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Your reaction to cyclists you pass when you're in a car

Old 05-15-10, 09:32 PM
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Scope out the bike and kit and pass giving them plenty of room.

Someday I think it would be hilarious to pull alongside and have a passenger hand out a water bottle and/or Clif bar, support car style.
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Old 05-15-10, 09:54 PM
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I just give them enough room, and go on my way. If I don't know them, there's no good way to show support from a car. If I do, I'll honk after i'm a good distance away.

I've considered putting a SAG sticker on the back of my car, cause a couple times i've seen people with a flat or whatever along the road, and think about stopping, but then conclude that that'll just freak them out.
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Old 05-16-10, 01:41 AM
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This topic kind of hits close to home for me, due to a few incidents that have happened to me over the last week or so. The first one being getting honked at on my ride home from work by an 18 wheeler . Scared the crap out of me when it happened, but then I noticed it was a truck that belonged to the company that I work for, and that it was probably one of the drivers that brings in our shipments, my anger subsided. When I saw the driver a few days later, he felt kind of bad because he saw that I jumped. I told him not to worry about it, I just wasn't expecting an air horn behind me at the time. The road that I usually ride on is high traffic and I get honked at on a regular basis, so I am use to car horns.

A few days later I was riding into work and some punk kid pulling out of gas station decided to yell "Get the f*** out of my way." He was about high school age and had a bunch of his friends in the car so I am pretty sure he was just trying to be the "cool kid." Anyways it really rubbed me the wrong way and I felt like stopping and dragging my cleats across his hood, but I just gave him a sideways glance and kept going on my merry way.

When I do drive, which is rare, I try and keep a safe distance. I have been hit once and know what it feels like. So I try and give other cyclists the respect they deserve.

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Old 05-16-10, 04:19 AM
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Around here, I get some supporting honks when passed - usually a few short beeps. I dont mind it.

What I do mind, for example, is the jackass in the big SUV that decided to overtake me and almost right hooked me at a roundabout (I was going straight - he decided to pass me on the left and turn right). Cant even yell or flip people off here.

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Originally Posted by akansaskid View Post
I imagine 95+% of the time when someone yells out from a passing car, I have no idea what words they actually said, especially if they are way over in the driver's seat.
I never can understand what they say either. But much of the time, it sounds like it's probably "GOOD RIDING TO YOU!"

I acknowledge almost all well wishers with a friendly wave.
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Old 05-16-10, 08:36 AM
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Obviously I notice them and think to myself, "I wish I was on my bike right now." And that's really about it.
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Old 05-16-10, 09:16 AM
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The only time I like hearing the horn is if there is a Prius sneaking up on me
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Old 05-16-10, 09:37 AM
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I usually hit the gas and buzz them as close as possible...gives them that nice rush of fear that I enjoy daily form dangerous drivers.....keeps things spicy
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Old 05-16-10, 09:43 AM
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I love seeing cyclists. I should probably get an "I Like To Bike" bumper sticker. Or mount my bike rack all the time so when I pass and cut them off, they know it's friendy.

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Old 05-16-10, 11:19 AM
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I always give them a plenty of room when I pass. I don't have to show my water bottle, or ride with my Saris Bones because my SUV has a large oval sticker that has the outline of a road bike with the caption "BIKE FRIENDLY VEHICLE".
I'm trying to find another sticker for my other car.
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Old 05-16-10, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by trey.a View Post
I generally try to run other cyclists off the road. Less competition.
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Originally Posted by Eclectus View Post
I love seeing cyclists. I should probably get an "I Like To Bike" bumper sticker. Or mount my bike rack all the time so when I pass and cut them off, they know it's friendy.
I like this sticker too>>>>http://www.cafepress.com/cp/moredeta...colorNo=0&pr=F
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Old 05-17-10, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
Have ridden in DC . . . reps up a 10% grade?
Got to be kidding!
How l-o-n-g is that 10% grade?
Have stopped ahead of loaded touirng bicyclists on some of the long/ lonely/steep stretches here out west and asked if they needed anything.
Otherwise we just pass safely.
Ok, to be clear: "she beeped at me when the hill hit 10%, link below (my favorite hill in the area btw):

http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...n/496178998703

I also repeat on this one, shorter but can be a killer:

http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...27410460922415
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