Flipping the Bird

by Luminosity   June 27, 2013  

Wow. My first ever "pull over" today from a woman who was delayed possibly by 30 seconds - and that's in quite a lot of cycling. Country road rage.

While I will pull over if there's a build-up of traffic and no way for them to overtake without me doing so, I was a little p*ssed-off and considered a gesture in kind. I'm tempted to just ignore them though the automatic response to give them the finger has to be kept under control.

Any thought:

* Ignore
* Flip 'em a finger
* shout back (too late by the time they've been heard)
* or ????

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I would just ignore.

Only respond if you feel they've done something dangerous our have been abusive in the first case.

posted by 700c [541 posts]
27th June 2013 - 20:25

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Sometimes discretion is the better part of valour. Remember what happened to Dennis Hopper?

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
27th June 2013 - 20:43

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Depends what you're after.

If it's a recognition that they were in the wrong, and a fulsome apology, you're going to be disappointed 99.99% of the time.

If it's a fatuous argument backed up by half remembered bits of Highway Code and spurious, meretricious nonsense, have at it - this sort of driver tends have that down really well.

These days, I yell only if the manouever they pulled off was breathtakingly stupid and dangerous enough to startle me into an exclamation. Occasionally I motion that they might consider giving more room. (Hand out, palm perpendicular to the horizontal, motioning away from the kerb). Sometimes, they'll make an obscene gesture in return.

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"Tant que je respire, j'attaque!"

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posted by John_the_Monkey [417 posts]
27th June 2013 - 20:56

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Mind you, pulling alongside 'em at the lights they failed to anticipate can be deliciously awkward. They don't like that at all.

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"Tant que je respire, j'attaque!"

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posted by John_the_Monkey [417 posts]
27th June 2013 - 20:57

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A cold silent look tends to get the message through

posted by arfa [435 posts]
27th June 2013 - 21:18

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Ignore, and think to yourself, that person is sat there getting fat whilst I'm out here, enjoying myself and getting fitter whilst they waste their lives.

Or something to that extent!

posted by Jaltham [67 posts]
27th June 2013 - 23:48

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And now there are 3... that is recent threads written by cyclists who have been abused for no reason, other than getting into some idiots way (see my thread W***ers 'r' us).

posted by SideBurn [763 posts]
28th June 2013 - 11:05

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To be fair, if I have a day on my commute when I don't encounter uncallef for abuse/random acts of endangering/contempt from vehicles it is a rare day

posted by arfa [435 posts]
28th June 2013 - 11:36

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Give a cheery wave and big smile back - pees them off even more and sometimes they think "do I know him/her?"

posted by JohnnyRemo [57 posts]
28th June 2013 - 11:57

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When I can get up to them at lights its a throw down between sitting infront of the car and a track stare till lights change. Or my personal fav - ride alongside, motion to wind the window down and ask them about there day, it creeps people right out of there skin, ask them were there going, what they've been up to, when they are about to leave just a cheeky 'safe journey' or a casual wink! People don't know how to respond, they expect to get told off and are prep'ed up for an arguement and are met with sickeningly friendliness! Did it to some huge body builder chav kid the other week, his mates were in the car and he was showing of, showed him right up by doing that. Maybe even a bit of flirting! We used to creep other teams out on the rugby pitch by blowing kisses at them, they wouldn't wanna get close to you...hehee

posted by Cycle_Jim [281 posts]
28th June 2013 - 14:05

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also creepy wide smiles

posted by Cycle_Jim [281 posts]
28th June 2013 - 14:06

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Pull your phone/camera from your back pocket and take a photo of them and their number plate.

Some really take objection to that .... hard evidence Wink

posted by veseunr [277 posts]
28th June 2013 - 14:37

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