sometimes, is violence the only answer…………….on a commute.
Not at all correct, in anyway. Violence begets violence.
However with the adrenaline hit that a near miss like that causes and the fear factor of having someone screaming in your face like that I find I can only thump em or laugh. Dunno why laughing helps calm me down but it does.
Having been in that situation before I cant bring myself to condem you for thumping him. Im sure people will be along in a minute though 😉Posted 8 years agogenesisMember
Damn right, some people deserve a kicking like that, he no doubt thought 'skinny cyclist I'll have him' -twunt.Posted 8 years ago
Best addition to mtb commuting armoury are spd shoes with metal toe studs in them, make a right mess of lights/panels and flesh especially if you do like old school rugby and footy players and file them sharp.
Had a similar thing years ago with a cab driver, put a 4ft scrape down his car when he fored me off into some roadworks barriers trying to squeeze past, he got out to chance his arm and when he shoved me it was all the excuse I needed to drop him – smashed his nose and gave him a decent shiner to go with it, don't think he'll ever do it again. Lesson there, I'm an ex rugby player and a chef so am a bit handy when pushed!soobaliasMember
shame i have to second the thoughts above about witnesses, you might get lucky and he may crawl under a rock for a while.
do not change your commute, unless you think you are in the wrong.
if you shout at me from three foot away im gonna kick or punch you, any closer im gonna headbutt you, if you can remain 8' away im happy to let you scream and shout all you like, i'll probably just laugh at you and suggest you will give yourself a heart attack.Posted 8 years agobuzz-lightyearMember
I don't encourage a violent reaction but you clearly felt under threat if he was standing 5mm from you then you were wide-open to a nasty attack and he had just threatened to kill you. Not sure what the problem with a quick headbutt is except that it can go wrong and hurt a lot. I suppose grappling would be better but you have to be confident you know what you're doing.
Remember, he drives a deadly weapon. Avoid your usual route for a while.Posted 8 years agoskiMember
5mm away, screaming how he will kill you
If someone screamed that at me, that close, they would have got the same off me too.
Vocally shouting off is one thing, but taking it to your face and saying they are going to kill you is another.
Ton – go on tell us what was he driving, BMW X6 by any chance 😉Posted 8 years agoTandemJeremyMember
nobtwidler – Member
If someone threatens to kill you then violence is perfectly acceptable!
Violence is only justified in self defence.
Understandable in this case and mitigating circumstances but still morally and legally wrong.
Still – the driver probably won't have a go at a cyclist againPosted 8 years agoDezBSubscriber
Don't agree with headbutting either, but yeah, sounds like a good approach.Posted 8 years ago
I had a close one with a bloke who turned left in exactly the same way, very very close to knocking me off – I shouted "PR1CK!" which he heard and stopped just up ahead by the entrance to a some houses. As he got out of his crappy car he probably expected me to shit myself and sprint off, so I rode up to him, got off the bike and said "You nearly killed me there" -he was weird, couldn't look me in the eye, just as his slow brain was working out what to say, a car drove out of the entrance road. A cop car! Cop got out and said to me "Everything ok?" "Yes apart from this bloke trying to kill me". We all went on our merry way.
Chuckled all the way to work!ti_pin_manMember
Just a thought, I have always wondered if u have a big sign on your jersey saying one of a couple of things would help:
dont fekking kill me with youre car, I might be your father, brother, cousin or best friend and that wouldnt be nice
dont fekking hit me with youre car cos I'll rip your head off and crap down your fat double chinned head THEN key your pride and joy
Government Health Warning: Agressive Cyclist, Give me space.
Maybe a little agressive but they'd have been warned!Posted 8 years ago
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