the strangest things people in a car said to you?
“Dude, it’s Keanu Reeves on a bike!”
I’ve heard before that I look a bit like Keanu, but I had a damn balaclava on (pulled up over the mouth but not the nose) and was in motion past this drunken pedestrian. Can’t believe he picked it out.
“you can’t ride your bike in the street.”
from a cop in mt caramel, pa.
I pulled up to a light on Grant St. last week. A guy carrying a pair of overstuffed travel bags stepped out into the crosswalk. Took a few steps. Looked at me. Looked at the flashing “Don’t Walk” sign. Said something I didn’t quite catch. Looked again and then said, “I’ll go back” and returned to the curb to wait for the “Walk” signal.
I realized that what he had said at first was “Oh, a cop”. He had mistaken my black and gold jacket purchased from a police supply catalog for the gold and black jackets worn by Pittsburgh Police.
This was, in fact, why I bought the jacket. So that drivers, if even for a moment, might mistake me for a cop and not do stupid, illegal things around me. My jacket was apparently successful in intimidating this guy back onto the curb.
And just yesterday when I was leaving work, a father and his 5yr old son were waiting for a bus near where my bike was locked to the rack. The boy was commenting about the road salt coating my bike when I walked up. He said to his father that he thought I was a policeman.
Cop jacket for the win.
A few weeks back when it was warm (30 degrees), I was stopped at the light at Grant and the Boulevard of the Allies. It had been raining that morning and my long pants were still wet so I was wearing just the bike shorts for the ride home figuring that I would be more comfortable with bare legs then with wet long pants.
A bus driver turning off of Court Place onto Grant came to a complete stop, blocking traffic, to yell out the window and ask me if I was cold.
In all my years of riding I can’t say I’ve ever had anything clever or funny shouted at me. However I have gotten “get off the road!” so many times it (almost) doesn’t get to me. I normally respond by shouting “why??”. Then;
a. the person really just had this one burst in them and speeds off
b. it really confuses the person momentarily and then they speed off
c. if they feel like hanging around to discuss the finer points of the law, they slow down the other cagers, piss them off, and they become the problem. Win!
They didn’t say anything so I don’t know if this counts, but a couple of years ago I was riding home down Bingham St. right around twilight, I had a cateye headlight on blinker mode and a red frog light on blinky on the back. Now I should mention that the cateye casts a sort of blue-ish glow. I was heading west towards the stop sign where Bingham bends left around the terminal bldg., as I was maybe a block from the aforementioned stop sign I noticed the car ahead of me roll right through the stop without slowing down. I didn’t really think anything about the situation, but as I got closer to the car in question and prepared to overtake it he slowed down, pulled to the side and stopped, as I rode by he wound down his window as thogh he was being pulled over. He thought I was a cop pulling him over for running a stop sign! FUNNY
Just a few weeks ago I was riding down bingham street on the sidewalk with a buddy that was walking because he hurt his knee. We Where passing under the road that the bike pgh office is on when a car drove by us and they yelled at me to “get on the sidewalk” and sped off. After looking down I realized I already was on the sidewalk. At that point me and my buddy just shook our heads and said wtf is wrong with people.
During the G-20, a cop -ordered- me to get on the sidewalk. Not understanding but not about to question him, I joined a throng of people on the sidewalk. Turns out President Obama’s motorcade was about to enter Downtown and traverse Grant Street.
I doubt I will ever hear that one again.
^ I hate to admit that I have gotten off the bike and chased a dog (or two). Their reactions were worth it. (I didn’t catch them).
Tonight, in Squirrel Hill, a guy yelled out his window at me, saying “Get a light!” Of course, I had lights on, both front and rear.
ieverhart’s story demonstrates the power of positive thinking – a passing motorist hollers something at him on his bike. But rather that hear something mean, he chose to hear a piece of sound advice relative to the cycling conditions. He decided to hear “get a light,” when all evidence germaine to the situation suggests the motorist likely said “get a life.”
Keep up the positive thinking out there…
My all time favorite is an expansion upon the classic “Hey Lance!”
This was just after the last Steelers superbowl victory, and a lot of people were out partying in the streets, and some drunken maniacs were passing me in their pickup, when one of them stopped his “WWWOOOOO STEEEELLLLERRRRSSSSS!” to yell to me “Hey Lance! Get a horse!”
I’ve never laughed harder.
I wonder what people think when you laugh at something that was supposed to anger or upset you.
i was recently told that i have a “hot ass”… by
some ladies like my moms age. weird
some day I’m gonna have the presence of mind to shout the most common thought in my head as I pass cyclists when I’m in my car – “Nice calves, you rock!”
I love this thread so much.
My favorite (not so strange) thing yelled at me was, “Smile, you’re on a bike!”
@steevo, I got swatted on the ass by some cackling lady downtown who walked behind me as I was trackstanding… about fifteen years ago. I wish that would happen again
This past weekend some youths hanging on the corner screamed “give me back my bike bitch!”, typical, but then, atypically: “shut that bike up!”
commentary on my poor derailleur trim, i’m sure
Ok this is by no means PC but I had a lady in a suv pull up next to me while I was waiting to make a left turn (so I was in the far left left ‘turning’ lane.
Hey you belong on the Sidewalk! she yelled as the green arrow lit up.
You belong home and pregnant! I yelled back and rode off.
Correct answer was “Who let you leave the kitchen?”
Or, “Since are women allowed to drive?”
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