Old guys drool

August 12, 2016 § 38 Comments


If you’re one of the 300,000 people who saw this video clip, you can go back to bed now reassured that the Internet did its job.

A few hours after we posted here about the greedy, violent, hostility of Lunada Bay surfers towards outsiders and cyclists, this saggy fellow from Corona del Mar showed that bullies and road ragers in Newport Beach got game, too.

And then Mr. Sagbottom discovered that videos on smart phones can quickly be uploaded to the Internet, which then results in this pathetic, babbling, self-debasing blibber-blabber which seems less an apology than a psychotic CYA self-flagellation tailored to a potential jury pool.

Yes, the Internet did its job, which, lest we ever, ever forget, is to entertain. We got the innocent victim, a cyclist out riding with his son. We got the caricature of a caricature of a caricature of a buffoon — angry, stupid, obese, dentally challenged, thinning hair, waddling, homophobic, and parroting a line from a cowboy movie, so ironic because he’s the opposite of the tough guys in the movie he obviously idolizes. Oh, and he was the perfect cardboard cutout for all that is bad about surfing and surfers, a fellow who is obviously too large and unfit to surf well, if at all, nonetheless pretending to speak for the surfing community.

If nothing else, it gave me pause to think how one asshole claiming to be a surfer can tarnish a whole bunch of people, not unlike the rude cyclist giving the finger to a housewife with a car full of little kids.

Robert Lewis gave every aggrieved cyclist the chance to happily and viciously punch the “like” button on Facebag, and to add a searing comment, piling onto a stinking heap of shit that smokes and smells just fine on its own. And then to watch the Newport Beach Police Department go from “We don’t care about this,” to “We’re taking this seriously and investigating” added a finale that was as unexpected as it was appreciated.


Justice may or may not be done, but Sir Sagbottom will spend a few more sleepless nights wishing he hadn’t made such an ass out of himself.

Entertainment is fun and the Internet delivers it. For that, I’m appreciative.

But for anyone who lives or cycles or cages in the South Bay, there’s a big load of work ahead, because the city of Rancho Palos Verdes has begun work on its bike safety master plan, and it is seeking clubs and cyclists who might be interested in collaborating.

I was gratified beyond words when Chris Rovin, Marvin Campbell, Tom Duong, John Wike, Greg Leibert, Chris Tregillis, Jose Godinez, Craig Eggers, Tara Unverzagt, Delia Park, Geoff Loui, Bob Frank, Mark Maxson, and Jaycee Cary responded within minutes when we reached out for potential volunteers.

They did so without knowing the commitment or even what was involved. What they knew was that it won’t be Internet entertainment. A group of RPV residents has already belittled cyclists as the residents attempt to illegally ban bikes from a public road; one fine fellow compared cyclists to dog shit. What these cyclists know is that it will be hard, it will take time, their asses may go numb from hours of sitting (free chamois cream and Junk Jam for all) and it will stretch their abilities to compromise and find common ground. It will also likely require them to spend actual face time with a bully or two like Mr. Sagbottom.

Thanks for stepping up. It’s not YouTube entertainment with a happy ending in less than 24 hours but it’s going to make cycling a lot more fun for others.



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§ 38 Responses to Old guys drool

  • East Coast baby seal says:

    Massive props to the cyclist for maintaining his calm demeanor and just letting the insults (and spittle) wash over unchallenged. The best thing he could have done about it, he did – nothing. I hope that should I find myself in similar circumstances, I can be as restrained.

  • Michelle Landes says:

    Saggy bottom lol!! Hope I can help in some capacity ❤️

  • channel_zero says:

    Did he “go all Trump” during his apology?

    We’re getting to a point where that will be a well known phrase anyway, though probably not how Mr. Saggy Bottom used it.

    • fsethd says:

      Mr. Sags didn’t go all Trump because a couple of his sentences had subjects, verbs, and objects.

  • Nah ….. that guy wasn’t real …..he is most likely an unemployed actor auditioning for a part ….. as a Donald J. Trump supporter ……

    • LesB says:

      His apology goes flat because there still exists this bundle of repressed anger out on the roads, ready to explode next time he loses control.

      A legitimate apology would have included a promise to get treatment for anger management.

    • fsethd says:

      Driver apologizes for getting caught.

  • Liz Kurtz says:

    The Newport Police actually giving a shit is as sincere as that toads apology. They were both caught, by the internet, and had to do a quick back pedal to save face. I’m starting to feel like Hani, quit the road, ride the dirt, only idiots out there are the entitled, you don’t belong here, HOHAs. Hateful Old Hikers Association.
    As I roll my eyes and think “ya can’t win”, I think of Big Orange and the energy they put forth to change things. Thanks guys.

  • Steven Burns says:

    Jeez, take a day off from Facebook and look at all you miss. Just watched the lunatic and am still shaking. Not sure if I could have kept my composure like this cyclist did. Damn. My heart is still pounding.

  • Dan says:

    Watching the video yesterday, I felt like that dude would totally have beaten me up–but only because I would have laughed so hard in his face. Probably not the best reaction, but he was such a caricature.

    • fsethd says:

      He would have needed three or four guys to help him lift up that flabby arm and throw a punch.

  • Winemaker says:

    I got a link to this video yesterday via Cris Haley (70’s and 80’s stud, now racing again…..) I have sent it to several of my non-cycling friends to let them know just what we get to deal with. This happened to me about once a month when I was on the road a lot…..YMMV

  • Stacy Kline says:

    I just received this from the City of Newport Beach’s Senior Civil Engineer as a letter to the cycling community. I’d love for Seth to remind the city, motorists and bicyclists that Bikes May Use Full Lane *in any lane* and *at any time* that bicyclists feel that their safety warrants it and that it is *not dependent* on some agency’s physical infrastructure. The exclamation point at the end of the letter belies the seriousness of this situation.

    Here is the letter in full:

    Good morning cycling enthusiasts.

    I’m sure you’re aware of the ugly verbal altercation between a cyclist and motorist in Corona del Mar this week. Having worked side-by-side with you and your organizations to promote cycling within Orange County, I wanted reach out and provide you all with the City of Newport Beach’s response to the highly-publicized incident.

    “We aren’t commenting directly on the video’s contents while the incident is being investigated by the NBPD. There are two points, however, we feel compelled to emphasize. First, should you ever find yourself in a situation where you are concerned for your safety, please contact the Newport Beach Police Department at 949-644-3717 or dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. Second, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Some bicyclist and motorists may not fully understand that cyclists have the right to travel within a traffic lane when other facilities (for example, designated bike lanes) are not present or there is not a safe path of travel elsewhere (for example, a separated bike path). In areas such as Corona del Mar, the City has installed “Sharrows” or Shared Lane Markings to increase motorists’ awareness that cyclists may be in the lane.

    Please be assured that we’re continuing to implement our Bicycle Master Plan (a plan developed in conjunction with cyclists and community members) and promoting the safe and responsible use of roadways, whether you choose to travel by foot, bicycle or motor vehicle.

    Please call us with any questions, concerns or ideas.”

    As a cyclist and transportation professional, I’m proud of the efforts we have made to increase awareness and forward movement cycling has made, but this incident is a reminder that we need to continue our efforts to educate the public to use the roadways responsibly. As always, feel free to contact me via email or the number below.

    Ride safe, ride smart and happy cycling!

    Brad Sommers PE, TE, LCI
    Senior Civil Engineer
    Public Works Department
    City of Newport Beach

    • fsethd says:

      Need to digest this …

    • “Some bicyclist and motorists may not fully understand that cyclists have the right to travel within a traffic lane when other facilities (for example, designated bike lanes) are not present or there is not a safe path of travel elsewhere (for example, a separated bike path)”

      I just can’t choke the piece above. Mr. Sommers writes as if cyclists should be off the road and onto dangerous “sidepaths” and other unsafe facilities if they exist. CA doesn’t have mandatory sidepath laws and the only places cyclists aren’t allowed are most freeways and tolled bridges per CalTrans.

      Also, why can’t he just quote the relevant parts of the CVC, specifically 21202, specifically exemption 3? That’s what sharrows are supposed to be for – to remind users of the road of a cyclist’s right to use the full lane instead of sticking as far to the right as “practicable.”

      • channel_zero says:

        You misunderstand what the letter says. The basic point is the cyclist can take the lane.

        The letter is good news. At least the head engineer gets “the big picture.”

        Now, Mr. Head Engineer, work on lowering the average auto speeds on some of those multi-use streets..

      • fsethd says:

        Yes, it’s pretty lame …

  • Fred says:

    Anyone want to hire a raging pissed off homophobic old surfer dude (who loves cyclists) to clean their windows?

    Jack Dunn Window Cleaning
    David Bryant Communications
    21031 Manessa Circle
    Huntington Beach, CA 92646 – View Map
    Phone: (949) 295-7975
    Robert Lewis, President

  • BAH says:

    WTF “all that is wrong with surfing and surfers”? That’s a ridiculous comment bro. The guy is an idiot…clearly. Don’t join him with statements like that.

    • fsethd says:

      That’s my point. Surfing has its problems and guys like him make it seem like THAT’S HOW SURFERS ARE, even though most are not. Same with the screaming, flipped out cyclist–bad image sending the wrong message.

  • Fred says:

    Why not just call 911 and have a cop there, he wasn’t going anywhere
    Call then film him. Also against the law to harass a cyclist as well!!

    • tech@aol.com says:

      These are the type of people that hit cyclists then hope they’re not caught? Is there any ounce of justice that this guy’s past car/truck history can be ran through crimes regarding hit and run on a cyclists?

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