Have you had problems with people throwing items at you?

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    Jul 04, 2008 9:52 PM GMT
    Yes, I've also had the problem with guys purposely pulling in through puddles and making jeering comments out their windows. icon_confused.gif


    The problem is easily solved with a common everyday set of house keys at the next intersection. It only works in slow moving traffic with a lot of one way and pedestrian walkways
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    Jul 04, 2008 10:17 PM GMT
    When I lived in the suburbs people would throw things at me all the freakin time, whether I was on a bike, jogging, or walking. Now that I am a city dweller I have no problems ever.
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    Jul 04, 2008 10:20 PM GMT
    "Have you had problems with people throwing items at you?"

    Only during roleplay with my partner. We do this thing where he's a furrier and I play a baby seal. He throws live fish at me and I'm supposed to catch them in my mouth and eat them. The problem, of course, is lobster hurts when it hits you in the mouth.
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    Jul 04, 2008 10:25 PM GMT
    For many years now, I have carried a bullwhip on me, everywhere. The one time I didn't have my whip or my handgun was the ONE night where a kid from The Vineland Boyz gang tried to kill me with a baseball bat to my face. No longer do I go out unarmed. Unfortunately I lost the gun a few years ago (got forgotten in the trunk of the car, and the car got impounded! Figures) but I still carry the bullwhip everywhere, and I'm at an expert level with it. If any assailant has anytheng less than a gun, I have a good 8 feet of reach on him, and I'm fast and accurate enough to land the fall of that whip on a target one inch square.
    You'd be amazed at how people step back when I pop that whip anywhere in the area. There are still a few weapons we can legally carry, and thankfully our Supreme Court will allow the recent gun-bearing descision to inform our laws once again. Also, whips are perfectly legal, so far.
    If we allow others to victimize us, it's our own fault. I've had numerous occasions to need to fight for my life or the life of a loved-one. I'm no scapper by any means, but if we back-down from such threats we only further enable those who would hurt us, and maybe another person down the line.
    What if those who have just thrown a bottle at you are allowed to get away to do it to the next cyclist? And what if that cyclist is just a young kid?
    I say, if they assault you when you're innocently riding, open fire on them in their cars, ride up close and grab one of them from the car and beat him into the pavement, hell carry a sword if you need to.
    Just let such assholes know that the next time they think it would be fun to do a drive-by, one says to the other... "Would be fun, if the last time I hadn't lost an eye, as well as my ability to grip a steering wheel."
  • kew1

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    Jul 05, 2008 8:52 AM GMT
    gymguy1 saidWhen I was in high school, I had a bunch of people in my car and one girl threw a can at someone on a bike. I was disgusted. I didnt want to be associated with people like that. I honestly wanted to stop my car and apologize.


    But did you tell her to get out?

    I've not had anything yet,perhaps cyclists are more accepted in the UK, but a friend in South Africa was training with his club when one of them was shot at.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 07, 2008 6:25 PM GMT
    I think this type of behavior is disgusting. Throwing things at cyclists and yelling obscenities at them are outstanding examples of juvenile behavior. It is not just teenagers doing this, many 30 something and 40 something adults also do some of these hostile, immature things. If only some of these motorists would accept the fact that cyclists have as much legal right to the road as they have. I have never had anything thrown at me yet but I have been yelled at frequently to ride on the sidewalk. I yell back at them to drive their car or SUV on the sidewalk.
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    Jul 07, 2008 6:53 PM GMT
    analyticalbrewer said...unless you are being passed by a truck from Texas, then expect something to be thrown at you.

    Hey!
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    Jul 07, 2008 7:04 PM GMT
    McGay said"Have you had problems with people throwing items at you?"

    Only during roleplay with my partner. We do this thing where he's a furrier and I play a baby seal. He throws live fish at me and I'm supposed to catch them in my mouth and eat them. The problem, of course, is lobster hurts when it hits you in the mouth.


    Holy crap that's awesome! I have several friends here in SF who ride the streets and I've never heard them speak of anything like what you've written here (not to say that it doesn't happen). Taking pictures and reporting them to the proper authorities, I'm not quite sure what they would do with that info. You could always call your local department of CHP and ask if it's even worth it. I'm sure they'll be more than happy to give you suggestions on how to combat this.

  • SoDakGuy

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    Jul 07, 2008 7:06 PM GMT
    Yeah, I have fists flying at me when I spar five days a week, so I throw mine right back and they land quite nice on their face, I may add. icon_twisted.gif
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    Jul 07, 2008 7:29 PM GMT
    I've been spit on and heckled before while riding my bike to work. More dangerous I find though, are the people who come barreling down the road way, honking and knocking you off the road. I was run off the road and into a ditch full of glass by a crazy woman in a minivan, resulting in a blown tire, some scratched knees and hands, and me walking eight miles to work and back.
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    Jul 07, 2008 7:55 PM GMT
    Here in KY we just run you down with our SUV's, just ask the former Miss America, Heather French Henry.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jul 07, 2008 8:00 PM GMT
    Seriously, no one has ever thrown anything at me when I'm biking. I tend to yell at people if they try to run me over and I get in their face.

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    Jul 08, 2008 6:09 AM GMT
    Maybe its that damn spandex that does it....haha just kidding trying to lighten up a dark conversation.
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    Aug 05, 2008 4:24 PM GMT
    When I first moved to SoCal (1997) I had someone throw a piece of pizza at my back. Luckily, it wasn't hot.

    I took chase and squeezed a whole water bottle of purple cytomax in their window at the next red light ... then rode like hell to get out of there.

    good times!!
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    Aug 07, 2008 7:47 PM GMT
    when i was at the high school. a kid in a school bus threw me a plastic bottle. spoiled brat!icon_mad.gif
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    Aug 07, 2008 8:33 PM GMT
    YngHungSFSD saidMaybe its that damn spandex that does it....haha just kidding trying to lighten up a dark conversation.
    If it's you in the spanxed, SFSD, it could be they're disoriented from staring at what I'm sure is a beautiful butt.
    I've never had anyone deliberately throw anything at me, yell at me or try to force me off the road - and I ride my bike on the streets of Chicago all the time. If a car turns in front of me or does some other boneheaded move, I just brush it off, because I don't want to get someone in a car mad at me while I'm on my bike.
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    Aug 07, 2008 9:02 PM GMT
    Lapinblanc said......

    Dunno how so many assholes are unaware of the rules of the road pertaining to bicycles.


    So true. They don't think that stop signs or traffic lights pertain to them; then after sailing through the intersection they spread out laterally and block faster traffic instead of riding single file, etc.
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    Aug 08, 2008 10:20 AM GMT
    I was at a four way stop and next to a lady in her SUV who seems to think I was not there. She made a right turn and I just wanted to go through to the other side.
    I thought (I was there first) that I had the right of way. The poor woman ignored me and started her turn. From that day I simply take the lane.