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New skill, throwing water bottle at errant motorist...(10 posts)

New skill, throwing water bottle at errant motorist...Breakfast
Jan 18, 2004 6:08 AM
...and then being able to pick it up off the pavement without dismounting bike.

I discovered this yesterday when a crazed female driving her car decided to assert her dominance of the road and pretended she was going to run myself and another bike over. She had three other wide open lanes to drive in and we were in the right lane so it was obvious her intent was fueled by anger and arrogance.

I missed her car with the bottle, it was empty and lacked good throwing weight.
re: New skill, throwing water bottle at errant motorist...MellowVelo
Jan 18, 2004 11:29 AM
Talk to Cipo - he seems to have the skill down. He beaned a motorcycle with two bottles in Ghent Wevelgem this year.

Seriously, makes much more sense to get a license plate in that case. That sort of driving if a pattern will lose someone their license.. if they haven't already.
CO2 cartridge works better and you don't have to pick it up nmcyclopathic
Jan 18, 2004 12:30 PM
Sure you have to pick it up... nmtorquecal
Jan 18, 2004 3:03 PM
Dealing with errant motorist in an antique car!Bill J Pappas
Jan 18, 2004 3:15 PM
Was out riding this summer, along highway 8(west of Calgary, Alberta) had a run-in with an antique car owner! I was on the shoulder, of course, riding back into the city, when I hear this honking behind me. I looked back, and saw these 3 antique cars, driving half on the shoulder, and road! I waved them on ahead, but this a$$hole just kept honking at me, yelling "get off the road". These antique show cars can barely push past 40MPH, and for over 2 Km they drove behind me, and kept honking, I kept telling/gesturing them to pass me, but it seemed they didn't want to risk driving their POS on the road. Finally I snapped, rode up to the L/H side, asked him what his problem was. He "replied", whereby I grabbed my bottle, squirted him, and tossed it at his car!
Let's just say that I found his reply/attitude towards cyclists deserving of what he got!
I rode off, while they stopped and looked over their car for damage!
Dealing with errant motorist in an antique car!Saddle_Sore
Jan 19, 2004 1:45 AM
This goes to show that everyone who advocates riding with a CamelPak loses out. You cannot squirt idiotic motorists with one, nor could you easily throw it at someone because (a) they have way too many straps, and; (b) they cost a fortune.

I always keep a cheap small squeezy bottle filled with sticky cordial for such occasions, I find that a discreet squeege of Ribena on someone's rear windscreen when they are stopped at the lights works well, especially in the summer when it attracts all the flies. Of course, if you can get a shot in the through the sun-roof or side window Ribena plays havoc with their upholstery :-)
My favorite was squirting the driver with my water bottle if thebimini
Jan 19, 2004 8:55 AM
window is open. But, one of my new years resolutions is not to get upset with ahole drivers and just let them be. These stunts could backfire and cause the driver to loose control and drive into you or someone else. Worse you might find the driver has a bigger screw loose than you thought and ends up going Postal on you (and I don't mean the Tour de France kind of Postal).
The screws are looserchar
Jan 19, 2004 8:25 PM
Saw this happen 1 block from where I live on a very popular cycling route in Northern California. There was a "near miss" encounter, the cyclist squirted the contents of the water bottle, the motorist put in reverse and hit the cyclist, then spun the tires and split the scene. I gave chase on bicycle along with other folks driving. He knew all the backroads, and doubled back to his home. One driver managed to follow him, other folks memorized the license plate and the police showed up at his house.

Bicycle rider: ambulance ride to the hopital.
Motorist: arrested (I don't know the outcome, this happened last summer)
Newspaper quote from the cyclist the next day: "I guess I shouldn't have squirted him."

If you have time to mess around with your water bottle, you have too much time on your hands. When incidents occur you don't have time to
reach down
grab the bottle
open the top
get away.

You have much better things to do. Like get out of danger.

Now at the next stop sign/signal in a more relaxed environment...
Naahh, just not worth it.

Handfull of BBs. . .MisJG
Jan 19, 2004 10:40 AM
I never did it, but when I first started riding a motorcycle, a friend told me to keep a handfull of BBs in my pocket to throw at a-hole motorists who don't give you the respect you need/deserve. I would think the same thing would work on a bicycle. Just imagine the horrendous noise a handfull of BBs would make bouncing off the surface of a car, and with no damage done (in theory)!
Jan 19, 2004 10:45 AM
I have spit at cars, both while biking and running. Don't often hit them, but it makes me feel better. The water bottle thing always occurs to me too late to make it happen. The closest I came to actually spraying a passenger was probably a car length or so. This was after chasing the car with the water bottle in my teeth so I wouldn't have to fumble with getting it out of the cage when I caught the car. at some point you have to ask yourself if all the aggravation trying to get revenge is worth it. I think my New Years Resolution will be to ignore the idiots also.