Commuting…The strange. The Odd… And the FUN

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DAKEZ, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Wuwei

    Wuwei Long timer

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    Told this story elsewhere here, but it fits perfectly in this thread. Near the beginning of my usual route on my morning commute there is a four-way stop and I was the first one there with a pickup truck approaching slowly towards the stop sign to my right. I just had a funny feeling so I waited and yep, the truck didn't stop or even slow down--he just kept rolling across the intersection at a slow pace and when he was in front of me I could see his eyes were down watching his phone and I assume he was texting. Suddenly he glanced up and looked around nervously, but not seeing any immediate threats to his life his head immediately dipped down and he went back to texting as he continued to slowly roll on up the road. Never stopped or even hesitated at the intersection.
  2. wiseblood

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    So, people should move into the lane which doesn't end, early? How much before the merge should they do that? 300 feet? 800 feet? A mile? :ear

    It's called a merge because that's where people are expected to... uhhh... MERGE. If every dope queues up in one lane a quarter mile from the merge, we all wait longer.
  3. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    +1 ANY behavior that deliberately incites or escalates road rage should not be tolerated and we should all carefully consider what we did wrong if we caused it unintentionally.

    Example: Just a few days ago, I gave a short horn blast to someone in a 4x4 full-size truck as he was cutting in front of me on my bike - It was a pretty close squeeze and I thought perhaps he hadn't seen me. He proceeded to give me the finger and then made at least a couple of half-hearted attempts to brake-check me before flooring it and blasting off through a construction zone at 20+ over the speed limit.

    I had hoped to make him think "Oh shit! I nearly hit that motorcycle" and maybe be more careful in future. Was he a dick? Absolutely! However, with hindsight, my simple "Hey, watch out!" toot brought out the worst in him, making things more dangerous for me and other road users.

    In future, I will be even more likely to just practice my avoidance skills and let the moron go. As Dakez is so fond of saying, "If you get mad while riding, you're doing it wrong!" One of the best pieces of driving advice I have heard in a long while.
  4. Wuwei

    Wuwei Long timer

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    Around here if you give two short toots on the horn most folks seem to regard that as a friendly reminder that you are there and to watch out--lay on the horn hard with long blast and they take that as a big FU!
  5. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    My commute home was definitely strange and odd. Which meant it was fun!

    My commute: Wasn't cut off, no swerving into, brake-checking, etc. :huh


    :clap
  6. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    No, people pull INTO the lane that ends (has signs) so they can pass on the right.
    Then they FORCE their way back in.
    Kind of rude, just like cutting in line.

    This is something they started a few years ago, to make a merge lane after every light, so people get to the right, passing 20 cars and then block right turn on red people, then try to cut back in ahead of everyone.

    They are more important then people that wait their turn at the light in the correct lane.

    On a high speed merge onto the interstate, anything goes really.




  7. IheartmyNx

    IheartmyNx Ihave2draft

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    Here in Franklin 65S goes from 5 or 6 lanes down to 2! And every time it's rush hour it's grid locked with ppl that pass on the nice clear unobstructed side, b/c ppl have gotten left b/c those on the left know the right is merging.

    Then those ppl that got over now have to stop to let the right side D-bag in.


    Now they could fix that shit in 2 or 3 days of setting officers on the right, but have they tot of that yet? No.
  8. Colorado Col Rider

    Colorado Col Rider Wee Stromming Now

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    +1 I had a lightening strike a transformer right above me while I was sitting at a stoplight. I seriously nearly crapped my pants. I have to say, a nice moment with cagers though, as not one but two offered to escort me and follow me to the walmart down the road so I could collect myself. They were geniunely worried that at any moment I would fall off the bike or just have a heartattack. I think I might have been shaking, lol!
  9. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Lightning struck a van I was standing next to one time.
    I was mowing a lawn, my friend pulled up to talk, next thing I knew I woke up 10 feet away in the grass.
    He told me what happened.
    I do not fear it.
  10. QUIRKSM

    QUIRKSM Been here awhile

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    woops didn't mean to start a whole thing here.

    Anyway the lightening stories reminded me of one of my own.
    I was swimming in my grandpa's pool just about 1/3 of a mile down the road from my parents house. I had ridden my bike there cause i was about 12 at the time. It started getting really dark so i packed up and went to leave. As soon as i got to the driveway the sky opened up, like rain so hard it hurt. As i pedalled for my life a car slowed to yell out the window "GET HOME NOW"
    "No crap" i thought, what do you think I'm doing.
    I got a couple houses down from mine and all the sudden there was a purple flash and the loudest noise i have ever heard. I looked up to see that lightening had struck a tree branch about 10ft above my head and it was now in flames. I have never ridden a bicycle as fast as i did that day since. But my pants were clean.
  11. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    I was riding on I-12 in S. Louisiana when a thunderstorm came over dumping rain like I have only ever seen in that part of the world. It was raining so hard that all traffic was down to about 25mph. The rain drops were stinging me through my mesh jacket. Lightning was striking in the woods either side, close enough that the flash and bang were almost simultaneous.

    Approaching an overpass, I was weighing up the pros and cons of breaking one of my own rules and pulling over underneath. As got to about hundred feet from the overpass, it was struck by lightning twice in quick succession. I decided to hunker down and keep going. Typically, half a mile further down the road, the roads were dry and the sun was out.
  12. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    Well, I hadn't left the office for lunch for 2 weeks until today, and since my direct boss was out of the office for most of the day anyways, and I didn't have anything urgent, I figured it would be nice to get out for lunch.

    Well, to get on the main highway (Google Maps View), I go under the highway heading north, then peel off towards the right, entering the highway on a 270* onramp. This onramp however, does NOT merge into the slow lane, it adds onto the number of lanes. (AKA, before the onramp, there are 4 lanes heading west, the onramp makes it 5 lanes). So this joker STOPS at an angle. Full on stop just before the ramp straightens out. There is no exit only, no offramp, etc that means you have to move over. Okay, in about a mile an a half the right two lanes split off for the start of a highway (151), but that is pretty far off, especially in the sparse afternoon traffic.

    Then he pulls directly into the second lane from the right, in front of a semi. Fortunately that opened up the slow lane for me to drop the hammer, burn some rear tire up, and get the fuck away from the whole disaster in the making. At least I didn't hear or see anything in my mirrors.:huh
  13. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    On my way in this morning just a few minutes ago. Rolling up to a stop light that has two lanes and a left turn only lane, I am in the left side of the left lane. There is a work van of some kind in the right lane about two car lengths ahead of me...traffic is slowing for the light and I'm doing maybe 20 MPH.

    As the work van passes a parking lot exit on the right, I spy a Jimmy come into view, waiting to pull out. I fix my gaze on him and start squeezing the brake a little harder and sure enough, this fucking dumbass pulls out. But I think he was trying to turn into the right lane as I went past -- but really REALLY sucked at it because the nose of his piece of shit Jimmy swung so far into MY lane I had to swerve around it by going into the left turn lane. I look back at him as he's now stopped in the middle of the street mid-turn, apparently now realizing that there are fucking semi-truck drivers who can make a tighter right turn. Fucking moron.
  14. King_Panther13

    King_Panther13 Been here awhile

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    The other night I had someone do this, except I was on a two lane (regular size) road and he was coming from a side street on the left.

    Over here, it's common to see people rush up to the stop sign, stopping at the very last second, with barely enough time to avoid having their nose stick out into the road...their front wheels are usually on the white line at BEST.

    I saw this guy do that usual routine, and I start slowing down. He stops, then starts to roll again, so I start squeezing the brake. Then he stops really fast as if he just now saw me, and then starts rolling again. I lay on my horn and brake hard...just to see the fuckwit come into my lane, and then slowly move over into the oncoming lane. He was turning right the whole time -.-.

    No blinkers or anything, but this is a very common occurrence down here. Pisses me off each time still, but I'm used to it.
  15. Chromer

    Chromer Not going gentle

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    Two cages doing vigilante enforcement of the speed limit on I95 tonight. I followed them a dozen or so lengths back for about a mile as they rolled side by side, dropping from 70 down to about 55mph. Gave a weave in the lane to say "Yeah, I'm here..." Only two lanes here. Miles of open road ahead. About a mile of empty road behind.

    Really guys? Really?

    I dropped back another dozen lengths, dropped three gears and goosed it past them in the breakdown lane. (Yeah, I gave it a good look first, no truck tire bits or other debris there today.)

    Naturally one gave chase. The minivan that was camped in the left lane. Why is it always the fucking minivan? I didn't stick around to see what they had in mind as punishment for breaking their roadblock.

    You know... A Wee moves out OK when it needs to.
  16. DAKEZ

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    Nice one Chromer! :thumb
  17. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    That is something that pisses me off to no end when driving, some asshat parking at/below the speed limit in the left lane.
    Worse when he has a buddy to help him out.
    My commute is done in my company truck, and 6K + pounds of Silverado HD is usually intimidating enough to get them to lead, follow or get the fuck out of the way.

    Not sure why these folks are not ticketed, they have to be one of the biggest hazards on the interstate.
  18. King_Panther13

    King_Panther13 Been here awhile

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    QFT! This is a daily thing here in Fl. Then one guy will tailgate the guy in the righthand lane, and squeeze by the guy in the front. That's why we have so many tailgaters >,>.

    I have another!

    Going through downtown Winter Haven (somewhat small town, though always a fairly decent amount of traffic) and came up to the most annoying intersection in the area. It used to have a light at it (because it friggin NEEDED it) but for some reason the local government changed it to a four way stop. I think it was so they could install the retarded brick crosswalks so they could join the "main street America" club or something like that.

    Anyhow, I'm on the most traveled road, and come up to the stop. Look to my left, and the person just rolled up and stopped. Looked across and the guy in the oncoming lane was going. So I figured that I was ok to go straight. I just pulled into the intersection when I saw a minivan (yup, ALWAYS the minivans) CAREENING to the stop sign, slowing down slightly, and then giving it more gas to try and turn right...which was directly in front of me.

    So I layed on my horn (which is very moped-ish mind you) and he slams on his brakes and then stops halfway in the intersection, so I could continue going and give him my trademark palm up "Are you fucking stupid, or do you have an excuse for it?" gesture.

    There was a light at the very next block, and I needed to turn left. So I went into the turning lane, and wouldn't you know it, here comes minivan in the straight lane which is to my right.

    He stops with his bumper adjacent to my rear wheel. I'm thinking "WTF is this fuckwit planning?" I picked an escape route first (I could have gone in front of him and then turned right on the road very easily, even if he was trying to use his vehicle to harm me...or I could've turned left into the post office parking lot) and then looked back at him and shrugged. He pulled up a bit more and had his bumper about equal with my footpeg.

    When I say adjacent to or equal to, he was still fully in his lane, and I was fully in mine....he just didn't move up to the white line, and he was the only person in his lane. Then after a bit of him sitting there, he revs up his engine, and then slams on his brakes locking them up again to stop at the white line.

    Wow. I think that I actually intimidated him by my palms up gesture. What a horrible driver.

    The best part is, if I was really truly angry at him, he positioned himself PERFECTLY for me to kick out his headlight and then get away. But I wasn't truly angry at him, because this happens frequently at this intersection. I'm used to it. I figure that since it happens so frequently it can't always be the moronic driver's fault.

    I gave him a little "girly wave" as the light turned green, and he gave it all of the gas that minivan could get.
  19. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    I worked in FL a while back, took about a day for me to be glad I didn't bring my motorcycle.
    Don't know how you guys ride with those idiots. Damn shame with a year around riding season.
  20. Chromer

    Chromer Not going gentle

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    Watch out for the Turbo Caravans. Fortunately not many have survived, but they could be made ridiculously quick for cheap...