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Police Encounter [Mar. 16th, 2007|11:03 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick

As I'm zipping to work today on Cesar Chavez, accelerating quickly, and going faster than I should (35-40 in a 25, yet no faster than people normally drive on that street), I see a guy in a funny outfit holding a funny device.

Ah, shit, a cop on foot!

I hit a red light and he walks up to me from across the street.

Shit, shit, shit.

I open my visor and he starts asking me questions:

"How you doing?"
"Pretty good, and you?"
"Good, good. You commute on that?"
"How's it handle on the freeway?"
"Well, it only has 5 gears. Can't get up too fast."
"Well, cool, looks like a nice bike.... have fun, be safe. Have a nice day."

He walks off, the light turns green and I take off.


From: msirub
2007-03-16 06:13 pm (UTC)
hasn't cesar chavez suffered enough?
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[User Picture]From: biok5
2007-03-16 06:15 pm (UTC)
Haw! That's funny.
He was probably laughing to himself as well.
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[User Picture]From: robflynn
2007-03-16 06:26 pm (UTC)
That's pretty funny.

With a previous car of mine, I had a cop start talking to me about it (the car.) Scary for a moment, but pretty cool in the end.
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[User Picture]From: dossy
2007-03-16 06:34 pm (UTC)
From what I hear from my bike-riding friends, lots of cops also ride ... and there's quite a bond there. As long as you're not demonstrating serious jackassery (riding dangerously, carelessly, weaving in traffic, etc.), most cops stopping you are just looking to chat--especially if they don't recognize you and/or your bike.
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[User Picture]From: thewalkingman
2007-03-16 07:03 pm (UTC)
Well, if you ever wanted something that bring you hot gay cop action, you've got it now!

Not that I think you're looking for hot gay cop action, but it's always nice to know the option is there.
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[User Picture]From: dan_lane
2007-03-16 11:43 pm (UTC)
That's clever, because the initial fear of him walking over to you has almost as much impact as him [doing whatever it is when US police warn you about speeding] but with less paperwork!
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[User Picture]From: purple_b
2007-03-17 12:36 am (UTC)
I rode this to Chicago one summer, and got pulled over twice so the cops could ask me questions about my bike. No violation, just curious.
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[User Picture]From: henry
2007-03-17 01:38 am (UTC)
You mean it doesn't accelerate that fast because of the gearing? I'm hoping it's at least quicker than your car, what with the power/weight ratio and all.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-03-17 05:03 am (UTC)
Well, I'm not supposed to take it over 4000 rpm for the first 300 miles. At about 4500 rpm in 5th gear, on a flat stretch, 65 mph felt like it was pushing it.

But then today I hit 70 mph no problem at about the same rev/gear, and it felt fine. Who knows.

Accelerates fine. That's the best part! :)
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[User Picture]From: henry
2007-03-17 05:10 am (UTC)
Oh right, break-in. Where does it redline at? BMW's like to shift high, or at least Lisa's does :D
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