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Not about pedestrians, not about motorists, just about our fellow cyclists. We are all so different that stuff is bound to frustrate when we approach riding in such different ways, explain to those we think are less experienced, etc. Ok, tell us your stories, tell us your pet peeves, we're all friends! 

I'll start out with a pet peeve of mine... The cyclist that blows past me so close to me I felt the wind of their SWOOOOOSH as they fly past me but they say nothing to warn me. We're in tight quarters in the bike lane. Buy a bell and/or tell me you are there! 

p.s. sure, your pet peeve may be the forum post that's been done before but I kinda feel like this tucks into other topics so this time I'm giving the pedal pet peeve front and center.

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Yasmeen DID respond to your "direct" question. "I was hoping you'd make an effort to learn about what women face when riding a bike rather than try to flip the tables using false logic."

She just didn't take the bait.

I like this one from OnlyCHICyclerWhoStopsAtStopSigns"[It] just really, really angers me. Just freakin' stop at the stop sign. . . . It gives all of us a bad name." 

I came to a stop at a stop sign because the car that was faster than me on my left (I was going south, car was heading west) got there first and had the right of way. So I stopped... a rider to my right was about to pass me and noticed what was going on. He stopped past the cross walk. I just raised my eyebrows, all 12 of them, and went about my business. 

People yelling at you for not putting your foot down at a stop sign? Then they should have to put it in park, turn off the ignition, step out of the vehicle and turn around 3 times prior to proceeding.

a couple of cyclists yelled at me. It's random. There's this one guy on the North side that loves to yell at other cyclists and shame them for their sins. 

Who is this guy? I want him to yell at me so I can yell back at him all Dumb and Dumber style in van the most annoying sound, etc. 

They're just upset that they can't do a track stand.


David Henri ^ THIS! I think putting my foot down is the equivalent of unbuckling the seat belt and opening the door. Give me a break!

Is there some rule on the N.Branch Trail that says you can only pass a fellow biker when there are no curves ahead and no oncoming traffic?  Twice I’ve been yelled at recently for passing with a runner or biker approaching in other lane.  I dinged my bell at least twice and said “on your left” both times far enough in advance. 1st time I’m called an a-hole.  2nd time, today, guy moves left toward the center line as I’m passing him and we rub shoulders.  He was all kitted up and on a nice bike and apparently I put the 2 ladies who were riding single file in front of him in danger or some such.  Couldn’t quite catch all the gist of his argument with his accent.  These guys need to ride on the lakefront trail sometime!

And this is exactly why i avoid MUPs...

Pros and cons I guess.  I did see 3 deer today and no worries about multi-ton traffic for most of ride.

Similar experience along the Fox River Trail awhile back. i encountered two guys who were lollygagging and riding abreast on either side of the centre line, so i waited for a passing opportunity and was about to ring my bell. The fellow on the left happened to look over his shoulder and spotted me about 10 feet behind him and did a panicky swerve, nearly taking down his companion. He snarled at me "ON YOUR LEFT!" and finally filed in behind the other guy. i refrained from replying, "No, you're on my right" as i passed. Pffft.




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