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    a-hole cyclist who wanted to fight me on the Belt bike path...

    Well..I thought I've seen it all but here it goes.


    Did a decent amount of cycling this week but I still wanted to go and head out to the beach and do the jamaica bay loop and head back up cross bay to go back home. On the belt bike path heading in I notice my quads started getting tight so I was stretching a bit but still moving at an ok pace.


    I just passed Pennsylvania Ave and see this older gentlemen on a light blue fixie. The path levels out so I pass him not even anything crazy, just pass and give a friendly wave. (he was on his headphones).


    Continuing I notice he's pretty much right behind me and with the hill coming up I go as far right as possible to let him pass which he does. I trail behind him maybe three/four car lengths back and he keeps looking back at me. Road levels out again before Woodhaven and I stay about a car and a half length back just trying to keep pace with him till the end of the path and to give myself motivation to keep going.


    He pulls to the far left and I stay to the far right alongside him. I point to my quad and signal it's kaput lol. He takes off his headphones and I tell him my quads are tight just taking it easy since it's my first long ride since last season. He then goes off saying "I'm 56 years old and I keep on biking! something something, excuses are for a-holes"


    I'm like wow ok... ???? We continue and are more than half done with that section. Pulls his headphone out again. "You're half my age and I'm 56! You should be three miles ahead of me. You have twenty f'ing gears wtf. again mentions the excuses for a.holes" (and he sounded pissed off). I tell him "nice dude, nice way to talk to a fellow cyclist and imply that I'm an a-hole. Nice"


    Right before we are about to finish the path he says "Watch I'll show you what a 56 year old can do" he then slams the brakes as we slow down and is about to pull to the grass on the left yelling come and stop and I'll f you up or something like that. Before I exited the path I yell that he should keep taking sht and he's a fkn dumbas..


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    White guy, thin build, maybe had a mustache, light blue fixie and wore a black cycling jacket with two grey parts on the back sides. I don't know if he was having a bad day but to start cursing me out and trying to fight me really??? I didn't even invade his space whatsoever. I gave him PLENTY of space to pass me which he did and I wasn't even that close to him.
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    lotta azzholes out there, bro.

    it's not like you're the only one encountering them so htfu and ride on....
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    Is it just me, or do a$$holes seem to prefer fixed-gear?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solidjake View Post
    Well..I thought I've seen it all but here it goes.


    Did a decent amount of cycling this week but I still wanted to go and head out to the beach and do the jamaica bay loop and head back up cross bay to go back home. On the belt bike path heading in I notice my quads started getting tight so I was stretching a bit but still moving at an ok pace.


    I just passed Pennsylvania Ave and see this older gentlemen on a light blue fixie. The path levels out so I pass him not even anything crazy, just pass and give a friendly wave. (he was on his headphones).


    Continuing I notice he's pretty much right behind me and with the hill coming up I go as far right as possible to let him pass which he does. I trail behind him maybe three/four car lengths back and he keeps looking back at me. Road levels out again before Woodhaven and I stay about a car and a half length back just trying to keep pace with him till the end of the path and to give myself motivation to keep going.


    He pulls to the far left and I stay to the far right alongside him. I point to my quad and signal it's kaput lol. He takes off his headphones and I tell him my quads are tight just taking it easy since it's my first long ride since last season. He then goes off saying "I'm 56 years old and I keep on biking! something something, excuses are for a-holes"


    I'm like wow ok... ???? We continue and are more than half done with that section. Pulls his headphone out again. "You're half my age and I'm 56! You should be three miles ahead of me. You have twenty f'ing gears wtf. again mentions the excuses for a.holes" (and he sounded pissed off). I tell him "nice dude, nice way to talk to a fellow cyclist and imply that I'm an a-hole. Nice"


    Right before we are about to finish the path he says "Watch I'll show you what a 56 year old can do" he then slams the brakes as we slow down and is about to pull to the grass on the left yelling come and stop and I'll f you up or something like that. Before I exited the path I yell that he should keep taking sht and he's a fkn dumbas..


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    White guy, thin build, maybe had a mustache, light blue fixie and wore a black cycling jacket with two grey parts on the back sides. I don't know if he was having a bad day but to start cursing me out and trying to fight me really??? I didn't even invade his space whatsoever. I gave him PLENTY of space to pass me which he did and I wasn't even that close to him.
    I see that you didn't take the high road when you left the path.
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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    I see that you didn't take the high road when you left the path.
    IMO he was taking the high road in his actions leading up to it by being self-deprecating about his inability to keep up. Sometimes bad behavior begs to be called out, this was one of those instances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wetworks View Post
    IMO he was taking the high road in his actions leading up to it by being self-deprecating about his inability to keep up. Sometimes bad behavior begs to be called out, this was one of those instances.
    While this may be true, it loses some of it's meaning when it's given over the shoulder while making a run for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    Is it just me, or do a$$holes seem to prefer fixed-gear?
    I'm a regular road bike guy and based on my experience around them I wouldn't say that but I would or will say as a group they are a strange lot.

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    Late to the party.
    You should've told him you were spent from banging his daughter all night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Weasel View Post
    Late to the party.
    You should've told him you were spent from banging his daughter all night.
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    I think that the forum this is in tells pretty much the whole story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    I think that the forum this is in tells pretty much the whole story.
    I call it 'engaging'. Just kidding.
    But actually, I find New Yorkers to be approachable, friendly, and helpful. We just don't have time to waste on stupid people. And you'll never hear a subtle insult like 'well bless your heart'. You'll always know upfront that someone thinks you're a dumbass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Weasel View Post
    Late to the party.
    Seriously. Like almost 2 years late.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Weasel View Post
    I call it 'engaging'. Just kidding.
    But actually, I find New Yorkers to be approachable, friendly, and helpful. We just don't have time to waste on stupid people. And you'll never hear a subtle insult like 'well bless your heart'. You'll always know upfront that someone thinks you're a dumbass.
    Yeah, I grew up there.

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    I think this guy had some mental health issues. Itís best to ignore completely and let it go. He was probably more annoying to you since he was ruining what was a great bike ride for you.

    But his actions/words seem to speak to larger issues with this person. Keeping calm and avoiding is the best course of action (and minimize any potential violence), unless you really want to engage and understand his problems.


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