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Old 04-04-2012, 02:26 PM
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I'm new to the forum but had an experience today that might be instructive to new commuters/riders.

On my commute to the mid-Wilshire area of LA, I was crossing a 2-way intersection on 4th St (no stop for 4th east/west). A driver was rolling over the line, about to go when I motioned to him to wait a sec more at the stop sign and let me cross the intersection. He did but included a honk of protest.
What I did next, I knew better than to do but did it anyway, and that was to offer him that special gesture reserved for just such moments. I know, I know...

At the next intersection I heard him honk but I just rode away and figured I was done with it. A half mile later or so, in the quiet residential area of 4th, a young man in his early 20's in an American sedan roars up beside me and begins to hurl abuse and taunts, trying goad me into fighting him. I ignored him looking over at him occasionally with a blank, possibly incredulous expression. I wisely chose not to add anything to the mix. So he hung with me in this way, riding alongside until Rossmore when he went the other way. After that, another cyclist rode up to check on me (thank you).

Not the most exciting story with the grand, dramatic conclusion but the point, if you haven't heard it already from someone else, is this: LET IT GO. I knew not to do this, absolutely I knew better, and I'm too old not to but I let his little honk get the best of me. It wasn't even that big of a deal to begin with. His threats aside, the guy really had no intention of doing anything but I was lucky that a posturing rant was all he had to offer.

There's no shortage of short-fused, ill-tempered freaks out there, some of them armed, intoxicated, insane, or all of the above. So if you're ever on the receiving end of a non-physical encounter-i.e. someone yells, honks, insults, etc., never respond in kind. You do not know into what chemically-imbalanced head your responses and/or gestures will land and what the body that's connected to it is capable of. Just move on, get out of there, and if you do feel threatened, call the police. It's not worth risking life and and health for the satisfaction of responding.
And yes, if anyone needs to scold me, I deserve it.
Happy and safe riding to all!
PS: Wear a helmet.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:45 PM
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A good reminder.
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:20 AM
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True, a good reminder. And to it, I would add that for all the cyclists who exercise restraint in a potentially heated moment, who show courtesy to drivers, who do stop at stop signs and stoplights, who ride with traffic vs against it, who behave predictably in traffic even when cars don't always do so, any driver only needs to see one cyclist behaving badly to form, in an emotionally-charged moment, an unfavorable impression that is generalized to all cyclists.

Remember your larger "family" out there. Your actions don't necessarily represent us all, but they are the lasting impression left with the drivers who see you.
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We were "buzzed" (passed too closely, when we were on the fog line, and the truck had plenty of room to move left) this afternoon; the passenger flipped us off. I wanted so badly to return the gesture but waved instead. I know that pissed him off. I took out my anger on the hills.

When we ride the tandem we seem to get more recognition and respect -- people smile and wave more, and motorists give us a wide berth. There are those few idiots who get too close, but by and large I feel safer on the tandem than when we're on our half-bikes as a pair.

Like VV describes, we are as predictable as we can be -- and here in NorCal they'll give you a ticket for running a stop sign if you don't clip out. Regardless of the conditions. Oh, well...if it makes us safer...
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Banner Ad question:

Does the forum get a kickback from PBK if we use the link on the banner ad? Is Jenson no longer a sponsor?
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Hi! I could have sworn I've been to this site before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it's new to me.
Anyways, I'm definitely delighted I found it and I'll be book-marking and checking back often!
Not surprising given that you evidently post up spam links on so many random sites. They surely all start to look the same after a while. Spam-link posts certainly do.
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