High school student Ethan Stone was cycling north of Urbana, Illinois last week when a loser in a red Dodge Ram truck started harassing him. Ethan ignored the driver when he was hit in the head with a baseball bat by the homicidal road raging maniac. Read more in the Uni High Gargoyle.
I used to live in Champaign County, and North Lincoln Avenue is a two lane country road with no traffic.
A guest-writer relates another encounter at the Fat Cyclist: "I focused on keeping my cool and trying to move on. Until Tex reached down and lifted up his jacket to grab something from his belt. I had no idea what he was reaching for and thought “hit him now or it could get ugly.” A powerful right cross to the chin put him on the ground, and before he could say “Campagnolo,” my left cleat was pressed into his windpipe."
Some more Critical Mass ugliness made the news again over the weekend. This time, the victims or perpetrators -- depending on who you ask -- are an elderly couple on their way to care for their disabled daughter. While some bike pirates vocalize self-defense and vigilantism, I recommend taking the high road.