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Some idiot tailgating me?

Postby geedubcpa » Tue Apr 20, 2010 19:43 19

I never had this problem on a bike before - but some idiot was tailgating me at about 4-5 feet. What gets into peoples heads? I have had this in a car before but its not that big of a deal because the worst case scenario is they eat your bumper.
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Postby Daboo » Thu Apr 22, 2010 14:53 14

This is perhaps kind of backwards in logic, but bear with me...

First, I maintain a 4-second spacing behind the vehicle in front of me. I've noticed that bikers who tailgate like they do when driving a car, are also tailgated. But when I back off from the vehicle in front of me, it is like I get the same respect.

Also, because I'm back and don't have to hit my brakes to slow all the time, I am not activating the brake lights. (This is the part with the backwards logic...) ;) What seems to happen is the car behind me has a couple moments of realizing that I'm slowing down, but not warning him with brake lights — and backs off so they can relax a little. So they back off and give me about a 4-second spacing.

This has worked very well on Seattle's rush hour traffic in the HOV lane.

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Postby ricbug » Thu Apr 22, 2010 23:22 23

you can install something like this :twisted:
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Postby geedubcpa » Fri Apr 23, 2010 6:00 06

I like that flame throwing scooter idea.

Chris I am going to test your idea - I usually do ride way back anyways but what you say makes sense.
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tailgating solution - slow down

Postby joel » Wed Jul 14, 2010 14:44 14

my guess is that most tailgaters are there because they want to be in front of you -they are mad because you are using up "their space" - I just slow down for tailgaters and either they slow down or go around. Either way I am at less risk - personally I do not care if other people put themselves at high risk but my goal is to reduce my risk as much as possible and still be on a scooter.

I have thought about getting the license plate placard from aerostich and put on it "I SLOW DOWN FOR TAILGATERS" probably too many letters for the sign to still be readable. ... -tool.html
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Postby pumpkinhead » Sat Jul 17, 2010 16:24 16

Ball bearings..........
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Re: Some idiot tailgating me?

Postby bikymike » Tue Feb 16, 2016 13:16 13

I"ve tried everything and nothing seems to work well. Now I just move over, way over and wave them by. I've been tail ended and its one of the most disconcerting things I've ever felt. In a car you just feel the bump (or crash) but on a bike its usually a "what the hell" followed by a total loss of control and a fall.
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Re: Some idiot tailgating me?

Postby gruntled » Tue Feb 16, 2016 23:20 23

I actually experience a variance of the opposite problem. At traffic lights that I can't trip I try to wave cars behind me up to trip the light. Very few get it. They just sit there & stare with a dumb look on their face.
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Re: Some idiot tailgating me?

Postby najatuw4646 » Wed Oct 12, 2016 22:59 22

I usually do ride way back anyways but what you say makes sense.
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Re: Some idiot tailgating me?

Postby magclub17 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:28 04

get over it. some people are stupid and you can win an argument with this kind of people, they will bring you down to their level and beat you there

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Re: Some idiot tailgating me?

Postby RJ64 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:06 08

It's hard to 'get over it' when you are laying in the road because some a$$-clown has just hit you. It's not any fun. Safety is everyone's business and those that trivialize it have never encountered the problem. Yet. IMHO, of course. :|
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