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Old 03-12-2013, 04:34 PM   #1
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Tailgating

If I can read your VIN off your dashboard through my mirrors, you're too close, asshole.

Any remedies for dealing with cagers who apparently have troubles with depth perception?

Last thing I need is some f*ck-d*ck plowing over me in his sh*tty minivan because he was too busy admiring my "where I've been stickers" on my panniers while simultaneously hating his life because he drives a minivan.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:49 PM   #2
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Nice vent.

Look on the bright side: You made it home to your keyboard.

I just pull over and let them go by, then follow at a safe distance (plus some) so I don't get caught up in their mayhem.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:48 AM   #3
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I just pull over and let them go by, then follow at a safe distance (plus some) so I don't get caught up in their mayhem.
+1. Easy and 100% effective.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:57 AM   #4
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Nice vent.

Look on the bright side: You made it home to your keyboard.

I just pull over and let them go by, then follow at a safe distance (plus some) so I don't get caught up in their mayhem.
Same here. If they're in that big of a hurry, pull over and let them pass. Why even risk it? This way, there's no drama, no middle finger, no blood pressure spikes, no road rage incidents. Pull over, let them pass, continue on your way at the pace you're comfortable with.

Or you could get their plate number, pay a dirty cop to find out who they are and where they live, track them down, then fuck their mom.

Either way.
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:26 PM   #5
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Skene Design P3 Lights

Skene Design P3 lights are an excellent option. Obviously, the picture does not do them justice. A feature of the lights, the conspicuity flicker, can be very unpleasant for those who wish to follow too close. I have noticed that vehicles have backed off considerably since installing them.
http://www.lights.skenedesign.com/P3_Features.shtml


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Old 03-12-2013, 06:30 PM   #6
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I'm with the above two posters. I braked checked a tailgater only to have him pull up beside me and swerve into me and make contact with my bars...twice. Now I'm inclined to let them go by.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:41 PM   #7
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I just gradually slow down, they eventually move over to the passing lane and pass me. But generally I don't have many tailgating fools on my ass, I'm usually well ahead of the pack or behind; I don't like riding in the middle of the pack, makes me feel unsafe.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:48 PM   #8
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A friend of mine had a great idea, albeit, he was in an SUV with a sunroof. He'd flick pennies through the sunroof so they'd plink off the tailgaters windshield. Never failed. Tailgaters had no clue what was hitting them and eventually backed off.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:50 PM   #9
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Penny's from heaven!

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Old 03-12-2013, 06:57 PM   #10
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Anyone tailgating a bike deserves a brick through their windshield ... unfortunately that's rather illegal pretty much everywhere.

In the past I've either sped up suddenly and put a couple more cars between myself and them, or slowed down gradually assuming the don't just keep closing and try to mow me down, in which case they're more interested in their GPS display/mobile phone/stereo display/murdering me than driving anyway so it's back to option one. Flashing the brake lights, without actually slowing, usually seems to help but some just can't take a hint.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:22 PM   #11
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... He'd flick pennies through the sunroof so they'd plink off the tailgaters windshield. ..
Canada is doing away with pennies. Still legal tender, still flickable. But no more being made.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:30 PM   #12
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I've had good luck in the cage, squirting washer fluid over...

Works well for making the guys in the back of the truck quit banging on the cab, too!
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:05 AM   #13
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Canada is doing away with pennies. Still legal tender, still flickable. But no more being made.
I stopped accepting pennies when they cost 1.3 cents each to produce.

By the time they hit 1.6 cents each, the gov't finally saw the light.

You could always splurge and throw nickels at tailgaters.

Or be a cheapskate and import US pennies.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:35 AM   #14
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I'm with the above two posters. I braked checked a tailgater only to have him pull up beside me and swerve into me and make contact with my bars...twice. Now I'm inclined to let them go by.
I've hit the tarmac a few times now, and I don't really like it so much anymore. I agree with you, I'm not riding for them, I don't care what they think, and a few bounces off the hard stuff has knocked a lot of Ego out of me.

These days I ride to stay alive and enjoy myself. I wave tailgaters by or get out of their way. Defending my little ego against someone I neither know or care about isn't worth it. Especially here in Sydney where more people are road-raging others for the slightest slights, and many are killed or maimed in the process. A woman with her kids in the car recently rammed a guy and crushed his pelvis. I bet that guy is thinking "yeah, escalating that road rage incident really paid off!"

Sacrificing a little bit of ego and letting a bit of offense slide is a small price to pay for staying upright and not doing hospital time (again...) ;-)
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:14 PM   #15
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Usually give them the stink eye with a head turn and they generally will get the message, if they are completely stupid, I'll make them pass me.
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