dealing with confrontational people while rideing

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Watchmaker, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. Watchmaker

    Watchmaker New Member

    I just got mine all together and commuted to college. Yes, i got more questions than i can count, but this one guy was a bike nut and chewed me out for ruining a perfectly good bike. You know the type, spandex wearing carbonfiber riding jerks who rack their bikes on top of their BMWs! He told me I was a sell out and if I just peddled I would lose some of that weight. I did not know what to say, other then it was the economical choice I made for my situation. Then that started an even longer rant about bicycles getting unlimited miles per gallon, blah blah blah. i finally stopped and told him to get lost ( well not exactly :devilish: ) How do you guys deal with these kind of people?

  2. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Reach out and down, grab their spandex tights, lift up and back really, really hard. Then smile and ask, "Wanna go pedalling now?"
  3. seanhan

    seanhan Member


    There is always one in every crowd !!!!
    I bet your bike has more people talking then his BMW !!!
  4. Al.Fisherman

    Al.Fisherman Active Member

    As soon as someone starts matter who, I would end the conservation and say.."to each his own" and as the English say.... "pi.. off"....sorta. Although I've never had a rude person as such.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2010
  5. Thatperson

    Thatperson Member

    I had one guy do that to me while out for a ride. I was sitting at a stop light and he came up beside me and started complaining about how stupid I was and that I should just pedal because it's better for me and the environment. I just started revving the engine and yelling "What? I can't hear you!" As soon as the light turned green I went on my merry way. :jester:
  6. Hajuu

    Hajuu Member

    Haha, I don't get that all here in Australia. Most people are keenly curious.
  7. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Wear a hockey helmet, plastic fluorescent orange vest and goggles;
    repeat "Hi, wanna be my friend?" regardless of what is being said.
    A bit of spittle on the lower lip sometimes makes a nice touch.
  8. mlcorson

    mlcorson Member

    "He who angers you wins"
    I don't know who said that, but it works for me.
  9. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    I can't say i have ever been road raged by the type, spandex wearing carbonfiber riding jerks who rack their bikes on top of their BMWs!

    The worst that happens is the directed stare and "highly disapproving look", as i power past or when i'm in the carpark and they are attaching their $6000 mountain bike onto the roof of their $130,000 BMW X5

  10. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    I get the biggest kick out of passing a roadie who has more money in his riding outfit than I do in my bike
    nodding and waving seems to upset them LOL
    any negativity is jealousy,,,in my eye(s) anyhow :)
  11. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    "Grab...twist...pull." (women's self-defense book):jester:

    I've had old out-of-shape people tell me, "Hey, that's cheating! You won't get any exercise riding that!"

    To which I say "I'm not exercising, this is transportation!"

  12. Skyliner70cc

    Skyliner70cc Active Member

    Yeah, I got harassed last summer near Durango by some ATV'ERS who kept saying I was "cheating" while on a LONG ride in the mountains. They kept passing me, kicking up dirt/dust in my path.

    I let them know that they were just as lazy as I was and took at detour thru a wooded area that they couldn't follow me.

    Anybody who isn't hiking on their two feet is cheating in my book and that includes pedal power ;-)
  13. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    If you are wearing sandals, shoes, or boots, pants to protect your legs, a shirt to protect your arms and back, and a hat to protect your head from the sun, or sunglasses to protect your eyes from bright light - you are cheating.
  14. Watchmaker

    Watchmaker New Member

    I wish i had thought of that at the time!
  15. Watchmaker

    Watchmaker New Member

    Great idea dude! :idea:
  16. Danny3xd

    Danny3xd Member

    LOL, like it TP.

    Had a shop owner telling me I was "defeating the purpose" I asked what that was. Exercise, green yada yada....

    "I have a bicycle for all that. This is a MB. Do you want to sell me that rim or not"

    Have said this to many folks and a Buddy yesterday (Has sleeve tats and rides a Harley almost yr round. In CT, thats hardcore) It always amazes me how cool bikers are and how many spandex folks aren't. In the beginning, I expected the exact opposite. But is just my nature. 100 folks in a day will give a really fun or positive reaction and I remember the one jerk.
  17. donutguy

    donutguy New Member

    I carry a can of bear mace ziptied to my handlebars:)
  18. Danny3xd

    Danny3xd Member

    snork, snork. Air horn "Get the ....." Arugahhh! Arent you a lil old to be,,,, ARUGHAAAAA!

    ARGUGHAAAA. Then kick their car door shut when their head is between the jam and bravely ride away.

  19. Everyone i meet likes my bike and are interested in where i got it and how i made it.
    They never have bad stuff to say,and if they do they never come up to me and dare say anything.
  20. chefdouglas

    chefdouglas Member

    I've only gotten one negative comment from a guy on a motorcycle telling me to "get a real bike" as he roomed away from a light. The funny part is his bike was a piece of c@#p.