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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-09-2005, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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WTF is wrong with people?

I just got back in from a little spin out west, and was on the Ike coming through about Oak Park, when some stroke in a white Explorer decides that I'm in his way. So, he gets up on my rear, maybe 5 feet back, trying to shove me out so he can get through.

OK, fine, so it's the Ike and that's par for the course, so I move over to let him through. Trouble is, the guy decides to follow me over and stay right on me. Seems that he either thinks that I'm supposed to be escorting him through traffic, or that my tailcone would make a great hood ornament. The guy follows me through five separate lane changes before I finally shake him off (whence he proceeded to go pull the same stunt on a Civic).

What's the deal? What drives people to pull stunts like this?

Anyway, my immediate solution to the problem is a good beer and a bad movie ("Hideous", on Svengoolie), but what do you suggest?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-10-2005, 03:23 AM
 
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Anyway, my immediate solution to the problem is a good beer and a bad movie ("Hideous", on Svengoolie), but what do you suggest?
Moving out of IL? That'd be your best bet.........
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-10-2005, 08:16 AM
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Slam on your brakes...or slow way down . I prefer the slam on the brakes technique..... check there reaction times....That always seems to get a good road rage on. Then when they pass you do the same thing back to them. Its quite rewarding when ya know you pissed them off for f----ng with you.

This is gonna hurt!
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Were you on the bike or car? I have the rear brake light set to go off WAY early, well before it does anything.

That, and flipping the mo-frappy off. Or get off the highway.

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Moving out of IL? That'd be your best bet.........
+1 for sure! But then you will end up missing the HWs.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-10-2005, 11:13 PM
 
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If you want to drive anything successfully in Chicago you have to drive aggresively. There's no way around that. If they're on your ass, lose them. This guy isn't scanning up the road as far as those of us on bikes usually are and will NOT stop faster than you will. It happens to us every day, someone always has to save 10 seconds on their commute and is tailgating and weaving excessively where they shouldn't be. Just remember...It's never a good idea to get caught up in a road rage situation when you don't even weigh 1/10th of what they weigh. The only thing you have to your advantage is agility and acceleration.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-10-2005, 11:39 PM
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if in my car, I just let off the gas and coast. You wanna stick 2 feet from my bumper, fine, but I'm only gonna go slower the longer you stick around. People tend to pass pretty quick when you do that.
It rarely happens on my bike cuz I'm always going at least slightly faster than traffic. When it does, I get pissed and crank the throttle and do what it takes to get some distance.

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-12-2005, 01:22 PM
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On a cycle I personally won't brake check a tailgater. You're the one gonna get hurt. You might scratch the dudes car is all. I'll just lose him, he can't go where you go. If you aren't that daring, wait till a stop light and make your way through traffic there.
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WTF is wrong with people?

I just got back in from a little spin out west, and was on the Ike coming through about Oak Park, when some stroke in a white Explorer decides that I'm in his way. So, he gets up on my rear, maybe 5 feet back, trying to shove me out so he can get through.

OK, fine, so it's the Ike and that's par for the course, so I move over to let him through. Trouble is, the guy decides to follow me over and stay right on me. Seems that he either thinks that I'm supposed to be escorting him through traffic, or that my tailcone would make a great hood ornament. The guy follows me through five separate lane changes before I finally shake him off (whence he proceeded to go pull the same stunt on a Civic).

What's the deal? What drives people to pull stunts like this?

Anyway, my immediate solution to the problem is a good beer and a bad movie ("Hideous", on Svengoolie), but what do you suggest?
there is a song about this. i think it is called "ball berrings in the pockets". thats right i said it.
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