litespeedchick
Jan 15, 2004 6:23 AM
One of my roadie friends is also a North Carolina Highway Patrolman. He's had fun w/ a few ahole mototrists.
yo EggbertJS Haiku Shop
Jan 15, 2004 6:29 AM
thursday night, saturday, and sunday group rides, if you're interested. drop me a line: cat 5 tattoo at yahoo dot com
I will! how do you stake your barriers on pavement?!?lol(nm)eggshell
Jan 15, 2004 7:36 AM
human obstacles. simply i send j2 out to break legs :) nmJS Haiku Shop
Jan 15, 2004 7:59 AM
ouch!J2 breaking legs and you breaking lungs...eggshell
Jan 15, 2004 8:09 AM
are you refering to thememphis hightailer group rides?if so I want to join the hightailers this year and get in on some of those rides.I typically only ride solo or with one other person,so I'm looking forward to some group rides.
yupJS Haiku Shop
Jan 15, 2004 8:36 AM
we typically ride as convenient from bartlett. this weekend is 9 am saturday for 50 from bpacc and 1 pm sunday for 42 from same. friendly pace with a few points of interest, and regroups. mostly gears, but sometimes we'll break out the fixies and suffer a little. ya never know if there'll be 2 or 20 people on any given ride.
That could be dangerous here in ND as the spit would freeze! nmTNRyder
Jan 14, 2004 3:20 PM
This is unusual???Dave_Stohler
Jan 14, 2004 6:41 PM
Gee, try riding in the northeast, especially around high school graduation time. I get spit at/thrown at/run off the road at least twice a year! Even sent a guy to prison once for running me off.
tell me about itwooden legs
Jan 14, 2004 11:59 PM
in pittsburgh i've had suvs swerve into me and follow me until i stopped, nose to nose argument ensuing, full 7-11 big gulps thrown at me while i was riding across a bridge, cig butts, general trash, beer cans, etc... we seem to have the mentality here that bikes are what you ride till you buy a car when you're 17, and if you're still on one when you're 20 there's something wrong with you. it's infuriating, i don't think i went two days over the past year and a half without hearing "get out of the road you @!*@@$%!" things are getting better, due to local bike projects and general counterculture the amount of cyclists here has exploded in the last year and a half, critical masses growing from five to ten people in 2001 to 120+ on key days in 2003.

people think they have it bad in nyc or philly where the traffic is heavy and cabs try to run you over, but at least most drivers there understand that bikes are actually allowed on the road.
Trouble is, what do you do when you do catch them?bimini
Jan 15, 2004 6:23 AM
I've caught a couple of drivers at lights after they tried to run me off the road. And when I caught them I had a verbal pizsing contest with them and came close to have a brawl in the middle of the street. Both, times I got the ahole to back down and whimp away without throwing punches but in hind sight is was stupid and I am certain the Aholes will stay aholes, it did not change a thing. And I am certain I looked the sight standing in the middle of an intersection in my spandex yelling and screaming at some fat slob in a pickup truck.

Now, I try to bite my tounge, maintain a steady composure, give a friendly wave with a silly smile on my face and think, gee what a freacking ahole.

Spit is minor, I've loss track of how may cars and trucks got within an inch of me trying to intimidate me off the road. I've been hit by cars three times now, one serious two minor. I've also been hit by golf balls, spit, beer cans and fast food cups. A friend even had a brick thrown at him (it missed, he picked it up, sprinted to the stop light and threw it through the cars windshield and then sprinted off). I've lost one friend to a car and another aquantince had his head run over by a wide trailer pulled by a pickup, I took care of him until the parametics arrived (he survived but it did cause damage).

It's the negative side of road biking.

Don't dwell on it.

Don't even think about it.

Just go out and enjoy the ride and MAY LUCK BE WITH YOU.
I like the brick story...nmKRider
Jan 16, 2004 7:18 AM