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assholes can be bikers too [Aug. 22nd, 2006|10:18 am]
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riding to work this morning... stopped at a light for a one-way back-road, no cars to cross in sight, rode on through.... and an oncoming biker angrily yells at me as he rides by, "Same road, same rules! You don't get a free pass, Jerk!"

hmm. i don't think this will change my policy which is to stop if there is any traffic around, go on through if it won't raise any hairs.

this will make me think more when yelling at auto drivers that are doing something that i think is stupid. some random person yelling in anger while passing by just seems silly. all the consideration he gets is a smirk. (... and an LJ post)
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From: veritasrei
2006-08-22 03:56 pm (UTC)
This is very disillusioning as I thought all bikers were free from error when sharing the road.
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[User Picture]From: potentialtoburn
2006-08-22 04:00 pm (UTC)
"Hey, fuck you!"

".. oh, sorry Chuck. didn't see that it was you."
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From: veritasrei
2006-08-22 04:03 pm (UTC)
I wish I knew how to quit you..
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[User Picture]From: catness
2006-08-22 06:02 pm (UTC)
I've never found yelling to be all that useful, or all that satisfying. However, on a motorcycle (even my tiny one), all I have to do is change my seating position, do that little internal/external thing I do which essentially means "perpetuate this action/motion/direction indefinitely", and then turn and GLARE. Even the most egregiously clue-free person seems to back off when I do this.
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[User Picture]From: potentialtoburn
2006-08-22 06:17 pm (UTC)
is your shield opaque?

trying to get the picture.
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[User Picture]From: catness
2006-08-22 06:42 pm (UTC)
No, I usually have a clear shield on the street (smoke shield on the track). I think it's just a type of Being Challenged, to which most people are not accustomed. They're *used* to being shouted at or flipped off.

(Also, it might be a bit unsettling to other drivers that my bike keeps going, without any obvious means of me controlling it, if I'm turned completely around. It's not hard to do; centripedal force pretty much takes care of it, but most people on bikes don't do that. I figured out the trick when teaching track days and having to watch my students behind me, without mirrors or extra eye installation. ;)
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From: midbackman
2006-08-22 09:44 pm (UTC)
I'm aware of my own stupidity - people don't need to yell at me. When in fact people do yell at me, it makes me want to cry. A nice person such as me certainly doesn't deserve abuse for just wanting to ride my bicycle on a sunny day. Why are people trying to make me develop such thick skin? Do they have AIDS and most desperately want everyone to avoid catching it from them, so they yell at passerbys to go away?

Summer vacation in Mt Shasta is fun. The local talent smiles and waves to me when I take up their road.
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[User Picture]From: potentialtoburn
2006-08-22 10:14 pm (UTC)
i want you inside me.
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[User Picture]From: tumorsarah
2006-08-23 02:42 am (UTC)
eh. as a pseudo-cool bicyclist i am honestly most afraid of getting hit by other bicyclists because so many don't stop at intersections and definitely wouldn't have time to notice other oncoming cyclists. although obviously yelling is a bit lame. actually i might yell asshole at you if you cut me off. i guess i definitely would. i'd be like "you're gonna pay for this with oral sex bitch" uh i am sort of in boston but am sort of entertaining family but hopefully we can hangout sometime sunday night or anytime monday or tuesday. sarah.
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