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You blew the red light east bound on Lawrence at Damen at 5:26 pm this evening.

 

There was enough time for the biker in front of me to make it half way into the intersection, northbound on Damen, before you came whizzing past my front wheel.

 

I yelled "You're an idiot!" at your big haired chick, self, and you looked back at me. I meant it!

 

I woulda testified for any of the cars, that managed to not kill you, if they had.

 

Keep riding like a tard!

love,

gabe

 

Witness bad behavior during your commute? Feel free to post. Maybe that lovely human can read it and think they are famous. Maybe you can also inspire the whole generation of kids to shower but we can start with small things.

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It's a been while since I've posted a missed connection ever since December.
Ok so this happened two weeks ago on a Saturday when I turned southbound on lake and Lasalle before going on duty. So when I turned, this can cuts me off, parks, and opens his door on me. Luckily I slammed it shut on his arm. He screamed and I laughed hard and gave him the bird. He's a cab driver, he deserves it...well most cab drivers.

There was some question about whether threats were made and whether a member was attacked. This is a thread that assumes people are angry about the way others have conducted themselves on the road. Sarcasm, anger, salty language, can be a hazard of reading this thread. The moderators assume that when there is a post stating "Death to shoalers" that the tongue is in the cheek and that jihad is not being sought. However, if we feel the threats are a little too real we may react otherwise. As regards the calls of being personally attacked please keep in mind the old adage, "He who smelt it dealt it" and leave that speculation to us unless our reaction is specifically being sought.

David, if you keep in mind that i'm a huge ass it all works out in the end. I'm amused that folks are comin' on this thread sayin it's awful. Going to a different thread really isn't hard.

David Barish said:

There was some question about whether threats were made and whether a member was attacked. This is a thread that assumes people are angry about the way others have conducted themselves on the road. Sarcasm, anger, salty language, can be a hazard of reading this thread. The moderators assume that when there is a post stating "Death to shoalers" that the tongue is in the cheek and that jihad is not being sought. However, if we feel the threats are a little too real we may react otherwise. As regards the calls of being personally attacked please keep in mind the old adage, "He who smelt it dealt it" and leave that speculation to us unless our reaction is specifically being sought.

You:  Riding sanely and carefully in the right direction on Ravenswood across the Berteau Bike Lane after properly stopping for the stop sign.

Me:   Acting like a jerk and not noticing you as I "california stopped" on my bicycle.....

I really don't normally do this and I am sorry that I was a jerk.   Glad we didn't actually collide.

You:  The older gentleman who doesn't like to stop for red lights at very busy intersections, move at a snail's pace, and like to shoal. 

Me:  The guy who stops and waits with traffic, big orange Seal Line backpack, WEARING a helmet, and way faster of a rider than you.

We meet again, but the morning this time.

YES, if you try to shoal me I will hold my line whether or not that puts YOU in a dangerous situation with traffic.  If you want to pass, open your useless flapper and say something, I left my crystal ball mount on my other bike and can't read your mind.  Don't get lippy because you waited 15 feet behind me and started rolling on the yellow to try to pass while I waited and went on green and still stayed in front of you.

I'll be out here everyday, rain or shine.

No, your "missed connection" doesn't read as "I am morally AND physically superior" at all....

Chitown_Mike said:

You:  The older gentleman who doesn't like to stop for red lights at very busy intersections, move at a snail's pace, and like to shoal. 

Me:  The guy who stops and waits with traffic, big orange Seal Line backpack, WEARING a helmet, and way faster of a rider than you.

We meet again, but the morning this time.

YES, if you try to shoal me I will hold my line whether or not that puts YOU in a dangerous situation with traffic.  If you want to pass, open your useless flapper and say something, I left my crystal ball mount on my other bike and can't read your mind.  Don't get lippy because you waited 15 feet behind me and started rolling on the yellow to try to pass while I waited and went on green and still stayed in front of you.

I'll be out here everyday, rain or shine.

I will never wrap my head around shoaling, and how some people are so dense that they never get the point.

Chitown_Mike said:

You:  The older gentleman who doesn't like to stop for red lights at very busy intersections, move at a snail's pace, and like to shoal. 

Me:  The guy who stops and waits with traffic, big orange Seal Line backpack, WEARING a helmet, and way faster of a rider than you.

We meet again, but the morning this time.

YES, if you try to shoal me I will hold my line whether or not that puts YOU in a dangerous situation with traffic.  If you want to pass, open your useless flapper and say something, I left my crystal ball mount on my other bike and can't read your mind.  Don't get lippy because you waited 15 feet behind me and started rolling on the yellow to try to pass while I waited and went on green and still stayed in front of you.

I'll be out here everyday, rain or shine.

You're right. I've given up calling people on it. There is no other line you would get into and automatically think you need to be at the front. And generally, the shoaler (like in Chitown_Mike's story) is going way slower than they think they are and a few riders always pass them. And then the cycle (pun!) repeats at the next light.

Matt Talbert said:

I will never wrap my head around shoaling, and how some people are so dense that they never get the point.

Chitown_Mike said:

You:  The older gentleman who doesn't like to stop for red lights at very busy intersections, move at a snail's pace, and like to shoal. 

Me:  The guy who stops and waits with traffic, big orange Seal Line backpack, WEARING a helmet, and way faster of a rider than you.

We meet again, but the morning this time.

YES, if you try to shoal me I will hold my line whether or not that puts YOU in a dangerous situation with traffic.  If you want to pass, open your useless flapper and say something, I left my crystal ball mount on my other bike and can't read your mind.  Don't get lippy because you waited 15 feet behind me and started rolling on the yellow to try to pass while I waited and went on green and still stayed in front of you.

I'll be out here everyday, rain or shine.

Salty much chicken legs?

Were you the unsuccessful shoaler this yesterday morning and didn't like the outcome?



curt(is) locke said:

No, your "missed connection" doesn't read as "I am morally AND physically superior" at all....

Chitown_Mike said:

You:  The older gentleman who doesn't like to stop for red lights at very busy intersections, move at a snail's pace, and like to shoal. 

Me:  The guy who stops and waits with traffic, big orange Seal Line backpack, WEARING a helmet, and way faster of a rider than you.

We meet again, but the morning this time.

YES, if you try to shoal me I will hold my line whether or not that puts YOU in a dangerous situation with traffic.  If you want to pass, open your useless flapper and say something, I left my crystal ball mount on my other bike and can't read your mind.  Don't get lippy because you waited 15 feet behind me and started rolling on the yellow to try to pass while I waited and went on green and still stayed in front of you.

I'll be out here everyday, rain or shine.

I gave up as well, I just hold my line and let them dance around me, just like riders who salmon.  This same rider did this a could of weeks ago so I knew what to expect, I just didn't think he would wait and try to rush the light like he did.

Chris LaFrombois (8.5 mi - o.w.) said:

You're right. I've given up calling people on it. There is no other line you would get into and automatically think you need to be at the front. And generally, the shoaler (like in Chitown_Mike's story) is going way slower than they think they are and a few riders always pass them. And then the cycle (pun!) repeats at the next light.

Matt Talbert said:

I will never wrap my head around shoaling, and how some people are so dense that they never get the point.

Chitown_Mike said:

You:  The older gentleman who doesn't like to stop for red lights at very busy intersections, move at a snail's pace, and like to shoal. 

Me:  The guy who stops and waits with traffic, big orange Seal Line backpack, WEARING a helmet, and way faster of a rider than you.

We meet again, but the morning this time.

YES, if you try to shoal me I will hold my line whether or not that puts YOU in a dangerous situation with traffic.  If you want to pass, open your useless flapper and say something, I left my crystal ball mount on my other bike and can't read your mind.  Don't get lippy because you waited 15 feet behind me and started rolling on the yellow to try to pass while I waited and went on green and still stayed in front of you.

I'll be out here everyday, rain or shine.

I was on Clark at Irving and starting to slow down as I was going to the ball game. You were behind me on a fixie. I thought I would be courteous and wave you by. For some reason you annoyed thinking I was telling you what to do. I saw your exasperation and tried to explain by the time we got to Grace. You were having none of it. I hope you had a better day after our encounter. I did.

To the slow guy on the antique folding bike in the Dearborn bike lane - I'm slow because I'm recovering from an injury, so right now nearly everyone is passing me. I'm okay with that. But you're so slow that even I needed to pass you. Your persistent shoaling at every single intersection got old really fast, especially to people who were much faster than me. You were getting stuck at every single light even when shoaling. Why not hang back, relax and stop annoying people?

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